Tonight, I find myself feeling nostalgic. I picked up the August issue of Vogue earlier in the day and just got around to reading it. As my fingers trace the model soaked pages, I can't help but remember a time before my daughter was born... a whole 10 months ago, not that long ago I know... and how I wanted to be next Anna Wintour and live in NYC with a small dachshund that I was going to name Jubilee.
I no longer read a magazine and want everything I see. Instead, I rip out the pages of things I like best and post them to my cork board in my closet for ideas. From those loose pages ripped from In Style and Vogue, I also threw into the mix a picture of me in me wearing my favorite coat in Grand Central Station some six March's ago and an old post card I found at an antique shop in Connecticut. From those sentimental photo's, I become empowered to use my own wardrobe pieces instead of feel bummed that I don't have that new trench from Victoria's Secret or Jimmy Choo cage boots (that Nicole Kidman looks incredible wearing in the new ad). I can still feel sexy and confident even as a new mom in the pieces that I already have. I think we as women need to be more cautious of what we already own instead of feeling depressed of what we don't have.
Today, I am the luckiest woman in the world. I have my bulldog who thinks he is a lap dog, a daughter to play dress up with, and a supportive husband who gives into my ridiculous addiction to Converse sneakers. I wouldn't trade this life for anything. So what if I'm not in NYC writing for a major glossy magazine. Now, when I tire out my mini me from a day of playing I still get to read my Vogue while dunking a cannoli into my cappuccino. If anything I feel at peace with myself that I get to be here right now. I'm relaxed with my family and I still get to dress stylishly too. That's the best part of being a wife and a mom... now I know how money works! And I get to use that money wisely and still out do myself fashionably everyday. The best part for me these days is finding inspiration from all the wonderful things around me and using them in my everyday style. It took me 24 years to realize what looks right on me.... and best of all, what feels right on me.
Racquelle Snow www.thestylelioness.com