Dress Drama

My high school’s formal is coming up this week. As I was looking for a dress to wear, it was really important to me to not just find a cute dress (that fits under our extensive dress code rules), but to find a special dress. If I didn’t love it, it wasn’t going to happen. I went shopping one day but wasn’t finding anything that worked for me. As I got home that night, I remembered a dress that my mom had hanging in her closet. The dress was my grandmothers and it was the dress she wore leaving her wedding reception to go on her honeymoon. I went upstairs and tried it on and it was perfect! Well….almost perfect. Due to the dress being so old, it had some tears and the fabric was worn through around the shoulders. So on Wednesday of this past week, I went to a local seamstress to see if she could fix it. (She couldn’t fix it, but luckily we came up with another plan that will hopefully make it work for next week). During this whole process though I was getting really stressed out. Lots of things are going on in my life right now and it’s amazing how each little thing causes me to fall apart. (Also my laptop completely died, so my weekly roundup posts might be extremely delayed).

The point of this story:
The day after I had all of this dress drama, I went to my Psychology class and we talked about stress. Appropriate, right? According to my Psychology textbook, stress is a,

Nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it; the arousal, both physical and mental, to situations or events that we perceive as threatening or challenging. (Psychology in Action Tenth Edition by Karen Huffman

The main thing that stuck out to me about stress is it is not necessarily the event that is stressful, most often it is our reaction to the event that makes us stressed. So when I thought my dress was not going to work out, my reaction was to go straight to panic mode, but if I had responded rationally, the event would not have been as stressful as it was.

The rest of the week had some slightly stressful situations in it, but my reaction to them was better. Knowing that I am in control of my stress level makes me calmer in these situations. (Having faith in God helps a lot also, when He is in control, I don’t have to be). Hopefully next week my dress will be done, formal will be amazing, and I will have figured out a good way to share my pictures with you and at least those stressors will be out of the way. Until then, I’ll just be here taking things one step at a time and hopefully not letting myself get too stressed out by the little things in life.

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Mixology

Dress (worn as shirt) – Macy’s * Skirt – Thrifted * Wrap – Calvin Klein

You know those times where you have no idea what to wear? Today was one of those days. I just had to try something new, so I decided to wear this dress (last seen here) as a shirt. It worked out surprisingly well and I was really happy with how it turned out. Do any of you ever wear things some other way?

Scottish Heritage Sunday

Dress – Chico’s * Scarf as belt – Scottish Treasures * Earrings – Claire’s * Shoes – Toms

Scottish Heritage Sunday is one of my favorite days of the year. Our church comes together and dresses up in kilts and tartans, eats haggis and shortbread, and celebrates our Scottish roots. We even have a bagpiper, which is my favorite part. I would love to have bagpipes at my wedding. The top picture is a picture of my parents and I all wearing the Smith tartan. My dad absolutely loves his kilt, and it is a joy to watch him and all the other men in our church who also wear kilts wear smiles on their faces as they fellowship with each other. It’s a nice reminder to remember where you come from.

Sunday

Dress – Macy’s * Cover – Papaya * Leggings – The Closet * Shoes – Toms

Sunday is one of my favorite days. Typically I get to dress up for church in the morning and then come back home and change into sweats and just relax and also get things done that I hadn’t had a chance to do all week. It is also my day to catch up on tv. Downton Abbey tonight, anyone? But today was a little different. I got a little bit dressed up and went to church but then changed into jeans and a t-shirt and went downtown to serve the homeless with my youth group at a soup kitchen. It is a wonderful experience to be able to serve these people who might not get much other positive human contact otherwise. Service like that really makes me think about what is truly important in life, and no, it isn’t fashion. Though I do love clothes and get completely inspired by the fashion world, our lives have more important things in it. Serving others being a primary important goal. So I would encourage you to find a place in your local community that you can make a difference. It will bless your life, I promise.