Hello my dears its been a while since I’ve posted anything that wasn’t a strictly fashion post. Yes this one will have to do with fashion but I promise it will be so much more than that.
One of my favorite companies in the world: Unique Vintage has started a campaign I could not be more pleased with. The #iamunique campaign encourages people to really love themselves for who they are. Basically you use the hashtag and talk about what makes you different and why you love yourself for it…Sure it sounds simple enough but openly stating your truest self and your rawest emotions can be a little scary especially on the interwebs, where kindness, understanding, and acceptance aren’t exactly a common theme. But I felt called to take the plunge and put myself out there.
Basically I used to wear what was “in” and pretend to enjoy the things that “everyone else” did and in turn was miserable, truly miserable. By wearing what was “in” I felt ugly because #iamunique I have a less than common figure and most clothes aren’t designed to flatter someone with short yogi legs, a ridiculously long torso, and line backer shoulders. I only wish I could go back in time and talk to little Sarah who was crying in dressing rooms wishing to be like everybody else and tell her how happy she would become the moment she embraced her truest self.
I have loved the pinup style for most of my life, even at the age of 4 I worshiped Audrey Hepburn and her flawless glamour. But since pinup was considered over the top by so many I had resigned myself to boring socially acceptable clothes for far too many years. I was denying who I really was everytime I bought myself a pair of skinny jeans and a graphic t-shirt. But all of the denial stopped the very moment I slipped on my Unique Vintage wiggle dress “just for kicks”. Needless to say I bought the dress, but honestly it was so much more than that, it felt like I had bought myself the freedom to be ME.
My first real pinup dress changed everything for me.
By realizing how right I was about my fashion choices I carried that same confidence into other areas of my life. I no longer pretended to enjoy the music that everyone else was listening to, I would unashamedly tell people my big plans for the weekend consisted of of staying home baking, marathoning Doctor Who, and and snuggling my dog, and if I found something funny I would laugh my witchy cackle and maybe snort a little too. I was no longer ashamed of who I was. I loved me and I didn’t have to fit societies rules to do so.
I’m not like everybody else and that’s okay, in fact its more than okay, Its fan-freaking-tastic! By being my truest self I have had so many opportunities open up to me, I’ve become bolder, braver, happier and the people who have chosen to love me for the real me are absolutely irreplaceable. In all honesty I probably wouldn’t have half the friends I do now if I hadn’t started dressing pinup. I discovered myself, and a community of so many beautiful hearts and minds. I just want to extend a huge thank you to Unique Vintage for starting this campaign of self love as well as to my wonderful pinup community that inspires me daily and reaffirms me. Like I said in my #iamunique insta post “yes I am unique but that doesn’t mean I don’t belong”.
7 thoughts on “#iamunique”
YOU GO GIRL!!!!! I absolutely LOVE this post! Inner beauty rules!!! 😀 #iamunique
Inner beauty definitely rules! Thanks love!
So proud of you for being the beautiful ball of sunlight, love and positivity that you are ❤ So happy our coincidentally and inadvertent pinup transformation timelines brought us together.
My life is so much richer with you in it! Words cannot even express how much happiness our fun dancing cookies of a pinup friendship party brings me! I am so happy we have found our true pinup selves and found true soul mate friendship because of it ❤ I love you pumpkin!
*solemate. You’re welcome 😉 haha but seriously, ily.
#iamunique….. the latest blog that led me to follow you. I am so in love with your site right now Sarah Forshaw and I would totally wear anything you wear and follow all your advices because you are so inspiring. Today I made a decision to follow your blog and its the most important one today.YOU GO GIRL!!! LOL
oh my word you are the absolute sweetest! I am so humbled by you’re incredibly kind words. I hope you are having an incredible day lovely, because I am most certainly having a wonderful day thanks to you.