Contrasting Pieces

cutout shoulder top with frills

Happy Thursday, loves!

I've been thinking a lot about dichotomy lately - about all the contrasting pieces that make up who we are. There is a lot about me that is very right brain - I'm a dreamer, creative, and emotionally intelligent. I typically make decisions by feeling my way through rather than going by facts. However, there is one part of me that would be characterized as very left brain - I like order. Actually, I don't just like order, I need order to be able to get anything done in this world. I can't sit down to write or work in a messy room. I get anxious about clutter. I constantly strive for cohesiveness in my life, and want all the puzzle pieces to fit perfectly together. 

The truth is, when we allow ourselves a second to sit back and take a look at the big picture, we realize complete and perfect order is impossible. There are so many different moving parts that make up a life, and we human beings are so utterly complex. So I remind myself to get comfortable with contrast. That it's okay to be in love with your life, but still want more. It's okay to know exactly who you are in this moment, but unsure of exactly who you want to become. We must remember: we are never just one thing, we are all things. A beautiful masterpiece. A work in progress. All at once, and that's okay.

For my outfit inspo this week I'm serving up a look full of contrast. I paired this crisp white cutout shoulder blouse with my off-black, busted knee skinnies; a frilly, feminine look up top, and an edgy, ripped jean rebel below. Separately these pieces might not look like they go together, yet somehow they compliment one another extremely well. I styled the look with black accessories and silver jewelry. In addition to the contrast, my favorite part of this look is the detail. The tassel on the shoe separates it from every other black heeled sandal you will see this season, and the frill and cutouts on the top make this your not-so-typical blouse. 

To the contrasting pieces in our work in progress.


cutout shoulder top with frills
black heeled sandals with tassel
cutout shoulder top with frills
black envelope crossbody
busted knee high waisted skinnes
dramatic silver choker
black and white street style outfit

Photography by Ryuji Suzuki

Dressed In:

Top: Zara (similar) | Pants: H&M | Choker: ASOS | Bag: Forever 21 (similar) | Shoes: Steve Madden (similar) | Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (similar)