Shirt & cami – H&M | Shorts – American Eagle | Sunglasses – Lulus | Shoes – Red Dress Boutique
It seems up until recently, being introverted was viewed as a negative quality. Humans, by nature, are social creatures and it seems to go against the natural order to want to be alone. In reality, however, there is much to gain by giving yourself some quiet time, introverted or not.
Spending time alone is not a new concept for me. While my childhood friends spent their summers away at camp or on vacation, I spent mine drawing, building small websites, filming embarrassing skits on my camcorder, or playing video games. While this may seem like a lonely life to some, I actually thoroughly enjoyed it. I truly believe the alone time spent as a child shaped me into the person I am today because it allowed my imagination to run wild. Creativity is not something that is taught but rather accumulated by experiences. The whimsical, childlike freedom gave me a space to harbor the creativity that allows me to be successful in my career as an adult. If you’re ever feeling a mental block coming on, spending some time alone may be just the thing you need to get the creativity flowing again.
A moment of solitude can also be beneficial if you’re feeling stressed. There were times in high school and college where I would simply lay in the dark doing nothing but listening to music. The peace helped me destress and take my mind off things that were happening at the moment. Something about escaping into your own world helps you forget about the ever-unraveling list of things that need to be done.
Lastly, spending time alone helps you discover your interests. I noticed how much I loved working on computers – I spent much of my free time growing up teaching myself how to code or creating illustrations and animations. It was after a couple high school web design classes when I finally said: “Hey, this is pretty cool. I should turn this into a career.” And that’s exactly what happened. Spending a lot of time alone can get boring, and as a result you will find ways to entertain yourself. What you choose to do with your time can really help you discover a lot about yourself, especially if you’re actively exploring your interests.
Though spending time alone comes easily to me because I am introverted, I do believe everyone can benefit from some level of solitude. This doesn’t mean isolating yourself from everyone around you, but it does mean giving yourself space when you need it. A little peace and quiet can play an integral part in rejuvenating the soul.
Every so often Kate Spade has a surprise sale for their online customers. Though they last for a very limited amount of time, you can snag some pretty good deals as discounts go up to 75%! It’s perfect for those of us who like to indulge, but don’t necessarily want to pay full price. The temptation to fill my cart with Kate Spade goodies was fierce, so I had to exercise some major self-control…
The ad for this sale came at a perfect time because I happened to be in the market for a new wallet. My old wallet was big, bulky, and outdated, and I knew I wanted something simpler and more practical. In steps the Stacy, a slim wallet with 12 credit card slots, an ID window, four billfold compartments, button closure, and a zippered area on the back to put coins in. It’s small in size, yet I am able to carry all of my cards with me at once – a combination I’ve never had!
My one complaint is that the billfolds aren’t quite large enough to slip cash in and out easily, but since I never really carry cash with me anymore it’s not a huge deal. I picked it up in the color “Ballet Slipper,” which is the absolute best shade of pink as it’s understated but still noticeable. This genuine leather wallet is absolutely gorgeous, and I managed to grab it for only $50 during the sale! Super happy with this considering it’s normally $150.
I’m glad I finally found a manageable and stylish wallet that I’m not embarrassed to take out of my bag! The size cut has been tremendously noticeable; I like carrying around smaller bags on a day-to-day basis, so it leaves me with plenty of room for other things. Definitely pleased with this purchase…now I just have to decide if I want a matching bag ;).
Did you pick anything up in the surprise sale? Let me know in the comments!
Splurging on one particular item is a rare occasion for me, but this denim jumpsuit broke the silence in my spending. It’s a stylish, casual, comfortable piece that made a perfect addition to my closet! Even though it was a little pricey ($128), I bought it because it will work great as a transitional piece. Wear it with a tank top and it’s perfect for spring and summer. Wearing it with a long-sleeve shirt makes it perfect for fall. Since it’s so versatile, I know I’m getting my money’s worth. It won’t be sitting in the darkest corner of my closet waiting for the one season it can be worn.
My one complaint is that I wish it came in a “short” size, or that the straps were at least adjustable. I’m 5’1″ and my torso is on the shorter side, so the straps and legs are a little too long for me. I may end up getting it tailored eventually, but for now I’m just going to rock the slightly baggy look!
All in all, I’m really loving this jumpsuit and am looking forward to the ways I can experiment with what to layer underneath it. Hopefully this will be my last splurge piece for awhile as well; I’ve been turning to retail therapy a bit more than I should lately!