Now that August is half way up I've been filling my planner with patio parties and block barbecues with a vengeance. It's funny though, because even though I have loads and loads of almost Polaroid-perfect moments to experience throughout the week, sometimes I find myself sitting under a zigzag of carnival lights at an outdoor bar, or in the middle of a loud, laughing toast with mismatched wine glasses, and find myself kind of...detached. A scosh lonely. Have you ever had that? It's not a terribly sad feeling, but almost like a private aside you take and think to yourself, why is this all there is?
Behind it all, I think the point in life is to find each other, whether it be for a few minutes outside while we're drinking out of red cups, or for years and years and years. It's to draw closer, to see each other, and to share. But when something is that simple we find a way to work it into complicated knots. Simple is scary, suspicious-feeling. So we muddle it up and keep each other at a safe arm's length away. Which is when you find yourself nodding your head and smiling somewhat strained as you lean your elbows on the patio table, trying to go along with the group conversation but all the while thinking, why is this all there is?
I wouldn't call this a funk I'm in (I thought it was for a hot minute) but an observation, a sort of call for something more. So this weekend when you're out with new people or talking with a person that's not quite familiar to you yet, try to really see them. And let them see you. Stop with the complicated knots :)
And while we're revving our selves up to have some honest moments this weekend, let's talk vintage! Ya see this top here? It used to be a vintage dress of which I grew bored. I tried wearing it as a dress a few times in July, but every time I did I would catch my reflection in a building window and feel myself slide into a frown. I just wasn't feeling it anymore; every time I styled it, the outfit fell flat. But I still loved it! How could I love a dress but hate to wear it all at the same time? So I took out my scissors and decided to breathe new life into it: in the form of a crop top. Now I'm head over heels for this piece again and would absolutely recommend doing the same thing to any dresses you're thinking of tossing.
And does this blue skirt seem familiar? If you follow along with my "What to Wear to a..." posts, you'll remember this piece as part of an outfit to a Ramen Soup Shop. But I saw so much styling potential in it that I snapped it up for myself, haha. It's going to go with everything, I couldn't help it! I got this skirt from the lovely Etsy boutique Fiery Finish Vintage, a fun shop that specializes in bright colors and fabulous prints and textures. Everything there is poppy, eye-catching, and smile inducing. Below I've shared a few of my favorite printed dresses to give you an idea of what they have (you should check out the pockets on dress #2- swoon!) and if you want to window shop a little this Friday afternoon, be sure to say hi by popping over here!