Earn Your Stripes

"Friendly competition is always healthy and even welcomed. But there's a clean line between friendly competition and just bad news and it lies in intent. Intent is perhaps the hardest thing to see but every wolf in sheep skin must eat eventually."






Earn Your Stripes Dress - Nasty Gal // Stripe Socks - Nasty Gal // Sk8 Hi - Vans // Ava Clutch - Mary Lai 

This dress is appropriately called "Earn Your Stripes" and I'm obsessed. Perhaps, it's kinda bizarre in that it indeed looks like a tube sock. In fact, someone tweeted that to me. It made my day more than it could ever offend me. Only because yes, it does look like one. And I love it. It's sporty, yet quirky, but I still feel subtly sexy in this casual number. But back to the name because that's my favorite part of this dress. (I'm the type of girl that goes bonkers over nail polish names.)

Earn Your Stripes symbolize a couple things in my life right now. In this very competitive field, I have to remind myself that insincere comments, uninvited opinions, bashful tweets, and deceptive photos are not rare occasions. It only reflects a true playing field. Not only do you have to accept that the world must coexist with the undesirable haters, but that you must work that much harder, have that much more to prove, and live that much more legendary. Friendly competition is always healthy and even welcomed. But there's a clean line between friendly competition and just bad news and it lies in intent. Intent is perhaps the hardest thing to see but every wolf in sheep skin must eat eventually. Time will tell. Karma will work it's magic and more often than not, it will happen when you're not around to catch it. But trust it. The weak and the phony will get weeded out like the pit of Summer. My only suggestion - dress everyday like you're about to face your enemy (Thank you, Oscar de la Renta). And always fight endlessly for your dreams. 

At the end, your life isn't reflected on what others did to impact you but what you did to impact yourself.

Photos by Chris Payne