Friday, May 24, 2013

Life is a highway


This skirt has one of the most unique prints I have ever seen. It’s a road map! I feel like you could take anything and turn it into a creative skirt nowadays. How about a newspaper? Sure!! Just tape a few pieces together, wrap it around your waist, add in some pleats and there you have another beautiful piece!


When I was younger, my family would take these ridiculously long road trips cross the country during my summer vacations. These road trips would be WEEKS long. For example, one year we drove from Michigan all the way to LA, California, and stopped by all the major states/cities along the way. Then the next year, we drove from Michigan to Maine. We did this every year until we hit all 4 corners of the nation. Dad would drag us to take pictures next to every “Welcome to ________ state!!” road sign. I remember being so bored in the backseat, and spent half of the trips drawing invisible pictures on the car ceiling with my toes. I never understood why my parents looked forward to these trips every year, but after 10 years or so, we were able to visit almost all 50 states through these road trips (Except Alaska and Hawaii). I look back and really appreciate it now. I do remember little snippets and fragments of these trips, like taking a journey through American history during our road trip towards Maine. I remember seeing the amazing differences in US landscape, architecture and culture as we travelled the distance towards California. I also remember random moments with my family on the road… like having to get off on the side of the road countless times to pee in the bushes as my mom shielded my behind from the oncoming cars.



Top: Old closet re-discovery       Skirt: Modcloth        Purse: randomly found in basement      Shoes: Ferragamo

Regardless of your travel history, your life can be painted into a beautiful roadmap. God has given us such gracious freedom to live our lives with choice and autonomy to create our own maps. You can travel down whatever path your heart desires, and along the way will probably encounter challenges, obstacles and decisions, but you will also experience variety and growth. You may find yourself off the path and down a road you didn’t expect to go down, but take that opportunity to learn about that path and use that knowledge as you get back on track. It's okay if you take a detour. There's no right or wrong way to do this. Enjoy the journey, because one day when you take a step back to look at where life has taken you, it will be a glorious picture.

Wow. I didn’t mean to get so deep.
It was all triggered by a skirt.


58 comments:

  1. Oh goodness that skirt is absolutely stunning. I love prints like that: maps, newspapers, antiques, etc. It really makes you want to live life on an adventure.

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  2. Christy, I love this post! Your dad did a beautiful thing for you. There's nothing like seeing other places and things. When people talk about those places, you can definitely relate with a visual. There's nothing like seeing it in person. PLUS, it's extra special because you see SO MUCH MORE IN A CAR. That's one of my dreams. Just to get in my car and see places. I just don't want to do it alone though. HAHAHA LOVE that skirt! I think it's so cool. It's a keeper and looks great on you. I would love a newspaper one! HaHaHa Excellent post. Thanks for sharing your story.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  3. cute..........so how's life there ? can we follow each others blogs?

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  4. cute dress....can we follow each other?

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  5. Great post...so introspective :D. Loving the pop of red in the blouse! Don't you wish we realized the things we know now back when we were kids...and be able to appreciate and soak up the moment better? I mean, my mom was always like...you'll regret it if you don't, or...you'll thank me when you're older....I guess another thing I will have to chalk up to "mom was right."

    Veloria in velvet
    www.veloriainvelvet.wordpress.com

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  6. Hi Christy!

    Thank you for your sweet comment :) I really hope I can keep up with the whole blogging and won't get intimidated by all these creatives like you out there! Haha

    Your skirt is super funky and I totally wished I got to travel as much as you did! My parents were never a fan of leaving NYC anytime, anywhere. And I have always been dying to take more road trips throughout America.

    btw I can't believe you are a mom! You are so young looking and petite!

    Hope to keep in touch (:

    pearlgirlblog.blogspot.com

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  7. that is a cool skirt! road trip inspired :)

    MemoriesOfTimesPast

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  8. That is such a great skirt! And those trips sound awesome (though I totally relate the boredom on those long fam road trips haha)
    xoxo Aimee
    bowsandbeau-ties.com

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  10. Oh my goodness! The print is SO unique! This is the first time I've seen it and I'm in love. You look great :)

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  11. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. I'm glad you did, so I found your blog. I read it and love it. You have a great heart as a doctor. I love how you describe your family. And that you trust and love God.

    I hope you keep up with the no shopping challenge. Good luck.

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  12. I love the skirt you have on! Thanks for those last words, they really do mean a lot. I agree, I think challenges are inevitable in any journey, I think many of us are still trying to find ourselves in life, but eventually we'll all get there, we just have to believe in it :)

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  13. I have this skirt and I love it! I think it looks way better on you though :). I also really love reading your posts. You are such an eloquent writer. Have a wonderful weekend!

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  14. I love the story that goes along with the skirt. It sounds like your family made some fun, happy, memories together. It's funny how when you're older you look back on times you dreaded when you were younger and appreciate them!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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  15. hi! i was bloghopping/commenting on my fave blogs just now, and i saw your substantial comment on Trishie's blog... i thought you must be an interesting person... and checking your blog, i realized it's true! :) love it here... hope to get to know you better!

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  16. Your outfit is so lovely! xoxo

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  17. Christian! I absolutely *LOVE* your blog and am so thankful to have found it! Your sweet girl Grace is such a beautiful story of God's love and power! She is so cute!!!

    I love this outfit too by the way!

    Love your newest follower,

    Abigail!

    www.abigailjasmine.com

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  18. Oh P.S- I'm grabbing your blog button and would love to swap if you're interested!!!

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  19. Hi Christy! What a fun skirt! That is some impressive road-tripping you've done. My husband and I drove from Oregon to Michigan years ago (we did our residencies in Michigan) and I remember how fun it was to see the changes in scenery. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! :)

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  20. Who knew a simple skirt could inspire such depth? :)
    I'll admit, I started laughing out loud about the frequent stops to pee on these long roadtrips though! Ah man, and here I thought only my family did that...
    That's quite the experience, to get to travel to (almost) all 50 states! I wish we had been able to do that.
    Anyway, I really like this map skirt, it's so travel inspiring and just creatively cute.
    Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog by the way, it's so nice to find another Christian fashion blogger :)
    Count me as your newest follower!

    Trendy Teal

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  21. We always went on road trips growing up too, sometimes it was more fun than others :). What a fun skirt, I love the black and white with red combo :)
    Ginny

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  22. Super cute look, love the skirt!

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  23. Ah love this! What cute and clever dress.

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

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  24. The skirt is absolutely beautiful! I love the way you paired it with the red top.
    I agree completly with your last paragraph! I am still young (17) but now that I look back to my freshman, sophomore, and junior years of high school, it feel so strange. I can't describe it, but it feels like it went by just like that. It was such a fun experience and through it I also grew a lot as a person!

    http://www.mybrokeneggshells.com/

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  25. Love the skirt, it is truly unique and looks beautiful paired with your lovely red top, you have such brilliant style!

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  26. Gorgeous shots! Loving this outfit especially the detail on the skirt, it's lovely :)

    www.debrabros.blogspot.com.au

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  27. Great print on the skirt! Looking lovely, as usual

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  28. Thank you for your lovely comment! You have a beautiful style, I like your blog! Following you now with GFC, Bloglovin and also liked your facebook page. Hope you'll do the same if you like my blog :)
    Have a nice day!

    xx Oksana
    www.makeupbyoksana.blogspot.com
    www.facebook.com/makeupbyoksana

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  29. Those details on the skirt! it's so unique!


    http://thatgirlnamedmandy.blogspot.com/

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  30. Cute skirt. Love the title of this post!!!

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  31. great skirt )
    love the post!
    kisses!


    Angela Donava
    http://www.lookbooks.fr/

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  32. I really love this post! Beautiful outfit, and even more beautiful thoughts :)

    I'm so glad that you stopped by my blog because I'm so happy to have discovered yours! I saw that you're a geriatrician, that's awesome! I'm starting my fourth year of med school so it's decision time for me.

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  33. Sunny the outfit is so beautiful!!
    Maybe we can follow each other, let me know

    a beautiful maison

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  34. Lovely post! While my family and I didn't travel all over the US like yours did, I too, now appreciate it. I remember this one time my parents took us to see the Grand Canyon, but I was such a whiner b/c of the heat. I wish I would've just sucked it up and actually appreciate the beauty and magic of mother nature. With that said, I hope one day when I have my own family, I can travel around the US and appreciate our great country.

    <3,
    ~N
    Wardrobe on Wheels

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  35. Thanks for visiting my blog! Hahaha thanks for your kind compliment :) If you know of anyone in need of a hand model let me know ;) This could be my next big career!

    Love the bag!!! I used to go on these road trips a lot too when I was a kid and now I kind of miss it. Even finding a week long to go on a vacation seems like a dream... or well not a dream but.. need to book days off! What a drag! I hope you'll get to take your family around the country and go on a few road trips as well!

    Grace
    www.ouihui.blogspot.com

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  36. Lovely!
    We love this post, great job! <3
    We would really appreciate it if you could come and check our latest post "Intenz Diagonal" about Barcelona's Fashion Night Out.

    LOVE,
    A&G

    Our Blog - F A S H I O N O X Y G E N

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  37. That is SO neat that your parents would take you on road trips across the country. I think my parents would have killed my brothers and I if they had attempted that... we would have complained so much! But what amazing memories to have :) So fun that this skirt helps you remember such good times!

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  38. Hi Christy!

    Thanks for the comment. I adore this skirt! (and your blog)

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  39. This is a beautiful look! I absolutely love the skirt. My family and I would also take cross country road trips from North Carolina to Los Angeles, CA before we finally took a one way trip to LA =) As a kid it seems boring at the time, but I really enjoyed having that experience stopping by all the states and seeing its unique offerings!

    Best,
    Stephanie
    Honey & Silk
    a personal style blog of an avid dress collector

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  40. What a cute outfit! We didn't do too many road trips as a kid but that sounds like an awesome idea, to travel all 48 states... but then again, the thought of doing it stuck in a car with kids sounds like torture.

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  41. Love the dress and love the story even more! My family took a lot of trips too, not east coast to west coast but up and down the east coast mostly. I didn't like the trips, going from NY to Flordia by car, not fun. But looking back, was an awesome experience, can't replace it with anything else. Hope you make more adventures with Grace and share with us!

    Allison
    Reaches the Sky

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  42. what a great skirt. we never did a road trip really, but love the idea of it! if only I could get my 3-year old to sit still. :)


    alyson
    www.theaveragegirlsguide.com

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  43. You look amazing!! I love the red top with that skirt. That skirt is such a statement piece! xx Rena
    Kiss and Make Up

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  44. Wow I love that skirt! The print is indeed unique c:
    You look great! Xx

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  45. I LOVE the highway print on your skirt. It's so unique and fun! You look gorgeous!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  46. very cute skirt, i like that you paired it with a pop of red.
    i'm not much of a road trip person, but it sounds amazing having visiting so many places in one trip.

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  47. Great outfit.. I love your skirt, its so cute :)

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  48. Aw your childhood roadtrips sound incredible, whether or not you enjoyed them at the time! And I hope you enjoyed San Fran as much as I did, I can't get enough of California! =)

    TIGERHEART

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  49. It sounds so very sweet, your childhood memories! Love your skirt and the story it triggered :D

    xx

    liquoriceandpumps.blogspot.com

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  50. I'm already addicted to your skirt <3
    What about following each other through GFC? Just let me know!
    Xxx

    Carolina

    www.the-world-c.blogspot.com

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  51. Adorable skirt and very cute bag!
    kisses)
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  52. Well, that skirt is just adorable!

    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  53. Modcloth have the best stuff!! Love this skirt! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
    Style-Delights Blog

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  54. i love that skirt so much! and with the pop of red it is just too cute!

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  55. It is truly awesome that you've been able to visit so many states. It would be amazing to get to all 50! You'll love Hawaii when you get there.

    And this map skirt is the cutest thing ever. The newspaper skirt was a pretty big deal on the blogs last year, but I think this map skirt might just be the next big blog thing. I know I want it! :)

    Thank you for all the super sweet words over on the Muse!
    Oh to Be a Muse
    Shop Layered Muse

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