Look of the Day: Hat or No Hat?

Even though today I’m just sharing a simple and comfortable look you may find me wearing on a weekend, it’s still kind of a special post because I’m introducing for the first time on the blog my babies, a.k.a my hats. Just a couple of them, because you should know I own quite a few.

My love affair with this marvelous piece of accessory was born out of my inability to do anything interesting or creative with my hair, which results in more than your average amount of the infamous ‘bad hair days’. So I initially resorted to hats as a sort of  cover up for such sad disastrous days (in hair terms anyway), but soon enough they really grew on me. Not only are they practical and purposeful pieces (they do offer wonderful sun protection), they are quite stylish as well. I love that they come in all shapes, colors and sizes. They offer enough variety for anyone to find the piece that betters suits her features and/or moods. My love of hats has grown so deep I have even become quite taken with the often-ridiculed British fascinators (the extravagant hats commonly worn by British women to weddings and certain events). I would love for that tradition to find its way into the American culture.

Anyway, back to today’s outfit, I present you 3 versions of it: without a hat, with big floppy hat, and with a classic fedora. You can pick your favorite. I, on the other hand, can’t. I like all 3 versions, and will wear them all, depending on my mood and the occasion. The day the pictures were taken I ended up going out without a hat for no particular reason.

Now, besides introducing you to two of my beloved hats, there’s another piece in this ensemble that I am currently enamored with, a large cocktail ring I recently purchased. You see, I love accessories in general, from hats to belts to big chunky jewelry, because I often dress in simple and comfortable clothes, and it’s all these add-on pieces that really end up making the outfit fun and interesting. Plus, like I mentioned before, on most days I don’t wear makeup and I feel like the accessories help dress up the look a bit more; in my opinion, they keep me from looking just plain frumpy.

So, which outfit version is your favorite? Do you wear hats? Do you have a favorite hat style? Please share!

Dress: H&M
Belt: H&M
Tote Bag: Saks Fifth Avenue via Good Will Store
Shoes: Circa Joan & David via Macy's
Necklace: Vintage
Cocktail Ring: BCBG Max Azria
Big Floppy Hat: Target
Fedora: it was a present from Mexico

Quote of the Day: Aimless Wanderer

“I’ve heard her called a quitter for leaving, an aimless wanderer. But not all who wander are aimless, especially not those who seek truth beyond tradition, beyond definition, beyond the image.” Kirsten Dunst as Betty Warren in Mona Lisa Smile.

          Last scene of the movie when quote is said.

Today’s quote of the day comes from one of my favorite movies ever that I happen to watch again last night, Mona Lisa Smile. Despite the fact that the story is set in the early 50’s, I think to some extent, the issues portrayed in the film are still current today. The women’s movement has come a long way since, and our rights and opportunities have significantly improved over the past 50 years. However, women today still often find themselves conflicted by the roles they play in their lives, by the expectations people place on them, and by trying to figure out the balance between their responsibilities and desires. I do believe that trying to find or define ourselves and trying to discover our place in this world are not exclusively women’s issues, they are universal, therefore I believe men face those challenges too; nonetheless, perhaps because we are more open to discuss these topics, it may seem we come across  women’s stories about such struggles more often than men’s. So I just hope when watching the movie, even if refers specifically to women’s stories and situations, we don’t forget most of the brilliant messages in the film are universal and can apply to any human being, regardless of age, gender, race, status, etcetera.

Now, back to the quote itself. Besides loving it for and in itself, I also love it because it hits a little close to home for me. As I mentioned on a previous post, it feels like I’m always seeking, searching, looking for something. There have been times, I didn’t even know what it was that I sought… but I’ve always known it’s out there, and little by little I’ve been collecting the pieces and clues, while always trying to find more.  This search I’ve been on most of my life has taken me to many different places (literally and figuratively!), and at times, when frustration has hit, I too have felt like an aimless wanderer. The beauty of this quote for me is that it reminds me that I am not. That any traditions I haven’t kept, any definition of myself I have broken out of, any expectations, both from other people and myself, about what my life should be or look like that I haven’t fulfilled… all of that has been in order to discover my own truth… the truth about who I am and who I want to be.

There’s another famous quote by George Bernard Shaw that says “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” With all due respect to Mr. Shaw, but I disagree with half of his statement. I think life is about both finding yourself and creating yourself. I think to know who you’ve been, who you are, and why, is half of the equation of figuring out who you want to be.

I am pretty content with my findings so far, but I am excited to continue the search, and even more excited to see what this puzzle that I’m building (a.k.a my life) will look like when I’m done.

Look of the Day: Styling Session (Part 2)

Lo prometido es deuda, which is a common saying in Spanish that translates to “What’s promised is (becomes) a debt”, so here are the pictures I owe you from my styling session with Ann.

The next outfit includes another piece she has never worn, an adorable LWD (Little White Dress). It’s a simple and effortless look that can be worn on any summer day or night. I just paired the dress with camel tone wedges, belt and handbag; added a necklace with a pop of turquoise, big earrings, and voilà, the result is fabulous (if I do say so myself!).

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