Sunday, December 4th, 2016

What Does Self-Expression Look Like to YOU?

What Does Self-Expression Look Like to YOU?


Last week, I went to the house of a creative coach. I’d been invited as a plus one to her birthday party. When I walked in her front door, the first thing I saw was a wall covered in records. Some were the original vinyl, but most were painted different shades and patterns of orange. They scaled up the wall like bubbles of color rising towards the sky. I was taken aback, and infatuated.

“Hi, and welcome to my home! Come in! What’s your name?”

The coach had a bright, infectious energy. Her eager greeting and tight hug were warm. She had a burgundy afro with long, springy curls and a jeweled bindi between her eyebrows. Looking at her, the wall made perfect sense. She’d similarly styled every corner of her home.

She’d covered every nook and cranny with things you could tell made her happy. Colorful sayings, brightly painted shelves, firefly lights tracing the walls. The small room was buzzing with the energy of the people who had all come to celebrate another year of her spirit.

Being there sparked a late night conversation with my boyfriend about the beauty and importance of self-expression. I left her place with the childish thought of, “I want to be like her when I grow up,” and we spent our hour-long drive home discussing what that meant. In 20 years from now, I wanted to still hold onto my love of proud self-expression the way this woman obviously had.

What does self-expression look like to you?

For me, it’s a bright pair of heels and a patterned shirt. It’s a bright purple lipstick or a furry wine-colored handbag. It’s every earring, belt, or shade I paint on my fingernails. One of my favorite methods of self-expression is through what I wear, and it’s why I love fashion so much. Where others might see a boring black shirt, I see possibilities. I see my character traits–curious, shy, rough around the edges. I feel like a painter with a brush, and my closet is my palette.

I started a fashion blog because I wanted to share my love with others. I wanted to give someone ideas and inspire further self-expression, the same way the bloggers I follow do for me. So I’m here posting into my little corner of the internet with the hope it might encourage someone else to indulge in a little self-expression, too.

I was so struck by that creative coach’s home that I’m still thinking about it a day later. My boyfriend interrupted my rant on our way home to ask me,

“What does self-expression look like to you?”

I’d love to know how you indulge in it. Do you paint, sing, dance, play an instrument, knit? What inspires you?

Lots of love,

2 responses to “What Does Self-Expression Look Like to YOU?”

  1. Nicholas J Neighbours says:

    Self expression is a very multidimensional thing for me. Among many things it is about love, individuality, and appreciation. Expressing yourself is akin to loving yourself and the world around you…being unafraid to embrace all the elements that make up you as an individual, all the while showing appreciation for things you love. For me that can be a piece of clothing, but more likely music- the sounds an artist chooses, the person they are, the message they bring, the vibe they emit…all of this is tied to self-expression. No right or wrong, just being yourself and being positive about it

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