Van Go Go Go

I have to say, life has been absolute madness lately. It seems as if there’s no time to stop and enjoy what’s around me, because I’m always running from one place to the next. And the problem with being constantly on the go, is that stopping somehow feels wrong. In academia (aka, the world in which I dwell), you constantly have your eye on the next paper, the next project, the next deadline to meet…and as such, I have done a whole lot of working and not nearly enough lounging…

I‘ve built up quite a few holiday hours since my move to Australia (yeah, four years ago), which necessitated some finger wagging in my general direction and strong encouragement to take a bit of time off. I know that there is never a good time to do it, so several weeks ago I bit the bullet and blocked out this week for a holiday. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I generally book a holiday when I’m going on…well, a holiday. You know, there are flights booked and plans made…suitcases packed and iPads charged up for the journey. The idea of taking a holiday and actually NOT heading off to some far flung destination is both unfamiliar…and brilliant.

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You know what you can DO with a week’s holiday? Watch bad tv, go out to a movie with your Mr. in the middle of the week, bring some vintage dresses back to life and tackle that massive sewing pile. This beautiful Van Gogh print dress has been on my sewing To Do list for ages, as she fit perfectly in the waist but was a smidge too tight in the bust – an hour with my sewing machine and she’s ready for a night out on the town!

So, I’m embracing this forced hiatus and taking the time to do a whole lot of relaxing – and other important things like cookie-eating, hammock-swinging, and stop-and-smell-the-roses-ing. I have to say, it was hard to admit that the fabric of the universe would not unravel if I stepped out of the rat race for a week… but so far, the world seems intact and the lab has not fallen into disrepair in my absence.

Henceforth, every once in awhile, I hope we all take off the random Wednesday. Enjoy a long weekend, and fight the urge to try to schedule a trip or yet another place you need to be. Enjoy the calm quiet of your house. Stay safe in the knowledge that the world will not go into a holding pattern if it has to do without your constant focus for a day.

I have a purring cat on my lap and a cup of coffee in my hand, and the only place I need to be today, is right here.

When is your next Mental Health day?



Outfit Details:
Dress: Modcloth (similar handmade & vintage)
Headband: Forever New (similar here and here)
Necklace: Magnolia (similar)
Bag: Gift (similar here & here)
Shoes: Seychelles via Amazon (one left here or similar here & here)


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9 comments on Van Go Go Go

  • Kristina @ Eccentric Owl

    This dress is so beautiful! And what a great idea, to take an at-home holiday! Personally, because I stay at home all the time, I love going somewhere, but I don’t care if it’s only a hotel in my own town. Just being able to sleep in a different room makes it feel like a holiday! Plus, I love the vintage and thrift shopping in my hometown, so I’d be 100% okay with a staycation in a hotel in our local downtown area!


  • Lauren Blair

    “Stay-cations” are definitely necessary sometimes, especially since traveling-while fun-can be kind of hectic and stressful. LOVE this dress!! And I love that you listed eating cookies first after saying you had important things to do 😉

    • (author)

      Is there anything more important than eating cookies?? I think not. 😉 Hope you’re having a good week to sweets!! xx

  • Ayshleigh

    “….In the morning I watch the sun rise it all its glory.” Vincent van Gogh. Wow, ‘The Starry Night’ this dress is really FANTASTIC on you. I admire your adoration of this post-impressionistic painter. There is so much history behind the images on your dress. You tweeked the dress a bit to fit your liking as he did when he painted it from the view of his window at Saint-Remy-de-Provence. You both have something in common, you are both artists in a variety of ways. And, I’m so, so glad to hear that you are on a, what I call “a staycation.” Just taking a break from the everyday routine to enjoy a little relaxation and catch up on some projects at home that have been on hold. Enjoy the rest of your week, and I hope that you found someplace to go this week where you were able to wear Vincent. Cheers

    • (author)

      I absolutely LOVE this print too! I’ve been a Van Gogh fan since I was small… Starry Night and another painting of his “Night of Stars” were my two favorites. =) I’ve had a great week off of work and was able to wear quite a few fun pieces that I haven’t dusted off in awhile! 😉

  • SaraLily

    For the first time in my working life, I am so looking forward to a week off this summer! I agree with you – life is on full speed lately!! I will so need a break and will be pleased to have one!! =)

    • (author)

      Hoorah!!! I may be a complete convert to the idea of taking a week off and not planning a thing! One day in and I already feel the benefits – I hope you enjoy your week off and it gives you a well-deserved recharge! 🙂 xxx

  • Vanessa Araujo

    Well, everybody needs to take a break sometimes. And this dress OMG is perfect i love Van Gogh and i really love this dress! *o*

    • (author)

      Thank you my sweet! It’s actually really hard at first to tell yourself it’s OKAY to take a day off…now i’m fully embracing it and getting through things that are just for me. =) Catching up on sewing and on blog posts…all from the comfort of my sofa in my pajamas. Love it! xxx

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