Ruthie Ridley Blog- Zara Blue Print Dress
Ruthie Ridley Blog- Zara Blue Print Dress
Ruthie Ridley Blog- Zara Blue Print Dress
Ruthie Ridley Blog- Zara Blue Print Dress
Ruthie Ridley Blog- Zara Blue Print Dress

I have spent a good part of my adult life trying to attain some level of perfection.  Whether that be physically or with my various business ventures- I have always wanted things to look and seem perfect to others.  As I enter another year and prepare to turn 35 I finally realize that there is so much beauty in the mess and imperfection- that vulnerability in the not so perfect states brings liberty to others and freedom to myself.

As we prepare to enter 2019 I want to encourage you to be all that you are and be more open about the not-so perfect parts of yourself.   Allow your imperfections to be shown and realize that what you see, others do not.  Your life can be a sign of God’s grace and mercy to others.  Here are a few quotes I have read lately that have been inspiring me in this area:

“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together.” 
― Brené Brown

“Imperfection inspires invention, imagination, creativity. It stimulates. The more I feel imperfect, the more I feel alive.” 
― Jhumpa Lahiri, I

“It’s made me realize that imperfect is perfectly comfortable to me. Whether it’s a city or my apartment, I feel most at home when things are somewhat flawed.” – Kathie Lee

My Dress // My Shoes // Bag – Thrifted

Thanks as always for stopping by the blog!

All Photos By: Nicole Quiroz

  • Comments ( 28 )

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    Marissa | Marissa’s Teachable Moments

    “Realize that what you see, others do not.” wow, when i tell you i needed to read that today! you’re so right, we need to accept our imperfections; as i get older, it’s something i’m (slowly) learning.

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    Stacie

    This is such a powerful post! Too many of us waste our time and energy trying to meet some imagined goal or proving ourselves when we need to just understand how awesome we are.

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    Heather @ US Japan Fam

    Love those quotes, very inspiring and true!! Also loving that dress, how did you find shoes that went with it so… perfectly!?

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    Sara

    Great advice as we head into a new year! I love your hair too, by the way!

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    Elizabeth Keene

    This dress was made for you and you only, girl! I love those buttons, they add a chiC element to this dress. you look gorgeous!

    XOxo – ELizabeth
    http://www.akeenesenseofstyle.com

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    Tiffany Barry

    Beautiful pattern on your dress! I also love the Brené Brown quote. It’s such a good reminder that we’re all just trying to do our best, and imperfections are not flaws.

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    Jackline A

    Thank you for sharing, really lovely post. And I just have to say you look amazing in that dress! Wow!

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    Lee

    I completely agree, imperfections are what make us relatable and human <3

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    Liz

    This is such a wonderful reminder! Thank you so much for sharing <3 Wishing you an amaZIng new year!

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    Soph

    This outfit is ABSOLUTELY beautiful and I love the message you’re sending out in this post!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

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    Mommy Peach

    I agree with you. Each of us is perfectly imperfect. Happy New Year and I totally love your dress.

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    Candace

    I always appreciate an inspirational post. I Loved the quotes!<3

    XO
    Candace
    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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    Danielle

    That is one gorgeous dress and i am loving the button details. your style is always so amazing.

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    Jasmine Hewitt

    this has the best advice for going into another new year! your outfit is cute too

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    Rachel

    So I have never been SO in love with a color as I am with those SHOESSSSSS!!!! I MUST HAVE THEM!

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    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    I am loving those shoes with that dress! It’s so pretty and I love the colors!

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    Nati

    Your outfit is gorgeous!!
    I also agree with you, we need to stop trying to be perfect. I like you stopped trying somwhen in my early thirties, after I became a mom.

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    Emily

    First of
    All, you look AMAZING!! Love all of these photos! And i love the message of this post! There is sefonitely beauty in the imperfections of day to day life!

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    Marlene

    Such a good reminder, I totally agree! And love the dress, too.

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    Kim

    Great advice as we head into 2019! I love all of those quotes also!

    xoxo,
    Kim

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    sara lafountain

    LOVELY POST! NO ONE IS PERFECT, WE ALL HAVE IMPERFECTIONS. IT IS TIME FOR US TO EMBRACE ALL OUR IMPERFECTIONS AND EMBRACE THEM.

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    Petite Style Beauty

    I like how you pull this outfit off. I especially love the shoes and bag combination! very neat and feminine with a hint of rock.

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    Mollie

    This is such a great reminder, eSpecially as we head into the neW Year! Thank you for sharing!

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    Vasu Devan

    I agree that one must be oneself. Many times people try to achieve perfection to please others. In fact one person’s idea of perfection could well be another’s quirk.

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    Morgan

    I needed this encouragement today and second the fact that we all need to be a little more “real” in 2019 with all aspects of our lives! Happy New Year!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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    Annie

    This made me tear up a bit. I’ve really been struggling with pushing myself more, and more, and more, and it’s never enough. Thank you for encouraging me to be a bit kinder to myself. ” Your life can be a sign of God’s grace and mercy to others.” this was so touching, thank you for sharing your advice <3

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    steph

    I LOVE this message girl and you look stunning!

    Cheers,
    Steph
    @trendyinindy|trendyinindy@gmail.com

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    terry urbina

    this dress is so beautiful! love the colour
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