When I was a kid, I was painfully shy. Like having to hug a relative felt terrifying to me. I felt invisible and uncomfortable with the feeling that I was asking for people to see me. My birthday was the one day a year when I felt like it was okay to be seen. And as a result, I cried every year on my birthday because the expectation of my one day to shine never seemed to match the reality. 

A few hours into my 28th birthday today and I haven't shed a tear yet. While I still have high expectations for my birthday, I realized that it's okay to be seen every day of the year, too.  My visibility doesn't make me selfish and in fact, my visibility has granted me some of the most rewarding relationships in my life. My visibility has made my career and business soar into places I've never thought possible. And most importantly, my visibility has helped others feel a little more comfortable in owning theirs. What I know now that I didn't know as a kid is that you don't need anyone's permission to be proud to be you. 

So since I probably spent my actual golden birthday crying, I decided to dress all in gold today and celebrate my shine and my personal style in two different looks. It's gaudy; it's bold and it's me. Here's to shining everyday. 

Fat Blanche Devereaux Realness

OUTFIT DETAILS

Metallic Lamé Surplice JumpsuitAshley Stewart

Black Fur Fanny Pack, Ready to Stare

Fat Babe (custom) & Bad Bitch rings, Snash Jewelry

Blue Platforms, Forever 21 (similar

Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Amethyst, NYX 

Party Girl

 

OUTFIT DETAILS

Tina Dress, Courtney Noelle 

Black Faux Fur Coat, Nordstrom Rack (similar)

Blue Platforms, Forever 21 (similar

Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Amethyst, NYX 

All things Ready to Stare are 28% off today with the code BDAY28 at checkout so go shop!

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