I doubt that words could truly describe how touched I was (and still am) by the comments on my last post (Lookbook: Learning to Be). I can’t say enough thank-yous to everyone who contributed to the conversation; I’m ever amazed by the way my thoughts can evoke a reaction from people that they find potent enough to put to text. Needless to say, blogging has been quite the adventure! Now, I don’t want to sound too proud for pointing this out, but a theme within the comments of that post and previously from folks who read this blog has been the idea that I have a particularly glamorous look. I’ll tell you right away that I’m always baffled by that concept because I never do feel like I evoke any noticeable glamour at all (as I’m sure everyone has gathered by now). We all really do see something different of ourselves. That’s something I’ve learned through being a fashion blogger.
Glamour is elusive. It’s very often in the eye of the beholder. That, I think, is the allure of some blogs, this idea of a person living a perfectly decadent life full of perfume and flowers and pretty shoes. And while that would be a lovely life, a life I do strive to make for myself in some ways, I also try to take a very real approach to a casually elegant lifestyle here. That’s what made me set to thinking about what sort of glamour I evoke, the glamour I try to incorporate into my life, and why it’s appealing. And for me, I think it’s appealing because it’s self-expression – and sometimes even self-realization. That’s always been an important thing to me. When I feel the most glamorous is when I’m feeling the most capable, the most confident, or the most in-tune with my own mind. So in that respect, I decided to make up this ten-point list for anyone – including myself – who ever finds themselves feeling in a particularly un-glamorous slump.
Being who you are and seeing it reflected to yourself is glamorous.
Learning new things can make you feel like life is glamorous.
INDULGE IN THE UNEXPECTED
Veering away from routine – a cocktail at breakfast, time spent in a garden – is glamorous.
Stepping into uncharted waters reminds you that, in their way, every little thing is glamorous.
KNOW YOUR OWN MIND
Being self-assured and creatively personal is glamorous.
Finding glamour in the style of an icon and making it your own is glamorous.
FOCUS ON YOUR PASSIONS
Living a truly fulfilling life makes you feel like every moment is glamorous.
MAKE TIME FOR THE LITTLE THINGS
A dash of perfume, a piece of chocolate; a simple pleasure is glamorous.
Allowing yourself to be free and your dreams to be endless is glamorous.
DRESS TO IMPRESS YOURSELF
Surprising yourself is glamorous.
So here’s a challenge: look to yourself, to your life and style (beyond the exterior – look to your mind), and define your own idea of glamour based purely on the traits you find (and the list above, if desired). I bet you’ll start to feel a little more empowered, as I did when I was motivated to realize that glamour doesn’t adhere to a universal standard.