Did you all survive Fri 13th?
My day was quite thought provoking in many ways.
The first about Being Yourself...
Whilst travelling to a meeting along the Fen roads, I started listening to
a programme on Radio Four's Woman's Hour.....
It was an discussion about what you see when you look in the mirror.
A website had been set up by a lady to capture everyone's thoughts
and record details.
It really got me thinking...
What would your answer be?
Would you love to say a glamorous Hollywood star with a bank balance to match?
I only see a bog standard Fen girl....frizzy, curly hair that never seems tamed no matter
how much product I use, with a plain looking face filled full of freckles
and a rosy glow, but underneath it all I really hope that my personality shines through instead of my looks.
It has taken me many years to feel happy with my reflection which was what the
main point of the discussion was around.
One of the interviewees had a visual impairment and described
how looks were so insignificant to her.
She looked for someone's voice, their personality and their warmth which
was really beautiful to listen to.
It was a refreshing discussion but highlighted just how the woman of 2013 is under so much pressure
to 'look' a certain way. I think if you asked a poll of many women they would all say the same...
and that is although they enjoy wearing make-up and smart clothes, many feel
under pressure by society to conform.
How many of you can't wait to get in and relax with your PJ's in front of the box
and be the real you?
I do think it is such a shame we can't be ourselves totally.
It takes a strong person to stand tall
and stick to their principles.
Over the time that I have been teaching my craft workshops I have
found that most people who craft are often not interested in fashion and make up
and express themselves through their crafts.
That's not to say everyone looks dowdy and unkempt...no, no, no....
just the opposite in fact. Often my ladies wear the most amazing
colours, textures and personal creations which is lovely to see.
Is that something to do with crafting?
Does it give you confidence?
I definitely think so.
Throughout the day I found myself looking at what people were wearing yesterday
which I don't normally do at all.
I also looked at the high street fashion in many shops
that most of us are expected to wear 'as it is in vogue'....
the materials they used, the colours, the designs etc
No wonder people feel dull at times....it made me question how some fashion designer thinks
that wearing a jersy tunic top that clings to every part of your body whatever your size or shape,
really can look good on you????
Or why a certain colour is fashionable when it may not suit your skin tone?
As for the finishing off of these garments...well don't get me started!
The more I looked at it all throughout my day I was getting so frustrated with it all...
it just reminded me why I hated shopping for clothes so much and I know so many other ladies do to.
Maybe that's why we are never content with our looks?
Maybe it is nothing to do with us personally but what we have available to wear and how that impacts on our mood for the day?
There was a time when there was no other choice but to make your own clothes.
I'm sure the ladies of their time didn't see it as exciting as we do now, more of a necessity.
But those dressmakers knew how to get clothes to fit their body shape,
wore the latest fabric designs and really looked feminine.
I do wish more feminine styles would appear instead of the slinky potato sacks that seem to be the norm
as I think it would do more than boost moral.
My worries are for our future generations...
I'm amazed that by listening to one little feature on a radio show has provoked so much
from little 'ol me....
but it got me thinking as to how many of you feel the same?
I want to leave this YouTube video with you which I came across
some time ago but think you lovelies may be interested in...
Be brave girls....
I'm no fashion model nor an expert when it comes to glamour but i do like to promote positiveness in everything I do.
When you look in the mirror...look at your own kind of beautiful....
You'll love yourself much more...
x x x