You might look at these pictures and say, “Come now, Rebecca, isn’t this layering a little excessive? Weren’t you in short sleeves and bare legs less than a week ago?” To which I would respond – yes. Yes, I was. But seeing as it snowed the morning I wore this (I slept late enough that it was all gone by the time I got up – thank goodness for Saturdays!), I don’t think I was going too far overboard with this outfit. This is Wisconsin, after all. 80s one week, and snow the next. I am proud of myself, however, for managing not to wear any of my boots till October.
I did refuse to wear a coat, hoping that this warm jean jacket would suffice. It did, for the most part, though deciding to walk along a river front may not have been a great idea. Then I ended up sitting outside in the wind and cold for about half an hour, and I realized that there are two options for dealing with this kind of cold. I could either shiver and fight against it, remaining tense and closed up – and that’s what I did at first. Or I could just open up and stop struggling against it, accepting it and letting it soak into me. That’s what I eventually turned to, and it felt so wonderful and refreshing, adjusting and getting used to the cold air.
It seemed fitting when I got back into my car (and gratefully turned on the heat), that the first song to play on my iPod was “Be Still,” by The Fray. It reminded me that you need to be still and embrace what is around you, living each moment as it comes, and accepting the good and the bad.
Confession: I have only bought two purses in my life. I’ve gotten hand-me-downs from my sister or mom, and I’ve been given some clutches, but I’ve only ever paid money for a real, every day bag twice. TWICE. I have no idea why it’s so hard for me, but I find it so overwhelming. Either I never find one I like, or there are way too many that I like, and they always cost too much. Plus, there’s so much pressure, since I’ll be using it every day!
All this to say, I recently bought my third, and I’m pretty much in love with it. It was only $25, and it’s a little less summer-y than my former tan shoulder bag (which I’m definitely not giving up altogether). While I wasn’t able to convince myself to move away from neutral colors, at least it’s two-toned, and that’s a little more interesting! What do you think? Do you find buying purses and bags difficult, or am I the only one?
Here are all the different ways I’ve styled this dress in the past. Which look is your favorite?
Second outfit, third outfit, fourth outfit.
Dress: Thrifted. Similar here, here, and here.
Jacket: Loft. Similar here.
Scarf: My mom’s. Similar here.
Boots: Famous Footwear. Found here.
Leggings: Pink Zone. Similar here.
Socks: Kohls. Similar here.
Belt: Came with a dress. Similar here.
Purse: G.H. Bass. Similar here and here.
Earrings: A gift.