Earrings: Forever 21 | Cuff: Glitterati | Bejeweled Grey Top: Zara | Watch: TW Steel | Wine Leggings: H&M | Bag: Celine | Peep-Toes: S&H
After some thorough introspection, I’ve decided to take my own advice and go easy on myself. As it is, I’m already dealing with everyone else’s high expectations and demands (both welcome and unwelcome), so it definitely won’t be beneficial if I taunt and push myself very hard just to satisfy those who don’t matter. My life is my own and I should regain control of it.
I’m starting by doing whatever it is that I want to do so as long as I don’t break too much rules. Enough with the rigid system, it’s time to loosen up!
So for this particular work day, I did away with my usual interpretation of “corporate garb” and took to heart the term “casual” for our “Casual Fridays” with as much creative liberties as I can get away with. Normally, I’m not into anything distressed (I would probably let out a curling scream if my hair looked remotely like it was “distressed” at some point) but cotton tops are an exception (and so as long as I know I take a bath every single day and don’t reek, I can pretty much dress distressed for a bit of hipster touch). Considering my legs were covered with pleather and spandex, not to mention, my cotton top wasn’t really revealing a semblance of cleavage, I’d like to think my outfit was still pretty modest and tame. Nevertheless, it felt good to just dress like a modern Californian without so much a care in the world as to how people perceived me or if I was going to freeze to death under our office’s chilly A/C system.
Maybe it’s a good practice–to do something one doesn’t normally do, something out of the ordinary maybe, just to exercise a little bit of will power and self-control (as in, control of self).
At the end of the day (and I’m quite notorious for saying this phrase a lot), so as long as you do what pleases you without hurting anyone, then go for it. Your happiness is paramount. Before you can even so much as entertain anyone else’s whims, you have to keep yourself happy first. In the hierarchy of personal priorities, you have to put yourself at the topmost of the pyramid; cultivate a healthy outlook in life so you can welcome other people and cater to them.
Other people can make you feel miserable and sad but there’s always that choice to rise above it, and “carry on” (yes, like the song).