Vintage Velvet

Truth be told, I've been having a rough time these past few weeks. Hence the radio silence on the blog and social media—I've been trying to keep up, but I've just not been feeling it. I've been feeling a bit defeated, and it completely altered my mood for the worse. I don't know about you guys, but when I'm in a rut, I tend to not want to do anything, even things I know can help me feel better—which is totally backwards, but, that's life. 

One thing I find comfort in, however, is that whenever my life feels shaken up, something big is on the horizon. I simultaneously love and hate feeling out of control of my life—I love it because it means I'm doing something right; I'm growing, or moving forward, and the bumps along the way are only temporary. I hate it because I don't have the gift of foresight to know what's on the other side, and I'm impatient.

Bumpy periods of time feel like an eternity, and I'm just ready to get the big prize already. 

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A great exercise to practice when life is coming at you way too fast, is to focus on something else. When I fixate on what's not happening, or what I don't have, it keeps me in a never-ending loop of dissatisfaction. There are plenty of other things to feel grateful for, but being a shitty mood can make you feel like there's nothing for you. Taking a small step back, can lend some perspective—things aren't always as bad as they seem.

Even just writing that out makes me feel better.

Another thing that always makes me feel better (instantly) is getting dressed up. If I can't control any other area of my life, I can at least control my outfit, right?

I don't get dressed up as often as I'd like to these days, working from home makes it really easy to just wear PJs, or sweat pants all day—not that there's anything wrong with that, but when you're in a foul mood, and you're wearing the same outfit you have been in for like three days, it is probably a good idea to switch it up. (Um yeah.)

That brings me to this dress, which I thrifted ($10!) back in January, for a dinner we went to. I've never owned a velvet dress before, but I understand the love for them now. 

The velvet playfully wraps itself around you, and accentuates all your curves—the way that the folds play with reflecting and absorbing light just add another layer of mystique that can't really be replicated by another fabric. 

I also love the conservative cut of this dress, the high collar and 3/4 sleeves are so sophisticated and elegant, but the strategic split in the front is just the thing to balance it all out—I definitely had an Angelina moment.

I accessorized with sky-high patent heels by Aldo (a few years old, sorry!), and my DIY bee tassels, which definitely give me 70s disco vibes... and more importantly, they give me the height I need to make my legs look much longer than they are.

Strutting around like a supermodel does wonders for me. — xx, Tasha

Dress: Vintage // Shoes: Aldo // Tassels: Here

Photography by Christopher Cain, Hey Bulldog Studios