Maybe it's a sign of my insecurity or something, but every time I get dressed up in something a little fancier than normal, I can't help but wonder what people around town think when they see me. My tattoos have become so second nature to me that I don't even really notice that I have them. Living in a (very) small, (very) southern town makes them more and more of a "thing" though. I wear dresses every single day, however they're typically much more casual (they still inspire the question "What are you so dressed up for?" often). I certainly don't consider myself any kind of special snowflake for it, but I'll admit my personal style is a bit off-radar in comparison to most of what you'll see around here. Even just living in Nashville, girls like me were/are a dime a dozen. I think it's something about this small-town mindset that makes the alarms sound in the heads of folks. The snickers, stares and questions are so normal they're a non-issue, yet the silent thoughts are the ones that intrigue me. I'm confident enough in myself that those sorts of things don't "bother" me, but sometimes the overheard comments and scoffs can be a little disheartening. Lately I've felt like some people simply have given the time or energy to get to know me, but instead they just write me off then and there. Then again many of these things could simply be the product of my imagination and defensiveness. Sometimes I think the problem lies in other people when in reality I'm the one with the mixed up perception. Long-winded, poorly constructed, silly thoughts from my brain. And yes, I know just how self-involved this whole bit sounds. Don't even pay this paragraph any mind haha Sometimes I get started writing something and then this happens.
Like I said up there, this Spiegel dress is a bit fancier than I normally wear, but who says fancy is just for special occasions?! The photos don't really do it justice -- it's GOLD! It's a really beautiful fabric and texture, and it makes me wanna get dolled up for a date night with Mike. We settled for walking around town one afternoon instead haha The general gist of Spiegel, in case you didn't know, is couture quality at everyday prices. I was able to snag this dress along with a leopard number, a gorgeous red cardigan, and a black clutch, too. I wish I would've nabbed one of those pretty hot pink bathing suits! I paired it with my always-appropriate blazer and this fantastic clutch I picked up at Ross a few weeks back (remember the orange one here?) I hadn't worn these Heda wedges from Blowfish in quite some time because I forgot just how awesome (and comfortable!) they are.
Last night my parents came over to help with the flowerbeds out front. My mom brought over some hostas from her house and we got busy planting. Mike and I laid out the weed barrier earlier in the day and today I'm hoping to go swipe some lilies from my parents. I planted my azaleas and we cleared out the rose "garden" on the side of the house, too. I'm itching to pick up some final plants tomorrow so we can lay the mulch, too. I can't even begin to describe how different the front of our house looks thanks to Mike's porch railing and flowerbeds! I'm so excited! I really hope I can keep everything alive haha We also planted our strawberry plants, some red peppers, basil and a watermelon plant in our raised beds. Now to get a few more veggies to grow, too. I'm going to be so stoked if I don't kill it all ha. Now I just wish we could get grass to grow in our yard! Our trees suck up all of the water in the yard so we're left with a little bit of moss and a lot of dirt. I'm someone who loves freshly manicured lawns though so I guess I'll just keep dreaming.
Happy Friday friends! What are you up to this weekend? Cross your fingers for us that it doesn't rain Saturday. Mama wants to hit up the flea market!
Metallic Jacquard dress c/o Spiegel
Charlotte Russe blazer
Heda wedges c/o Blowfish (2 years ago)
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