I get asked a lot why I blog. What am I trying to do? What does it mean to me? What's my end game? Sometimes I don't really know how to answer, outside of blogging has become a passion for me that literally gives me purpose. Work is hard, stressful, and often times makes me question a ton of things. Blogging and styling outfits that make me feel good about myself and might inspire others to feel better about themselves or to try a new look they've been hoping to try, is worth it.
I have no clue if anyone reads my blog. I have no idea if anyone subscribes to my blog. But I don't think giving up because it's kind of a scary idea would really help me accomplish what it is I started this blog for: to do something for myself and have a creative outlet.
This outfit kind of fits into this theme a little bit. My Instagram post got a lot of love and comments about this outfit - and that made me feel great! Why? Because this isn't an outfit I'd usually wear. And that's why I love it so much. I wasn't sure if the cape/shawl would look cute with the fringe boots and if it would pair well over the chambray dress - but as soon as I put it on I felt confident. And THAT is why I do this blog. It's just as much for me as it is for any followers I might have out there (and I love you for it if you're out there!). The best part about this outfit is that nearly everything is older. I styled this chambray dress similarly in this last blog post on Tan & Wild, but I've had it for a while and don't even remember where I got this adorable shawl. I also got these boots on super sale at DB Shoes. All of these pieces you can easily find and repurpose in a way that fits with your style! Shop the look below and find SO many amazing deals happening right now!
My goal from this blog is to hopefully meet a lot of great people, inspire others, and get to work with some of my favorite brands to showcase my unique sense of style. I'm not the skinniest, prettiest blogger out there and it's hard for me to make the time since I have a full time job, am planning a wedding and working hard to get in shape and feel better about myself.
So thank you to all of you who feel compelled to 'like' these posts and to 'like' my Tan & Wild page on Facebook, it's difficult to inspire others as they're working hard to achieve their dreams, but every comment, like, share or text I get in support means a lot to me and is just what makes this feel so rewarding.
Hope you enjoy the photos and thank you to Nathalie Bize for taking the time to shoot with me!
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