June 2, 2015

STYLE STORY: LIKE A CHAMELEON


Have you ever felt like a chameleon?

To be more specific, have you ever felt like you're blending in so much with the crowd that you can't even find yourself?

When I look back at my early years, I remember when I had to buy those flare jeans, that body spray and that hair glitter from Limited Too. Just because all my friends were wearing those things. Yikes. But true.

There are many things I wish I could tell that little girl. Some of the important ones would be:

  • "You don't have to buy those flare jeans, you can buy that Hello Kitty skirt if that's what you want to wear."
  • "It's better to stand out than to fit in."
  • "Be kind. Especially when everyone else around you is doing the opposite. We need more kindness in this world."
  • "Be bright, be brave, be you."

Thankfully, over the years, I embraced my own style. Yes, I still care about what other people say about me or think of me. But I realize that what matters most is that I can look at myself and recognize who I am apart from the overwhelming crowd around me.

While I just shared about how you shouldn't blend in with your surroundings, I found myself in a chameleon-like situation a couple months ago. While shooting this look, I realized that the pattern of my top was similar to the pattern of the arch structure I was standing under. The arch was copying me! Perhaps I need to tell that little arch, "Be bright, be brave, be you!"Winking Face









Photography: Mayden Photography -- Photographer in the Chicago area specializing in weddings, engagements and portraits.

SHOP MY LOOK:
Top: Piperlime {Similar} // Jeans: Banana Republic {Similar} // Heels: Seychelles {Similar}
Clutch: Jordana Paige
Jewelry: Rocksbox {Get 1 MONTH subscription FREE with code joannaxoxo}

26 comments:

  1. This outfit and shoot are positively beautiful! I love the morning glow at the honeycomb -- the lighting couldn't have been more perfect for your shoot!!

    -- Sed Bona

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    1. Thanks Ashley! Hope you have the loveliest week! XO

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  2. Such a cute outfit and pictures!

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    1. Thank you, Amy! Have a wonderful week!

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  3. Such a cute look! Love the unintentional matching background!
    xo Adri
    www.adrilately.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Adri! I thought it was such a funny but perfect coincidence :) Have a wonderful week!

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  4. This is a lovely post - both the photos and the sentiment!

    Sincerely, Jennie

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  5. Love your top, the detailing is so pretty! I love the background of these pictures too!
    xo, Scarlett
    The Trendy Chick

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  6. Absolutely LOVE your outfit and equally love the photography!

    xo, Chanda
    http://www.mschanda.com

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  7. Love your advice, it's all so true! That arch in the pictures is awesome & looks great with your outfit! I'm stopping by from the Confident Twosday Linkup!

    Kristin
    Crumbs & Curls

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  8. First off, how much did you LOVE Limited Too?!? I was obsessed! Second, you look absolutely adorable in this post! I have wanted to shoot at this location for some time now and you just stole the show - you look so great and I love the photos! XO

    Anna
    alilyloveaffair.com

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  9. What a cool shirt! I love the little cutouts. And that necklace is the perfect touch. Great colours!

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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  10. These photos are *adorable* and I am loving your pumps!

    http://www.avecamber.blogspot.com
    http://www.bloglovin.com/avecamber

    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

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  11. What an adorable outfit! LOVE those shoes. Also your message is wonderful. I'm a substitute teacher and I mostly work at middle schools, and I always find myself drawn to kids who I can tell are comfortable being themselves, and being different. Love that confidence and glow.

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  12. I love this outfit AND the message of the blog post. You look fabulous and I adore the entire look is perfect. I love that you mentioned that it's better to stand out than fit in. Such an important message. What a positive post! :)

    -Adriele
    www.StyleAssisted.com

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  13. You look beautiful in this outfit! And I completely know what you mean, sometimes you just want to try different things out. Then, there are other times when I want what everyone else has because I like it but don;t want to get it since everyone has it haha! Love those shoes!

    xx,
    Susie

    www.SequinsandStrawberries.com

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  14. That top is amazing!

    xoxo,

    Kellie
    Carolina Clover
    http://carolinaclover.com

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  15. What beautiful photos, I love that the honeycomb sort of mirrors that lattice print on your top.

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  16. Beautiful necklace & top and I like the slightly uneven wash of your jeans. Absolutely beautiful pictures as well.

    Have a nice weekend!

    Alex - Funky Jungle

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  17. Fun pics and super cute look-- love those heels! Hope you have an amazing weekend!

    PS- Stopping by from the Fab Friday linkup, glad I came across your blog :)

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  18. I love everything about this! Be true to you is such an important motto! This look is perfection, and the location is amazing! Thank you so much for linking up for Passion4Fashion!

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  19. You look so pretty! Thanks for linking up to #fashionfriday

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  20. I found you on the Confident Twosday Link-up and I'm glad I did. This post is adorable! I really like your style. :)
    -Stephanie
    www.coffeeclothesrepeat.com

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  21. Goodness, I was there too. Limited Too was IT! lol Wonderful reminder to be original. Love the outfit! And GORGEOUS photography. For real, so pretty!

    www.dalaynadillon.blogspot.com

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  22. adorable outfit! I love those heels!

    stop by and chat with me :) http://storybookapothecary.com

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  23. Standing out makes one unique and noticeable. In some cultures, that'd be admired and appreciated. However, if one lives in an Asian culture (like me), a stand-out person is being hated my others since they're jealous of your success. That's why I would never want to live in such low-civilized culture.

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