Outfit: Pennies from Heaven

Even though I finally have access to public transportation again, I rarely use it.  More frequently, I like to utilize the murals on the el’s concrete supports.  Every once in a while, an artist will come along, paint over an old one, and start afresh.  This particular one has been around for a couple of years, and I hope it doesn’t go anywhere, because I love it!  A reworking of the city’s flag, how wonderful.

I’ve been really into bright colors lately, which I fear is a bit too late.  Now that fall is starting to pick up steam, I know–know–I’ll be gravitating more toward muted colors.  And my favorite cold weather combo of burgundy and forest green will become so much more prominent.  Oh well.  I’m going to hold on to these punchy reds and lemon yellows as long as I can.

As for the hair, well, it’s a long story.  A few weeks ago, a coworker of mine told me he ran into my ex-boyfriend at an arcade.  I guess the guy has starting doing a gentleman’s topknot, so as a little bit of an homage, I did up my hair like that.

Now, this particular ex-boyfriend is someone I’ve had an especially hard time getting over.  He was sweet, energetic, clever, affectionate, and deliriously good-looking.  Since things ended with him, I’ve become a bit of a serial dater, trying to find someone who would make me forget about him.

Which is probably not the best way to do things.  Last year, a dear friend of mine introduced me to the concept of “deep single,” which is when you stop dating and focus on yourself, your friendships, your family, and your pets.  You work on those relationships, get yourself to where you want to be, and then you’ll be ready to date again.

So that’s what I’m going to do.  It’s time for a change, and it’s really time for me to get to know myself again.  I need to be in a little bit of a cocoon for a while.

Top: vintage

Shorts: old, ModCloth

Shoes: B.A.I.T. Footwear

Bag: Jump From Paper


8 thoughts on “Outfit: Pennies from Heaven

  1. You are so adorable in these photos! And I love the colours on you. Yay for colours I say. You look good in them!
    I have those shoes! Haven’t worn them yet, got them last week from ModCloth. Looks amazing with the top – definitely giving me inspiration!
    And I think deep single sounds very nice. Getting a bit serious: As I’m not hetero/homo/bi/anything-sexual I’ve always been deep single, but I think it’s very important to take moments where you only focus on yourself. So good for you! ❤ And very brave to write about this. I really love the direction your blog is taking.
    Much love


    1. Oooh I would love it if you did a post with those shoes! I would be so excited to see what you did with them.

      Also, thank you for sharing that with me. It seems to me that taking time to focus on the non-romantic realm–either by choice or by nature–leads to deeper connections with other people and within yourself. I remember when my friend went deep single, he took an incredible trip to Japan, bought a house, and got on the path to a higher position at work. I’m not necessarily saying that those things only happened because he was single, but I think that was a factor. From my own experience, it can be really hard to figure yourself out when you’re distracted by a romantic partner, which is why I think I’ve struggled so much with that lately. So cheers to deep single!


  2. You are adorable, Devinne! These photos are too cute, and I’m loving the bright colors (especially your shoes paired with your Jump From Paper bag!) – keep using them as long as you like! 🙂 Deep single sounds like a wonderful idea. That is not a term I had previously heard.

    Hope you have a great weekend!



    1. Thank you! I can’t get enough bright colors right now, but I know as soon as I start seeing chestnut scarves and crimson sweaters and mustard yellow tights, I’m afraid I won’t be able to resist softer colors! So far I’m about a week into deep single, and it’s been fun! I hope you have a great weekend too, Lindsey!


  3. Love these photos, they are so playful and fun! Your outfit is so fun too 😉

    I love the idea of “deep single”- hood! I look back at my time choosing the single life with a lot of fondness. You get to learn so much about yourself! Thanks for such honest writing and best of luck on your “deep single” journey!


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