Friday, July 25, 2014

Milkmaid braids, Blush, and Leopard Print

Milkmaid braids, Blush, and Leopard Print 1 Milkmaid braids, Blush, and Leopard Print 2 Milkmaid braids, Blush, and Leopard Print 3 Milkmaid braids, Blush, and Leopard Print 4 Milkmaid braids, Blush, and Leopard Print 5 Milkmaid braids, Blush, and Leopard Print 6 Milkmaid braids, Blush, and Leopard Print 7 Wearing:
Mock turtle neck top
Topshop bubble skirt
Zara leopard print pony hair flats
Vintage purse
Dior sunglasses
Mac "Captive" lipstick

When I was in high school, a classmate told me something that changed the way I presented myself.  It was the first week of our freshman year.  At start of one of our classes, he asked me, "Why do you always look so angry?"  Confused, I didn't say anything at first.  I shrugged and replied,  "I'm not angry..."  But he was very persistent.  He kept trying to figure out why I wouldn't ever smile.  I kept trying to explain to him that I was a happy person and that I simply chose not to smile.  But the more I tried to convince him, the more I realized how right he was (and how ridiculous my side of the argument was).

The truth was, I was too busy trying to look cool.  I thought if I smiled too much, I would look like a goofball or something.  "You should smile more," he told me.

That conversation haunted me.  It was not the first time I'd heard someone tell me that I needed to smile more.  But the fact that this kid made a point to tell me this before we even got to know each other made me realize the importance of smiling.  It sounds so silly to think about it now because I love to smile.  It's contagious.  And it makes me feel good to do it.  

So when I catch myself looking a little too serious in my photos, it reminds me of that time in high school when I was confronted about my non-smile.  It also makes me think of a friendship that blossomed out of it.

This is why I kind of regret not smiling more in these photographs.  Most of these were test shots.  I wasn't expecting to keep the majority of these.   But perhaps I need to smile even more so...especially during the test shots.  You just never know when it will "count."  :)

Happy Friday!

xo  Azu

49 comments:

  1. That skirt is AMAZING! So pretty and super versatile.

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  2. I love this outfit! You have a cute smile :)

    <3 Emi
    silver & lemon

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  3. Well you do have a lovely smile! I've been accused of this too. I honestly don't know why I always look mad . . . I'm just not smiley I guess!

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  4. You look amazingly chic!
    XO
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

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  5. You look lovely, dear!!!

    http://the-haute-strawberry.blogspot.gr/

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  6. Amazing outfit! Love that skirt


    http://helderschicplace.blogspot.com/

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  7. Gorgeous outfit, and I love milkmaid braids I have been obsessed with wearing them lately!

    http://thepreppysisters.blogspot.com

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  8. So true. I photograph myself frequently and learned that I look nice when I smile and not nice when I don't. So I do. Plus, smiling makes me feel better! Not sure how that works, but it does.

    BTW, I can't convey to you the depth of my admiration of the way you dress and present yourself. You're sooo beautiful and sooo chic. More than any other blogger I follow, you stun me with your outfit-posts.

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  9. so chic !
    xo

    http://devsnochaos.blogspot.fr/

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  10. ahhh you look stunning! <3
    Catching up with your blog after ages!
    Hareem x

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  11. Haha I'm the polar opposite. I have always been smiling a lot all my life, so much that people have asked me if there was something funny i was hiding. Happened a lot to me! Love your shoes! You have fantastic choice in shoes! Your outfit is really chic!
    xx
    www.JuneWantsItAll.com

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  12. lovely... :)

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  13. Super:)) xx
    Bianka
    http://ruhamania.blogspot.hu/

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  14. Very stylish and elegant look!!! You look so beautiful!

    http://fairyland111.blogspot.com/

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  15. I love how sophisticated this look is, yet the cheetah print flats add a bit of boldness to it, too! Great post!! :)
    ~Moll

    www.mollymac13.blogspot.com/

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  16. Love this skirt! So cute :)

    Shelf and Closet ♥
    http://shelfandcloset.blogspot.co.il/

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  17. You are so classy!!! I love your skirt!!!

    Ciao bellissima!!!
    Kisses
    http://expressyourselfbypaolalauretano.blogspot.it

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  18. I love that skirt so much and the shoes really compliment the whole outfit! Animal print is returning with a vengeance!
    Annoa xx
    fshnfrnzy.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. love this look! I keep wanting to try out milkmaid braids, but forget! Thanks for reminding me.

    www.thefancyfashioncastle.blogspot.com

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  20. This blush skirt is beautiful, I love the color and these oversized shades!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  21. What a great little story. I have always thought you have a great smile so that kid doesn't know what he was talking about.

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  22. Love this skirt. I'm a big fan of the midi length as it works really well for us tall girls. My favorite part about this skirt is the texture. The visual interest makes it that much nicer. www.stylegonerogue.com

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  23. I love your skirt very cute look!!!
    Please visit my blog and let me know if we can follow each other if we don't already
    Kisses
    Irena

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  24. LOVE that skirt!
    -Alex of http://snippetswithalex.com

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  25. so sweet and so pretty :)
    xoxo
    http://myheartaintabrain.blogspot.pt/

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  26. The texture on your skirt is amazing.

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  27. WHAT WHAT you are such a cute girl. It's hard to get smiling pictures sometimes! Seriously, I feel like I have to smile like an absolutely idiot and try waaaaay to hard to get a "natural" smiling picture. It's ridiculous. Anywho, I love that top so much and it looks superb against your lovely pastel skirt.

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  28. Amazing outfit! So romantic :))

    http://the-newone.blogspot.nl

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  29. Wow, what a SKIRT! I love it!
    xx

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  30. Dying over the outfit! You look gorgeous girl!
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  31. You look so prettty I love this skirt so much!

    http://ladyparisienne.blogspot.fr/

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  32. Wonderful skirt, I love the shoes too. :)

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  33. Lovely skirt!!! <3 <3 <3 Lucy www.tpinkcarpet.com

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  34. Aww, Azu! What a sweet story. I think I smile too often! I'm flashing a big grin in most of my pictures, haha. I have to remind myself to look a little more serious sometimes. #stylebloggerproblems

    And your recent comments about Escape Miami warmed my heart! I tried pinning from my blog too and for some reason Pinterest won't detect them! So I uploaded the originals manually on Pinterest. Not sure how to fix that on the blog though.. I better get on it.

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  35. Lovely look
    Adore this skirt on you, so sweet

    Kiss kiss.*Jo
    http://joandcompanystyle.blogspot.com/

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  36. u look great..loved ur style
    I've followed u :)
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  37. I love your outfit. I covet the skirt. I super like the styling. :)

    fashion-sage.blogspot.com

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  38. So obsessed with this look!! Amazing!
    xo Kat
    www.withlovefromkat.com

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