Life Round Here

In photos, I'm pretending things are normal. I'm not wearing a mask, which I will put on any time someone walks by as I scamper out of their path. You can't see my bottle of hand sanitizer, never out of reach, tucked into yet another comically small straw bag I managed to rationalize buying. You don't know that I exchanged this dress three times, increasing from my normal size four until receiving the comfortable size eight. While I suspect Banana Republic made some overall sizing adjustments based on all the pieces I've tried as of late, I wont deny that the issue may be partly my fault, failing to maintain any routines of exercise since my biweekly classes at the Y became indefinitely cancelled. 

I wish for the normal that may never return, biding here, wasting time that I will never get back, wondering how much longer before I find the strength to forge a new normal.

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The Rundown
Safari Print Dress Banana Republic
Sandals Nine West
Caning Rattan Bag TJMaxx
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry
Chevron Ring Etsy via Silver Canyon Jewelry
Sunglasses Ray-Ban via TJMaxx


  1. The thing I love about blogging is also the thing I often complain about - the facade. I would never know by looking at your photos that the world is chaotic and scary. Your dress is beautiful, the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining. I can relate to your feelings so much throughout this ordeal. And your posts make me happy :)

  2. I love the print of that dress, if only it wasn't white I would get it for myself, haha!
    I wish I was brave enough to go out into the world for photos. I've gone out twice and both times to the same spot because I know not many people will be there.

  3. I'm very much in a semi-bizarre holding pattern with all of this still. I feel like I've half given myself over to a new routine, new workflow, etc but not entirely as it still causes me so much anxiety. I just can't bring myself to let things entirely go though...I'm going to distract myself by focusing on how much I love the print on your dress.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  4. I think it's BR for sure. It just happened to me too (and yet the site said to get a bigger size...I just didn't believe it)

  5. That's such a cute dress! And I wouldn't get hung up on the label on the dress, it's beautiful on you and I find sizes vary so much anyway! It's why I tend to stick to simple pieces that work if they are a little oversized - pants/skirts the exceptions there as I don't want to fuss with belts, haha! But loose and flowy dresses are my fave.

    I think pictures never tell the full story, they are only a moment in time. And however we make it through the pandemic is a good way to cope with it! It's something we have never had to experience before so remember to be kind to yourself :)

    Hope that your week is going well :)

    Away From Blue

  6. Sizing is so weird sometimes, don't think about the tag just about how cute it is on you!

  7. I want my life to go back to normal too! Your outfit is cheerful though :)

    x Natalie
    Lucy and the Runaways - Blog and Instagram

  8. Oh this dress and bag are so beautiful and classic and love where you shot this! And yes who knows what the new normal will be? The longer this goes on the more changed things will be I fear. And I feel like the economy will not be the same and employers have learned how to do more with less. And this is even before the big sweeping changes coming from AI. Not good.

    Allie of

  9. I love this print dress but they are sold out! I surf Banana's web site all the time but I know I have to grab something before it's gone. It looks really pretty on you. Love the bag too. I went to Vietnam a few years ago, they had great stuff like this in their markets.

  10. Whatever size this dress may be, it's perfectly summery and absolutely gorgeous on you. (So much so that I actually checked to see if it's available in Canada. Sadly no.) As for the new normal, well... honestly, it seems to change every single day and mostly, I've found it to be highly overrated. Here's hoping for a working vaccine in the very near future because like you, I feel like I'm just wasting time while we wait for one.