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I had something good happen today. I walked into my closet and felt excited for the first time in a long time. All of a sudden I saw things that I wanted to wear again; I saw possibilities and not an invisible list of things that I don’t have and somehow need to acquire. I didn’t talk myself out of an outfit saying to myself it was too simple or it’s been done before. I got dressed and I was happy about it. No anxiety, no frustration. It’s a really good feeling to like what you have and to be grateful for it. Sometimes depression masks the good parts of your life and highlights the bad until that’s all you see. Or for me it takes the good and makes it look bad. Not today though. Today I saw a perfectly curated closet, a little bit messy and wrinkled, but nothing that an hour and an iron couldn’t fix. 

(It was this skirt that did the trick. Like finding an old friend again, I couldn’t wait to put it on. Old friend meaning I bought it like two months ago, so more like a new friend with an old soul.)

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Top: J.Crew

Skirt: J.Crew

Shoes: BC Footwear

Tote: Madewell

Bracelet: Catherine Page // Similar-ish 

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208 Responses

  1. I’m so glad you’re having a brighter day today! I agree that polka dots can really do the trick for a down day. It’s the little things, right? I also woke up on the right side of the bed this morning for the first time in a long time, so it’s really exciting to read that you’re having a good day, too. Little steps like this lead to more good mornings than bad, which is all we can ever really ask for. So happy for you today!

  2. Love how fun and easy this outfit is! Definitely a more organic polka dot print than one typically sees. I’m glad you’re feeling better today. Here’s to many more better days πŸ™‚

  3. This is such a cute outfit, I wish I was wearing it now! BUT, I will try to follow your example and be grateful for what I am wearing today. Though I already pinned it for later inspiration. πŸ™‚ So glad to hear you are having such a good day, it’s all about taking it one day at a time.

  4. Love the combination! How do you get the tie to stay so well in the front? Thanks!

    Hilary

  5. Such a perky little outfit, adorbs! And that bracelet is AWEsome! You’re such a bright, funny young lady w/great style Kendi πŸ˜‰ and so ambitious & brave to be a business owner at such a young age! Thats a lot to celebrate in my book πŸ˜‰

  6. Is there ever a bad day for polka dots??! I think not! lol! Glad your feeling inspired by your closet again. Sometimes finding those ‘old friends’ that are tucked in the back of your closet is all you need…. wrinkles and all πŸ™‚

  7. Everyday is a good day for polka dots if you ask me! Love this outfit!

    Megan
    budgetfashion101blogspot.ca

  8. You are fantastic. I love reading what you have to say, and love that you are able to identify what makes you feel “you” again. Keep it up! πŸ™‚

  9. LOVE everything about this outfit. It is perfection! And love you too Kendi. I look forward to stopping by your blog everyday. You are so funny and such a talented writer-your posts always bring a smile to my face and brighten my day. Plus your outfits are always amazing. I know you are going through a tough time, and I too have struggled with anxiety, so I just wanted make sure you know how much happiness and inspiration you bring to others. As a fellow blogger I admire your honesty and candidness so much. You are brave and wonderful! Thank you for all you do!

    xx,

    Abby

    http://www.alldolledupblog.com

  10. Happy to hear you’re feeling happiness, Kendi. I feel the same sometimes (and currently) where I feel like I can’t get dressed because I don’t have one particular clothing item. Thanks for the inspiration, Kendi!

  11. Isn’t every day a good day for polka dots? πŸ˜‰ I love your skirt so much, and the chambray is the perfect match for it.

  12. Hi Kendi,

    Hope you continue to have a fabulous Friday! I have been struggling with postpartum depression for 2 years. I took the plunge to get help about 4 months ago and have finally started seeing the light at the end of the tunnel again. Your blog has been a little ray of sunshine for me for over a year now. Thank you so much for opening up about your struggle with depression and anxiety. It takes a lot of courage and it has made me love your blog even more to know that I’m not alone.

    A big hug from Austin,
    Jenn

    depressionvictim.wordpress.com

  13. I’m so doing this next week. Adorable. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

  14. Love how fun and easy this outfit is! Definitely a more organic polka dot print than one typically sees. I'm glad you're feeling better today. Here's to many more better days πŸ™‚

  15. That skirt! I was going through my closet the other day & realize I own way to many polka dots so I’ve put myself on a polka dot diet. But if I wasn’t I’d so get it. : D

    Flounces & Hubbub

  16. Such a perky little outfit, adorbs! And that bracelet is AWEsome! You're such a bright, funny young lady w/great style Kendi πŸ˜‰ and so ambitious & brave to be a business owner at such a young age! Thats a lot to celebrate in my book πŸ˜‰

  17. Is there ever a bad day for polka dots??! I think not! lol! Glad your feeling inspired by your closet again. Sometimes finding those 'old friends' that are tucked in the back of your closet is all you need…. wrinkles and all πŸ™‚

  18. love the dots! and i love that something so simple, like a polka dot skirt, can make you so happy πŸ™‚

  19. Everyday is a good day for polka dots if you ask me! Love this outfit!

    Megan
    budgetfashion101blogspot.ca

  20. You are fantastic. I love reading what you have to say, and love that you are able to identify what makes you feel "you" again. Keep it up! πŸ™‚

  21. LOVE everything about this outfit. It is perfection! And love you too Kendi. I look forward to stopping by your blog everyday. You are so funny and such a talented writer-your posts always bring a smile to my face and brighten my day. Plus your outfits are always amazing. I know you are going through a tough time, and I too have struggled with anxiety, so I just wanted make sure you know how much happiness and inspiration you bring to others. As a fellow blogger I admire your honesty and candidness so much. You are brave and wonderful! Thank you for all you do!

    xx,

    Abby

    http://www.alldolledupblog.com

  22. Happy to hear you're feeling happiness, Kendi. I feel the same sometimes (and currently) where I feel like I can't get dressed because I don't have one particular clothing item. Thanks for the inspiration, Kendi!

  23. Isn't every day a good day for polka dots? πŸ˜‰ I love your skirt so much, and the chambray is the perfect match for it.

  24. Hi Kendi,

    Hope you continue to have a fabulous Friday! I have been struggling with postpartum depression for 2 years. I took the plunge to get help about 4 months ago and have finally started seeing the light at the end of the tunnel again. Your blog has been a little ray of sunshine for me for over a year now. Thank you so much for opening up about your struggle with depression and anxiety. It takes a lot of courage and it has made me love your blog even more to know that I'm not alone.

    A big hug from Austin,
    Jenn

    depressionvictim.wordpress.com

  25. I'm so doing this next week. Adorable. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

  26. What a great outfit you put together. Polka dots are always a favorite in my closet and the same goes for the chambray shirt.

  27. That skirt! I was going through my closet the other day & realize I own way to many polka dots so I've put myself on a polka dot diet. But if I wasn't I'd so get it. : D

    Flounces & Hubbub

  28. I like how your openness about your anxiety is helping bring new life to you and your work.

  29. What a great outfit you put together. Polka dots are always a favorite in my closet and the same goes for the chambray shirt.

  30. I like how your openness about your anxiety is helping bring new life to you and your work.

  31. That skirt is fantastic! I also love the bracelet. I’m having a similar issue with my closet lately…not so much depression related as simple boredom. But it’s nothing a trip to the outlets can’t fix!

  32. So cute! I saw this bag at Madewell and couldn’t decide if I should pay the $168 for it or not (I’m about to start college!)…but you’ve convinced me! Going back to get it this weekend πŸ™‚

  33. Yup…..I would be happy too!! That’s what polka dots are supposed to do…..”polka dot dance” & make us smile!!

  34. So cute! I saw this bag at Madewell and couldn't decide if I should pay the $168 for it or not (I'm about to start college!)…but you've convinced me! Going back to get it this weekend πŸ™‚

  35. Yup…..I would be happy too!! That's what polka dots are supposed to do….."polka dot dance" & make us smile!!

  36. You are the only person whose shoes I run out and buy. Those puppies are MINE.

    (Danke. πŸ™‚ You’ve become this little voice in my head, but instead of a voice it’s more just a Kendi catwalk as I picture all your outfits and ask myself, “Would Kendi wear this…?”)

  37. I think the skirt gave the whole outfit such a cute vibe. I loooove it!

    I really like your shoes tooooo!

    Sending you loads of love β™₯β™₯β™₯ See you over at BACKTOFIVE !

  38. You are the only person whose shoes I run out and buy. Those puppies are MINE.

    (Danke. πŸ™‚ You've become this little voice in my head, but instead of a voice it's more just a Kendi catwalk as I picture all your outfits and ask myself, "Would Kendi wear this…?")

  39. I think the skirt gave the whole outfit such a cute vibe. I loooove it!

    I really like your shoes tooooo!

    Sending you loads of love β™₯β™₯β™₯
    See you over at BACKTOFIVE !

  40. Cute pairing and I’m so glad to hear you are feeling more inspired again. Since I look at my closet everyday and feel like I’m missing items, I often look to you for inspiration so I’m so glad at least one of us knows what they’re doing! Have a great weekend Kendi!

  41. Can you please tell me where your necklace is from? I love it! (The whole outfit is great!)

  42. Cute pairing and I'm so glad to hear you are feeling more inspired again. Since I look at my closet everyday and feel like I'm missing items, I often look to you for inspiration so I'm so glad at least one of us knows what they're doing! Have a great weekend Kendi!

  43. Can you please tell me where your necklace is from? I love it! (The whole outfit is great!)

  44. I love when I have those days! When my closet doesn’t feel like some foreign place where none of the clothes look good on me! So nice πŸ™‚ love this look, Kendi! Hope you’re doing well!
    xo, elle from Living in Color.

  45. I love the polka dot skirt! It is on my wish list. I agree that sometimes we go into our closets and look at it in an ungrateful disgust! (shame on us!) But I am so happy that you had a better outlook on your poor closet! We should go in and say “thank you for being here today, I appreciate the fact that I live my life in you guys!” O.K I am done being wierd. Have a great, safe, weekend!

    Take care!

    Bri
    http://www.brislittlebiglife.blogspot.com

  46. See that…you are getting better…you will have more and more happy thoughts as time goes on…take care!

  47. I love when I have those days! When my closet doesn't feel like some foreign place where none of the clothes look good on me! So nice πŸ™‚ love this look, Kendi! Hope you're doing well!
    xo, elle from Living in Color.

  48. I love the polka dot skirt! It is on my wish list. I agree that sometimes we go into our closets and look at it in an ungrateful disgust! (shame on us!) But I am so happy that you had a better outlook on your poor closet! We should go in and say "thank you for being here today, I appreciate the fact that I live my life in you guys!" O.K I am done being wierd. Have a great, safe, weekend!

    Take care!

    Bri
    http://www.brislittlebiglife.blogspot.com

  49. See that…you are getting better…you will have more and more happy thoughts as time goes on…take care!

  50. Love this outfit!!! leopard goes with everything!!!!! I am seeing a lot of this !!Love it!!! I am a tall girl and regularly find that to get the length of a shirt I end up having too much material in the waist. If I don’t have the shirt tailored this will help the problem!!!!

    http://stylishadventures-al.com

  51. Cute! I love how simple yet absolutely brilliant your outfits are. Makes us regular folk that can’t afford designer everything all the time feel like we can have style still. Keep up the good vibes!

    Signature,

    Souda

  52. Love the outfit. I have this skirt in the dress from J Crew. Love how you styled it with the chambray top. So pretty.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

  53. Love this outfit!!! leopard goes with everything!!!!! I am seeing a lot of this !!Love it!!! I am a tall girl and regularly find that to get the length of a shirt I end up having too much material in the waist. If I don't have the shirt tailored this will help the problem!!!!

    http://stylishadventures-al.com

  54. Cute! I love how simple yet absolutely brilliant your outfits are. Makes us regular folk that can't afford designer everything all the time feel like we can have style still. Keep up the good vibes!

    Signature,

    Souda

  55. Love the outfit. I have this skirt in the dress from J Crew. Love how you styled it with the chambray top. So pretty.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

  56. Love this look Kendi! It sounds like you're having a great day and I love the feeling when you're completely satisfied with your wardrobe (which doesn't happen often).

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

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