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Sporting Overalls + Being Yourself

Madison Bickham Photography

OTS Top: Old Navy • Overalls: Anthropologie • Shoes: Steve Madden (DSW)


 

Hello my friends! Today I am sharing these super cute overalls from Anthropologie. I have been on the hunt for a pair that fit me how I wanted. Once I found these, I knew they were keepers. They are currently on major sale, so I have linked all my outfit details under my pictures for you to shop! I’m not going to lie, I was very on the fence about actually buying them. I texted a few people to get their opinions, and most everyone said they liked them on me but one person who wasn’t too fond of them (which I truly appreciate harsh honesty). I find it funny that I almost didn’t buy them because of that one opinion, even when most everyone loved them! Why do I honestly care so much about what people think? If I like them, I should buy them- end of story. Don’t get me wrong, getting opinions from those close to you is definitely something we all do! But, how much do you rely on the opinions of others, rather than ultimately your own? Then I started thinking, “what is fashion?”. Fashion is an expression of yourself and who you are. I admire not just the beautiful clothing, but the people who wear it and don’t give two shits what others think. That is what inspires me! We live in a society that makes us feel as if we need to think, act, dress, and even “be” a certain way. Many actually end up living life controlled by others. This could be the path your parents planned for you, this idea of who you should be according to your friends and surroundings, or the societal “norm”. As a result you dismiss your own happiness, and therefore end up a passerby in your own life.

There have been many instances where I learned to make decisions for myself, despite what others thought was best for me. Like when I decided I wanted to quit college and go to cosmetology school *cue the beauty school dropout song*. My parents definitely weren’t too happy about at first, and I was looked down on by others for doing so. But through finishing school, getting my license, and working… I never felt more like myself! I am more successful as a hairstylist/makeup artist then I ever would have been going to school and settling for a job I wasn’t passionate about. This success isn’t only measured financially (even though that has been a blessing as well), but by how I feel pursuing something I love. Now, everyone in my life gets it and are so happy I made that decision for myself! Risk-taking can be crucial to your long-term happiness. If there is something you want to pursue or create, but are worried what others will think of your decision, then who are you actually making the decision for?

Starting a blog was also a decision I knew could bring judgement or criticism. There is a certain stereotype that people have for fashion/beauty bloggers that I did not want to be labeled as. But then I realized that no matter what I do in life, it’s the people that don’t actually know me who are going to label me or choose not to like me. This is magnified when you put yourself on a social media platform. I used to really concern myself with self-presentation, fulfilling others desires, and blogging trends which made me to rely on others actions so I could base my content off theirs. I mean seriously if you go back at some of my old blog posts, you might see that although they are trendy they are boring and unoriginal. I am not saying that other bloggers are boring, but holding back from being me, is just a disservice to myself. I use this blog as a creative outlet with hopes of inspiring others whether that be sparking an outfit idea, helping with beauty tips and tricks, or relating on a more personal level. If people don’t like it, they don’t have to follow! 

Being yourself involves taking risks and accepting that risk even if it’s different then what everyone else seems to be doing. It’s learning to not question your gut feeling, but to go with it. Because it’s better be true to yourself rather than true to what others think of you. I grow true to myself with every year that passes and it’s a process for me, as it is with most people. Things change, come and go, and there’s always room for improvement, but I know I’ve made the right decisions for myself when those decisions have caused me to work harder than I ever have for myself. So, if you want to rock some overalls, do it. If you want to quit your job or school to pursue a trade, do it. If you want to switch careers or majors, DO IT. But don’t half ass it. The more you love your decisions, the less you need others to love them.

Xoxo,

Rachel

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4 Comments

  • Jan

    Love your comments, Rachel! You are wise beyond your years. Thx for sharing with a lot of people who need to hear this! 😘

    June 23, 2017 at 5:32 pm Reply
    • allthingsblush

      Thanks Aunt Jan! It means so much that you read and comment on my posts! xoxo

      July 7, 2017 at 10:52 pm Reply
  • Shelly

    Well said…and you are definitely way ahead of the game to have this figured out at such a young age! I personally think the overalls are precious on you and it’s obvious from your new business venture pics you have shared your passion for your work.

    June 27, 2017 at 8:22 pm Reply
    • allthingsblush

      Aw, I appreciate that so much! I am so glad I went with the overalls because they are actually super comfortable as well haha. Thank you for the encouragement!

      July 7, 2017 at 10:51 pm Reply

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