I hope you are all well. I went quiet for a week. I had a slight experience with the crime in South Africa. You never think it will happen to you until it does. So I won’t bore you with the details but I will say I was lucky that while they took my handbag with all my stuff, I was not there to see them do it and it was far from my home. But while it was far from what I would feel is my safe zone and the experience was not the worst of them all, there is something very unsettling and partly traumatizing about such a violation and having someone take ownership of some of the items that you feel are precious to you.
While the loss of my handbag meant I was unable to blog for a few days because I did not have my special gadgets with me, it took me offline and in touch with the world. I did not have a phone for a short period of time but in this time I got to experience life without the noise that sometimes comes with technology. So let’s be honest, many of us are used to reaching out for our cell-phones when we are feeling bored and spending hours entertaining ourselves on social networks and chats. But when you don’t have that you are somehow forced to notice the small things in life that we do not appreciate. I was able to smell the air and look outside the window and appreciate the birds and the beauty of the moment. I wasn’t stuck looking down at my phone every chance I got and I am quite certain that maintaining a conversation with me was a lot easier during this period. I tend to look down at my phone a bit more than I should. I actually noticed just how many people do this. You know when you are with a group of people and it seems as if, at specific periods, a silent alarm for cell-phone time rings because everyone immediately looks down at their phones and goes silent for a good five minutes. I noticed that a lot more because I did not have a phone to look down at so I was the one waiting for everyone to finish responding to that one last message.
Another thing I appreciated about this period was that I was able to fully realize what is valuable in my life. Sometimes we place a bit more importance on material things than we do on things that actually truly matter, like the support and love of family and friends. I experienced so much support during this time and I was so grateful to just be surrounded by people I love and care for that that loss became a blessing in disguise. So while I have the slight burden of still being in the process of replacing some of my things, I think this last weekend was probably the best I have experienced in a long time in terms of enjoying the company of friends and family. I am not sure I have ever consistently laughed so hard.
I am interested to know, have any of you ever experienced crime? Were there any positive things that came out of the experiences you had?
ABOUT THE OUTFIT
I wanted to experiment further with my bright skirt and to do this I brought out my other closet essentials, once again. I wanted to create a casual chic look and my first thought was to wear my favourite t-shirt. I also wanted to try wearing the bag across my shoulders, for once, and did this with the white version of my favourite black miniature bag. Keeping my neutrals black and white, I felt I had the right balance for this bright skirt, which is still a tad bit outside my comfort zone. I am yet to wear the skirt with more colour but I am looking forward to doing lookbooks that may involve such in the near future. I am finding it very important to get myself out of what I think is comfortable because I think there is nothing more restricting that putting yourself and your tastes in a box. It is always good to venture out of what is normal to you.
Skirt- Mr Price- R160
Top- Gift shop
Shoes- Zando – R300
Bag- Superbalist- +/- R300