Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lion Tamer










Dress: c/o Lulu*s; Heels: Nine West

The world has felt like a gloomy place lately - with ISIS beheading journalists, Ebola ravaging Africa (with a new, unrelated outbreak in the Congo), the shootings in Ferguson, and our wild climate change wreaking havoc in the form of drought and extreme seasons. Everything feels a bit dark and scary. 

It feels wrong to blog about your life and style in the midst of our world roaring in pain, yet it feels like this one, very small, very private, reprieve. The way some people cook. Or some people run. Or some people have a glass of wine (I'm having that, too, trust me). Sitting back, leaning against the blog - a space where I can write something frivolous, or something deep, where I can watch fabrics blow by, or lacy skirts appear - feels quiet and safe.

Perhaps that's everything that's wrong with blogging, especially about beauty or style, perhaps we shouldn't be able to escape the world, even for a second. But I believe that there's only so much darkness one can ingest in a day. 8 hours of the day spent with ticker tape telling me the news, hashtags and feeds, text message alerts and news apps, and I am done with everything heavy and achy and painful at 5:30 p.m. I need to look out across the water, feel the concrete beneath my feet, watch the sunset, eat ripe, juicy tomatoes and mozzarella, hold hands with Ben. I can't end my day on a sad note, or sour note. I even have a hard time watching crime dramas full of blood and gore and killing and religious/political hatred when I am about to go to sleep. I want to dissolve into a space that has no greater meaning, no greater purpose, nothing, but to reflect on the way two colors look together on a body, the way freckles develop over summertime, the way sunglasses frame the face, the way a shoe fits.

How do you get away from all the sadness? Do you turn your back, dig a hole, read a fantasy novel, or do you face it head on to fix it?

27 comments

  1. Beautiful print!

    XO

    Jeanne

    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

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  2. I love this dress!
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  3. Like that maxi dress so much!
    You are right about everything, it's really hart to read and watch about these things like Ebola and can't do anything to help.
    Carpet cleaners Hammersmith

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  4. you look stunning honey!

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  5. There is so much negativity out there, very depressing.

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  6. Style StreetStalkerSeptember 3, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    Goooooorgeous gorgeous look!


    SSSx


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  7. I agree, listening to the news makes me feel scared and depressed too. Blogging is my way to cope and run away into "a world of pretty".
    You look fabulous in your maxi dress!
    Red Reticule

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  8. I don't believe it is bad to blog about "normal" stuff while other things are happening. I feel that nothing I write on my blog will bring people back to life or change things that have happened. Also, there is plenty of good in the world; it just doesn't get as much attention from the media...sadly.

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  9. I try to face it head on honestly. However, I do it in a different way because sometimes blogging I can reveal too much and I realized that in my professional world it might reflect badly.
    www.theadoredlife.com

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  10. You look stunning, first of all. Secondly, I think everyone needs an outlet. We shouldn't forget what's going on but I think it's important to remember there are some great things to life and live each day to the fullest :)

    xx,

    La Joie de
    Vivre by Alecia Mariana


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  11. Stunning dress!!! You look great.

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  12. Brie @ SophistifunkSeptember 3, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    this is such a great summer to fall transitional dress :)

    xo brie
    www.sophistifunkblog.com

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  13. I love a great maxi dress and this one is absolutely stunning. As for all the world events?! Ugh, terrible!! However, that's exactly why I love reading blogs or enjoying a little pinterest... so nice to get a break and enjoy something lovely!! xoxo

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  14. Ugh. I struggle with the sadness and the guilt from my "first world problems" in comparison. At the end of the day, I think we have to do whatever we can to help support those who are not as fortunate as us, while at the same time supporting ourselves and our families. It's ok for you to keep blogging and loving fashion and taking pictures and eating juicy tomatoes, just like it's ok for me to keep hugging my son and wrestling with my puppy and decorating my house and doing my DIY projects. That stuff fills my heart, which in turn gives me the energy and love to spread out into the world... whether it's through donations to causes that are important to me, taking a meal to a friend in need, donating clothes to a shelter, etc...

    I think it's ok to be happy while still acknowledging the sorrow. Maybe your post will make someone else happy, too, which is one less sad person in the world :)

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  15. Oh I understand... I pray, that's how I deal.. I give it to God.. otherwise it can get overwhelming... You look lovely by the way.. and think about this... When Mr. Rogers was a child he got frightened by all the bad things he saw happening in the world, his mom told him yes there is bad but look at all the helpers doing good.. and you don't have to be afraid anymore...
    Hope
    hchdesigns.blogspot.com

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  16. Our news is scary :( and I'm not the best at dealing with it. I don't know how to fix it so I usually find something quickly that makes me happy (and forget about it) ...like watching a stupid sitcom. I wish I could fix it though.

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  17. dress is amazing. love the colour & print.

    mon | http://www.monsemble.ca

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  18. First, you look absolutely stunning! I agree, the world does seem dark lately. My way to get through it is similar to yours, blogging and wine! Also, I run as well.

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  19. gosh, you have no idea how much I think about this. I'm not sure if you can what I feel guilt per se but, perhaps a feeling of responsibility? Like...maybe I should be doing more? Or doing something else? Then, I think, this is all done for fun and for hobby and, as you said, with so much "darkness" in the world it is great to focus on some lighthearted topics. The key here is that it's not supposed to be uber serious and it isn't an all encompassing representation of who I am. At least I hope! =)

    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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  20. This dress is beautiful!

    xo, Megan Ann

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  21. gorgeous! you look beautiful! I agree, there is too much ark in the world. I try to make my home as bright and cheerful as my personality is. For example, I made sure my office space was white with light colored wood and bright colors (I am a color freak). I add flowers wherever and whenever I can around the house and I am always burning a relaxing candle. I feel like our homes should be a place to escape. Loved this post!


    xo, Taylor

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  22. I try to focus on the good and do my best to help others have a great day! Fashion is definitely one of the good things! I love the pattern on your dress, it's so hypnotic!

    kelseybang.com

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  23. I think its ok to have a little escape from all the pain in the world and in our own lives. It keeps us sane and better able to be there for those who need us. You do look beautiful.

    Heidi D.
    www.wishesandreality.com

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  24. You look gorgeous!! the photography is great too!! Love it all
    Martina xx

    www.martinasmark.com

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  25. I embrace the darkness of the world, and try, with the small things that I can manage, to bring lightness into the world. Blogging is lightness, it is connecting, and loving others, through fashion, make-up, and style.

    xx
    Here&Now

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