Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Sorry / Grateful

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All images by Emma Rizzo Photo
My world has changed a lot in the last week. I'm not really ready to talk much about it yet, but suffice it to say that there's a lot to get used to and I'm spending a lot of time deep in thought or fighting back tears. Even when you feel a change is coming, that doesn't make it any easier or less heart-breaking. Knowing something might end up being for the best doesn't mean you're ready for it to happen.

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Still, there's a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. I am thankful for the people in my life who care deeply about me. I am thankful for everyone who has reached out to me with kindness and compassion. I am thankful for my home and for my job. I am thankful for my cat and for creativity and for laughter and for warmth and for comfort. I am thankful for sunshine and for the seasons and for the knowledge that time does heal (if not completely, at least enough that it won't always hurt to breathe or to remember). I am thankful for my health and for my desire to improve it. I am thankful for words and for music and for art. I am thankful for good deeds in this weary world. I am thankful to have known love; if I have lost it in the end, at least I found it and experienced joy even in the darkest of places and in the darkest of times. I am thankful... in spite of it all.

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And now I'm sorry (hence this Sondheim-inspired title) that this post has turned into something more melancholy than I intended, especially because this autumnal dress from Voodoo Vixen should be the star of the show. Emma took some photos of my friend Kelsey and me on what was basically the last day of real fall here in Rochester. We got to capture some dreamy golden moments and my dress looked absolutely perfect against the backdrop of yellow and orange leaves. Now, everything's covered in snow. It seems appropriate that the cold came in all at once, without warning and without apology.

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Back to the dress. This is probably the most beautiful plaid I could imagine for Thanksgiving – and you may be able to find it on sale this week for Black Friday. I was eager to get my hands on it because of the print and because it's actually called the "Samantha" dress. I love all the details (the pockets are so cute) and the plaid is even prettier in person. However, I will say that this dress runs small and that the fabric has no stretch. I actually ordered up from my normal size and it's still not quite big enough to comfortably accommodate my bust and my arms. If you want to snag it for yourself, Doll Me Up still has some sizes (and should be restocking soon); they have an accurate size chart to go by and I would suggest choosing your size based on your bust measurement. The dress comes with a matching fabric belt, so you'd be able to cinch it a bit if it's too roomy (plus, you need a bit of space for holiday foods). Other than that, it's truly a lovely dress and it's so perfect for fall festivities.

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Outfit Details
Samantha Tartan Dress: c/o Voodoo Vixen
Coat: Hell Bunny (similar)
Tights: similar  ||  Shoes: similar

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I'm a bit all over the place lately, but I'm trying to stay busy and focus on things I'm excited about. I've already started decorating my house for Christmas and I'll probably be putting up my tree this weekend. I've always loved the holidays and am trying not to think about the fact they suddenly feel a lot lonelier this year. I don't even feel that excited about pumpkin pie, which isn't like me. Maybe I'll feel differently tomorrow. That's all I really hope for lately – that I'll feel differently tomorrow.

Sending love to you and yours.


  1. I can't wait for mine to arrive - luckily, I think I did OK with sizing based on the Doll Me Up size chart. Fingers crossed that it fits OK - I am never good with sleeves!!!!

  2. I have been wanting to get this dress but have been on the fence because I have chubby arms and there is no stretch to the fabric. I always have to size up for my arms and my normal size is an xl. ��

    1. I totally know this struggle. I think if I had ordered two sizes up, I would've been okay -- but stretch fabric is definitely my friend!

  3. In time you will feel differently, Sammi. It's great that you are being open about this and still thinking positively about what you can be grateful for. X

  4. Sorry to hear you are having a tough time, fingers crossed things get better for you soon. This dress is STUNNING and the autumnal backdrop is just perfect!

  5. I am sorry you're going through this tough time, and I believe you'll get through it. In the meantime, it is okay to be sad, and to cry when you need to. I'm so glad though that in spite of whatever you are going through, you realize that there is still so many wonderful things out there and you have a lot of support from those around you.

    You also look darling in this outfit! That coat is perfection!



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