Distressed Denim + Casual Sweater: Life As It Seems

Distressed Denim + Casual Sweater is arguably my favorite and easiest look to wear this fall. Life is as it seems this fall…

Normally I try to not just write about what I am wearing but strive to provide you with something a little deeper; something to make you think; something to help you reflect.   Today is no different!!  Haha.

The other day I had coffee with a friend.  A girl who stood in my wedding, a girl who I have known for 17 years, a girl who was living life as it seemed.  This coffee date, as it turns out, was one for the record books.  As we chatted about life- her’s having just been drastically changed- I realized that life is NEVER as it seems.  This coffee date and our conversations left me thinking… how do we really know that life is as it seems??

Sometimes I wonder if life is just a balancing act of smoke and mirrors.  My dad once told me the only two things in life that are for certain are paying taxes and death.  So then what is the rest of it??? Is it simply life as it seems or is there always something more going on? This could easily lead into a discussion about fate vs. free will (and if you want that here is a great write up) but given I believe in both it is not intended to be that.  There are events, feelings and thoughts that are way too powerful to be coincidental but I also feel I choose my path that leads me to those powerful events.  Like coffee with my friend. I chose that.  But it was fate that I was in a place (emotionally and spiritually) to hear her story for what it was… life as it seems.  Or not.


How do we ever really know??  So much of our lives are based and grounded in “knowing”.  I think my dad was on to something in the idea that so little of our lives are factual and concrete.  I mean sure infrastructure is concrete, human beings are concrete but what about the decisions, emotions, actions and choices in our lives?  Can you with confidence say those are concrete??  I don’t think I can.  Let’s take TRUST for example… there is NOTHING concrete about trust.  Nothing. Yet so much of our lives as humans is rooted in the concept and idea of trust.  Everything from driving a car and trusting the other drivers on the road to be safe all the way to being married and trusting your life with someone else.

Can you concretely show me trust like you can a building??  Obviously, not but what you can show are outcomes from your life.   As my friend recently learned, her whole life was built on the trust of a stranger.  Literally, one single act of trust shaped, guided and solidified her life’s course.  Life was as it seemed… until it wasn’t.  So here we are again. Life was as it seemed but underneath nothing actually was.  We go through each day creating life or what we perceive as life as it seems… but how often is it truly as it seems???

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Photos: Jenna Sparks Photography 

shop the look: denim // sweater // booties // bag <similar> // hat // ring

Friends, if there is ever a pairing of Distressed Denim + Casual Sweater combo I want to live in this is it.  These jeans are not only high-waited, which from this post, you know I love but they are also thick, structured and carry the perfect amount of distressing.  I love paring my Distressed Denim + Casual Sweater and this green one is cozy, soft and under $25.   There is not  much more I require in a casual sweater than that.  Plus the color is perfect for transition into winter.

One of my favorite fall looks for fall is Distressed Denim + Casual Sweater as I feel it offers a great base for any look.  Throw on a hat and booties for a street trendy look.  Add a chunky statement necklace to your Distressed Denim + Casual Sweater and you are ready for a weeknight dinner date.  I would even pair my Distressed Denim + Casual Sweater with block heels, a tailored jacket and clutch for an evening event.

leaving you hanging

One of the other things I try to do in my posts is provide you with some wrap up and a conclusion to my ramblings.. but I must confess this post does not do that.  So I leave you with this… how do we every really know if it is life as it seems??

With Love,

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  • Lindsey

    Definitely a post to get me thinking 🙂 I love the color of your sweater too!

    Lindsey |

    October 13, 2017 at 8:26 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Ha- such my goal!! Thanks for stopping by Lindsey

      October 13, 2017 at 1:19 pm Reply
  • Anna English

    The color of that sweater is SO pretty! Happy weekend lady!

    October 13, 2017 at 9:54 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Have a great weekend Anna!

      October 13, 2017 at 1:19 pm Reply
  • Ashley Zeal

    That color is gorgeous and I love your hat!

    October 13, 2017 at 9:58 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thanks Ashley- its the perfect “too much dry shampoo” hat!

      October 13, 2017 at 1:18 pm Reply
  • KatWalkSF

    That is your color! Love that sweater on you!

    October 13, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thanks girl!

      October 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm Reply
  • Jenna Colgrove

    this denim is amazing!! it looks so chic!

    October 13, 2017 at 5:29 pm Reply
  • Ashley DTKAustin

    This look is so cute for Fall!! I need to check that hat out too!! Definitely a staple piece!

    October 13, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply
  • Steph

    This post honestly could not be more relatable right now. I think everyone has so much more going on than what we see in photos. Love this sweater by the way!

    @trendyinindy ||

    October 14, 2017 at 2:26 pm Reply
  • Gita

    Hmmm definitely something to ponder on. I’m not a believer in fate (most of the time) because whats the point in trying if everything is always predestined, right?

    -Gita (

    October 14, 2017 at 7:24 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Great thought Gita… love how you connected to this!

      October 16, 2017 at 10:43 am Reply
  • Brooke

    Such a thought provoking post!! I love the outfit!


    October 14, 2017 at 8:06 pm Reply
  • Kileen

    I love this outfit girl, the color of your sweater is so cute!! And those boots!!

    cute & little

    October 14, 2017 at 9:03 pm Reply
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul

    Those boots are gorgeous!

    October 14, 2017 at 9:11 pm Reply
  • Adaleta

    These photos are awesome and i love that outfit!

    October 14, 2017 at 9:49 pm Reply
  • angelle Marix

    Love your thoughts. This is such a good post. Adore these pics. AND, Love your style.

    October 14, 2017 at 10:31 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thank you Angelle!

      October 16, 2017 at 10:42 am Reply
  • Laurenjparry

    Those jeans look so good on you! Love this outfit.

    October 14, 2017 at 11:37 pm Reply
  • Kimberly Smith

    Loving this casual look on you – that hat is perfect!

    October 15, 2017 at 7:03 am Reply
  • Victoria

    Girl i feel ya – we don’t ever know! And we won’t until we die and get to chat with God hah! but you’re gorgeous and I love your sweater!


    October 15, 2017 at 11:03 am Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thanks Victoria- nothing is ever certain… right?!?

      October 16, 2017 at 10:41 am Reply
  • Rachel

    This is such a casual cool fall look!!

    October 15, 2017 at 1:57 pm Reply
  • Lindsay

    I feel like life is rarely as it seems! This post really made me think and I love it

    October 15, 2017 at 4:25 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Glad it left a lasting impression…

      October 16, 2017 at 10:40 am Reply
  • kelly torrez

    Life can be so unpredictable, it really makes me cherish the times that things seem to be going great!

    Birdie Shoots

    October 15, 2017 at 4:42 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Totally!! The unpredictability is what keep it all in perspective!

      October 16, 2017 at 10:40 am Reply
  • Azanique

    This top is such a gorgeous! I love this color.

    -xo, Azanique |

    October 15, 2017 at 5:12 pm Reply
    • pishtoposh

      Thanks Azanique!

      October 16, 2017 at 10:39 am Reply
  • Alex

    This outfit looks so cozy!

    October 15, 2017 at 5:34 pm Reply
  • Whitney

    Such a cute and casual look! Love that cross body bag too!

    October 15, 2017 at 9:13 pm Reply
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