My blog and YouTube channel started off as Dress Yourself Happy. Because when I was going through a pretty rough time in my life, I found the blogging world that reminded me all the work I was doing on the inside wasn't enough, I had to dress myself happy too. While I've always loved beauty and skincare, I LOVED fashion. Playing with different trends and finding things that worked for my body was always fun. Dealing with some body image issues, I forgot about my love for fashion, but recently I've begun to find the joy in fashion again. It's also helped me find a positive body image of myself. Today's post features five outfit ideas for fall. Hope you enjoy the 2017 Fall Fashion Lookbook video. You can also shop each look directly from this blog post.
2017 FALL FASHION LOOKBOOK
I'M NOT A MODEL, BUT I'M NOT FAT EITHER
A few years ago I posted a lookbook on my YouTube channel. I wasn't feeling my best physically, but I was happy with my outfit and wanted to share it. There was a comment that said because I was short and my thighs were "big" I should never wear shorts or show myself wearing shorts. This hurt. Bad.
I am 5'4" and curvy. Before YouTube, I was an actor. I'd been acting since 14 years old and grew up in the entertainment industry. Being an active kid, I loved working out, however with the ups and downs of a typical acting career with no real control, coupled with depression, I used exercise as a crutch. I've always been relatively thin, but I worked out five days a week back then. A few years before I started YouTube, I worked out 5 to 6 days a week sometimes twice a day and consumed only whole organic foods and probably not enough calories to be honest. I became obsessed with how thin I could get.
LET'S BE REAL, LIFE SUCKS SOMETIMES
After deciding to focus my time on being happy, it was hard to let go of a career I'd known for most of my life even if it was making me miserable. So I ate... a lot. I went from being overly active to obsessing about filming and uploading videos because it was fun and gave me happiness. The junk food felt good too. Looking back, I was also probably not eating often enough and my system was all sorts of messed up. Right around the time I felt like it was time for a change and started to workout again, my mom had her stroke. Life literally fell apart around me and I ate my feelings. The last thing I wanted to do was get to the gym. My mom started to recover and I decided I should start to focus on my health as well. I started exercise classes which always make me happy. A few months into them, my mom passed away.
Once again I turned to food for comfort. There is nothing wrong with how I dealt with what I was going through. If you are experiencing this, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG. But there is a time to make a change and find a balance or work towards one. Having a schedule and finding time to workout helps keep me balanced mentally, so I am making it an effort again. I also just feel sluggish when I don't take the time to de-stress and focus on me.
LOVING MY BODY NOW
I spent so much time feeling bad about how I look. The clothes I owned didn't fit right. Waiting to shop for when I reach my goal size. Well, I'm done. I'm sick of waiting to feel good till I'm a certain size and weight again. So, I'm dressing myself happy. Shopping for clothes that fit me now and make me feel good about myself now. And I'm sharing it with you. You can judge me for my flaws and because I'm not 5'9" with legs up to my armpits, but that says more about you than me.
LET'S EMPOWER EACH OTHER
We all have ideals and the media places them in our heads, but let's be honest we all have our trouble spots and we all are insecure. As women we should uplift and support each other not tear each other down. Be competitive, strive for being the best, but do not tear down your fellow sister in the process. Jealousy is a monster. Is it getting you? Call it out, admit you are jealous and work through it. Women are capable of so much more than men. We can give birth! Without us humanity would not continue. Our bodies are strong and beautiful in all shapes and sizes. It's time we celebrate ourselves and uplift each other.
So I hope today's lookbook inspires you to dress yourself happy. Try a new style, feel good about what you wear. Not for anyone, but for yourself. I'm still trying to find a way to workout more and eat a balanced diet while still enjoying food. Till then, this is my body and the clothes I found for fall.