Friday, January 13

Be Like Weetzie Bat : Wear it.

Number 21 :: Wear What You Want, Wear What You Love!

Wildfox photo shoot captures Weetzie's glamorous style
Weetzie is NEVER afraid to wear whatever she wants. When she finds something she likes, she goes for it and doesn't care what other people think of her. This is the case with many FLB characters and it should be the case for you!
For starters, get clothes you like. I love thrift stores (goodwill, etc) and outlet style stores (Ross, Marshals, TX Maxx, etc), and even the dollar store can have adorable purses and bits of plastic jewelry. Give yourself a certain spending limit each time and get a few things that make you excited when you see them. Things don't have to match when you buy them (although you might want to avoid something that you love but don't think you'd ever actually wear), just go for what you love.

"I was wearing my shiny leotard and my wraparound skirt, my cork sandals and Jontue perfume and Bonne Bell lip gloss." -Wasteland

Grab some accessories (or make them yourself!). Bracelets, anklets, knee high socks, slouchy hats, 
Native headdresses, Indian saris, hello kitty jewelry, stick-on body art, glitter tiaras, star shaped barrettes and hair bands, studded belts, rainbow suspenders, and so much more! Grab the cute little things that catch your eye (which never has to be expensive if you're in the right place) and top off all your outfits with bands of bracelets, thick colorful belts, military hats, or fingerless gloves!

Find some style icons. I love Zooey Deschanel, she's bright and pretty and whimsical, and I pretty much always love what she's wearing and how she looks. Find someone who has a fashion sense you like, and look to that person(s) for inspiration!

"Perdita is wearing antique lace, and feathers in her hair. She is wearing strands of beads, a plastic necklace filled with green glow-in-the-dark liquid and a glass bird ring. She is dancing by herself when she see me..." -The Hanged Man

Make a list of things you love/want to wear, and things that make you feel beautiful or stylish (I have two in my Bible). Every time you're taking an extra minute to piece together an outfit (keeping in mind that I only spend like 60 seconds doing this in the morning), scan through this list and find something that's in there. Wear it!

Go for fashion. I'm not a believer that everything has to match. But, it's easiest to make things look great when there's at least some kind of main theme. So try keeping certain colors together in your outfit (I really like green, purple, brown, black, and grey, and they happen a lot in my clothes lately) so that even if it's pretty wild, it at least has a sense of...flow.

You never have to pick one style. If you feel classic one day, go for it. Punky the next? Go go go! Bright and trendy the next? Yes! Sporty chic the next? Just do it!
Even if you never feel like dressing up and feel best when "dressing down" or just going around in sport suits or jeans and a tee shirt, just go for it! As long as you feel good in what you're wearing, that's what's important.

Don't think about other people. Dress for you, no one else.
If you're confident in what you're wearing, your much less likely to get strange looks from the people around you. You probably don't like what they're wearing that much, why should it matter if they like what you're wearing?
You love it, and that's what's important.

"Under the pink Harlequin sunglasses, strawberry lipstick, earrings dangling charms, and sugar-frosted eye shadow she was really almost beautiful. Sometimes she wore Levi's with white suede fringe sewn down the legs and a feathered Indian headdress, sometimes old fifties' taffeta dresses covered with poetry written in glitter, or dresses made of kids' sheets printed with pink piglets or Disney characters."
~Weetzie Bat

Tuesday, January 10

With a Whimper

This new year isn't promising.

Last year felt like an all time low, almost every single day, especially the second half of the year. But I don't even want to think about it.

I want to move on. I want to get better.
I want to make this year better.

So I started with my journals.

My Bible was neglected for a while, but it's picking back up.
So fast, in fact, that I'm starting to think about my next little black book.

Once again, I wrote down my wishes and Resolutions for the new year.

They're mostly the same as last year, but much more determined.

More money. More fun. More adventures. More laughs. More gym time. More water. More writing.

Then Dan bought me these adorable little mini-journals from Target, each with a national monument on the cover, maps of city undergrounds along the inside, and adorable little pages ready to be scribbled and doodled on.

I turned it into a Daily Log.
Did I exercise today?
Did I drink four glasses of water? Eight?
Did I do chores?
Did I kiss Dan?
Did I have fun?
Did I laugh?

I hope it becomes my nightly ritual.
Cross legged in bed with a book and a pen, checking off my day.
Did I write today?
Do something new?
Do something fun?

Hopefully these two things will give me the structure (and boost) I need to get through the first few months of the year, paycheck or no paycheck.
Since even though looking for a job and working and exercising are on my check list, so are laughing and kissing and pampering myself, maybe I can make sure my life is a mixture of work and play, which hasn't been the case this past year. It was work mixed with laziness and self pity, with the occasional bit of play.

This year, I want to be better. Fitter. Happier.

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