Going for Gold

Go for the gold!

Giving your all to get the goods is something type A people are intrinsically programmed to do. Wanting to be the best, to come in first, and to benchmark our success with gold (ok you may not be stacking away gold bars, but being in the green is certainly a common goal). The downside however is that it’s never enough – there is always more, and as a result it leaves you feeling empty – and don’t forget about the goose who lays the golden eggs… “Those who have plenty want more and so lose all they have.”

Fortunately through grace I’ve gleaned a different perspective (and I had to lose just about everything including my sense of self to get there). No longer do I seek to be the best for the shallow goal of self and bank fulfillment, but rather to give my best so that I may be of value to others – to use my gifts to hopefully make a difference. The transition from seeing money as the gage of success, to just seeing it as a resource that when used generously can fuel far better good is life changingly gratifying. It fundamentally shifts all decision making, removes a lot of mental barriers, and hopefully given enough time will make a significant difference. Don’t get me wrong, I still have golden goals and accomplishments I’d like to see come to fruition, but the greater goal is the difference I wish to make upon the globe – the rest is just gravy.

For this golden outfit I’ve paired a classic black skirt with a gold and black striped sweater by the same designer with a black blazer from a different suit. I’ve had the skirt for a while, and just found the sweater this winter at NameDroppers. Let me be clear – I never wear horizontal stripes….they typically aren’t flattering and I don’t really wear much in the way of patterns. I firmly believe people should see you first before they see your clothing, and horizontal stripes are hideous. But this top is a great example of why sometimes you should listen to the sales person – I was in the dressing room trying on items I’d picked for myself (I’m adept at very quickly deciphering what will or won’t look good on me based on my body type, style, and complementary clothing) when she brought the top for me to try on, stating that she thought I’d really like it. Forcing a smile and thanking her while thinking ‘yeah right, I’ll wear stripes when hell freezes over’ I took it to try on wanting to be grateful for all her gracious help.

I’ll be honest, the only reason I even actually put it on was because it was Gucci – and if anyone was going to be able to design horizontal stripes that weren’t god awful it was my favorite Italian design house (just because my goals are no longer superficially motivated doesn’t mean I’ve given up my good taste in design!). Immediately I loved it – somehow it’s flattering (the stripes don’t stretch out awkwardly across the bust) and pairing it with black allows it to provide great energy against a classic backdrop. I elected to match the sweater with camel gloves and bag to soften the black and orange hue so that it doesn’t go too into the realm of Halloween, but rather towards the rich warmth of gold. And to round out the hue I wore simple gold jewelry (gold metals are my primary preference – I appreciate their warmth vs. a cold icy silver – though that can be fitting at times).

2020 feels gilded in good luck – granted it’s only February, but the outlook is great. So go forth and give it your all – you’re going for Gold.

All my best,

Outfit Details: Skirt: Gucci Sweater: Gucci Blazer: St. John Purse: Prada Shoes: Jimmy Choo Sunglasses: Krewe Gloves: Overland Earrings: Pearls Bracelet: Gold Bangle Hose: Leggs

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