It seems most of my outings these days are to the grocery store or my parent’s home, which means the front door is often the backdrop for the outfit photos I take with the timer on my camera. So today, I’m sharing some valuable lessons I wish I had learned when I was much younger, including getting dressed to please yourself, even if you are just making a quick trip to the grocery store.
A Healthy Diet – Your diet is not only what you eat. It is what you watch, listen to, read, and the people you spend time with. So pay attention to what you feed your soul, not just your stomach.
Cooking Tip – Remove pasta from the boiling water about two minutes before it’s done and add it to the sauce to finish cooking. Save the pasta water to thin the sauce if it gets too thick, or add more cheese or breadcrumbs if it becomes too wet.
Makeup Tips – Match your blush to your ear, then match your lipstick to your blush to create harmony. The shape of your eyebrow should mimic the shape of your eye.
Styling Tip – When the button stance (where the button is placed on the jacket, for example) falls below your belly button, it can make your legs short.
Don’t save things for someday. – Open that bottle of wine and enjoy a glass—store fruits and vegetables in crystal bowls. Use and enjoy your belongings. My parents have started to give me “treasures” each time I visit them. Some things have been saved for a special event that never happened for three generations. Those fancy glass bowls, linens, etc., are now being put to use in my home.
Don’t let negativity get to you. – When my choices or work bring criticism, I try to remember that people with a critical spirit tend to be easily insulted and need ego defense. This is because they were often criticized in childhood by parents or others at an age when criticism can be especially painful. So limit the toxic, critical, or negative people in your life.
No matter where you go in the world, there you are. – I can’t run from my insecurities, problems, and fears. But, I’ve finally made peace with myself and my history. I’ve learned that happiness is indeed an inside job. Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
“You do you boo.” -The definition from the Urban Dictionary: When a person wants to do something that will cause them to be judged, they do it anyway. My take: Wear what makes you happy. Don’t let other people’s rules or criticism dampen your joy.