Next up in the joyous dressing spotlight series is Gabrielle Greenall.
When I first saw one of her posts, I actually felt a little intimidated. My mind was like how does this person belong to the same group of people as me? It was obviously more about my insecurity than anything she had done, but it’s funny what pops into your head.
I can tell you for absolute certainty there is nothing to be afraid of when talking to Gabrielle or looking at her posts. She is such a lovely human being and has bever been anthing but kind and encouraging to me and anyone else I’ve seen her interact with.
She describes herself on her insta bio as a: Lover of vintage, bright colours and big earrings..
I’m almost always in awe of her posts on Instagram. Her sense of style, her energy, the way she poses and looks through the lens like she’s looking right at you.. it’s artistry, talent, a gift.
Does that sound a little much to you? I hope not, but if it does.. let’s remember there is beauty to be found in everything, and some people are really good at bringing it out into the open.
There was no way I could keep writing about Joyous Dressing and it’s community without including her, so I asked, and she agreed 🙂
So, in her own words, let’s get to know her a little better together.
I first came across joyous dressing last summer when someone I followed shared the “I can sing a rainbow” challenge for the following week and I thought I’d give it a go. I’d done a couple of different challenges on IG previously to this and it was fun to have an excuse to dress up. At the time I thought it was just a one-off but then at the end of the week Josephine announced a new challenge for the following week and I checked out the # and saw it had been going a while….and that was it, I was hooked!
I like to think that I’ve always been quite individual with my dress sense/style but Joyous Dressing has helped to dress up for the sheer joy of it and not wait for the right occasion. Do I wear sequins to walk down to the shops, yes, yes I do! I’m also being more adventurous with what I wear at work, today I’m wearing a bright yellow dress with big black spots, I would never have worn this for work just over a year ago. Also I’ve always been a bit scared of make-up as I’ve never been very good at it so tend to always do the same thing but now I love experimenting with different colours and just having fun with it.
There’s so many to choose from but my favourite type of challenge are the ones that involve a bit of creativity or becoming a character rather than a straight forward outfit of the day. I really enjoyed the “Pretty as a picture” week where we took inspiration from art/artists. I also liked “Get your head in the game” week where I made a fascinator for one of the days and experimented with eye shadow on another. I’ve definitely got “better” at taking photos but I still love one from my second ever Joyous Dressing challenge which was about skies, the prompt was blue skies, I’d been at work and hadn’t planned on joining, I got caught in a rain shower on the way home and took a photo of just my face with raindrops still on my glasses, eyes shut because the sun was so bright, no make-up (though I did stick in some big shiny earrings!)…I’m really proud of that photo.
I’m quite a shy person and find it hard to talk to people I don’t know (even some that I do to be honest) and before Joyous Dressing I only had a few followers on IG and didn’t really have that many interactions other than likes and the odd comment. I must admit to being a bit taken aback when people started commenting on my posts, I was used to FB where it’s basically just people I know and here were strangers saying very lovely things about my photos.
That is what’s lovely about Josephine and the whole Joyous Dressing community though, they welcome you in straight away and are so encouraging and you feel like you’re part of something really special.
I feel completely drawn in by Gabrielle and her fierce spirit in her posts, and I’m sure i’m not the only one.
Thank you so much Gabrielle for letting me tell a little bit of your story, and for being so fabulously you.
If you want to check her out for youself, which I woud highly recommend her insta is @gabriellegreenall
Clothes can tell whatever story you want them to, wear all the colours and patterns you want, wear nothing, dress like a hippie, mix all the styles.. just do you and be happy!
Note: I got permission to use the pictures and feature the accounts prior to writing this.
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