Monday, March 25, 2013

Hot Pants

Hey all!

Hope that everything is well with you! 

I’m so glad that I got a chance to snap some pictures with Amy last week - isn't she just looking awesome in that coat?  It was exactly what I needed, a little laughter and escape from everything for a while in the coldest photo-shoot of the season. (Seriously, where is our spring weather? – this is how I was feeling today when I woke up.)

Jeans/Necklace: Forever21
Shoes: Gap
Coat: Vintage: Thrifted
Ring: “oh geez, I don’t even remember.” – Amy 

I have to say, like most bloggers, I struggle sometimes with how open how I do or don’t want to be on my blog. It is so easy talk about the silly things I do with my friends and put on a happy go lucky face – I mean seriously, who couldn’t smile when wearing vintage sequined high-waisted shorts?

But, that isn’t always real life. Sometimes, honestly, life just plain sucks. I try to stay positive on here, because that truly is a reflection of who I am – the majority of the time I am that bubbly and slightly crazy gal running from class to work in some vintage get-up or another.

However, this semester has been hard on me. Not so much school, not directly anyway, but various difficult moments in all aspects of my life have been bringing my spirit down. Last week, was especially hard and I just didn’t feel good. I found myself being a person I didn’t really recognize – a sad, angry, and emotionally worn-down person.

Finally, I just took some time to really reflect on myself and the way that I was feeling. I thought to myself, “Laura, we all have these times. And it is okay with how you are feeling – you can’t control how you feel. However, you can control how you react to those feelings. And right now, you aren’t reacting in a way that is healthy for you.” Through this realization, I was able to work through some of my concerns and handle them in a way that, I feel, was much more beneficial than feeling miserable.

My friend posted this article on her Facebook the other night and I literally wanted to cry at how strongly it hit me. It isn’t a long read and I strongly recommend giving it a look, but I do want to share my favorite part of it:
“You know what you have to do now, and just like more often than not in life, you know what the right thing is. It’s just having the courage to do it. It’s easy to sit in your misery and feel sorry for yourself. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that worrying about something will change it. Have the courage to choose happiness.”
Sometimes life is really hard; so hard that you feel like you can’t stand anymore. However, I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and those things that are the hardest? Those are the things that we learn the most from.
So, between choosing happiness and learning from all those hard things, we can not only see a life that is hard and painful, but one that is beautiful and wonderful, simply because it is yours.

Sweater/Shirt: Thrifted
Shorts: Vintage: Thrifted
Shoes: Ann Taylor: Thrifted
Necklace/Bracelet : Gift 

I certainly did not mean to get so serious tonight, especially with a title like ‘Hot Pants!' But, I guess sometimes you have some thoughts in your head that you didn't know that were there until you start typing.  Thanks for sticking with me! 
I hope that you all have a wonderful start to the week!


P.S. I linked this post up with 'Thrifter Thursdays' over on Coffee and Cardigans. Check it out! 


Brandy Saldana said...

Amy's ring is so cute! I love your shorts too. they are hot! lol

It's okay to be serious sometimes=]


Katie Aman said...

Good for you for writing down a few of your thoughts-I'm the same way, I never mean to sit down and write something serious-it's just whatever comes into my brain at the time! I love that you recognized when you needed a change in attitude. So many of us just wallow in our negative thoughts and don't recognize when it's time to take a step back. Thanks for the reminder! :)
And oh my goodness-vintage sequined shorts-WHAA?! How on earth did you find those-and they fit you like a dream! Very fun look :) And I love Amy's coat (and general cuteness)! How beautiful!

The Dragonfruit said...

Amy looks so adorable in her striped top and furry coat! Plus, your hot sequined shorts? Definitely smoking girl :)
And I know, sometimes I don't even know what I'm going to end up typing until I sit down to write up a post. Its good to share what's on your heart though, and I'm glad you shared this with us. It takes courage to choose happiness!

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Imogen said...

Loving both outfits. How especially cute is the bicycle necklace.

Ashley Udoh said...

Loving the jacket in the first one. It's so fab!
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Kholá said...

Love that coat! Thrifting is the best no?

Mónica :) said...

Good outfits girls, and Amy, I really like your hair color :)

Mónica <3

Natalie said...

I love the sparkly short! They are perfect!

Eatlovemerry said...

So cute! X

Gaby de Modacapital said...

Such an amazing outfits, I love both!

Unknown said...

You guys look amazing! Now I want to do my groceries in that sequined high-waisted shorts, haha :P

It's okay to feel down every now and then. I hope things will get better soon :)

Midwest Muse said...

I love your shorts! And it's normal for life to get in the way of blogging and it's definitely beneficial to use your blog or a blog to help you through those feelings. Being vague is still a form of therapy. I hope your spirits are looking up!

Kati said...

These shorts are so stunning on you! And I also really like Amy's coat!
Thanks for stopping by my blog, it made my day!


Unknown said...

Oh Laura, I hadn't seen this post. I'm a bit late, but still I hope you are feeling better! I know exactly where you come from, since more than once I've felt this way. And it's true, most of the times we are right to feel bad about certain things, but the way we react to them ends up being more harmful than the thing that bothered us in the first place.
It is important to have a clear head and try to see things with a perspective, and always ask for help when it's needed. We're not alone, and I'm sure you have lots of people who love you who would do anything to see you happy :)
By the way those shorts are so pretty!!

Dus of Cuddly Cacti said...

what a fanstastic post Laura!! this really rings true to me too and i've been extra short on posts becuase life just hasn't been too fun lately working 40+ hr weeks along w/ grad school and i too come home emotionally exhausted even but have been a bit too mopey about it so I really liked hearing your outlook. thx for the reminder that i'm in control of my happiness, as your friend said. totally true but so easy to forget.

m+o said...

That bicycle necklace is way cool! :) Love it! -Mika

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