Wednesday, August 21, 2013

13 Going on 30

Hey there all! 

Hope that you are having a fine and dandy week so far! 

First of all, I would just like to say that this is how I feel when I wear this dress. Oh man, is it one of my favorites. I got it at a Goodwill this summer for around $5. It didn't have a brand tag in it - just the size, so I have no idea where it is from, but boy, it sure is lovely. I never thought I would like a back cutout, but I love the unexpectedness of it. 

Secondly, I admit I haven't been around on the blogosphere for the past week, for I have been so busy!. Life has been really good, actually. I've been spending the last couple days of summer moving into my new house, traveling to Pittsburgh (more on that later), getting to see the wonderful people that I work with during the school year, playing Bananagrams with my housemates, and getting my wine and dine on with some friends. All in all, things have been grand.  

However, I still can't get an instance out of my head from the summer. I was just chilling with the puppy and flipping through some channels on TV, when I noticed that 13 Going on 30 was on. Great. Movie. Since that movie is definitely on my "cannot flip past" list (along with Pretty in Pink and You've Got Mail - in case you were wondering), I decided to watch it, even though it was already halfway over. 

I turned it to the part where the main character, Jenna, had already magically turned into a 30 year old overnight and I was trying to figure it out how to make it in the adult world. Now, seeing the movie more times than I can count, I already knew that the happy ending was just around the corner; however, watching it this time, I found myself becoming slightly sad. And I realized that was because that is how growing up is feeling right now: fast, sudden, new, and inexperienced - as if a teenage turned into an adult overnight. 

In the end, Jenna figures out how to grow-up, while still remaining youthful. Most of the time, I feel like I got this down, but there are some days - that seem to be happening more frequently - in which growing up just stares at you right in the face. Days when bills need to get paid, sign a lease, make major life choices, or when friends confide to you about heavy issues in their own lives. Those days are the ones that make you realize that the middle school days where fractions, boys, and who wore what jeans, were actually pretty simple. 

This might seem slightly ramble-y, but I guess that this is what is on my heart as I start my senior year of college tomorrow (!!!) 

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Dress/shoes/hat: Thrifted 
Sweater: College bookstore 
Necklace: Gift from Amy
Ring: Church rummage sale 



20 comments: said...

Bananagrams is one of the best games ever! Not to mention the super cute packaging hehe :)

Glad to hear your summer's going well. Gotta soak up all that summer sun before it's gone.

Love the print on this dress. What a lucky find for $5!


abby said...

That dress is adorable and the hat compliments it perfectly. I am 27 and sometimes I still tell people I am 22, not on purpose, just because I didn't realize I'd grown up so fast.
xx Abby | a geek tragedy

Katie Aman said...

Awww girl I love this on you so much! That dress is just a dream! I like that the cutouts are subtle, because I think dresses with huge cutouts aren't very classy. This dress hits the mark perfectly. And that hat is still killing me with how awesome it is!
I love 13 going on 30 as well. It is one of my favorites. I agree when I watch that movie I have a pang of longing for the times I was 13 and didn't appreciate it. Ah, such is life!
And the gif of that cat was hilarious, haha!

The Dragonfruit said...

What you've shared about growing up has been on my heart lately too! I find myself daydreaming about when life was so much simpler and there weren't so many grown-up decisions that had to be made. Sigh.
All part of life though.
Anyway, love that adorable print dress and your matching red shoes! :)

The Dragonfruit Diaries

Anonymous said...

So in love with this dress and your little red hat! I totally get what you mean about growing up fast- ever since I moved to New York I've found myself super inspired by the city, but also so overwhelmed by figuring out which subway to take or getting into a cab by myself. My mother was born and raised in NYC so I've been relying on her for help with directions, but I need to suck it up and start figuring the city out on my own! It's scary, but necessary. I hope your senior year of college is fantastic!!

Xo, Hannah

Sofie said...

Love the back cutout and I absolutely adore your hat! Can't believe you found it by thrifting!
Good luck in your senior year of college!

Sofie x

Jen Hsieh said...

You should DEFINITELY feel just as fabulous as that cat in this dress because you LOOK fabulous. The subtle cut out and the gorgeous print are awesome. Work it, girl!

Hope you're settling into your new house just fine! :)


Unknown said...

I love how the red parts pop out! And about growing...For some reason I don't feel that much more mature than I was at age 16. I still can't figure out whether that's a good or bad thing.

Kristian said...

1) You look lovely. I like that dress

2) for days I feel like that, this Ted Talk video really helps:

Ashley said...

The cut-out in the back is so unexpected but I love it! The shape of it is unique too. Very sweet look :)

xo Ashley

Unknown said...

You look absolutely lovely. I have to admit I'm also not a big fan of cutouts but you are definitely rocking that trend! I also adore that red hat. :-)

Good luck on your senior year of college!


Aino said...

Thanks for the comment! :)

Beautiful combination!
I love the color of your dress!

Unknown said...

You look awesome!! Love your shoes and hat so much!

Win gorgeous earrings!

Nicole said...

That dress looks amazing on you! I also love the accent of red.. so chic and goes great with your hair color!
Lovely blog!

xx Nicole

Midwest Muse said...

OH my, so this movie was recently added to Netflix and thankfully, they sent me an email saying I would enjoy it (because I love watching bad movies). I've watched it so many times since they added it. It's a nice little movie and a fun one to fall asleep to. And I totally agree with your interpretation. It is kind of a little sad and I think the movie does a good job with the underlying themes.

Anyway, this outfit is lovely on you. I love the cut outs!

Unknown said...

wow you look very sweet!
Emma xx

Samantha said...

I love your thrifted style, you look great! That dress was definitely a wonderful find, cute hat too!

Stormia said...

you have a lovely blog <3 this outfit is so cool!!
kisses ♥

Dus of Cuddly Cacti said...

what an amazing find on that dress, i am seriously swooning! and for $5, that is awesome!! hope your big move goes (or went) great and you enjoy it all! are you starting your last yr of college now? sorry if i lost track. oh and i LOVE this w/ the red hat and shoes, you are such a cutie!
Cuddly Cacti
Mitla Moda

Veronika Novotny said...

This look is SO adorable! Love the pops of red + your blogger meet up looks insanely fun! Yay, Katie! Love that girl!

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