Greetings, earthlings! Where has this year gone? I feel the past 3 years have been off in one way or another due external factors, but 2016 is FLYING by! I feel like I blinked in February and now 4th of July is on the horizon. I have no idea why this is happening though! Things are relatively not that stressful (knock on wood), busy but not in an out of the ordinary way, and good but not "so great" in the sense that time is supposed to fly when you're having fun. I give up trying to figure out why this year is essentially a cartoon with calendar pages flying off the wall to illustrate a larger passage of time... Anyone else in the same boat?
I bring all of this up because I got this bad boy back in January(!) and only got to wear it recently! I thought it would make for a great spring dress, being floral, a modest length, and having sleeves but that just didn't happen!
This was a new style of Trashy Diva clothing for me (Hepburn Robe in the Steel Magnolia print) and while I really do love this dress (don't misread my months of not wearing it! I can't even account to what happened there!) there are some kinks to it worth pointing out! But first, lemme explain why it's awesome!
- The quality is amazing, as you should come to expect from Trashy Diva.
- I find this dress to be very figure flattering.
- It's so feminine and sexy, but still a-ok for girls who crave modesty.
The only things that are a little "quirky" about this number is that there's no buttons or zippers or anything between the hem of the dress and where it ties. Depending on how gracefully you get in and out of cars, climb up on bar stools, or fight wind of a regular basis, this will be prevent an interesting challenge! (See two photos below!) It's not enough to have me try to scare you off, but it'd be remiss of me not to mention this too! Initially I wasn't sure if this was more of a house coat type piece or a dress. I believe it to be versatile and am considering wearing it open and with pants come cooler days (it got boiling lava hot here in Denver and summer, unlike other seasons, doesn't change temperatures at all). Come fall (or winter) I'll attempt to style it that way and see if it works!Style Details:
Always a believer in the power of green with purple, I opted for lavender accents with a quirky brooch and feminine shoes in that hue.
Dress- Trashy Diva (sold out but a few styles in this print are left!)
Brooch- Erstwilder via Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes- Chinese Laundry
Oh my goodness, gracious. Where to begin? Another day, another mass shooting..or at least that's how it seems here in America. I've written about this subject before when the Paris shootings occurred, and if your memory serves you may remember that I do my best to not give into the 24/7 news coverage as a stance to not feed the ratings and adding to the sensationalism and I mostly take a moment to give thanks that I can be sad for strangers while not personally mourning anyone this go around.
After seeing the push notifications, I went on FB, only because I got a notification that two friends had checked in as safe (I used to live in Florida so I know a fair amount of people down there) and checked Facebook more than my usual one minute a day to see updates of checkins (I wasn't that worried, but still). Needless to say I was bombarded with dozens of people expressing genuine concern, to soapboxing, to misguided rants, and everything inbetween. If you're not in America, let me explain that the current attitude as of 2016 of the country is pretty fed up. People on all sides of the fence have different reasons for being sick of different status quo, and have been for a while, but this election year has been an incredibly contentious one and everyone has a bit of a fever from it. This Orlando shooting exasperated everything.
I'm not going to tell anyone what to think. Nor am I going to get political or share my world views. BUT amongst all of the emotional and angry posts, one stood out to me. It was from a friend I largely know from a secular group that I am apart of and have done human rights activist work with. She said this:
"Florida people: go donate blood. There are still ridiculous laws that block the gay community from donating. Thoughts, prayers, sure fine, whatever. But go actually DO something."
Throughout the rest of my day, on Twitter, and in real life at a dear friend's birthday, I brought up this idea to pass along to people. It's not the first time people have promoted this cause, but it felt the most appropriate given how high emotions are with the specific horror of this past weekend and with the past several months leading up to it. If you're sad, feel sad. If you pray, meditate, or keep people in your thoughts during a time of tragedy I'm not saying that you shouldn't do that. But if there is anything that you can physically do in times of need, we all need to turn to that thought first. People who are religious often state that their religion is based in love and doing good things for mankind and those without specific religious beliefs often hail that this is the only go around so we need to make the most of it. Emotions are apart of being human, but if we all trained our brains to act on the kind thoughts we had in whatever form they can manifest, this world really would be that much better.
Link organizations if you can as well so everything can be readily researched!
Sorry this Monday is sad. But I hope some of these words help in some capacity, as I truly believe learning to act on things instead of just being sad is a step in the right direction. And, if you have been personally impacted by this tragedy I am deeply sorry and wish you the best in your grief.