HAT: H&M (similar: here and here and here and here)
BLAZER: c/o Ellen Face Vintage (similar: here (in maroon), here (in black), here, and here (in brown))
JEANS: Goodwill (similar: here and here and here)
BOOTIES: Macy's (similar: here)
I majored in Communications in college, and seeing how my university was a research school we didn't learn any, you know, job skills, but instead just dissected speech and how it shapes our reality. Which I was a-okay with, haha. And one of my most favorite things that I learned was that our speech, our words, are like the scaffolding of reality as we perceive it. Without being able to label something as abstract and ethereal as a feeling or a thought, nine chances out of ten we won't be able to recognize it's there. It's almost like all these unlocked riddles are lying patiently just under the surface, waiting good-naturedly until you remember their names and invite them in. And once you remember it and call upon it, it'll come into view and it'll be like it never did not exist. It's now part of your tangible world. And more importantly, it shows what your culture, and you yourself, value most.
And seeing how I love words, I thought it'd be fun to share some of my favorite no-english-equivalent ones. Read through them and see if you ever felt what they were describing.
- Toska- Russian- No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague restlessness, mental throes, yearning. In particular cases it may be the desire for somebody or something specific, nostalgia, love-sickness. At the lowest level it grades into ennui, boredom.
- Mamihlapinatapei- Yagan- The wordless, yet meaningful look shared by two people who both desire to initiate something but are both reluctant to start
- Litost- Czech- a state of agony and torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery.
- Shibui- Japanese -describes an aesthetic that only time can reveal. As we become older and more marked by the riches of life’s experience, we radiate with a beauty that stems from becoming fully ourselves. This term can be applied to almost anything - a landscape, a house, or even a piece of aged wood can be deemed fine art (Christopher Moore)
- Ilunga- Tshiluba (Southwest Congo)- the stature of a person who is ready to forgive and forget any first abuse, tolerate it the second time, but never forgive nor tolerate on the third offense.
- Wabi-Sabi- Japanese- a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.
- Ostranenie- Russian- encouraging people to see common things as strange, wild, or unfamiliar; defamiliarizing what is known in order to know it differently or more deeply.
- Waldeinsamkeit- German- the feeling of being alone in the woods.
- Schadenfreude- German- the feeling of pleasure derived by seeing another’s misfortune.
- Hyggelig- Danish- Its “literal” translation into English gives connotations of a warm, friendly, cozy demeanor, but it’s unlikely that these words truly capture the essence of a hyggelig; it’s something that must be experienced to be known. I think of good friends, cold beer, and a warm fire. (Definition taken from here)
Kind of beautiful, right? :)
And now onto the outfit, I always thought I wasn't a "blazer person" but it just seems like I didn't have the right kind! This Ellenface Vintage one is really amazing because its crushed velvet and really adds a little summin' summin' to the look. A little texture goes a long way when you're dressing casually! The last time I wore it in this post I paired it with other jewel toned pieces, and I introduced Ellenface Vintage as a boutique with crazy reasonably prices, where a bulk of the pieces hover around the $10 mark and a few barely make it over the $20 price tag. If you want to treat yourself but don't want buyer's guilt, I definitely recommend cruising through their shop here!
And this is how I styled the blazer in this post!
And to give you an idea of what else Ellenface Vintage has in stock, here are a few favorite picks of mine! That pencil skirt is the same velvet and color of my blazer, and how fun is that boho midi?
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