Polka Dots and Plaid for Winter or Spring (...and a Rant)

This post is about my outfits below, but I wanted to get something off my chest that's been sort of bugging me for awhile. If you are uninterested, skip the next paragraph.

This is a huge time of year for people to try eat healthier, get more active, and/or improve their lives (obviously, Rachelle, we know this). Often though, instead of hearing goals about feeling better or having more energy, I hear "I just want to lose another 15 pounds" or "I want to be a size ___." Here's my little itty bitty prob with that: why are we putting so much emphasis on sizes and numbers? If you've done this whole try-to-lose-weight thing before, you probably know that muscle is denser and heavier than fat, so two people weighing the same could look 100% different depending on body fat percentage. Many people lose hope and become frustrated when they get on the scale daily and it doesn't budge, or they're gaining muscle before shedding fat (making you feel as if you are only gaining). As far as sizes go: ladies, you do realize there is no set criteria for sizing from brand to brand, right? I could be about 6 different sizes depending where I am. So, I'm just saying, as hard as it is, quit giving those numbers all the power. What truly matters- if you're a size 2, or feeling amazing and full of energy all day? Losing another 5 pounds, or being able to run around with your kids? I think we need to re-look at how we measure success in weight loss. When you are eating well, exercising and feeling better, the weight loss will come. And then it's just a suh-weet bonus.

Okeeeee back to clothes and stuff!! I am becoming braver with mixing patterns, and the other night I was playing with my clothes (you do that too right?) and I loved the combo of this polka dot blouse with a plaid skirt. I did a more winter-appropriate look with a beautiful midnight blue cardi and tan boots, then changed it up for this coming spring (anyone else ready for some sun? my ghostly white legs are if you can't tell) with nude heels, no sweater and chunky pearls. I think both turned out pretty cute! What do you like better?

Polka dots and plaid winter look- Old Navy skirt and blouse, Ann Taylor cardigan and BCBG boots

Polka dots and plaid winter look- Old Navy skirt and blouse, Ann Taylor cardigan and BCBG boots

Polka dots and plaid spring look- Old Navy blouse and skirt, Jessica Simpson heels, unknown necklace

Polka dots and plaid spring look- Old Navy blouse and skirt, Jessica Simpson heels, unknown necklace

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