Style Diary: mirrored walls

I absolutely adore being home.
I'm most at peace when surrounded by palm trees, cool breezes, and warm weather.




And a wall-of-mirrors. I'm so glad to be near this wall of mirrors.

first outfit:
H&M dress(worn as top), thrifted skirt, Jeffrey Campbell Olin PlatformH&M clutch

second outfit:
Forever21 top, Target leopard belt, Forever21 skirt, Forever21 sandals

Solange at Bowery

I could rant and rave about the amazingness of this show for ever. I've been on a Solange high for days now.



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I met up with one of my oldest friends and we hit up the Solange show! Solo performed the entire TRUE EP, starting off with "Somethings Never Seem to Fucking Work". She threw in performances of T.O.N.Y. and Sandcastle Disco, some of my favorite songs from Sol-Angel & Hadley Street Dreams. I absolutely adored her Royal Tannenbaum wallpaper-inspired suit. Psychedelic!



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Solo's opening act was a singer called Kelela. I've never heard of her before but she is amazing. She has a very soft yet powerful voice. A quick search of her didn't find much beside a few collaborative projects and a seldom-used Twitter page so maybe she's an artist on the rise. I'll definitely be looking out for more things on her in the future. And her hair style is pretty dope.


wearing:
H&M Parka (similar, similar)
Old Navy blouse (similar)
Forever 21 faux fur vest (similar)
Forever21 jeans (similar)
Forever 21 crossbody (similar)
Marc Jacobs watch (similar)
Tribal Doorknockers from KahYoot

Everyone Loves An Ugly Sweater

And, by "everyone", there is a great possibility that I just mean "me". But I am totally cool and comfortable with that. Snowmen, tassels, sequins, and glaring colored patterns really just make my heart sing a good song of cheer and love. Holiday sweaters are just so fun!




Battle of the Beltway


As an avid footall fan, I was super stoked when a friend gave me tickets to see the Ravens v. Redskins game (affectionately dubbed the "Battle of the Beltway"). Now, I'm no fan of the local DMV teams (note: our loyalty is fully Patriots aligned over here) but... who gives up free football tickets? Especially when the seats are in Row 2 of the end zone?? Nothing I would ever have to do could be more important for those 3 hours on a Sunday.



“That is why it is so important to let certain things go. To release them. To cut loose. People need to understand that no one is playing with marked cards; sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Don’t expect to get anything back, don’t expect recognition for your efforts, don’t expect your genius to be discovered or your love to be understood. Complete the circle. Not out of pride, inability or arrogance, but simply because whatever it is no longer fits in your life. Close the door, change the record, clean the house, get rid of the dust. Stop being who you were and become who you are.”

Paulo Coehlo

Styling: Light and Bright

Although the official start date of winter is December 21, the cooler days and longer nights are well on their way. While most of us tend to fall in the darker colors of of navy, gray, black during these months... I've always craved the more brighter colors usually set for Spring in this period. The darker mood makes me feel as though I should dress with lighter and more lifting pieces.

(ironically, i'm more inclined to wear darker colors in the Spring. i think i'm big on balance.)


Winter Pastels




Bright colors. Light colors. I adore them all when it comes to my Autumn/Winter wardrobe.



Winter Wardrobe



What's your winter style staple? Do you prefer to dress with the darker mood of the season or are you more inclined to stray into lighter colors?

xo,
Jana-Lynn

forgiveness is hard

I struggle with forgiveness.

I mean... I'm sure most people do but...

It really annoys the life out of me that I just can't let certain situations or people go.


I'm pretty sure it's just my pride.

"Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before stumbling", the old book says. "Better relationships and increased peace of mind" is the reason to forgive, many religions of the world insist. Ironically enough, a new study insists that forgiveness is good for the heart. Research dating back to the 1980s insists that the physiological impacts of forgiveness include lowered blood pressure, improved sleep, lower levels of anxiety, lower levels of depression, lower levels of perceived stress, lower levels of cholesterol, and increases to life.
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Forgiveness is aptly described as "a change of heart". And holding a grudge can, literally, make you sick.

Today, I realized that forgiveness is a choice. I'm been waiting for the moment ... for the feeling ... that would tell me that I could forgive. But, its been months. Somewhere, deep inside, I'm starting to believe that feeling will never come to be. So I must make a choice to forgive. Say the words and release my spirit. Everyday if need be. Until the feeling actually exists.

And then, I think, every thing will be okay again.

xo,
Jana-Lynn

“Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is.” 
— Marianne Williamson