Happy Wednesday to you! I have a day off tomorrow to celebrate the amazing country I live in, Canada! I love my country and forget how blessed I really am to walk the streets and be FREE! Here's a small list of my other favorite things about Canada..in case I need to convince you to come for a visit:)
1. We are friendly and love hearing about your country!
2. We have every kind of outdoor and indoor activity you could imagine. You can dig for dinosaur bones, climb up the side of a mountain, zipline through the forest, get up close and personal to a waterfall, see a polar bear, drink fabulous wine, ski/snowboard, eat mini doughnuts, and on and on!
3. We accept you, no matter your race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, faith, hair color, bad breath, or fashion faux pas.
4. We love any excuse to have a BBQ and sit out on the patio until the sun goes down (then you move on to the man-made fire pit in your back yard..lol!)
5. We will show you every piece of history and show you every landmark in the city if you come for a visit..HAHA! If I just scared you off..sorry:) It's only the truth.
6. We LOVE..no..are OBSESSED with hockey! If you love the sport..come on over, you are in good company! Grab a beer and squeeze in on the sofa where you can.
7. In the summer we love to golf..haha! (did you see that coming?)
8. We would be out in the tent/trailer/5-wheeler/camper every weekend in the summer if we could and always love to have a huge fire with the neighbors!
9. We love to have dreams and work towards them. We also love to help people achieve those dreams because it makes are hearts swell and we like that feeling:)
10. We treasure the forest and honor it for what it gives to us in spirit, monetary value, and wildlife habitat. We cannot avoid the forest as it surrounds us and we love to be there!
I could go on and on but I think you get the point that it's a pretty cool place to be and we would love to host you one day:) Seriously, I love showing people around my city (and my backyard..lol)! So, if you are in the hood..contact me:)
So, with the patriotism out of the way, I wanted to talk to you about something I'm really not too familiar with...being a girlie girl! I never was one and don't think I ever will be. I'm not saying girlie girls are "bad" or anything of the sort, I'm just not in that groupie. I grew up with a mother who wouldn't get out of the car without re-applying her lipstick. So, you would think I would follow suit but I never took on this characteristic. I am an only child, so I didn't really have anyone influencing me besides my mother, and apparently that didn't go anywhere. My aunt lived down the street from us growing up so I would always be over there playing with my cousins...guy cousins. So, ya I didn't care really about barbies and dolls, I was all about building palaces for aunt's cat or playing cops and robbers. My little girl friends I had growing up were not really into the dress-up or painting our nails thing either. If they were, I didn't really play along and would go hang out with my little guy friends. Before I make a novel here, you get the point that I didn't paint my nails every Sunday or put on lipstick before we went for a visit somewhere.
I went through elementary school and then high school the same way. I rarely wore make-up, painted my nails, or spent an hour on my hair. I didn't have money for nice clothes so I had what I had and that was it. I never really cared much for fashion then and still don't really. I mean I love clothes but I don't obsess over the most current trends. To be honest I was lost on all that stuff. I didn't know how to do any of it well. I mean my mom was there but who wants to learn beauty and fashion stuff from their mom in high school? Not me. I never felt that I needed to do any of that stuff to "fit in" so I just didn't do it. I guess that's a good thing..I was myself..but I'm sure I could have learned a trick or two.
University continued this trend and for once I felt completely "in." Nobody had time to do their hair or put the perfect amount of mascara on. Sweats and hoodies were in, designer clothes were rare (at least in my school).
I tried during university summers to catch up and be "stylish." I did alright but never really knew how to dress myself for my body shape kind of thing. Then came love...and I really had to catch up and try to "pretty" myself for my new love ( you know how it is!). Ryan's sisters are beyond stylish and gorgeous and so it was very intimidating to walk in with my old clothing, boring earrings, non-matching heel-less shoes, and wearing the wrong shade of lipstick. Seriously, I watched so many What Not To Wear hoping to gather as many tips as I could.
She's got it going on! I know she's done up but still she looks polished with not too much make-up!
Zipping forward to today, I still feel behind the times. I still rarely wear make-up and don't know the best shades for me, don't know the best fits for my body, and spend 1 minute on my hair in the morning. Anyone else with me on this or am I the only one?? HAHA! It's come to the point now where I think I'm going to take me SIL or hire a styling consultant person to come out with me because I really want to know how to dress for success. I'm not saying I'm going to be a total girlie girl now...I just want to know how to get there if I want to:)
I've always loved Jennifer's simple, classic style. She always look great and it's never too much!
I know that a lot of it has to do with my job. I don't need to be in a suit everyday, I wear whatever I want. I don't need to impress clients so I don't wear make up or earrings. Yet, I also don't "feel" powerful and ready to take on the world either. Another part of it is, that I don't cherish myself or see my myself as beautiful or successful so why dress for that? I'm seeing this now and I need to change it because I know when I do have to dress for an occasion or even sometimes, on a rare occasion, for work..I feel like a different person!
Does anyone else feel alone in the big world of fashion, style, make up etc ? For those of you who are pros in this area please share your resources or tips for the newbies out there!
Have a wonderful night and Happy Canada day to my fellow Canadians!!!