March 27, 2016

Everyday Beauty

Happy Easter, all! Christ is risen and resurrected, or in Armenian, Քրիստոս յարեաւ ի մեռելոց:

Recently, I've had Manrepeller's article, Why I Don't Wear Makeup on my mind. I would be lying if I said I don't wear any makeup on a day-to-day basis- yes, I wear mascara and I fill in my brows every day. I used to, however, spend much longer getting ready in the morning. Hair in curlers, primer, foundation, concealer, translucent powder, lipstick, mascara... the whole nine yards. Until one day last May I cut a beauty regimen of over 7 years out completely. Of course, that's not to say that I don't enjoy getting dolled up on special occasions. On a typical day though, I love being able to leave the house with nothing but sea salt spray in my hair, mascara on my lashes, and some Burt's Bees chapstick on my lips. You're probably thinking, "where the *@#$ is Sophia going with this, though?"

Ever since starting this blog, it's been exciting to have (for the most part) honed my understanding of my personal style, and imparted some fashion tips and tricks to you along the way. Much of this involves spending time on InstagramPinterestBloglovin', and other social media sites. However, I do sometimes find myself wondering if my blog would attract more viewers if I "tried" a little harder with my hair and makeup. This is me being completely and utterly honest (not to mention vulnerable) with you guys- as much as I love my easy beauty routine, it's hard not to compare oneself with the hundreds and thousands of perfectly coiffed beauty and fashion bloggers out there.

Life on Instagram can look so easy and flawless, but it's important to remember that most people aren't going to post the not-so-glamorous aspects of their life- it's natural to want to showcase all of the exciting, more glam moments. Although many of us recognize this, sometimes we need a little reminder of what's truly important to us. For me, this blog served to unearth my personal style, learn to dress in a way which "just feels "right" when [I] dress in the morning, and...reflects [my] personality." 

Instead of questioning my own beauty when encountering other well-groomed, taller-than-me, and perfectly bone-structured women on the internet, I just need to remind myself of what makes me feel awesome- and that happens to be wearing a great outfit. And if that means walking out of the house with said outfit but with messy hair and almost no makeup, I think I'm okay with that.

Similar JCrew shirt / Gap jeans (old, similar) / Gap belt (almost samelove this) / New Balance sneakers (also love this!) / Daniel Wellington watch / Topshop backpack (similar for less) / Nordstrom sunnies (under $15!) 

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