Monday, September 5, 2011

Mix and Match

Growing up, one of my goals was to have everything of mine match. We are talking same shade, style, everything. In fact if something didn't match I used to just put it away in a box rather than enjoy it. 

The problem with this was that I have a VERY hard time making decisions and I would change my mind every couple of years about what exactly I wanted my style to be. So in the end I ended up with not matching things since my parents would not let me change my room every couple of months (which looking back I totally understand!). 

But now I'm living in my very first apartment and I have to say that I am learning to mix and match. I bought some very cute pink bowls to go with green and white plates.

Not mine.. but I love these!

My room is far from decorated but I'm actually liking my blue bedspread combined with pink, orange, and quilted pillows. (I will post a room picture later).

I call this colorful...

Someday I want to have a collection of mismatched mugs. While I still think its important to keep an theme or style, I am starting to embrace the Lilly concept of "live a colorful life."

I know I have been very reflective lately, but I can't help but think that maybe my learning to mix and match and give up the pursuit of the perfect looking room is a metaphor for something bigger in my life. I am trying to mix and match my passions and responsibilities. Sometimes as college kids we are told to focus on how our life will look on a piece of paper, what will we have to put on our resume? I have always let myself be a one dimensional person, afraid to let myself be the horse-girl and a prep and a nerd all at the same time, because I wasn't sure that all those things matched.

I have this mug in my bathroom to remind myself :)

This semester, I am going to mix and match not only my room but myself, embracing all the different colors that I am made of.

Do y'all like to mix or match? Do you ever feel like you have different personas?

xoxo, M


  1. I love to mix and match. I usually am a very plain, earth tones person, but I have been trying to bring some color into my room... and life! :) Good post!

  2. i am the same way...i hate when my polo doesnt perfectly match a color in my shorts. I love this outlook though...might have to give it a try :)

  3. thedailygab: How are you going about adding color? I would love to hear some more ideas!

    The City Boy: Yes, still pretty matchy matchy when it comes to clothes... I can't wait to hear about your attempts :).