Monday, February 11, 2013

Another Monday

Jacket - thrifted
Dress - Dzhavael Couture
Tights - Foot Traffic
Army Flats - Trippen
Necklace - gift from Lynne

Another mad Monday, where I'm already sick of this week and it just started. I'll admit, I splurged a bit and bought myself lunch, wore a new dress even though it was kind of too cold for it, and came home to read blogs and attempt to catch up on the growing list of want-to-read.

I need to learn to say 'no' more and stop confusing mania with actual energy. Stop taking on more than I can handle, finish the projects I've already started, and stop shopping. I'm trying to figure out how to condense somethings and take some off my plate.

Speaking of shopping - the dress. A new-to-me brand, and a new-but-second hand piece. I'm terribly in love and wish I had better skills at completing actual clothing. I want this dress a thousand times over in different fabrics. The 'grey' material is actually very thin stripes, so I've got triple stripes!


I came across a pile of quotations this weekend. I guess at some point I cut them out and meant to do something with them. So I think I'll share them this week. I have no idea if they're actually credited to the author I have listed or not, but they gave me little things to think about:

"Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work."
--Rita Mae Brown

27 comments:

  1. the dress is adorable.
    love the combi with the cool jacket.

    XO arezu

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  2. What an awesome dress! I love all the shapes and textures of it.

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  3. I am hearing you on saying 'no'. Makes two of us. Magical things happen when I say no, and the world doesn't stop turning...

    Lovelylovelylovely dress, and very you. What a find!

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  4. Oh I love this dress!! What a wonderfully awesome find! And hey, sometimes you need to wear something to give yourself a pick me up even if it's not weather appropriate!

    If you ever learn the great art of saying no, teach me, cause I'm not good at it either!

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  5. Aw the whole plate spinning mania. I'm glad you're trying to take it easy. I love your new to you dress. I feel ya about the week too--holy crap I already can't wait until Friday and I am SUPER behind in reading blogs as well.

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  6. "..confusing mania with actual energy." You got that right, and let us all learn that lesson!! I'm glad you have a new-to-you dress to lift your spirits. I love it with the tights, shoes, necklace (yay Lynne!!) and the jacket. As far as reducing your shopping, is that money or time related? Is the pleasure a creative one or an addiction that keeps you from feeling uncomfortable things, like boredom or stress? Questions like these can help sort out what needs to be addressed, I find. My shopping "addiction" turned out to be both a creative outlet and a mask for negative feelings. I didn't start back to sewing and upcycling until I finally looked at all that. It took awhile, but I think I'm in a healthier, happier place now as a result. I hope your week improves!!! XXOO

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    1. It's definitely a boredom thing. I'm looking for a creative outlet, and it's easy (and cheap) to head to the thrift store. Plus it gets me out of the house. There's not much to do in my sleepy town other than thrift shop or go out to eat. There's definitely other things I can be doing aside from shopping. It's just making the commitment not to go, and to do something else.

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  7. Such a cool dress, and paired with the tights and leather jacket, it's amazing. I keep wanting to push the weather; I have been dying to wear some of my lighter leather jackets, but then I decide hypothermia is too high a price to pay, and bundle up.

    And, oh, do I hear you on completing projects already started. I don't know how many of those I have lying around. Always ready to start a new one, but finishing up the zillion I have already in progress? Not so much.

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  8. Wow, I love that dress. At first glance, the bottom of it reminded me of piano keys. Very cool. It looks really good with the all the straps on the shoes.

    I have got to get my life under control. I feel overwhelmed right now. So much I need to do and so much I want to do and yet I never get anything done!

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  9. Megan, that dress is so cool. I just searched images for Dzhavael (love the play on words here) Couture and wow, this is an incredible designer and so very, very you. Is this one of your amazing eBay finds or was it at one of your fabo Goodwills?

    You and me both on the shopping. I do know it is an addiction, and I do know that it is an outlet for my severe anxiety. While I spend much less money as a thrifter, it still means some things have come into the house that didn't need to be here. I'm trying to stick to things that are only amazing and fill a gap or my personal style, and also to the 1 in 1 out rule - harder than I expected. I have realized that I'm most comfortable in very streamlined jersey pieces, and am trying to work up the courage to consign some jackets and tops that I'm simply not wearing. Why it's so hard to edit a closet is ever a puzzle, no matter how many style posts I read about it.

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  10. Love this new dress and bright tights, Megan. I do hear you and totally empathize about shopping to cure boredom. I try to make myself do at least one other activity when I go out thrifting, like hit the library or ride my bike. At least that's my justification : >

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  11. That dress is really pretty, and I like the blue tights. I hope you are able to find some balance, and stop feeling overwhelmed.

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  12. I love the dress too, so very hard. It will look great with so many colours of tights and sweaters and accessories!

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  13. Funny that you should quote RMB. Do you know who she is?

    Back in my youth, Rita Mae was big among my lesbian feminist friends. She wrote a popular book of lesbian fiction in 1973 ("Rubyfruit Jungle") and she briefly dated tennis star Martina Navratilova. Rita Mae was politically active for feminism and lesbian rights. At one point, she argued that heterosexuality is the root of all oppression. I haven't heard about her in years, but I see she's still alive.

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  14. Oh you look sooo cool with that leather jacket!

    Very thoughtful quote, it's true!

    oxo,
     
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  15. What a fun dress! I keep trying to say the name different ways to figure out what Lynne meant about a play on words, but I'm not getting it. Anyway, it looks good on you, and should be lots of fun to wear.

    I know what you mean about manic, although I'm not a shopping addict. I also tend to be lazy, so after being manic for awhile with crafts, sewing, or photographs, I usually calm down and become a slob again. Maybe you need a really good book right now.

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    1. A book would be awesome! I need to get off my butt and find a good one. It would definitely help.

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    2. Also I don't know what Lynne meant either! Need to ask!

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    3. Looks like a play on disheveled to me - but maybe it's the designer's last name...lol.

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  16. What a CUTE dress!! It looks like it would be easy to adapt from a purchased pattern to make!!!

    Rita Mae Brown--OMG LOVE her!! I adore the Mrs. Murphy books (if you haven't rad them--DO IT!! Mrs. Murphy is a CAT who helps solve crimes)

    As a former Type A OCD crazy can't say No going at 125mph all the time person--it took getting sick and being bedridden for months to change me. Now I have a limited amount of energy to spend and i'm not gonna waste it!

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  17. Love it! The bottom of the dress makes me think of a piano!

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  18. Your new dress is super cute! I often wish I knew how to sew so I could duplicate some of my favorite items of clothing. I also love reading quotes, and I keep lists of my favorites.

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  19. Fantastic dress, love it with the blue tights, altogether great outfit! Regulation doesn't always come naturally, and finding the range of flexibility that works best is an ongoing negotiation. I admire how you approach this so consciously and kindly.

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  20. I love this dress! The different fabrics are such a great mix. It also has a nice fit for being a loose style.

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  21. I LOVE THIS DRESS!!!!! I want one!!

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  22. Your dress is very cool. I love the way it's pieced together. Maybe you could map it out and make some others in different fabrics/ colors. For me, I know whenever I wanted to go out and randomly shop it was when I wasn't being creative or rather, it was a way of seemingly being quick and easily creative. If I was working in my studio, I didn't have the slightest urge for shopping or conspicuous consumption.

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