Editor's note: For our last week at Style Lush, I've asked the writers to share both a favorite post by another writer, from over the last three years, and a favorite post of their own. You'll see these posts linked to at the top of their new post for the week. Enjoy a stroll down Lush memory lane!
Saying goodbye is hard. I will miss this site so much, and I will miss all of you - those who have read, those who have commented, and my fellow writers. Style Lush 4EVR! Before I go, though, my favorite posts were always Elizabeth's famous gift guides, because I used them to buy oh so many holiday gifts. And one of my own favorite posts was this one, where I talk about style memories from my mother. It was personal and close to my heart... just like Style Lush will always be.
As I wrap up my Style Lush writing career (for now!), one thing I have taken away from this site is how important it is to just be yourself. I'm going to turn 40 this year (hold me) and it's a little embarrassing that it's taken me this long to see it, but there you go. I am finally just embracing who I am and not feeling guilty about it. I'm never going to be the mom who does crafts and hand-makes everything for my kids' birthday parties. I'm going to buy cupcakes and I'm going to buy cheesy Disney princess decor. And my daughter will love her party and more importantly, feel loved.
I'm never going to be the person who tries out a dramatic new hair color. I like being blonde so I'm going to go ahead and keep being blonde, as long as my bank account will allow. Also, I'm probably going to be wearing a cardigan four out of five days, and continue to avoid chambray because it's 90s-ness confuses and frightens me.
I'm also going to embrace being an introvert. That's just who I am. I love meeting new people and learning about them, but I am a book-loving homebody at heart. A homebody who loves to laugh and maybe gossip sometimes and order that extra glass of wine when out with friends, but a homebody who is happiest with a quiet night in and my family by my side.
And I'm okay with it. All of it.
And I hope that you are, too. Because sometimes even the things we think are flaws are what make us exactly who we are. There is no one on earth exactly like you.
Writing for Style Lush has given me the freedom to embrace who I am. That's a gift for which I'll always be grateful.