✨Shining bright in a room full of Speedos, as usual. ✨
Rarely do I feel so OVERdressed as I did this past weekend. 💃
It began thusly: Darren the Magic Man (no really, he’s a magician🧙♂️) and I were invited to hang out at a restaurant/bar in Venice Beach. SO I figure, no big deal. This sparkly jacket is basically two sleeves away from Sinbad on the High Seas, 🧞♀️it will be perfect.
Oh, how wrong I was. I vastly underestimated how casual Venice Beach is & exactly how come-as-you-are hang loose this particular establishment is.
With no exaggeration, there were gentlemen LITERALLY IN THEIR UNDERWEAR, BACKWARDS CAPS AND SNEAKERS AND NOTHING ELSE at this place. It was possibly the MOST bro of all the bro-y bars I have ever been to.
Then there’s me, sparkling✨like a Cullen in the afternoon sun amid the boxer briefs. And ’twas I getting the weird looks and comments. Can you even — 🧐
Nevertheless, I did not take my sparkles off even once. Past me would have seriously considered it, and present me did too (because it was v toasty out) BUT I persisted.
Because I’m at a point in my life where I’d rather stand out than blend in, ya dig ✌️
I think if we want to change things up, we have to get comfortable with being conspicuous. And I know it might sound trivial or foolish to say “LOOK I KEPT MY JACKET ON DESPITE FEELING UNCOMFORTABLE” but things like this are a step, at least for me.
Maybe this is you, too. But MAYBE if we get comfortable with sticking out in a way that’s external, we can warm up to the idea of standing out in a way that’s INTERNAL & vulnerable & REAL, too. 🥳
That’s when things really start to change. Too much of what we present to the world is a facade & that’s gotta stop.💯
I used to think fashion was armor🤺, whether I was sticking out or blending in. Now I realize it can be a mechanism to reveal what’s in your heart.
I’m okay with being a walking conversation starter if there’s a chance it can lead to having a real connection with someone.🤜🤛
Also, can we just all agree that only wearing boxer briefs to a restaurant is health code violation and should not become a trend🙄