I like to think this skirt and I had the perfect meet-cute. We bumped into each other at Neiman Marcus Last Call and fell in love.
Luckily, it was during a post-holidays sale, so our little rendezvous of a lifetime was also a major bargain. With its classic fit and material but fun color and snap details, this is a piece I will be able to repurpose for years to come. Picture it in spring with a floral top, or even a simple, white shirt. The black band along the bottom is everything, making it mix even easier. On-trend for 2013 and a workable piece for many seasons to come. Allow me to state the obvious: I love this skirt.
Marking significant events sartorially has always been my thing. When I was younger, I always wanted to buy clothes on vacation, so I could remember that beach or that mountain every time I wore it, rather than having a trinket on a shelf. Now that I’m forging my future and starting my own business, purchasing my first designer piece of clothing is an oh-so-perfect way to commemorate the occasion. Plus, Diane von Furstenburg is a pretty faboosh role model herself. Pretty perfect skirt. #fashiongirlsolutions
Last weekend, two of our good friends held a gorgeous wedding celebration in Sonoma, California, and it was the most magical wedding. In addition to the mermaid swimming about the pool, the unicorn at the end of the ceremony, the bagpipes and the custom cocktails in mason jars, the love this couple celebrated at their wedding is a thing of beauty so rare and so special, it’s the stuff of legends.
The night before, le hubs and I met after work for a quick dress shopping session and landed this beauty. As soon as I saw it, I knew — despite it being in the Petites’ sale section and me being 5’11″. Luckily, I didn’t even need to alter it! Serendipitous sartorial success, I say. I wanted something a little more romantic than my go-to LBD, and this silvery, lace dress was just what I was hoping to find for the “garden cocktail” attire.
Tip: wear wedges to any wedding that will be outside. You don’t want to aerate the lawn with your heels!
My favorite part of this ensemble? I fully plan to layer this dress with a sweater and make it werk for work. Just as I repurpose my wedding jewelry on a weekly basis, I love wearing pieces chosen for special occasions in everyday life. It keeps the magic alive (and makes the cost-per-wear even better).
Snakeprint sweater: BCBG Max Azria (last season, similar here) // White skinny denim: Gap (last season, similar here) // Black leather wedges: Steve Madden (last season, similar here) // Woven chain necklace: Forever21 // Black leather wristlet: Coach // Black cateye sunglasses: Target
If you don’t enjoy it, don’t do it.
Essentially, that motto simplifies one of the beliefs by which I have guided my life. It has helped me change much of the negative in my little world and has given me the gusto to get where I am today. When I didn’t like living in Minnesota, I made the cross-country leap to California on sheer ambition. If I wasn’t happy at a job, I did something to fix it. I don’t just quit, like the motto may imply, I make it better.
I’m making something great out here. Between my blog, my job, my boo and my bubbies, there is quite a lot that keeps me going. So when a few internet trolls decided to bash me when Gap featured my recent post, I was a little surprised. It wasn’t my favorite photo, but it by no means looked like I “forgot to put on pants.”
Even though those people were clearly wrong and rude, it made me feel overly exposed and vulnerable. I felt self-conscious about the way that I looked, which made my already shaky body image (discussed here) take a nose dive. I had also gotten some bad family news earlier in the morning, and I was near defeat. I considered quitting blogging, because I definitely wasn’t enjoying the situation.
I’ve felt this way before (discussed here). Fact of the matter is, when you have your own editorial space, people will be critical. Mean, even. Worse, claim your material as their own.
But that’s the creative world. People will love what you do, people will hate what you do, or they’ll hate you for loving what you do. Anna, I totally get it now.