Circus print dress: ModCloth (available here)
Pretzel necklace: ModCloth (similar here)
Black bolero: Forever 21
Black flats: jcpenney
I'd been watching a lot of this series called Freakshow on Netflix. It originally premiered on AMC, but I'd never heard of it 'til recently. It's pretty fascinating. There's obviously some scripted material involved, but it centers around the performers involved in a freak show on the Venice Beach boardwalk. The performers are pretty extraordinary, both in terms of what they can do and the kind of people they are. There are some people who are hesitant to use the term "freak" because of its negative connotation, but I think it's sort of great that these people are taking back the term and making it into something positive. They even decided to ban the word "normal," since they felt that was actually a negative term. I'm sort of inclined to agree. Kind of makes you wonder what "normal" actually is. Boring, maybe. I don't ever want to be boring. What I've chosen for my career isn't "normal." How I dress isn't "normal." I don't want to fade into the background and settle for "normal" in most aspects of my life. It's definitely not the easier route to go, but it's way more interesting.
I love the print on this dress! ModCloth carried it only in this color (it also comes in a really pretty shade of blue), and actually carried a pair of high-waisted shorts in the same print. I'd initially ordered the shorts (the back pockets were heart-shaped!), but the stretchy fabric was really unforgiving, and I loved them way more in theory than on me. I'm so glad I ended up getting the dress version though, because even though it's tight-fitting (I'd recommend sizing up, even though it has stretch), it's really flattering. I ended up wearing this to a little adventure to a casino (with my high school boyfriend, of all people), which was fun and interesting. Next time I wear this dress, I definitely want to add a petticoat and some kind of retro up-do. I seriously need to figure out how to do victory rolls.
Have a great Monday!