Empty Spaces

Empty spaces. We've always had them, only now they are more predominant, more pronounced. The businesses which shuttered, leaving behind little more than a paper sign in the window, sitting vacant for years - I fear for the ones remaining with their doors temporarily closed, that temporary doesn't turn into forever.

I think about the empty spaces in my life, the ones caused by this pandemic, and the preexisting ones it has exacerbated. Longing for simple things like coffee dates with friends, and greater things like wanting to fill my days with purpose, futile as it seems at the moment.

I don't want to get back to my normal, I want something more; a life that feels lived.

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The Rundown
Camel Sweater Banana Republic via Consignment Originals
Wide Leg Denim Pants Ann Taylor similar
Tan Loafers Franco Sarto via DSW
Straw Bag with Bamboo Handles Thifted similar
Leopard Silk Scarf Ann Taylor
Pearl Hoop Earrings c/o Mejuri
Necklace Thrifted
Midi Stackable Diamond Ring c/o AUrate New York
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx


  1. The scarf on your bag is such a cute touch, especially with the tie on your pants too! :)

    It is strange here seeing so many shops shut - I don't like my weekly grocery shop, every time I go there is some kind of new restriction or another shop shut. I just feel uncomfortable whenever I'm out. Thankfully I only need to go out once a week! :)

    Hope that your week is going well :)

    Away From Blue

  2. I really did love my normal life, and letting go of it, knowing I might never get it back, has been a challenge. But the way you've written this post reminds me that there are possibilities beyond what we once knew as normal, and that's what's to come, once this is all over, could ultimately be even better. I suppose only time will tell. In the interim, though, I admit that my life feels very small and narrow despite the fact that I can still work and do most of what was normal for me - I can only imagine what a struggle it is for some people, and I applaud you for maintaining some sense of normalcy by still getting out to take photos, something I haven't done in far too long.

  3. It must be such an awful time to be a business owner - I have to imagine there's so much anxiety and just fear. I am honestly so blessed that I am able to work.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  4. This is going to make everyone rethink the way they live. I still like my alone time and I'm sure I will when this is over but I'll probably make more of an effort to see friends than I do now. I haven't seen some friends since my wedding...crazy.

  5. I have followed your blog for some time now and admire your unerring and creative sense of style. I am very saddened to know that you have felt that you have lost your direction in recent years. If I have one piece of advice to give you in this crossroads moment, think, dream, brainstorm how in some way you might be able to deploy for pay your enormous talent for dressing. Consider and explore all possibilities: is this the time to try to establish your own styling business? Work (and some will come back inevitably when the pandemic is over because style is an essential joy in life and we all have to get dressed in the morning) for a boutique or some other fashion store? Work for one of the resale websites (that you use brilliantly to add to your normal retail finds)? Or something else fashion-related? Believe in yourself: this is a major talent that you have and it would be a service to your fellow human beings to share it with others. And I believe you could support yourself doing it eventually, even if you have to start out small or modestly. Please reflect on this: you've been given a real talent and there's no reason not to think you could monetize it, for your good and the good of those for whom you would work. You can do it - so believe in yourself.

  6. Beautifully raw sentiments. I absolutely agree. It's so hard to fathom just how exactly this time will change so many of us, but I'm hoping it's for the better someday. On another note, I really love this outfit. I love the styling as usual :)

  7. I think the affects of this virus are going to be seen for years and so many ways. It's so sad.

  8. Definitely a lot of empty spaces right now. You look so pretty in this!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  9. Oh I love this easy breezy effortless look! Spot on! And yes miss so many things for sure...

    Allie of

  10. I'm worried about small businesses right now too. I'm trying my best to support the ones I love, but I know they're just barely getting by. Here's hoping this is over soon.

    District of Chic

  11. Love all the detail in this look. And ugh yes, I'm really concerned for small business owners every where. Trying to support them when I can.

    By Rocio V