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Outside the Comfort Zone

Outside the Comfort Zone

Perhaps one of the greatest things that I've learned this year is to love and embrace myself. Along with starting a whole new blog and stepping away from my old platform into this new one, I chopped off most of my hair! I had about shoulder length hair then cut it down to a really short pixie cut. Along with that big leap, came embracing myself in a new way. It was a HUGE leap outside of my comfort zone. That's why I love the idea behind Dia & Co's Try - Day Friday initiative because they encourage you to step out of your fashion comfort zone. Something I haven't quite taken the leap in yet. Dia & Co is a personalized clothing subscription box exclusively for plus sizes, and while I'm not plus - sized, I love their message and words of encouragement for women of all sizes to find and embrace their own unique style.

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Oversized gangnam print dress.

I love oversized things, especially hoodies or sweaters, but for dresses, I've always felt that a cinch at the waist or right under the boobs, gave my body a more flattering figure. I always felt that straight cuts like this make me look short and stumpy since it doesn't give my body any type of shape or figure. And I'm already short, so why accentuate it even more? But it's time to embrace the "You like it, that's all that matters," mentality. Unfortunately I did not have my handy-dandy boyfriend photographer to my disposal this past week, so the selfie in my work mirror will have to do. A part of me feels it drowns me out, the dress is eating me alive. But, it was so comfortable to wear! I'll definitely wear this dress again; you can hold me to it.

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Dark Lips.

I've always been a fan of this look. On other people. When I say "dark lips," I don't mean dark reds, I mean purples, dark purples, almost black. I've bought a few dark colors before, and only used them once before deciding I looked weird and it wasn't "my thing." But I always go back to them, thinking, "that's such a nice color" or "that looks really good on her / him" but never thinking the same for myself. This color is definitely the darkest one I own, and I've never reached for it. I think I tried it on once then changed it because I didn't "feel like" wearing it. Well. No more! After wearing it for the whole day, and then trying it again the next day, it's not that bad or as big of a deal as I made it out to be in my head.

Outfit Details:

My dress is from H&M [ on sale! ] as well as my boots [ H&M ].  Lipstick: Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick in the color Time [ Sephora ] I wore this outfit to work because it forced me to get ready, and stay in it for a long period of time. It also gave me a few encounters with words of encouragement from customers! Who would have thought?! Most certainly not me! It just shows to prove that a lot of us think too much of what others think of us and how they feel we will look in something. I hope this encouraged you to step outside of your comfort zone a little. Don't forget to tag me [ @KrystiEncounters ] on your Instagram posts of your outfits and #wearwhatscaresyou.

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