Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year, New Dress, New Battle Scar

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______Happy 2013!  How did I start the New Year, you ask?  By getting the stitches taken out of my chin.  You might be thinking, "What?! What stitches, you crazy girl?"

______The stitches from the fight I was in where I beat up some punk who thought it would be funny to steal my toaster strudel.

______...Kidding. I don't like toaster strudels.

______But I'm not kidding about stitches.  The last post I made would have pictured me with my stitches, but those pictures were prepared before my little accident.  Here's the scoop: I was riding my bike one morning about a week ago, as I do, and for whatever reason, I rode straight into a parked car (during the 2.83 mile mark, to be exact), hit my head on the rear windshield, hit my chin, hit some other body parts, and toppled down to the pavement while feeling a lot like television static.

______I sat there in kind of a daze for a while, looking around a bit, hoping maybe someone would pity me and come out to see if I was okay, but it was 35 degrees and Alabama people just don't come outside when it's 35 degrees.  I glanced down and saw that there was blood all over my mom's zebra scarf which I decided to use instead of my own that day (sorry, mom).

______To be honest, the accident only made my already freezing bike ride more frustrating and I simply wanted to continue on--I couldn't really feel anything but a headache so why bother checking, right?--but I didn't even know where the blood was coming from, so I grudgingly walked my bike back home.  Once there, my mom made it known that my chin was split open, when I was thinking that maybe it was a nosebleed or something... Strange, how there was no pain.

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______So to the doctor's we went, and I got 7 magical stitches after waiting for half an hour in a room full of obnoxious sick people.  Thankfully, my stitches aren't really visible straight on since the split is kind of below my chin.  I got kind of lucky with the placement of them.  I then asked the doctor when I would be able to ride my bike again.

______"Oh, heck, you could go at it later this afternoon," he replied matter-of-factly.  My mother looked horrified.

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______However, upon arriving home, I discovered I wouldn't be going on a bike ride later that afternoon--my super lovely brother was kind enough to take my bike to get fixed while I was getting stitches, only to find out it was completely totalled.  Front fork out of place.  Tire spokes bent.  Gears shot.  Sacrificed to the bike gods, basically.

______I am getting a new bike, though.  A Sirrus Sport hybrid in gleaming white.  My dad was ever so kind as to make the purchase himself, and right after Christmas at that.  I got lucky with a lot of things, even though what happened was quite unlucky.  I'm just very thankful that I have such a supportive and loving family!

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______And my resolutions?

______Don't ride into parked cars.  Read some books that aren't related to school.  Stop biting my nails.    Purge negative people from my life and Tumblr.  Buy more high-quality pieces like this lovely velvet burnout dress that will last me longer opposed to those that will fall apart within a year or two.  I spent $110 on this dress, which is absolutely crazy, but I'm absolutely crazy in love with it.  I think the purchase of that Guess coat has opened my eyes to how much nicer the quality and fit of clothing becomes and how much sturdier the material gets as the price increases.  This realization could be a good or bag thing.  We'll see!

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Dress: Minkpink (via Urban Outfitters)
Heels: Jeffrey Campbell (I'm wearing all the fancy things today)
Necklace: Charming Charlie
Earrings: via Etsy

60 comments:

invisiblefashion said...

You look amazing!
Would you like follow each other?:)

Sakuranko said...

Hi Sweetie~~ Happy New Year... ^o^)/ The pictures looks georgeus your dresss is beautiful.

Xoxo

Living_in_aShoe said...

your dress is gorgeous!

Francesca said...

Well I'm glad your're okay! I know what you mean, sometimes my mind just wanders off too, it can be dangerous! Haha well it's a good things all you have is a scar on your chin. You look gorgeous anyways, that dress is well worth it- it's gorgeous! :)

Penny and Polaroids said...

Cool blog!

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Rory said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your dress. And wow--Jeffrey Campbell heels? Well I'll be darned. And jealous. I WANT SOME JCs! :) Haha, and your chin does not look bad at all so don't worry about it from a vanity perspective. As for how it happened--man I cringed just reading about it! I get squeamish with blood so eee i would have been barfing if it were me. Props to you and thank goodness you didnt feel any pain! :)
HAPPY NEW YEAR ALI IM SO GLAD TO HAVE A BLOGGER FRIEND LIKE YOU <3
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Katie Aman said...

Oh no my dear!! If it helps you still look positively perfect even with your stitches. I would not have noticed if you hadn't pointed them out! Gah, this is what scares me about bike riding though-one is so exposed to falls and such. This dress is definitely a special piece! The color and pattern are amazing and I can see how it would be versatile as well. I've started buying more high quality items as well-makes one feel all grown up! haha. :) speedy recovery my dear!

LyddieGal said...

You poor little Ali! I'm glad your injuries weren't too severe and you are going to get right back on that horse, er bike!

I think your resolutions are good ones, we can all stand to invest in quality pieces and purge negative people from our lives! (and also not hit cars)

Chic on the Cheap

Laura Darling said...

Ahhh what a bummer about your chin! I hope it heals up great!! Although I kind of wish it really had been caused by a fight over a toaster strudel. That would have been a story that would be told for centuries to come! :)

Dale Janeé said...

I'm sorry to hear about your stitches, that doesn't sound like fun for NYE. That dress is so elegant and stylish with the tights. Love the way you write, it's very funny and your blog is great. Following you now,

xo from San Francisco
~Dale
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Joyce said...

That dress is so beautiful, I really like the pattern and the velvetyness of it:) Such a good investment! Stiches?! Sounds scary, but i'm glad you are all good now. And wow a new bike, I have a white bike too :D

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

omg'd, what an ordeal! you really had a big gash in your chin. sometimes when the body experiences something traumatic it goes into shock and you don't feel the pain. so glad you're doing better. glad you got a new bike and you're not discouraged from riding it after that accident. that's good! you picked yourself UP and ready to try again. i believe in buying quality pieces of clothing too.
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Well... said...

Ali!?!? You rode into a parked car?? Sounds like one of my friend's horror story - only she RAN into a parked car and had to wear a sling for a month. Aha, she had to explain that story several times.
Be careful out there though when you get the new bike!
Ooooh, and I like how you're investing in such lovely pieces. That dress is truly gorgeous!

Trendy Teal

Keit said...

Phahaha, good one. Bumping into cars is a nice way to start the new year :-D. I think it never hurts because of adrenaline, you have to calm down first, that's when it starts hurting :-D
We have obnoxious sick people here too, mostly everone :-D
Glad to see your're better and getting a new bike, and pretty as always ofc ^_^

Manon Margaretha said...

Wouw you are beautiful, your blog is lovely !
Gorgeous dress !
xManon

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ftashion said...

Hey girl, what a dramatic start to your new year. Glad to know that you are fine! Hope the little scar heals quickly!
Really beautiful dress you have here. The prints are so exquisite! Love how you style it with gold. You still look as amazing as ever!

Fang Ting
ftashion

Victoria said...

Great blog! It would be very nice if we follow each other. Let me know what you think :)

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Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

Oh no Stitches suck! I haven't had them in years, but I don't like them much! At least you wear them well :D Your dress is soooo pretty on you and I love those cicada earrings

<3 katherine
of corgis and cocktails

Anita said...

lovely blog.
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his little lady said...

Oh no! Hope your scar heals well! But you look absolutely amazing still! Loving that dress!
xo TJ

Jodie said...

sorry to hear about you crash and bike death fortunately the scar is barely noticeable (and to reduce it once the stitches are out gently rub moisturiser in it with tiny circles- I work in a plastic surgery theatre and its what we tell everyone)
love this look that dress is beautiful and looks amazing with the boots x

Viv said...

You look gorgeous, I love the dress!


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Lily said...

You look so pretty! Sorry about the biking accident :(

Isquisofrenia said...

oh man, happy new year, i can see what you were talking about , man it will heal so nothing will visible !! you look gorgeous no matter what

Maiken said...

my gosh, your story sounds like a really scary one! and especially because I have those periods when strange things happen to me.. I mean I fall over like every other day, get bruises etc. hate those things! and those stitches of yours.. pretty horrible, I must say :P
anyway, I do love the gorgeous dress you're wearing and also those cute little booties. and btw, I'm going to make a post with one of my Guess jackets (it's like 8 years old already!) soon. I can let you know when I will if you want to ;)

Maiken,
Maikeni blogi - part of me

Mica said...

Sorry to hear about your accident! Glad you are ok :)

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Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

OMMGGG Ali!!! I'm so so sorry that you got hurt like this. It sounds horrible!!! I'm so glad to hear that you are ok and didn't get any more hurt than you did. Like you said, you are at least lucky that the stitches are truly not that visible at all where they are. I'm just so happy to see that you are ok and weren't seriously hurt.

PS: That dress is tooootally worth the investment because it looks AMAZING on you ;)

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Jodie said...

thank you for the kind comment on my blog- Jeffery Campbell is a great brand to obsess too- their big litas are beautiful . glad my advice helped
x

DC in STYLE said...

Ohhhh no, I hope you feel ok!!! Be careful next time!
And this dress is truly gorgeous, love the color and texture of it!
Elena
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Nikki | The Ginger Diaries said...

oh noooo! haha, that's so funny yet so painfull! :o What a way to start the new year. Your bike was ready for the dumpster, but I am hoping the car was in better shape after the accident... Insurance and stuff. Okay, that's the practical lady in me speaking ^^ I just want to say that I LOVE this dress! The color and print are simply gorgeous and I love how you kept the whole look so basic :) Hope your chin heals soon! xo Nikki

Tian said...

Yikes, that sounds like it would be pretty painful! Hope you stay safe in 2013!
And that is a beautiful dress. :)


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Nickita Francisca Dias said...

Hey Ali...Happy new year...Your posts are very animated...like them...nice work...following you ..kisses...http://in2-myworld.blogspot.in/

JULIETTE said...

What a nice dress, love its color!!

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Elsa Hurtado said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your accident, but I'm glad you're okay!
The dress is lovely. I'm loving the color and texture.

Xo
Elsa
your newest follower
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Midheta Agic said...

U're looking just amazing. Great choice of clothes.
Would u like to follow ?

xoxo

Sam said...

Hi dear, sorry to hear about your stitches, something similar happened to me a few years ago. Try using silver scar plasters, you can't even see it afterwards. Beautiful dress

Sam said...

No problem, I remember how anxious I was when it happened to me, you sound really brave about the 7 stitches, I was most definitely not, lol!

Wren KW said...

Oh my goodness gracious Ali! I'm so glad to hear you're okay and able to write about it so light-heartedly. Your doctor made me giggle a bit. I definitely love your resolutions. Especially the riding into parked cars one and the one about purging negative people from your life. Those are two stellar resolutions.

I also recently discovered that more expensive clothes are nicer and fit better and last longer. It has not ruined my bank account yet but I have started buying more cheap jewellery to make up for the lack of cheap clothes.

And finally I am glad you bought that dress because everything about it is perfect for you. The colour, the cut, everything. You look beautiful!

Fashion Stirred said...

love ur dress!!:)
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Erin Edwards said...

What a beautiful dress! You look lovely. Thank you for your kind comment! I'm your newest follower!

Happy New Year!

Erin

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Imogen said...

Oh my goodness that is terrible. I really hope you are ok. You look so beautiful in all those photos. The dress is gorgeous.

howvintage said...

Omg bless you, that sounds so awful, I hope you're doing okay and it isn't too painful :( Think of the cool scar you'll get! ;) Your dress is gorgeous btw, you look lovely! :)

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Sonshu said...

You have such pretty hair! And love the title and the way you write is amazing! Also the shoes are drool worthy. Don't worry about the scar! You are brave and strong.

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Sonshu said...

You have such pretty hair! And love the title and the way you write is amazing! Also the shoes are drool worthy. Don't worry about the scar! You are brave and strong.

<3, Sonshu, www.thesonshu.com

Ka$h! said...

Hi darling! Thank you so much for stopping by! You look absolutely gorgeous, i adore your dress! Sorry to hear about your stitches! But actually, something very similar happened to me before! When I was 12 I was getting out of the shower and slipped.. and fell and hit my chin as well! Zero pain as well. I completely agree with you. just a lot of blood.. and off to the emergency room we go! i only had 3 stitches though, but the placement is exactly where yours is! Creepy but cool!
XOXO Kasia
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Minh Nguyen said...

wat a gorgeous dress! you look lovely :)


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Jen Hsieh said...

I'm a huge fan of your battle wound. I'm pretty sure that car will learn never to cross you again. It won't DARE be on the same block as you ever again. Just scowl at it and remind it that you're still standing.

I adore this dress on you, on another note. The pattern and fabric are both gorgeous and they compliment you perfectly. It really is great to invest in great, timeless pieces that will last you for years. When it comes to simple basics though, I always go for cheap. :)

Also, one last thing (since I really need to get to bed, haha), you should definitely do a photoshoot with your bike! haha

Sam said...

Lol...It wasn't as eventful as yours, just a fall from low BP, which I should keep better track of :)

Touch Of Purple said...

I love that dres, dear!
You look amazing! =D

Big kiss and a happy new year,
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Chezka said...

Wow, glad you're okay now! That is one beautiful dress, I love it! Perfect for new year :)

-Che

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A Mode World said...

You look great. Love the sheer tights. You can't even tell you have stitches in your chin :) xA

Head to Toe Chic said...

oh my gosh, i'm glad you are ok!!! The stitches are on a good place on your chin though. Love your dress :)

xo,
Angela

Lauren said...

Such a lovely dress!!!

Charlotte said...

Love the dress! It looks great on you :)

Charlotte
www.deconstrut.blogspot.ca

Oluwaseun Sodunke said...

Awww!! That must have been terrifying. It's good to know you're all better now. The look on your mom's face would have been the same on my mom's! Haha.

Very pretty dress. I like the colors. Nice shoes! :)

Raya - reportingforbeauty said...

That dress is gorgeous, wow! And I don't see that scar so much, don't worry about it. Glad you're okay, though! xoxo

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Jessica said...

What a very lovely, romantic look! I love UO and those shoes! Booties certainly have become a favorite closet staple of mine! -Jessica L

THEJESSICALBLOG.COM

Sara, Swing The Day Away said...

I love the color scheme of this outfit!
I hope your chin is doing better and that you enjoy (or are enjoying) your new bike! :)

Lenetta Carnes said...


Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here's the link in case you want to check it out.
http://lenettacarnes.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekly-goals-linkup-3.html Thanks again
Lenetta