This weekend is going to officially feel like spring. We get a warmer Saturday here, and I get to relax with my boo doing fun things to celebrate one year of our relationship. And then I’m off to Los Angeles for a few days for a little family and friend time, but also for an exciting launch that my sister and I will be a part of. I’m so, so ready for that west coast sunshine . . . I’ve been craving it so much these past few days.
Make sure to watch out for the relaunch of Sezane denim on March 29. It’s so fab! And one can never get enough denim, right?
The one day I dressed preppy . . . and it was totally okay. This blue stripe and blue denim combination wasn’t really meant to happen, but for some reason it did and for another reason it fit right in on my a lazy Sunday exploring the Brickell, Miami neighborhood the day after a bit too much champagne. Is alcohol now motivating my fashion decisions?! Lol. Mmmm, most likely not . . . although we could say it is the case here. Really, I think I’m just opening myself up to options usually found to be unexpected to me. And I allowed myself to get away with that, and without asking the permission of other’s. Is this too preppy for me? No one else had to answer that for me. My own answer though, would be along the lines of . . . probably yes, a bit too preppy for my usual rock and roll taste, but sometimes I like to tease myself into taking on a different sort of persona with my outfit choices. Just a little tease for the personal excitement . . . not for anyone else, just for myself. But not all of myself is teased away here . . . the belly baring, the kitschy pop of salmon pink, the dangling teardrop earrings. I wouldn’t give myself up that much for the sake of trying something outside my usual box. The same can be applied to dating, and friendships and even job interviews.Even one’s approach to a workout routine! There are always things to be sacrificed and molded a bit to suit certain situations and mindsets, but never should the core of who you are have to diminish in any way. Now I look at these pictures of myself, and see the distinct parts of who I am amplified in a new way by the conservative stripes paired with basic blues. A grown of version of Dylana who I am now completely open to getting to know more. Maybe you’ll see her around a little bit more. It’s all a matter of making room for all the different parts of yourself to co-exist at once.
I’ve been loving these red suede pants by The Seafarer lately; addicted to their color punch ever since I first wore them during NYFW. Since then my fashion routine has been dedicated to them relentlessly. I’m surprised they haven’t been stained to a never-to-be-worn-again state already, but I’m grateful for their sustaining durability. This pair has been getting AROUND TOWN, and they’ll keep on going. Never underestimate a good pair of red pants. Especially a pair cut to Audrey Hepburn length perfection. Beaming in direct sunlight. They were made for spring baby.
The first day of spring has abruptly hit our calendars. Although, to be honest . . . physically it’s still winter where I’m at. Which is why I’m flash backing to my weekend in Miami for the Veuve Clicquot Carnaval, where I wore an outfit of mostly white whilst getting lost in a sea of palm trees. This sort of setting can make one forget that they just came from somewhere of quite the opposite environment. The idea of spring break, the way I have interpreted it to be as an adult, is something very special. It has become a continuous clean out of things and thoughts throughout the season. My wardrobe gets bared down as I pick through pieces to give to friends, donate or sell to Crossroads. My routine involves a lot more mindful thinking and reflection over my daily actions, the people of my life, and how I can make it all simply better. Like how my wardrobe begins to dwindle during this time of the year, the time that I put aside for personal creative projects, reading and even giving some rest to my endlessly spinning mind, increases dramatically. The first hint of spring is a sudden recharge for me. All of a sudden I am looking for ways to clean house, to bare down my rituals, to give my mind and body some time to reset. I hit the gym more regularly, taking my sweet time through my movements . . . focusing on every single one of them while at the same time feeling extremely at ease. Even the food that I put into my body gradually becomes more clean and simple. I begin to crave bright and green food because I like the idea of fueling my body as opposed to weighing it down. I begin to want to feel light and energetic at all times, like the clothes I am able to wear when the weather gets warmer. The layers are gone, and the thoughts in my mind seem less heavy, as well. Maybe it’s all the years I’ve spent talking myself into behaving and thinking this way when spring begins its process of sprung-ness, but whatever I have done, it has worked in my favor. My looser ends leftover from winter seem to find themselves tying up tight and resolved. And I feel nurtured by the simplicity of what is around me. Organized and uncluttered. There is no more room for what is unnecessary. I prefer the company of just a few people who I am closest with . . . the one’s that mean the most to me are the ones I want to share the warm days and complementing conversation with. I’m less social in the spring than I am in the summer, but I feel even less alone this way. It’s interesting now saying. Even just the act of sitting on my yellow velvet couch that I love and writing this blog post is enough to fill my heart with joy. When spring starts, it’s like starting over after dipping in extremely cold water and then lying in a room at perfect body temperature and having it lullaby me to sleep. Work feels less of an effort, and more passion infused all over again. Passionate but without the rush of time. These are just my little thoughts on how I’m feeling right now, on this first day of spring. I’m trying hard to keep track of them all, but at the same time I want to just let them run their course without endless observation. I guess what I was trying to get with this blog post is that what I want the most out of a spring is the accomplishment of balance. Keeping just the important things, just a few, and giving each full attention and focus. And the fact that wearing mostly all white feels just right at this time, well that’s reason enough to be content.
Happy first day of spring lovelies. I hope this post inspires you to dress like that slate you want to fill in the upcoming months. And to find some time to declutter the places in your life that need some rethinking and refreshing.