Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It Made a Difference for That One

“Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said,  "It made a difference for that one.” 

--Loren Eiseley 

Don't ever think that what you do doesn't make a difference; small things can add up to big changes. We can look at the world and all the suffering, sadness and unrest and become so overwhelmed that we can't possibly fix everything, we do nothing at all. Or we could look around us and think, what can I do today that might make a difference to someone or something? You never know what big impact a small act can make. Be on the lookout for where you may be needed-- a kind word, a donation, a lending hand. It will make a difference, and probably in ways you may never even know.

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."   --Mother Teresa 

photo: Elena Morelli

Monday, August 14, 2017

Black is Back

Top: Target Jeans: Walmart Kimono: Target Hat: Forever 21 Shoes: Old Navy

Remember how I said a couple posts ago that I was going through a "blue phase"? Well, I guess that didn't lost long, because judging from my last couple of outfits, black is back. Can I also just take a minute to talk about this new top? I saw it at Target on clearance for, like, $10. Technically it's a "sleep cami" but I doubt anyone would know the difference between a sleep cami and an awake cami because, is there one? Anyway, the thing that is the best about this cami is that it has a built in bra. Not like ones of those shelf bras that are just an added piece of cloth with elastic on the bottom. This one has a place to put removable cup for actual support and modesty. So anytime I can say "sayonara" to a real bra, I am all for it. I got one in black and one in grey and I'm kind of kicking myself for not getting one in white too. Crossing my fingers they're still there on my next Target trip...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

California Dreamin'

Shirt: Kohl's Jeans: ASOS Sandals: Target Hat: Forever 21

Huck Finn

Jumpsuit: Old Navy Shoes: Nordstrom Rack

Sometimes it gets so hot that you're forced to forgo a shirt and go with just the overalls, Huck Finn style. 

Other outfits with these pieces:


Monday, August 7, 2017

Tent City

Dress: Gap Shoes: Nordstrom Rack

All my days off this week were filled with "maintenance" (ie. hair appointment, pedicure, dentist) so naturally I looked like a slob kabob. But once again I get to take advantage of my sister's hand-me-downs  with this dress. It's about the size of one of those tents they put over houses when they have termites and I couldn't love it more. It's so big and comfy (and it has pockets!). I'm also in love with these new Catherine Malandrino slip-ons I just got. I have to admit, when I bought them in 'nude' I didn't think they were going to match my skin so well my feet would look naked, but I'm actually impressed. (Full disclosure, I think it's just the paleness of my legs that are washing them out in the picture. They're actually a really pretty light pink in person) 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Cracked Pot

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years, this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water in his master’s house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you”.  The bearer asked, “Why? What are you ashamed of?”  The Pot replied, “For these past two years I am able to deliver only half of my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you don’t get full value for your efforts”.
The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Drink the Wild Air

After taking regular outfit photos for the last post, the sun started to dip behind the trees, giving the best rays of light we had to take advantage of. Golden hour is my favorite time of day. Everything is bronzed and dreamy. Cinematic, almost. It is by far my favorite time to photograph. I looked up different movies that are either known for their cinematography, or give off the feeling I want to capture in pictures and made a list of the ones I wanted to watch to gather inspiration. To see how they use light, how they capture moments, how they translate feeling through a lens. So far I've watched 6.5 out of 15 (I may have fallen asleep in the middle of The Tree of Life last night). But they already make me want to explore photography more. To capture life in a different kind of way. I'll post them as I go and learn and evolve. As an extension of fashion-posts or perhaps even in lieu of them. If you have any recommendations on any films with really dreamy cinematography, send them my way.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Aye Aye Captain

Shirt: American Eagle Overall dress: Thrifted Sandals: Old Navy

I am definitely going through my 'blue stage' right now. Like Picasso, but less iconic. I didn't even realize it until I looked back on some recent outfit posts and thought, 'I've been wearing a lot of blue, lately.' Perhaps blue is summer's black. I finally took all my winter clothes out of my closet and found that I do actually have some bright colored clothes-- yet I still tend to gravitate towards darks. Maybe because they're easier and go with more. Ultimately, I'd love to have a capsule wardrobe with a minimalistic style where everything in your closet can go with everything and you just have an endless amount of combinations you can do from like, 10 pieces. Okay, maybe 30. I definitely think this overall dress would be in there. It goes with pretty much anything you throw under it, it has pockets, and it makes it look like a sailor. You really can't lose.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hard and Holy Things

          I am not the first, nor last person, that will admit to comparing myself to others online. Scrolling through perfectly curated Instagram feeds, it's hard not to think that I am the only one without their s-h together. I do not have a perfectly smooth and toned backside, no matter how many squat challenges I do. The only time I can get my hair to do that effortlessly undone top knot is right before getting into the shower. And even after decades on this earth (and 1600 hours spent in cosmetology school) I still cannot do wing-tipped eyeliner or a decent french braid to save my life. And when the realization of this starts to affect me too much, I go back to this quote. There are enough women out there who know how to be (or at least look) perfect at everything. The amount of seemingly-flawless people on Instagram are a dime a dozen, and there are about a million YouTube tutorials showing you just how to achieve it. 

        Don't misunderstand me-- I would still love to be put-together with flawless makeup and six-pack abs, but is that what really matters? Other than being a beautiful thing to look at, does it really serve anyone else? There's another quote that comes to mind that goes something along the lines of "Mother Teresa didn't worry about her thighs, she had shit to do." It's hard to put yourself down when you stop thinking about yourself so much. 

        So what exactly are these hard and holy things? Is it joining the Peace Corps.? Is it going to impoverished countries to meet needs of the underprivileged? Sure. Yes, of course. But could it also be having patience during a frustrating situation? Is it showing kindness and compassion to that customer who is always rude to you at work? Putting down your phone for 5 minutes to actively listen to someone and make them feel heard? Because Lord knows those are not easy things to do. But they are the things that mean the most.  I would rather be known for bringing joy, for being understanding, for showing love than for being able to blend my eye shadow (but if I can do them all simultaneously then it's just icing on the cake.) 

        I came to the conclusion recently that we (and by we I mean me) spend a lot of time stressing about not being where we think we should be in life, not having things we think we should have or not being as successful as we think we should be. But if we really strip it all away, in the grand scheme of things, what is it that really matters? What are the things that really should have priority? In Matthew 22:36 Jesus says that the two greatest commandments are "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" That's it. Not "make six figures". Not "be a size 2". Not "take vacations so you can document them and make your life look perfect to strangers." Just simply serve God, and serve each other. Of course God will ask us to do other things throughout our lives, but all He really wants is for us to love Him and love those around us. Those are the hard and holy things. And do not think it is lost on me that all this is being said while being sandwiched between outfit posts 😁

       Jesus makes it very clear that we don't need to worry about how we look, things we aren't good at, or that we aren't wearing the right clothes. "If God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you--you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'what shall we eat?' or 'what shall we drink' or 'what shall we wear?'...your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (Matthew 6:30-32)

      Don't worry that you can't get perfect beach waves, that you can't figure out how to contour, or even that you don't have your dream career. Do the hard and holy things. That is really what the world needs. And if all those things are added unto us as well, then great. But maybe by the time we get them, we'll realize we never really needed them anyway. 

Image from The Free Woman

Monday, July 24, 2017

Blue Away

Dress: Target Sandals: Steve Madden

Friday, July 21, 2017

Film Styles: Marie Antoinette

 Costume Designer: Milena Canonero (other movies include: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Out of Africa, The Shining and A Clockwork Orange)

Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette is the retelling of the life of the French queen through a more modern lens. While the costumes look 18th century, the use of modern music, bright colors and even the cameo of some high top converse, gives it the perfect mix of historical and modern. While I love the candy-colored extravagance of her early life at Versailles, my favorite part is of Marie at Petit Trianon, the countryside estate given to her by Louis XVI when she was 19. While the picnics still looked like Vogue editorials, the chateau had more of a simplicity with its muted colors and sun-drenched rooms. There, Marie wore more casual dresses while walking the garden, lounging on the lake, or just reading in the grass. Every scene feels like a dream that I can watch over and over again. If you haven't seen it, I would highly suggest giving it a watch and then try telling me you don't want to wear a hoop skirt and bouffant.

warning: picture heavy, but worth it >>

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Here's the Church, Here's the Steeple

                                                               Top: Target Jeans: Target Sandals: Dolce Vita

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Uncomfortably Numb

Shirt: Target Pants: Marshalls Shoes: Vans 

This outfit was based solely around the fact that I couldn't wear sandals due to the fact I spilled paint on one of my toes and it wouldn't come off even after 3 showers. But it also gave me an excuse to finally wear these cute pink slip on Vans my friend got my for my birthday, uh, 3 months ago (!!). So yay for painting accidents that give me an opportunity to wear cute things sitting neglected in my closet.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Royal Blue

Dress: Marshall's Shoes: Old Navy

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Happy Hand-me-down

It's so nice when you inherit awesome pieces from your older sister. Her loss, my gain.

Dress: hand-me-down (from Target) Sandals: Kohl's Earrings: Greater Good

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Back to Black

Dress and Sandals both from Target  

You know those days where it's 100 degrees out but you still insist on wearing all black? This is the perfect compromise. A t-shirt dress and lace up sandals will keep you cool while still maintaining your moody, emo vibe. Or not. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Blowing in the Breeze

Dress: Macy's Sandals and glasses: TJ Maxx

Some people like to fly kites on windy days; I like to put on a flowy dress and walk around hilltops above the lake. To each their own.

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