Alexandra Cameron
Photo by: Alexandra Cameron

I recently met up with the gorgeous, and uber talented Alex Cameron. Known for her empowering and absolutely stunning confidence photo shoots she invited me to her to hang out and take some snaps. Although I wasn't quite brave enough to opt for one of her typical confidence shoots- it was absolutely incredible hearing about the inspiring stories and feedback she's had. With women gaining nothing but confidence, and arguably a new life changing perspective on themselves from her absolutely flawless photographs- it's incredible how a new view point and sometimes taking yourself out of your comfort zone can make someone into, (without being too corny) essentially, a new person- which is pretty bloody special (if you want a shoot with her, with an extra special 10% off, pop her an email and quote me for the discount too)!

As a blogger, it's likely that people assume you'd be extremely confident. I mean, which girl who parades in front of the camera several times a week (albeit stopping in front of strangers and spending 99% of the time goofing about), wears a coat brighter than a certain Ross from Friends smile and parades around in hats bigger than a UFO to hop on a commuter train, couldn't be? But that's the thing, although what I wear can suggest a brave and perhaps 'outgoing' character, there's still a big part of me, that for lack of a better phrase, is a big old nervous (unconfident) Purvis. I won't wallow on about that, but for perspective- I have friends of mine, who I regard as not only some of the most talented ladies I know (and the most beautiful) who are pretty much there too. What are we like? So, in the most Carrie Bradshaw of ways, it got me thinking- how can we become more confident? What do the girls who I love do to make them feel better?

So, care of some of my favourite ladies, here are some of my favourite tips for feeling a little more 'you' and a bit braver! This post isn't sponsored- just inspired by my day with Alex and a DMC (deep meaningful chat) with some girlfriends...

Alex
"What makes me feel confident…well, it’s taken a long time, there were so many aspects of myself I couldn’t accept for a long time and am only now just beginning to appreciate the person I am. I think the thing that makes me feel confident is honesty…when I am true to myself, appreciate who I am and accept the good and the bad then I feel the most confident. I can celebrate who I am. There is nothing more beautiful that seeing someone embrace who they are."
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Kristabel
"I think you need to accept that gaining confidence takes time. I think that anything I worry about, no one will even notice- so if I have a spot or my hair is doing something weird, nine times out of ten people dont notice as they have their own thing anyway. Then each year you'll realise, 'this doesn't actually bother me any more'. "
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Daisy
"If you're feeling like you can't do something, remember all the really amazing things your have done whether it's getting a job, degree, looking fabulous on a night out & I guarantee you'll feel a little bit better about yourself."
Follow her here

Charly:
"Nothing gives me confidence like reading. Knowing new words, having something interesting to say, not feeling alone in the world- that all manifests from deep inside a good book. I could be Sylvia Plath tomorrow or Caitlin Moran yesterday, but I'm a confident ass Charly Cox today"
Follow her here

Lucy:
"Whenever I'm being filmed or having to do a talk or be public in someway, I always think about who I'd like to see and I create a manifestation of confident me in my head, then I come out of myself and 'play' that person. I know that you should always be yourself but I've always found that the easiest way. I still poop myself a bit when I actually do these things but I just say 'yes' and then deal with it when I get to it. People often say 'you're so confident, I couldn't do that' when actually they don't know that it's still really scary for me. I'm just pretending to be the confident version of me."
Follow her here

Genevieve:
"Doing my makeup nicely and wearing a nice outfit makes me feel more confident. As well as performing on stage and listening to a great song! Also, doing well in something I've tried hard in."
Follow her here

Gem:
"I always think having a big smile on your face makes you feel more confident - especially when meeting new people. It instantly makes people warm to you and it's actually scientifically proven that smiling reduces your stress levels, so it's pretty hard to feel unhappy when you've got a happy face. "
Follow her here


What do you do to make you feel more confident? Sharing is caring- and I'd love to have a little hub of tips in the comments!

x
Alexandra Cameron
Photo by: Alexandra Cameron

I recently met up with the gorgeous, and uber talented Alex Cameron. Known for her empowering and absolutely stunning confidence photo shoots she invited me to her to hang out and take some snaps. Although I wasn't quite brave enough to opt for one of her typical confidence shoots- it was absolutely incredible hearing about the inspiring stories and feedback she's had. With women gaining nothing but confidence, and arguably a new life changing perspective on themselves from her absolutely flawless photographs- it's incredible how a new view point and sometimes taking yourself out of your comfort zone can make someone into, (without being too corny) essentially, a new person- which is pretty bloody special (if you want a shoot with her, with an extra special 10% off, pop her an email and quote me for the discount too)!

As a blogger, it's likely that people assume you'd be extremely confident. I mean, which girl who parades in front of the camera several times a week (albeit stopping in front of strangers and spending 99% of the time goofing about), wears a coat brighter than a certain Ross from Friends smile and parades around in hats bigger than a UFO to hop on a commuter train, couldn't be? But that's the thing, although what I wear can suggest a brave and perhaps 'outgoing' character, there's still a big part of me, that for lack of a better phrase, is a big old nervous (unconfident) Purvis. I won't wallow on about that, but for perspective- I have friends of mine, who I regard as not only some of the most talented ladies I know (and the most beautiful) who are pretty much there too. What are we like? So, in the most Carrie Bradshaw of ways, it got me thinking- how can we become more confident? What do the girls who I love do to make them feel better?

So, care of some of my favourite ladies, here are some of my favourite tips for feeling a little more 'you' and a bit braver! This post isn't sponsored- just inspired by my day with Alex and a DMC (deep meaningful chat) with some girlfriends...

Alex
"What makes me feel confident…well, it’s taken a long time, there were so many aspects of myself I couldn’t accept for a long time and am only now just beginning to appreciate the person I am. I think the thing that makes me feel confident is honesty…when I am true to myself, appreciate who I am and accept the good and the bad then I feel the most confident. I can celebrate who I am. There is nothing more beautiful that seeing someone embrace who they are."
Follow her here

Kristabel
"I think you need to accept that gaining confidence takes time. I think that anything I worry about, no one will even notice- so if I have a spot or my hair is doing something weird, nine times out of ten people dont notice as they have their own thing anyway. Then each year you'll realise, 'this doesn't actually bother me any more'. "
Follow her here

Daisy
"If you're feeling like you can't do something, remember all the really amazing things your have done whether it's getting a job, degree, looking fabulous on a night out & I guarantee you'll feel a little bit better about yourself."
Follow her here

Charly:
"Nothing gives me confidence like reading. Knowing new words, having something interesting to say, not feeling alone in the world- that all manifests from deep inside a good book. I could be Sylvia Plath tomorrow or Caitlin Moran yesterday, but I'm a confident ass Charly Cox today"
Follow her here

Lucy:
"Whenever I'm being filmed or having to do a talk or be public in someway, I always think about who I'd like to see and I create a manifestation of confident me in my head, then I come out of myself and 'play' that person. I know that you should always be yourself but I've always found that the easiest way. I still poop myself a bit when I actually do these things but I just say 'yes' and then deal with it when I get to it. People often say 'you're so confident, I couldn't do that' when actually they don't know that it's still really scary for me. I'm just pretending to be the confident version of me."
Follow her here

Genevieve:
"Doing my makeup nicely and wearing a nice outfit makes me feel more confident. As well as performing on stage and listening to a great song! Also, doing well in something I've tried hard in."
Follow her here

Gem:
"I always think having a big smile on your face makes you feel more confident - especially when meeting new people. It instantly makes people warm to you and it's actually scientifically proven that smiling reduces your stress levels, so it's pretty hard to feel unhappy when you've got a happy face. "
Follow her here


What do you do to make you feel more confident? Sharing is caring- and I'd love to have a little hub of tips in the comments!

x

40 comments:

  1. confidence is something I've always struggled with.. I got a job in customer service last year and even just being hired gave me new confidence! and now talking to strangers all day everyday really boosts my confidence! starting a blog was one thing I didn't feel confident enough to do for a while but I'm so glad I have now.. I've learnt not to worry about what people think of me too much and that has helped a lot! lovely post :)

    http://oliviaandlife.blogspot.co.uk/

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  2. Having a 'f*ck it' mentality where I try my best to not let things get me down. Positive vibes are the way forward X

    THEFASHION-JUNKIE

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  3. Love the blog recommendations Xxxx
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  4. This is such a lovely post, it's good to hear what other bloggers think too! I just got to a point where I didn't care what others thought, it's your life after all x
    eleanor's adventures // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  5. Some brilliant, inspiring advice. I'm getting more confidence now I'm in my mid-twenties, but still have a long way to go. I often try the old 'fake it til you make it' when needing a confidence boost!
    Zoe | floral and feather

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  6. This is such a great post! What a beautiful photo :).
    I'm reading a book called The Confidence Gap and it is really good. It basically encourages you to do things outwith your comfort zone (within reason...going to a new class etc) and then the confidence comes after that.
    xxxx
    girlwithbambieyes.co.uk

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  7. What a wonderful post! I completely agree that being honest and accepting yourself is probably the best way the gain in confidence, although it's easier said than done. Xx

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  8. This is such a great post, and you look so lovely in your picture! I think people should stop caring so much about what people think about them, makes you generally a lot happier and more confident!

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  9. Love the post, Liv! Confidence has never really been an issue for me. Back in the teen years I was even overly confident and positively rude! Now, although, I believe that the confidence comes from hard work. I know that I've given my best at the things I do and I'm only afraid of criticism when I know that I've not given my 100%. And then that criticism is totally my fault.
    When I am feeling nervous about something, then I usually think that life will go on after that thing I'm nervous about and in retrospect, it's probably a minor detail of my life.
    -P.
    My blog: BOWTIE DIARY

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  10. Great post, very inspiring and thought-provoking. It's great when you come across posts that highlight how much bloggers love to support each other. Loved reading this :)

    Jo
    http://thefashionparadepage.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Amazing post :D

    www.maireem.blogspot.com

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  12. This is such a nice and inspiring post! Confidence has always been an issue for me, and I'd only ever be loud around my closest friends growing up. Although I was shy on the outside, and in secondary school I was bullied for it, I always knew I was capable of being loud and confident and this only really ever showed when I was on stage dancing. From sixth form I found my true friends at school and from then on my confidence has continued to grow and is now the biggest it's ever been now that I'm in my final year of uni. I think throwing myself into completely new surroundings forced me to be confident, and although I still have my shy moments, I am so glad of the opportunities I've had from just putting myself out there! I also feel 10x better, if I feel I've done my make-up nicely or wearing a comfy but nice clothes :)

    Charlotte's Road // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  13. love your blog, and loved this post! So much to relate with xx

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  14. It's such a hot topic at the moment, self development and confidence. You write beautifully, so true how your mindset can change so much. I love reading like minded posts.

    Becca x

    squatsandasideofnutella.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. this post is very inpiring Olivia!!! Loved reading it. <3

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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  16. Lots of great advice, we can do it!

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  17. Love this dress!
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    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.com

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  18. Sometimes when I walk down a crowded street and start feeling self-aware and slump my shoulders I think to myself "How would Beyonce walk?" and that makes me immediately straighten up and walk more confidently. Sounds a bit ridiculous but it actually works. Also, a big smile on my face always makes me feel better and therefore more confident.
    Lovely post :)
    x
    Christina
    http://abstracttoday.blogspot.gr/

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  19. I always pretend and act confident, drawing it up inside me so that when I approach others they see me as confident and approachable (whilst I quiver on the inside!)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. This is such a lovely post, it was so interesting reading about what makes these wonderful ladies confident!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  21. Lovely post! Stay confident ladies, stay strong :)!

    -SJay
    The Chronic Dreamer

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  22. This is such a comforting yet beautiful post. Good one, Olivia!

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  23. For those looking for vintage pieces to add to your wardrobe, would love if you could take a look at my instagram
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  24. I am such a shy person and I have really learned a lot from this post, I am defo taking these on board! xx

    That Girl Rhianna // Thoughts, Beauty, Lifestyle

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  25. This really opened up my eyes a lot more on confidence and self-love. A very beautifully written post, thank you so much for sharing! Gorgeous photo as well. <3

    THOUGHTS IN TIFFANY BLUE

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  26. I just recently got more confidence from outfit pictures. I'm plus sized and I was scared of that and scared to post them online but I took the chance and I actually fell in love with that. I guess the good feedback made me more confident and I decided it made me feel like I could do more. Sometimes it's just yourself to make you be more confident.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

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  27. A great post

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  28. I always struggle with confidence and anxiety, such a helpful post.

    Ooh La Luce | Beauty, Life, Fashion

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  29. I loved this post, reading your writing is always an enjoyment anyway, for the simple wit and the laughs, but I love that as well as fashion and beauty etc, you always have something interesting or meaningful to say too, such as this post! Confidence is a tricky thing, I loved reading different girls points of view on it and the tips were helpful, true and really a great read! As always, a beautiful photo too..

    x

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  30. Wow! I really like this kind of posts; they make me think over for a long time.

    Although I'm still young, I think that what makes me confident is being with my true friends, smiling, reminding myself to be happy, staring at the sea/sky, smiling, talking about something I'm informed about... but, despite all this, sometimes I do feel a bit awkward!

    Anyway, we're always learning, right? So I have plenty of time to know myself deeply and try to figure out how to be pretty confident

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  31. Haha I am the same as you! I'll wear bright and sometimes crazy things and also take blog photos but I'm still very shy. I would say my confidence has grown since blogging though.

    Emma Xx

    www.emmaslookingglass.com

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  32. Incredible post!

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  33. Such a lovely post- I loved Charlys tip about reading- I totally relate :) Beautiful photo as well :)
    www.missmollyemma.blogspot.com

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  34. This is beautiful! I'm actually planning to do something like this on my blog and youtube as well soon! x

    Blog A Girl with a Camera

    Youtube A Girl with a Camera

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  35. Loved reading this post and all the great tips from your friends! I think confidence is something we all struggle with, and it's hard not to judge ourselves against others. I know I struggle with it myself. Something that make me feel more confident is taking pride in my appearance and having fun with my makeup and throwing on an outfit I love. Thanks so much for sharing!

    xoxo Nicole

    http://www.brazenbrunette.com

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  36. I LOVED this post! I'll definitely find these tips really useful. And I could really relate to what you said about people thinking bloggers are so confident because they pose in front of the camera, I wrote a similar thing in my post, Common Misconceptions about bloggers here if you want to read it: http://lucierose1.blogspot.fr/2015/02/common-misconceptions-about-bloggers.html

    Great post Liv! x

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  37. Lovely inspiring post! I feel like blogging is one of the main reasons why i feel a lot more confident in myself lately x
    love jen, www.jennifersjournal.co.uk xx

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  38. Loved this post, some great tips! I struggle with my confidence and I always compare myself to others. This has really helped me to see we are all unique! I am actually going to be writing a post in the near future about how I stay happy and be confident. If you want to check out my blog: http://www.28twinklingstars.blogspot.co.uk

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  39. confidence is something I've always struggled with. What I do to make me feel more confident? Having a 'f*ck it' mentality where I try my best to not let things get me down :)

    www.thesmallnoble.blogspot.de

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