Style and Fashion

I feel that I am pretty into fashion. I try to follow a few blogs, watch a some TV shows and read a few magazines. Since I have lost weight I am able to fit into more of my clothes and  actually feel good. I have been working to put together real outfits, not just throwing on what (barely) fit.

I think how you feel about yourself is reflected in your overall look. I also think that even if you aren’t 100% if you put on something that makes you feel fabulous, you will become fabulous. I used to be the rebel and say it shouldn’t matter what you wear (I wore some crazy stuff) but as I’ve matured, it does matter. People will judge you. You may miss out on something great because you didn’t want to “conform” or “fit in” or be judged. If you want something, like a job, you need to dress the part. That doesn’t mean you have to wear what everyone else though. You need to find your own voice that fits the situation. This is an ongoing process. You will always be evolving in your style.

If you aren’t happy with your body then you need to make steps to change it. Or you can just accept it. I wasn’t ready to accept moving to the next pant size and decided to lose weight. I am much happier now. I have a way to go until my ultimate goal but I am happy and confident in myself again.

Now I am having the opposite problem… my clothes are becoming too big! One of my favorite fashion shows is What Not to Wear. It was recently been announced that this is the last year. *insert sad face here* Since I was never able to be on What Not to Wear, I have decided to do my own What Not to Wear makeover. I am not going to do it just yet but I have started tossing (donating really) items as I discover they no longer fit. I am also going to get rid of anything with a hole (that wasn’t intentional). It will be a slow process but at the end I will award myself with a shopping trip to some favorite stores, and some new places, and rebuild my wardrobe. Oh, and I haven’t determined my budget but it will not be $5,000. I just don’t have that kind of money (but am willing to take donations! LOL, jk).

In the mean time I am really trying to focus on my style. I am drawn to rock n roll/punk, hippy and vintage feeling pieces. Yes, rock n roll/punk and hippy. I have wide-ranging tastes in music as well as clothes. Some people/characters whose looks I love include: Nancy Botwin (Weeds), Faith (Maggie Grace’s character on Californication – she does the rock n roll/hippy look perfectly), Nicole Richie and Kate Hudson. I need to start pinning some of these looks. I also plan to start-up my fashion blog. I have started taking some crappy instagram pictures (my instagram is: hipchecks) of some outfits.

When I finally do my mini What Not to Wear I will make sure to get my hair done and start wearing make-up again. I have started pinning hair styles and make up looks. I also need to start wearing all the fun accessories I have. I used to wear more but now I am down to my basic ring and earrings.

I typically shop at Old Navy (but am resigning to spend no more money there because their clothes have become so cheap and fall apart after a wash), Gap, Banana, American Eagle, Kohls and Express. I like Urban Outfitters (but the quality there sometimes is lacking), Anthro, Mod Cloth and H&M.

Tell Me: If you could be on What Not to Wear, would you? Why or why not? Where do you like to shop, favorite stores (either you can afford or would shop at if you could afford it)? What style do you like? Which celebs or characters best represent that style?

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Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.

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