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Top: 3.1 Philip Lim (sold out) similar | Jeans: J Brand (sold out) similar | Sandals: Kate Spade (different color here) | Tote: Street Level | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Watch: Micheal Kors (love this!) | Rings: Gifted | Earrings: Towne & Reese (sold out) similar

So in my last post here I delved into my issues with mixed metals. “Ahhh! It doesn’t match perfectly!” “It doesn’t really go together!” “Silver was sooo 2002! Why is it coming back?” The answer to that rhetorical question? To ruin my life apparently. But really, mixing metals isn’t rocket science. I just made it out to be. Sure, it may have taken some adjusting at first but I’ve since changed my tune and think it can add interest and even look effortlessly cool when you do it right. Lately, I’m wanting to be less perfectionist Justine and more free spirit Justine. I’ll let you know how that goes because it’s still currently a constant tug of war between the two.

I’ve noticed that when I’m being indecisive, I end up over-thinking so much that I’m unable make a decision at all. It’s like my mind shuts down and refuses to take in any more information from being over-processed. Well, the same goes for outfits. When I over-think it, it never ends up looking the way I want it. For example, I’ve had this blouse hanging in my closet, waiting to be taken out to a night on the town. But woe is me, I haven’t been able to find “the perfect outfit” to complete it. However, when I was pulling together outfit ideas for this post, I literally grabbed whatever looked remotely acceptable and crossed my fingers it turned out. You know what I’ve realized? The best outfits are continually the ones I throw together when I’m in a rush and running out the door. The ones that I spend less time analyzing, trying to coordinate every tiny detail, are usually the ones that I think turn out the best in the end.

The same thing applies to my hair. Seriously, I always create my best top knots, buns or pony-tails when I’m not making a conscious effort to look perfect! Then when I go to re-create it later, gone. Takes 93,940,235 tries and I still can’t get it to look the way I did when I put it up in under 10 seconds the previous time. But I suppose that’s the way life works. Sometimes you have to just, “let the chips fall where they may.”

And yes. That is a direct quote from Amanda Bynes in She’s The Man. Speaking of Miss Bynes, what in the world is up with her these days? It makes me really sad actually, because I sincerely thought she would end up differently. She was (is?) clever, funny and seemingly uncaring of anyone else’s opinions of her, and I liked that. But now, just scrolling through a few of her tweets will have you convinced something in her brain has become discombobulated. Much like mine when trying too hard to force the “perfect” outfit. What is perfect anyway? What does it even mean to be “perfect”? The definition of perfection in my dictionary reads much like a warning label: “An unattainable goal that will cause complete and total annihilation of self if attempted. May cause permanent damage of brain cells. Do not try this at home.”

Interestingly enough, Amanda just tweeted this quote by Albert Einstein, “The true definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I hear ya sister. I think the definition of insanity fits in with my definition of perfection. Maybe they should be synonyms. Maybe they already are.

Whatever. All I know is there’s some weird parallel going on here with Amanda, Einstein and talking about brains. I don’t even know how that happened…

xx

Justine