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I will be honest: I saw this entire outfit on a mannequin at Madewell (my current store crush, if you can't tell). I'm not ashamed to say that I took a photo of it to stash in my idea pile to use later. It was perfect -- I mean I already had the skirt, I had a similar blouse to the one they featured and I may have talked myself into purchasing the scarf to complete the look. I was a little unsure of shoes because their mannequins don't have feet so I was left to my own wits. Thank goodness I was thinking clear this morning.
However, for some reason I felt like this was cheating. I stealthily took a photo of the mannequin as if someone was going to catch me and take my phone away. Like if I copy this inanimate object's outfit, it's not my own creativity; it's somehow not still putting myself together. Sometimes I feel that way with Pinterest. I'll see an outfit I love and can easily recreate within my closet but I don't because, well, you know it's "already been done". This is a ridiculous way to think, if you haven't already come to that conclusion which you probably have because you are a smart lady (or gent). I don't have any great declaration or pin-worthy words to put to this, but I've just been thinking about that lately. About the fear of someone thinking that I'm not 100% original all the time or the fear of copying something great because I want to look great, too. What do we not create on our own because we are too afraid it resembles someone else?
I hope that you are reading this in your best Carrie voice-over. It would make me so proud.