Editor’s note: Remember Deanne’s SY Unlock Your Style story? And Paula’s Unlock Your Style family? This week, I received this email from new SY reader, Sheree. I was a blubbering mess by the end of it. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, I know by the stats that so many people read this blog every day but when I hear these stories of real people finding their confidence through what they read here, it just makes my heart sing. Thanks Sheree for sharing your story.
I’m a 37 year old mother of three boys, aged between 8 and 4. I work as a teacher, living in Central Queensland. Prior to undertaking country service, I lived in Brisbane. I have many friends and relatives living on the Sunshine Coast and it is like a second home to me.
I have recently stumbled upon your blog and I am so glad that I did! I haven’t a fashionable bone in my body. My weight has fluctuated over the years and it has only been over the past 12 months that I have managed to achieve my “happy” size.
Looking back at photographs, I have always been a bit of a dag. My summer style was shorts and t-shirts. Winter was jeans and long sleeve t-shirts. I had no idea how to accessorise an outfit. I have only ever owned two pairs of shoes … one brown pair and one black.
Being surrounded by boys, I have come to the conclusion that I need to embrace my femininity and start allowing myself some “me” time as well as allocate funding for some “me” clothing, shoes and accessories. I have been searching for hints and tips online (thank you Pinterest) and trying identify my style.
I’m not sure how I found your blog but I can tell you, I haven’t stopped reading it for the past week. I am working through every single blog post, clicking the links, checking out the products you recommend, experimenting with my makeup. I now own a BB cream and I had never heard of it until last week!
Each time I read your posts, I feel like I am listening to a friend. I love the fact that you live on the Sunshine Coast, you mention places I know of and you support the Maroons (Queenslander!!!!) I rejoiced when I read that you follow a gluten-free, unprocessed way of eating (I have been paleo for the past 12 months and I have never felt healthier).
Your fashion advice has been immensely helpful to me. I was invited to a girl’s night out and as these events are few and far between, I decided it would be a good opportunity to dive in head first so to speak!
Emerald has several boutiques and I visited each one over the past week. Luckily, they were all having sales so I felt less guilty about my purchases.
I chose this Polka Dot Wrap Dress by Leina Broughton, on sale from $219 down to $131. Now that I am learning about layering, I should be able to wear this for years to come.
I found the wrap in another boutique, down from $169 to $103. I’m hoping this will become a classic wardrobe piece that will see years of wear.
After reading your post about ankle boots, I took a risk and bought these Fiona McGuinness Engine boots and wore them with opaque tights. This is a new look for me, very much out of my comfort zone!
I have been lusting for a genuine set of pearls for a while now, but for the meantime, I found this strand in a boutique for $23.
Makeup: well, I am still learning how to apply the stuff. For this night out I used Garnier BB Cream (the only brand of BB I have managed to locate in town, but I haven’t yet exhausted all of my local shopping options) and dusted with Nude Mineral Powder (thanks for that tip!).
Now, as you can see, I found your post about taking selfies the day after attempting this photo. Needless to say, my husband is also pretty bad with a camera! My boys thought I looked pretty and their opinions are the most important :).
So once again, thank you Nikki. In the space of one week, I have managed to put together a look that I have never before tried, all with the help of your advice.
I’m off to Melbourne in a couple of weeks to see Pink in concert and I am quite excited about packing! Luckily I found your post about shopping in Melbourne today.
Essentially, the purpose of this email is to say thank you.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge, writing in a style that speaks to so many women across Australia.
Thank you for maintaining professionalism despite some of the negative comments I have read in the comments section.
Thank you for giving me the confidence to slowly build up my wardrobe with style.
Thank you for giving me the courage to spend a little bit more on quality and helping me to realise that I do deserve it.
Perhaps you’ve got a SY unlock your style story to share? Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.