September 12, 2013
Filed Under: Style
I’ve been on a little bit of a Mary Oliver kick lately. And when I say a little bit, I really mean that I’ve been reading her poems online on a regular basis, quoting her all over social media, and listening to videos of her poems being read aloud before I go to bed at night.
Yesterday I quoted the poem “Yes! No!” on my Instagram account. “To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” I love this quote because I have found that since I’ve started paying attention to the subtleties in life, I’ve become a more inspired, thankful, and curious version of myself. I look for things I never thought to look for before. I crave new experiences. I desperately want to travel to new places – to try new food – to meet new people. I long for awareness and passion, and the amount that I experience these two things seem to be directly affected by how much I pay attention.
After posting this quote online, I left the house for my favorite coffee shop. As I was walking downtown, a driver who clearly wasn’t paying attention, turned right on a red before looking for pedestrians and hit me. Fortunately, I was able to stay on my feet and aside from being horribly sore today, I wasn’t injured … but it’s definitely played a toll on me mentally. I feel like I’ve been in a daze since and can’t quite seem to stay on task. My mind keeps drifting and I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of paying attention, being aware, of soaking in your surroundings. I haven’t really organized any of these thoughts, but that is primarily where my mind is residing right now.
On that note, this look is one that I wore the day after I got back from the road trip. I purchased this skirt in a vintage store in Venice Beach. It is actually part of a two piece set – the top is the same material and when they are worn together it creates the effect of a dress. It was hanging outside of the fitting room and as soon as I realized how many ways the two pieces could be worn, that it was 100% silk, and only cost $42, I excitedly took it to the checkout counter. I find thrifting so rewarding. Scouring rack after rack for those few worthy items is another representation of why it’s important to pay attention. If you aren’t looking closely, you might miss that random rack displaying your new favorite dress, top, and skirt all in one.
Photos by Mae.