SCARF: c/o Dottie Q
SHIRT: c/o Vintage Griffin
TURTLENECK: Banana Republic
SUEDE SKIRT: c/o Whhhttt Vintage
So I am- how you say- prone to mistakes. It's actually a little surprising for me to realize because I've never thought of myself as the impulsive, let the chips fall where they may type, but the proof is in the pudding people. I'm twenty-four and I've twice moved out and twice moved back home, the last one being from Seattle. Which is just about the farthest place you can get from Chicago, which my dad pointed out to me politely as I packed my boxes into the minivan. I definitely threw the chips willy-nilly on that one.
And every time I was holed up in my little cramped studio, sitting on my second-hand couches and eating mac-n-cheese while talking to my mom, she'd always try to convince me to come back home. Why spend your tiny money! she'd say in her Polish accent. Why eat hot dogs for dinner when I can cook you three-course masterpieces! she'd bribe. And then I'd hear stories of how quiet and orderly the house now was, and how she missed the chaos that always seemed to follow me.
So fast-forward me coming back- you'd think the woman would be over the moon, right? Well...something like that, haha. She was always the number one person encouraging me to write a book, and now that I'm writing one it seems that she's gotten cold feet. She wants me to get an office job; something that would give a mid-twenties gal benefits and a 401(k). And since I'm flat out refusing to do that she's getting a bit...finicky. As in, hide the coffee from me and ask if I'm playing video games on the computer all day. I've never played a video game on here in my life, so I'm not quite sure where she got that conclusion, haha.
But even though it's a little strange getting disapproving vibes shot at me every time I enter the kitchen, I have to say I don't mind it all that much. People that take the unconventional route usually have to deal with a lot of "helpful" opinions and suggestions that try to steer you back, but when you really believe in yourself those words don't touch you all that much. I understand it, but I don't believe it for a second. If anything, they kind of make the whole artist experience more fun; more dramatic. Kind of like "no one believed in me and now I have a Pulitzer!" And then I shimmy my shoulders all "haters gon' hate" type. The struggle is real ;)
And this has got to be my favorite layered outfit to date. I never knew how head-over-heels I was over blue and brown together- they make my eyes so happy. I saw this Vintage Griffin top hanging all lonesome in my closet the other day and knew I wanted to wear it, but seeing how Chicago is moonlighting as the Russian tundra this week there was no way I could get away with short sleeves. So I did what I do almost every day now: slap a turtleneck under it. And to my pleasure, the combo did not look "junior high angst" at all! I then paired it with my suede brown maxi and cinched it with a belt (I always find that my outfits look meehh without a belt) but felt like it still needed a little something more. It's always a little tricky adding jewelry to cozy looking outfits because it can break the mood, which is why this braided Dottie Q scarf was perfect. It's technically a scarf, but I like to think of it as more of a statement piece slash necklace. And I think it gives just the right touch to a casual look.
And here's how I wore the braided scarf last time, as seen in this post! So many possibilities.
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