Monday, October 20, 2008


Stephanie has decided she has a new style. She calls it her Shabby Chic look. The shirt in this post is part of the new style. She looks super cute anytime she's sporting her new style. All this talk of style has made me reflect on my own style. I've been trying my hardest to figure out just what my style is. Conclusion: I have absolutely no style at all. Here's proof.

1. Stephanie stopped by while I was cleaning out my closets. One of the dresses that she forced me to get rid of was one that she wore to her 9th grade dance. Other clothes reminded her of past boyfriends she had when she would wear the clothes or places she had been. Most of my clothes are hand-me-downs from those who help me have a little style.

2. I still have not replaced the swans in the bathroom. For that matter, I still haven't replaced the fancy mirror/lights either.
3. Once I get myself to decorate something, which I never enjoy, it stays forever. It's all I can do it make it happen in the first place.

4. These are the only two things hanging on my walls in my bedroom. They are the only two things I've ever hung on my bedroom wall and it might just stay that way until I die. I've never painted my bedroom and have no decorations in it. It's the room I know no one will see so it's the one that's in true Heidi style=no style at all).

4. We still have the same super ugly, gold fireplace doors that were put in when the house was built in 1979. Someone with style would not be able to look at that day after day. Let alone for seven years! They would also struggle with the white dishwasher and microwave and the off-white oven. For sure that is breaking the style rules!
5. Heather recently told me that everything in my house is very functional, not stylish, just functional.

I could go on and on. But the beauty of it is, I just don't care. As I thought about trying to find myself a style (because when you hang out with someone who carries style off so well it makes you kind of want it) I realized that it is just a part of life that I don't really feel like I can pull off and when it comes down to it, I really don't want to. For whatever reason, it's very stressful for me to decorate anything and I only ever do it because I feel like that's what I'm supposed to do. Everyone else does! If it wasn't for peer pressure my house would have even less decoration that it already has. Not to mention the fact that I HATE shopping. And to have style you have to shop.

So this is my confession that I know that I have no style and that I'm very content with that fact. You don't even have to feel sorry for me! That doesn't mean that anytime I see Steph dressed up real cute I won't be a bit jealous, but if I can just hold on a few years I'm sure they will be handed down to me and I'll get my turn being Shabby Chic. (Hint, Hint!)


Ben and Heidi said...

Amen Heidi! I am still pulling things out of the closet that I wore in High school. And I love when my little sisters give me hand-me-downs!!

Robin said...

Over-sized Cheerios and Cheetos t-shirts. Those real, true roots: Accept. Love. Embrace.

Plus, the good thing about style is, it always comes back 'round. Mark my words, people will be lusting after your _vintage_ gold fireplace in the near distant future. Maybe about the time you inherit Steph's shabby chic.

And I'd like to say something about your bathroom. Every time I use it and the slider thing falls off the mirror, it makes me feel like your house is FOR REAL. No pretensions. You can be yourself. That's comfy. People that live in comfy homes are comfy people. I like those kinds.

Rachel said...

Style is overrated. I feel like it is too much work too. Rand and I call our style "simplistic" just because we lack it. If you don't enjoy it, don't worry about it. It is okay if you would rather spend your time on other things (I know I would.

Stephanie said...

yeah, you seriously need some style. I'd start making it a priority! :) (that's for the cake comment)

Kelsey said...

Oh my goodness! This exact thing happened to me about a week ago. I started idolizing this girl in my ward who just had everything so well put together. I wanted to be her in every way. Then suddenly I realized, I'm cool with who I am. I have friends and family that love me. I actually have always thought you were SO beautiful. I've never even noticed if you have "style" because you were so cool. (PS I have been noticing Steph's change, and I comment on it all the time.)

meganconser said...

Are we supposed to have style with little kids? Really? Stephanie maybe a rare exception and naturally cute. Anytime I buy somthing nice or cute, snot, grubby fingers or paint or somthing messes it up. What is the style for barbies mixed with hot wheels and crushed up chips and cheerios-- that is how my living room is currently decorated. I am not sure what your so called style is, but you always look very nice and pulled together. Your house has happy kids and I can feel love the minute I walk in. I love being around you- that is the style I want to have. :o)

Tonya said...

You are so funny! I see the cute clothes you wear and your nicely decorated living room and always think you have good style. So funny that you feel you don't! I would rid of the swans though:0)

hedrad said...

That was one of the funniest posts I've read in a long time. You are hilarious. Down with redecorating...Down with remodeling...Down with fashion...Down with STYLE!!! We should all just eat more sugar cookies with purple frosting. Hurray for simplicity!

Stacie Raddatz said...

Yes, I have noticed your bathroom. It could use some help. But I am with you, I really, really hate decorating and shopping. But once I decorate, I am so glad I did it and that it is done. It took me 7 years to decorate our Layton home and that was only because I needed to stage it for a sale. But you do have a great style and I know you can do a great job if you put your shoulder into it. And when you're done, come do my house. My bedroom has nothing. More posts like this. It makes me feel human. I live in a weird part of the world in Draper. I feel like I am in a Pottery Barn catalog.

brenda said...

I LOVE your attitude about it all, but I have to condradict you a little. First of all, you are dressed so dang cute every time I see you. I remember when I first knew you I was always saying "you look cute, where are you going?" And you were never going anywhere. You just looked cute. For no reason. That was a novel idea to me. And an inspirational one. I've tried hard to keep-up-with-the-Raddatzes ever since.

Second of all, your living room is totally restful and put-together. It's beautifully decorated and arranged. If you did that yourself then you have style.

And in conclusion, I love your house. I feel just as at home there as in any other house I can think of. The time will come when you will look around and want some changes, but your life is too full for you to need those projects right now. They will be there waiting to fill the void whenever you feel the void. But for now, you can celebrate having a put-together soul.