Monday (on a Tuesday) Announcements:
- I don't have much to say this week! I meant to post yesterday but I was a little under the weather this weekend and I dropped my dog off for surgery this AM, so this week is a little wackadoodle all around. I'm probably going to have less posts than usual this week, FYI.
- Yay for the Broncos winning!!! Hehe.
About the outfit: This is one of my favorite dresses ever. I remember a few years ago drooling over it on ModCloth while waiting and waiting for it to go on sale. I knew it would be a fun summer dress, a good fancier cocktail party dress, and just a nice classy staple that would grow with me for many years to come. Because it's on the nicer side, I don't wear it a ton, but it is one of my favorites!
Because it's winter, I decided to try styling this a little bit differently than usual. This Kling sweater (also from ModCloth) is a winter staple of mine so I decided to mix styles a bit and wear it with this dress. It's an exaggerated match with different shades of purple, so it was an experiment to see if this would even work. I rarely wear sweaters over dresses, but that's something I've been trying out a bit more with this winter.
Style details: Truth be told, I meant to winterize this a bit more with stockings and a head scarf. But it was kind of hot on the day I took these so I was in no mood to bundle up. This look ended up being a little bit more casual than my initial vision in my head when I came up with this outfit, haha. But the rest of the accessories I kept are Forever 21 sunglasses, a Luxulite brooch from Audrey Star's Boutique, and Chinese Laundry shoes.
Positivity time: So, it's Valentine's week. Initially I was going to have all romantic prints on my clothes this week but counteract that with non-cliche thoughts on love, romance, V-day, and just kind of keep some things real and in perspective. I never show my romantic hand on the Internet, so why not play both sides of the fence? Hehe ;) Since this week is busier than anticipated, I'm not going to be able to do that all around.
That said, if you are single currently, Valentine's really is just a day. Whether I'm single or with someone, I often roll my eyes at a lot of "humble brag" posts on social media showcasing flowers and presents and fancy dates. Take it from me: years ago I was in a relationship that everyone thought was solid and friends were banking on us being together forever. However, being on the inside of that relationship was way less pretty. Being in a relationship that looked perfect from the outside but was far from on the inside is probably why I'm now so private romantically speaking; I never want to shock people again with the dissolution of a romantic union because it looked solid, nor do I want people to feel bad about themselves watching me be in romantic bliss...especially if that's not even totally the truth. But at least take this advice: don't feel bad about anyone's status this weekend. SOMEONE in your life is posting jewelry pictures or couple photos at dinner...but they're contemplating splitting from their partner. The picture isn't always what it seems, so don't measure yourself against it. And in my very humble opinion, being in a relationship that isn't working is way more lonely than actually being alone. So if you are alone, it's probably not as bad as it could be. Give yourself some credit for not being in the wrong relationship!
And if you're truly happy with a partner...genuinely enjoy it!!!
Music: Kim Gordon is one of my rock idols. I almost adopted two bearded dragons a few years ago (but smartly realized that owning two lizards with two scavenger seeking dogs was a terrible idea), but the names I picked out for them were going to be Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) and Kim Deal (The Pixies). Kim & Kim, haha. Most people have heard of Sonic Youth whether they've heard a Sonic Youth song or not, but few people know any of the member's side bands. In the 90s Kim Gordon started the band Free Kitten, which is my favorite Sonic Youth side project by far. They're rock, they're alternative, they're weird, and they're fun. The have a song called "Monster Eye" and given that there's monster eyes on my sweater, I decided to name this title after that song!
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