January was eventful for me, to say the least. I experienced several unexpected twists and turns such as cracking my laptop screen and getting food poisoning while I had a cold. The icing on my cupcake was when a photographer deleted a sessions worth of photos, featuring this coat, before sending them to me (tragic). This is just the beginning and I will spare you the rest of the gory details.
In a previous post I spoke about how excited and prepared I felt for the New Year, which made me question why so many unfortunate things happened to me. How dare I be excited?! The first thought that came to mind was:
Who had their Evil Eye on me?!
The Evil Eye derives from ancient times and is prevalent in Asian, Mediterranean, Greek culture, and more. It is believed that one can become jealous when admiring something whether they are aware of it or not. When a person becomes envious, even if it is unintentional, a curse can be placed upon what they were admiring.
There are precautionary measures to deter the curse from occurring, but when these steps aren't taken, unfortunate things may happen to the object of desire. Whether you are superstitious or not, it is worth considering since one of the deterrents has become popular in contemporary fashion- the Hamsa. I see it on merchandise like t-shirts, jewelry, and keychains everywhere now.
Protect yourself from the Evil Eye by shopping these trinkets below
(they're all under $100)
After all this chaos my second thought was:
I cannot always control what happens to me, but I am responsible for how I react.
I pride myself on working well under pressure. Most of my life has been an uphill battle in high-heels, so I'm sort of used to it. I allow myself to go through the emotions hard times bring and grow from the experiences instead. It is empowering to look back on these lessons and see what I overcame.
On to the look!
Lapel Coat: I walked into H&M on a whim, shortly after the new year. I was meeting up with a photographer for a shoot, and was early, so I decided to go into the store with my extra time. I jolted to the sale section and saw a coat I had tried on once before. It didn't fit quite right, but I thought of settling because I liked the color. However, my size wasn't available. I began to scan the rest of the room and then this cognac number caught my eye. It was misplaced, in front of a rack, with a big, red, $25 sticker on it. It was the perfect fit, color, and size so I took it home.
Jeans: These are my favorite high-waisted jeans in the "Maria" cut, by J Brand. I own these pants in three washes because they fit so well. I have a long torso and they are a true high-waist on me. Each pair fits slightly different, depending on the dye and fabric. I fit anywhere between a 24-26. I recommend purchasing whichever size fits best in the store because they retain their shape throughout the years. *highly recommend*
Shoes: I purchased these shoes many years ago from Aldo. I love that they are half leopard print and half leather (party in the back, business in the front). This trend is still around and it's a fun, easy way to spice up a look. Booties are my favorite style of shoe because they are so versatile. I wear these boots with jeans, skirts, and dresses.
Sweater: I recently purged 8 bags of clothes from my closet, many of which were raggedy sweaters. Shortly after, my mom coincidentally surprised me with this sweater from Ann Taylor. (Perfect timing). She found it on sale for around $30. It stretched out a little bit, so if you are in-between sizes I recommend sizing down. The knit is incredibly soft and quality feels great!
Backpack: I received this backpack fromUrban Expressions, in time for the new semester! It's a bit larger than one I have from a previous season and pretty spacious for a small backpack. The larger compartment fits an 8 1/2 x 11 notebook along with a few books and the front pocket easily carries pens, my phone, and notecards. I love how each part of the bag varies in texture to create a contrast between the tassels, pocket flap, and the rest of the bag. My vegan leather backpack is available here.
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Thank you for giving me a moment to vent. I hope you enjoyed learning about the curse of the Evil Eye. What do you think about me incorporating topics like this into my style posts? Leave a comment below with your feedback.
p.s. Did you fall in love with this look? Shop the similar styles I have linked below.
Photos by Rey Marquez