“Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.”

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Every single person I talked to this week had something rough going on. It’s that time in the semester when we’re just exhausted, emotionally and mentally, as well as physically. And once we hit that point, it’s really easy to get caught up in it. We list our problems and stressors and compare them to each other’s like it’s a competition; stress isn’t an option and then sleep is, and it’s so overwhelming.

Between school and the general insanity that was this week, I really struggled to find a look for the youngest Schuyler sister. Peggy isn’t confident like Angelica or sweet like Eliza. She’s the kid of the family, in her shadow of her dazzling sisters, and she doesn’t have a solo. Yet she’s exactly the character I needed this week.

It’s okay to not have it all together. It’s okay to feel like you don’t have it figured out, especially relative to your friends. I know everyone says it, but comparison really is such a dangerous game to play, and its not worth it. Some days, what’s important isn’t having your problems solved; it’s getting over your fears and worries, and deciding to stay. It’s not letting yourself be upstaged, and being comfortable enough to not need to compare yourself.

There’s this wall in downtown Waco, it’s fun and crazy, but colors aren’t usually my cup of tea. Especially when they’re in ridiculous patterns and thrown on top of each other, to make an (admittedly cool) mural in the middle of an otherwise quiet downtown scene. But this fit, it worked for this week, and I needed it. Because if your planner is hectic as all get out, why not shoot an outfit in front of a matching wall.

This look is a little atypical of my usual outfit (in the words of my little: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen you in jean shorts?”) but I felt really like summer. I got this top from an Old Navy sale last week, and that was such a good life choice. Most days I dress up, so when I had so much to worry about this week, and there was something liberating about dressing down, for once. Some days, you just need to put on a shirt that lets you eat whatever you want to, shorts that look like the ones you wore when you were seven, and then to go find something crazy.

{Top: Old Navy, similar | Shorts: Old Navy | Shoes: Target}

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