diary of an average black girl | a before & after story

before-and-after-style

While I can say that I’ve always had an interest in style…

…I can’t say that I’ve always been good at it.

My high school and college were years full of experimenting – trying to follow trends, trying to do my own thing, feeling I was standing out way too much and other times feeling I was blending in.

I confess, I never actually knew what I was doing, there was no method to the way I shopped, no science to how I put items together and no real understanding if an outfit worked or not.

I wasn’t tragic by any means, but I also wasn’t making it on any best dressed list. I had fun and was willing to try new things, but on a whole my style during those years was just kind of….meh.

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After college was the same story, trying things here and there, but never having that self-understanding or “it factor” that my more stylish friends seemed to have.

Then I started a blog.

If you know the history behind KATNP you’ll know it started out merely as a way to document my transition from relaxed to natural hair, with no intention to share anything about my style.

But then I tried a post, and another, and before I knew it I was being referred to as a style blogger.

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Now this sort of transformation did not happen overnight.

If you were to go back into my archives {note this is not an invitation to do so, because…yikes} you’d still see some questionable looks.

Never in a million years would I think the girl at the beginning of this post would blossom into a stylista.

And I’m not saying I’m perfectly styled now – far from it!

I still have days when I open my closet and have no idea what to do.

I still have moments shopping where I purchase something without 100% confidence that it’s totally me.

And I still have my share of fashion fails.

But even with all of that, I can feel myself coming into my own.

I have noticed more days where my closet feels welcoming rather than daunting.

I have noticed my style becoming more defined.

I have found myself feeling more confident, effortless, and joyful in my clothing each day.

And you know what – I want that for you too.

While my style growth has been slow and at times felt non-existent, I want to give you the opportunity to make life changes in just 5 weeks.

The doors to Style & Styleability are currently open.

This is your chance to learn in 5 weeks, what took years of style mishaps, shopping fails, and just plain confusion for me to figure out.

You’d be surprised at how clarity with your style can bring so much more confidence and joy into your entire life.

I can’t put into words how marvelous it feels to walk out my front door knowing this outfit is totally me and I didn’t put it together by chance or luck – but I actually had a method that guaranteed stellar results.

Every woman should feel that way.

I want you to feel that way.

So make this a time to say yes.

Yes to clarity. Yes to confidence. Yes to joy.

Dive in and take your story to the next level.

I’ll see you on the other side.

Thanks for reading!

xx

Ashlei

P.S. The doors to Style & Styleablity are only open till this Thursday {Oct 9}, so make the decision to say yes, today.

 

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2 Responses to diary of an average black girl | a before & after story

  1. LOVE outfit 2. And no lie, through your style evolution, you’ve helped mine as well. What would I be wearing now without you?!

    -M