Zara Gingham Blouse (Sold out, similar here)
Every year for Christmas, my sisters and I put together a wish list to make the shopping process easier for ourselves. I kept my list pretty vague this year so I didn't know what kind of gifts to expect, but I think my sister Sarah completely nailed my style with this gingham top from Zara. I love the oversize fit, puffy sleeves, and the bows at the wrist. It's also one of those pieces that makes you look like you tried without having to put in too much effort. I wore it here with high waist trousers, but I think it will also be a fun piece to wear with a flared skater skirt or shorts for a more casual look.
This post is special because I'm celebrating both my 3-year blogiversary (it just passed on Jan 14th) and 28th Birthday (Jan 19th). I started this project of mine a few days before my 25th birthday as a way to deal with my "quarter-life crisis." It was during a time when all my friends were moving away and moving forward with their careers, and I felt really down and stuck. This space provided me an outlet to explore my interests and channel my creativity, and work through some of the anxiety I was feeling.
I'm not going to lie and say that I don't have those moments when I think about quitting, but the pros of maintaining this blog always outweigh the cons. I like being part of the blogging community, and having the opportunity to connect with and get to know many other people with similar creative interests. I also love being able to look back at where I was during different stages in time, and reflect on how much I have changed and grown.
Now, when it comes to my 28th birthday, I definitely have moments when I don't feel that excited. I just want to be at a point where I feel stable and like I've figured things out. That sort of anxiety usually causes me to make impulse decisions like moving to a different state and chopping off all my hair, so I hope to at least be able to learn to manage those urges and be less restless in the upcoming year.
To end this post, thank you for following along and allowing me to share a bit about myself with you these past few years. I truly mean it when I say that this community definitely makes working on this blog worthwhile.