Floral Grunge

Outfit Details:   Cardigan: (thrifted) Old Navy   Shirt: Rue 21   Skirt: Wet Seal   Tights: JcPenney   Boots: thrifted   Bag: Target

I'm really enjoying discovering the edgy side in my wardrobe. This isn't an outright rocker chic look, but fun accessories like these tights and boots can add a rough edge to a floral skirt. Plus, my skirt matched the blooming peach trees in our yard! How perfect for a fun little outfit shoot.

So yesterday we had a speaker come in to our Philosophy class and I've been left with a lot to mull over. 
Its still on my mind too, so I thought I'd go ahead and share some thoughts with you. 
Now I know most of you probably just skim over the words and look at the pictures (I'll admit I've been guilty of that too), but I figure it couldn't hurt to share some of my Philosophy class.

I normally avoid anything too deep or...well, philosophical. Because a fashion blog itself is mostly for fun and having a place to share creativity! Not delve into critical thinking.

Turquoise Ring: etsy   Camera Ring: Claires
But I'll sidestep that and document some thoughts with you. 

So our speaker's name was Chad, and he was kicked out of my school his third year due to being caught drinking. After that he got his GED, packed up, and joined the Marines. It was there he realized how important it is to know what you believe and why.  
As he warned us: "You will be challenged over every possible issue that can come up." 
I gotta tell you, he's really shaped up since his high school years.
Just think about what you believe. Do you even know why you even think that? Is it because a teacher, parent, or textbook said it, so it must be true?
 His probing comments really made me challenge myself.

Necklace: American Eagle

The reason he came in to speak to us, was to address the philosophies present in college and it's textbooks. He's going to the community college I'll probably be attending next year, and a lot of the books he brought with him to show us, I recognized as part of the classes I'm scheduled to take. 

What he's shown me is how there is now no moral standard in the mainstream world of today. And college kids are being taught this by professors and sent into the world believing there are only shades of grey and no set black and white.

Now I know, its tempting to apply moral relativism to what you do, but how can you even determine what is right or wrong anymore? Society tells us it all depends on you and your situation. But if everyone has their own set of moral standards, how can you accuse anyone of doing wrong? To them, they could be doing right according to their standards.

Do you see where I'm going with this? I know it probably seems like a bunch of gibberish, but once we start allowing others to create their own set of standards, we can excuse away any kind of action, no matter if it is in fact wrong. Inherently we know that murder is wrong, right?
 We need a set of standards and acknowledge there is evil in this world. 
There is right and wrong, no matter the kind of situation you're in.
 It is up to you whether you're willing to deal with the consequences, and not make excuses to avoid guilt or blame.

Whoo, well, this made for a wordy post. 
And I'm actually kind of worried by what kind of response I might get to this (by those of you who actually had the patience to read this post at least haha).
But there, that is my little tidbit from Philosophy class. 


kathy said...

adorable outfit!

Matilda said...

Wow cool!

Carla Florendo said...

I like that skirt. I agree about the accessories giving your look an edge. I'm big on adding a rocker chic touch to most of my outfits, kind of what I live for in fashion. anyway, great post and i love the last photo.

cheers, Carla

Vegaa said...

So pretty!

Anonymous said...

I like the philosophical questions that you raise. And I have to say that there is black, white and grey. They coexist. What is right and what is wrong? In some situations it may be very easy to determine and in others not so much...

Dominika said...

Your outfit is really pretty, I like the combination of your floral skirt & tights. As for what you wrote, I get the same feeling sometimes- I feel like ranting about something every now and then, but I start thinking that it's just a fashion blog and not many people will actually read it. But, I can assure you that I read every single word you wrote and I couldn't agree more!

-------------- said...

struckturalism.. modernism.. standart is everywhere ..

Sue Lyn said...

hey! :) i think you look so fashionable and so gorgeous! one thing i LOVE that you're wearing is the lace leggings. oh boy, they're sexy and chic at the same time! x

Mica said...

Very deep thoughts from your Philosophy class! I think inherently, what you see as right and wrong is shaped in a large way by what you grew up to believe was right or wrong. IMHO of course!

Like your boots with this floral skirt :)

Silkybow said...

Your ring and boots are so cute :)

Tarah said...

Hey Girl!
This is super cute and edgy. I love your boots with those lovely tights. I love your ring and the necklace is great too! Your fashion blog can be whatever you want it to be. I think you can and should share your thoughts. I think you should always challenge your beliefs if you aren't sure why you believe in them. I am always challenges my belief and more so since I've graduated College and dealt with different life challenges. Thanks so much for sharing.
Tarah and the City

magicswallow said...

I really like your shoes and skirt ! :) awesome :)

TheGirlAtFirstAvenue said...

Visited your blog after a long gap!
Interesting read.. I recently wrote an essay on a similar topic. What you said is absolutely right. One needs to have an idea of the principles and ideals that they think are important and think carefully about the situation, and question oneself about what is at risk, who would be harmed etc, then arrive at a decision and stick to it.

Oh and cute outfit too! I am yet to discover my edgy side! ;)

his_girl_friday said...

Great outfit. I love the '90s vibe.

czarianonuevo said...

another chic outfit! i love your floral skirt!
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sip-n-wear said...

That camera ring is so adorable!!

Lucie Srbová said...

I love your tights and skirt so much!! And your rings are also fab!!!!! you look so pretty:)

Kisses, Lucy!!

Katie's Bliss said...

Cute look! I love your moto boots and jewelry :)

Nico Saich said...

Digging those rings! And Seriously you always take amazing jumping photos and i can never get them right, whats your trick?


Mary Lou said...

oh your tights are so cool with this floral skirt! love that look darling!

WearAbouts said...

I always read your posts, linda. Some people i don't, like people who are 28 or just a giant blogger who's fashion i admire or even an international blogger who I don't understand...because I can't relate to them. Too old, too famous, too hard to understand. All these reasons are why i DO read blogs like yours, not just look at the pictures. I admire your fashion sense and I like reading what you have to say because I can relate to you and you're someone like me. All that philosophy's hard for me to understand. I feel so young and vulnerable to be going out into the big bad world in just a few years. I can still remember my mom cutting the crusts off my sandwich, and taking my brother and I to the playground. But as a member of the society, it's important for me to know what I believe. I'm not sure I know yet, but as I grow both older and wiser, I know I'll find my place in the world through what I believe and how I express myself! Sorry for such a wordy comment--this post of yours just really inspired me :)

WearAbouts said...

i just want you to know that i ALWAYS ALWAYS read every word of your posts :)

Rachel, Cold Knees said...

love your outfit, those boots are cool! I definitely agree with you though.. people need to face up to things and take responsibility, I think people these days don't do that enough and always want to shift the blame to someone else..

Sabrina Araújo said...

The boots did really look great with the skirt. And wooow, your skirt looked so cute with the bg!
lol, i sometimes do that, but some blogs are worth to read the whole post, or else it wouldn't make any sense, since I don't really like when people just see my pictures and go down to the page to comment just for me to go back to her blog or something like that. Your friend drank in school? lol
I also think that there's nothing wrong or right.. there's just different opinions. But of course, there's situations that even if you think different, you might be wrong.. like drinking in school - like your friend did.. lol. xxo
Shout Sabrina

Clara Turbay said...

Incredible taste and sense of style!

hattitude said...

Hattitude Style Blog

rad tights!

talk soon wild child
Hattitude Style Blog

Kat said...

soooo pretty!! ahhh i love this look!!!! beautiful skirt and cute pics :)


cute outfit! i love the tights!



Ali said...

AWE CRUD I totally wrote out the longest reply ever and aksjdaskjdsf then I refreshed the page. I am lame. Anyway, your speaker sounds like he was an interesting dude, and I would have liked to hear him speak. I do think that when we are born that we're definitely influenced by those around us, but I'm sure there are things that we're born to believe ourselves, too, no matter what! Like how some people can grow up in a religious household and not be religious themselves, or how you believe something just because you're expected to and your parents believe it, etc... (nature vs. nurture, anyone?)

This is such a cute outfit on youuuu. It looks like the weather is nice and breezy and lovely there! The flowers totally do match your skirt, haha! Fun. :D :D And those tights have such a neat vertical pattern--I completely forgot about sheer tights and now I'm wondering if I could still get some wear out of them before it got too hot? Hmmm... >:D

Joyce said...

I guess that makes sense that only have "grays" no set black or white morals can be detrimental because all things that we consider "bad" will be excused, but I still do think that in some situations, only yourself can decide what to do based on the consequences of each action. I think that laws are set so that it can't be argued; that the laws and constitution decides what is black and what is white but that the things not included in the laws are what a person has to decide for themselves so that a person can be able to think for themselves instead of being taught how to think. Otherwise, it would be so easy for the government to brainwash an entire population because students will automatically believe whatever the teachers say is right or wrong. (I'm not sure what I just wrote has to do with your post...oops)

your outfit is really cute, I love how you wore the girly skirt with a combat boots and chunky sweater! Great outfit for spring :)

Sophie Elizabeth said...

Lovin the leggings!

Maria- CityLaundry said...

looking cute as always! lovely outfit, i especially love the necklace!

Josie said...

Interesting post and very enlightening.

It's difficult to say because it is true, people live by their own morals but at the same time we must also abide by rules (not just of society) but of, say, the government for example. People need to learn basic principles and understanding of the given situation.

Just because someone thinks something is right doesn't mean it is. Yes, sure they can apply their own reasoning and moral justification but it doesn't mean they will be able to get away with whatever they want (well.. in most cases....).

Our society is so beyond messed up, there isn't much we can do about it. Is it depressing? Yes, of course. But that's the reality of the situation.

Unfortunately, most philosophical ideas are just down right depressing. Once you get to the root of it, it really just makes you so sad and feel so little. Try not to dwell on this too much, if you can.

:) Really like your bag. Are you Filipino? And cute outfit :)

- Josie ::

Sandra Leiva said...

Another great outfit!
I am so in love with your accesories always, haha!
Have a nice day, dear <3

Marina said...

You look amazing :) I like your style! And I follow you back! Thanks for the comment on my blog and I hope to see you soon again!


Cassaela said...

Nice tights and your camera ring is adorable.
The Undercover Dress-Up Lover x

Lola Finn said...

I love love love your cool boots! <3

Valentina Coco said...

Beautiful pics!!!i'm following you!!!if you like mine, do the same!!
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ASZIYA said...

Great combination my dear! Really nice

Bernadeth G. said...

I love your floral skirt and I see a Philippine flag keychain!I'm from the PH!

Fleur said...

I love your outfit particularly your floral skirt :P

Nathalie Kartika Putri said...

looooove your boots and tights!


CutestPrincess said...

your tight is a sexy add to this outfit, i want to use one on my other outfit, too!

It’s a GIRL Thing

Anonymous said...

You look so fashion

Bisous, Valentine

Madd said...

Love your tights! :)

Lisa H. said...

Chad has a great point. I'm in college, and I definitely see what he is talking about. Moral standards are a very touchy subject that I don't want to get in too deeply, but I do see your point of view. Everybody has to find themselves and their inner morals and values, but with billions of people in the world, it's hard to justify which morals are "right" or "wrong". It has really got me thinking. I'm so glad you took a chance and put into your blog.

The beauty of a blog is that you can post about anything you want, even if your blog is primarily a fashion blog.
By the way, I do love your outfit. :)

The Lovely Memoir

Shawna Hynes said...

Great post darling! I never mind how long your posts are, because you always have something interesting to say. I definitely like what you summarized of his speech. My degree is in Human Nutrition & I really find moral codes applicable to the way people view food & the way society frames the way we view it. It's sad to say but most people accept a statement as fact if it's spread widely in the media, or even just passed down from a parent or teacher. If there's one thing I regret it's the fact that I never really probed or questioned the information I got in university. Fortunately the positive thing is once you do start tuning in & asking more questions you'll be better equipped to make those moral distinctions. I could probably ramble on for ages, but I'll leave it there.

As for your outfit - adore the florals, especially paired with the pattern tights. And how cute is that camera ring?! :)

<3 Shawna
Serpentine Streets

indie by heart said...

Really lovely look! LOVE the florals.. And of course, the photos of flowers. x
Cute jewellery, I'm super jealous of them all hehe!

Indie by Heart

Amanda said...

love the skirt!

Sam said...

Hi sweety, this is a terrific mix of girly and grunge, you've styled this outfit superbly! it was interesting reading your thoughts and viewpoints.

xs said...

what a thoughtful post. it's an amazing experience when a stranger can come into your life and make you consider what really matters

QT said...

Simple cute look for a young lady! :)

Sarah said...

Very interesting and thought provoking thoughts - thank you for sharing. On a side note, I love your outfit!!

Analisa said...

I've already saiod it but I'll say it again: the edgier look really works for you! I love how their are some girly elements in this outfit too like the florals and cardigan. I'm always afraid of people not reading what I write whenever it's not fashion-related as well--but sometimes writing about clothes so much gets a bit tiresome! I love what you wrote, it reminds me of my Philosophy class last semester all over again, and I always read your posts no matter what you write! :D

Ramen Couture said...

Thank you for your lovely comments, always appreciated! Your tights are fabulous! I love them. There are some interesting things that you brought up from the guest speaker and yourself. I believe that we have all have similar morals as you stated, but some peoples morals differ from others of course. I have taken a lot of my morals from what my family taught me, but I know many other people with the same knowledge of morals that I was raised with. They either keep the same morals or others influence them to change their morals. We are all being influenced somehow or in some manner. In the end we all know what is right from wrong no matter what a persons background is. A lot of times what "society says" isn't what Sabrina agrees with anyways. haha. But that is my take on some of what y'all said.



FashionGeek said...

love the tights,! your right it just makes everything look edgier!
Sewing isn't so difficult just patience! hahaha i love it though.
can't wait to see you on my blog againC:

Rocío Larrea said...

I love the outfit! and of course I like you share yur ideas and questions about live. I think our blogs must express what we are and what makes us the way we are. It's not because welike fashion that is the only thing we have to talk in here as some people think! Like your ideas, keep sharing them!!
un kiss

Dear Girl Wallflower said...

firstly, i was wondering why i was not appearing as one of your followers when i already did followed long ago when i joined the give-away.

Sometimes we post our personal thoughts as part of the blog and who cares sometimes if they read or not but this is also our diary...they will miss something if they do not read! I agree with your speaker since i am past that experience (means i am older now!) and have not realized to be a better person until I got married (28 y/o). Even I got married I am still full of adventures (party, fashion show, bar hopping ) but it is the commitment to family that gives me some limitations...don't rush, you'll get there, just be careful and be smart at all times!

loved the Philippine flag<3

Yessica said...

I really like your tights with the boots. Pretty edgy. ;)
Anyway, I enjoy reading your thoughts. sometimes I also question myself what's wrong or right, or maybe it's just the gray area. hahaha. have a nice day.

trishie said...

Are those flowers on the peach tree? I thought they look a lot like cherry blossoms. Pretty!

Alina Anghel said...

love the print of the skirt! xx

PRIYANKA D said...

love d skirt and d cardi over d top! :)
lovly spring look
new post on my blog

Natalie Leung said...

really love them shoes <3


The Raspberry Branch. said...

stunning accessories! the tights and rings are a big favourite! S.x x

Megan said...

Love your skirt, and that camera ring is ADORABLE! :)

Jenna said...

Cute skirt and outfit! I am loving the combat boots! =) ... And I agree and think that everyone should think for themselves and not just base what their beliefs are based on what they grew up hearing. People at some point, the earlier the better, should question things and figure out what makes sense to them and why they believe in the things they believe in and not just let others tell them who they are. Even if it makes you an outcast, you have to do what is right to you. And hopefully you have good, decent judgement to know common sense of what is right and wrong... such as murder.

Amelia said...

love these tights! they toughen up the floral perfectly. and i have this ring too!

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