Six Tips to Simply Beautiful Now
Welcome guest blogger and style coach Marilyn Wade!
As the founder of Simply Beautiful Style, Marilyn is all about encouraging women to look and feel more beautiful. Check out her six tips for looking and feeling fabulous right now:
Go on a Media Image Diet. You know those pictures of so-called gorgeous women who seemingly have it all—that make you feel like crap. These images may differ slightly from person to person. For me, it’s bikini-clad, brown-skinned, Caribbean Island models who are at least 20 years my junior. For most of us, taking in these images day-in and day-out does nothing to nurture our inner power, it only de-motivates our efforts and depresses our mood. Cancel your Cosmo subscription, read your daily affirmation app at the checkout counter if distracted by magazines, and don’t watch TV or movies with images that make you feel less than amazing. The less attention you give, the less power these images will have over you.
Choose Your Tribe Wisely. People who constantly put you down or that make you feel less than beautiful should be shot—OK, maybe not shot, but you should seriously distance yourself from them as much as possible. Often it’s the negative messages we receive from the people closest to us (family, friends, significant others) that unfortunately stay with us the longest. Now, I can appreciate this may be easier said than done, but find ways to spend less and less time with these folks. In the meantime, spend energy finding friends who really appreciate and value you—those would be the ones that acknowledge your fabulousness and say good things to and about you.
Work Your Best Feature(s). This exercise may be easier for some than others, but I challenge you to find at least one physical attribute that you like (or at least don’t hate) about yourself. It can be anything—your hair, nails, eyes, lips, hands, legs, knees, elbows—it’s all good. You may even have more than one feature that you like—and if you do, that’s great. Once you’ve pinpointed a feature or two, take steps to play up that feature in a way that brings you joy/makes you happy. I have a dear friend who has beautiful feet—so she wears beautiful pumps, wedges and stilettos that allow her to stand confident and tall everyday. Work it girl!
Learn What Flatters Your Shape. I completely understand why so many of us get overwhelmed at the clothing stores—there are countless options that seem impossible to discern. The key to sorting through the choices is to know your body type and what fits and flatters best on your type. Once you know styles that look best on you, shopping can be more efficient, affordable and fun! It will be much easier to decipher if the peplum tank works better for you than the empire waist top.
Clear the Closet Clutter. Let’s face it—clutter is never fabulous; it’s a big hot mess—smack dab in what’s supposed to be your tranquil bedroom retreat. If you surround yourself with clutter, it’s really easy to feel less in control, less confident, less marvelous. It’s pretty amazing how cleaning the clutter in your closet (where you start and end your day) has been known to reduce stress, invite emotional wellness and inner peace! Now is the time to get rid of those old high school cheerleader skirts (if you’re 40+) and Grandma’s Christmas sweaters you never wear. Eliminate all those clothes that don’t fit & flatter, are worn out, or 50 years out of date. You will immediately feel a sense of satisfaction, knowing you are helping yourself and others (through your charitable donations). Relax and reduce!
Hire A Style Coach. You do know those department store salespersons will tell you just about anything to make a sale, right? A style coach has more than an interest in fashion—he/she loves to help people look and feel their very best. A style coach can help you discover and accentuate your best features, teach you about your body shape and the clothing best suited for you, and help usher in inner peace through closet detox and beautification.
Thanks Marilyn! Check out her blog for more inspiring advice and fashion tips!
Originally published at: http://www.simplybeautifulstyle.com/six-tips-to-simply-beautiful-now