When I saw this sweatshirt on the SheIn website, it immediately spoke to me. I’ve never thought of myself as “normal” because of my background, personality and approach to life. I moved to the US from China when I was 7 with my Mom who had just gotten divorced from my Dad. Before that, I had never actually lived with both my parents under one roof. My parents worked in Hong Kong and I lived in mainland China with my grandparents. So when my parents got divorced, it didn’t seem strange to me because I never had that family Mom and Dad dynamic anyways. Growing up in the US, my Mom was the classic tiger Mom, so my days were spent studying, figure skating, and playing tennis. Basically anything that would get me into a good college. I didn’t really have a social life or go out with friends, in fact I never even tasted alcohol until college! My point is that I did not have a “normal” upbringing, and that’s OK because it’s made me who I am today.
I’ve always been the type of person who’s in my own head most of the time. Meeting new people stresses me out and I only have a handful of people in my life that I would call real friends. Until I started blogging, I never felt like I really belonged anywhere. My style is also not normal, it’s quirky and eclectic and unconventional, like me. My personality is challenging: I have narcissist tendencies, I am a workaholic, and it is hard for me to give up what I want for someone else. My ambition is the best and worst part about me, but I love the way I am (I know, that’s what a narcissist would say right?!). And get this, I’m drawn to other people who aren’t “normal”. In relationships, I look for people with baggage or solitary personalities. At the end of the day, I think it’s our flaws and quirks that make us interesting, and I would never trade my life for a cookie-cutter type of life. I’m old enough to realize that my past is what defines me and gives me the drive to become successful at anything I put my mind to doing. So long story short, for me “normal” is boring. Why be normal when you can be exceptional?
So now that I’ve word vomited my entire life to you guys, onto the actual outfit. I paired the sweatshirt with a fishtail skirt to contrast against the loose shape of the sweatshirt and give the outfit a more feminine vibe. I love matchy-matchy looks, so of course I had to wear my burgundy lace-up heels that are the exact same color as the sweater. I like that the shoes are a completely different style from the sweatshirt but the same color, it’s an interesting play of contradictions. For my accessories, I went with my new Oliver Bilou handbag with rose gold lining. I’m obsessed with the rose gold tassel and quilted material on the side of the bag, it’s the details that make a piece special. You can get 10% off the bag with code mary. I completed the look with a thin choker and various gold and rose gold bracelets and rings.
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