“Is that you baby, or just a brilliant disguise?” Bruce Springsteen
(I dedicate this blog to my mom, who always encouraged me to wear what I wanted to wear no matter what anyone said or the looks anyone gave).
I can’t stop listening to the song, Brilliant Disguise, by Bruce Springsteen, lately. If you haven’t heard it recently, check it out here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r5xqiBl-Vs
Bruce Springsteen is talking to his lover/wife in the song asking if it is really her, “or just a brilliant disguise?” The song tells a heart-wrenching story which involves two lovers, a gypsy, an alter, and a man who doubts what he knows for sure. Let’s not forget a woman who knows how to keep a man guessing.
I am a romantic. This song gets to me. It also goes along perfectly with what I talk about today: spirituality, FASHION, and glamour! You may wonder how all these things are connected. I assure you, they are. Click the link below to watch my YOUTUBE video, or continue reading below.
(I have to say, I am my own worst critic, but I think I struggle most in this video probably out of all of the videos I have done so far. I know why. It is not an easy thing to talk about.)
I always say that the more spiritual I am, the more fashionable I am. The days I feel strong and rooted in my spiritually are the days I am the bravest. These are the days I feel most like myself. These are the days I say, “F@#$ the world, I’m wearing it!”
There is a reason for this. The more spiritual you are, the more you realize this world is really just an illusion. All the rules by which society taught you to live do not really matter. You no longer are bogged down by the judgmental up-and-down looks, the should’s and should-nots (which are mostly in your head anyway).
I am not saying you should not have rules and morals. Obviously, you should. But you should live by your own, not by someone else’s.
I think I could write an entire book on how wearing what I wanted changed my life, so I am going to cut it off where I can for a simple blog.
I am reading a book right now by Deborah Castellano called “Glamour Magic”. She puts it out there very bluntly. First she points out that Glamour is defined in the Webster Dictionary as “1. What makes you exciting and interesting to others. 2. An illusionary spell.” An illusionary spell?
Deborah goes on to say that we are taught in society that those who use glamour to get ahead should be shamed, because they are shallow. There are many ways people shame those who use glamour. I’ll call it microaggressions: saying they aren’t really pretty, they try too hard, etc.
“That sort of behavior is reserved for stripers, social climbers, those without means, drag kings and queens, people of dubious gender and sexual identity, drifters, grifters,- and you. Yes, you.”
Okay, I might be losing you, because you haven’t read the book. I just love how she puts it. These are all categories of oppressed people in our society. It is also everything negative that I have felt glared my way once I started using fashion, makeup, hair, and glamour to make myself a happier person.
What is so awesome is that the negatives never stopped me. Why? The magical parts of it are way more powerful than any negative glance pierced my way.
Ah, the judgments. So lets get this out right here, right now. The judgments you are imagining are way worse than what is really happening. If someone really is judging you, try changing it up a bit by feeling sorry for that person. Because a judger is not a doer. You are too busy doing to judge. And if you are judging, then try doing for a change. Try making a mistake. It is terrifying and awesome.
In her book, “Glamour Magic”, Deborah Castellano describes glamour as something that is lying dormant inside of you. It is already there. You just have to wake it up.
Do you have an outfit that you are saving in your closet for a special occasion? Did you know that just by wearing that outfit, you are CREATING a special occasion?
I am not saying that you have to be bewejeld and sequins out everywhere you go. What is one thing you can do today to make yourself feel a little more glamorous? Can you do it everyday?
Your day will greet you how you greet it. If you dress for the occasion, The Universe will respond.
Homework: Part I: Do a subtle thing today to make yourself feel more glamorous.
Part II: Find something in your closet that you are saving for a special occasion, and wear it on any day you choose. Wear it because The Universe is awesome, and you are a part of it. Notice how you feel. Notice how others treat you. Are you comfortable or uncomfortable attracting attention and receiving compliments?
Finally, how does this tie into the Bruce Springsteen song? It was on the radio, and it made me think of this blog, so I give it credit. And…glamour is a tad mysterious. You might just catch the hearts of others. Is it you or just a brilliant disguise? Only YOU get to decide! 😉
For the weekend card reading. Friday and Saturday are both all about new, new, new. Be open to new opportunities to use your creativity (or learn something new)! You are entering a new area of study or perhaps a shift in your career that brings great financial news! Pages are messengers, so be open to receiving new messages. Sunday (Ok we get it. We ALWAYS get a card like this on Sunday!) is about balance. Sunday is a time to rest and wait for perfect timing. Patience manifestor! The magic is happening even when you can’t see it. Use Sunday yes relax, compromise, and go with the flow! (Cards pictured are Angel Tarot Cards by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine).
Peace, Love, Fashion, and Glamour
Elizabeth and Prudence
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