Today, I planned to chat about this peachy-pink tee and how I knew, from the moment I got it, that I wanted to style it with these mom jeans, because pastel on pastel can’t lose. And that’s totally true — in fact, this pretty palette can lift my spirits in that small, but meaningful way that clothes can. But I can’t go another second without thanking you for the enormous encouragement you gave me yesterday.
See, I like to keep Unfancy a positive, playful space — but that doesn’t mean I always feel positive and playful. When I’m feeling down and I try to write an upbeat blog post, there’s a disconnect. But when I can share openly, that disconnect disappears. So thank you for making this a space where I can share when I’m down.
You guys always dazzle me with your thoughtful comments and conversations here, but yesterday was special. To see so many sisters join together to pour out light? It was beautiful and I cannot thank you enough. It’s easy to paint with a broad brush and dismiss the world as a dark place — but you remind me it’s not. You make it light. I felt connected to you and grateful for the light inside you. There is so much light.
It’s impossible to bottle all of yesterday’s comment goodness into bullet points, but let me offer three common threads that encouraged me:
1 | Feel what you’re feeling, and try to surround yourself with natural beauty while you’re feeling it. | Whether it’s getting out there and hiking, sitting in the backyard, or simply watering a houseplant, nature helps as we process and feel, doesn’t it? Nature is the perfect shoulder to cry on — she gives permission to feel deeply, while also offering perspective. Everything has it’s season.
2 | If possible, nurture yourself in a healthier way. | I’m fighting the emotional shopping bug right now, and I loved reading through your ideas to resist it: cooking a good meal, reading, journaling, cuddling your animals, sweating it out with a run or a workout, listening to music, and reorganizing your closet. Reading through your ideas helped me remember one of my favorite activities: making playlists! Since I have Spotify, I can “shop” for music and it doesn’t cost anything extra. Here’s my favorite playlist that helps me calm down.
3 | There are many things that can help you feel better, yet none of them are guaranteed to work all the time. | This rang true with me in the deepest way. I’m usually grounded by journaling, yoga, friend time, and many of the nurturing things listed above. But right now, I don’t feel grounded by these things. None of my old standbys are working — it’s a scary experience. But it’s good to remember that each pain is unique, so the antidotes may be different too. Just because my go-to isn’t working doesn’t mean I’m lost.
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Whew, emotions right? I plan to fill my weekend with the most restful, nourishing activities possible, including lots of sleep, yard work, good music, and family time.
Next week, I’ll be styling one piece all week — my Elizabeth Suzann Georgia Tee. ES pieces look amazing paired together and that’s how lots of people wear them — think flowy crop tops paired with silky wide leg pants. However, it’s a style that doesn’t feel entirely me. So next week I’ll be styling my ES top with more “mainstream” things like overalls and jean shorts. It’ll be fun.
See you Monday, and I hope you have the best weekend. <3
Photo Credit: Katie Jameson
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02 | Jeans by Girlfriend (made in USA) (Fit Note: These jeans have zero stretch. I’m usually a 24 in jeans and sized up to a 25. They feel tight in the waist at first, but over a few wears they mold to your body. Wash them on cold, don’t ever put them in the dryer, and they’ll stay molded like that forever.) | similar (under $70) | similar (under $40)