In fact my long striped socks made me feel like a bit like a witch:
I'll get you, my pretty!
The fact of Valentine's had nearly escaped my attention; as a girl with a long-distance boyfriend, these occasions sometimes pass without much fanfare.
Still, I stepped out the door feeling a wee spring in my step. Despite the fact that my family members and my boyfriend live hundreds of miles away from me, I felt their love for me, my love for them, and my love for myself buzzing in the unseasonably comfortable February air. I left my jacket at home.
Along the way, I was stopped by two people on the street. The first, a young mother, exclaimed that she loved my tights (which are really knee-high socks). We talked for a few moments about how wonderful Anthropologie is before we parted ways.
The second, a scruffy guy in his thirties, approached me as I walked to Union Square to drop off a blog sale item (local pickup = $5 discount!). I had just treated myself to a frozen yogurt, and was walking down the street savoring each spoonful while attending to the tingly feeling of cool breeze on my forearms. I was thinking about how much I like my Refined Cord Shirtdress, how much I like myself, and whether I wanted to splurge on a short massage on 14th street.
This man said self-consciously---worried about sounding creepy---that he wanted to tell me that I was "absolutely beautiful." I took the compliment as it was intended, which was not as a pick-up line but as an acknowledgement that he was picking up on the vibe I was exuding, in which I felt love and comfort and internal peace. I love it when you're digging on yourself so strongly that the emotion spreads to others.
The man asked whether I was in fashion. I told him that I simply enjoy clothes. He responded, "Well, you know what you're doing."
Dress: Refined Cord Shirtdress (Anthro) (8)
Socks: Pattern Pal Socks (Anthro 2009)
Shoes: Lace Lover's Booties (Faryl Robin) (Anthro) (9) (TTS)
Belt: Scarf Tied Belt (Anthro) (M/L)
Earrings: Bat Mitzvah Gift
Necklace: Thrifted ($5)