moving is hard. i've done it so many times in the past few years, but i've never really spoken out about it: moving sucks. it is lonely, stressful, disorienting, and just downright no fun. it's exciting too, of course. but as a typically glass-half-full thinking person, i sometimes fail to give myself room to acknowledge when things aren't the best. so, here i am.
i honestly had just finally started to settle into my new home in baltimore when we had to move again. the secret truth is that every time i move to a new place, i become borderline agoraphobic, homebody to the extreme, even though i also fail to feel at home in my own house. also, because i have horrible luck, i always get sick at least twice within the first few months due to new allergies and loneliness.
i LOVED living in baltimore, in every way, but even there it took me about 3 months to really feel comfortable and at home. and that was a record.
when i started this blog, i wrote in my intro/about me post that i wanted to celebrate the things that make me feel at home wherever i live, and throughout my recent moves those things have been fashion, my dogs, and my now husband, trent. so today, as i will do many days on this blog, i'm talking about the power of a good outfit.
right now i don't have a job, a friend group, or anything to really motivate me to leave my house on a consistent basis. it's so easy to just sit in bed all day re-watching Jane the Virgin for the 8th time and cuddling with my dogs, being bummed! the best way i've discovered to shake those blues is by putting my creativity to use, and dressing to feed my soul. it's a wonder how quickly a good outfit can turn my mood around and get me out of the house.
if you haven't noticed yet, i LOVE bright color and patterns. i have always been a style maximalist, ever since i could dress myself. this dress is a favorite of mine from etsy darlings, the purple fishbowl. i love the comfortable, loose fitting, modest silhouette, combined with the bright, colorful abstract pattern. i paired it with all gold accessories. my magicicada earrings, saltwater sandals, and a thrifted j.crew belt (linked similar), which you can see in the photo at the top of the blog. in this outfit, as you can see, i got out and about more than once! pictures from a walk at benton park, and drinks at frazer's restaurant and lounge in the evening. (st. louisans, this is a fantastic spot for inventive cocktails, and i'd be happy to meet you there any time.)
today trent and i ventured out to The Hill, a historically italian neighborhood in St. Louis, and ate lunch at Anthonino's Tavern, a famous spot for pizza. i wore my new favorite mules from amazon fashion. Skirt is from LuLaRoe Amy Pikula on facebook, top from my local H&M, and my trusty pom pom earrings from eatdarich, which i hype extensively in this post.
writing this blog post has already made me feel much more purposeful and happy than i did before I started writing it, so I'm super grateful for that, even if nobody else reads it. but if you did, what are some strategies you use for settling into a new home/getting out of a funk? share in the comments. <3