Our blog is fairly new so to try to decipher whom exactly our demographic is would be premature. We hope that people of all ages would find something within our posts encouraging, relatable, maybe even mildly amusing ;). We also hope that it’s more than our moms who read a.payne (although we do appreciate the support, Brenda and Laura!). That being said, no matter what our age, we’ve all had moments to reflect on some horrid fashion mishap while looking at old photos with the thought, “My God! What was I wearing?!” “Was I really not aware of my camel toe that night?” “Did I at one point think a windbreaker was the right choice for the concert that evening, or was this actually a decision to protect me from Mother Nature’s elements?” For those of you who have looked at old photos in disbelief, we challenge you to take a second glance and take notice of the expression on your face. Was it joy? Were you smiling? Fashion is always changing, at the end of the day our clothes come off as easily as we put them on; the smiles, the bright memories in each of those “unflattering” photos stay with you forever. The clothes, as hideous as you might think they are now, filled their purpose that day. Clothes are similar to relationships in that way. People move in and out of our lives until the day we die, and just because the relationship ends (or a garment is no longer “in style”) doesn’t make it unsuccessful or make you a failure. Our lives are compiled of seasons, and as the seasons begin to shift the people within that period of our lives often do the same. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Look at your past relationships with gratitude whether you thought good or bad, and give your self some slack for wearing that heavy blue eye shadow like Mimi from, “The Drew Carey Show.” In the moment you felt it was the right choice. Own it, and move forward.