Hi again, I’m back!
Sorry for the unannounced leave for the past few days. I have a rough couple days at work and just wasn’t feeling myself. Writing makes me happy but it also comes from a place of happiness, and I found that I just couldn’t will myself to push through that until I had a little time for self reflection. Luckily, I’m feeling much better about things now–maybe partly because we had another extended weekend–good timing, snow! Although, I am so ready to break in the new pair of sandals sitting in my closet mocking me whenever I open the door…
I’ve been trying to check out more books at the local library lately instead of simply clicking the download now button on Amazon and before I even realize it, spending way too much money on kindle books. So when I saw that style guru Stacy London had a new book out, The Truth About Style, I hopped on the library website and clicked reserve instead of purchase.
It turns out I couldn’t have picked a better time to read this: her raw, honest discussion about her own insecurities and past choices coupled with a live in the now mentality was just what I needed to hear. Throughout the book, she is open about her struggles with body insecurities, eating disorders, and workaholic tendencies, but instead of dwelling on past mistakes, she infuses this knowledge into her every day work of making people, particularly women, more confident through their style choices.
She doesn’t sugarcoat body type or bad fashion choices, but instead of mocking or focusing on the superficial, she diagnoses the problem and then works on creating a solution through frank discussion and fabulous clothes. I recently came across a local Twitter page dedicated to posting, unbeknownst to the person in the photograph, pictures of what the submitters viewed as horrible fashion. But instead of a helpful approach, the comments and picture representations were downright mean, superficial, and catty. It was like watching Mean Girls and reliving high school all over again–and I wasn’t even in any pictures! (Those of you who live here may know the page I’m talking about, but I’ll leave it at that for now…).
So, unlike the above, Stacy focuses on truly fixing the problem, and not making people feel even more insecure about their bodies or (lack of) fashion choices. The book is broken down into 9 different personal stories and fashion problems, and the chapter about 33 year old Tracy really resinated with me. She used to love dressing up, experimenting with fashion, and maybe dressing a little quirky until she felt so judged by people in high school and college that she just gave up all together and wore dress slacks and black sweaters for the next 12 years…horrible. Her transformation into a bright, joyful, colorful wardrobe (and person!) is fascinating and inspiring, and just goes to show you what the right fashion advice can do for someone.
Here’s the link to the book on Amazon, but check your local libraries as well–maybe you’ll save enough money to do a little more shopping!