TRAVELING THE WORLD AND THRU TIME
Today we visited the beautiful John and Mabel Ringling Museum, House, and Gardens. And it was a fantastic experience.
But the austentatious mansion got me thinking... Why was it so important to the Ringling family to build this giant house just to cram down the public’s throat how rich and successful they are? Why do so many people still do this today, 100 years later? I don’t quite know why, but this mindset and lifestyle has always made me very uncomfortable.
I’m unquestionably the cheapest person around. As soon as I found this dress, I immediately fell in love with it. But I really had to talk myself into buying it because it was $4.50. I always feel bad about buying things for myself that I know i don’t need—even if they cost less than five dollars.
We can easily make the argument that fashion itself is a performance for other people. I wear what I do because I want it make an impression on everyone I come into contact with in the same way someone who lives in a luxurious mansion wants to make an impression on everyone in their social circle and city. We all perform for others in our own ways, and that’s just humanity.
Carrying this $1200 purse is definitely a performance, and most people who see it on my arm certainly don’t know that I happened upon it at goodwill two years ago for $12.50. Only I know that, and that’s the only reason I can be okay with myself for carrying it.
Wealth is a complicated concept—and that really became apparent to me at the Ringling Mansion today. Ideally, I’d like to get to a place in my life where I can buy myself things at a reasonable price every once in a while without feeling insanely guilty. But i’d also like to see a world where people whose ancestors made a few smart investment decisions a hundred years ago start to realize that they aren’t more deserving of that money or the lifestyle it provides than any other person in a different financial situation. We are all humans living on one planet. those of us with financial resources and the privileges they bring have a responsibility to use them to better the lives of those without. I’m glad my life experiences have come together in a way to make me realize this—because it has become the fundamental guiding principle of my life.
Another one of my favorite stops in Sarasota was Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Everywhere I travel, I always prioritize visiting a botanical garden. It’s important to become aware of the flora of your area so you become more perceptive and appreciative of it in the wild or in suburbia.
This garden was beautiful because it was right on the water in the perfect tropical paradise. There were so many types of orchids, funky ferns, and palms I’d never even seen before.
It was the perfect inaugural event for the new beloved orange dress.
Dress: Thrifted (Hollister. Yes, this is the best thing that came out of 2011, don't even try to tell me you don't agree........)
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Purse: Thrifted LV