Transformation {clothes create confidence}

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Today, I’m going to tell you a story.  The story of a woman that I met at a store opening and fashion blogger event.  It’s not unlike the story of the ugly ducking.  Let’s just say that when you look glamorous on the outside it is easier to feel glamorous on the inside.

The Reason She Dressed

A while back, I had been invited to a store opening and fashion blogger event.  The kind of event where bloggers are asked to try on the clothes and take pictures of themselves.

 

 

At first, I was a little reluctant to accept the invitation because I don’t really like these events and I had to drag along my toddler for the evening because I didn’t have a sitter.  Thankfully, he really likes the fashion crowd and we ended up having a nice time.

 

The evening was going along nicely and then SHE walked in:

 

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Real Mom Street Style – Meet Anna

You know those women who are just STUNNING.  Those woman that make you turn your head and think…. “wow she is beautiful”.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m a pretty nice looking lady, so I just want to make one thing clear…. thinking another woman is BEAUTIFUL doesn’t make you any less beautiful. It is not self-depriciating behavior to give a compliment!

I asked her “are you a fashion blogger?”

 Her response was “NO! Me?  No!  Why?…..Did you think I was one? Really? ….me?”

Um…… Ok. So you mean to tell me you are drop dead gorgeous AND modest….GET OUT!

She is an accountant from the Molise part of Italy and works together with a fashion blogger that was hosting the event. We started chatting and she proudly told me she was a MOM of two beautiful boys, then proceeded to pull out her phone and show me their pictures! She is sporty but LOVES dancing and is currently taking a belly dancing class.

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She went to the event to get “advice” from the bloggers there.  Others commented on her “old” look… she *obviously* needed to be updated.  However,  I really liked what she had on!  Nice leather, high heeled boots, a boxy plaid knit sweater, a fun hat and a great shift skirt.

She lacked confidence. And confidence is key.

After trying on a few outfits she started to feel silly. As though she was the hopeless outsider that no one could fix.  Then, she turned to me and said;

“I want YOU to dress me!”

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Really?  I’ve never dressed anyone in my life aside from myself and my son.  There was that one time, I picked out clothes for my sister and she ended up looking like a 65 year old retired school teacher from the 50s.  But that didn’t stop me!  I said “O.K.,  what colour is your bra and are you ok with showing a little skin?”

Transformation

Earlier in the night I had noticed this INCREDIBLY sexy, sheer black top which was elaborately embroidered with beadwork on each side.  It was stunning, sultry and PERFECT for her.  I paired it with a pair of red and black Jacquard pants and told her to put it all on.

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When someone tells you that you are beautiful, you become beautiful.  Which is why we should all tell ourselves we are beautiful more often.

As she changed into these clothes she transformed.

Who was this vixen sticking out her incredibly sculpted legs out of the change room?  Was it the same girl who was trying to hide before?

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Excuse me? Are we still in a small clothing store in Modena or have you just transported to me to some luxury cocktail bar in Paris?

 

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ALL EYES WERE ON HER.  She was centre stage, she was so incredibly sexy that she radiated energy and excitement.  These photos cannot capture the mood of this moment.  It was like a Vogue fashion shoot.  She modeled, she posed …. she knew she was beautiful.

Clothes Create Confidence

Have you ever tried on a pair of killer heels and felt instantly incredible?  Have you ever noticed that people only post pictures of themselves on facebook when they are at a wedding and are all dolled up and dressed to the nines?

When we look our best, we WANT to be seen.  I honestly think that there is too negative a connotation attached to the word “vain”.  There is nothing wrong with looking great and wanting to be seen.

Anna walked into that store a wallflower and came out a supermodel.  Needless to say she bought the hat, which was so perfect for her face and frame.  It made her FEEL good and it showed.

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And that is today’s story and real mom street style, happy Tuesday and now its time for the linkup!

REASONSTODRESS LINKUP!

 

I am SO HAPPY to say that I have my very first co-host this week,  meet Jill from Doused in Pink.

As a co-host I want to feature some of her recent looks from her blog, which is an everyday life and style blog.  She creates some nice combinations that can be easily achieved with items most women already own and I love her sense of community in the blogging world and her really positive attitude.

Please feel free to visit Jill this week and if you would like to co-host please let me know.  This is a free opportunity to introduce the bloggers I love to my readers!

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  • Porcelina

    Oh wow, what a lovely story!! It looks like it was quite a night, so many stylish people in one place. I will be sure to check out some of the other blogs you mentioned. And as for gorgeous Anna, oh my goodness, those killer cheekbones! I agree that she is an incredibly beautiful woman, and I love how you brought out her sultry side with your excellent clothes choices for her. I think clothes and confidence can be a funny thing sometimes – there can be occasions when I’m so brimming with confidence that I can walk out of the house in boyfriend jeans, a tee, and minimal makeup and still feel fabulous. There are other occasions when I have to dress ‘to the nines’ and put on my red lippy to get the same feeling. And there are times too, when a ‘sexy’ revealing outfit can leave me squirming and feeling very uncomfortable, and then I cover up and feel like a sex kitten! For example, the original skirt and boots that Anna wore would have made me feel very comfortable, and I probably would have walked tall in that outfit. Anyway, I’m babbling now, but it’s a great article. Thanks for hosting the linkup again! x

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    • I love when you babble and I LOVE your absolutely thought filled observations that are SO TRUE. Attitude is everything. I loved the way she was originally dressed to, but I think she was in an uncomfortable situation. And I also agree that I’ve been in “sexy” clothes and felt too exposed and therefore lacked confidence. First and foremost I think a woman needs to be comfortable, but that clothes can make that happen.

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  • ADA

    What a fun event and great story, Angela. As always I love stopping by here and linking up. And we have Jill co-hosting today – one of my favorites. She is always casual yet totally chic and stylish. Let me know if you ever like me to co-host. Thanks and Happy Tuesday!!

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    • Ada! I just visited your site and I LOVE the way you are remixing that lbd. Thank you so much for linking up!

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  • Angela Pavese

    this post is fabulous. My dear and beautiful Angie you described perfectly what was the core of that wonderful evening.
    take a woman (Anna) and wear her so she felt amazing to her that is beautiful. we already know but she does not believe it.
    You were very good and I’m happy to see you again
    bacioni
    Angela

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    • What a great night, So happy to have been there and to have seen you again and met Anna and all of the other fashion bloggers! Thank you for thinking of me!

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  • Happinessatmidlife

    What a great event and a wonderful story. I am glad you attended this event and was able to help a fellow woman feel beautiful.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    • It was such a great night. Not to take all the credit for her transformation….but I could definitely see and feel how she transformed.

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  • Heather Davis Wyancko

    Great story! She really is stunning – and what a badass transformation. I LOVE those slouchy floral pants. LOVE.
    Heather Wyancko
    http://thriftstories.me

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  • So glad you could co-host. I’m sure she is rimming with confidence in other situations, but perhaps being amongst fbloggers was intimidating.

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  • Katie @ Loverly She

    That lady is anybody’s ideal candidate to style – so gorgeous! Those pants are something else. I’m glad she bought the hat, it’s perfect. Well done Angie 🙂

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  • Tracy Miller

    You have the most interesting and fun stories! And you have so many pictures. I love it!

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  • This is such a cool post, and I love that you told her story from the evening. Sounds like a really fun event!

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  • There is so much truth to this. She looks STUNNING in that outfit.

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  • Fab post and what a stunning lady, love the little fashion show and how she grew in confidence! I want that hat! Thanks for linking up to #fashionfriday

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  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    Oh my goodness, this is so, so cool! And, she sounds so laid back to even let you bring your son 🙂 I bet this is an experience you’ll never forget, thanks for sharing the photos!

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