sunshine

tallahassee dreamin'


Daniel and I spent last weekend in Tallahassee, FL, home of our alma mater, FSU. Daniel attended an academic conference while I basked in college nostalgia, eating at my favorite restaurants (Pitaria! Far East Cuisine! Jimmy John's!) and walking around Lake Ella with longtime friends. My sister and I also managed to endure Daniel's conference session (he was the best!).

We hadn't been back to Tallahassee since moving to Charlottesville the summer of 2012. I wasn't hit in the gut with memories the way I thought I would be - in fact, I somehow managed to erase my mental map of the town - but I still enjoyed the comfort of being surrounded by people who know me well. Spending a bit of time on Florida State's campus also made me realize that I'm at peace with my life right now. It took a long time to adjust to life after college, but I did it and I'm really happy in a way I couldn't have imagined in the months after I graduated.

I'm not very happy to be back in Charlottesville, surrounded by snow with more in the forecast.

Photos, from top to bottom: Eating at Lake Ella, Andrea, Mary swinging from a tree, a Muscovy duck getting a bit too close for comfort, my sister chilling on FSU's campus, Mary and I selfie-ing

the moral wardrobe: dappled

vintage sunflower dress personal style post on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com
vintage sunflower dress personal style post on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com
vintage sunflower dress personal style post on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com
ethical and fair trade outfit idea with sunflower dress on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com
Ethical Details: Dress - vintage; Cardigan - old

90s dresses have the miraculous quality of making you feel awesome and comfortable at the same time. 

On a personal level, this week has been quite successful. The thrift shop's annual toy sale is this weekend and I was freaking out a bit about the pre-sale workload, but I think everything will be ready! On a public level, this week has been challenging, but important. I struggle to know how to talk about racism and prejudice in my own country, but I know that staying out of it isn't right. We're screwed up. I'm screwed up. It's a matter of fact that people of color in this country are treated implicitly and explicitly as less than human all the freaking time. It's horrifying that so little has changed since slavery. It's devastating that black men keep dying. The reason is easy to discover: racism. But the solution will take a lot of work. It's up to all of us to be willing to engage with the issues and with the real people behind them and to stop excusing ourselves or opting out. It's up to us to hear people out and to make our voices heard. If you're white, it's important that you get involved, but don't get in the way. If you're black, know that I'm with you and I really want to support you and fight with you in a productive way, so please feel free to step in and let me know the best way to approach this.