With purple still fading from my bleached hair, my foot recovering in a cast and a body twelve kilos lighter, it feels as though these photos were taken a lifetime ago - they might as well have been, considering all the transpirations that have occurred since. Looking at these shots, taken a year back, it really hits me how much I've changed as a person. I lived each day with impulse, not knowing what I was doing or where I was going. Spontaneity never disappoints, but sometimes those who wander are, in fact, lost. I wouldn't have believed anyone if they had told me then what turbulence awaited me in the following twelve months.

Being a believer in the cliché that everything happens for a reason, reflecting back only reinforces this belief. At times, life seems to get too tough to deal with, but the only advice I could give you is never to lose hope. Even Miranda Priestly lives on it. Heaven knows all the times when there was nothing I wanted to do but stay in bed for days on end. Everyone has their own coping mechanisms to deal with rough situations, but at some point you have to pull yourself together and understand that the only person standing in the way of your happiness is yourself. Learn to treasure yourself. Because of the trials and tribulations I faced, now I'm in a much better place - I know who I am and I've lit a fire of determination under my feet. I'm excited and no longer scared of the many curve balls I know life is going to be throwing my way.


"A plain linen shirt and light khaki shorts, accessorized minimally, are clean, crisp and cool. It’s mid-July and the day burns ferociously hot and the air is almost drinkable. If you should decide to walk at a pace too brisk, you’ll discover your body feels like melting wax."


"We seek refuge within confines of coolness, be it beside a stand fan in the bedroom, in an air-conditioned bus, submerged in a pool, or simply beneath a tree in its shade. I take shelter sartorially, steering towards a cooler colour palette."


Although I see a completely different person in these photos, after reading what I wrote last July, it's clear some things just never change. It's going to be interesting to reminisce a year from now and observe my growth again, and hopefully it's for the better.

Also, in case you were wondering, the reason why I dug up theses old photos is because I happened to be wearing this same outfit today, and instead of taking new photos, I thought I'd just repost these. Thanks to my slothful ways, I got an opportunity to reflect, which is always a good thing. See, everything happens for a reason.

Wearing: Blue Harbour - Shirt // H&M - Shorts // COS - Belt // Givenchy - Nightingale bag // Prada - Sunglasses // Hermès - Micro Rivale bracelet

Shot by Sarah, at Macritchie Reservoir Park.

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