Thursday, January 6, 2011

"Cute"

(Squinting due to sub-zero wind chills.)

Spoils of Wear had a birthday.  She's 2.  Isn't that precious?  Better yet..."cute"?  I put "cute" in quotes because that's what people say about it.  Always.  Depending on the person, I most often take "cute" as a very nice compliment (thank you).  But sometimes, from a few people,  I wonder if "cute" isn't just a little bit like "fine".  And they say "fine" isn't really "fine" at all.

My BFF's husband went through drug rehab back in his younger days, during which they were never able to say they were "fine".  "Fine" stood for F'd up, Insecure, Neurotic and Emotional.  Sheesh.  And I thought "fine" literally meant...Fine.

Anyway...back to "cute".  Regardless of what folks really mean when they use that word (little, quaint, silly, adorable, ect.), I will agree.  This is cute.  I, myself, am also...kind of...cute...I guess.  And since Spoils of Wear is a reflection of me, that just makes sense.  I'm cute.  It's cute.  Cute, cute, cute.

In 2011, I will be embracing cuteness instead of cowering from it.  I will respond to compliments with security and pride instead of shyness and embarrassment.  Maybe it's taken me a while to get good at this whole blogging thing (compared to others), but I'm finally ready to own it...

We (the blog and I) are cute.  We're good at it.  And totally fine with it. 

Shirt:  Target
Blazer:  Macy's
Skirt:  J.Crew
Tights:  Old Navy
Boots:  DSW

32 comments:

Iris said...

I love the stripes and that yellow skirt! Way to keep it bright and happy in this cold gray season :)

Ashley J said...

I think you are very "cute" and take it as a compliment!!! I am digging that yellow skirt, is that a recent buy?

Oh, and happy blog birthday!!!!

minuteobsessions said...

I think you look quite sharp. Love the stripes with the yellow and navy combination.

I understand the need to learn to accept "cute" as a compliment. I'm 4'11". I get cute a lot. It makes me wonder if I look too childish.

No Guilt Fashion said...

Love that yellow skirt. You look fabulous! Very bright and cheery in this cold, gray time of year.
No Guilt Fashion

Brittany D'Lynne said...

That yellow skirt is amazing. What an awesome pop of color for winter!

Katie Aman said...

That jacket looks so great on you! Love the pockets. The color palette here is fab too-I adore the yellow! :D

Deborah said...

Well, you are adorable and cute.

Off to thesaurus 'cute.'

Work With What You've Got said...

You ARE cute! <3. I love that skirt. SUCH a happy yellow.

Vanessa said...

This is one of my favorite outfits I've ever seen on you! I love the nautical vibe and that groovy/acid yellow color of the skirt. It makes the whole thing a bit edgier but still completely classic. Instant favorite, you cutie! (In all sincerity!)

WobiSobi said...

I love everything about this outfit you look great! and I want those boots!!!!

La Rizada said...

happy blog birthday! i adore that yellow skirt.

i get what you're saying about the default nature of the word cute. but i also think that embracing it and owning it is terrific! you are cute, the blog is cute, and that is perfect! i really love the honesty of this post.

carrie
La Rizada

monster cakes said...

I know what you mean. I'm always told I'm "cute," which is really nice, but sometimes a girl wants to be darn right sexy!

Lauren said...

LOVE those stripes against the bright yellow skirt! Gorgeous!

And trust me, always take the word "cute" as a compliment :) If you ever travel to the South, you'll hear it all the time :).

Small Time Style

Mary said...

Happy blog birthday, Jill/Spoils of Wear! :)

The Suburb Experiment said...

Happy bloggy birthday! I hear "cute" a lot and it used to make me cringe. I wanted to be sophisticated or beautiful.

I think cute, at least in your case, means more than fine. Real girl, accessible, inspirational style.

Love that bright skirt!

Sal said...

Kick ass, Jill. Cute gets a bad rep, but it's still a word with positive connotations! Some of those comments might have had a touch of "Minnesota Nice" in 'em, but hey. Why not forget that, and just be proud of what you've built? Which is, after all, awesome.

Rebecca said...

You are cute, and that is a good thing.

Fashion Momma said...

I've been "cute" my whole entire life. I'm pint sized- people can't help it. I asked everyone to be sure to call me "beautiful" or "gorgeous," or even "SEXY" on my wedding day, but the rest of the days, I'm totally okay with cute. :) And if cute means kick ass, hot as fire, and super creative, you (and the blog) are definitely cute.

Gracey said...

Happy blog birthday! And love this outfit. I think it's one of my favorites that you've ever worn. It's both happy and chic, which I think is a pretty good accomplishment.

And yes, I'm one of the people who refers to you as cute, but I only mean it in the best possible way.

Gracey

Allie said...

Happy blogoversary!

And you are cute, but also chic, stylish, and spirited! Love your blog, your style AND THAT SKIRT! :)

Anna said...

Those boots are amazing!
Congrats on 2 years!! That's quite an accomplishment. I really admire the work you put into your blog.

Kayla said...

That yellow skirt is amazing! I also used to hate cute, but now I don't mind it. I figure you mind as well embrace it while we're still young! Eventually being cute will mean we are really getting old!

Tara said...

I really LOVE this outfit! Especially the boots and the yellow skirt!

kimmie said...

Happy 2 year birthday!! I absolutely LOVE the yellow skirt. and the boots. and the blazer. and the shirt.

And you ARE cute. and your blog is cute. I totally love your style!

shealennon said...

Happy Blogiversary! And I agree, you and your blog are cute! And I mean that sincerely :) Also cute: (and fun and chic and covetable) your outfit with that pop of yellow skirt!

Jen HaHA said...

I've had the 'cute' discussion, mostly with myself. I've always felt like that word was reserved for short people. Most people don't refer to tall gals as 'cute' and refer to short gals only as cute. I guess it's better than being called ugly.

That yellow skirt is awesome! And, cute! It's a shorter skirt, not a maxi. (Sorry, couldn't help myself)

Jen Hemming and Hawing Again

Gina Parker said...

you look like a ray of sunshine. :)


when i went through a divorce and was a single mom of two (at the age of 24) of a 4 and 1 yo, i HATED the word cute.

i felt so much older than that. was responsible for so much more than what being called "cute" implied.

i rebelled and bleach my hair and got an armband tattoo. You know what?
I got called hot. Believe it or not, that's not better than cute. ;)

Now, at almost 38 - and the morhter of FOUR girls - i would embrace be calling cute, lol.

enjoy it!!


Stopping by via Gussy's community post today. :)

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Happy blogiversary.

Love the yellow skirt, especially with the nautical elements. You look confident and colourful.

Artfully Awear said...

Oh, the color of the skirt is beautiful! There is nothing wrong with being cute, my dear, and you definitely have it down. ps--I'm following your blog!

highplainsthrifter.net said...

Own the cute, my friend! And more importantly, happy, happy anniversary! :)

Kyla said...

This outfit is killing it! That blazer, specifically! I'm also and huge HUGE fan of those boots. Now, this is how you ring in 2 years of blogging. Definitely NOT cute :) but in the BEST way possible!

P.S. "Fine" is a forbidden word in my house - it is my absolute least favorite word to hear from husband when I ask him how I look. It is now banned.

mandyface said...

i'm def a fan of this look!