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My mother has always told me I'm a good writer but I've always hated it because I'm a perfectionist AND a procrastinator. Deadly combination. You would not believe my anxiety over three-to-five-paragraph papers in high school. But now mom's dreams of me becoming a world-traveling, ass-kicking journalist / strong independent woman are (kind of) coming true in my humble little fashion blog... Thanks, Paula :)

I love dressing up. And though my acting experience is limited to a few wonderfully cheesy public school musicals growing up, I love the idea of transforming into a different character. Or, rather, channeling that character from somewhere inside my own mind. 

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That's what fashion does for me. It is not just a silly, superficial, billion-dollar global industry, but a means of social organization and expression, a reflection of the many cultures around us, and the art of consciously choosing what you want the world to see in you. All that being said, I try to remember not to take myself too seriously. To try new, crazy, funny things, and to never limit myself to only "three words that describe my style."

No matter how "man-repelling" or just plain weird people might think something is – if you like it, if you feel good in it, if you just want to be a different character today – wear it. If you want to wear something pretty while you romp around in a field with your best friend like a crazy person, do it!  

Who's stopping you? The ever fearsome they (of "what will they think" fame)? Who the heck are they any way? In your moments of doubt, imagine you are Beyoncé, and tell yourself you woke up like this and you're flawless. 

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And finally, I leave you with a motivational sentiment I gained this week from an amazing presentation:

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better. What if they are a little coarse, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice? Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Because no good blog post is complete without quoting Beyoncé and Emerson, am I right?

More rambling thoughts coming at ya soon on styledbysarah!

xo,
sarah

Photography by Catie Stewart

Photography by Catie Stewart

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