[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]My lovely readers,

What an interesting time for life. We exist in an age where our phones are a permanent extension of our hands – an added appendage in constant engagement, whether scrolling, liking, retweeting, etc. Though perhaps we, as highly impressionable beings, are blind to the inevitable side effects of this attachment – that unrelenting ‘socialization’ online is shifting our reality to a ‘what you see is what you get’ mentality without realizing that these virtual displays are quite often an unflawed, pseudo alter ego of their very flawed human counterpart.

In other words, social media is not representative of a person’s entire being. In fact, the representation itself is oftentimes skewed. We are connected with an endless collection of unauthentically poreless, bare-faced beauties who present a seemingly unwavering care-free façade to their expansive platform.

Consequently, this exposure raises personal expectations, causing people to frantically chase perfection on all fronts, only to be repeatedly disappointed in its unattainability. The chase though is just that – a constant state of activity, yet society tells us that the ultimate ‘cool girls’ are those who try, but not too hard. An effortless chic. One where a girl can slam an entire pizza with a side of beer + cheese fries on the regular and still look hot in a bikini. One where influencers like the Kardashians are glorified for taking a highly sexualized culture and branding themselves advantageously within it – flaunting bare, envy worthy asses that somehow defy human anatomy. Figures like these certainly place intense comparative pressures on self-image – a dichotomy of too skinny or too fat for the vast majority.

But perhaps in the center of this, we can decide to just be our own versions of ourselves – uniquely integrated within a society that instinctually conforms. Self acceptance takes the comparative element out of the equation – it assigns not one person as “better” or “worse” in relation to another. Rather, it simply prides each person as different. That sort of mindset removes a hell of a lot of pressure. I’m game.[/cs_text][x_line style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]“Often times, when we look to someone else’s life, we see aspects or qualities that are different from our own experiences, and we tend to label those as something we lack. In reality, what you and others around you are experiencing are different vantage points. There is nothing you “don’t have” or “have more of,” you simply have a unique view of the experience at hand and make original choices based on that fact.”

– ALEXA BROWN[/cs_text][x_line style=”border-top-width: 1px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]I hope to shape this platform into something beyond my typical fashion features. The singularity of that is not raw, nor is it realistic. I am a 22 year old (‘adulting’ is weird) who admittedly flaunts a top knot and athletic-ware 80% of the time, while stressing constantly about my professional direction post graduation. Contrary to popular belief, I most certainly do not have my shit together. That being said, I feel that I hold a great deal of insight (learned through countless mistakes), and this seems to be an appropriate place as any to formalize them – sharing with you, my lovely readers, as means to empower and perhaps intellectually entertain.

Cheers to authenticity of character. Please do let me know what you think of this sort of direction:)[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”https://www.lovings.co/wp-content/uploads/Sarah-Signature.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][x_share title=”Share this Post” share_title=”” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”false” email=”true” email_subject=”Hey, thought you might enjoy this! Check it out when you have a chance:”][x_recent_posts type=”post” count=”3″ offset=”” category=”” orientation=”horizontal” no_sticky=”true” no_image=”false” fade=”false”][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]