Have you ever thought about what it would be like to spend a little time with someone that you knew fairly well at a particular time in your life, but with whom you’ve not spoken with in years?…
…Why do I ask? Well, think about this for a minute; are you the same person you were thirty years ago? Twenty years? Five years? Hell, are you the same person that you were last week? I think that the essence of who we are, for the most part, stays the same; it’s the foundation upon which we are built. But what we do with that essence, how we conduct ourselves in the world, that changes over time.
There are people that are with us basically throughout our entire lives. Whether they be family or close friends, they are the people who have known us throughout our evolution to get to who we are presently; they are actually part of our evolution. Then there are those who came to know us later in life, after we had already become a fully formed human. They can appreciate our past through what we share with them; and if they are truly special, they appreciate who we are because of our past.
Then there are the people who knew you at a particular point in time. They knew who you were and what you were about then, but who you are now is an enigma, an absolute unknown. To these people you are frozen in time. All that they know of you is what they knew of you. That’s where things can get sticky. In their mind you are still the same sixteen year old, twenty-five year old, thirty year old…you get the idea.
But in your mind, you’re this entirely different kind, funny, cool human being that people actually seem to enjoy being around. You have felt things, seen things, learned things, experienced things that they have utterly no awareness of. Is it possible to reconcile these two completely different perceptions? Is it even necessary to do so? Does it really matter in the big picture if some who knew you when, still perceive you as the goody two shoes, the snobby cheerleader or the outsider who never quite fit in?
This month’s Ageless Style Link Up theme is “Holiday Style”. That of course is open to a limitless number of interpretations. I love seeing all of the gorgeous outfits at this time of year; tulle, velvet, sequins and all manner of delicious sparkliness. In all honesty, my holiday style is pretty low key. We don’t typically attend a lot of parties, and if we do, the dress code is what I’d call “backwoods casual”.
With that in mind, my “Holiday Style” is a more dressed down version of the holidays. I wore this to a Christmas lunch get-together and it was perfect for the occasion. The cami, distressed skinny jeans and ankle boots kept it casual while the scrumptious blue velvet duster, which I first spotted on my beautiful friend Sheela Goh added just a touch of fancy.
If you have a dressier event on your calendar, this duster would be just as perfect over a slip dress or perhaps a sequin pencil skirt and cami. What I’m wearing could even be dressed up with a simple switch of shoes and accessories; trade the boots for a pair of sexy stilettos and the chokers for some heavier duty bling and you’re good to go.
Holiday style doesn’t necessarily have to mean fancy. While I’m a huge fan of all things sparkly and shiny, some events call for a lower key look. If that’s the case, keep your base casual (jeans, a cami or tee, and boots or pumps) then add in one standout piece. Try a sequin jacket or maybe a sequin top or go with velvet like I did here.
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Duster: Boohoo; Jeans: Macy’s; Cami: Similar; Boots: Marmi Shoes
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