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Statement Shoulders

Do you ever have those times where you think your life is returning to normal, only to discover it is decidedly not?  I’m in one of those phases right now.  Just when I think my travel season is over, I get another trip that keeps growing, and my poor little blog goes neglected.

Alas, I’m about to leave for an event right now, so I’ll be quick.  Mostly, I just want to talk about how happy I am that leather accents are doing their thing right now.  Due to the conservative nature of my office, I can’t really get away with much all-leather.  But I can certainly get away with leather shoulders – especially when tucked into a traditional pencil skirt.

Second, aren’t these envelope earrings the cutest things ever?  I got them in a boutique in Boston’s North End – right after I’d picked up my Mike’s Pastry treat.  Obviously, it was a perfect day.

This pencil skirt is a heavy jersey knit, so it’s super comfortable, but also very flattering and maintains its shape well.  The pockets are real, but I didn’t cut them open because I think it probably won’t lay as nicely if I do.  It kinda drives me crazy knowing I have pockets I can’t put my hands in, but it’s a small price.

Shirt: Target clearance rack ($6, I think?)
Earrings: some cute boutique in Boston
Skirt: the Limited
Shoes: Payless
Baby Ring: I don’t know if that’s really what they’re called, but I love them and call them that. From Love Culture. 

Even If It Breaks Your Heart

My heart is heavy today.  It seems like every day now, something tragic happens, each incident just as bad, if not worse, than the day’s before.  Both of this week’s major crises have touched close to my heart.  Boston is my favorite city in the world – my adopted home.  I had friends both running and watching the marathon on Monday, as I do most every year.

West, Texas was the original home of my first boyfriend.  I stopped at a gas station there once long after we’d broken up, and the girl working the counter was his cousin – that’s how small of a community it is.

I don’t understand why these things keep happening.  Maybe it’s not really new; maybe I’m just now old enough to realize that life is hard.  But, it seems to me that life is getting harder; tragedies are becoming wider-reaching, and society is turning on itself.

Yet, in all of this, there remains hope.  America is still the greatest country on earth (at least in the hearts of those of us who live here).  Last night’s National Anthem at the Bruins game confirms that (if you missed it, it’s a must-watch, here). 

And, even in the midst of tragedy, life must go on.  We go to work, we carry on, we begin to heal and have fun again.   We get dressed. 

So, as flippant and shallow as fashion may seem in the light of such great sadness, it is a part of returning to normalcy, as much as possible.  I pray that our new normal would be one in which these tragedies no longer happen. 

* Shoes: Payless; Sweater: Ann Taylor Loft; Shell and skirt: hand-me-ups from my younger sister.

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