Maybe it’s okay if I’m not okay

I’ll be honest with you: I have not been okay at every moment this week. Sometimes, the newest news on my moms cancer leaves us reeling. The last news we got was that kind of news. Not good. The tumor on her ilium bone is about the size of a small tennis ball and was described by her doctor as looking like it was ‘bursting out of her bone’. She’s in a lot of pain and has started radiation treatment just for that spot. So far she’s reported it feels worse since she started radiation than before she began. Hopefully this changes as they start shrinking it down. Keep her in your prayers. Pray the trial drug gets approved through a patient assistance program so they can afford it. Pray for a miracle. There is no cure for this kind of cancer. Just a trial drug that buys time.

So, suffice it to say, I haven’t been totally okay. I couldn’t smile my way through this photo shoot last weekend, even though some smiles were caught. And that’s okay. Sometimes, it’s okay to not be okay.

I’ve been playing this song over and over: Maybe It’s Ok by We are Messengers.

Maybe it’s ok if I’m not ok
‘Cause the One who holds the world is holding onto me
Maybe it’s all right if I’m not all right
‘Cause the One who holds the stars is holding my whole life

Brown 3/4 sleeve blazer, Ross, zebra print skirt, gifted to me, similar here, brown OTK boots, Shop Girl Consignment, Kate Spade New York handbag, gifted to me, bronze earrings, Kohl’s, floral statement necklace, gifted to me, brown metallic watch, Ross

Let’s talk about this skirt, though. Zebra print. So cute! Loving the zebra print fad. I paired it with a chocolate brown blazer I got at Ross a few years ago, chocolate brown OTK boots I found at a consignment shop in Gresham last fall, bronze jewelry and a bright pink Kate Spade handbag gifted to me a couple of years ago, which adds a nice pop of color as well.

As always, thank you for stopping by and thank you for any prayers for my mom.

*This post contains affiliate links. If you click through on them, I may receive a small drop of money, at no extra cost to you. Enough to keep a light bulb burning in my home. Thank you in advance for helping keep a light on in my home!

Shop similar styles below:

Click on any image to shop the item directly! 

~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

Please follow and like:

Vivid print dress + fall colors

The fall colors are upon us! It’s bea-oootiful out there right now. Gotta enjoy it before the rain comes down and washes away all the pretty leaves on the trees.

Dress, given to me, blazer, Romeo + Juliet Couture, layered silk tank top c/o Mott & Bo, Betsey Johnson handbag, Marshall’s small tortoiseshell sunglasses, old + round toe black pumps, Ross

This vividly colored dress was given to me. I wasn’t too sure I liked the orange on it, but I love all the rest of the colors, and the orange isn’t dominant, nor does it look bad on me, so it’s all good. I’m just not much of an orange fan, unless it’s a bright summery orange or a springy orange. Fall orange, not so much. I feel like, in the fall, they take all the pretty colors and muddy them up a bit. I tend to add the word ‘poop’ to the beginning of the colors that are a much darker, murkier color than what you would see the rest of the year. I know. I’m mature like that.

Nature does such a wonderful job of turning all the leaves pretty colors. Somehow, we ruin that when we try to mimic it in fall colors for clothing.

I always feel like wrap dresses have a vintage sort of vibe. Not sure why. So I attempted to do a bit of a victory roll on one side of my head. It’s really more of a ‘defeat’ roll, as I tried several times, had it looking good, only for it to start flopping off the side of my head. At some point I had something that resembled a cool looking hair flower, but alas, that didn’t stay put either. Hairdo’s aren’t my forte.

Also, I wasn’t having trouble with this wrap dress flopping open. It had ties on the waist, but they didn’t affect the top staying open or closed. I was wearing it with a silk camisole underneath (from Mott and Bo) so maybe I wasn’t noticing it trying to flop open. You could also try double sided tape if you have a wrap dress or top that won’t stay put. If you have trouble with wrap dresses and you’re petite like me, check out this post here: How to style a wrap dress if you’re petite.

You all have a wonderful week, and thank you for stopping by.

*This post contains affiliate links. If you click through on them, I may receive a small drop of money, at no extra cost to you. Enough to keep a light bulb burning in my home. Thank you in advance for helping keep a light on in my home!

Shop similar styles below:

Click on any image to shop the item directly! 
All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

Please follow and like: