Mornings With Aerie

"Portraying beauty should always be something we're invited into, not something we feel like we cannot attain. Beauty is inspiration, a pure spirit that sparks each individuals language of beauty. "

I spent this early morning retreating and taking some time to 'be'– my idea of where beauty begins. As important as it is to build up wardrobes for going out, I've been embracing the personal ones behind closed doors. I grabbed some essentials from Aerie – the lace wraparound bralette, skinny jogger, and duster cardi. The softness and comfort of each piece left me never wanting to take them off. Especially the duster– it's a piece that I like to leave at the edge of my bed to throw on whenever I need. 

The idea of beauty and Aerie's vision behind their AerieREAL campaign is something that gets me so passionate and excited. From featuring unretouched ads, using real models of different sizes, they've effortlessly set the stage for 'real' to be displayed worldwide. The positive message that it's not constrained to one body type or personality even, but it's being brought back to its bare, foundational state. This for me is the core of my blog so it's amazing to be able to share in the message reaching so many young women.

To me, true beauty is learning how to rest– rest in life and rest within yourself. Learning how to be. Everything in us flourishes when we see what's already within and give it a place to speak out. Often we've choked the true nature of beauty because it's been constrained to a formula.

How do you find beauty in simply 'being'? You can also read more about the AerieREAL campaign here.

Photos: Charley Woodman // Shot in a home courtesy of Airbnb here
*This post was made in partnership with Aerie