Comfortable, Confident & Au-Natural12:11 PM
Cardigan - Per Una @ M&S
Shoes/Dress - Spanish Boutique
Sunglasses - Marc Jacobs
Earrings - Penneys
Bag - Unknowm
Natural. Tranquil. Peaceful. Beautifully serene. All words that come to mind when one thinks about the beach. For my family and I, relocating to Spain means a fresh start, a chance to live life the way we want to and to make the best of ourselves in the process. I tend to avoid talking about my personal life in detail with you guys, but this is something I'm really throwing myself into as I've struggled a lot with my self-confidence over the years, in large part due to my suffering with long term illness, and it's been so hard for me to overcome it. To be honest, I'm still growing as a person and my confidence is something I'm still really working on but I think many people believe that because I can get on stage and sing my heart out, or because I can stand in the middle of a public street posing for blog shoots, that I'm super confident, but that's really not the case. Something as simple as wearing little to no makeup is one way I have found helpful in the process of feeling comfortable and happy with myself. For this look, I decided to wear the bare minimum: mascara, lipgloss and a touch of creamy eyeshadow to bring out the colour in my eyes. I'm not going to lie, I've never been accustomed to wearing much makeup, it's something I have only lately started experimenting with. For as long as I can remember, I have been wearing the same look daily; a very subtle smoky eye, lipgloss, foundation, mascara and some eyeliner. I have also become obsessed with the winged eyeliner look. Don't get me wrong, I still love playing with makeup and 'dolling' myself up but opting for a subtler look every once in a while is great as it allows your skin to breath and teaches you to learn to love yourself. It's a slow process, one which I am still very much in the midst of, and it's only a small aid, but one I'd recommend trying. I know so many women, including myself, feel so self-conscious that they wouldn't dare leave the house without their 'face' on, but giving it a go every so often can be really helpful. It's just a thought that may be helpful to some of you :)
Onto the important stuff - the clothes! As I was striving to achieve an overall natural look, (keeping in mind I did nothing to style my hair - except for brushing it of course!), I chose this gorgeous slip dress as it is both comfortable, chic and extremelyyyy flattering, paired with a green cardigan and the most comfortable sandals I have ever put my feet into. I opted to keep accessories to a minimum, finishing the look with a faux snake skinned clutch and my beloved Marc Jacobs shades.
I'm feeling a bit homesick today but staying focused on the excitement of this new adventure and looking forward to the week ahead. Ciao for now my loves...