I'm always a bit sheepish to mention to someone that I have a fashion blog. To say that style is my passion is a little embarrassing. I feel like a passion should be more altruistic. Something that helps people. Something that produces art for others to enjoy and contemplate. Just to stand there, look someone in the eye and say, "You know, I just REALLY love clothes!", quite frankly, feels silly to me.
But I've given this some thought this week. I've quizzed and analyzed myself to find out what it is EXACTLY that I love so much about putting together and perusing beautiful outfits. And you know what? THERE'S the key word: BEAUTIFUL!
All through history humans have been inspired by beauty. The beauty of flowers. The colors of a sunset. The sincerest of smiles. Beauty has been claimed and tamed over and over again. Artists have used every imaginable medium to capture beauty. Songs have been composed and sung praising beauty. Poems have been written in attempt to describe beauty and it's effects on the beholder. I believe God loves beauty! And he put that love of beauty in each of us.
My aunt said one time, "Everyone notices a pretty girl! Even other girls!". She's right! As women, we long to be beautiful and be seen as beautiful. We clothe ourselves in beauty. We decorate our homes in beauty. We bring beauty to an often ugly environment. And while I fully realize that my grandma was completely correct when she admonished, "Pretty is as pretty does"; I'm simply talking about our passion for all things lovely and beautiful. I'm not delving deeper into the human psyche. What I'm talking about is pure and simple esthetics. What appeals to the eyes and all our other senses.
Is there anything wrong or shallow with having appreciation for pretty? As I was pondering this, I asked myself, "Is it designer clothes that you get excited about?" You see, if that was my passion, that love of labels; then I would have to admit to myself that it's status that I may be getting excited about. But I could honestly answer, "No!" I truly don't covet the newest Louboutin heels, or the latest Lanvin gown or dress. Now make no mistake, I love to find a designer label when I'm out on my treasure hunts; but it's a beautiful garment that makes my heart sing. Whether it's homemade or designer made; it's the beauty, the feel against the skin, the silhouette that truly makes me grin with glee.
So today, my friends, I'm happy to defend my pursuit of beauty! I may even call it a lofty goal. Beauty makes me more civilized. Beauty feeds my soul. Beauty has no price tag. Beauty can be found in a boutique, or in a discarded heap of worn out garments. Beauty isn't prejudiced. It's no regarder of size, shape or skin color. Beauty fits everyone. Beauty glows under eyes of appreciation hypnotizing the gazer, promising a better existance.
My love of style truly has nothing to do with owning a Michael Kors belt or Louis Vuitton bag. It has EVERYTHING to do with brightening up my little corner of the world. It's about appreciating BEAUTY. With all my heart, I believe women are beautiful. Go forth and be beautiful!