Monday, October 4, 2010

Clothes and Real Talk.

Getting a little dressy for the first really autumnal day.


pants: thrift, formerly mom jeans that I altered, $4 -- top: thrift, $2 -- blazer: thrift, $8 -- shoes: Pour la Victoire via Loehmann's, $25 -- necklace: formerly my grandma's




earrings: thrift, $0.50



I think I've mentioned a couple times recently that I've been stressed. It was getting pretty out of control. I guess I've always been a little over-committed, but I've been having a harder time dealing with it lately. Not to always bring it back to fashion, but I find it really helpful to dress up a bit. When I'm feeling crappy, all I want to do is put on a big sweater, leggings, and boots. There is nothing wrong with such an outfit (it's pretty cute, really); however, forcing myself to put some effort into my appearance serves to remind me that my attitude can have a real effect on how I feel.

I don't mean to say that dressing up is going to fix my problems. If anything, it's made it all too clear that just making little adjustments like eating more vegetables or wearing high heels isn't always going to bring balance. Sometimes you have to take a more disruptive approach. Normally, I love being in school. These last couple of weeks, I've been miserable. That was something of a wake-up call for me. Dressing up isn't going to make it easier for me to finish my work, and I'm not going to be able to finish my work if I have no energy and am an emotional wreck on top of that.

I've exchanged one of my classes for an art class, which should help a lot. I was previously in for 9 5+ page papers in 7 weeks, which is obviously just WAY too much. That was all in addition to extra-curriculars and a class I co-teach, too. I've still got lots of work, but some of it will at least engage a different part of my brain. And it's a class for my art major! Hooray.

I do realize, too, that a student's stress is stress within a construct. My life isn't at stake. But I maintain that stress is stress, and even if students' lives aren't at stake from stress, their health certainly is.

Anyway... I'm opting for the sweater tomorrow.

Love,
Sophi

7 comments:

Amanda, The Upside of Wonder said...

Oh, I love the colors you put together! That blazer is fabulous!

xx

Stacie said...

Great outfit, great attitude about how to work with the demands of your life. You're a marble!

annierama said...

I really like your style think it´s kind of really cool vintage business chic!

Michal said...

What an incredible blazer!! I love these colors together. Lookin' good (:

x
Michal

Wiggy said...

help, i got lost in blogland without a map!
I was just trying to say that while dressing "up" is a great idea for down days, you'd look great in anything less than yards of fabric with a hood in a dun color - a birka of sorts. Me, I could rock the birka with a bit of nice eye makeup.

Amanda, The Upside of Wonder said...

Oh, I love the colors you put together! That blazer is fabulous!

xx

Stacie said...

Great outfit, great attitude about how to work with the demands of your life. You're a marble!