To me, this outfit screams “casual cool.” I love the statement jeans and the simple yet transitional top! Let me tell you a story about this outfit. It was the last one that Mary Margaret and I were shooting before work one morning, and because I work from home I usually go home and change into workout clothes or something, but I stayed in this outfit all day! These jeans are so stretchy and comfortable that they feel like leggings. This top? Well its made of Chenille, which if you don’t know is basically an extremely soft blanket! Zara has the best statement denim right now, so if you’re on the hunt, start there! Lastly, the shoes! They come in coral and yellow and are the perfect “pre-bootie” shoe in my opinion. I know this outfit doesn’t exactly scream “fall” but it’s my version of transition style! It’s still in the high 80’s here in Dallas so breaking out the sweaters is not exactly on my to do list yet. But give it a few weeks and I’ll be wearing my classic sweater and leggings!
While we’re on the topic of “cool” I thought I would talk a bit about patience [patience, being cool…get it?!] Kind of a stretch looping those together but oh well! So let me first start out by saying I am NOT an expert at patience. I’m probably one of the least patient people in the world, but I have a few things that have seriously helped me and I’m hoping will continue to help me in the future!
My first tip is to read something! One of my favorite books that I have ever read is Wait and See by Wendy Pope. I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone! It’s also a great Bible study book too! I would come home from work and be glued to this book because I loved every part of it. My fiancé would come over after he got off of work and basically have to tear me away from it so we could start dinner! Filling your mind with scripture and actual biblical examples of patience is really reassuring.
Enjoy the season you’re in. When my fiancé and I were dating, I wanted so badly to be engaged. Now that we’re engaged, I can’t wait to be married! This cycle had me realizing I wasn’t really enjoying the season I was in, I just wanted to get to the next season that I thought was better. I viewed engagement specifically as “hurry up and wait” and got really stressed over wedding planning [and still do]. Constantly reminding myself that we will never be engaged again and this is the shortest season in the story of us really puts it in perspective. I will only be able to call Denver my fiancé for a little over 2 months and then he will forever be called my husband! While I can’t wait for the next season, I know that this one is really sweet too!
The biggest thing that helps with being more patient is to stop comparing yourself. There are so many blogs about this exact topic, Jessi Afshin’s is my favorite, so I won’t get too deep but I love the expression “Don’t compare your chapter 1 with someone else’s chapter 10.” That cannot be more true. I can very easily catch myself falling into the comparison game, but when I do I just have to remind myself that I’m where I am for a reason and be grateful for that. I always have to keep my feelings in check, especially now that I’m trying this whole blogging thing, and make sure that I’m doing everything with the right intentions and reasons.
Now I know there wasn’t a lot of tips for patience in there, but I hope they at least helped you a little! Stay tuned for more transitional fall style and hopefully cooler temps in Dallas!