As I was putting this post together I couldn't help but think how fitting it was that these images all have an unintentional blue hue. It's been a week full of many emotions - grief, anger, love, compassion, outrage - but a blue hue of sadness was definitely the prevailing tone. I have to admit these feelings didn't hit me right away. I heard the news about Orlando the way most of the country did on Sunday, but it didn't fully sink in until the next day - until the facts became human.
I came home from work on Monday and couldn't do anything. I just laid down with a pit in my stomach and lump in my throat. I tried journaling a bit, but eventually gave up because I couldn't find appropriate words to express the deep sadness I felt. This is the highest number of lives lost from a mass shooting in the U.S., but unfortunately our country is no stranger to tragic loss due to senseless violence - and yet nothing seems to change.
Time and time again when these horrific tragedies occur I find myself feeling the same way: sad and helpless. Because what can I do to really stop all the hate and violence in the world? I can't. No one can. We can tighten gun laws and other policies to make these situations more difficult to occur, which I'm in strong support of btw, but we can't fully prevent bad things from happening. However, there is a hell of a lot more good in the world than bad. And for that, these senseless acts of hate and violence will never win. Our job is to continue to contribute good to this world, every day, with love. Love for ourselves, love for others, love in what we do, and love in how we spend our days. Everything, with love.
There's no easy way to transition into a conversation about clothes after something like this, but in our lowest times, we must lean on who, and what, we love. One of the things that puts love into my day and my life is sharing my outfits and thoughts in my little corner of the internet.
So, with the official start of summer approaching next week, and temps eagerly climbing their way up the thermostat, I'm already beginning to dress in something I like to call WVO's (Well Ventilated Outfits) i.e. these here culottes and H&M off-the-shoulder blouse. Let's face it, there's no way to escape those hot, sticky summer days, but WVO's can help make the best of them. These culottes are part of a co-ord set and come with an adorable matching top that's not pictured (all for $30 total!). I paired the bottoms with a top from H&M, which is the perfect addition to my ever-growing off-the-shoulder top collection. I accessorized the look with flatform espadrilles, ray-ban sunnies, and a vintage thrifted bag.
Make love. Spread love. Be love.