Best Dressed.

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Butterfly Romper, Floppy Hat: Thrifted.
Tan Clog Heels: Target.
Charm Bracelet: c/o Cutey.
 
Ever since the 8th grade I wanted to win best dressed as a senior. I was an awkward, shy, and badly dressed preteen girl. I didn't know who I was and had no idea how to find myself. I did know that I wanted to be fashionable though. I wanted to look put together and unique. Stylish yet still me. I wanted to wear high heels and fancy dresses, wear my hair in pretty curls and wear red lipstick. Too bad I had never even owned any of that in my entire life.

In the eighth grade I found out through a friend's older brother's year book what 'senior personalities' were. Scanning through his senior high school year book my eye caught one category in particular. Best Dressed. The girl and guy looked impeccable. Straight out of the magazines I looked at while waiting to check out in the Kroger. My heart sunk though because I could never be as beautiful and confident as those high schoolers.

But I decided to give it a shot anyways. To try my hand at being 'fashionable.' To break out of my shell, stop caring what people thought of me, and wear what I wanted to wear. I told myself that someday I would win the best dressed student of my 2012 high school class. And I have.

I sit here crying because all of my dreams have come true for me. All of the things I never thought possible for someone like me. A girl who came from literally nothing. Nothing. I defeated the odds. I overcame my insecurities. I found myself along the way and came out victorious with what I set out to do. I can't stop saying it over and over again. I am the winner of the best dressed senior girl.

I know it may seem so silly and superficial to some of you. To be so overjoyed at something as trivial and petty as a high school voting contest, but for me it is something that represents so much more. It represents not giving up. It represents going after your dreams. It represents I CAN instead of I CAN'T. It represents all of the girls out there who never think they can do something with their lives. It represents the promise that I'm not just going into fashion for the heck of it, but I'm good at something and passionate. It represents all of the struggles, heartbreaks, and loss of identity I've had over the years. It represents me.

I'm the happiest girl alive.

With much love, Lauren.
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35 lovely little notes:

Mandy said...

Congratulations Lauren! You really deserve it. Every time I see you have a new blog post I click on it immediately because I know that you will be wearing something fabulous. You really have a great sense of style and I am so glad that others recognize that.

Teaka said...

What a sweet post! Yup you obviously have a great ability to try new things and look totally awesome in whatever you choose to wear. Kudos to the award.
Yes sometime we feel silly for being proud of ourselves for something that we think others feel is superficial but it's things like that really go deeper for some people. Obviously for yourself this award isn't about trying to impress people but about you stepping out trying something new for yourself. That's awesome!
May this award inspire you to continue on to try new things and do the stuff you think you're too afraid to accomplish!
Cheers!

Teaka said...

What a sweet post! Yup you obviously have a great ability to try new things and look totally awesome in whatever you choose to wear. Kudos to the award.
Yes sometime we feel silly for being proud of ourselves for something that we think others feel is superficial but it's things like that really go deeper for some people. Obviously for yourself this award isn't about trying to impress people but about you stepping out trying something new for yourself. That's awesome!
May this award inspire you to continue on to try new things and do the stuff you think you're too afraid to accomplish!
Cheers!

Katherine McAdoo said...

that is AWESOME! it will be a great memory of high school for you at you grow older and it means so much to you. i'm also glad that you won - usually girls who wear the 'popular' brands (is hollister still ruling high schools?). and you deserve it - you definitely are well dressed! your butterfly print romper, amazing lip color, and straw clutch prove that! i'm impressed it was thrifted - i thought for sure it was from asos.

Claire said...

YAY YAY YAY! congrats! you're awesome xx

Teddi said...

awww it's something you can feel good about. :)

Kezzie said...

Oh I am so pleased for you! You are certainly the best-dressed person I know so you can have a bonus Kezzie awards- Best dressed oscar too! Enjoy the success!
(and loving that romper! Envious- moi?)

Hattitude said...

Hattitude Style Blog

congratulations!!! that is such a huge honour! especially when you dedicate so much time towards it! yahooo!

love your hat. i just think hats finish off an outfit so lovingly!

talk soon wild child
-Hattie
Hattitude Style Blog

Ana Nortcele said...

I knew you would win it! You have such amazing style, it would be crazy if they didn't pick you! I've never been best dressed in my school, but I know what it feels like to work hard at something and get recognized for it. You feel like you can fly,don't you?
Great job!
-A

Laura said...

Yay!!!!! You totally deserve it. I wish I would have owned the way I dress now back in high school. (The girl who won best dressed, now works at a Body Central ---that shows how badly my school clearly looked at fashion.) I am SOOOO happy for you girlie, because you are just so sweet and dress in such a rocking way, without following what everyone else does. Congrats again!

xoxo,
Laura
http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

P.S. I totally have a dress that is the same exact pattern as your romper; like the EXACT same. Twinsies! I will be sure to let you know when I post pictures of that dress, which I should soon because it is such a perfect spring/summer time dress. <3

bridget anne said...

nope, it's not superficial. it means something, and you're lovely. it's completely deserved. xo.

Two Buttons said...

I promise you, Lauren, that it is not superficial. It's only natural to be happy about something like this, and you completely deserve it. I adore your jumpsuit, the fabric is gorgeous.
X Jane
http://thetaleoftwobuttons.blogspot.com

Pretty Modest Bffs said...

Awesome! You really deserve it. I Love it how you can wear what you feel like. I can never have the guts to wear what I want but what others might think. I am being so inspired bye you. Thank you so much and I knew you could do it ;)

Keep Shining, Lizzy <3
www.prettymodestbffs.blogspot.com

Katie Q. said...

Lauren, I love this look of yours! You look so pretty and chic and glam, but the cute and playful print keeps it young! (I love how you wear hats, you always look so adorable and lady-like in them!) Ah, such a beautiful look!

And congrats on being best dressed, you do deserved it, becuase you have a style that is all your own!

Demy said...

I don't believe it's superficial. I believe it's perfect, fantastic, awesome. Congratulations from deep down! You deserved it more than anyone! Anonymous, you're so sweet... Ah, living your life productively making mean comments like this!

bethy said...

Well done! You deserve it.
You always look great.

Nerd Burger said...

How ARE you just so awesome? It looks as if that dress was just made for you. Gosh i enjoy looking at your blog. Congrats on the best dressed, i very much agree.

OrigamiGirl said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you. It also shows that the people at your school think more of you than perhaps you thought. And have excellent taste. :)

Anni said...

its a beautiful romper (:
you look amazing!

Felicia Gradowski said...

Congrats!! I'm hoping to earn that same honor at my school, but I'm not the most popular and those are all just a big popularity contest at my school.

Emily:) said...

OHMIGOSH! Congrats Lauren, thats awesome! I'm so incredibly happy for you, you definitely deserve it, you beautiful lovely little thing you! You are living proof that dreams of what you may not think are possible can come true, and become a reality. Thank you so much for being who you are, and inspiring me in so many ways. <3

Anonymous said...

owwwwwwwwwww gurl!! you deserved it!!! i'm so happy for you!! you see?? your classmates respect and admire you!! <3 C: this is a day to remember!! CONGRATS!

Jamie Rose said...

Wooo! That's so awesome! Winning best dressed is definitely an accomplishment. At the very least, it must feel awesome. You deserve it!

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