'Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.'

'Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.' - Coco Chanel
I'm sure you've all noticed, but I do love a good quote, and this one is definitely one of my favourites.

I was reminded a few days ago of just how far I've come in the last few years. It reminded me how much I used to switch 'me' up depending on who I was with, because I was convinced that different people would only accept a certain type of person, and I was convinced that I'd never be that type.

I guess I didn't really know who I was, as cliche as that sounds. I didn't realise that you shouldn't need to pretend to be someone that you're not all the time, just for people to accept you.

I didn't have any faith in myself, and I didn't really know what I wanted. I didn't really have many aspirations, and I certainly didn't have anyone that really inspired me.

Now, however, all that has completely changed. Maybe it's because I'm surrounding myself with the right people. Maybe it's because I've found something that I'm so passionate about, and that I'm passionate about making success of. Maybe it's because I do now have so many ladies that inspire me, and make me determined to emulate their successes.

What I'm wearing.
Dress - Forever 21. Shoes - New Look. Watch - Daniel Wellington. Bracelet - Thomas Sabo.

Life's too short to not be having fun, and it's hard to have fun when you're trying to keep up appearances, please everyone around you, and tip toe around your acquaintances.

I vividly remember the point at which something just 'clicked' in my head, and I realised that I just wanted to be myself from now on. I wanted to show the world what I really had to offer, and I wanted to stop hiding certain parts of me from everyone else.

The day after this, I walked into work in a new suit, with new hair, and I wore red lipstick to the office for the first time, and it felt really bloomin' great. I remember someone commenting that I seemed 'different', and that really made me smile.

And now, 2 years on, I care less about what other people think of me, I'm not scared to say daft things, and you'll catch me giggling more often than you'll catch me not. And it's a fabulous way to be.

Some of you may not know, but I used to dance a lot, and for a few years I danced competitively. Before we went into any competition or show, I'd tell myself to just 'dance like no one's watching', as they say. Dance like you do in your bedroom when your favourite song comes on, let go of all of your worries, and just enjoy yourself.

Being truly yourself is scary, but do you know what? It's worth it. Because people will appreciate you, they'll let you in, and they'll love you and all of your little quirks. And if they don't? Then they're really not worth your time and you should really waste no time in letting them go.

I can't even explain how much my life has turned out for the better since I started believing in this, and believing in myself, and so I'm just going to leave you with another one of my favourite quotes..

'Let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile.' 



  1. This was so so lovely to read! It's so important to always be yourself, thanks for reminding us that with this post! :) And how gorgeous are those pictures ahh you look stunning!! Xx


  2. I cant tell you enough how much i agree with this, its so refreshing when you finally decide to be yourself and only good things can come from it! And, damn girl, this dress is simply stunning, you look gorgeous x

    Fashion Dew // Bloglovin'

  3. Your photos are stunning! I love the quote and the story behind it. I love the way you styled everything.

    x. Cattleya


  4. I love love love this post! I totally agree - being yourself is so important and the day you choose to be is a really fantastic one. I've definitely become more comfortable with being myself since i've gotten older. Also, you look stunning in this and red lipstick is DEFINITELY your shade ;) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  5. This is so true! I always find I'm happier when I'm just doing what I want and what makes me happy.

    Ella xx


  6. This is beautiful, I love how confident and happy you look in your photos too, I really do enjoy your blog posts! I've managed to fall into a dark hole and I'm desperately trying to claw my way back up, starting with trying to find myself again and be happy with me and be happy not depending on anyone and man is it a struggle but if I turn out to be as happy as you I hope it works out for me because it makes me smile to see how happy you are!

  7. This was SUCH an inspirational post to read. I still get caught up in being who I think people will like, and changing for different people and still don't really know who I am. Hopefully this post will stick in my mind for a while and I can start doing what I really want to do rather than what other people want me to do

    Steph - www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

  8. Such a wondeful quote & wonderful thoughts on it :) everything you said is so true! also, you look so so lovely in these pictures x


  9. You look lovely!!! I have always thought the world would be better with everyone simply being themselves. Wear what you want, do what you want, love what you want. Also, that's a really great quote about never letting the world change your smile.


  10. Your photographs are sooo stunning, Soph! x