26 February 2013

Vanity

i was raised listening to my father say "Looking good is better than feeling good" and i wholeheartedly believe it.

i do not go out without mascara on. i do not consider putting hair in a ponytail as a hair-do. i do not own a pair of sweatpants. i do not count flip flops as shoes. i judge people who show up at work or church with wet hair. Call me superficial. Call me vain. i stand by my opinions.

An amazing blogger i follow wrote an article about dressing for the day. As i read her post i found myself nodding along and agreeing with the mantra "Dress for the day you want to have...not the one that is trying to have you." After all, you know that feeling when you step out of the house and you KNOW you look good. You have an extra bounce in your step. You feel more confident. You expect people to notice you--people WILL notice you. (Sometimes i even get this feeling if i know my toenails are beautifully painted even if they are hidden in boots).

There is a misconception that it takes a lot of money or a lot of time to look nice or done up. Here are my basic rules:
1- Always wear makeup. It only takes 5 mins to put it on and it makes all the difference.
2- Do your hair. If you want a low key style, tell your hairdresser what you are looking for so they can cut it to best work with your hair type. Check out tutorials for easy-dos. Messy buns, simple braids, curls, even straightened with a little smoothing product. Just do something!
3- Accessorize. Fun earrings and a scarf can make your whole outfit. They are cheaper to buy and you look like you made an effort.

i have had a blast playing with curls, waves and braids in my hair. i never spend more than 20mins on it (usually it's closer to 15). Here's what i came up with:


curls

Playing with french braids

Messy side fishtail braid
Messy side bun

Simple french braids+lipstick
To sum up? So maybe i'm a little vain. But i will still dress up for the day that i want...and i want a load of beautiful days. i love this quote by Coco Chanel:

"I don't understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little--if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny."
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