Last year I discovered that my idea of how I looked was far from reality - I wasn't as colourful as I thought, and I didn't look as polished or as original as I hoped.
Until I started this blog shopping was so difficult. My wadrobe had many orphans and a lot of items that were worn out, outdated or too small. That has changed - now I buy things that will work with what I already have.
Some time ago I decided that my colours are Soft Summer. I have visited the 12blueprints blog many times as I like the idea that any season can have any eye and hair colour - that it's all in the skin and only to be determined by trying on the colours.
Dressing for my shape was another issue that I needed to address. T-shirts without any shape or waist definition are out of the question, as are boxy jackets and high necklines.
There's still along way to go, but I've taken the first steps towards building a wardrobe that allows me to dress in a style that truly expresses my personality or how I wish others to perceive me.
Along the way I have gained confidence (and weight). I'm not afraid to stand out, and I look much like the fantasy image I had in mind before.
Looking at photos of myself has helped a great deal, but without all you bloggers out there nothing in my world would have changed.
You have inspired and encouraged me. I have found lots of valuable advice and helpful guides. Above all I meet only respect and support, so THANK YOU!
Here's a few more "after" photos:
During the next year I'll focus on becoming a better photographer - as well as being an active part in the blogging community. I love following blogs, commenting others and getting comments.
I guess all there's left to say is HAPPY BIRTHDAY!