Thursday, January 9, 2014

outfit of the day(bird): fashion fears




dress ~ Asos
shoes ~ Bakers
belt ~ thrifted
headpiece ~ Etsy (from our wedding)

i heard a quote from eleanor roosevelt the other day, 
"do one thing every day that scares you."
and it resonated with me. i am a person who sometimes lets fear control me. or worry. or both. fear and worry of what others might think. fear of looking stupid. worry that i will upset someone. and i am about 95% better as i get older, but it still creeps back every once in a while.

so i thought that this quote would be a good inspiration for me. while there are many things in life that i am scared to do, i don't know that i could do most of them every day. i mean, i can't scuba dive in minnesota in january. i can't just rent a plane and skydive any ol' time. but, i can start very small with this blog.

so i have started to think of sartorial fears...things that i am afraid to really show you guys ~ things like my wrinkles, my face without makeup, my hair right when i wake up. i am afraid to wear skinny jeans and a tight shirt for a full day (it makes me physically uncomfortable to think about). i am scared to sit down in a tight pencil skirt because my belly might stick out. i fear wearing, and even more so, taking a picture of myself in a swimsuit. i am sure there are plenty more that i will come to think of throughout the year..but i'm going to try to start small and do a few of these things that scare me.

baby steps, right? first a bikini picture, then maybe i'll skydive. just not at the same time.

how about you, what scares you? join me this year in chasing away the fears. stay tuned for makeup-less, wrinkly faced photos!!

xo,
megan bird

31 comments:

  1. First, I hope you and your families had wonderful holidays!
    Second, you look radiant; I love your outfit and the colour is smashing!
    Third, I love Ms. Roosevelt's quote...I'm not sure I have any sartorial fears (yeah right!) but there are other fears I'll be working on this year. I'm sure we can help one another along. =D

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  2. i fear just about everything. i wish that was a joke, but it's not! also, i envy that you can wear heels in snow! i swear, i will wear nothing but boots until april!

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  3. I totally identify, I get scared by many many thingS and just don't want to do them!!! x

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  4. By the way, you should join up with the style imitating art challenge this week as the painting is basically that dress!!!!! WWW.animatedcardigan.blogspot.com

    By the way, I forgot to say I really liked last weeks Inspiration outfit, totally inspired me to look out my long skirts and scarves x

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  5. I did that a bit last year on the blog - showing closeups, and even a bikini (though my lower half was mostly covered!). Though I have my moments of low confidence, I've kind of gotten to the point where I've realized I've birthed three kids, and I'm in my mid-thirties, and I look pretty darn good for where I'm at. And so do you!! Amazing, actually. :) And your legs in that dress? Hot.

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  6. Aw, I love this post! I have definitely let fear and anxiety hold me back from doing things and I love the idea of tackling one thing a day. Sounds like a total self-esteem booster! You look smokin' in that dress - that color was made for you :)

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  7. Aw, I love this post! I have definitely let fear and anxiety hold me back from doing things and I love the idea of tackling one thing a day. Sounds like a total self-esteem booster! You look smokin' in that dress - that color was made for you :)

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  8. I have that quote posted to my bulletin board at work!!!!!!!! It is an amazing quote and makes me think to push outside of my comfort zone every day :) Also, LOVE this dress, such a pretty color on you!

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  9. I love that you're going to step outside of your comfort zone! Can't wait to see what new things you will try here on the blog.

    PS That hot pink dress is so pretty and would be perfect for Valentine's Day!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    $50 PayPal Giveaway!

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  10. This is a great quote and an interesting take on it. I think we all have a fear of putting ourselves "out there" more than necessary as it makes us vulnerable to criticism which we often get anyhow. Such is the joy of the internet where people can hide behind obscurity.

    I definately fear getting older and not being able to do the things I love anymore. Or being unable to simply take care of myself.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  11. LOL Well good for you! I inherited my grandmother's worry wart personality, I'm afraid. It's almost an anxiety attack when I have to do things that might not be 100% safe. But I have always wanted to skydive too. I hope you go through with it and tell us about it!

    One thing you shouldn't be afraid of? Busting out those legs! You and your sister are blessed with the best legs ever! This dress looks great on you!

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  12. Wrinkles and gray hair!!!!!!!

    You do have great legs!

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  13. I LOVE that you are going to start facing some of your fears! I have a section on my blog called facing fashion fears where I try to step outside my comfort zone every once and again and wear/style something I wouldn't normally wear. It's a great small step to take! :)

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  14. a bikini picture? oh my lord you're brave!! i don't think i could do that :) love that dress for a vday dinner!

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  15. That dress looks awesome on you! Is that your wedding head piece? Looks great! I let fear stop me too, I need to get much better at it. 2014 will be our year!

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  16. what an awesome post, that quote of hers is one of my favorites! whenever i feel myself shrinking backwards or weighing if i should play it safe, i think of that quote and i get a little bit braver. and i like that your ideas have to do with fashion- i feel like style is all about toeing outside of the box. baby steps!!

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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  17. Oh, Megan you are so dang cute and inspiring! I heard that quote the other day, too. I think her biggest fear was marrying FDR! He sure would have been intimidating to be married to, don't you think? My fears? I have many of yours as similar in me, accept for the swimming suit. lol no, I do. lol I love the color of this dress and those fun hair decor thingys going on in your hair. cool. ♥

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  18. Megan you are so amazing! You find so many things that are thought provoking. I am the same way in the sense that I have some social anxieties. I don't like talking on the phone, or working with groups of people. So I am trying my hardest to try to work on those things. :) I love today's outfit, bright colors against the snow are always pretty! You go Meg! :D

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  19. Uggghhh fear is such an ugly word. I feel like I have let fear dominate me sometimes, but I am trying to be a little less fearful because if I don't step out of my comfort zone, things may not happen. Plus we are all WAY harder on ourselves than others are. You look gorgeous!! Love the bright color of the dress.

    Nikki
    thefashionablewife.com

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  20. Oh how delish do you look in that pink amid the snowfall? I love that shade of pink - is that fushia?I am just about to put a very ugly photo of myself on my blog - so freeing!

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  21. No bikini pictures or skydiving for me....but you GO GIRL!!! LOL!!! We all have fears we need to face & tackle...I have a running list!! Love this dress color by the way!!!! Amazing!!

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  22. Such a great quote! I think just being completely honest scares me - if I'm having a bad day, I shouldn't be afraid to say so - life isn't always sunshine and roses but I'm afraid to admit when that's true.

    Speaking of roses - what a gorgeous dress!!

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  23. That is a sexy dress! I like the slightly bohemian feel.
    -ash
    www.thestylizedwannabe.com

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  24. That's a great color on you and sexy dress

    www.highheelsandtutus.com

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  25. What a flattering dress on you! Love the color and leopard belt you paired with it! Such a great quote too. The thought behind it is a good one.

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  26. Lovely pics and post! That quote has been a fave of mine for years--so inspiring! Hugs, T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  27. Whew, this is a heavy post! I have tons of fears...not really interested in facing my #1 fear at all.
    Thanks for the push though.
    You look lovely in this dress and the snowy backdrop is perfect!

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  28. Megan bird, Right now i am worried that you are going to catch cold in that gorgeous pink dress!
    I have heard an expression, go towards the anxiety... I hope 2014 has you less self conscious, you are beautiful!
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/2014/01/stay-warm-in-a-sapphire-blue-gress/

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  29. I need to work on my fears as well. Great post and gorgeous dress! Love the color!

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