Monday, December 6, 2010

your light is so bright tonight


dress: thrift, $3 -- tights: Payless, $2 -- blazer: thrift, $8 -- shoes: Delicious via Ross, $14

If you've known me for more than about a month, you'll know that I'm really insecure about my legs. It's silly, I know, but I always feel like my ankles are disproportionately thick for my frame. My legs are kind of the last frontier of my adolescent body insecurities. Both these tights and these shoes usually make me feel really self-conscious since they draw attention to what I semi-affectionately refer to as my "borderline cankles." (Which, I'm well-aware, is a bit of an overstatement.) I almost never wear these shoes for that reason, and I've never worn these tights before despite owning them since August. Anyway, I'm really happy to report that I didn't feel cankle-y at all today. Even if I looked it. I loved my outfit, and I just didn't care. And this is not a plea for supportive ankle comments, either. I don't need them :) because I'm always feeling less and less insecure about them with each passing day. The blog has actually helped a lot. Taking a gajillion photos of yourself and posting them on the internet makes you get over insecurities pretty quickly.




The dress buttons down the back! And get a load of that bed head... oops. And I need to cut my hair.





I made you guys a Christmas/winter mix! I was inspired to create it after Kallie at Happy, Honey, and Lark posted one :) I wanted to host it online for streaming, but a lot of the songs weren't available online. Instead, I made it with mp3s for you to download. No viruses, pinky swear. You can download it here.

A Winter Wandering
1) The Leopards -- Dancing in the Snow One of the cutest, happiest little ditties ever. Alex always says it makes him think of cats dancing and playing the piano.
2) John Lennon -- Happy Christmas (War Is Over) Always a classic. Pro-love, pro-peace, and just a little naively optimistic.
3) Beach House -- All The Years Tender, ethereal, slightly foreboding. Perfect for snuggling.
4) Big Star -- Jesus Christ Corny, strange little Big Star Christmas song. But I like it.
5) The Apples in Stereo -- Winter Must Be Cold Another peppy winter ditty to break up the gloom of half of the tracks on here. Toe-tappin' good times. 
6) Jens Lekman -- The Cold Swedish Winter Classically weird Jens Lekman lyrics that tell a sweet, kind of depressing little story about needing someone to cuddle with.
7) Vince Guaraldi Trio -- Christmas Time Is Here Speaks for itself. Probably the best Christmas song ever.
8) Otis Redding -- Merry Christmas, Baby Otis Redding was one of soul's most talented performers. This song always puts a smile on my face.
9) Francis Lai -- Une homme et une femme (chant) The pretty, catchy, and simple theme from the film of the same name.
10) Angelo Badalamenti feat. Julee Cruise -- Falling The most lonely song about falling in love ever. 
11) Echo & the Bunnymen -- Ocean Rain A really epic song with an awesome vocal performance.
12) Arthur Russell -- I Forget And I Can't Tell (Ballad of the Lights pt. 1) This song is really warm and cozy. I'm addicted to it.


This time of year always puts me in a funny mood. Finals/projects, the shorter days, and the rain and the clouds depress me even as Christmas songs (well, ones I like), gift shopping, and family togetherness bring me that holiday cheer. I also miss Alex a lot. We just don't get to see each other a whole lot, but we're really used to spending a lot of time together. On the one hand, I don't really have the time or energy to spend with him, so even if he were here, I'd probably totally take it for granted. On the other hand, it always makes me a little sad to fall asleep all by myself after a long, rainy day. And it'd be nice to just have some company in my little cave-like room. And, y'know, I love him, and being around him makes me happy.

Today's title is from that Arthur Russell song in the mix :)

29 comments:

Amanda, The Upside of Wonder said...

Ah, I love this outfit! That blazer is amazing and the color really goes well with the tights. And it's great to hear you felt comfortable wearing them! Blogging really does help in a weird way haha.

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

looooove this outfit - esp the tights, girl!

hope you and alex find some good time to hang out soon. i know, it's so not fun. :(

happy tuesday, friend!!!

Darling L said...

What a PERFECT outfit! THAT dress and THAT blazer thrifted? How I wish we had that in Spain! :) You look amazing, and your legs are gorgeous, no need to worry about that at all!!! Plus I agree, blogging makes you get over insecurities :)

archives said...

i am loving this color combo!!!!! delicious!

Sarah said...

I adore this whole look. This dress is amazing and the colors in the look work so well together. Your hair is adorable as well.

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Mademoiselle Antonova said...

i've got a fat person's knees. what's worse is that i'm skinny... proportions of my legs really suck ;)
i love it that in blogosphere, when somebody posts something about themselves, you can immediately talk about yourself! gotta love that.
i love your dress and blazer very much... so cool and versatile! but would rather pair it with flats. x

Chelsea Lane said...

that is so funny, I'm insecure about my ankles being ridiculously skinny :) I wouldn't mind trading ankles with you! your blazer is so cute <3

xoxo

Rosie said...

I love the colour scheme for this outfit! Amazing!
And not to creep you out or anything, but your legs are enviable ;)

Rosie x

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

cankles!? you craaaaaazy woman. your dress is awesome and the whole outfit is adorable. yea how annoying is mixpod!? they don't have anything good. if only the US could access spotify. stupid laws. I'm looking up some of your mix :)

SMASH said...

Sophi this outfit is so good! That dress! Those tights! You look great!

Also, I nominated you for an award over at my blog :)

xx
MILK TEETHS

Fivetwocharm said...

your outfit is adorable! you look great! the blazer is my fav :)

having a blog has helped me so much with my insecurities too! i'm not much of a nervous wreck anymore.

xx Kenny

Kayraheart.fashion said...

omg ...loving everything abt ur outfit...ESp ur dress...love how u use bright color block in ur outfit and totally rock it...U look Gorgeous
P.s ..love ur hair

FASHION ICE said...

omg that blazer is perfect w/that dress, love ur blazer below in the previous post too!

melina bee said...

totally jealous of this dress, kinda mod, kinda Wednesday Adams, it seems really versatile. want one!

Annebeth said...

I'm going to check out all the songs you linked. I already LOVE the The Leopards song :D

and you do not look cankly at all to me :) you just don't have stick thin legs like Alexa Chung for example, but I've never really liked that look anyway. My main insecurity as a teen was also the shape of my legs, but for the exact opposite reason: I found them to be absolutely weirdly skinny and almost boyishly shaped. I have like zero fat on my legs, it's just bone and skin and a bit of muscle and I hated hated hated it. I always wore pants or high boots. I've just grown to accept my bodyshape and it has finally dawned on me that I'm quite nicely proportioned. Anyone who has a vaguely normal shape should not complain, so quit nagging, missy! :D

ottavia said...

love the dress for the buttons down on the back<3 and the color of the blazer!

Michal said...

This outfit is AWESOME, you gorgeous girl, you. Your outfits keep on getting better and better. I want your wardrobe! (: Glad you're getting over your ankle insecurities. I deal with the same thing. I've always had reeeally muscular legs from dancing all my life, and I was super embarrassed about them for so long. Blogging definitely helps get over those things!

I'm SUPER excited for your mix. Going to go download now. Christmastime can definitely be a little lonely even amongst all the hustle and bustle. I hope you get to see Alex more soon. At least finals must be almost over?

X0

Georgia Rose said...

That dress is amazing!

Nnenna said...

This is a great outfit and I especially want to steal your blazer, lol! No need to worry about your legs- they're looking good :)

Stacie said...

It goes without saying that you're the cat's pajamas to me! And I don't remember seeing this dress, but I LOVE it and wish I was your age and had it then. ;^)

JennaStevie said...

I love this dress so much, the fact that the buttons go up the back is so amazing!! I really like it with those coloured tights, very cool look!
xJennaD

Jenny Morris said...

im not just saying this...i think you have gorgeous legs!

and holy shit that dress is unbelievable!!

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Michal said...

This outfit is AWESOME, you gorgeous girl, you. Your outfits keep on getting better and better. I want your wardrobe! (: Glad you're getting over your ankle insecurities. I deal with the same thing. I've always had reeeally muscular legs from dancing all my life, and I was super embarrassed about them for so long. Blogging definitely helps get over those things!

I'm SUPER excited for your mix. Going to go download now. Christmastime can definitely be a little lonely even amongst all the hustle and bustle. I hope you get to see Alex more soon. At least finals must be almost over?

X0

ottavia said...

love the dress for the buttons down on the back<3 and the color of the blazer!

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

cankles!? you craaaaaazy woman. your dress is awesome and the whole outfit is adorable. yea how annoying is mixpod!? they don't have anything good. if only the US could access spotify. stupid laws. I'm looking up some of your mix :)

Chelsea Lane said...

that is so funny, I'm insecure about my ankles being ridiculously skinny :) I wouldn't mind trading ankles with you! your blazer is so cute <3

xoxo

Sarah said...

I adore this whole look. This dress is amazing and the colors in the look work so well together. Your hair is adorable as well.

thequeenofwanderlust.blogspot.com

Darling L said...

What a PERFECT outfit! THAT dress and THAT blazer thrifted? How I wish we had that in Spain! :) You look amazing, and your legs are gorgeous, no need to worry about that at all!!! Plus I agree, blogging makes you get over insecurities :)

Amanda, The Upside of Wonder said...

Ah, I love this outfit! That blazer is amazing and the color really goes well with the tights. And it's great to hear you felt comfortable wearing them! Blogging really does help in a weird way haha.