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Finding Your Constant During Seasonal Blues (SAD)

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Winter is a time when many of us are feeling sad and lonely, regardless of circumstance. I find myself feeling most vulnerable on winter nights—the combination of cold weather and early darkness just tears me down. I am mostly introverted, but when the sun goes down, I am often needing and wanting company. I have my husband, and he is delightful and so much fun, yet I still get the blues. Didn’t I say, no matter the circumstance? Listening to music helps somewhat, but the songs that find me end up complimenting my mood. I don’t know how long I’ve been like this. but it just further reminds me of the importance of getting sunshine!

When the sun is bright, I just feel like everything is or will be okay. The feeling I get when I’m basking in the sun is like the feeling of having someone’s arms wrapped around you, keeping you warm. In that moment, I feel loved. Secure. Protected. Special. Beautiful.

No matter what kind of woman you are, no matter your figure or profession, I think we can all agree that sometimes we feel like we’re not enough. It’s a joy to be a woman in many ways, but it also feels like a curse. In particular, our desire to be pursued and appreciated never ends. We are trapped in the illusion that our worth equates our beauty. Even after life settles down in a societal-familial sense, things never really settle down. Men on the other hand will always want to keep pursuing women, no matter what circumstance. It’s human nature—but not necessarily the good kind.

This is how I feel during the winter:

Note the underlying sadness.

When things change in your mood, your career, your happiness… find your constant and be grounded in it. What doesn’t shake, even amidst all things that do? Even when the sun goes away from our view, it is always there. It’s always working in the background even when you blame it for seasonal sadness. Dig even deeper, and you will find true joy at the source of it all, our Creator, lover of your soul and appreciator of your beauty.

Wearing: Vintage layering bib (fake collar) – Banana Republic 3/4 sleeves top – Ross high waist plaid skirt – Boohoo Chelsea boots – Burlington coat

Shabby Apple’s Tartans and Tweeds + GIVEAWAY

Shabby Apple Tartans Tweeds
The Shetland Shabby Apple Tartans Tweeds

Queensferry Blouse | Cora Skirt Shabby Apple Tartans Tweeds

Maggie

Ceud mìle fàilte! That means one hundred thousand welcomes in Gaelic/Scottish. Shabby Apple just introduced its new Fall 2013 collection called Tartans and Tweeds. I say, I’m really loving this new collection. I have above some of my most favorite. I like the above outfits the most, because they’d look good alone even without elaborating with accessories and hair, don’t you think? Some dresses need something to compliment it with, but you don’t have to with these. The faux fur, the tweed, the tartan are more than enough to wow you! Check out some more of Shabby Apple’s vintage clothing.

Did you know that the word tartan just means plaid in North America, but in Scottland, plaid means a piece of tartan cloth hung over the shoulder or just a plain bed sheet?  I really like learning about differences in culture, time, and culture through time. Tweed is a material that used to be worn only by the upper class, and now we can enjoy it no matter what stature. Oh, bless equality!

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GIVEAWAY

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Shabby Apple is giving away a dress of YOUR choice (not from this collection).  Ends 10/13! I will contact the winner for their dress choice.

All you have to do is to add Shabby Apple on Facebook & Instragram AND leave comments throughout this blog and/or A LA MODEST’s Instagram. No need to submit the URLs. Just comment on this post your name and e-mail and confirm that you’ve followed Shabby Apple. This contest IS NOT random, so make sure you leave as many comments as you can throughout the giveaway!

You can comment:

1. On any non-giveaway post on Alamodest.com with the name and e-mail you used to enter the contest.

2. On any fairly recent photo on A LA MODEST’s Instagram

3. Check out my latest sponsor Christine Lingerie and tell me in a comment what you like best from their page.

GOOD LUCK, SWEETIES!

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CONGRATS TO THE WINNER!
Mafalda C. – 30 comments