With these two girls and their moms in town this past week, we spent quite a bit of time talking about beauty. How do you teach a girl to believe she is beautiful just the way she is when society seems to be dictating the exact dimensions of beauty? How do you teach her to find beauty in others and the world around her?
The conversation kept up all weekend and with two high school freshmen, a pediatrician, and a mother of three girls (my mom), there were plenty of opinions to go around.
I truly believe there is beauty in everyone, regardless of shape or size**, but you have to be looking for it. Finding that beauty easily comes from practice, and the ability to appreciate it usually comes from cultivating an attitude of kindness after being confident in who you are, confident in your own inherent beauty.
In celebration of finding beauty, I’ve teamed up with Clarins to take their 30 Days of Beautiful Challenge. Next month I’ll share a recap of using their Double Serum everyday for a month, but in the meantime, you can use your instagram to win some of your own. Simply share a picture of something that you find beautiful using the hashtag #30daysofbeautiful (I’m loving the incentive to notice beauty in the people and world around you). Scroll down to the bottom of the post to enter.
All these pictures from our day in Eden Park/Cincinnati Art Musuem and Newport this weekend:
^^the view of Kentucky from across the river
^^moms taking ‘usies’ (their new word for selfies of multiple people)
^sister love in Cincinnati
^^we stopped here for lunch (Tom & Chee is my very favorite place to eat in Newport or downtown) and I was so disappointed! we happened to be there on the day of their 2.0 restaurant launch which really meant someone on a loudspeaker through our whole meal, higher prices, smaller sandwiches, and a loss of that ‘hole in the wall’ feel. I really hope they aren’t making these changes across the board (or at least to the original downtown location!).
^Cincinnati across the river
^^the girls in Newport
^^the view of Cincy from Newport
It was almost 80 degrees that afternoon! ^^My mom and friend waiting for all the girls to be done taking pictures 😛
Nicole is wearing my Banana Republic skirt (old) and this cute top ℅ Lilies and Fillies
**I don’t think that beauty can be defined by a pants size or a body shape. I do believe that you can find beauty in any personality. I believe that beauty radiates from people with a humble confidence in who they are, in their own beauty. Most often that confidence goes hand in hand with taking care of their body. Healthy is not always a size 2, but after talking it through all week with my pediatrician, its never a size 34. Its not our job to judge other’s for their size, only to find the beauty within them. However, I don’t think this means we discourage people from taking care of themselves just because they don’t have to be thin to be beautiful. Exercise shouldn’t be a means of obtaining beauty, but a way of respecting our bodies, of improving our quality of life, and of loving ourselves.
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