Two months ago, I thought I'd found the coolest hotel ever. But I was wrong.
The hotel my parents stayed at during parents' weekend, the Howard Johnson in Lexington, VA, has the most aesthetically pleasing architecture I have ever seen, inside and out. Orange is my favorite color. It's really rare that you see a place that takes a statement color like bright orange and totally makes it work as an integral part of the design. I felt only a statement outfit like this matching two piece patterned jumpsuit would do this hotel justice. So here we are....
Jumpsuit - Plato's closet.
So, I'm all for repurposing my high school tennis uniform. Aren't you?! If anyone has any tennis attire they don't want....I'm here........and I can't promise I won't wear it with some kind of weird turtleneck or sructured white blouse or something else totally not meant to be worn on a tennis court. But this is the new athleisure. This is about celebrating the comfort of elastic waistbands in every day life. This is about totally recreating the concept of an outfit so you don't have to pay for new clothes. This is about wearing stuff that you wouldn't think to put together and making it work with a pair of cool earrings. I think that last sentence just summarized my outlook on fashion.
Quite frankly, I wish they'd let us keep our soccer jerseys because i'd definitely wear those....with like some leather pants or something...
Skirt: Stella McCarntey for Adidas
Earrings: Elle Market
When getting dressed one should always choose her attire to please herself. But we must realize that our subconscious minds are always at work, telling us to dress in a way that makes us look attractive. There's nothing wrong with this.
But this dress isn't sexy. It is beautiful. And it is beautiful because it is modest. Its high neckline, loose shape, and long flowy skirt hide the female figure. The white lace details and the soft sheer fabric remind us of a conventional attractive quality of femininity, modesty.
Modesty is attractive because it leaves more to the imagination. Dressing modestly shows that a woman wishes to be judged for her personality and intellect before her curves.
I was drawn to this dress because wearing it made me feel beautiful. Because it drapes over my figure, it forces those who interact with me to focus on the thoughts i articulate, rather than on objectifying my body. I feel beautiful because beauty is about more than looks; it's about what's inside a person that drives her thoughts , behaviors, and actions.
Dress & Earrings: Gladiola Girls
Thank you to Gladiola Girls for sponsoring this post.
What are you going to be wearing in 2084?
What am I going to be wearing in 2023?
Let's speculate. Let's use the fact that I'm currently wearing a 70's sheer psychedelic printed top with a pair of Nike running shorts as our base for contriving funky futuristic outfits composed of pieces we would think would never go together (but do, in fact). Coming up with far out, unanticipated combinations is what keeps fashion fresh. This is what FASHION FROM THE FUTURE is all about.
Two years ago, if you were to tell me that last winter I would've worn my soccer sweatpants from sixth grade with red zara ankle booties, i would've laughed at you. (that outfit did in fact happen; if you don't believe me, click here.) And certainly if you were to tell me that I was going to wear my aquamarine running shorts out and about with a funky top, i'd've called you a liar....
Well, here we are....
In my opinion, fashion from the future cannot be complete without borrowing from the past. Using this epic retro 70s top as a base is great for any ensemble, and it becomes ~futuristic~ when you pair it with other clothing/accessories that no one else would think to pair it with.
Fashion shouldn't be about always running out to buy new stuff all of the time. (HAAAAaaaaa! read about how I trained myself to fight my materialistic tendencies here). Instead, it should be about using your creativity to use the clothing you already have in your closet to create fresh pairings and ensembles that make you feel confident and special.
And scoring yourself some classic vintage or statement pieces that you can style in a multitude of fresh, unexpected ways is what everyone's goal should be. And who knows? Maybe you'll still be wearing some of these pieces in 2084 with a space suit and sandals or something.........
For more ~futuristic~ ensembles featuring gym shorts paired with regular clothes, check out Harling Ross's article on the blog Man Repeller.
Thank you to Gladiola Girls for sponsoring this post. (www.gladiolagirls.com)
Top: Gladiola Girls
Necklace: my mom
Sunnies: random store in Apalachicola, FL.
I couldn't not take pictures in this hotel. I've been to so many Marriotts in my life, and I have never seen a hallway with a color scheme that i vibe with as much as this one. The golden wallpaper..........The blue and brown geometric print carpet that would've been on a stretchy polyester/neoprene blend business style tank from 2001..........The fact that I forced my cousin to take these photos of me at 12 am after we got back from my other cousin's graduation party...........The fact that I don't look good in any of these photos and my mom actually told me not to post any of them on here........WELL, HERE WE GOOOOOO.
This silver chain that I stole from my mom in sixth grade finally broke so I started playing with it.
Also, as anyone who knows me would know, this dress has such an epic psychedelic paisley print, and I got it from this thrift store in North Carolina four years ago for $2. I've worn it to three formal events in the past year and am totally going to bring it back for homecoming weekend in September. Get excited.
Today, my cousin took pictures of me being a tourist in Apalachicola, FL. He actually wanted to; I didn't even have to force him. I wore my wrap around crop top that I sewed out of an old sheet and one of my vintage tennis skirts from the thrift store. I also took the fish necklaces for an outing because I'm really into layering them rn. That's pretty much all I have to say about this.
Photos: Ben Suber
We went to Yellowstone out west this summer, and when you get that close to the Idaho hometown of your favorite hero, you just have to go by and take photos inserting yourself into all of the best scenes of the movie that you memorized in middle school.
Just so we all know, I can still quote just about every single scene word for word. Try me.
1. "Hey Summer, you wanna play me ?!"
Notice the same swing set in the background of both photos...
2. "Ever take it off any sweet jumps?"
Notice how much the tree on the left grew...
3. "What are you going to do today Napolean?"