Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hand Puppets

And now for something completely different ... an outfit picture. Okay. That's weak, really weak. I ran out of ideas on how to introduce a post. And it was either hem and haw and never get this post up, or give you something weak. I chose to be weak.

dress — Horny Toad (Horny Toad)
boots — Antonio Melani (thrifted)

My dress is a "Kari" dress if there ever was one. Seriously ... this is the kind of dress that I like to think was made with me (or my lifestyle) in mind. It's simple and comfortable, and it's what I've always gravitated to when I bought clothes — I went for comfort, and not style, and I didn't venture very far out of that comfort zone.

I was really disappointed when I first looked at these pictures. I thought that I still hadn't ventured very far out of my comfort zone. But after the initial disappointment that came from thinking that I'm still doing the "same old, same old," I realized there's a big difference between the "me" of today and the "me" of yesterday. Even though my dress is emblematic of the kind of clothes that I've always worn, I'm wearing boots today. Yes. Boots.

So what's the big deal about boots? Well, I don't think that I ever owned a pair of dress boots before last year. (I made up for lost time though, because I went on a major boot-buying frenzy, and I am no longer lacking in that department.) I had practical boots, but I never had really fun boots. Boots that made me want to kick up my heels and say, "Look at me!" and make me strut my stuff. [HAHAHAHA I'm having a hard time believing that I am actually writing this — like I have stuff to strut?! I'll say it again. HAHAHAHAHA].

Anyway, it's not *just* the boots. It's the idea of the boots. It's all of it. It's having the courage to be me and do something that is fun and makes me happy, even if it's something that makes me stand out and be noticed. Growing up, and even until quite recently, I was very timid and afraid to take risks. All I ever wanted to do was to be just like everybody else and blend into the crowd and not stick out.

I thought that I had moved past that scared little girl who wanted to be accepted for who she is, so when I saw these pictures, I was bummed. I thought I had moved past worrying about what other people thought. I want to feel comfortable and confident in what I do and who I am.

But you know what? I think I'm starting to. This blog has really helped me move in that direction.

Even if it means that sometimes I act like a dork and make hand puppets when nobody is looking (and even when they are looking). That's okay, because I'm okay. I really am. 

Back to the dress though — it's actually two separate dresses. Underneath that chocolate-colored outer layer (is that chocolate colored?) is a purple-striped tank dress that is perfect for the middle of a summer heat wave. You can see the purple stripes peeking out along the hem.

One last note — I'm surprised that it took me so long to wear this dress. I got it last year, and I loved it. And then it sat, and sat, and sat in my closet. I was probably saving it (like I save everything) for the perfect occasion and the perfect reason to wear it.

I'm linking up to Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, because I think I'm learning to be (and learning to love being) more Visible.

(I got sidetracked while writing this post, so I'll have to catch you up on my job woes in my next post.)

I apologize for this picture-heavy post ... I just liked my pictures (wow, I feel really weird saying that), and I didn't know how to edit them down. They made me smile when I looked at them, and I kind of needed that.


  1. I think this is a great outfit on you and the boots are great! But the dresses, boots and even your face are hard to see with all the hard shadows from the sun... Try to watch the light while photographing yourself and the final pictures will be so much nicer. I DO like how much fun you are having though :)

  2. Hey, we are all girls...we all worry about what other people think and walk our own path through the mire to get free of it...the good news is that you said you are on your way out! Your post is fun and I enjoyed reading it...I love Antonio Melani shoes...they are so comfortable and stylish..these boots are great!

  3. You look great in this outfit. The boots are an excellent choice and make it stand out.
    I enjoyed all the pictures!

  4. This post is so wonderful Kari -- having met you, I can hear you saying these thoughts about moving in new directions and feeling more comfortable with yourself. I LOVE the idea of layering two dresses, and your boots are killer! Thanks for coming over to Visible Monday, you rock and roll. xoxoxoxo

  5. Kudos to the heavy-picture post! I love when I have so many pictures that I want to post them all. My only complaint is I can't see the colors correctly on my stupid work computer! Haha. It all looks black to me. You look great in this outfit, and it's great to have fun with your clothes sometimes. And you can strut, the only thing you need is the confidence to pull it off!

    My Growing Obsessions

  6. The boots look great, and I don't think that you can get more stylish than a comfortable dress with some awesome boots.

  7. Nice dress...NICE boots! Yes ma'am do us all a favor and STRUT, please and thank you. *waiting*


Thanks for reading. Honest opinions and constructive criticism are always welcome.

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