A couple of weeks ago I told my friends I never wear red, not ever. It doesn’t suit me at all. In fact I would go as far to say that red makes me slightly grrr! Then this gorgeous red summer dress arrived for River Island. I think it was the paisley pattern and puff sleeves that sold it to me.
As I opened the bag my heart sank a little as I forgot I had ordered red. But I don’t like red! What was I thinking? Then I tried it on and order was restored.
Because actually it appears I do like red and do suit it. What had caused my sheer anger towards red was a particularly horrible salon uniform about 5 years ago. Said uniform was cheaply made and ill-fitting. I think the anger I felt at wearing that monstrosity for 2 years has transferred onto my love of the colour? Has that ever happened to you before?
But in my endeavour to get out of the jeans and wear more dresses. A summer dress is a great place to Start. Style is so subjective and being comfortable is important. But so is pushing yourself a little and exploring what looks good on you. Finding your new comfortable every season.
Fast-forward two weeks to the wonderful Blogtacular, West Elm Party. Now if you haven’t been to this delightful soirée before. It’s the most wonderfully stylish store, FULL of swoon worthy home inspiration. Add the Blogtacular delegates, an incredibly beautiful, cool but accepting and friendly bunch of people, oh and unicorn smoothies into the mix and you are on to a winner.
As we head into London for a pre event dinner. Feeling a little like a post box in my new red dress, I quickly relaxed and realised no one was looking at me!
Why on earth would they, why would anyone care what I was wearing? Who knows I don’t wear red. It’s not as if someone was going to approach me and say but you never wear red, why are you doing this?
I kid you not I have never seen so many beautiful cushions in one place.
As a known hoarder of cushions, West Elm really was enough to make me weep. And don’t even get me started on the gin bar omg! West Elm is stuffed full to the rafters in a very stylish way, with beautiful, covetable home decor pieces. It is the sort of place you find yourself skipping from one section to the next, not sure what to look at first. I could have spent a fortune. But I guarantee if you if you did, your home would look fabulous.
The event was spent talking to fellow influences, sharing tips on all sorts of wonderful and exciting subjects. My favourite being the Instagram talk. We all do things so differently in life and its wonderful to seek inspiration from others. I think working alone can be a quite insular. Getting the opportunity to compare notes and tips is truly wonderful. And like I recently said it’s so important to know your people, yet also to learn from others.
And if you if think you don’t like a colour, give it a go, you never know you might like it. As the one thing blogging has taught me is to be brave, reach out and never be fearful of making mistakes. We learn by our mistakes in life.
Only last week I said to a friend who had asked me a question about a life changing decision she was making. It’s not about what other people tell you to do; it’s about what feels right in your heart. Never be scared to take a risk, because no one is going to shoot you for asking a question or making the wrong choice.
BUT when you are sat in your rocking chair (I totally will have one next to a gin bar!) Will you question making sensible decisions over following your dreams? If the answer to that is yes then really think about it. In the grand scheme of things wearing red really isn’t a big deal, it may have been for 10 minutes but after that I got over myself. There are bigger things to worry about. So now you may just see me rocking red from time to time.