Hot pink blouse: Pleione via Nordstrom Rack (similar here) // Hot pink lipstick: Maybelline Super Stay 14-Hour in Eternal Rose // Black pleated mini: Forever21 // Wrapped chain necklace: Forever21 // Silver and rhinestone watch: Relic // Floral rhinestone bracelet: from my wedding // Black leather wedges: Steve Madden (similar here) // Round sunglasses: Target (similar Stella McCartney here, swoon!) // Black patent shoulder bag: Coach // Red nail polish: Chanel in Dragon 475
I have been loving my Maybelline Super Stay 14-Hour lipstick, of which I now own three shades. This hot pink ‘Eternal Rose,’ a fierce, red ‘Continuous Cranberry’ and an oh-so-sweet pink, ‘Ultimate Blush.’ I have gotten more compliments on my lipstick than ever!
Since I don’t get to model for my day job, I’m living out the dream here. (But, Karl, Michael, Valentino, Diane, Donna . . . if you’re reading this, I wear an 8 in couture sizing.) The beauty in this is that as long as I fit into my own definition of “the right measurements,” all is well.
If you’ve been paying attention to the Olympics, you know that swimmers’ bodies aren’t exactly 34-24-34. I have the medals and the scars to prove my allegiance to the sport, and although a positive body image is a concept I still struggle to wrangle on a daily basis, seeing people who have the same body shape as me (obviously with more muscle) on TV has helped me embrace my lanky limbs and athletic shoulders better than ever before.
I can’t tell you how many times I have started a shopping trip feeling inspired, excited to try on all of my amazing finds, but instead leave empty handed, feeling simultaneously deflated and bloated. When you’re 5’11” and your inseam is 5″ longer than average, it’s difficult to get hems to lay in the right places and easy to feel like the ill-fitting clothes make a misfit of you.
We all have our hangups. I’m just trying to make the majority of mine be on the people who plant these seeds of doubt — instead of myself.