OOTD // Grungy Fall

When in doubt, tie a plaid flannel round your waist.
That's the motto I'm living by this fall, and it hasn't failed me yet. Remember this hi-low dress? Probably not, unless you have super memory and can recall all the way back to THIS post where I was posing on some railroad tracks.

I haven't worn it since because of the self consciousness I tend to feel with the clingy material around my midsection. I can't believe I let over a year separate me from this dress though!

I've been trying to treat my body right this semester, and aside from several sleepless nights (too many things to do! all the free time at night/early morning time! too much coffee! AH!), I've been doing pretty well. I've been challenging my body's capabilities more and more, and the confidence I've gained from doing so has been very rewarding. I don't care as much if my body looks "good" in clothes - because I know it's awesome, no matter what.

I've been doing Insanity, Turbokick, new dance classes, and a few free-weight themed classes (Upper Back & Glutes followed by Upper Body Blast typically) fairly consistently since the start of this semester, and it's amazing how much of a difference it's made. Not so much on physical appearances, but in energy levels, capabilities, and like I said earlier, my confidence! I'm officially addicted to working out, guys...yeah, I turned into one of those people. I actually get cranky if I don't work out now.

I've always been fairly active, but this semester it's been cranked up a notch. It may sound odd, but I had this dream a while ago that settled a conviction about my heart on being strong - in all aspects: spiritually, mentally, and physically.

Ever since my dream, I've been doing more reading (of all kinds), self study, and physical activity than in the past few years. It's been a sort of revival of sorts, and I hope it's not some hokey facade that will fade.

Much love,


Megan Butcher said...

I love your editing style, Linda! And oh man yeah, plaid makes every outfit better :D love how you styled this with the tribal accessories!


A Very Sweet Blog said...

I remember that dress! Linda, you look great in the dress! I think it fits you even better now, than then. So the exercising has paid off. Girl, wear it! Flaunt it! Be YOU! Don't worry about other people. Nothing is hanging out LOL

Ali Hval said...

Yay for you! Your body has always looked awesome, girl, and as someone who's gotten a little too obsessed with exercise to the point where it's unhealthy, I now firmly believe in strength and being able to do more more more opposed to just being thin for the sake of being thin. It's much better to have all that energy! I'm proud of you, lady. YOU LOOK HOT BUT YOU AWAYS DID. You're a babe. <3

Also yes, totally how you pose with a leaf. Teach me yo ways. :)

Unknown said...

Ok, first of all, love the photo edits here -- so creative! And yess, plaid shirts generally tend to do the trick, however you wear them :)

I'm glad that you're approaching body image in such a positive way! I feel like there should definitely be more of a focus on energy levels and good vibes when going about fitness, rather than physical appearances! Bodies are just generally cool!

Lily Fang said...

Reading this made me so happy! Physical wellness is so important, and I'm beyond happy that pushing yourself to stronger has made such a positive impact in your life. I feel the same way--I feel like a blob on my rest days and if I have to take an unscheduled day off from working out, I get super restless. Huge props to you for taking charge and killing it as usual!

Anyways, I love the splash of pattern and color that the plaid top adds. And that necklace is a fierce touch to this fierce look!

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Sybil said...

you go girl!!!

love your necklace!!! :D

Have a great week!
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Pam Scalfi said...

good for you! Keep moving, exercise is awesome to make you feel good about yourself :)
Love the outfit, and how you edited these photos :D the boots are gorgeous!
Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

Sandra Leiva said...

Looking great! Love your bag <3


Toks said...

The dress looks great and you don't need to tie the shirt around the waist although it adds a cute touch to the look. I agree with the working out, it's good for your mind as well as your body. xoxoxo

shanaz@RS said...

Addicted to working out? Hmm, that is one cool addiction to have. Hehe. You look amazing and I hear you about not liking the feel of when clothing sticks too tightly at the middle portion of the body. I'm so embracing the loose tops and dresses although I do sometimes wear skin-tight jeans to balance out the proportion. :)

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