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OOTD: Dreaming Small Dreams

November 2, 2011

This past week has been fun and stressful all at once. I’m getting into the busy part of my semester, but since I’m (supposedly) graduating in May/Summer, I’m frantically getting together everything I need for my graduate project. For some reason I have this thing where when I’m successfully doing something or reach a milestone, I have to back away from it. Big dreams scare me. I reached my 1 year blog anniversary, and I couldn’t even express what I wanted to. A few professors have gotten excited about my project, and all of a sudden I’m questioning it and feeling like I’m not doing a good enough job. Fear of success is incredibly annoying, so for now I’m just going to focus on small dreams and small goals. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m not performing heart surgery. It sounds ridiculous, but it’s amazing how stress can make you feel like everything is caving in. Taking a breath, a moment to reassure myself is exactly what I need. That and lots and lots of Lola hugs and kisses.

So when I’m stressed and in a hurry, I always lean towards simple outfits that can easily be changed with accessories.

I had a black 3/4 length sleeve top that was close fitting, but I wanted something that made the outfit cozier, so I added on a black vest over the top. I liked the drapy-ness that the vest added, and the belt is in just the right place. I had to wear my Torrid booties since the jeans were too long on me, and I’m proud to report that I managed to wear heels on campus twice this week. (I’m growing up! haha).

In my quick attempt to make an outfit, I threw on a necklace with a pop of color and a headband to make my hair less boring :).

Shop: Top (Old Navy), Vest (Old Navy), Jeans (Old Navy), Booties (Torrid), Necklace (Nordstrom BP), Headband (Target)

What’s your go-to fast outfit or staple item? Are there certain items you gravitate towards when you’re stressed?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Benita permalink
    November 3, 2011 2:17 am

    Rebecca, I totally understand your stress. Pets do make us feel better. Just walking in the door and seeing my doggie puts a smile on my face. Shower Lola with lots of love, and she will give it back to you tenfold.

    I have faith that your project will be spectacular (in an academic way).

  2. Anika permalink
    November 5, 2011 3:07 pm

    You’re stressed? I’m surprised because I looked at your pics (especially the last one) and I thought “Wow, she looks confident!” Usually, you have this look about you that is a little shy (sweet, though) but here you look positively sassy! 🙂

    On the stress issue, I understand why fear of success would annoy you. But you have recognized this as a problem so now you can tackle it. I have decided recently that my lack of organization is making me crazy and that from now on I WILL get better organized and deal with things without chaos overwhelming me. Understanding this problem and developing a strategy about it has given me the greatest surge of energy in a long, long time and a feeling of – well, almost elation (go ahead, laugh!). I highly recommend it!

    P.S.: If your professor is excited about the project it must be great! Be proud of it!

  3. November 6, 2011 4:21 am

    Ah ((REBECCA)))! I would never think of you as being overwhelmed, in such a nice OOTD! Good going! Love the doggy!!!

    I have a particular sweater that surprisingly, for me, isn’t purple, but blue. It has a V neck, so there’s nothing to choke you, but it’s not so low cut it’s “flashdance” ;- It has large cabbage roses on it, and that’s romantic-looking ❤ At this point I've had it so long, I don't even remember if I bought it, if it was a gift ….? Anyway when I'm stressing I start digging around looking for it – yes I have been known to wear it from the dirty clothes pile and dousing myself in perfume ;- I've even slept in it!

  4. November 7, 2011 12:16 am

    I agree, you look really confident and sassy in this outfit!

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