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Believe in Who You Are

Believe in Who You Are | Natalie Dressed
Believe in Who You Are | Natalie Dressed
Believe in Who You Are | Natalie Dressed
Believe in Who You Are | Natalie Dressed
Believe in Who You Are | Natalie Dressed
Believe in Who You Are | Natalie Dressed
Believe in Who You Are | Natalie Dressed
Believe in Who You Are | Natalie Dressed
Believe in Who You Are | Natalie Dressed
Believe in Who You Are | Natalie Dressed
Believe in Who You Are | Natalie Dressed

Today I just want to remind you to believe in who you are.

Maybe you’re shy. Maybe you’re outgoing. Maybe you’re generous, funny, and smart. Maybe you’re quick witted, kind, and optimistic. Maybe you’re kind of weird. Maybe you’re stubborn. Maybe you’re selfish. Maybe you’re too selfless. Maybe you’re terrible with money but great in the kitchen. Maybe you can’t cook if your life depended on it. Maybe you’re a decorating rockstar. Maybe you’re adventurous, fun, and unguarded. Maybe you’re a homebody, sensitive, and have a big heart. Maybe you’re driven and determined. Maybe you’re distracted easily. Maybe you’re high strung. Maybe you’re laid back and down to earth. Maybe you’re all of these things. Maybe you’re none of these things.

The thing is, there will never be anyone with your mix of talents, strengths, weaknesses, and personality traits again. We are all unique combinations of traits and experiences, fears and beliefs, innate characteristics and learned behaviors. Because of this, we must not make ourselves more special or less special than anyone else. We must simply realize that there is only one us.

Believe in who you are because you will never exist again. Only you can bring forth the gifts you were meant to share with the world. 

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Photos by Crystalin Marie

Gap top (similar) | American Eagle jeans | Target heels (similar) | Urban Outfitters clutch | Ray-Ban aviators

black-and-brown-style

Black & Cognac

Black & Cognac | Natalie Dressed
Black & Cognac | Natalie Dressed
Black & Cognac | Natalie Dressed
Black & Cognac | Natalie Dressed
Black & Cognac | Natalie Dressed
Black & Cognac | Natalie Dressed Black & Cognac | Natalie Dressed
Black & Cognac | Natalie Dressed

Hey, gorgeous! I hope your weekend was fabulous. Besides some down time yesterday, mine was filled with almost nothing but great company. It was nice to have an entire weekend filled with minimal phone time. On Friday, I wrote about recently feeling an underlying sense of discontentment so being off my phone and engaged in real life this weekend was just what I needed. I feel recharged and ready for the busy week ahead! And it made me even more excited for a mini camping trip Seth and I (and Bailey) have planned in Big Sur next week. I’m going to make it a social media mini detox – I think it’ll feel really good.

I wore this outfit awhile back when we were having some gloomier weather. I love this combination of neutrals, especially the black and the cognac. I also love that this outfit is kind of matchy, matchy with the boots, the bag, and my hair. Cognac is such a classic color and can be worn with anything. And as great as it is for winter, it also works for spring. Below are a couple of favorite cognac cross body bags and boots. You can also get the boots I’m wearing here for $39.99!

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Zara coat (similar) & bag | Gap sweater & jeans (similar) | Cathy Jean boots (on sale)