There are so many things I would do if I didn't have to be "professional".
If I were allowed to express my inner "me-ness" (not to be confused with imagination...which I don't have) - I'd experiment with everything -my hair, my makeup, my clothing, jewelry...tattoos, etc.
I'd do a lot of things to my hair - I'd probably change it on a bi-weekly basis. One of my favorite hairstyles is the new tip-dying trend, as per Lauren Conrad (see above left). Now, I've already cleared this style with the powers-that-be as acceptable, but part of me feels like it may be pushing the envelope too far.
A significant part of me yearns to be freed from the norms of society - the punk/emo forever-high-schooler and overly-emotional adult-in-arrested-development girl inside screaming at the top of her lungs when I see Taking Back Sunday at the House of Blues. This girl would definitely Up the Punk! and have a haircut something like this -
I'd probably get more tattoos...I have three (only one is always visible). I'd love a beautiful 1/2 or 3/4 sleeve on one arm full of meaningful, delicate, colorful and feminine art. I love tattoos and I long for the day when they're no longer considered taboo. Perhaps one day I'll do a post on my three tattoos, but not today. This post is about what I want, not what I have.
But speaking of tattoos, the blog Sometimes Sweet does a Tattoo Tuesday post every week! and I'm a huge fan of Danielle's tattoos and creativity. Definitely worth the read!
As far as clothes - well, I don't really have a current style. I'm pretty minimalist as far accessories go - earrings, rings (maybe 1 or 2), pendant necklace. I love statement necklaces and cocktail rings, but every time I try to wear them I feel like I'm trying too hard...like I'm pretending to be something I'm not; or I feel like I'm 5-year-old-me again playing dress-up with grandma's jewelry (my grandma has some pretty awesome jewelry, to be honest).
I guess I'm not comfortable enough with who I am and what my "style" is to take bold steps and experiment with my wardrobe. I tend to stick to solid colors, simple dresses and whatever "in" things happen to fit into those confines at the moment. And I'm a huge fan of jeggings.
One day, maybe when I'm retired, I'll be able to experiment and EXPRESS [MY]SELF.