It is a noble aspiration to say we are going to live our lives without regrets; truly it is. And to live without regrets is probably a goal that we should all strive for…
…The thing is though, it is almost impossible to accomplish. Why? Because a lot of life’s regrets only become apparent through hindsight. Believe me, looking back at the course of my life, it is strewn with regrets both large and small. And sometimes seemingly inconsequential situations turn out to be the source of a regret that you didn’t see coming. The upside of it is though, we can learn from our past regrets.
Last week on a particularly cold and snowy day, I was waiting to have a manicure; a seemingly mundane situation right? I was chatting with a little eight year old girl named Emma (I know all of this because Emma was very chatty) who was waiting for her mom to get done. While interviewing me in regard to my favorite polish colors, she looks at the window over my shoulder and says, “That man looks like he needs help.”
I turned around and I saw a homeless man outside sitting down leaning against a post arranging all of his things. I responded, “Yes, honey, he does.” She continued glancing out at him while talking with me, and I decided that after my manicure I would stop at the Starbucks next door and grab him a hot coffee.
My nails were barely started when I realized my mistake. I should have went and bought that gentleman a cup of coffee when it first occurred me. How selfish of me. Seriously. I’m sitting there all warm and toasty waiting to get my freakin’ nails done while that man was trying to block the frigid wind with a damn brick pillar. And I passed up a golden teachable moment with little Emma. Had I done the right thing in the right moment perhaps someday she would remember and pay it forward.
I had the twitchiest manicure ever because I just wanted it to be done so that I could right my mistake. I bolted out the door and he was gone. Enter regret number two, or to simplify things let’s roll them together and make one big regret. I actually teared up. When I got in my car I cruised around awhile looking for him, but to no avail.
Do I regret the whole situation? Yes. Did I learn from it? Yes. I will do better the next time and the time after that. I will do the right thing at the right moment, no hesitation. No regrets.
I love me a good slip dress and this little rose gold number is no exception. Since it’s more than a little cold outside (actually this day it was colder than I realized…note to self…no pictures when it’s below 20 degrees), a sweater layer was mandatory. The slip dress/sweater combo is pretty commonplace in the fashion world this season, but even so, I love it anyway. Trendy or not, if I love something I wear it.
It’s hard to tell from the photos, but the sweater is a subtle gorgeous shade of blush that complements the rose gold of the slip dress perfectly. Although fishnets aren’t known for their high level of warmth, they did go a long way in keeping my legs warmer paired with the over the knee boots while at the same time adding some visual interest to the outfit.
Speaking of visual interest, there’s nothing like a pop of color to up the fabulous factor in an outfit. In this case, I added the color through my jewelry. I love how the bright blue/turquoise of the bracelets and necklace really play off of the rose gold and blush pink of the slip dress and sweater.
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