Youthful Confidence

Recently, my heart has been stirred towards the topic of confidence.  I feel it is a topic of vital importance this day and age.  So let’s get this conversation started, shall we?

Youthful Confidence


Our society tells us, there’s one way to look. One body type. One type of nose. One height. One beautiful. Then society tells us–“It’s okay if you don’t fit that one mold! There’s a surgery for that.” Basically–you’re not normal if you don’t look a certain way, but you can “fix” these things.

Um, no.

I’m so thankful I have the Lord in my life.  God is a Master Artist. The Creator. And He LOVES His creation. Through His strength and love, I can have confidence. Youthful confidence. A kick off your shoes, run around a field, kind of confidence. A joyful confidence that radiates from the inside, out! He made me and He loves me.

I asked 3 darling women, “How do you embrace confidence?”I know it to be so encouraging hearing Godly insight and wisdom, taken from people’s lives and stories. So here are their answers.


Priska 

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I didn’t steal this from Pinterest, but it may sound like it at first:

The way I embrace confidence is by embracing God.

Something I feel God has been downloading on me lately is that godly confidence is so much greater than self-confidence.  The struggle of “Am I pretty enough?” and “Am I worthy enough?” and “Are my body dimensions ‘right’?” are all cultural questions because culture believes self reigns supreme.

But from a godly perspective, God reigns supreme, so the place we put our confidence should be in Him.

There’s a verse that has been so present in my life lately.  Here’s the summary:

In my weakness, He is strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

So rather than “I’m confident that I’m good enough to enjoy life, be blessed, be a blessing”, instead I want to say, “I’m confident that GOD is good enough for me to enjoy life, be blessed, and be a blessing.”  I’m confident in His power at work through me that even in my weakness, He is strong.  Even on days I don’t like what I see in the mirror, He is good.  Even on days I look in the mirror and think, “I’m allllll that!”, He is good.  Just as good as days I don’t like my image.  THAT, to me, is a stable confidence.  It isn’t swayed by emotions or body dysmorphia or my own performance.  It’s a strong and steady confidence.

Personally, my waist line has grown and shrunk…several times over.  A few years ago, I was obsessed with working out – I spent 8 hours each week at the gym.  I was the skinniest, fittest, strongest I’d ever been.  But when I looked in the mirror, I was the least confident I’d ever been.  I was obsessed with my physicality because I was so ill confident that I was worthy of love.  Nowadays, I work out a healthy amount, and I’m also heavier than I was back then.  But when I look in the mirror, I see someone that God gave His Son to die for.  I see someone worthy of love.  I see someone who should be confident that my worth will never fade with time, age, wrinkles or cellulite.  I’m confident I’m worthy, because God called me worthy.


Sophie

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Well in my opinion, I don’t feel confident when I rely or depend on myself. The way I feel confident is when I rely on the Lord and know that what I am and who I am is a child of God and that’s where my beauty comes from.

When I look at my outward appearance, I don’t feel confident or beautiful most of the times. But when I am reminded about how I am fearfully and wonderfully made by the one who created the entire Universe, that’s when I feel confident.

I embrace confidence by embracing myself for who I am and how God created me. The times when I feel the least confident is when I try to be something I’m not.  When I try too hard to fit in or try too hard to look “beautiful” to cater to or impress a guy I like, I don’t end up feeling confident.  But when I embrace who I am (which is an awkward, quirky person who loves Jesus) that’s when I feel the most confident.

There are many prettier pictures of me posing for a camera in good lighting to make me look beautiful, but I chose this picture because this picture was taken when I decided to fully be myself and make a pine tree crown and pose next to a Christmas tree because I love nature and I love Christmas.  It’s a picture that shows off me as who I am and it shows my personality instead of just showing off another posed “pretty” picture.


Meaghan

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Embracing confidence to me is only possible when I truly embrace my identity in Jesus Christ.  It’s who He says that I am – forgiven, worthy, redeemed, wanted, and lovely – that gives me the confidence to face each day with a healthy balance of self-love and humility.  Why both? Because embracing your confidence is not screaming “I AM BEAUTIFUL” at the world; instead, it’s a gentle whisper in the ear of those you encounter saying, “I’m lovely, and so are you.” ❤

 

 

 

 


Thankful for the beautiful wisdom these women have shared, and I pray you are blessed and encouraged!

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Fall Makeup Look

Even on Florida’s warmer days, I can still indulge in some fall-inspired makeup. There’s just something about a deep lipstick that makes me feel truly autumnal. Festive, if you will.

While I will note the exact products I used to create this look, I am a firm believer that you can use similar shades and products and put together an equally lovely look. Perhaps even more cost effective!

So let’s get started. 🍁

F A C E

To start, I used Tarte Creaseless Concealer to touch up any blemishes. A little goes a long way with this product. I like to stipple it on, this way I don’t wipe the product right off. Try to find a color similar to your skin tone for best results. I also used a small amount on my eyelids to serve as a primer.

Next, I applied Bare Minerals Correcting Concealer in Light 1 under my eyes. For under eye concealer, you always want to choose a color that is lighter than your skin tone. That’ll brighten you up, babe. ✨

For foundation, I use Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in Soft Medium 11. Love. I have oily skin, so the matte finish helps combat that. However, if you have dry skin, I would recommend using the regular formula.

B R O W S

I used Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Granite to fill my brows. This could really be a blog post all on its own, so I’ll keep it short and sweet. Don’t color your brows like a kid with a crayon! I see this all too often. Keep it soft where your eyebrows are closest to your nose, and gradually get darker as you fill them in. I essentially “underline” and “overline” my brows with a clean line, and fill any sparse areas. Always blend!

E Y E S

Start by using a matte cream color across your entire lid. Pack it on with a fluffy eyeshadow brush to achieve a more opaque finish.

Next, use a medium brown/copper in your crease and outer corner of your eye. Use a dark, chocolatey brown to form a “V” on the outer corner as well. Now blend away! I use a soft eyeshadow brush to blend, but you could also use a cotton swab. Remember—the more you blend, the softer, more natural it will look. Finish with a touch of gold eyeshadow in your inner corner and your brow bone.

For that fierce Egyptian eye that I love so much, I used my most beloved Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper Black. On my lower lash line I used a brown eyeliner from Sephora to soften the look.

Next, curl dem lashes! I love the Tarte eyelash curler. It’s worth the investment. Finish with Tarte Gifted Mascara.

D E T A I L S

I did a quick contour here using Tarte Matte Bronzer in Hotel Heiress. (Can you tell I love Tarte?!) Then, using that same gold eyeshadow we used earlier, I put some on my finger and used it to highlight my cheekbones, the tip of my nose, and my Cupid’s bow (that’s the top part of your lip.) I find using my finger instead of a brush brings out the pigment more.

L I P S

A deep lipstick is what makes this look scream “fall!” The shade is by Mac Cosmetics in the color Diva. It’s a tad drying, so I typically put on some lip balm before applying the lipstick. When using a dark lip color, I recommend using a lip liner to prevent the color from bleeding.

I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and found it blissfully helpful! Makeup is an art–enjoy the process!

Dressing Fall in Florida


Fall certainly knows how to cozy its way into our hearts. Pumpkin patches, warm and spicy drinks, and the beloved sweater weather. 

Oh wait, it’s 90 degrees where I live. *facepalm*

To my fellow Floridians and residents of warmer climates, this blog post was written with love, for you! How to feel festive and autumnal, without risking heat exhaustion.

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There’s two elements I want to focus on:

Color and Texture.

While I can’t exactly break out my turtleneck just yet, dressing in fall colors certainly gives me all the Fall vibes.

Think cranberry, caramel, mustard yellow, olive green, orange, different shades of brown, gray, and black.

Pictured below is the perfect example of me wearing a cool, breezy dress in a very “fall” appropriate color.


When it comes to texture, think knit, sweater-like, fuzzy, and cozy.

Pictured below is this darling sweater vest. Gives off that cozy vibe, but still leaves plenty of breathing room.


Now, how you accessorize in the fall can be of equal importance.

Since wearing a beanie isn’t exactly an option right now, I love a wide brimmed felt hat. Makes me feel like a little lady. Hehe.


Boots are just too warm right now. And honestly, it’s almost embarrassing to wear them in 90 degree weather. I like to lean towards ballet flats (How cute are these pictured below (courtesy of Oka-B) in the port wine color?!), loafers and mules, and ankle boots.


I hope I was able to give you some fresh, festive, Florida, fall fashion! (I love me some alliteration! 😜) If I inspired you in any way, use the hashtag #theyouthfultribe in your photo. I’d love to see what you’re sharing and wearing. Here’s to hoping we can wear actual sweaters sometime this season!  🍁🌻🍂

The Little Linen Romper


| Shop romper here, and shoes here. |

Oh the romper. So much love for you. Whoever invented the romper, I’d love to give them a big hug, drink coffee with them, and be their friend. Because the romper is just about the comfiest garment that is socially acceptable to wear in public.

In all seriousness, rompers are not new in the fashion scene. They date back to the early 1900’s, as children’s play clothes. No wonder I love rompers! This kid at heart loves something that’s easy to play in! 😉 Women started wearing them in the ’50s, and they’ve reemerged through the years. Yet another reason to love rompers: timeless.

This romper in particular, is so effortless. It has a relaxed yet put together look. Being so versatile, you can dress it down with footbed sandals or dress it up for date night with some wedges.

And it couldn’t be more true: it’s all in the details. The gold buttons down the front. The low back. The linen material. It is all done so tastefully.

Well I’m off for a little adventure downtown! Being that it’s almost 90 degrees outside, I’m thinking I’ll throw on this romper. 

Lady in Linen




| Shop dress here, similar hat here, similar shoes here, and similar purse here.  |

When I was younger, I was quite the shopper. If there was a new trend, I would buy it. If it was on sale, I would buy it. But what ended up happening is, I had way too many clothes that I never wore. Half of my purchases were only in style for a couple of months.

As I grew older, I learned to buy more timeless clothes. Clothes that would never go out of style. If Audrey Hepburn would wear it, then I consider it a worthy purchase. Today, I’m all about quality over quantity. (But I still love me a good sale!)

Today I want to introduce you to this classic white linen dress.

Not only is this dress impeccably made, but it makes me feel like such a lady. It stirs up my yearning for travel. I’m pretty sure this dress would fit right in on the streets of Rome. Can’t you just see it? This dress. A charming Italian cafe. A bottle of lemoncello. A basket of fresh produce from a local market. It’s seriously giving me major Audrey Hepburn vibes from Roman Holiday.  

Pockets that I can sink my hands into. Classic button detailing. Perfect length. Breathable linen material that sways in all the right ways.

I’ll take this dress with a scoop of gelato and a cappuccino, please! You can bet you’ll see me wearing this darling sundress year after year!

(Great. Now I’ve inspired myself to look into tickets to Italy! I’m seriously dreaming. But dreaming is good. 😉)

Flaw or Feature?

Twelve year old me, sat nervously in an orthodontist chair as I was about to get braces.

“Now, Julia, we’re just going to take some before pictures. Can you turn your head to the side? We’re going to get a picture of your profile.”

A Polaroid picture was attached to my file. I glanced over, and there it was. My nose. Where did that come from? I’d never noticed that before. My heart sunk.

With a sore mouth filled with metal, and my new found discovery of my nose, it was a quiet drive home.

“Mom, have you seen my NOSE?!” I asked in a mortified tone.

“Yes, what do you mean?” She replied, confused by my strange question.

“There’s a bump.”

“And?”

“When did that get there? I hate it.”

My mom has always been so encouraging. She assured me that it was classy and made me look, as she would say, “distinguished.” It took me years to believe that. But I kept my little insecurity secret.

I remember going to my Nonna and Nonno’s house one afternoon, and my Nonno greeting me at the door with a hug.

“You look more and more Italian everyday. You are so beautiful,” he said with his thick accent.  He didn’t know my insecurity. What I saw as a flaw, he saw as a beautiful feature. An Italian feature. I will never forget what he told me that day.

However, I remained insecure for quite some time. I avoided pictures taken of my profile at all costs.

I didn’t have a single moment where I just suddenly felt better about it. It was a process. I started to realize that God didn’t “mess up” on me. I’m not some mistake. I am his beautiful creation.

Time and time again, we are told that your flaws are what make you beautiful. Maybe we’re looking at it wrong. They aren’t flaws. They are unique features that make us who we are.

Society tells us we have to look a certain way. Society is not the king of my life. I refuse to buy into their robotic and unrealistic standards. That’s boring and shallow. We are daughters and sons of the King who created us. And He doesn’t make mistakes. 👑

Today, I can honestly say that I love my ethnic nose. I’m proud of my heritage and I will never, ever want to change it!

In general, insecurities will come and go. But when they start to plague you, remember that your features are what make you special and unique. Now that is flawless. 😉

*Photo above taken by the amazing Stephanie Gamble Photography.