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Self-Care: Part 1 – The Importance of Self-Care

In relaunching my blog, there were bound to be some bumps in the road. First up: I’m not yet back in the habit of taking intentional pictures of my outfits (nor of waking up early enough to do so). However, I did get my camera and tripod out, charged the battery, and found my SD card, so we’re definitely making some progress.

In the meantime, here is another mirror selfie. I wore this outfit to see Bobby Bones’ comedy show on Saturday. Essentially, I just took myself on a date. After reading last week’s post, a very thoughtful and generous friend gave me the ticket, and I drove myself, sat by myself, and bought myself a drink. I really didn’t need to dress up to impress myself, but that’s never stopped me before.On a related note, did I wear neon orange to draw Bobby’s attention? Yes. 100 percent. Did it work? Not at all.

Nevertheless, thank you to my friend for the ticket – it was so very appreciated. And if my writing ever inspires any of the rest of you to give me things, please know that you are more than welcome to do so.

On my last post, my friend Sarah asked if I would talk about some of my self-care routines. First of all, thank you, Sarah, for the suggestion. I love when a friend recommends a new topic! Second of all, yes, I think self-care is a natural extension of my blog, as really, fashion is a part of taking care of yourself. Almost every contestant ever on What Not to Wear was someone who “was so busy taking care of other people, she didn’t have time to worry about herself.” (Side note: my friends and I used to spend significant amounts of time day dreaming about how to make ourselves look shabby enough for an extended period of time to qualify for the $5,000 shopping spree in New York with Stacey and Clinton. We never got very far.)

The point is, when you look good, you feel good, which impacts your confidence and overall demeanor. This affects, in turn, how other people perceive and receive you. So, while fashion may seem unimportant in the grand scheme of things – and, compared to starving children or drug trafficking, perhaps it is – it certainly has its place of significance in our lives.

Of course, fashion is just one part of self-care, and over the next few weeks, we’ll look at some different aspects. For now, though, this post is long enough, and I have reached the stage of life where I use 5 different products on my face every night, so I need to start the long nocturnal process. Please let me know if you have any other topics you’d like me to discuss – on self-care, or otherwise – and have a great week!






  1. Oh, What Not To Wear was my jammmmmm! Although lately I’ve been feeling like I could be on it with some of my college clothes I still have. Working on filtering out that closet!

    • Sarah_Beth

      September 5, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      That was always the first step, Christen – the purge!! Haha. I always thought, couldn’t SOME of that have been salvaged? But, who am I to argue with Stacey and Clinton?

  2. Oh man… you just made me miss that show something fierce. Love me some Clinton & Stacey… & some of the whackadoodle people on there. & always the reveals!!!!
    I love you treated yourself to a date. Always good to be kind to yourself 🙂

    • Sarah_Beth

      September 5, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      The reveals are the best part, always!! I loved how much just something as seemingly simple as a makeover – or really, the effort of people caring enough about you to help make you over – could have such a profound impact on someone’s life. That fact has always been an inspiration to me in my approach to fashion. 🙂

  3. I feel so special! I was featured! I’m looking forward to the future posts. And yes I soooo miss What Not to Wear! It was such a part of my growing up years. And I think many of us had the frumpy extended wear thought to try to get on the show… 🙂

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