The Fuzzy Pink Coat

March 6, 2015

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If,

you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em.

I’m convinced they coined that phrase about winter. So finally, after many months of shooting outfits for you guys in the cold without a coat I decided I would build an outfit around this fuzzy pink coat – I also invested in a turtleneck (and by invest I mean snatched this up on sale at H&M for 15 bucks). I do have to say that this Kate Spade crossbody bag is definitely the best investment I have ever made. It’s like a mullet – business in the front and party in the back. Bet you didn’t know there was a pink sprinkle donut on the other side (don’t believe  me? click here for proof).

I channeled a bit of a 60’s glam vibe with this mini skirt and half up half down do – which was super easy even for a spring chicken like me. I literally made a center ish part about half way and pinned the front sections back with four or five bobby pins. I finally conquered my middle part fears with this slightly off center part which is much more flattering for my face shape. If you’re a side part evangelist like me you have to try it.

Anyway, going back to my first statement. Recently, I’ve developed a new perspective on the saying, “if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em.” It’s not about giving up what you believe in or being a failure it’s about failing fast and failing smart. Often times I think we are so paralyzed by our fear of failure, I speak from experience on this one, that we don’t want to acknowledge when something just isn’t working out. But what we fail to realize, no pun intended, is that if we’re not being critical and we’re not acknowledging our failures we’re not growing. We cannot be afraid to fail because failure allows us adjust and refine and get to where we really want to be. To me, “if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em,” is about dropping the facade. Whether you’re in an unhappy relationship, career, or other commitment you have to know when the situation has you beat, accept defeat, and move towards joining the winning side without giving up what you believe in. Trading in your dreams of becoming a rockstar for a 9 to 5 doesn’t make you a sell out and it doesn’t mean that joining the other side means you need to give up your rockstar dreams altogether Similarly, you may have friends, family, or significant others that you just can’t change and accepting that may be your best option but that doesn’t mean you allow them to treat you poorly. For us, we’ve come to realize that we don’t have the resources to abolish the fashion industry standards that fail to promote self-worth, self-love, and self-acceptance so we’d rather be a part of it and create change from within, utilizing fashion as a tool to spread the messages we believe in.

Ingredients:

Pink Coat: H&M (Similar Nasty Gal Coat)

Turtleneck: H&M (Similar Missguided Sweater in Cream,

Obsessed with this Goodnight Macaroon Sweater + This One Too)

Skirt: Express (Loving this Milly Tweed Skirt,

Similar Pattern on this Missguided Skirt (and great price) )

Booties: Steve Madden

Bag: Kate Spade x Darcel Tobyn

 

Love,

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