Slippery Devil: Happiness, Soulmates, and, Oh Yeah, a Coupon Code!
Happiness is a slippery devil. It’s rare, I think, to actually know you’re happy when you’re happy. It’s a state of being so longed for that most people seem to spend their time searching for it even when they have it, only to realize it was there it when it’s gone. And so I consider myself lucky to have spent the last week knowing, without a doubt, how very happy I am. I love my life in general- I study something that fascinates me in a city I adore, I get to read and learn languages and travel for a living, I’m healthy and so is everyone I love, etc etc. I’m content. But then my two very best friends in the whole world came to visit me in Chicago and I realized on an entirely different level how very good life can be.
These ladies have been my best friends since we were children. As girls and teenagers we studied together, wandered the woods together, cried over boys and applied to colleges together. We made mixes, shared books, cooked a bajillion dinners, took road trips, and had shockingly few arguments. We grew up, moved away, learned things about ourselves, changed into (supposed) adults. Through all that, they’ve been constants in my life. Despite years in different cities and even on different continents, we’ve remained the closest I’ve ever been to two other people in my life. And though we don’t see each other as often as we’d like, I have no question that these women will be, for the rest of my life, what most people mean when they use that cheesy phrase “my soulmate.” Lucky me; I have two.
These shots were taken in downtown Chicago when we went for brunch and shopping and goofing off as only girlfriends can do. I chose this Shabby Apple dress because it’s incredibly comfortable, has fun little details, and actually covers m’parts, unlike lots of dresses for sale these days. Looking at the photos now, though, I wonder if I was drawn to it because of how radiant a color it is. It reflects, on some level, the joy that is being lost in the world of childhood memories, inside jokes, rambling conversations, and the unchanging happiness of honest to goodness love.
In honor of the joy of friendship (or maybe just because it seems like a wise move), Shabby Apple is offering all sartoriography readers a 10% discount. Check our their site and use the coupon code sartoriography10off to make friends with a new dress. :)
***The dress in this post is worn courtesy of Shabby Apple.