All of that bravado about resolutions and new spark, and what do I do? I get distracted by life and forget to blog.
You will have to forgive me.
Some of that time was spent with a brief bout of a flu-like illness. It was blissfully brief, but horrible for its short duration. So we won’t talk about that.
Some of that time was spent on a much more exciting project.
If you are acquainted with me in real life, you have probably heard me gush about ModCloth, home to so many wonderful, vintage-inspired clothes. I especially love the dresses, and I spend a lot of daydream time imagining how I’d wear them.
I am a style junkie, although you wouldn’t necessarily know it to look at me recently. I love putting together outfits that are unique but flattering. I love colors, individually and together. I really love texture. And yes, I admit it, I like it when I go out somewhere and people look at me.
Most of all, when I put effort into my appearance, I feel better. I feel calmer and I feel happier. I roll with the punches more easily.
In some ways, then, it was like a new year’s resolution that I entered ModCloth’s year of dresses contest. I recognize that my chances of winning are virtually nil, even though there are three winners, only one of whom is selected by popular vote. I recognize that I entered the contest too late to really even attract the same kind of attention as some of the earlier entries.
But I can’t quite squash my hope. I am proud of that photograph above, weird though it was to put together. It was a very narcissistic experience. I almost started to get sick of looking at myself…almost. There is something about getting into the nitty-gritty of detailed photo alteration that consumes me. I think I did a really good job of designing the different looks, and a passably good job of cobbling the thing together.
Like all situations, though, it is the writing that really ties it together for me. ModCloth asked three questions of each entrant.
- In 200 words or less, what’s your Year of Dresses mission statement? Why do you want to spend 12 months sharing your style with our community?
- If you had to pick one, what’s your favorite ModCloth item ever?
- What’s the best fashion or style advice you ever received?
Here is my answer, in the paragraphs I wrote it in (instead of the giant, impenetrable block of text it went up as). If you like it even a little, please, please, PLEASE, inflate my hopes a little longer and vote for me.
My mission for a Year of Dresses can be summed up with “Vibrant Versatility.” Like so many young women, I am living an unsettled life. I anticipate many changes for 2013, possibly including relocation to another time zone, career shifts, more education, deepening relationships and bright, new perspectives. I could be afraid of the uncertainty, but I choose to embrace the opportunities. After all, I know that my style can fit all kinds of occasions, formal or professional, casual or glam, indoor, outdoor and all weather. Wherever life takes me, I can find a dress that fits and I will use that dress to brighten up my day — and yours.
My favorite ModCloth item ever is the deliciously purple “Grape Kelly Dress” I’m wearing in the lower left corner of my picture. I can dress it up for a night out or dress it down for a day at work. The filigree design on the bodice compliments some of my favorite Celtic knotwork jewelry. I threw a warm gray sweater over the dress for Christmas this year and it worked perfectly with the pewter knotwork barrette from my boyfriend (and the earrings I bought as a gift to myself!).
The best style advice I ever received was to invest in quality for the foundations of my outfit. Quality undergarments and tailoring make all the difference in how a dress fits. High caliber makeup and jewelry that doesn’t irritate my skin makes the whole look more polished. The more faith I have in the foundations of my look, the more confident I can be in how I pull it off.