I know I've mentioned this countless of times, but whenever I'm standing in front of my closet in the morning, all hip-shot and messy haired, I can't get over how different my style has become.
I've found that now everything is picked out according to my feels. And not just what my mood is that day, but how do I feel while wearing it. The best way I can describe it is when I was in a Forever 21 dressing room about a month ago, trying on this flaired-leg jumpsuit. It was a simple number, with tiny roses scattered down its length and a deep v-cut slicing through the back. It wasn't a show stopper. It wasn't something that would catch your eye and make you want to press your nose up against the display glass. Which is why when I slipped it over my shoulders and zipped it up the side, I was unassuming. And when I smoothed it down and glanced up in the mirror, I was floored. I felt....gorgeous. Like, I'm pretty sure I could get free coffee today, gorgeous. Or, Yea, I think I'll have that stranger on the train propose to me right now, gorgeous. I couldn't tell you why, but something about that piece just made me feel the way a sigh sounds. And so I snapped it up.
And that's how I dress now. I don't buy a single thing unless there's some sort of zing that follows it. Because if you feel like doing an excited little shimmy every time you look in the mirror, how can your day possibly be anything but overwhelmingly amazing?!
Which leads me to this polka dotted number from the Etsy boutique, Moonchild Vintage. I really like shopping on Etsy because you know that the owners pick every vintage piece with the intention of making some other girl out there feel that exact zing I was talking about. They're not just mass producing cute dresses- they're treasure hunting for you. And I feel like this polka dot dress has waited patiently through its decades to be welcomed into my closet. Can there be anything more Marlen-esque than this shift? No. The answer is no, haha. And I decided to add to it just a little by adding the sleeveless mustard turtleneck underneath. I just can't help myself with those layers ;)
Moonchild Vintage is like this hippie-rocker-country girl hybrid of a store, so if you like black dresses with flower prints, lace trimmings on your maxis, and prairie skirts that flirt with your ankles as you walk, then I would pop on over there and say hi. Here are just some of the items that caught my eye:
TURTLENECK: c/o Voyeur Vintage
SHOES: Urban Outfitters (similar: here)