Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Retail therapy

I was feeling down yesterday* so I convinced my teammates to go with me for some retail therapy. I bought some accessories at Forever 21 for this wedding I'm going to -- I'm wearing a color-blocked DKNY dress (remember the story of how I got it!) and it needs a little bling to get formalized -- and found some bras in my size at The Ramp (thanks to Gigi's bra shopping guides!!).

But the real story was Zara. Spring 2012 trends are in evidence and I'm loving the breezy, light quality of the designs they have now. There's a lot of light, fluttery material; dreamlike prints and dip-dyes; and those lovely sorbet shades from the Tibi and 3.1 Philip Lim and Louis Vuitton's Spring 2012 shows. I've bookmarked the pieces that I love love love! Here they are:

This shirt damn near broke my heart. It's soooo pretty!!! I love how flirty and ethereal and cool it looks and that print is so lovely. I'd wear this with dark denim flares or super faded baby blue skinny jeans; with an equally floaty skirt; with trim black skinny pants; with a pencil-cut maxi skirt. I love you shirt! Why you gotta be out of my budget?!

This dress is currently displayed right at the entrance of Zara's Glorietta branch. There's that flirty soft fabric again, that particularly cool shade of green, those dainty pleats, and that print that recalls sunset over a swamp. Lovely!

This shirt was actually my first choice to wear to my daughter's birthday, but I decided to go for that blush-and-lace Forever 21 blouse. It's still so soft and lovely, and I loved that graduated dip dye. This can be worn with jeans, ratty denim cut-offs, a pleated or pencil skirt, the works.

These jersey blazers are so lightweight and come in the Spring 2012 hues of mint green, pale pink, pale yellow and of course, white. I stopped myself from buying one because I tend to overuse my blazers, and these pale shades will show wear and tear quite quickly. Still, they are quite lovely.

This skirt is not in the current Zara website so I'm thinking it's from the old collection, but it's still available at the Glorietta store. I kind of dig the asymmetrical sides and think if this is styled correctly it can come off floaty and pretty instead of tough and goth (as in the picture). I think I'll have my preggy formal skirt altered to something like this!
Another pretty dress in a spring sorbet hue. This is very simple, with a flared hem, and can be used for many seasons, I'm sure. I'd wear it to a formal sort of christening, day weddings, garden weddings, church and the like.

So many pretty things!! Good thing there's "e-shopping" so I can pretend I have all these and style them in my head!
A little personal story time....

* Why was I feeling down, you may ask?'s actually a very simple thing, related to my day job, but quite frustrating. I've been dealing with this frustration for three or four years now and I've been doing what I can to manage it, but each time it comes up, however simply, my reaction deteriorates more and more. The most recent brush with The Frustration (hehe) was fairly simple, but since I've been dealing with it for so long I felt discouraged again and lost all my gana to work. (Hence, retail therapy.) I just wanted to go home and be with my family and not have to deal The Frustration anymore.

Today I was having some of that residual down feeling. Good thing this morning's devotion in my New Mom's Prayer Bible (I highly recommend this!!) really set me right. It tackled Galatians 5:22-23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." The discussion then went something like, "True joy doesn't derive from God's blessings - it derives from God himself." And there was a line that said something like, "don't wait to be joyful when your career improves, when you get that promotion, when your spouse or your child changes, or when you lose 10 pounds" that really hit me. So yes, The Frustration's there, but I won't allow it to pull me down anymore. My joy is in Jesus Christ, whether or not my career goes as smooth as I'd like.

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