Wednesday, January 9

born to be your dead sea

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You know when you have a string of bad days you can't shake, but days that aren't bad for any sort of reason, they just lack a certain amount of zest and excitement that other days have? And the fact that you are grumpy for no reason at all just makes it that much worse because you start to feel bad that you don't have a reason to feel bad. Nonetheless, I woke up this morning to yet another gloomy rainy day and decided to shrug off another day of running because GOSH, look at that weather, I would be crazy to go outside in that! And that's when the lightbulb went off that here I was, giving myself another pitiful excuse to sit at home doing nothing all day and have an inevitable lackluster day. I seem to always do this sort of thing where I let myself not do something because there is a justifiable excuse not do it and then sort of secretly dare myself in my head that I can do it. Sunny outside? Eh, I twisted my ankle so I shouldn't run. Snow, rain, and win mix? YES, OF COURSE! Challenge accepted! You bet I can do it! Clearly, training for my half marathon is going to be the ultimate test of my mind I've ever had. The physical challenge I just know isn't going to be nearly as difficult as battling myself.

The coolest thing that has ever happened to me happened while I was wearing this outfit. It was only coincidence (I swear!) that I was in a coffee shop when it happened (I was only there to have the best latte in the entire state of Idaho!). While standing in line to order this latte that beats all other lattes, I saw the most stylish person I have ever seen in the entire Pacific North West walk in. I mean, this girl just oozed cool. So, of course, I wrote her off immediately as being anywhere near approachable and shrunk into my coat and scarf ignoring the fact that she got in line behind me. After ordering, I stood to the side waiting for the latte of all lattes to be delivered into my hands and felt a tap on my shoulder. The daintiest least-intruding-of-your-personal-bubble kind of taps. And, it was Stylish Girl! Talking to me! Telling me she loved my shoes and how she thought my "entire look" was so "cool" (I have serious issues with this word and I so badly wanted to accept her praise and hold my head high to it) to which I replied, "Oh, gosh! I'm not! It's just the shoes! I swear! You are cool! I have been admiring your outfit since you walked in!" And then I discovered great things about her (she's a fashion major! from New York! and squeezes lemon juice onto her hair to make it so shiny!) and I continued to want to hide in a corner because she was flowering me with too many compliments (looking back I should have just said, let's share a pastry! you'll see my elegance shine when i devour this dinner plate sized cinnamon roll in 0.3 seconds and you can watch all the crumbs collect in my scarf!). I almost considered asking for her phone number or last name so I could look her up on Facebook, but I decided that wouldn't be very "cool" of me (like I actually care about such a thing! I have to shake out my scarves after every single meal! I should have!).

Anyways, I'm glad I can come back here to my corner of the universe where I'm Maggie and you all know the truth. 
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dress: forever 21 // tights: target // shoes: jeffrey campbell

18 comments:

irene wibowo said...

nice story.. :) i like your dress :)Irene Wibowo

irene wibowo said...

nice story.. :) i like your dress :)Irene Wibowo

Abbey said...

Love the last photo. Those moments when someone you're admiring compliments you are pretty much the best.

Jess said...

I am glad to know that I am not the only one that creates endless excuses to not run! And yeah, I too have been in sort of a funk. Reading this post was really nice - it was refreshing to know that I am not alone.

P.S. Your outfit and boots in this post are totally cool and those compliments were well deserved!

Meg! said...

OMG that is so awesome, I lOVE it when super cool girls say I am super cool too! Recently a famous-in-Missoula weatherman said he loved my "look" and it basically made my day. I think if he'd been a girl it would have been better, but he's gay, so it's close. Anyway I can TOTALLY see why she said that, you look amazing in that dress, perfect with the boots imo. Argh stop it. You're making me regret my sudden descent into Frumpyville lately.

Wild Flower said...

First off, you look absolutely stunning, I am in love with your hair! On top of that I think you are an amazing person and I'm not surprised that someone else would notice that as well ( you do always have lovely shoes! ) Lastly, your training for a half marathon!? You go girl! I did a 10k last spring and it was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I wish I had the courage for a half marathon too!

Kaylee
xo

kylee said...

THAT DRESS!

Beautifully Pure said...

What a lovely outfit! I really wish I could find the perfect white lace dress for myself, but - alas! - such a thing evades me. :(

Don't you just love randomly meeting cool people when you're out and about? It's the best! <3

Jasmine, Transient Withdrawal said...

Those boots just make every outfit better!! Love it with the pretty, feminine dress that I could get married in! When I have one of those rainy days where I want to just laze around at home, I will think of this story and (hopefully) it'll inspire me to get outside and hopefully meet someone interesting too (hopefully it's YOU!)! <3

Jamie Rose said...

I definitely can see why she approached you! You look super cool in this outfit! It's that perfect combination of sweet and edgy which is just what I'm into right now. Your lace dress with those incredibly cool boots... It just works so nicely together! I've been admiring those boots for a while now, so I'm glad to see somebody actually has them in real life and is rocking them!

Shelby said...

Alright, so these might be some of my fav pics of you I have ever seen. I love the location, and the outfit is killing me! I need those boots. Haha But really, these pictures are fantastic.
Such an awesome story! There is nothing better than a complete stranger coming up to you, and complimenting your clothes. Especially when you have been admiring them from afar!

Bethany Kellen of bunnypicnic said...

super cute story. and outfit. and face. and hair.
also i think you should do a hair tutorial.

Z said...

Hah, such a cute story! I've had so many of those moments - well, usually without the awesome ending of them liking my look too, but I'm usually the complimenter. I love telling people they look awesome when, well, they do! In that vein, I love your outfit too! Lace and studs look so awesome together!!!

Carly said...

i love everything about this.
your dress (i haven't been able to find a wonderful lace dress for the life of me, then whoa! you're wearing the perfect one!), cool people giving compliments (the BEST!), having issues with 'cool' ('cute' and i have issues too), mind dares (all the time. allllll the time). your corner of the universe is hands down cool ;)

Mary said...

Oooh, not sure if you follow her, but check out the latest post by the ever-fancy Carrie of WIsh Wish Wish. Your boots!

hellolibbydear said...

This dress is fantastic! I found you through Ruche-- what an adorable blog.

www.hellolibbydear.com

hellolyndsey said...

who could NOT love you?! you are just the most amazing person and we love you for your honesty!! you're amazingly cool anyways, hands down. if only we could make you see how we see you!

Sierra Savannah said...

gosh, those shoes are gorgeous.