When I was a little girl, I loved all things stereotypically girly. Lace, chiffon, beads, dresses, long hair, jewelry, tights, satin– all of it (though I preferred green over pink)! I was constantly begging my mother to allow me to get my ears pierced, and I even started ballet so that I could wear a tutu. Yup, that was me.

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I think all this “girliness” baffled my parents, neither of whom would have intentionally perpetuated that in me. Both of them were raised in post-war Taiwanese families, where they were taught to value intelligence over apparel, and character over beauty. Still, I was just about the girliest little girl in town. Any form of adornment that would make me look more like a Disney princess– I ate it up.

3-year-old me! (Those are clip-on earrings.)

3-year-old me! (Those are clip-on earrings.)

As I’ve grown, I’ve learned that there is so much more to beauty than a face, and so much more to being a woman than dressing up. While I still have my insecurities when it comes to makeup, I have learned to enjoy pretty things for what they are, no more and no less.

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What I’m wearing: Ann Taylor blouse / Sisley skirt / Lace tights from Target

When I put this outfit together, I was reminded of who I was as a little girl. This is not an outfit I’d wear everyday, but perhaps to a special event in winter where I feel compelled to get a little more dressed up than usual.

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Just enjoyed the playground to remind myself of the little girl inside!

Just enjoyed our complex’s playground to remind myself of the little girl inside!


Did you like “girly” things when you were younger? How have your tastes changed over time? I’d love to know!