Wednesday: Feeling the Love

hobo bags clutch snakeskin
dc fashion blogger alison gary
silver cuff bracelet
silver pendant
snakeskin clutch purse hobo international
ann taylor maxi skirt fashion blogger
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Shirt – Target (similar)
SkirtAnn Taylor
Necklace – bought back in high school (similar)
Bracelet – had since '97 (similar)
Shoes Sofft “Pavia”
Bag – HOBO Bags (similar)

Last night I broke down crying, but it wasn't from sadness. I couldn't believe the outpouring of support, love, and positive thought that came from yesterday's posts. I feel truly blessed on a daily basis to be able to know and interact with you phenomenal people. Thank you SO MUCH!! Seriously, I feel like a jerk typing this, when I want to give each of you a big bear hug. And please, take that positivity and passion and share it in your real lives off the computer. Give a compliment to a stranger, tell a loved one how very important they are to you, volunteer your time or services to help support a fellow woman. You all are such amazing people with such strength, even if you don't realize it right now, you DO make a difference in this world and you DO deserve to have your voice heard. And I heard you yesterday, and I am honored to have had that experience.

Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you!

Much love,
Alison

Oh, and the outfit?  This is my most fun, my most happy piece in my closet and I felt it was appropriate to wear it today to thank you all. 

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56 Comments

  1. June 24, 2012 / 1:40 am

    I am SO behind on my feed reader but MY GOD I love this. So much.

  2. nobodyssister
    June 23, 2012 / 10:00 pm

    Haven’t seen anyone mention the bag yet.  It is all kinds of awesome!

  3. June 18, 2012 / 8:27 am

    People are stupid, I could wear the same thing when I was 210 lbs that I did when 175 lbs & only get the compliment at 175. Could also wear a stupid outfit at size 10 & a great one at size 16 & get the compliment on the stupid one because I was more slim. Trust yourself 🙂

  4. June 18, 2012 / 8:27 am

    When the maxi is this full I only get caught in my heels maybe once a day (I too am a klutz), less full of maxis I wear around the ankle bone or else I trip on myself like crazy 🙂

  5. EmilyD
    June 18, 2012 / 8:11 am

    Sublime!  Can I ask a pedestrian (literally) question: Are you able to get around okay in the long skirt?  I just got a maxi dress (it comes halfway over my shoes), but fear I will trip and kill myself (I am klutzy).

    Also, once I lost about 40 pounds (was still overweight, since I’ve gained most of it back) and at the time someone commented about how I was really dressing better since the weight loss … which hurt my feelings because I have always loved and cared about clothes, no matter what my size.  

    I love your blog, and I love that you aren’t afraid to wear all kinds of colors and silhouettes.  You inspire me!

  6. tashia graham
    June 15, 2012 / 2:34 am

    Love that skirt! I have been a little intimidated by maxi skirts, but you make it look so effortless. 

  7. June 14, 2012 / 1:35 pm

    Love this look – would be a great go out with husband night sort of look – casual, yet very pretty and feminine.  You go girl, you rocked this outfit!

  8. Lawgirl
    June 14, 2012 / 12:46 pm

    Hi Allie, I missed this whole kerfuffle about the concept of loving yourself (controversial? duhhh). Anyway, go play Sardines & Pork & Beans and get yo’ groove on! Love, peace, and SOULLLLL xxox

  9. Rachel
    June 14, 2012 / 6:51 am

    Oh wow, what a mean person. Sometimes I just don’t get people at all. You see something you don’t like, you use the ‘back’ button or move on. Taking the time out to be mean is just childish. I love your blog, even though I don’t comment. I like that you are normal, like many of us. I often look to your blog for ideas and I hope you keep posting for a very long time. xxx

  10. Patricia Doyle
    June 14, 2012 / 3:48 am

    I’ve just been catching up on the last couple of posts – I couldn’t believe that comment, but wasn’t really surprised to see the outpouring of support. You have a real community here and are definitely appreciated!    Patricia

  11. June 14, 2012 / 1:22 am

     Oh what a wonderful post… I love that, aspire to inspire. I hope to be that woman in the market when I grow up!

  12. Thrift store mama
    June 14, 2012 / 1:08 am

    I wore an outfit today (instead of just clothes) because of you !!!

  13. crtfly
    June 14, 2012 / 12:19 am

    Allie,

    As I’ve said before, I’m only slightly interested in fashion. But I am very interested in you and what you have to say.  Because of you, I now dress better and feel better about me. I got 2, count  ’em, two compliments on how I looked in a month’s time. What’s the big deal, you say? I NEVER get compliments on how I look so that is a 200% improvement.

    Thank you for all you do for all of us!

    Chris

  14. Cynthia Washburn
    June 13, 2012 / 11:03 pm

    I don’t understand why so many women waste so much time being so ugly to each other and so judgmental about each other. Is it because we’re trained from an early age that we’re all in competition for the “best” men – the highest earners, the alpha males? Or is it just that the mean girls from junior high never grow up? I don’t know, but I don’t have time to be nasty to other people or worry about the choices that they make – and it doesn’t make me feel better to see a sister stumble and fall either. 

    It must be a sad way to live – why not look at what’s really important in life and spend our time loving ourselves and each other? 

    I guess there’s still a boho/hippie part that lives inside of this fashionista, too… 

  15. Sonia
    June 13, 2012 / 10:57 pm

    Your down-to-earth writing style, your positive attitude, your radiant smile and your fashion bravery are highly contagious, and we can’t get enough of them…so don’t you dare go change a thing!  We love you as you are.

  16. June 13, 2012 / 9:36 pm

    So lovely, as always.  Thank you for being you.  🙂

  17. Brigitte
    June 13, 2012 / 9:03 pm

    Bonjour du Québec,  It takes a lot of self confidence and courage to get that kind of unecessary and hatefull comment but still manage to respond as gracefully as you did. I’m 45 years old, which may in fact seem old if you’re 20, but does that number mean we are supposed to run around in our PJ’s. I’m not dead yet and I still  loves fashion as much as the yonger and thinner girl. I just want to dress the skin I have right now the best that I can and your everyday inspiration is a great hepl with that  I just wished there were more blogs like yours.  Continue de prouver à tout le monde qu’il est possible d’être belle à tout âge et ce, peut importe le poids.

  18. Beckee
    June 13, 2012 / 8:47 pm

    Love the outfit! Virtual hugs to you!!

  19. June 13, 2012 / 8:46 pm

    You are so right! We should spread the love. Imagine if each one of us has told five people something nice. Pay it forward and all that. Sounds hokey, but it’s so true!

  20. June 13, 2012 / 8:29 pm

    Robin, I hope you don’t mind if I steal the quote for my office, my kitchen, my mirror.

  21. June 13, 2012 / 8:28 pm

    i think the outfit is PERFECT for today! it’s so happy – we love you. LOVE.

  22. June 13, 2012 / 7:52 pm

    Thanks Melissa! I was thinking of wearing this today with my black blazer, but I felt I needed something a bit more lighthearted. I wore a white shirt knotted with my red maxi last week and liked the effect so decided to try this out and like this combo too! 🙂

  23. Melissa Forrester
    June 13, 2012 / 7:49 pm

    I really love this skirt on you! I loved it when you matched it with a black top but this is really cute as well! I would never have put the jean shirt with the “fancy” pink skirt! Looks great! 

  24. Robin
    June 13, 2012 / 7:35 pm

    I am 10 years older than you!  It’s very tough for an almost 50 year old in the working world to look at those pretty, young (and skinny) things and not feel insecure.  I need that quote EVERYDAY!  Always keep that confidence Alison.  I wish I learned that lesson and held onto it 10-20 years ago.

  25. June 13, 2012 / 7:28 pm

    That is a FABULOUS quote! I was just emailing with a friend on how time can bring self confidence. I think of myself at 27 and myself now at 37, and with my life experiences and time to heal and learn from them, I am so much better and more confident of a person now. Time heals all wounds, and time helps us understand, respect and love our selves. <3

  26. Robin
    June 13, 2012 / 7:03 pm

    I love you too Alison!  I AM the average woman.  What’s wrong with those people???  I have a sign in my cubicle at work where no one can see it except me.  It’s a quote by Teddy Roosevelt – “Comparison is the Thief of Joy”.  I look at it everyday to remind myself that we are all different but beautiful in different ways.  Some days it’s harder than others and I hope eventually I can get your self confidence.  It’s a slow process.
     

  27. Amanda
    June 13, 2012 / 7:02 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that I saw your post about the hate mail on a friend’s facebook page and your response was so classy that I had to come over and subscribe. You have a new fan. 🙂

  28. June 13, 2012 / 6:59 pm

    Yu deserve all the love nd

  29. Karen Mae
    June 13, 2012 / 6:25 pm

    I love your blog and have for many moons.  That is all!

  30. ONEWEIRDWORD
    June 13, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    Now I’m all choked up…. <3

  31. Tina
    June 13, 2012 / 5:45 pm

    You look gorgeous! Absolutely stunning 🙂 And I really want this skirt…

  32. June 13, 2012 / 4:30 pm

    Beautiful!

  33. June 13, 2012 / 4:27 pm

    OMG girl, I am just catching up and honestly, I just don’t get people sometimes. Anyhow, I think you are FABULOUS and I love your blog. XO

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