Happy hump day! I cannot believe it is already Wednesday. I mean, where does the week go? I feel like I wake up dreading Monday, then all of a sudden it is Friday. I guess I shouldn't be complaining right?!? Right. Anyways...I want to take a second to talk about patience. I will be the first to admit, mine is lacking. BUT I will say, I am working on it. I think I have always had an issue with my patience level (my parents can attest), but over the last few years it has become extremely evident to me that the issue is real. For one, marriage will make you aware. In good ways and in bad, there are times when JL and I both see our patience tested. We have different personalities, we handle situations differently...so we have to be patient with one another as we continue to figure it out. Two, being on your own financially will wake you up. This alone made me realize I have no patience because I simply couldn't afford to do everything right now. Whether I am re-decorating, working on a project, or shopping, when I get an idea in my head, I want it done. Yeah well, if your bank account won't allow it then PATIENCE is key. Yep dad, I am learning. Anyways with all of this being said, this week my patience level has been brought to my attention. I have tried to do a lot, be a lot, spend a lot...and then I got sick. My body gave in. It is tired of holding me up by a thread. And honestly I don't blame it. It has actually been nice to slow down. To stop and have my quiet time in the morning. To come home and sit on the couch. Isn't it crazy that it took an illness to make me stop? The Lord said, "if you won't listen and slow down then I am going to make sure you do." Heard you loud and clear. But truthfully, maybe the patience thing isn't so bad? Maybe I don't have to do it all right this second. There is time, so things don't need to be rushed. I just need to sit back, relax, and enjoy.
With the cooler temps making an appearance again, I have to say that one of the trends I have been loving lately is velvet. Perfect for fall and the holidays, this fabric can be so fun mixed in with just about any look. I have always been a fan of velvet for the holidays, but I have been loving it now for my everyday looks. This velvet duster for example is perfect both dressed down with ripped denim, or dressed up with a jumpsuit or dress. This is one of the many things I love about fashion. You can take so many mixtures of fabrics and patterns to create so many different looks! It really is endless!
I have really been throwing my parents for a loop. I think seeing me in all this pink has them slightly concerned. For real y'all. Fun fact about me, I did not have hair until I was about two. This meant that my dad would dress me like a boy and (if I had to guess) did not correct them when people assumed I was a boy. The name 'Taylor' can go both ways right? Really though, I was a straight up TOMBOY. Like, ball cap, dirty face, skinned knees kind of kid. When my best friend dressed up as a fairy princess for Halloween, I was the Pink Power Ranger. (And I was only the pink one because they were sold out of the white. So even that was a struggle.) Then the next year she was Princess Leia and I was Darth Vader...no I am not lying. So I'm sure you can imagine, I have never been a pink person...and now look at me.
Growing up, I will admit, I had a lot of insecurities. Being a tennis player, I was very muscular and always thought I was "thick." I was negative about almost every part of my body, then to top it off I had TERRIBLE tan lines. One area I always avoided was my back. For some reason I was always concerned about what my back/backside looked like. Granted, I did not wear a lot of revealing things in general when I was younger, but swimwear or formal dresses...it was always a struggle. I never figured out if it was really the drastic racer back tan line that threw me for a loop, or if I thought I looked too muscular, but seriously...was never a fan. BUT, I think that has all changed! With a mixture of becoming comfortable with my body and developing a deeper sense of fashion, I have come to embrace my backside and LOVE it! Open back or low cut, I feel strong and confident now when I can show off a little skin!
Have you ever wanted to pair items in your closet together that just by glancing, probably would not go together? Pretty much every time I get dressed this goes through my mind. I am quick to say, "Oh this is classic it will go nicely," instead of stepping out and creating a look that may stand out more than others. Don't get me wrong though, I love to stand out. And I love to create different looks that people might not otherwise consider, but in the day-to-day, "let's throw something on" process, I typically stick to what I know. Well, I have decided to work on that.
When the Louisiana heat takes over, my desire to get dressed slowly diminishes. I will admit, I do not enjoy being hot and sticky and my clothing plays a large role in that. As I have said many times before, the humidity here in Louisiana is REAL. Like really real. It is unlike anything I have ever experienced so really, I have had to get used to that sticky feeling. But with that being said, I have slowly added pieces to my closet that help in that heat and this wrap dress is definitely a perfect option.
Once that late Spring and Summer heat falls upon us, it is rather WARM here in Louisiana. It is sticky and the humidity is difficult to overcome, so figuring out how to dress for the temperatures can be confusing. It is pretty common that during these months I opt for light weight dresses, rompers, or shorts to get me through because the heat can be unbearable. Now that we are really starting to experience those warmer months, I began looking for dresses that could help keep me cool while enjoying the summer heat. For classic, everyday options, I love checking out what Forever 21 has to offer because they are cute items that don't break the bank!
It is no secret that I am crushing on blush shades right now. Even Jon Luke pointed out the other night that my "feed has a blush vibe to it." Yep, he's catching on. Anyways, I am not sure what it is about this shade of pink, but I LOVE it. And it is funny because growing up I was not a fan of pink AT ALL. But now, twenty six years later, it is all I want to wear. It is funny how things change, isn't it?