Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Life Lessons From a Humble Outfit

Top: H&M (shop similar: one, two)  |  Jeggings: New York & Company (similar)  |  Booties: Target (shop similar: one, two, three)  |  Necklace: Nordstrom  |  Bag: eBags (shop)

I wanted to recreate this pin, but I was getting all bent out of shape about how my striped tee wasn't as baggy as hers and a bunch of other nonsense.  I kept trying to justify buying another striped tee, a baggier one.  But just like I mentioned in my post about shopping mistakes, I forced myself to snap out of it and not fall victim to the temptation to buy something just to recreate a pin.  I convinced myself that even though I didn't recreate the pin the way I wanted to, I could still enjoy my outfit.  And I did!

It's silly how we can get so fixed on how something doesn't look the way we wanted it to that we fail to see and appreciate the beauty in what has taken shape instead.  And this is true for all of life, not just outfits, isn't it?  It's easy to wish our job/family/house/etc. situations looked differently (or little things, like wishing it were fall instead of 85 degrees still!)  But instead of focusing on the things that are not, I have to remind myself to recognize the beauty in the things that are, right here, right now.  Just because something doesn't look how you'd hoped doesn't mean you can't appreciate what has taken shape instead.  Annnd, that is totally not where I thought I was going with this outfit post, but there is today's life lesson from a humble outfit.  Happy Tuesday.  :)

47 comments:

  1. I'm glad you didn't run out and buy an outfit because you're rocking this one. I love your posts!

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  2. It's so true, Audrey. We often fixate ourselves on things we don't have or what others have that we think is BETTER (for whatever reason...). But what we have is enough. Because we have a heck of a lot more than most people. xoxo.

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  3. newyorknonsense.blogspot.comTuesday, October 16, 2012

    That's how I felt about my Jcrew knock off bubble necklace. It's shorter than the original and I obsessed over getting a longer one, but I realized it's just fine how it is & I always get compliments when I wear it. Love this outfit. I need some booties.

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  4. Also, your jeans aren't as faded as hers.

    No, I'm just messing with your head. Sorry! :) You're absolutely right--it's crucial to find the value in what you have at this very moment. If we don't practice doing that (and I think it takes practice!), we won't be able to appreciate future awsomeness because we'll still be thinking, "But I want this other thing, too..."

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  5. I like your look better than the pin! You are awesome and I am getting so much out of your blog. Is it dramatic to say that the tips you've shared here have changed my life? I am having fun getting dressed again. Thank you for sharing! :)

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  6. I agree. You stated it so well.

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  7. When recreating an outfit, you don't have to wear the exact thing that person has on. Making it your own is the best and you did just that! :) Cute necklace :)

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  8. Blog Red Peeptoe PumpsTuesday, October 16, 2012

    Sometimes I think the simple outfits are the best. This looks awesome on you; I like it even better than the inspiration!

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  9. pretty little thingsTuesday, October 16, 2012

    those are such cute booties on you! xo


    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  10. Thanks for the wisdom :) I always feel that way after I've cleaned my house!

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  11. Great outfit and you are so right, we don't see what is in front of us. We need to slow down and learn to appreciate what we have. Great blog.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.wordpress.com

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  12. I'm wearing that exact shirt today! Love it!

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  13. very cute outfit! and your jeggings aren't skin tight! i didn't know it was possible to find jeggings like that...i want some!

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  14. Ohmigosh look at you dispensing life lessons & fashion advice!! Two for the price of one today...THANKS!! :)

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  15. Also, sometimes it helps to think that someone else probably wants what I have. A good example: it's 50 degrees here in Michigan, I'm freezing already, and I'd love more than anything for it to still be 85!

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  16. Very well said :) Love the look by the way!


    Xoxo,
    eelsay
    www.theluxuryrehab.com

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  17. Well I am so happy you didn't get bent out of shape over it because this looks awesome on you. I love the button details. I hear you! Good life lesson!


    Sara
    http://seventwentysomethings.blogspot.com/

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  18. I actually like your outfit better! =)

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  19. You are so right! I am majorly guilty of looking around and wishing my legs were more like this girls, or my house was more like that girls... But I need to learn to appreciate the things I am blessed with instead of wishing for more. Lucky us and our first world problems!


    Rachel
    How Bout Some Cake?

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  20. it looks great! way to go girl!
    Jess
    JESS CAUSE BLOG

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  21. jennifoundinmyclosetTuesday, October 16, 2012

    Love this post...so true!!!! Love your cute outfit, especially those fun booties!

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  22. I stumbled upon your remixable wardrobe series recently, and basically consider it life-changing! Your style is exactly what I hope to accomplish when I get dressed every morning!


    I need to stop falling into the temptation to buy things just to recreate your outfits!! :)
    http://thejoyfulone.com

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  23. I like your outfit better-it looks more polished. :)

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  24. Totally agree and I think this outfit looks great! Love the boots!

    www.everydaywitharedhead.blogspot.com

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  25. sarah k @ thepajamachef.comTuesday, October 16, 2012

    this is so true. with subjective things like fashion, it's so easy to get caught up in wanting to have it exactly as someone else does & instead miss what we do have... what we've been blessed with. :) this is a GREAT outfit!

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  26. I like yours better too! Looking for those jeggings soon!

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  27. So simple and so beautiful! Love your style.

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  28. Love this outfit! I always feel like my booties make my legs look really shorts but your leg still look long. I need to figure out your trick :)

    www.daisyraeboutique.com
    www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

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  29. Simple truths are sometimes the hardest to implement! Being that I'm doing a study of Genesis this year, I am being reminded of ALL that God created and how good it was. And how He doesn't me to long for something that I don't have (like the forbidden fruit) but to look at the "GARDEN VARIETY" of blessings I already have!!! Thank you for reinforcing what I'm studying....maybe all these repeated truths will help me ACT on them!!! So much to be thankful for...and your cute outift is one of them...one I could actually recreate with NO purchases :)

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  30. I love your outfit and I love the thought process behind it as well. It's eye-opening to look at what you have instead of wishing for something you don't.

    MJ
    Papersidewalks.blogspot.com

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  31. don't wish away the heat - it's almost winter temperature here and it makes me sad because I am NOT ready for snow. I look at my closet and think "hmm, I have like 3 striped red shirts but I don't have XX one". I need to remind myself that having 15 shirts that are really similar isn't necessary, and that when I buy something now, it has to be exactly what I want, not just part of it.

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  32. Yes. Yes. Yes. Exactly what I needed to here. Sometimes I forget to appreciate all that is right because I'm focused on the few things that are wrong. Thanks for the reminder :)

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  33. I really like the look of the striped tee with the side tuck, creating that nice angle - I'll be trying this sometime. Very interesting and clever - yes it's not the same as the original pin, but definitely good in its own right! :)

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  34. HappinessatmidlifeTuesday, October 16, 2012

    100% agree - I was complaining about how hot it is but than again - I can still wear shorts :) I fall into this rut all the time. If I see something a blogger has pictured something that I really want - I am on a mission to find it. Why?...I have no idea.


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  35. Love your sentiments Audrey, thanks for sharing on your blog!

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  36. So, so true. Plus, your version is darn cute, and you've passed along some ankle boot inspiration - I haven't quite been able to figure out the skinny-jean-to-boot transition... and the cuff looks great!

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  37. Well said! I also love the outfit and find your blog very helpful.

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  38. You look adorable!! Inspiration pins are always fun but can present a challenge when we don't have all of the exact pieces. You made this one your own though which I love, looks great. Keep up the amazing work, I adore reading your blog daily!
    http://switchedonstyle.blogspot.com/

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  39. Great post, Audrey! I completely agree with your sentiments about being able to find enjoyment in the things we already have, and being content with them.

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  40. Well said!!! And such a good point! :)

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  41. "I forced myself to snap out of it and not fall victim to the temptation to buy something just to recreate a pin." I think this is really important! Pins should inspire us, not chain us to an outfit concept. I have the same H&M shirt, which I love, and this is what I did with it last week: http://laurendeloo.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/weekend-wear-bright-skinnies-stripes-and-leopard-print/


    But it might be colder already here than it is in SD. =D

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  42. I love everything about this outfit. It looks so great on you and they are such simple great pieces that you really brought to life! Love it!

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  43. This is adorable! I'm so happy I found your site! I love it!

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  44. I just want to say I laughed when I read: "I was getting all bent out of shape about how my striped tee wasn't as baggy as hers and a bunch of other nonsense" because that sounds just like me, all. the. time


    This post really made me see that my behavior was nonsense too!



    Pinterest is great for inspiration but sometimes I think it makes me just as unhappy with what I have as other things I try to avoid.

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  45. Love. Love the outfit, and especially the reminder. Keep it up!

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