Happy Almost Friday!
I have been grounded in bed most of the week recovering from a knee surgery. I broke my leg in a skate boarding accident a few years back and have been dealing with a bum knee ever since. Truthfully, it really puts a hamper on my love of exercising and wearing heels. After exploring all the options I ended up needing surgery on account of two small tears in my meniscus. Forced to be still, I have been able spend some time reading and studying. I have been learning about humility. As I've often heard it said, humility is never thinking less of yourself but rather, thinking of yourself less and less. How does this relate to fashion blogging? Interestingly, I find that humility affects personal style in deep ways. As Yves Saint Laurent shared, "Over the years I have learned that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it."
True humility is a sign of authentic strength. The knowledge of knowing who one is and who one is not. A virtuous quality often looked upon with misunderstanding, for by no means does humility mean weakness or passivity. In fact, it is the quiet confidence of being certain of who you are, how you are made, and what you have been given in terms of talents and skills for the express purpose of helping others. Realizing that you yourself are, by no means better, more valuable, or more important than another. I resonate so deeply with this in the context of personal style. I am so much more than my clothes, but I love how I can use them to reflect who I am. I love how wearing a certain color or pulling together a specific look expresses joy, boldness, or a host of other feelings I may experience on any given day. I realize not everyone finds getting dressed as fun as I do, which is why I started this blog. I want to enable and inspire others to embrace the beautiful uniqueness that they have to offer and to be the best possible version of themselves. Glowing from within, but then letting that glow confidently radiate outward. Fun, right?
For today's look, I went for this Topshop dress (shown here as a skirt) because of the delicate and beautiful lace. I wasn't thrilled with how the top fit me but was smitten with the material. I solved the problem by putting a sweater on over the dress. Note the contrast of the romantic dress with the more modern black cashmere turtleneck and studded booties. The final look made me feel like a bit of an uptown Stevie Nicks; sophisticated but with an edge.
Thanks so much for stopping by Of Beauty & Grace! See you soon!
XOXO - V
Dress (seen as skirt): Topshop Lace Placement Dress. Turtleneck: Classiques Entier Short Sleeve Cashmere Turtleneck. Clutch: Vince Camuto 'Julia Clutch'. Booties: Michael Kors 'Bryn Open Toe Bootie'. Earrings: Zara 'Long Earring'. Photography by Rod Foster. Hair by Heather Puhek with Beauty and the Beach.