June 15, 2011

Fierce vs. Fearce

Tribal Print Top: c/o Windsor Store: White Safari Jacket: c/o Windsor Store; Jeggings: JBrand; Shoes: LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls; Purse: Tory Burch; Necklace: Francesca's Collections
There's something about the colors red and black paired together that make me feel fierce.  Like, "Hey, you!  Yeah, you old man over there on your bike staring while I snap photographs.  Don't mess with me."  And then a honey bee buzzes in my atmosphere and I screech and swat like a little girl, tripping over my four inch heels.  I don't know.  I guess I pick my moments of fierceness.  
With every situation in life, we can choose to be fierce or fearse (get it, fear-ce.  Yes, I realize it's a made up word.  Do it all the time.)  Sometimes, I grab life and run with it.  I can be that confident girl who knows what she wants.  And at other times, I let fear creep in and hold me back.  Even if it is something I want to do, I won't do it.  Simply out of the fear.  The fear of saying the wrong thing; the fear of putting myself out there; the fear of rejection; the fear of failing...Fear is not our friend, friends, because it causes us to pass up opportunity.  But what if.  What if we didn't let fear creep into our hearts.  What if we chose to live fiercely.  Every day.  And to not let opportunity pass us by.  A very wise woman once said to me, "Who could you be without that fear?"  And that is such a poignant question to ask yourself.  Who could you be?  When we react fiercely vs. "fearcley", we pilot our life to the destination we want to live, rather than end up somewhere that maybe we never really intended to go, simply because we were flying on autopilot.  If we never try, we'll never know. 
So, I'm going to swallow these words I've just written, and I'm going to do something that I've been wanting to do, but too nervous.  I'm going to pick up the phone and invite a gal to lunch, who I have been dying to pick her brain.  What fierce move are you going to make today?  Check.  Checkmate?   


liz said...

This is great- something to always keep in mind! And if I had a hair day like the one you are having, I would definitely feel fierce, too! GREAT pics.

Brittany-Trends250 said...

good for you!!! it's so good to go out of our comfort zones. Every time i've done something that I really really wanted to do, but i was scared to, I am SO happy I did.
BY the way... I love your jeggings! FOR SURE they are fierce :)

Unknown said...

Great post! You're so right - fear has prevented me from doing some amazing things, but I think a part of it was my insecurity. We must seize the moment and make our own opportunities. So proud of you for making that call! Good things will come from it :)

Clara said...

How exciting (yet nervewracking) it is to muster up the courage to try something/talk to someone new! Let us know how your conversation goes :)

The Smiths said...

This was so appropriately timed for me - I just sent off an email, signing myself up for open casting calls at a local musical theatre group! Something I have wanted to do forever, but just finally got up the guts to do it!!


Anonymous said...

You are so cute! Good luck with your phone call! I’m going to buy that handbag my husband keeps telling me I can’t have~ so fierce! BTW~ can I have those shoes… so fun!

Unknown said...

Amazing post my dear! So inspired to live fiercely!!

Vintage Paper Designs said...

I only fear, fear itself.
Luckily I get mad when I realize that this makes me a coward, so anger usually makes me overcome it.
Just keep on walking (even if you are not a Whiskey fan;)

Ash said...

I love the yellow necklace contrasted with the red pants! ooo and this lunch sounds like fun- but why would you be afraid to ask a gal out to lunch? regardless, hope she says yes and I hope you enjoy it!

Gentri said...

I absolutely love this! So clever and so perfect! And of course, love the outfit and photos!

Alina said...

you as always beautiful and stunningly dressed!

Sabrina Says Blog said...

get it girl!! You look extremely fierce in these pics! I'm lovin it! I just love how inspirational your blogs are!

Not just in what you say, but I am so inspired by your writing style. It really ropes me in. you are such a beautiful soul.

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Bronzed Humanity said...

You are looking fierce babe! I love it when an outfit makes me feel a certain way!

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jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

good for you girl! dont let fear hold you back. i love this post...such a great message and important reminder to stay confident and go after what you want! (like another pink and white sprinkle cookie. o my.gosh. i bought those suckers and wowzah so addicting! i always feel like when i eat one pink, i need one white..and so the cycle starts. i was sad to see there's a lot less sprinkles tho! maybe i have a defect bag..) AND focus. good luck facing your fears. you can do it. xo jillian

Anonymous said...

I love this! So true!!! Gorgeous as always!

Anastasia from Natbeesfashion said...

I love that colour!Nice outfit :-)

Unknown said...

one of my fav outfits ever from you!! i loveeee the wall in the background and the red pants are so cute!

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Unknown said...

Stunning outfit! I need those jeggings! XOXO, www.NatalyasCloset.com

undomestic mama said...

I love that you own your fierceness. You've inspired me to go for something I've wanted to do for a long time - photography classes! I know it seems a weird thing to be in fear of, but I've always wanted to take one with a friend....but now I'll go solo.

Sydney said...

Good luck!! I always get a little "glisten" going before/while I'm doing something that makes me feel anxious...it's like an involuntary work out!! And then when all goes well, (especially when you're taking a chance) you feel like you can do anything! Woo!

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Anonymous said...

Such a cool outfit. I'm loving the red pants! xx


Anonymous said...

You look stunning in red and black coming from a true UGA fan :) !!! But good for you girl, take opportunities and run with them.. do not look back ! Have a lovely day.

Laura Burtis said...

Love, love, love the red pants!! I totally know what you mean - whenever I wear my red pants, I feel like a bad A :) HAHA! {It sounds so funny now that I've written that down :)} But you absolutely look fierce!!

Lindsay said...

I tend to always let the fear get the best of me and keep me from doing things... But I'm now going to keep what you said in mind and maybe try to branch out a little. Good luck with your lunch date!

And I just have to say that I love this outfit. When I saw the first two pictures though I thought you had a body suit on over your pants and I was a little horrified. Once I realized it was just a TOP I felt much better. Haha

Have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

wow! you inspired me to confront my fears , thank you!


Katie said...

I couldn't agree more! Love the outfit, especially the red pants.

out of order said...

wonderful outfit and wonderfully wise and fierce words, thanks for the reminder :)


Frank Vinyl said...

you look stunning!! love the color of your pants as well

Carolina said...

I love the first pic, you actually look sexy-fierce!!! I'm in love with your tribal top!


Marissa at Style Cusp said...

Fierce is right! Love your bold lip, too. You look drop-dead gorg in these, as usualll!


Sara SHOEmaker said...

very good point! I"ve actually been thinking about this Same topic for a couple weeks now and also recently resolved to not let fear get in my way anymore :) you look sa-mokin by the way!! great wall for this outfit too

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Dana said...

SO many wonderful things come from reaching out! I always live by the what ifs...and it usually makes you do something you don't feel you have the courage to do. Why not, right? I'm you end up being embarrassed over the saying the wrong thing, it's not that big of deal. You are you and we all are beautiful. Btw, love the red jbrand jeggings. They are fierce! xox

Unknown said...

LOVE this outfit .. it is definitely fierce. I believe that's how we must live our lives .. fiercely ..


Kelly said...

Looking awesome! I love the colours of this outfit :)


Lauren Caldwell said...

what a motivation!! I so often catch myself NOT being the confident girl I imagine myself to be and letting fear get in my way! No More! {well, at least I'll try! :)}
Love those red jeans by the way!!
xo::Lauren @ tickled.

Jennifer S. said...

I can't believe your shoes are from Kohls


Anonymous said...

Bet that man staring at you is thinking you are just as hot as you feel in black and red, loved the little yellow!

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Unknown said...

I have some serious denim envy... those red jeans are AMAZING!

xo Teresa

The Style Dossier said...

I love that question "who would I be w/ out fear" I've never really thought of it like that before. I'll be the first one to admit that I let my "fear" get the best of me. My goal from now on is to not let fear hold me back...I could be missing out on something wonderful. Thanks!


TheOtherSideofCool said...

You're exactly right, we all have the potential to be the person we want to be, live the life we want to live... it's only ever fear that stops us.

I try to not let fear get out of the way, I emigrated with no money, no job, nowhere to live and just a suitcase to my name, and I'm so glad I let fierce rule over fearse ;)

It's always worth it in the end! xxx

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Neris said...

Great post... Good luck at the lunch :) You look great as always, love the red pants!


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Nikki | The Ginger Diaries said...

You look amazing! This jeans, this top, this jacket... I love it all! x

Lyndse said...

I love this...you are exactly right. If fear wasn't an option, we would all be unstoppable.

Love your blog, new follower!


Shelby said...

I would stop and stare too because you look insanely gorgeous in these shots!! Great post, and fearse is a great word. Fear holds me back from something every day, thanks for inspiring me to be fierce!! <3shelby


allie said...

what a great post- thanks! also, i was looking at those shoes at kohl's the other day but they didn't have my size- they look great on you, especially with those pants!

xo, allie

Erica said...

Wow! It's funny how the universe sends you what you need at the right time. I've been going through the same thing. Trying to put myself back out there in the job market. Finally, yesterday, I called some gentlemen I've been trying to meet and insisted I meet them TODAY. I think I got myself a job. Or at least some great contacts and opportunities! Hope your conversation went just as well!


ps- That 3rd pic could be in a magazine spread, so artful.

Ginger Tea said...

I try to remind myself of Nike's motto: just do it! Sometimes when we listen to our instincts that tell us to do something, I feel like they serve as our "third eye" that will keep us from saying, "shoot! I knew i should have or shouldnt have done this/that!" it's really our fear thhat gets in the way or we make excuses. We need to be fierce! Women are powerful! Woot woot!


Ashley Bagley Nielson said...

oh man! i just saw some red jeggings at Gap but they didn't have my size. i die for yours!

i believe in unicorns.

Meagghi said...

Love this post. Your pictures usually portray you in such a soft, gorgeous light. This outift and the background you chose paint you in your fierce (yet still gorgeous) light. Perfect for the post. As always, thanks for sharing :)

Rachael said...

Love this post. Love what that woman said to you 'Who would you be without fear'. That's a great thing to think about. For me, fear is always around somewhere, and it's hard to make it go away! But I love what you also said about 'If we never try, we never know'. I need to remember that. And to also be fearse whenever possible!

Natella Mammadbeyli said...

Haha Kate, love your post! I just made my fierce move yesterday. We were having an away day at a beautiful place by the seaside. Two times in a year all our department (about 150 people) go to some place outside the office to talk some business, have some food, but mostly have fun. The place had a beautiful pool and the weather was just perfect to get in, swim and have fun. Two of my friends (guys) wanted to swim, but were too afraid to be the first ones to enter the pool. So, I was too tired to wait for them and was the first one, who was not afraid to be in a swimming suit in front of a hundred and fifty people. I was surprised myself! I didn't care what everybody thinks of my body or what anybody would say! I just got in and guess what, few minutes later all our brave guys got in the pool too. After I got out of the pool some time later, all the girls said that they are so jealous that I'm so brave :)


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Anonymous said...

Great style and great mind.

Nicole said...

I just returned to the blogging world, and goodness gracious I love your fierce pants!


Maria said...

What an excellent shoot! Gorgeous hair and red jeans have never looked better...

Love your tips on being fierce. I'm just trying to set up my own company and have been procrastinating calling this guy that would MASSIVELY help simply because I'm too terrified that I won't get everything out of the meeting that I possibly could. I'm going to call him today and make it happen.


Maria xx

Unknown said...

ahhh you are hilarious! the man on the bike, feeling fierce, then bee, and a little girl scream. ha, so true!! ok, and i must comment that this outfit is not only fierce but so stinkin fab! you are lookin great as always, lady! <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

Updates By Her said...

I like your t-shirt!! :)


Wanderlusting Fool said...

goodluck with your new venture - whatever that may be! yay for having no fear! A very good motto to live by. :)

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