Defining Yourself: Bell Sleeve Dress - Pish to Posh

Defining Yourself: Bell Sleeve Dress

How would you define yourself, if asked?

What words, characteristics or even occupations do you used when asked to describe yourself?  I was recently asked this question and I was immediately challenged to define myself… the thought had never really occurred to me, especially since quitting my job close to three years ago.  Now, that’s a wild thing to think about… three years ago I was a special education teacher, a fairly recent newlywed, getting ready to have my first son and loving my life.  Well, lets fast forward to today- how would I define myself and my life given most of those attributes would no longer describe me.

Life is made up of so much that it can be very challenging to define yourself by one thing.  For example, I am a mother.  But that is not all I am.  I am a blogger but again that is not all I am.  I am happy, I am adventurous, I am a sister, I am a red-head.  But I am so much more and some of those characteristics and occupations make up such a small piece of my whole being.

Photos: Jenna Sparks Photography

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It has felt like spring here in Colorado which means we are due for an epic snow storm but before that I could not resist this fabulous bell sleeve dress.  The lace up front was what captured my attention first but I simply love the bell sleeves.  Who isn’t obsessing over bell sleeves these days!?  The pale blush color is fabulous for spring and paired with nude heels this bell sleeve dress really makes for the perfect date night outfit.  If you are stopping by the blog for the first time this week you may think I only wear these nude heels… but that is not true.  Wanted to create a really girly look and this bell sleeve dress and heels really hit the nail on the head.

This new bag- courtesy of my husband- has been peeking out a lot as the weather continues to be spring like.  But… I couldn’t find the exact one to link.  It was bought at Nordstrom Rack so if you love it that much head over and grab one. I have linked the same bag but in a different color and texture and I kind of love it more than mine!!  Shhhh, don’t tell Brendan.

defining yourself

I have never taken the time to truly define myself, my beliefs, my values and my characteristics.  But give recent events I decided to spend some time doing that and I would recommend the practice to anyone- especially those experiencing unrest or unease about their life.  What I found in my reflection were deep rooted ingrained values of which almost all of my life are based up.  I found myself coming back to these characteristics and attributes as opposed to my work, relationships, my location or even my past.

I am passionate.

Whether it be in my marriage, my parenting,  my quest as a blogger,  my search for a new sweater,  my learning a hobby, my education,  my beliefs.

I am forgiving.

Whether it be towards others, towards myself, towards strangers or even enemies (which I hope I don’t have too many of).

I am hopeful.

Whether it be in my friendships, my blogging journey, my daily interactions with my son, my country, my family.

I am opinionated.

Whether it be my reactions to situations, my thoughts towards life, my daily adventures to the grocery store, my beliefs, my morals, my values.

How would you define yourself?? Would you use traits, values, characteristics, professions…???

With Love,




18 thoughts on “Defining Yourself: Bell Sleeve Dress

  • Reply Lydia February 18, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Girl! I love love love this dress. Bell sleeves are gorgeous and so are you! That handbag adds the perfect pop of color, too.

    • Reply pishtoposh February 19, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Thanks Lydia- you are so sweet!

    • Reply pishtoposh February 20, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Many thanks Lydia!!

  • Reply Liz February 18, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    That’s such a tough question to answer! I have no idea how I would define myself. I think I’m just me haha. Great outfit and I love your Kate Spade bag

    • Reply pishtoposh February 20, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      Liz- it was a tough question to answer but I enjoyed exploring the answer!

  • Reply Caitlin February 18, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    The contrast of the color of your dress and that greenish blue background is amazing!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

    • Reply pishtoposh February 20, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks Caitlin!

  • Reply Yasmine February 19, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Great job! I love the color theme here. I was asked to describe myself recently too, and couldn’t really decide on anything. Good job!

    • Reply pishtoposh February 20, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks Yasmine!!

  • Reply vanessa February 19, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    I love this! We are always constantly changing as people so it’s nice to check in with yourself every once and awhile to make sure you are who you want to be!

    Vanessa |

    • Reply pishtoposh February 20, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Vanessa- it was a great reflective practice for me and I hope to do it more often!

  • Reply Deepti February 20, 2017 at 4:29 am

    This is an amazing post! It is so important be able to define yourself! you post has actually motived me to go ahead and do that for myself!

    Deepti xx |

    • Reply pishtoposh February 20, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Glad you stopped by and enjoyed the post! Thanks-

  • Reply Emily Soto February 20, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Wow that is a really challenging question and something I definitely plan to think about. I love your outfit, especially the bag!

    • Reply pishtoposh February 20, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks Emily- It was a great self exploration!! Good luck.

  • Reply Kimberly Lane February 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Great post! And I really LOVE that dress, it looks fab on you!

    XO, Kim

    • Reply pishtoposh February 20, 2017 at 8:16 pm


  • Reply Courtney Bentley February 21, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Looking cute! such a Beaut! you belong with that dress!

    ⭐Courtney Bentley ||

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