Summer officially begins on June 20, but we all know memorial day is the unofficial start of summer in the US. All around me I see the signs of summer, especially living in Southern California, it seems we get an early start with our weather. Although we do have amazing weather most of time, the month of June is a strange time in California. We have this rare occurrence called June Gloom, I didn't realize till recently this only happens here on the west coast and not all over the country or even other parts of the world. I won't get all nerdy and scientific about it, but it basically happens most of the month of June. We have major gray clouds that cover the sun, and the sky is gray and gloomy, sometimes for the entire day. It's a strange occurrence since we are known to be a sunny state most of the year. Recently I have noticed how June Gloom will affect my mood, making me feel down and even depressed. This is not a great feeling, and sometimes I am not sure how to snap out of it.
This months #UntamedStyle theme is all about Summer Style, but kinda difficult to get into summer mood when the weather does not reflect the season. I had a cute summer dress outfit planned for this weeks post, but the weather ruined it. Ugh I woke up to really gray, gloomy and cool weather. It made me feel moody and just uninspired. So I came up with this outfit instead. My BF suggested we head to Newport Beach and take some pictures. Good thing he convinced me to stop moping around and get out of my pj's. Although this was not the intended outfit, I think it turned out OK. I decided to add some color to my usual dark outfit, to help lift my mood. I normally don't wear bright or lighter colors, but this top caught my attention (which I also have in black, of course). I really do think color helps change and affect your mood. Thank goodness, once we arrived at the beach the sun started to peek through the gloomy clouds. The day turned out perfect, we had some sunshine and a wonderful ocean breeze. My mood and spirits were lifted and I was so happy to be outside enjoying life! There is just something so magical about being by the ocean, breathing that sea air and witnessing natures beauty.
Sometimes I use to feel a bit awkward taking pictures out in public, wondering if people think I am being vain or self absorbed. Honestly I don't care anymore, I am doing what makes me happy, and its not about being vain. I think of it as self care and self love. Fashion and blogging makes me happy and keeps me going on days when I feel like hiding under my covers all day long. As I've gotten older I've learned that no matter what you do in life, some one will complain or dislike what you do. At some point you have to make yourself happy, regardless of what other may think or say. This is one of the reasons I started #UntamedStyle, to not be bound by any ones rules or standards, but my own. I hope other women do the same and express themselves via fashion.
This summer I want to do more outdoor activities and have fun outfit pictures to share on the blog. My style is a bit more casual and minimal, which is what I like. Looking back at some of my other outfits, I tend to wear jeans a lot. I thought my outfits may be too boring to share on the blog, but hey this is my blog, I'll wear and share what I like. I hope more of you feel the same and share your outfits here on Fridays. I am happy with the turn out so far and response to my linkup, hope it grows more each week.
Peasant Blouse: French Laundry via Marshalls $10
Jeans: H&M Plus $10
Sandals: Nine West $12
Bucket Bag: Old Navy $20
Sunnies: Fantas-Eyes via Fashion Ave $5
Thank you to all the blogger who linked up to #UntamedStyle first linkup!
I had fun reading all the blog post and getting to discover new (to me) bloggers. I hope some of you got a chance to discover new blogs and bloggers to follow as well. This week you have another chance to linkup any post featuring summer style, whether it be an outfit, beauty, hair or design related post. As promised here are my 5 favorite post who linked up. It wasn't easy since everyone had great content, but I'll stick to 5 post or you will be here all day reading this blog.
Go show some love to these fabulous ladies and visit their blogs. I loved all these looks, each one looked happy and confident expressing their unique style.
|Sheela from Sheela Writes.|
She has an awesome style in her outfits and also in her writing,
Go read her blog for thought provoking post and inspiring style.
She sure is slaying in her look and in her blog.
|Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge |
I really liked Shelbee's outfit with the cute tee and leopard slip on sneakers.
Shelbee is also a very good writer, and you will enjoy her deep thoughts.
|Ana from Scorching Style |
I've know Ana for a few years,
she was my Lucky FABB conference buddy until they went out of biz.
She looks so adorbs in this off the shoulder dress.
Go see all her other cute and stylish outfits.
|Nicole from High Latitude Style|
Well who can resist Nicole's smile and fab leopard print look.
I was so intrigued to learn she lives in Alaska.
It's easy to join and participate #UntamedStyle Link-up
Now its time for this weeks #UntamedStyle linkup. Add your links and come back next Friday to see if you are featured as one of my fave post! Also make sure you follow me on Facebook and Instagram. If you would like to be a co-host one week shoot me an email: info at veronicacid.com