Camo Top: Posh Wardrobe | Necklace: I.M.Girlie | Ring: Nava | Watch: Michael Kors | Shorts: South Sartorial | Bag: Givenchy | Camo shoes: Lyn
Sue me for my lack of creativity but I just couldn’t resist. Remember that Destiny’s Child song entitled “Survivor” where Beyonce, Kelly, and the other member (Michelle?) were decked in camouflage gear? Well, that’s where I borrowed inspiration from for my outfit. Granted, I’m not exactly taking the “amazon/soldier woman” look that religiously (nothing belly bearing and definitely no bandanas tied on my forehead) but I did push my luck by pairing two Camo pieces in one ensemble.
Okay, confession time–I used to hate Camo print. Not as much as denim, mind you, but enough for me to scoff at any product with the said print. I especially found the Arctic Camo print ridiculous (and I still kind of do) but somehow, late last year, I developed a liking towards it. It’s probably the appeal of the Utilitarian fashion–I love the color Olive, I love the edginess it exuded, and I loved how it made a striking contrast against the most feminine dresses in my closet.
Sooner or later, I was obsessed. I started purchasing anything Camo–jeans, skirts, tops, more tops, and even shoes! I even contemplated buying a Furla bag with the said print (but decided I shouldn’t throw money away for a possibly fleeting trend).
On a deeper note, I personally think the song aptly describes what I’ve been feeling recently. Yes, I know the song is about surviving a tumultuous relationship but remember how I was talking about surpassing expectations and learning to deal with all the negative BS that gets hurled my way? Well, I think I’m doing a pretty bang-up job in addressing the aforementioned obstacles. Meaning: I survived it all.
People tend to assume that surviving is a little bit more “passive”–that it is heavily reliant on luck and apathy. This song rectifies that notion, telling people that to survive, you have to do what you can and not give up, to have that urge to fight for survival just to emerge victorious in whatever battle.
In the same train of thought, I am the type of person who would never simply wait for an opportunity to arrive. I believe in taking an active step to grabbing whatever opportunity you encounter. People say: “Big things come to those who wait”–yes but for you to end up with something big, something of value, you have to take every small thing thrown your way–the good, the bad, the in-between–and make-do with it.