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How I Keep The Many Sides Of Me Feeling Confident + Fresh Through Summer + Beyond

This post is sponsored by Summer's Eve® but the content and opinions expressed are my own.
As a woman I am many things.

That is to say that there are many sides which make up one amazingly fierce/creative/passionate/strong/intelligent/funny ME.

I wish I could say I identify with one aspect more than the others but, the truth is, in any given day I may harness any number of these sides. That is to say I'm a right ol' mess.

And I wouldn't have it any other way.

One thing, however, that remains consistent is the need for even the fiercest sides of me to remain feeling confident and fresh, especially during the Summer when my schedule really picks up.
Since I know that every woman has many sides, just like me, I want to take a little time today to share how I keep some of my favorite sides feeling confident not just through the hectic, warm, crazy months ahead, but year-round as well.

The first ME, the frilly slightly silly, accessory obsessed, beauty queen, fashionista-in-training, HGTV binging ME is in truth one of my more insecure sides.

While this side of myself can be colorful and loud on the outside, thanks to bold cosmetics and head-turning fashions, I find I often second guess myself when choosing what to wear  and how to present myself in public. If I'm just throwing on some kicks and jeggings to go raid the local Target I'm Cool. Calm. Collected- but when it comes time to dress with the intent of being in front of others I tend to love my nerve.
So for every Beauty Queen Fashionista side out there, here are a few of my favorite tips to keep your head up and feeling confident when that Pinterest Smokey Eye Attempt has you feeling like a weeping raccoon:
  •  Find your signature piece and don't be afraid to use it EVERYWHERE- You know that necklace you've had since college graduation, that funky chunky ring you got in the costume jewelry bargain bin, or those sparkly flats that make you feel like Dorothy ascending to Oz in her hot air balloon? Pick a piece to become your staple and rock it on all of your looks. This way you'll always feel confident, even when you're trying something fresh and new for you.
  • Fill up with the right FUEL- What you put in your mouth matters. Don't worry, I'm not here to give you some lecture about the importance of greens over ice cream/s. As they say, balance is everything, and sometimes you really do need that triple frosted pink sprinkle donut to get you through a particularly stressful day. However, as a rule of thumb, I prefer to suggest starting with foods that fuel your brain, and heart before reaching for the quick fix of sweet treats and indulgences.
  • Start FRESH- One of the biggest keys to rocking the outwardly flashy beauty and fashion focused side is to start by feeling fresh and clean from the canvas level. I'm talking, of course, about good hygiene. As a woman who loves heels and A-Line skirts I know that the hottest fashion can quickly demand a toll as heels begin to ache and thighs begin to chafe all in the name of looking damn good. Before I get ready to dress up I always start by elevating my freshness with clinically tested Summer's Eve feminine hygiene products that are pH balanced and help keep my most intimate parts fresh.
Tossing it back to that more CASUAL side of me, the girl who loves rolling in the grass with her pups, wears the same outfit every time her team plays their rivals, and can't drive past a Target on the way home without stopping in for a"quick" look at what's new-

Casual Me is one I embrace. You might say it's the easiest side in that sense.

But casual me wouldn't be nearly as simple, carefree, and confident if it weren't for everyday essential brands such as Summer's Eve®. Let's face it, there isn't exactly a dialogue for how to stay fresh and confident "down there," yet nearly every woman knows precisely what I meant when I began this sentence. Whether it's wearing nylons under a pencil skirt all day, hitting the gym for leg day, crossing legs in a board meeting, or a number of everyday tasks each side of a woman encounters; you may inevitably be left feeling less than fresh and confident in a big way.
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Of course starting out your day confident and fresh quickly becomes a mute point when my FIERCE side takes over. You know, the one who trains for 6 months for a mud run that promises to make me scale an 8 foot wall and climb through 5' mountain trenches of mud. Yea, some days I don't know what that side of me was thinking.

So for every "I run for the high," "It's not fun unless you feel the burn," and "I really don't want to, but I'm going to go to the gym because it's good for me" side, here are my favorite tips to stay feeling fresh and confident:
  • Tackle everything with SMALL GOALS- Big goals are great. They're the goaliest of goals, but it's the small milestones, the minuscule markers that really help us stay motivated and feel great about what we're doing. No marker, not number, no achievement is too small to reach for and celebrate.
  • Don't be afraid to INVEST IN YOURSELF- Whatever it is you've set your mind to, no matter how much discomfort is sure to come as you strive to meet your targets and break your own personal records, you deserve to be confident and as comfortable as possible doing it. Whether this means wearing the rattiest old over-sized sweater on your morning sweat runs, or buying that new $80 pair of compression yoga pants that just 'happen' to make your ass look FAB. Invest in what makes you feel comfortable and confident and you'll instantly increase your success potential.
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Speaking of feeling fresh and confident to increase your comfort levels- Just because the workout has ended doesn't mean your day is a wrap. Many of us find ourselves fitting this FIERCE and ACTIVE side in where we can. This may be before dropping the kids off at school, on a lunch break at work, or before running our to catch a drink with friends. Be sure to always pack everything you need to feel RE-FRESHED and comfortable after you're let your FIERCE flag flay. Summer's Eve® Blissful Escape Cleansing Cloths are the perfect solution anywhere and anytime. With a discreet, individually packaged, clinically tested cleansing cloth in a refreshing scent to help wipe away the undesired effects of working hard for those goals.
Which brings me to that CREATIVE side- The one that spies a "FREE" sign on a beat up piece of furniture on the side of the road and envisions a retro-chic wet bar with a new coat of paint and Moscow Mule display. The one that mismatched their socks all through High School because nobody else was doing it. Or even the one that absolutely loved every moment of their best friend's "Paint And Sip" Bachelorette Party, even though their dolphin more resembles a whale.

Creatives typically don't lack confidence, making this one of the easiest sides to nurture, in my humble opinion. The true secret to harnessing a fresh outlook and confident approach to one's creative side is to embrace creativity as your own self expression. In short- the best thing you can do to support your creative side is to simply not GAF what anybody else thinks. Stand before your creation and ask "Does this make me feel happy at my very core?" If the answer is yes, that's all the validation you should need.
Everyone has a complicated side, and it's aptly named as it is indeed the most complicated side.

Now you can sit there (or perhaps you're standing and reading this, I don't judge your electronic consumption) and think, "Jenna, I'm the most reasonable, easy-going simplest person to get along with, there ever was." And this very well could be true, but you better believe you still have a complicated side.

It's that side that reaches for Google to find out if that funny skin discoloration is melanoma or rogue Cheetos dust. The side that hasn't made their bed in 10 years yet insists that the shampoos are lined in order of descending height on the shower ledge. The you that lays awake just a few minutes longer at night wondering if you could've said something just a little bit better when last talking to that coworker/friend/family member that day. Or that side that absolutely loves a good slice-em-dice-em bloody thriller but screamed like the world was ending during The Rock's last Armageddon film.

It's okay, we're all a little bit complicated.

Oh. You were expecting some advice?

Just learn to embrace it. Those things that others may find difficult quirks are what make you, you. And you're pretty freaking amazing.
Another of my favorite sides has to be my romantic side. It just may also be one of my most irrational sides because love can make someone act a fool, #AmIRight?

There are, of course, many types of love, and ROMANCE is but a category within a subcategory of love. For me it is the side that makes my heart pitter-patter when I see their face, it inspires me to wear the medieval torture device known as Spanx, plunge my size 12 ladie's feet into 6" pointed heels, and cool dinner for 2 at the end of a 12 hours day when my body feels nothing but exhaustion.

The good thing about romance is that it can be refreshing and renewing in itself. Much like a rush of endorphins, the right amount of romance can instantly turn any day or mood around and truly bring our dullest side back to life.
Of course there is no secret guide to falling in love, or having a happy marriage (should you progress to that point). Romance is but a single side of you and love requires the involvement of each and every single one of your sides! So it's important that I clarify my advice is in no way intended to promise wedded bliss, or a marriage proposal. As we've covered each one of us has many sides, and our partner their own sides to crash and collide with. It's a constant journey of exploration and discovery.

But for those lucky enough to express their romantic side through the form of an emotional or physical pairing, these tips might help you go confident and freshly into the great unknown:
  • When it comes to romance, always lead with your HEART- It can be heard to follow one's heart when one's body can send them so many strong and conflicting signals on this topic but I've found the most rewarding romances were driven by my heart. They didn't always end the way I'd hoped or planned, but they are the ones I reflect upon with no regrets, and sincere appreciation today.
  • Be open to NEW EXPERIENCES- Remember, romance involves more than one person, each with their own idea of what romance is. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try something new at your partner's advice. After all, where else would you ever find yourself considering that new fusion food, talking about traveling to a new country, or even learning a new dance?
  • Whether intimacy is current part of your romantic side, ensure that you feel intimately confident in all things. It can be hard to approach a situation with an open heart, or curious enthusiasm, when you feel sweaty, worn out, and bogged down in the dredges of the day that came prior. Build your confidence from the inside out with a quick refresh using Summer's Eve® Blissful Escape Cleansing Wash or Cleansing Cloths and take one less thing off the back of your mind.
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In all there are many sides to me, and every person.

I suspect I will live every day to my very last continuing to discover these sides, and get to know them better, and I will never truly master any of them.

However, I can always feel confident and fresh in whatever side I choose to embrace at any given time thanks to clinically tested Summer's Eve® products from Target. Experience the exclusive Summer's Eve® Blissful Escape Target variety thanks to a special Target Cartwheel offer available through the month of June. Check out the graphic above for a link and more information.

Now, tell me, which of your sides do you like to embrace the most?


1 comment:

  1. Love this! i've been using the cloth and the wash and i'm so in love how they make you feel so fresh and clean!

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