4.7.11

a secondhand topshop dress & my self esteem.

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Light pink Topshop dress, car boot sale, £3 - Shoes, Cow Vintage, £3 - Bag, car boot sale, £1 - Outfit total, £7.
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As pathetic as it may sound to some, this time last year (or even four years ago for that matter) I never would have dreamt of having a hairstyle like this or wearing such a short dress without any tights due to my lack of self esteem and confidence. But since I started my blog, not only has my personal style evolved ever so much, I've also gained a little more confidence in myself. I have to say thank-you to you all, because your comments and kind words have definitely helped me to slowly start to get over my anxieties and what bullies used to tell me about my appearance. It's honestly such a relief to actually step outside my flat looking like this without feeling completely hideous. Now that I can feel somewhat comfortable baring my legs, it's really going to open up my style and allow me to experiment with more clothes over the summer without being restricted to long dresses or tights. I can't wait! This bargain dress, which I picked up for just three pounds at Battesea car boot sale, will hopefully be the first of many pretty little dresses I find secondhand. Also, can you believe I'm not wearing any black?! I'm really trying to embrace wearing lighter and brighter colours, as my 'signature' neutral colours have been boring me a little as of late, plus lighter colours do work awfully well against my skin tone. Do you have any tips on ways to improve one's self confidence? Oh yes, and the winner of my little giveaway is Emma Jade, so congratulations lovely! Love, Jazzabelle.

61 comments

  1. It's so nice that blogging has made you more confident!
    And so you should be - you gorgeous in these shots :)

    http://thebeautifulendvintage.blogspot.com/

    x

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  2. Looking gorgeous and yeah for having the confidence to get your legs out, they're fab x

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  3. bullies used to get me down about my looks too. but i'm glad you don't worry about them anymore as you're absolutely gorgeous & this outfit is just perfect.

    thechicblonde.blogspot.com x

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  4. you are so gorgeous - and you always look lovely. I don't really have any tips for confidence . . . but for me, it came with age. Hang in there and keep at it. ck :) x

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  5. Thankyou for the comment on my blog, you're one of my favourite bloggers so I got ridiculously excited!!! And you're absolutely gorgeous so keep that confidence growing! I have the same problem, especially with bikini season approaching but honestly you don't need to feel at all insecure! That dress is stunning as well! Okay I'm going to be quiet now....;)xxx

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  6. I saw some photos of your in this on your facebook. You look absolutely stunning in light colours, I love the dress. And you said you'd never wear those shoes!
    Thank you so much too :D will send you my address now!

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  7. You look absolutely gorgeous and I love your hair like that! I found that blogging really helped me feel less insecure too which I am so pleased about! :)

    Maria xxx

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  8. I started blogging because I wanted to build my confidence to, i'm so paranoid about what people think and say about me that I still havn't told anyone i know (except my boyf) that I have a blog. but I think i'll get that stage soon. Glad your blog is having such a positive impact on your self esteem

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  9. Oh Jazz you look gorgeous! This dress is so pretty and suits your skin tone perfectly. x

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  10. That dress is so amazing and such a good bargain! x

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  11. Such a classic, beautiful dress! You look gorgeous in this colour.. wish I could pull it off, and have your bargain hunting ways!! Xx

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  12. Jazmine you look so gorgeous in these photographs. Pale colours really do look stunning on you. I am so proud of you for taking that next step forward. I know that it was hard, but you did well. You look amazing! I'm looking forward to seeing you in more pretty little dresses.

    Mum xx

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  13. Now Jazmine, we'll have to have a little talk! You are a very beautiful girl, and i'm pretty certain those bullies picked on you because they were jealous. Confidence does come with age (i only really wore skirts w/o tights after 18 too!) but take it from me, you should have the confidence to wear anything. I genuinely think you'd probably look good in a sackcloth ;)
    And you look ultra gorgeous in this. Love the hairstyle too
    x

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  14. i think that you are so pretty! don't ever forget it!

    http://asimplefate.blogspot.com/

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  15. I'm so glad that you have more confidence, you honestly should be more confident you are gorgeous! This dress looks so pretty as does your hair!

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  16. What a lovely post, that dress looks gorgeous on you xo

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  17. You look lovely in pale pink, and what a great find! I think a lot of us bloggers have issues with this kind of thing.. I have massive scars on my leg due to an accident and it's taken me a good long while to go out bare legged too. I guess eventually you just have to say, "stuff it" to the stares and bullies, and wear what you want, finally! xx

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  18. Yay for tightless legs! I agree with the fourth comment that my confidence has grown with age. I'm by no means 'confident' but moving away to Uni and being exposed to all sorts of new people has made me more comfortable in the 'natural me'- and now I quite like my frizzy hair and gappy teeth that I got always got teased about. I'm glad blogging has given you confidence and hope it continues to do so.
    ps thanks for the lovely birthday message
    -x-

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  19. Pretty dress! You look beautiful, and your hair is absolutely lovely!

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  20. the dress is really supercute and I totally know what you mean with the gaining-self-confidence-thing even though it was slightly different in my case because it had to do with starring-people and this small-medieval-little-town where I live ;) I always enjoy it to read your little texts! Maybe I´ll meet you in september ( because by then I´m going to be in London) in one of those secondhand shops you use to be ;)

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  21. I'm so so glad you're feeling ever so slightly more confident. I think it does come with age, but also, I always remember that not caring what anyone one else thinks of what your wearing or look like, is one of the greatest feelings. You are looking stunning in these photos, that hairstyle is so perfect on you! x

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  22. Stunning dress, I am glad you are feeling a lot more confident in yourself xxx

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  23. This colour looks great on you, it's such a lovely dress!
    X

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  24. this seems so different to your usual style & you pull it off so well. i honestly would kill for your legs. you definitely should experiment more with this type of look xx

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  25. I agree, blogging does wonders for self-confidence and style! I find it makes you understand and embrace your body more. You look fantastic - great legs!x

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  26. Bless you, I'm glad that blogging has bought you confidence. You're a gorgeous girl and you shouldn't think otherwise! Can't believe you got that dress for 3 quid, what a bargain!

    Love J.

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  27. You look beautiful :-)

    Nat x

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  28. you look so wonderful, jazmine! i'm glad your blog has helped you (: and here's to more pretty dresses and bright colours! xxx

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  29. wow, the dress is absolutely beautiful! love it
    Krissy xoxo

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  30. It is incredibly awesome that your blog has helped your self confidence grow, and girl, you look great, your legs are amazing! I'm in the same boat, I'm getting there, but do think that my blog has helped a HUGE amount!! :D xx

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  31. you look gorgeous! What a bargain. I wish i had your legs woman xxx

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  32. Yay for the more confident you! I can't wait to see what outfits you'll pull out in the near future!

    Congrats!

    Have a fun week!

    Miki.

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  33. wow, nice find on that dress, its gorgeous and looks as though it was basically made for you

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  34. You look gorgeous! I love the color on this dress, and those lace sleeves, and the way your shoes + purse compliment the dress.

    http://tri-skelos.blogspot.com/

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  35. You're such a beautiful girl, inside and out! I'm glad blogging has boosted your confidence, I've found the same thing myself! I love that dress it's so pretty, and the colour looks great on you! xxxx

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  36. In your last few posts i've felt like you'd be more confident, and i'm really happy if that's really the case! just wanna say, that you look very pretty :)

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  37. You look so cute in this dres!! x

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  38. You look amazing in these pictures (as you always do) and it's so nice that blogging as helped boost your confidence, you deserve it! xxx

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  39. I loved what you wore on Saturday. That colour suits you so well.

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  40. i don't have any tips but it's wicked to hear that your confidence has changed so much since you started. here's to the good times!

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  41. That dress looks so gorgeous, as do you! I'm glad you're showing all them idiots who have ever put you down that you can be 100x better than them. I think one glance at your blog alone just shows this. X

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  42. I love this look, you so pretty and sophisticated

    www.fashionisinthebeholder.blogspot.com

    xo

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  43. It's good to hear(read) that you've gained more confidence through blogging. I have no tips (as I barely have the guts to post a pic of myself on my blog without my eyes striked out) but keep doing what you're doing and I guess it will come. And how lucky were you to find that dress? I need to pay Battersea market a visit.
    strut mode

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  44. it's really nice to read about the positive impact writing a blog has had on you! good on you, girl! :) X

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  45. girl you look so pretty, dont let anyone tell you otherwise!

    Helen, X
    http://areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.com

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  46. The soft colors look great on your skin, and I'm happy to hear/read that you gained more confidence because of blogging (:

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  47. I really think you look fab! So pleased that you've gained confidence from somewhere, the dress is gorge and I'm 'well jeal' of your bagains. Your hair looks amazing like that too :)
    xo

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  48. Lovely pictures! The dress is so gorgeous!

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  49. Please take me carbooting with you? I need to find such bargains haha!

    You look stunning, you really do. The dress looks beautiful on you! Even better the fact it cost £3! Bet you didn't even try to haggle for that one, I would have bit their arm off haha!

    Sophie
    x

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  50. so glad blogging has helped you feel better about yourself.. i think you alwasy loko stunning! and this pale pink shade looks fab on you!! def embrace the lighter colours they work for you! :) x

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  51. That's fantastic that you're much more confident now!!! :) You look so lovely in this outfit :)


    Gem x
    www.twinklebug.com

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  52. This light colour suits so perfectly - pretty as a picture in fact!

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  53. It's so refreshing to hear someone embracing their beauty and not focusing on all their hang-ups. Please keep this up, as it's role models like you that we need as bloggers x

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  54. you looked lovely in this at st martin's! xx

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  55. You look beautiful. I'm so pleased your anxieties are slowly being let go of :); they should never have been around in the first place, bloody bullies. x

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  56. I feel the same. Blogging has definitely encouraged me to be more adventurous :) lovely outfit and hairstyle xx

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  57. Your legs are lovely! I wish I could feel comfortable enough to wear dresses without tights.

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  58. Girls who have low self-esteem generally go where society leads them. Unfortunately, the stakes are high if they mess up. “When girls who already have a low sense of self engage in any activity before they’re ready, their Self Esteem for Teens plummets even more,” says Beck. Often, such activity can be self-destructive or even harmful. The problem is that besides ruining their tween/teen years, these behaviors of Self Esteem for Teens tend to follow them into adulthood and affect their lives as a whole, then get passed on to the next generation.

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