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Silly Things we Cling To

For the longest time purple was my favorite color.

Castaway

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The day alternated between sudden bursts of rain – darkening the skies and raising the winds to a howling volume – to the gentle warmth of the sunshine bright and warm on the skin.

Either way, the private beach, our view for three days, was perfect. Down from the road, it felt like an isolated island in a series of magical little islands. I stood there imagining I was in another world. A world of tropical breezes, sun kissed skin, and the languorous arms of a lover wrapped around you.

Perfection, no matter how you define it.

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Dress – Spell Designs  //  Belt – Guess  //  Necklace – TopShop

How I Despise “Must” Haves

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Xanadu Dress – Spell Designs  //  Sweater – UO  // Boots – Aldo  //  Sunnies, Necklace & Belt – F21  //  Bag – Target

 I don’t know if it’s my rebellious nature, or just my cynical view on things, but I seriously dislike when anyone posts articles on “Must Haves.”  It’s applicable across the board, but I’m mostly referring to fashion posts here.  The “Must Haves in Every Closet”, “Must Haves for Spring” etc., etc.  You know what I’m talking about.  Us women have seen them, and continue to see them every season.

Every magazine and blogger always has these “Must Have” articles.  Frankly, I think it’s ridiculous. Why ‘must’ you have it? What’s gonna happen if you don’t?  You don’t need to have anything except weather appropriate clothing to keep you safe from the elements.  That’s what you ‘must have’ and even then, if you don’t well, that’s at your own risk.  You’re a grown up and can make those choices for yourself.

Further, these must haves are not applicable to everyone, so why must you have them?  I don’t own a crisp button up white shirt. I haven’t owned one for about eight years.  It’s on everyone’s ‘Must Have’ list, yet I haven’t needed it for eight years.  So perhaps it’s not actually a ‘Must-Have’?

These are generic lists for generic people and they don’t reflect individuality. They should be called “suggested haves.”  Because not only do they paint you inside a generic box, but they also make you feel like you are somehow without or lacking if you don’t own these things. I call bullshit on that. I don’t own a set of classic black pumps.  And thought I do have a classic black blazer, I honestly have worn it for about nine years.  So why must I have these things? Clearly I don’t.

What must you have in your wardrobe?  Those pieces that define you and that function in your lifestyle. That’s it. That’s all you ‘must have’  and tell anyone who says differently to shove it somewhere.

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Maxi Lace Dress – Arnhem  //  Sweater – Ruche  //  Belt – Hadley Pollet  //  Boots – Aldo  //  Necklaces – F21

I love this gorgeous maxi dress from Arnhem.  It’s really a summer piece meant to be worn over a bikini rather than layered for this Winter weather.  But as you all know, I don’t like labels like “Summer” and “Winter” on clothing.  So I’m playing around and trying to figure out ways to wear this gorgeous piece all year round.

Thoughts? Other ideas on how to wear it? You guys always inspire me.

Do You See The Influence?

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Western Style Dress – Kimchi & Blue  //  Cardigan – Smart Set  //  Belts – F21  //  Boots – Call It Spring  //  Tights – Hansel from Basel

Motivated by May The 4th Be With You day, I thought about bringing a little of both my favorites things about May 4th into this outfit – Star Wars day and Audrey Hepburn’s birthday.  Don’t see it yet?  Well, the hair is influenced by the braided crown of Princess Leia in Empire Strikes Back on the planet Hoth, and AUdrey Hepburn comes in with a little touch of classic silhouette in the dress, and a general ladylike tone.  Now you see it riiight?

And now you’re also shaking your head, thinking, “Nerd!”

Yup, present and accounted for.

Pickles! Oh No!

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Embroidered Sweater – Anthorpologie //  Jeans – Dittos via UO  //  Embroidered Belt – Lucky Brand  //  Boots – Locale  //  Earrings & Sunnies – F21

Sometimes children open their mouths, say something, and you’re left standing there wondering where in the world they got that from.

My Girl was playing with blocks, building a tower to be precise, and it fell over.  She huffed, balled her hands into tiny fists and vehement shouted, “Pickles! Oh No!”  My head instantly did a quick swivel in her direction, and I was left thinking, “Huh?”

I decided to do some surveillance.  And sure enough ‘Pickles!’ is the hip, happening swear word among these young, crazy kids.  Well, at least my young, crazy kid.

*Linking up with WIWWTrend Spin, and Style Sessions *

Where Does The Time Go?

Dress – F21  //  Shoes – I forget  //  Belt – Threadsence  //  Necklace – I forget
A question that’s been on my mind for a few days now.  Somehow,  the summer is over and I’ve got a big girl sleeping in her room.  The pool is closed, and school’s in.  The baby crib is gone, and a double bed is in.  The weather turns cooler, and the days get shorter.  The baby furniture is replaced with “big girl” desk and shelves.  
Where does the time go?  I had heat and sun and long days of sun.  I had a baby in a crib that could barely stand.  Now I have crisp and cool breezes.  Now I have a grown up little girl.

*Linking up with WIWW*

Dressember Week Three Link Up

Dress – ModCloth  //  Cardi – H&M  //  Tights – HUE
Boots – Feet First  //  Necklace and Belt – F21
It may be sweet dressing, but I am drawn to big classic floral dresses like this one.  Perhaps my own biting and sarcastic mind is starving to create some sort of balance.  Or perhaps it’s a soft exterior designed to fool and lull into submission.   Whatever the reason, this is the exterior.
Now, let’s see how week three of Dressember went for you.  Link up your post, FB pic or twitter pic.  I’d love to see how things went.  And of course, a link back or button display is much appreciated.  

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The Fantasy Does Not Become Reality

This is the fashion blogger I sometimes fantasize I am.

But then, just like that blurred head in the foreground of the photo, reality infringes.
And this is the fashion blogger I really am.

I’m okay with that.

Tee – Gap
Belt – Spotted Moth
Dress worn as Skirt – Guess