When I first saw this dress however, it was several inches longer, and with the combat boots I was wearing when I tried it on, it appeared very Little House on the Prairie-ish. What a change fifteen minutes of work and a dozen or so pins can do!
I fixed this dress up Monday night because I thought I was going to have to work on Tuesday. After the rest of my family went to bed I put my ear phones in, and blasted Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez while I set to work. It was so nice to have a few minutes of uninterrupted time to think.
I'm seventeen now. Most of my friends are eighteen or nineteen or even older (looks in Heather's direction with a grin) and even though only three of them do, sometimes it feels like they all have boy friends now.
Growing up my parents always made it very clear that my sisters and I would not be dating young, though they've yet to give us a serious answer for when "young" ends - not that it would matter. I've never had a serious crush (serious here meaning on a guy who is actually real and not a character from a book) and I don't mind. While I have to admit to being rather boy crazy (again, fictional), and wishing I could have a boy friend when I was fourteen or fifteen, I've grown up since then - with a lot of help from my big sister, but that's another story.
I didn't know who I was when I was fourteen, and I didn't know who I was when Iwas fifteen. In fact, I only began to learn who I am when I was closer to being seventeen than to sixteen. When I was fourteen and fifteen I wanted to be a world famous authoress. I wanted to write novels, and I managed to convince myself that this was what God wanted for me, too. But now I've learned that I have little to no tallent for writing fiction.
Fashion is my new creative outlet. I love the feeling when I put together an outfit that I love - it just feels right. I have a new passion - or, a couple, actually (photography, and indie fashion); and I've found a new way to continue with some of my old interests (writing, and the science of marketing/networking). And what all this boils down to is that I love my life. I have a few plans for the next few years, but mostly I'm just enjoying being me and doing what I love, and trying to serve God the best I can. And while I of course want to get married someday, I'm loving being single. I love the freedom of it, and I know that this time of being single is preparing me for that day when I meet the guy I want to spend the rest of my life with - this time of being single is teaching me how to recognize him when I do meet him.
There's plenty of time to drag my guy thrifting and on photo shoots, but right now I'm going to have fun doing those things on my own, or with my girl friends - because really, being single is pretty awesome.
(P.S. I was totally thinking of a recently-evicted depression era girl when I took these shots. Not sure why, though. Must be the suitcase.)
Dress - Mossimo (thrifted)
Tee Shirt - Merona
Scarf - From my little sister
Tights - Simply Vera by Vera Wang (Kohls)
Ankle Boots - Merona
Coat - Merona
Necklace - Black Market Minerals
Suitcase - Thrifted