Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Blue crush



Coat: H&M, thrifted;
Dress: Taylor, bought at Sym's, NYC;
Tights: Target, gift from Nikki;
Sweater, Kady Cognac Boots: Target;
Cougar bracelet: thrifted, vintage;
Silver bangle: gift from Mom.

It's been one of those weeks where it feels almost unnatural to smile. Our aunt died yesterday after a long battle with breast cancer. I am sad, but I feel relief that she is no longer in any horrible pain. My thoughts have been lingering on  things like importance and mortality for the last couple of days.

I had been saving this dress for a special occasion -- what the occasion was, I'm not sure, I just knew I wanted to wear it for A Big Moment. I decided to pull it out today to wear later tonight for trivia. It's been a mundane day, but I needed to be reminded that life goes back to normal and I could feel normal again and that it was okay to try to wear a pretty dress. The dress's color has been doing a lot to cheer me up.

It's okay to laugh even though I feel lost and sad. It's okay to celebrate a normal day. It reminds me of one of my favorite childhood books, "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" and the idea that "You need a reason to be sad. You don't need a reason to be happy." I'm trying to keep that in mind.


  1. I am so sorry to hear about your aunt. You're right - it's better that she's not suffering, but it is sad to lose someone you love and I feel for you.

    That blue is a wonderful, remarkable shade and looks incredible on you. I hope its brightness has given you some comfort.

  2. I'm so sorry for your loss! You have my deepest condolences.

    That blue dress is gorgeous, and I hope it continues to cheer you up!

  3. gorgeous dress and love the coat to go with it.

    And I'm memorizing that quote... so good.

  4. I'm sorry to hear about your aunt.Definitely a quote to keep in mind.

    I absolutely love the dress--especially with the white tights.

  5. What a beautiful dress! The color brought a smile to my face.

    I'm so sorry for your loss.

  6. such a stunning dress!

    love your blog! :)
    - Audrey Allure <3

  7. I'm sooooo sorry for the loss in your family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your loved ones.

  8. The tie and eyelet on that dress is gorgeous!

  9. Your positive attitude is inspiring. I hope you can get to feeling as cheery as your beautiful dress in the not too distant future.

  10. What a fantastic coat! That is fantastic that you thrifted it too! :)

  11. Awww, I'm sorry for your loss.

    You do look gorgeous in that dress though, the colour is lovely.

  12. I'm never good with words of encouragement, but my mother died after battling a long illness this past spring and there is comfort in knowing they're no longer in pain. It doesn't mean you care any less or that you won't miss them any less, it's just a little peace of mind.
    Great coat, by the way.
    Take care.

  13. So sorry for your loss. U look smashing and I am in love with that dress!

  14. that dress is so pretty! i love the tie on the front, and the color is beautiful on you. the shade of the jacket is gorgeous as well. ~joelle

  15. i love your coat and the pop of blue! - Natalya of Wear Necessities

  16. I"m so sorry about your aunt! We bloggers are here for you!

    I'm so glad this dress perked you up! You look great in it! And that coat is complements the dress so well.


  17. Truly sorry about your aunt.

    This dress is lovely on you.

  18. Sorry for the late comment, I am behind with catching up on all my favorite internet spot.

    Sorry for you loss; my condolences to you and your family.

  19. That coat is GORGEOUS! You look so glamorous and chic! love it!



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