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Be beautiful from the inside out

A1006 I know sweater

While this blog is about fashion and style, but it’s also important to update what’s on the inside, too. Beauty may be skin deep, but ugly behaviour cuts right to the soul. You can change this today.

While what you wear is a large part of a first impression, so are the words that come out eyes 1of your mouth. There’s a 1990 song by the Northern Pikes called She Ain’t Pretty, and the lyrics go: “she ain’t pretty, she just looks that way.”

I believe true beauty comes from the inside out. When the two don’t match, it’s like picking a nice looking apple only to find out it’s rotten inside.

Some people think being mean, bossy or critical gives them a certain level of power. But, truth is, it is very hurtful and leads to massive insecurities, body image issues, lack of self-esteem, anxiety and depression.

But, it’s a choice, people.

Every day, we wake up and we choose our attitudes for the day. Will I be kind? Compassionate? Grumpy? Mean? These are the real choices we make every day, whether we are aware we’re making them or not.

Valentine heartChoose kindness and compassion over meanness and cruelty.

How hard is it really to say something nice? Give someone a compliment. Admire their accomplishments. Celebrate small things. When you choose your attitude today, be generous with your kindness.

Let’s make the world – or at least our little part of it – a nicer place, and it, too, will be beautiful from the inside out.

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In praise of shopping

vintage shopping

Much is written about shopping centres and how the mall is being replaced with a keyboard. In the US, JC Penny and Macy’s are closing stores – key anchors in many shopping centres. As these and other retailers deal with reduced footfall traffic, many blame the rise of online shopping as the reason.Shopping bag

And, while it may be true, I certainly hope we never get to the point where people don’t ever have to leave their homes. Work online, shop online, read online, practice faith online, talk online…. The future seems bleak. And, quite frankly, lonely.

All of this is quite disturbing to me. For centuries, people have obtained their necessities from local shops. Shopping is not just about buying stuff – it is an integral part of our social lives. When we shop, we engage with new people, see old friends and reconnect with the world around us. We shop for entertainment as much as we shop for necessity. Browsing is a social activity; an opportunity to dream about goods we cannot (yet) afford perhaps, or to stay current with trends.

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Floor Decal at the Opening of Nordstrom Calgary

And, yes, while you can peruse merchandise online, it doesn’t get you out of the house to spend a leisurely afternoon, alone or with friends. You can see, touch or try on merchandise. You can’t interact with sales staff or observe life around you.

Hey, don’t get me wrong, I do my share of online shopping. But nothing beats a sunny afternoon strolling along a shopping district, popping in and out of stores.

Go outside and play!