Feel Good Friday | Part Two

Feel Good Friday | Part Two

TGIF pretties!  I hope you’ve had a great week.  Mine has been pretty darn good, I must say.  The past few weeks since starting the Spring Style Me Challenge have been some of my busiest in my life but also some of the most inspiring and fulfilling.  Just check out the confidence in these ladies and you’ll see why!
Spring Style ConfidenceI have gotten SO many stories of inspiration from this challenge that I just have to keep sharing them.  Here’s a little dose of some feel good reading for your Friday.  I hope you love it as much as I do!

“This experience has been amazing.  The Facebook group of other ladies, the postings and encouragement were way above what I expected.  I had NO INTENTION of posting any pictures of myself! 🙂  I just thought I would follow along on my own but…..I couldn’t stop myself from being involved!  I felt safe to post pictures even if they were awkward and not “perfect.”  I have gone WAY out of my comfort zone this week and I feel great.  My family thinks I have gone crazy a little bit and my daughter has asked me if I am having a mid-life crisis BUT I felt amazing wearing WHITE PANTS on Monday.  I would have NEVER purchased some of the items on my own and tried different things but I am so glad I did.  I cleaned out 3 giant trash bags of clothes out of my closet and I have purchased some other new items that fit me better and make me feel confident.  I am only 42 — I think I finally woke up and figured out that I can still be in fashion.  I don’t have to just give up and blend in so I don’t draw attention to myself.  Thank you so much for doing this.  I look forward to future challenges!” – Janet

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This challenge has brought a NEW me. I am a teacher, a mom, wife, and this has helped bring a smile to my face every day! I am getting compliments on my outfits from teachers and my students are loving the accessories!” – Karan

“I entered this challenge because even though my life could not get any better, I’ve always been insecure about my appearance. Except for losing baby weight, I’ve never struggled with my body. I’ve always considered myself reasonably attractive. Nothing special but good enough. My finances allow me to spend a moderate amount of money on beauty and clothes. I’ve never been stopped by stranger and generally don’t get noticed. Don’t get me wrong – I’m extremely confident about my abilities, but not how I look. This week I have turned a corner. When I enter the office in the morning, the secretaries stop me to check me out. A total stranger at Target told me she loved my bright green trench coat and my scarf. Even middle school students have noticed that I’m looking different. And they approve.  Earlier this week I texted my husband “I feel pretty” and he texted back “You ARE!” Maybe after a few more weeks of this I will believe it.” – Laura

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“Besides having a ton of fun waiting for each day’s outfit to be revealed and tweaking it to fit my style, one of the best aspects of the Style Me Challenge has been the positive new friends I’ve connected with on the Challenge Facebook page! The kind words, humor, and genuine care for others have been such an inspiration and encouragement to me. No matter the age, body shape, or walk of life, it’s been a confidence builder to have a safe place to show my style! – Jena

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“Just the thought of having all the right pieces and being ready to go out without having to stress about what to wear sounded like a dream. I had to sign up.  It’s been exciting, from getting the list on the first day to the unveiling of the outfits each day, but little did I know that the Facebook group would be the highlight of this Challenge. I’m always checking the page to see the new posts. The people are very encouraging to each other. How in the world do you have the nicest and most caring followers?!  My family and friends have given me many compliments and feel that I am getting out of my comfort zone. I feel that too. The great thing about all of this is that even when I’m not physically feeling my best, looking good on the outside can make a big difference on how I feel on the inside. And for me, that’s totally worth it. 🙂  Thank you, Alison, from the bottom of my heart.” – Cathy

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“First of all I would like to thank you for doing this. This is something I’ve needed for a long time. I’m a single hard working mommy of 3 kids, 2 with special needs. Both are doing very well now that I feel comfortable to give me some me time. I work with a bunch of guys for over 10 years and It’s got to the point that I feel just like one of the guys and I’m ready to feel like a women again. This is teaching me how to put outfits together and trying new things.  I’m definitely stepping out of my comfort zone with “The Scarf” LOL and the Maxi. The ladies in this group are awesome, supportive and funny. It’s definitely a pick me up and I feel good about myself. I’m looking forward to the summer challenge.” – Christine

These Chase Oaks Church MOM’s are adorable in their challenge outfits, don’t ya think?


FB Banner Generic Style Me PrettyIf you want to join us for the spring challenge, it’s not too late.  Just sign up HERE to get the shopping list and all of the days’ outfits immediately!  Here are some examples of the outfits we are styling.

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The summer challenge will be announced in the coming weeks.  If you’d like to be one of the first to find out when registration opens, get on the list HERE.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  See you back here on Monday for the Daily Style Diary.

P.S.  I still LOVE reading all of your comments but have to cut back on commenting until the Spring Style Me Challenge ends.  I hope you understand, my family misses me.  🙂

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Feel Good Friday!

Feel Good Friday!

Spring Challenge Collage 3Since it’s Good Friday, how about a little feel good post?

I’m not much of a crier so when I do, you know something has touched me very deeply (or hurt me very badly).  Fortunately my latest cry was for the first reason!

As I sat at my kitchen table Wednesday evening reading through the responses to an e-mail I sent out earlier that day, the tears just kept flowing.

A few hours earlier, I had asked the participants in the Spring Style Me Challenge what the challenge has meant to them so far. We’re only a week into it but from their Facebook group posts, I had a feeling I was going to get some incredible stories.  It’s been about so much more than a shopping list and some outfits, there’s something really extraordinary going on.

I’d like to share some excerpts with you today.

I am learning so much from this challenge.  And most of it isn’t even about outfits.  I have 45 pounds to lose to get to a healthy weight, and I have been feeling like I can’t look pretty.  The ladies on the Facebook page are so encouraging to each other, and when I look at their photos, I don’t judge them at all.  I just see pretty, stylish, and brave people who are putting themselves out there and being who they are with confidence.  I am so inspired by this.  I haven’t posted a selfie yet, but I am working up my nerve and I will soon.  Also, I am learning that being a confident and beautiful women is more about who I am inside and how I think than what outfits I have in my closet.  Most of the clothes I am wearing for this challenge are pieces I already owned.  This is teaching me that feeling pretty starts on the inside, and it isn’t about having the perfect piece of clothing.  It’s more about leaving the house with a pretty attitude.  I can’t believe the outfits I have found in my own closet!!  Going shopping is fun, and new clothes are awesome, but it’s more than that.  I have also learned a lot about the power of words and what kind and encouraging words can do for someone.  More than once I have been moved to tears by some of the posts and responses on the Facebook group.  What women doesn’t long to hear, “You are lovely, and you matter.”  We need to be saying these things to our friends way more often!  – Krista

My eyes are tearing up right now. Everyday I go into the FB page to see what everyone has on. To read the awesome words of encouragement by this fabulous group of women. What has this challenge meant to me? So much more than I can put into words. It’s so much bigger than “what am I wearing today”. It has made this insecure mom feel a little more secure. Day by day. It’s brought me “friendships” with women who are so kind and not one judgment will you find. It’s helped me begin to find my lost sense of style. To feel good when I do the dreaded drop off. You know what? I haven’t dreaded it one time this week. Nope, not once! I am so thankful for this Spring Style Challenge. It’s been a daily dose of fun and encouragement!  I am truly looking forward to Summer, Fall and Winter Challenges.  Thank you Alison for helping this momma get her personal groove back! – Patti

I never expected the community that developed from the Facebook page. It is probably one of the most unique experiences I have had…I love the support that people are giving each other. I love hearing other’s stories-so touching…the struggles with health issues, weight, self esteem. I love that because of this challenge that some are feeling so much better about themselves. I also am loving that I feel like I have a whole new circle of friends. Hope we can keep this group going past the end of the challenge because I truly will miss the words of support, the humor, and, of course, the selfies. 😉  Thanks again Alison. – Mary

I think the true reason I joined the challenge was to connect with some other women out there! I feel like I’ve gotten that, some extra attention from my husband, and a little boost in my self esteem. Everyone needs that once in a while 🙂 – Sarah

When I signed up for the challenge I thought it would be fun. I had no idea what an impact this simple decision to participate would actually have.  I have always loved pretty clothes and to dress up, but I have often lacked confidence in my style. When I started the challenge and joined the Facebook group, I became part of an amazing community of women!  The ladies are all so supportive of one another and encouragement is the theme of every post. It feels so good to tentatively share a photo and then receive wonderful affirming words. It’s the best! And everyone is stepping out of their comfort zone whether it’s to wear stripes with floral, leopard print shoes, or taking the “awkward selfie”. Beautiful ladies of all ages and from all walks of life have come together to try new ways of dressing. It’s been really fun so far and it’s only been a few days!  Thank you Alison for bringing us all together! Someday maybe we will meet face to face, but until then we will all be “getting our pretty on” in our individual towns and communities! – Phyllis

This challenge has been so beneficial for so many reasons.  One, I am always “waiting for that perfect size” to shop.  That usually leaves me with a few pieces that fit me and a lot of clothes that don’t.  I feel like the shopping list has given a wonderful set of mix/match clothing pieces that I am happy to wear.  I feel confident in everything and most importantly comfortable!  It’s also been such a supportive environment to try new things.  I really didn’t think I would post any selfies on the FB page.  However, in doing so each day, I am learning so many little lessons that are helping in “putting myself together.”  For example, what colors look the best on me, tucking shirts in vs. out, the best length to wear my sweaters, etc.  The best part, though, has been realizing how many women want the same thing I do and that we are all our worst critic.  Its really been amazing being a part of a group so excited about getting dressed the next day!  🙂  I am using this Style challenge as a way to focus more on me and improve many areas in my life, including diet and exercise.  My hope is that with each challenge you do, and I do hope you do one for each season, that I’ll be trading in my new boyfriend and skinny jeans for “smaller” size boyfriend/skinny jeans!  And adding, of course, fabulous new shoes and accessories!  Thanks Alison!  Keeping doing what you do!  You do it very well! – Heather

There are many, many more stories like this and I’ll be sharing more in-depth ones from some of our participants over the next few weeks of the challenge.  I hope you are all as inspired by these amazing women as I have been.  In a world where online communities can sometimes be ugly, this one has been simply phenomenal.

If you’d like to join us for the challenge, it’s not too late.  You can still sign up HERE and get your shopping list and outfits immediately.  Who knows?  You may already have all of the pieces in your closet and a new group of best friends waiting for you to join them.  🙂

FB Banner Generic Style Me PrettyNow check out all of the smiling faces and beautiful looks on these incredible women this week!  They are sure to make you smile too.  🙂

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Spring Challenge Collage 6Spring Challenge Collage 8Spring Style Collage 9Spring Challenge Collage 7We even have a few MOPS groups participating.  How cute are these girls?

Spring Style Collage 10I hope these pictures have you smiling too!

Have a blessed Easter!  See you back here next week for the Daily Style Diary.

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I Feel Pretty | Challenged

I Feel Pretty | Challenged

So I had this whole post put together for today that took days to work on, then at the last minute I had to cancel it because of a technical issue.  Time for plan B!

Oh well, that’s just fine because now I get a chance to share some of the awesome outfits happening over in the Spring Style Me Challenge.

FB Banner Generic Style Me PrettyOn Monday, the first outfit of the 21 days was released.  It contained four of the eighteen pieces from the spring wardrobe shopping list – a denim jacket, button down shirt, white jeans and leopard flats.


Spring Outfit OneDenim Jacket + Button Down + White Jeans + Leopard Flats

Here’s how I styled it.

041814-white-jeans-denim-jacketSome of the challengers did exact recreations of the inspiration outfit but a lot came up with some really creative pairings.  That’s what I love about this group – everyone is showing their style by making the challenge outfits their own.

Here’s how two of the challengers (ironically both named Lisa) perfectly paired it up.

Day One CollageIf you want to see how the rest of the challengers styled it, then I guess you’re going to have to come join us!  There’s still time to sign up.  Go HERE to sign up and get immediate access to your shopping list and the outfits.  No worries if you don’t have all of the pieces, we have plenty of improvisers in the group.  You’ll be in good company.


It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell us what made you feel pretty this week in the comments!

I Feel Pretty
There are just a few simple rules:

1. Follow GYPO. (Bloglovin‘, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest)

2. Link up your pretty post.

3. Link back to my blog (using the button above or your own link).

4. Visit other pretty peeps. That’s it!

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