03 July 2012

Miss Independent

pink & navy

Tomorrow is the 4th of the July, and for those of us in the States, it means big things. Aside from the obvious day off work, a day for big sales, fireworks, grillin' and chillin' with a cold beer in one hand and loaded hot dog in the other, a day for doing a whole lot of enjoyable nothing - July 4th is the anniversary of the original Thirteen Colonies' declaration of independence from the rule of Great Britain.

Independent being defined as "not subject to another's authority or jurisdiction; autonomous, free. Not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc. Thinking or acting for oneself."

So for this impending day to celebrate the nation's independence, it made me think about my own. Granted I was never really "oppressed" though Sweet 16 Lisa certainly felt differently with her curfew, nor did I have any truly mind-blowing experiences that changed the face of it all, but there are certain little moments in my life that still stand out to me as particular points of self-independence.

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Like right after college when I moved clear across the country and away from all my family and friends - it was scary and I really didn't know what I was doing, but it was strangely exhilirating to not immediately have known things to fall back on. Or after I broke up with my then-BF that I moved clear across the country for - I lived completely by myself for the first time, got my own friends that weren't first his friends, came and went without having to be accountable to anyone else. My first business trip - I was trusted to spend someone else's money, book travel, rent a car, go there and back all by myself. Not to mention being the representative of the company! Road trips - I didn't do many of these and never went too far, but for a bit, I enjoyed driving off in the morning, meandering aimlessly while enjoying the drive and scenery, stopping when and where I wanted to, and not coming back home until ... whenever I felt like it.

In honor Independence Day, what has been one (or more, if you're feeling particularly share-y) of your most "freeing" and independent moments in your life?

pink & navy

Sweater: Gap (worn here - sim, sim)
Top: J.Crew vintage tank (worn here - sim, sim, striped)
Skirt: J.Crew ikat dot (worn here - sim, as dress, as dress)
Shoes: Adrienne Vittadini yancy (sim, sim, sim)
Earrings: F21 (worn here - sim, pricey, feather-y)
Bracelets: Old Navy, Asos, Target (sim, sim, sim)

41 comments:

  1. LOVE that polka dot skirt with the pink shirt - so cute! Have a happy 4th :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  2. Going to college was rather freeing, knowing that I was 3 hours away from my parents' and they couldn't just stop by whenever they felt like it. :) But more so than that was moving to NYC and supporting myself financially.

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. Three hours is a good range - far enough away that people don't stop by unexpectedly, but still close enough that you could get there if you needed to.

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  3. I gave birth to my first child on the 4th of July four years ago. While I can't say it was "freeing" (though to be DONE with the pregnancy and labor was very freeing indeed) I was, by far, the most life-changing thing that I have ever done. The most permanent, and the best thing that I have ever done.

    Love the earrings!Have a great 4th tomorrow!

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    1. I don't have kids of my own, but I can imagine to an extent what that must have felt like - you created life and brought it forth!

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  4. Oh wow that skirt is gorgeous! What a great story :) I guess my most freeing and "grown up" moment was buying our second house. Hmmm...Ok so this isn't by myself as I did this with my husband LOL! But with our first house we had guidance and input and advice (some not so great!) from our parents but with our second home we just went out on our own and just told everyone after the deal was done :)

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  5. My independence, both figuratively and literally, was when I signed a lease of my own and filed for divorce. Man, that was a great (and terrible) year.

    xox

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    1. And it all helped to make you the woman you are now, who is happy and in love with someone who deserves you!

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  6. I didn't move out of my parents' house until I was 26. And even so, I moved out of their house and in with my boyfriend. But still, it was definitely a sense of independence.
    Love the polka-dot skirt!

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    1. Moving to live with a significant other IS a big deal - that is some straight up grown-up stuff! ;o)

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  7. Hmm... probably going away to college, traveling Europe, and then moving out. ;) love that skirt, too!

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  8. Definitely my recent trip to Florida. It was the first time I really felt like a grown up that could take care of herself. I never used to be able to do any traveling at all other than the 2 hour drive to the beach. But somehow, I managed to fly me and a best friend to meet up with our other best friend for her birthday. I rented a car so we wouldn't be stranded. We bought food to make at the house and I was still (somehow) able to have fun going shopping and buying us all treats and we went out to eat. It's hard to explain...but being able to spend an entire week with 2 of my closest friends really opened my eyes to the things I want out of life and what I'm truly capable of. If you had asked me 3 years ago if I thought I would ever be able to go to Florida at all on my own, and I would have laughed in your face because I thought it was an impossibility. Now I know better. I know I can do whatever I want. That is the most freeing feeling I've ever had.

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    1. That's awesome, K! It's knowing your independence and knowing what you're capable of - there's no one else that's going to do something for you unless you do it. I did my first "big girl" trip with a GF to the SW years ago when I was still in college. It was so weird for us to fly across the country on our own, rent our own car, get our own hotel and be on our own schedule!

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  9. Adore this outfit, Lisa! The neon pink, the texture of your sweater and the polka dots all make a fabulous mix.
    One great moment of independence for me was moving into my own place about four years ago. Didn't have to answer to my mother or a roommate and I had a space to call my own. I still think of that moment of moving in with such fondness.

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    1. In some ways, I miss having my own place. Sure, I had almost no furniture and almost gagged at the idea of things like towels and bath mats costing money (haha), but it was very freeing!

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  10. I love your pink and polka dots!

    I guess I've had a few independent moments - leaving Texas for California to college, living all by myself during grad school and most recently traveling to India for 7 weeks. Hmmm, I guess I equate independence with some kind of travel?

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    1. That India trip you did was wild - I don't know if I would have the guts to do that. Flying halfway around the world to an exotic locale for a long period of time by yourself - that's awesome!

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  11. Love the polka dots, and the fun take on red, white and blue! Also, I've been trying to stay away from F21, but those earrings might just be the straw that breaks the camel's back ... :)
    Hmm, like you I landed a job shortly after college and moved to California. I had relatives there, but they were a good 5 to 6 hours away from where I was. It was such a scary yet ultimately empowering and enjoyable experience.
    A related moment of independence was living on my own (without a roomie or housemate). :) It was so nice to have my own space and be able to do whatever I wanted with it. :)

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    1. I loved having my own place for a while, though I had almost no furniture and it was almost sterile considering how OCD I am when I'm by myself, haha!

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  12. Woohoo I'm definitely up for some sales. You look so pretty in this outfit. The skirt fits you perfectly.
    Beauty. Fashion. Seattle.

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  13. Happy 4th! Being a part of this land of freedom is one of being independent moment in my life! Btw, your skirt is so cute; I love it.

    Smile On:)...Classy Pam

    http://classypam.blogspot.com

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  14. Such a gorgeous polka dot skirt! I love you way you paired it! You are so pretty!
    I would love for you to visit my blog sometime!!
    :)
    Allison
    A's Fashion Files
    $75 Shopbop Giveaway!

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  15. I love your outfit combo, it's so cool, chic, & classy!

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  16. Ah yes, I remember the time I lived in a residence while in uni, fun times:p... Happy 4th!

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    1. Going from living at home to living in a dorm was an eye opener for me! What do you mean there isn't people to do stuff for me anymore, plus I gotta deal with these yahoos? ;o)

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  17. love it...love the pink...cute..cute..cute.

    A little pink always spices things up!!!

    Rosalyn
    www.just2fancy.blogspot.com

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    1. You Inspired me to wear polka dots today too...with yellow though

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  18. Oh yes my first job, first apartment, first credit card, first business trip ... there are many memories of feeling independent but my most freeing experience was having a heart to heart during a walk with my best friend on July 4 (coincidentally!) some 17 years ago when she made me realize why I needed to break for good from my boyfriend at the time. It had been years of wasted on and off with the idiot (and I have good reason to call him that).

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  19. My first trip abroad to a foreign country by myself was defining for me. Happy 4th!

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  20. This is the cutest outfit. Great bright pink top and polka dot skirt. Your blog is so cute =)

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
    www.StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

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  21. Love the outfit Lisa...you always look great! For me my independent moments includes going to Spain for a week by myself, living on my own without a roommate, and deciding to go back to school for a graduate degree in a new state many, many miles away from home.

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    1. The longer it is that I am out of school for, the more difficult it is in my mind to go back - but I think it is fantastic when people do decide to go back to school, because they take it so much more seriously and have a goal!

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  22. I guess for me it's moving to this country and leaving my old life behind. Never regretted it. Happy 4th of July to all the fellows country wo/men.:))

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  23. the skirt is adorable and i'm loving the pops of neon! such a fun look!

    www.pearlsandgreentea.com

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  24. This outfit is so cute! I'm in love with the preppy vibe of it and that polka dot skirt is my fave! You look gorgeous! Congrats to you for moving all the way across the country. I would love to one day live on the east coast. I've lived in CA my whole life so it would definitely be a huge change. I would say my greatest feat of independence was to decide to pursue cosmetology after being an elementary school teacher. It definitely made my parents disappointed, but I've never been happier with my decision. I love being a hair stylist! <3

    toni

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  25. I recently got to go on a business trip where the company trusted me with a corporate credit card. I felt like I was given so much responsibility!

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  26. Those earrings are just to die for!! Lovelovelove the neon pink!

    XO,
    Elizabeth
    www.tonicofwildness.com

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  27. Hi Lisa, I love this outfit and will try to recreate (hope u don't mind). I have this same skirt which I scored @ a JCrew warehouse sale for only $20 and I knew right away it was a classic.

    Dayi

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