You've Got the Love

March 10, 2017


I got the chance to work with Love You, a new online clothing line based in Dallas. I am obsessed with their turtlenecks (100% cotton too!). They have just released collection one and their second collection will be dropping soon! I'm also really excited to announce my collaboration with the fabulous Alex Klem. Follow Klem on Instagram here
I thought if I'm going to wear something that says love you I need to be honest about my own relationship with myself and the topic of self-love. When I think about love, specifically self-love, I think about a line from Sex and the City.

Specifically when Carrie said, "The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you, well, that's just fabulous." 
Over the years my relationship with myself has been tumultuous and complicated to say at the least. It doesn't help that our social media driven age has led to constant comparisons whether it be beauty standards, material items, followers, social media stats, jobs, etc. I feel like now more than ever loving yourself has become so challenging because comparing yourself is so easy. I've fought with myself on who I am for a long time and it has been a journey that I am ready to discuss, specifically on coping methods.
I think the first step to loving yourself is to be easier on yourself. The empathy and compassion you have for those you love the most needs to be given to yourself too. Being easy on myself has always been something that I've struggled with, especially in high school. Now that I'm a bit older I feel like I've come to a fork in the road where I can have this unattainable standard filled with comparisons or be easy on myself. Being easy on myself was the bravest decision I've made in a long time.
On my constant journey to self-love and creating a better relationship with myself I've realized that learning to be alone is truly such a meaningful and difficult task. I think meaningful ways to be alone with yourself can be done on walks or through yoga or meditation or maybe just sitting at a coffee shop with yourself and a cup of coffee. Another practice I've found is to make plans with yourself. Set time to read a book or put on a face mask on and enjoy your alone time. Relish in your blessings and your strengths and think critically about your weaknesses and hush your voice of insecurity.
Indulging in material things occasionally can be a good way to show yourself love and that you are deserving. Buy yourself a latte after your successes and your failures. Celebrate your wins with ways you can connect with. It makes your indulgences more memorable and seemingly less material. By no means have I found the secrets of self love but I've found ways to come to terms with who I am now.
This journey of self-love never stops, its a journey that I hope will get better as I get older. I hope my story will encourage you to be easier on yourself and never stop working on the most important relationship in your life.

In terms of styling this top the options are endless. In addition to jeans and chelsea boots (my go to look), I'd wear this top with a sleeveless dress or maybe with my Kendra Scott Rayne necklace. Personally my favorite combination is this turtleneck and my Miu Miu 10 Ps Sunglasses.

I feel like this photo perfectly sums up how I feel about graduating in May! In other news school has been keeping me busy, but I've been working on my crow position in yoga, researching grad school, reading Chanel an Intimate Life, watching Big Little Lies, and going back home on the weekends pretty regularly. I'm going to the Melting Pot for the first time this weekend and am so psyched!

How do you practice self-love friends?

Wearing: Top - Love You (c/o), lips - NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes, nails - OPI Got the Mean Reds (similar)

Photos by the fabulous Alex Klemovich, book with her here!

70 comments

  1. These photos are so stunning! Thank you for sharing this Dallas brand I am going to check them out.

    Xoxo, Maggie
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    1. Awh thanks Maggie. They're awesome check out their site!

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  2. What a unique top! I love the way it looks on you :)

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  3. I have never seen a turtleneck like this. Too cool!

    Amy Ann
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  4. So chic, I love that turtleneck!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

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  5. Love the graphic on the turtleneck
    -Kate
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  6. I love the positivity. Self-love is such an important topic, since we sometimes forget how important this is. I definitely need to go easier on myself! That turtleneck is so fun!

    xo
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    1. Awh thank you Carina. Agreed, trying to be more transparent with myself especially online about this topic. Yes, I dare you! Thanks for visiting love.

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  7. You looks so stunning in this photos honey! In love with the top!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
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  8. I've never seen a turtleneck top with a bold graphic like that. LOVE it!!!
    Great message behind this post as well, lovely. Carrie Bradshaw did teach us a lot :)
    xox Nadia
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    1. Thanks Nadia! She taught us so much! I'm a huge SATC fan haha

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  9. Loving the turtleneck, thanks for sharing the message, totally support it. FYI, Love BIG LITTLE LIES and I cannot stop reading the Chanel book, recently got it from a friend! Have a great day.

    xo,
    I AM YASMIN


    xo,
    I AM YASMIN

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    1. Thanks Yasmin =') I really appreciate your comment. Big Little Lies is so good. So curious to see how its going to unfold. Oh wow you're reading Chanel an Intimate Life too? I'm almost halfway through and its density is throwing off my Goodreads yearly reading challenge haha. Hope you have a great Friday + weekend!

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  10. That's great brand name...the top looks comfy and the message is great. Nice post!
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    1. Thanks lady. It's so unique, I love the message as well ^____^

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  11. Cute outfit!

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  12. great!
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  13. What a cute turtleneck and I love the message you shared to go along with it. I couldn't agree more, it's harder now more than ever to truly love and appreciate ourselves and what we have for all the reasons you've mentioned. Sometimes, I like to disconnect for this very reasons to reprioritize and truly count my blessings because it can be so easy to forget how blessed we are when we're constantly being reminded of what we don't have or look like. Thanks for sharing such a real heartfelt post with us, girlie, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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    1. Thanks Jalisa! Disconnecting is such a great comment. Its challenging but feels so good. Hope you're doing well!

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  14. Great post... of everything else... loving yourself should come first :)
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  15. wow you look incredibly cool styling:) Good luck in the implementation of plans: *
    Greetings
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  16. You look absolutely gorgeous! I love the top , I think it has amazing concept. I am all for self-love. I used to be really insecure and I always wallowed in self-pity. Now I am better at it, and I am starting to be motivated and to have more confidence. Great post!

    - Gretch of GG Memochou

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    1. Thanks Gretchen Grace! So good and inspiring to hear you are growing, its a journey we all are on. I wish you the best. <3

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  17. Love You looks like such a cool brand! Their clothes are amazing :)

    LA VEINE

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    1. They are Marta, collection two dropping soon!

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  18. Love your turtleneck, it's so amazing! I want one! Haha xx

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  19. That is a really cute turtleneck but I honestly had no idea who Alex Khem is. LOL! I am completely clueless about anything fashion related though so please excuse my ignorance. And yes, definitely love ourself...if we don't then who will?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Klem is my photographer pal, and Love You is the brand Shireen! Haha you're not from KC so I understand. Amen!

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  20. This was such a great post Sonia, I feel like everyone can relate to what you said about loving yourself. I love what you said about extending empathy and compassion to yourself the same way you do to others. It makes perfect sense but it can be so hard to do. That's something I continue to work on too and I'm an old lady compared to you, ha! :) (Although seriously when I think about how you're about to graduate college and I met you as a student in high school I feel so old, haha!) Have a good weekend!

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    1. Thanks Mme =') Awh you are so not old. Crazy to think that you met me when I was 15? How time flies I miss those days just a little bit! Hope you have a great week!

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  21. Soo gorgeous 💕💕🙌
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  22. I love turtlenecks myself - they're a versatile outfit piece. Loving myself is a lot harder and I've struggled with it, so I really appreciate the advice you've given here! You look fabulous! Your eye-makeup, eyeliner and mascara, lipstick and nail polish all look beautiful and you look very pretty wearing the Love You top!

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  23. Nice post!!
    xx

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  24. Very cute top! Hope you are having a great start to your week.

    Gemma x
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  25. Nice style! I didn't know this online shop! xx
    Trend-Mae

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  26. You look amazing in the pictures and really beautiful too. I love the collar and it is speaking the true happiness which is very well visible from your smile. Great it is...:)

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  27. This choker is so cool, lady- and I love the way you styled the rest of the look!
    Happy Tuesday!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  28. That turtleneck is the cutest!

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  29. I definitely agree that taking some alone time is very important, I like to make time to just read and relax, it's the best way to unwind for me.

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    1. We're twins Rosy, me too. Reading + down time for me is a must. Thanks for stopping by!

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  30. these pictures are so so lovely!
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    x

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  31. such a lovely turtleneck! You are so pretty <3 <3
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  32. Oh my goodness, that is such a unique top! I love it!

    xo Logan
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  33. Love this post!

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