Back when I was in India I remember meeting this older traveler- a Swedish old man colored by the life of a vagabond. Tan, weathered skin, with wrinkles that ran happy rather than sad under his eyes and around his mouth. Like lines of poetry that promised how beautiful life was if only you noticed. Long silver hair swept up into a messy ponytail similar to mine. Scars and tattoos running up his arms like torn pages out of a story and not quite covered by his sleeves. And the reason I remembered him was because we were both waiting to hear about information on a bus, and were sitting there quietly side by side, just enjoying the fact that we were somewhere uncertain and new. And he turned and said to me, "It's nice not having to do anything, isn't it? Not having to occupy yourself every moment, not trying to sweep past boredom while you wait with a book or a conversation. Sometimes it's nice just to sit and be completely aware that right this moment you're living, and your life is pretty fucking beautiful. Just sit and just be. I like that me and you don't have to talk right now."
And then he turned back in his seat, and sat with his arms crossed staring out the window.
Last night, as I missed my train back home and had to wait two hours for the next one, I sat down and had every intention of whittling away the time. I had a backpack full of books, I had enough money for a magazine or a coffee. But for some reason or other I just sat there, with my legs crossed at the ankles, playing with the hem of my shirt, thinking of nothing and everything at the same time, and feeling content. Thinking of the old Swedish man back in India.
For a moment, everything inside me turned beautiful.
As for this outfit, say hellooo to my new favorite fall look. I'll be wearing this down to the ground once the temperature turns slightly nippy (which, if we're honest, already has. Damn you Midwest, damn you.) A couple of weeks ago I wore this Wayfarer dress in more of a Gatsby inspired garden party type of way, but this time around I wanted to go for more of a cozy look. I really like pairing long sweaters with maxi hems because it gives a very relaxed slightly lazy vibe, and then I topped it off with a sharp looking hat and minimalist sandals to balance out the slightly bag-lady proportions. I love how it turned out! What are some other ways that you dress up your maxis?
DRESS: c/o Wayfarer Vintage (similar: here, here, here, here)
SWEATER: Banana Republic
HAT: Urban Outfitters
NECKLACE: Urban Outfitters