Valentine’s Day became associated with romantic love in the 14th and 15th centuries and has since become a time where people mostly express their love for their partners, crushes, and spouses by giving gifts/flowers/cards but there is more to this day than Eros love. One of the most overlooked forms of love is:
The love of self (Philautia)
The concept of true love has always been used in a way to indicate that it exists outside of us – with other people mostly, in material things and so forth but never within ourselves.
And since this is a fashion blog, we will focus on loving THE BODY.
“And I said to my body softly, ‘I want to be your friend.’ It took a long breath and replied, ‘I have been waiting my whole life for this.” — Nayyirah Waheed
What does self-love look like?
- Total acceptance
- Loving your body as it is
- Caring for yourself and your happiness
This Valentine’s Day, make a conscious choice to appreciate yourself just as you are. Treat your body well. Remember that self-love is the first step to wellness and as cliché as it sounds, you cannot love someone until you have learned to love yourself.
Use this day to reflect on the relationship you have with your body and cultivate/continue to nurture it.
Most importantly remember:
It's not about what size you wear - style has no size. It is about attitude.
It is about feeling comfortable and confident in your skin.
Style is about wearing what you love and what you feel amazing in regardless of height, weight, shape or size.
So be bold, have fun, experiment. Don’t be afraid to be your own beautiful!!
I will leave you with this quote by Ashley Asti:
“I don’t want to wait until I’m 73 to embrace my body. To look back and think of my beauty: How did I miss it? Let’s not wait another moment.”