Floral Print Dress & Pink Clutch: Of Relevance And Google

floral print dress, pink clutch, metallic sandals

One of the things I’ve been pondering lately is the idea of staying relevant. Not that I’m feeling at all irrelevant, it’s just one of those things that I think about from time to time…

THE STORY

…What does “staying relevant” mean exactly? One definition that I found says “finding new ways to offer added value, support the team, and contribute”. That definition seems more workplace focused. In regard to celebrities, I think relevance could be use interchangeably with popularity. And that makes sense because in reality, remaining popular, or relevant, is their bread and butter. I’m thinking more along the lines of real life relevance; as in remaining relevant as we get older.

It is true that as a whole, our society has become increasingly youth focused. And I think as a result, sometimes older people tend to feel pushed aside and unneeded. If you think back to when you were a child (and you’re somewhere roundabout my age) our grandparents were necessary. Not that grandparents aren’t necessary now, but what I mean is, they were always teaching us things; they were actively involved in our worlds. I remember my grandmother teaching me how she made chocolate chip cookies. My grandfather taught me how to put a brand new battery in my car all by myself; and that was via long distance phone call. That man was good I tell ya. I also remember when I was around 8 years old, I started taking the trail through the woods to my great-grandparents house. Actually, I discovered the way there by accident one day while playing out in the woods which was my most favorite thing to do as a kid. On a side note, I always made that trek all by myself and no one ever had to worry that some psychopath was going to abduct me and hide me away in a basement somewhere. Annnyyyway, I would head over there often just to hang out and spend time with them. I remember great-grandpa teaching my how to pick the just right blackberries, and then we would take them in the house and great-grandma helped me clean them. See what I mean? They were relevant in that not only did I love them, but they offered me so much by way of knowledge. Our grandparents remained relevant because they knew things that we didn’t.

Today when you need to know how to do something or the answer to a question, what do you do? Google it. I just mentioned the other day that I’m the Google master. So how does one stay relevant in today’s world? I think it all hinges on how willing you are to make an effort at it. Honestly, I do. The easy route is to just fade into the background and blame it all on the way things are now. That’s a cop out. I found a really good article on Time.com that I think makes a lot of sense. The writer said, “You make yourself irrelevant by insulating yourself from change and losing your connections.” That hits the nail on the head. Just like I won’t allow anyone to tell me how to dress, I won’t allow myself to become irrelevant because it’s the path of least resistance or because it’s expected. The cool thing is, I’ve pretty much got all eight suggestions on his list already covered…and guess what? Number 2 on the list is “Google It”. Who knew my reliance on Google was the fountain of youth?

THE OUTFIT

I have just been waiting for somewhere to wear this beautiful obnoxious explosion of color. When I first got the dress back in the winter as part of a collaboration with Bitter Lollipop I had to style it for cold weather. I mean seriously, I’m standing in the snow for the pictures. When I received the invitation for my good friend’s tea party bridal shower (she’s my son’s age…look at me staying all relevant and whatnot) I knew this was the dress for the occasion. This is a tea party dress if there ever was one. I snagged the neon pink clutch at Walmart (yes, Walmart) because not only was it perfect with this dress, but every girl should have a neon pink clutch. I kept the footwear neutral with my beige/nude metallic sandals. I added the pink belt even though the dress has a banded waist because I like the way it breaks up all of the print yet still blends in with it.

THE TIP

Remember, even if a dress screams “summer tea party” it can still be styled for cooler temperatures. Simply layer it over a turtleneck or under a pullover or cardigan sweater, switch out your footwear and you’re good to go. One more thought in regard to all of the bright colors. Since I went with the neon clutch and belt, I went with nude sandals. I do have a pair of pink sandals that match perfectly, but had I wore them I would have gone with a nude or neutral bag.

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Dress: Bitter Lollipop (Similar);  Clutch: Walmart (Similar);  Sandals: JCPenney

 

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24 Comments

    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 3:04 pm

      Thank you Darlene! Have a great week!

  1. 07.11.2016 / 8:34 am

    Thanks for sharing that article. I found it very interesting but a bit sad too. It feels like there is a general “dumbing down” of society, Google for answers, watch reality TV.

    The dress is sweet.

    bisous
    Suzanne
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    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 3:10 pm

      I agree 100%. As much I love my Google, I still have the ability to look up answers in an actual book. The sad thing is, kids do not really know how to do that. If they were given an assignment to research a topic using absolutely no technology they would have no idea where to begin. And don’t even get me started on reality tv…I try to keep myself at least aware of what’s on so that I have a clue when the kids start talking at school about things that they watch, games that they play, etc. And I have no qualms about telling them when something is ridiculous or wildly inappropriate. I think our age group is kind of in that sweet spot where we still know how to do many things old school…like read an actual map or find answers in a book, but yet we’re also able to hold our own when it comes to things like smart phones and social media.

  2. 07.11.2016 / 9:27 am

    Pretty outfit, nice clutch. Either you changed your blog-design or I’m having a mini-stroke.
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    • debbies
      07.11.2016 / 3:12 pm

      Thanks so much Ally! Thankfully you aren’t having a mini-stroke…I did change up the blog design. 🙂

  3. 07.11.2016 / 9:55 am

    I’ve really been enjoying bright prints and florals this season!

    • debbies
      07.15.2016 / 9:24 am

      Me too…I love florals and bright colors!

    • debbies
      07.15.2016 / 9:26 am

      Thank you Patti! I agree, I think as long as we have things that interest us and that we truly love we can’t help but be more interesting and alive.

    • debbies
      07.15.2016 / 9:31 am

      Thanks Jodie! The bright colors were what attracted me… 🙂

  4. 07.11.2016 / 9:58 pm

    Lovely dress and very stylish accessories, you look stunning, Debbie

    • debbies
      07.15.2016 / 9:32 am

      Thanks so much Anna!

    • debbies
      07.15.2016 / 9:33 am

      Thank you Rachel!

  5. 07.12.2016 / 3:53 am

    Hi Debbie, first of all just have to say I’m loving your new layout for the blog. I’m with you on the difference in generations and this whole Googling everything. I’ve always said, what would happen if technology failed us? How on earth would this younger generation cope? We’re so lucky to be in this crossover band where we know both ways of working. And reality TV leaves me cold. Never have, never will. But I know my kids do. Such is the generation gap!
    On to your outfit. This pretty dress is quite different to your everyday styling, but is so cute on you. I know you like a bit of rock’n’roll edge to your looks and that’s why it’s refreshing to see you like this. The pink clutch is clearly a steal, but most of all I covet those nude sandals. They would work so well for me at exhibition time this summer!
    Anna x
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  6. 07.12.2016 / 1:46 pm

    Debbie, I agree with you that we are kind of in a generational sweet spot. We know how to navigate our way through the world of technology. But when technology fails, we know how to get it done the old school way. I remember a few years back, I was working part time in small family owned retail establishment. The cash register shorted out and I had to essentially ring people out with pen, paper, and a calculator (although I could have easily done it without a calculator). The owner told me not to worry about charging tax because it was too difficult to calculate. I was like “Are you kidding me?” Of course, I charged the appropriate tax on the taxable items, etc. He was stunned the next day when everything balanced out exactly right to the penny. Anyway, this was no giant feat, I am aware. It was basic math, but my point is that I doubt a teenager working there could have figured it out!

    Your tea party dress is so colorful and fun! I love your neon pink bag, too. So much fun!

    And this may make your day a tiny bit happier…I hit a freaking sea gull today with my car. I slowed down as much as I could and it just sat there in the middle of my lane. I thought it would cross the street. There was on coming traffic and I had no where to go but over the dang bird. I saw it limp off into the brush on the side of the road. Ugh. These things torment me!

    Have a fantastic week!

    Shelbee
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  7. Alison
    07.14.2016 / 7:11 am

    Such a pretty look!

  8. 07.17.2016 / 8:23 am

    Whilst navigating one’s way around the world wide web is a wonderful (and oftentimes, productive) means of accessing information, that’s all one gets. Information. Not the knowledge and experience that comes with human interaction, both of which can never be replaced (sorry, Kardashians). For as long as we remember that actual face time trumps everything else, we might just be alright 🙂

    p/s I adore your clutch and completely concur that every woman needs at least one majorly in-your-face-coloured clutch!!

    pp/s good to know that mangosteens and pig ears make me “relevant” GRIN