Fashion + Self-Love Party Recap and Game Results

On February 14th, 2018, the first ever Fashion + Self-Love party came to completion.
Two weeks were set aside, here on Story Behind The Cloth, for the purpose of celebrating self-love and -care through fashion. We celebrated through giveaways, games, and daily guest posts from 14 of my wonderful blogger friends. It was a beautiful experience and i’m so thankful to everybody who helped host and those who celebrated with us!

This post is for those of you who may have missed the party, or parts of it–Or for anybody who may want to reminisce and look back on the encouragement that was given during the event.

Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Eighth Round: Highlight Reel vs. Real Life – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Savana Rae talked about loving ourselves and having confidence despite how social media (especially INSTAGRAM!) can often make us feel.

Now’s your turn to find and photograph clothing that will put this idea to action!

Photograph one or more pieces that fit one of these criteria:
1. Your favorite OOTD from your Instagram posts
2. An untouched selfie–No filters, no edits–Just your beautiful self
3. That clothing piece that makes you feel unique and wonderful just as you are

Fashion + Self Love Party: For the Love of the Gram – A Short Guide for Increasing Self-Love Despite Social Media Influence

Guest post by Savana from Official Savana Rae.
Instagram has so much interesting content and impressive content creators. However, the bar is set very high. When the bar is set as high as it is, growing may become an issue. It mainly drives attention to the biggest accounts–which undermines the rest no matter how good your content may be.

I have noticed that a lot of people have been affected by this, and a big loss in confidence has increased in my fellow influencers and those who follow me.

I want to give you some self-love advice that I myself follow when I feel low, because let’s face it–we all have THOSE days.

This guide to increase self-love is one that I find incredibly useful, as my mom reminds most days that we all need to love ourselves first so that we can be at peace. Think about it this way, if you didn’t love yourself, how can you feel at peace?

Fashion + Self Love Party: Perks of Being Single & “Self-Date” Outfit Ideas

Guest post by Erriel from Erriel J’s Life Chronicles. 
I am only 21 and I enjoy being single, honestly. Not having to worry about someone else and just focusing on yourself for a while is refreshing, honey!
For Valentine’s Day I am treating myself to a “self-date” which means I will be taking myself out on a date! But, what do you wear on a self-date?
Here are my top 3 outfits for a Valentine’s Day Self-Date!

Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Seventh Round: Love Yourself – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Eliza talked about the benefits of loving yourself deeply and unconditionally, and how a little tiny bit of narcissism can ACTUALLY be a good thing.

Now’s your turn to find and photograph clothing that will put this idea to action!

Photograph one or more pieces that fit one of these criteria:
1. That piece you feel most attractive in
2. A piece you don’t own but think you would look STUNNING in
3. Outfit that describes who you see yourself to be

Fashion + Self Love Party: 5 Reasons Why Narcissism Can Actually Improve Your Life

Guest post by Eliza from Aesthetic Distance.
Narcissism gets a bad rap in the media and pop culture. When we call someone a narcissist, it is almost never a compliment. They have a reputation for being sociopaths. We say we can’t stand them, but research shows we actually tend to view them as more confident, intelligent and attractive than other people. Sure, at the extreme (which is called Narcissistic Personality Disorder), it can lead to a lack of empathy and a sense of entitlement. But then why are so many narcissists successful and well-respected? Since we live in a world of “the personal brand,” I’m here to dispute the bad reputation of narcissism and talk about the good parts of being a narcissist.

Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Sixth Round: Self-Discovery – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Imaan talked about experimenting with trends and new clothing styles for self-discovery.

Now’s your turn to find and photograph clothing that will put this idea to action!

Photograph one or more pieces that fit one of these criteria:
1. That piece you didn’t expect to like or look good in
2. That piece that helps draw you out of your comfort zones
3. A trend that you think you might try

Fashion + Self Love Party: Channelling Influences to Suit You – How Style and Identity Bring about Personal Change

Guest post by Imaan from The August Clause.
Identity is something that I have struggled and still do struggle with, and I can confidently
say that I have an existential crisis almost every second day. I took my personal experience
of struggling to fit into a specific mold and tried to make sense of it, with the one thing I
love– fashion.
The more I started to incorporate small, subtle trend pieces the more I saw the way I dress
evolve, and funny enough, the more I started to understand myself.

This or That #FashionSelfLoveParty Game Round 4

“This or That” Fashion + Self-Love Party Game Round 4!:
Which are your favorites of Gwen’s Poshmark items?
Like to vote for your favorites!

Fashion + Self Love Party: Labeled, Only By Yourself – How to Define Your Own Personal Style

Guest post by Gwendolyn from Reckless Resale.

We like clothing labels.
Could you create a label that fully describes your content? Would you be able to list all your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs? You can imagine the lengthy list of instructions on the label would require.
Practicing self-love naturally affords you with increased confidence, poise, and self-assurance.
Practicing self-love naturally assists you with defining your own personal style, labeled only by yourself.
Here are some simple steps to help you create that personal style:

Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Fith Round: Uplifted Attitude – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Lia talked about Uplifting your attitude through your fashion and beauty routine.

Now’s your turn to find and photograph clothing that will put this idea to action!

Photograph one or more pieces that fit one of these criteria:
1. A piece that makes you really happy
2. Best to wear on a bad day
3. Your favorite pair of heels

Fashion + Self Love Party: Uplift Your Confidence and Self-Esteem with Fashion

Guest post by Lia from A Southern Girl, Lia.
Fashion and the clothes you choose reflect and affect your mood and attitude.
The magic begins when you find a super cute outfit, you put it on grab some heels and Bam! You see a different person in the mirror and so you start acting like one too. Your confidence starts showing and you start building a high self-esteem. Don’t forget that little dance we all do in front of the mirror when we are feeling fabulous.
I hope that my step by step routine is of help to you!

Never Have I Ever – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game – Self-Care Edition

Never Have i Ever – Self-Care Edition.

1 point for everything you HAVE done!
Have you made good progress in taking better care of yourself?
Share: How many points did you get??
What are you missing?…Which one will you work on today?

Fashion + Self Love Party: Love Your Style, Love Yourself

Guest post by Alice from A Lot on Your Mind.
Two psychologists, Hajo and Galinksy (2012), coined the term ‘enclothed cognition’ which argues that your style reflects and affects your mood, health, and overall confidence. If our clothes affect our mood, why don’t we choose the clothes that express our best selves and will make us feel legitimately beautiful?
Here are some tips to owning your personal style:

This or That #FashionSelfLoveParty Game Round 3

“This or That” Fashion + Self-Love Party Game Round 3!:
Which of Lindsey’s outfit remixes do you like best?
Like to vote for your favorites!

Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Fourth Round: Wardrobe Love – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Lindsey talked about cutting back spending and making the most out of the wardrobe you already have.

Now’s your turn to find and photograph clothing that will put this idea to action!

Photograph one or more pieces that fit one of these criteria:
1. That piece you forgot about, but totally need to wear again!
2. That piece you don’t wear anymore, but can’t get rid of
3. That versatile piece that you can wear in a multitude of different ways!

Fashion + Self Love Party: Curbing Unhealthy Spending & Loving the Wardrobe You Already Have

Guest post by Lindsey from Have Clothes, Will Travel.
Living in a day and age where everywhere we turn there is pressure to buy the latest and greatest fashion makes it very easy to fall into the “retail therapy” trap. And to make it even more difficult, our brain actually releases the pleasure-inducing chemical dopamine when you buy something new…
…getting addicted to this high is not only bad for your overall self-esteem, it can, obviously, be very damaging to your wallet.
However, I’ve taken a few measures to correct this…
… the trick to it all is creating the illusion you have a ton of clothes by swapping out key pieces when styling your outfits with clothes you already own.

Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Third Round: Soothe The Broken Heart – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Josie talked about how clothes can comfort heartache.

Now’s your turn to find and photograph clothing that will put this idea to action!

Photograph one or more pieces that fit one of these criteria:
1. The coziest piece you own
2. That piece that saw you through hard times
3. That piece you really want to buy

Fashion + Self Love Party: What to Wear When Your Heart’s Been Broken

Finding Comfort in Your Clothes After Heartbreak:
Guest post by Josie Mills from Open Mind Fashion (OMF).
I kissed a few frogs on the path to meeting my prince, my husband. And along the way, some left me green and croaking for a while. In those tough times, I would become even more aware of the textures & qualities of my clothes–my clothes became a form of solace, and dressing up would help me get through the next day even though I wanted to die.

Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – Second Round: Comfort Zones – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Charlene talked about finding confidence by dressing outside your comfort zone.

Now’s your turn to find and photograph clothing that will put this idea to action!

Photograph one or more pieces that fit one of these criteria:
1. That piece that you like, though others may not
2. An item that kinda scares you (in a good, comfort-zone pushing, sort of way) to think about wearing
3. A piece that makes you feel like the strongest version of yourself.

Fashion + Self Love Party: Dressing Outside Your Comfort Zone

Guest post by Charlene McElhinney.
I rocked some tight fishnet styled jeans with some extremely
high heels and an awesome studded bikers jacket. It was totally out of my comfort zone, but
let me tell you, I felt like a total bad-ass. I felt incredible. Confidence burst out from
somewhere within me and it was evident in the finalized photos. And it all came down to
what I was wearing. It helped me to get right in to the zone, it helped me to feel fierce, it
allowed me to express myself in a way I’d never done before.

#FashionSelfLoveParty Activity: Learn to Love Your Body – Body-Positivity Printable

I figured that today calls for something different than the other games we’ve had on social media. I’ve created a body-positivity printable for you to reflect on yourself and start thinking more kindly about your body. This is for you to do on your own time–you can share it or keep it private. But do fill it all out! Sometimes, it’s not easy to love our bodies–But I swear to you: YOU CAN FIND SOMETHING TO LOVE ABOUT EVERY PART OF YOU.

Fashion + Self Love Party: Clothing Sizes Do Not Define You

Guest post by Alix from All Lady A.
We are all too aware of the huge difference between the same sizes in varying stores.
All too often do we pick up one pair of jeans and venture to another store to find pretty much the same pair of jeans requires us to choose three sizes up so we can actually get the leg past our knees.
Whatever your size, all of this can take a huge toll on our self-esteem. While it’s important to remember is the number on the label is just that, it’s difficult to convince yourself it’s just there to help you find clothes that fit when they’re all so drastically different.

Fashion Photo Scavenger Hunt – First Round: Savvy Shopping – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game

Today Deanna talked about savvy shopping, and the importance of not letting our clothes get in the way of living fulfilling lives.

Now’s your turn to find and photograph clothing that will put this idea to action!

Photograph one or more pieces that fit one of these criteria:
1. That piece you’ve worn basically a million times
2. The best deal you’ve ever gotten
3. That piece you can live in and do any activity without worrying about wrecking it.

Fashion + Self Love Party: Savvy is Classy – A Sweet Mess in a Dress

Guest post by Deanna from Lucky.Love.Life.
I’ve never been one to believe that you have to spend a paycheck to look nice.
You don’t need an $850 dress, or pair of shoes, or handbag, to fit in or look amazing. Buy what makes you feel cute and inspired but remember your life is about experiences, not things. You need confidence, charisma, and a rockin’ smile. No matter what you are wearing, you’ll be dressed to the nines.

Never Have I Ever – #FashionSelfLoveParty Game – Fashion Blunders Edition

Never Have I Ever – Fashion Blunders Edition!
We’re about to get REAL…

The most honest people win!
1 point for everything you HAVE done.
Share: How many points did you get?
Which one do you think is the hardest to overcome?

Fashion + Self Love Party: 4 Brands that Celebrate Diversity and Body-Positivity

Guest post by Cheyenne from Not So Faux.
Four Amazing Body-Positive Fashion Brands, and Why They’re Important:
If everyone was the same, this world would get boring, real quick.
I don’t know about you but I love when I can relate to a brand’s advertisements rather than wondering why none of the models look like me. Every woman, including yourself, should feel celebrated and not feel like they have to conform to one standard of beauty.
Here are some brands that celebrate every inch of your body and all of the qualities that make you, YOU:

This or That #FashionSelfLoveParty Game Round 2

“This or That” Fashion + Self-Love Party Game Round 2!:
Which date-night outfit would be perfect for you?
Like to vote for your favorites!

Fashion + Self Love Party: How To Fall In Love With Yourself This Valentine’s Day!

Guest post by Lena from Lena Dee XO.
Valentine’s is fast approaching and more than often we’re caught up on having a love life with someone else. I bet you sometimes forget it’s okay to be madly in love with yourself and the person you’re becoming. I’m here to remind you NOW is the time to embrace yourself!

This or That #FashionSelfLoveParty Game Round 1

“This or That” Fashion + Self-Love Party Game Round 1!:
Which giveaway item are you most excited about?
Like to vote for your favorites!

Fashion + Self-Love Blog Party Giveaway – Fashion Self-Care Package

To further help you remember what you learn from the Fashion + Self-Love Party and apply it to your life, we’re hosting a giveaway! The #FashionSelfLoveParty giveaway prize is a personally wrapped “Fashion Self-Care Package” packed with goodies including a free personal styling session, jewelry, comfy-cozy clothes, candies, a hot chocolate set, gift cards, and inspiration to help you relax, pamper yourself, and remember to love who you are and how you express yourself.

You’re Invited! – Valentine’s Day Blog Party

Celebrate self-love through fashion!
We will be celebrating varieties of beauty and learning how to better love ourselves for who we are and how we express ourselves! 14 guest bloggers will teach you how to overcome insecurity and embrace the beautiful, unique individual you are.

Fashion + Self-Love – A Valentine’s Day Blog Party.

Online Valentine’s Day Blog Party with Giveaways.

14 Days of Fashion and Self-Care.

February is a month in which many people celebrate romantic love, but forget to love themselves. Self-love is crucial; it gives us healthy confidence and makes it easier to truly love others.

Fashion is an industry often rife with insecurity. Glossy magazine covers and beautiful models can make many of us feel lesser. Both in our own eyes and our idea of the eyes of others. We feel like we need to measure up. But that should NOT be the case! Can it be different? I believe so, and so do my 14 guest-bloggers you’ll be meeting very soon!

This blog party will be celebrating self-love through fashion.

This event will take place within the 14 days leading up to Valentine’s. We will be celebrating varieties of beauty and learning how to better love ourselves for who we are and how we express ourselves!

Starting on February 1st, 2018, one guest blogger a day will be speaking to you about how you can overcome insecurity and embrace the beautiful, unique individual you are. You’ll be able to find all of these posts here on Story Behind The Cloth.

P.S., there will be games and prizes!

What will the blog posts be about?

The details are a secret! But each post will correlate fashion and self-love together. They could be about:

How clothing, the fashion industry, or beauty standards can cause a lack of self-love…And how to conquer that.

Ways you can use clothing to better love and uplift yourself.

Ways people misuse clothing as a way of giving false self-love (Like unhealthy shopping habits being used as a coping mechanism)…And how to gain better control and make better use of our clothing and money.

An outfit that symbolizes love to the writer and why. Plus what love means to them.

❤Mental health and fashion. Anything on how the two do or do not go well together. 

Let me introduce to you this Blog Party’s co-hosts, who will be guest blogging over the 14 days leading up to Valentine’s!:

  1. Lena, from Lena Dee XO. Day 1:
    How to Fall in Love With Yourself this Valentine’s!
  2. Cheyenne, from Not So Faux. Day 2:
    4 Brands that Celebrate Diversity and Body-Positivity
  3. Deanna, from Lucky.Love.Life. Day 3: 
    Savvy is Classy – A Sweet Mess in a Dress – Why You Don’t Need to Go Broke to Dress with Confidence.
  4. Alix, from All Lady A. Day 4: 
    Clothing Sizes Do Not Define You.
  5. Charlene McElhinney. Day 5:
  6. Josie Mills, from Open Mind Fashion. Day 6:

  7. Lindsey Puls, from Have Clothes, Will Travel. Day 7:
  8. Alice Allen, from A Lot on Your Mind. Day 8:

  9. Lia, from A Southern Girl, Lia. Day 9:

  10. Gwen Bielicki, from Reckless Resale. Day 10:
  11. Imaan, from The August Clause. Day 11:
  12. Eliza Romero, from Aesthetic Distance. Day 12:

  13. Erriel Dennis, from EJL Chronicles. Day 13:
  14. Savana Rae, from Official Savana Rae. Day 14:
    For the Love of the Gram – A Short Guide for Increasing Self-Love Despite Social Media Influence.

Are you able to attend? I hope you can!
Let me know in the comments!

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