What’s with Aging?
February marks seven months into my 30s, and to be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever felt better. I know I can only speak for myself when it comes to getting older, but if I’ve learned anything it’s that aging is all in our heads. I still feel young at heart (my inner 12-year-old is very much alive), yet I’ve matured in certain aspects of life.
At 30, I feel like I’m in a sort of renaissance. I’ve begun to take health and fitness more into consideration by making exercise part of my weekly activities – even if it’s just a few times a week. Working out no longer feels like an annoying chore my mom’s asked me to do on a Saturday morning, but instead, it’s become a lifestyle I’d like to maintain. However, you can still catch me dancing like a crazy person post drinks with friends on a weekend.
Yes, I do with healthy meals and non-sugary drinks during the week, but then there are moments I like to indulge (I love Cheetos!). I like to call it balance.
I still get overly excited when it comes to clothes and shopping, and dressing up to (hopefully) bring style inspiration to those who follow me here and on social media. What’s changed is that I no longer fill my fashion needs with fast fashion or random one-time pieces. Quality and individuality are now two of the biggest factors when it comes to fashion – hence my love for thrifting and buying vintage. I’d like to say I’m all for sustainable fashion, but I know I’m not fully there yet as I’m still occasionally shopping from mass retailers. It’s definitely on my radar though!
Then there’s the idea of conceptualizing beauty with youth. I personally feel much more fit, radiant and in control of my skin than I ever did in my early 20s. I think food and exercise have a lot to do with it being that as I mentioned earlier, I try to keep to proper meals and sneaking in workouts here and there.
I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t let age mark what you should and shouldn’t be doing. Age shouldn’t stop you from doing or wearing the things you love. Don’t stop wearing the mini dress or the crop top or glitter makeup if that’s something that brings you joy and makes you feel good. You’ll likely style it differently than you would at a certain age anyway, and that’s what’s beautiful about dressing for each phase of life.
At least that’s what I’ve learned.
All photos shot by Ana Jenkinson in El Paso
Wearing Paige denim, Christian Siriano sweater, Vince booties, mesh bag and beret from Urban Outfitters.