✨ Friday Favorites: Giving yourself Grace ✨

✨ Outfit Details ✨

Shirt: Free People [I cut the neck] // Jeans: [Old Express] Similar: Express // Shoes: [Old Adidas] Similar: Adidas // Handbag: Louis Vuitton GM [Largest Size]

Hello Hello! It’s Friday and that means that its one week till Christmas!! That snuck up on me lemme tell ya! I love Christmas, its my favorite holiday but what I love more is the sparkle lights, the laughter, the memories, the food, the decorations, the feeling, the love that comes with the season. To me, it’s a magical time. 

With the beauty of the season, also comes the thought + need to be + have everything perfect, an endless to do list, running around etc. I’m guilty of it too. So add all that on top of everything going on your life AND add in a pandemic, its HARD and mentally tiring! At least for me thats been my experience this year. 

I did a whole blog post talking about its okay to rest here but today I want to talk about giving yourself grace when you need to take that rest or can’t get everything done you wanted or something didn’t come out perfect the way you wanted it to. 

When I took these photos I was feeling so BLAH. I almost called the photo shoot off because I was just so tired. Mentally, emotionally, physically. But I didn’t want those feelings to run my life so I pushed through. The thing is, you can see in the photos that I’m not just not feeling it.  I can’t tell you how hard it was to get through this shoot and I was doing it with my aunt who I LOVE more than anything and ALWAYS want to hang out with her. We have so much fun together and she’s a genius when it comes to just about everything ha! But even being with her and having a good time, I was exhausted and the shoot was the last thing I wanted to do. 

It took a while to get the photos because my Aunt could tell I wasn’t myself ya know?  I wasn’t liking the outfits I put together,  I didn’t like how they looked on me [thought + think I look HUGE] and I just didn’t feel confident + it shows. 

The funny part is I choose this outfit because it’s comfy, perfect + flattering  for the days where you have lots of stuff to do either around the house or running errands. The shirt is so comfy +  long so its great for front tucking and/or leggings. I did cut the neck line off though because it was annoying me where it hit on my neck. I love the jeans I paired with because they are cute + flattering [well usually] and easy to move in. I choose sneakers instead of my Uggs because I wanted it more causal and its honestly an outfit I’ve worn all year round. Every other time I’ve worn it I felt great in it, but not this day. 

I LOVE my LV Neverfull bag. It can hold all my essential stuff that I need when running errands or when I’m out + about. It’s huge and lives up to its name because its never full, no matter how much I put it in ha! Plus the bag goes with everything and you can dress it up or down. I know its a splurge but to me its worth the investment because I’ll have it forever and it will never go out of style.  

I wrote a ‘Whats in My Bag’ post here where I talk more about my love of the bag if you want to know about the LV bag and if it’s worth the price tag, what I carry in it, etc. 

To be honest, I’m not a fan of any of the photos above or that we took that day. The way I thought I’d look + feel in the outfit was a complete 180 to how I think I look + how I felt in it. The way I pictured everything just didn’t happen, not anyones fault, just my expectations of perfectionism was at play there. Not to mention I was drained mentally + had to push through. 

I almost didn’t post these pictures because I just don’t think I look good in them  but then I thought, ‘Give yourself Grace Jen! They aren’t as bad as you think + it’s okay that they aren’t perfect! Life isn’t perfect + either are you!’ After I had that “aha moment” I knew I had to write about it because I’d bet that a lot of people are feeling this way or have felt it and I’m here to tell you its 100% okay + natural to feel this way. 

Give yourself Grace, a break, forgiveness. You’re doing the best you can! We are our own WORST critics so whatever you “don’t like” the outcome on,  its probably not as bad as you think it is. Only YOU have the original vision of what you thought X would be. So to everyone else its awesome just hte way it is, just like you! 

I can’t be perfect + I will never be perfect. But that doesn’t mean that  I’m not going to try my best to achieve my definition of perfect even though I know  I’ll fail because I’m only human. But what I am going to do is when I feel like I failed, I’m going to give myself Grace because I’m human + its okay.  I did my best + as long as I don’t give up on what I think I failed at, thats the most important thing. to me anyway.  

Otay thats the end of my rant ha! I hope you have a wonderful weekend friend!! 

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Always Sparkle and Shine Bright…




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