My New Favorite Outfit: Try

Thursday, January 29, 2015


Recently I was introducing my students to the concept of mood and tone in poetry and I shared this video with the song "Try" by Colbie Caillat. The purpose was them to determine their mood afterwards based on the words in the song.  If you haven't seen the video you HAVE to watch it.


Once the video was over the most frequently shared "mood" was moved and I heard time and time again how important this song is. Days later the kids had some free time on the iPads and girl after girl was pulling this video up on youtube and singing along.  Definitely a very rewarding moment for me as a teacher.

Colbie's message is pretty simple, she says:

"You don't have to try so hard
You don't have to give it all away
You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up
You don't have to change a single thing"

Throughout the song she talks about doing all these things so others will like you, then she asks, but do you like you?  It can be so easy to look nice for others or dress to impress. But if we decide to base our value on what others think....good or bad, we're selling ourselves short.

I'll admit there have been more times than I'd like to admit in which I've bought something specially  for this blog and obsessed over how many likes a picture gets on Instagram.  My students were right, Colbie's song is moving and important, and one that we should take to heart.  Beauty can't be wrapped up in a neat package, nor should it be.  We are beautiful just as we are and the second we let someone else define our beauty for us is the second we begin to sell ourselves short.

Ever since the early fall I've been on the hunt for a dark denim jacket.  It seems like the second retailers put them on the shelves they were sold out.  That's one more reason when I love thredUp so much.  I found this brand new Gap on on there for $20 and it was exactly what I was looking for! Use this link for $10 off your first purchase if you haven't tried it before.  I'm also crazy about this dress from Target. I picked it up at 40% off on Black Friday and love everything about it. We've been pretty lucky to have a mild winter so far (just one small snowfall that didn't stick around) so bare legs it is!

Jacket: Gap similar via thredUp (Use this link for $10 off your first purchase.)
Dress: Merona same
Necklace: Express similar
Boots: Jessica Simpson similar

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  1. I really love this dress, and ThredUp for the win again!! You've been so lucky with your warmer weather right now, enjoy it while you can!

  2. I really love this dress, and ThredUp for the win again!! You've been so lucky with your warmer weather right now, enjoy it while you can!

  3. I love Colbie Calliat and that adorable marled-looking dress. I am wearing my denim jacket on the blog today as well, with some black booties. ;-) Great minds... think alike!!

    Have a great weekend Ginny!

  4. I love, love, love that song. So moving indeed!

  5. I adore this song- It's always the perfect dose of confidence when I need it! :)

    Girl Meets Bow

  6. Amen sista- God made us all uniquely beautiful! I loveee this outfit! I feel like the darker denim dresses up this dress.

  7. I saw this dress in a few different colors and I am wondering if it will be a good spring transition dress. Target is over 100 miles away so I will be ordering on line. I just wanted your opinion. Ypu look lovely - as always(: Susan

  8. This is such a great thing to think about! I know in the past I've bought things or worn things just for the blog, or focusing too much on stats or other things. I've really been trying lately to post things or wear things because I like it or feel good in what I'm wearing and honestly it's a much better feeling! This is a very cute outfit and I really love that dress!

  9. That's a Target dress?? I must have it.