By Nancy Despain

Embrace yourself - in every way, at every age.

You might ask why I’m writing this as a style segment. I really believe that fashion is of the moment, and style is unique to every person and timeless - ageless if you will. Part of your own personal style is embracing yourself, loving yourself, and being confident in who you are.

As our bodies change and we start to feel like the traditional standards of beauty are slipping out of our reach, we can be really hard on ourselves mentally, emotionally, and physically. We as women torture ourselves with food, with exercise, with ridiculous standards of how we’re supposed to look feel and act. I challenge this old-fashioned belief system of fitting into a cookie-cutter standard of beauty. I believe there’s beauty in everyone. In fact, unique qualities are very beautiful.

Whatever your best feature is, and maybe there’s more than one, play it up! Make it work for you! Embrace it! Whatever you love about yourself, enhance it and show it off.

I can’t tell you how disturbing it is for me to hear women who are getting a little bit older tell me that they have no value left (and it may be disturbing to you to know how often I hear it) because they aren’t young, don’t feel as beautiful and as needed at home like they once were.

Beauty comes from being confident. Honestly, that’s probably the most important thing! Self-assured, happy, kind, and loving people project beauty. It’s not how young you are, how big your butt is, or how busty you are or aren’t. Beauty and style are unique to every women.

Embrace yourself, be bold and brave and, most of all, be at peace with your appearance. There is great beauty in simply being yourself. Plus I have news for everyone: You can run, but you can’t hide from growing old. And growing old doesn’t mean ugly. Some of the most stunning women are those who toss the old standards of beauty aside and embrace who they are and how they look.

THAT, my friends, is the new standard of beauty.

Love yourself sister, and the rest will fall into place.

XXOO Nancy