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I searched high and low for a simple and chic black jumpsuit at an affordable price so when I found this version for only $60, I was beyond thrilled. I love the tie belt and the tapered leg which are super flattering and the crepe fabric is very comfortable. Perfect for a plethora of occasions especially with the holiday season right around the corner! This jumpsuit does run on the small side so definitely size up. When I wear an all-black ensemble, I like to add fun accessories like these bright green earrings and this leopard clutch which I’m currently coveting (fyi: it’s only $45). And of course, a classic black patent heel is a must so if you’re in need of a pair, these are under $80.
On another note, I just want to address something that’s been on my mind lately. I’m mentioning this because as a mom of a teenage daughter, I think it’s important to touch on this topic. I notice among other moms and in particular, moms of girls, this peculiar importance placed on being popular. Whether it’s through discussion, on social media, or what I personally witness, it seems that making sure one’s daughter is part of the “it” group has become a goal of certain mothers. Perhaps these mothers weren’t popular themselves and now they’re reliving their youth through their daughters or it could be that they were popular in the past and now they wish to pass the torch. Whatever the reason may be, I wonder what kind of message it sends to young girls. That this is something to aspire to? That they’re only important if they’re part of a certain group? Is that how they will measure their worth and their view of themselves? Even though I didn’t realize it at the time, being bullied in middle school was a gift from God. It compelled me to understand what it felt like to be left out and in turn, as I got older, I never treated anyone with disrespect and insensitivity. And I vowed to myself that I would raise a daughter with a compassionate and generous heart who would be confident and kind. I am so unbelievably proud of my daughter who has a beautiful and gentle soul. She is so thoughtful and sympathetic and she’s not afraid to be herself. She has a good head on her shoulders, she knows who her real friends are, and most importantly, she’s genuinely happy. I think during times like this when we hear reports day after day of men mistreating women, it’s paramount that we raise honest, strong, independent girls who can stand up for themselves even when it’s uncomfortable and scary. I tell my daughter that finding your voice and garnering the strength to stand on your own will not only be your path to success but your ability to look in the mirror and love who you see.
Just some Monday morning thoughts! I hope you have a great day!