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The chances are if you're reading (and enjoying) A Glass Of Ice, then you'll most likely have at some point in your life been accused of being gentle.  I say 'accused' because nine times out of ten the word isn't used in the way it was meant to be used; it often wrongfully suggests you're a pushover (wrong!) or takes the place of 'shy' and 'sensitive'.  Ultimately, being gentle means 'having or showing a mild, kind, or tender temperament or character' and believe me when I say there is everything good about that!  So, with a little help from ELVI Clothing, a picturesque setting and a few swans, let's dig a little deeper into what it means to be gentle and why it's time you started viewing it as your strength...
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You could spend half of your life refusing to acknowledge your gentle nature, or you could y'know... embrace it!  We've heard it said a thousand times before that you can only truly live your happiest life once you're being true to yourself and this absolutely, 100% applies to noticing and accepting your character traits.  Personally, I've discovered so many things I love through ranking high on the gentle-o-metre.  You'll have noticed I can usually be found wandering through gardens, I adore picturesque scenery, historic architecture and the sound of tweeting birds.  I've developed a fondness of whimsical abstract art, pre-Raphaelite exhibitions and murder mystery plays that in any way resemble Agatha Christie's work.  Bliss.      

Oh and another aspect to love about being a gentle person means having the tendency to accept others more easily and doing your best to see situations from other people's perspectives.  You're all for a calm life, a tranquil one.  Although, in no way does being gentle mean you're not striving forwards to achieve your goals in life, or that you are a pushover.  A goal is a goal no matter how gentle you are; you can still get sh*t done!
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Uh, no swans were harmed in the making of this photo!
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Dress - Sweet Pea Tea Dress c/o ELVI Clothing



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Something that goes hand in hand with embracing a personality trait is undoubtedly fashion.  You can always expect to find fairly feminine and romantic looks here on my blog, though lately I've found my personal style has become fiercely British.  It feels so natural and comfortable, now that I've shed the need to try and disguise my place on the gentle-scale.  Speaking of which, I'm thrilled ELVI Clothing has now expanded their size range to include smaller sizes, as I've fallen in love with so many of their new season pieces!  I'm so impressed by the detail gone into this classic, floral print tea dress and I reckon the swans were impressed too, as I was chased by two of them as I was leaving!
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Needless to say, being gentle doesn't define you.  It's a character trait, and a positive one at that - a strength!  Embracing it enables you to understand what you truly enjoy in life, to feel more comfortable in your own skin and to accept others more easily.  Don't worry, it doesn't mean you're going to start throwing petals over every passer-by, and it doesn't mean I don't wake up to the sound of Kerrang Radio!  It's just a trait, and one we need to stop viewing in a negative light.  So, if you suspect you're on the more gentle side of the spectrum, embrace it.  You never know what you might just discover!

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With love,

Gabrielle x