It’s easy to forget one of the golden rules of fashion: Fashion should be fun! Too often I hear people complain as if it’s a chore, that he or she (*sigh) neeeeeds to buy new clothes for work or a formal dress for an event. Or there is the person who neeeeeds to only wear the current season, as if a jacket that hasn’t even had its one year birthday is now a fashion no-no. Today, as a girlfriend and I wandered into one of the local downtown boutiques, we came across an array of quirky stuffed animals from the UK (mixed in with designer dresses and scented candles) which reminded me that even the most serious fashionistas shouldn’t take themselves too seriously. Fashion should be fun!
I am very blessed to have such a wonderful group of friends. However, I seem to attract girlfriends with one small problem; they love to move or travel to exotic places for months at a time, if not indefinitely. I’m a little tired of my girls deciding to travel the world while I am stuck in a classroom, but at least they are sweet enough to send me pictures of their adventures. These pictures are from one of my dearest friends, who happens to be exploring Guatemala. She confided in me that she had to invest in some Tevas (remember those ugly velcro sandals that your parents made you wear when you were a kid?) because they really are necessary while hiking in hot and humid environments. Out of my love for her, I will not include any of those photos, but I will keep them for my personal collection. Needless to say, although I live in beautiful California, I really can’t wait for my vacation over the summer (minus the Tevas).
Rag and Bone, I just can’t resist you. But I don’t mind one bit, especially since these little beauties arrived today, just in time for the weekend! I promptly ran to the “cloffice,” ripped open the box, confirmed the fit, and wore them for the next 30 minutes while staring at my closet and trying to mentally construct the outfits that I’ve been waiting to wear with these booties. I’ve searched for the Rag and Bone Newbury boot on multiple occasions, but my size and color preference never seemed to be available. Until now…
My new shoe excitement has me searching for summer outfit inspiration, and wondering, what’s your favorite way to wear a Newbury or Newbury-ish bootie?
Two big announcements coming soon! One might actually be quite a bit bigger than the other, but I am equally as excited about both of them (I try not to pick favorites). Hint, one of them is coming in the mail in 2 days. I love free 3 day shipping from Shopbop. Anyways, I’m not quite ready to talk about the second one, but this may be another hint: I have been studying quite a bit for my class on Chinese culture, the class that I decided to take for “fun.” Since it is taught in English, versus in Spanish or French like the rest of my classes, I figured, piece of cake! Come to find out there’s a large amount of history and dates to memorize, not to mention lots of words in Chinese and pictographs which have zero meaning to me. However, as soon as my professor mentioned Feng Shui, I perked right up. I have always thought that this concept was so interesting, but has never taken the time to research much about it. Of course we only spent about 10 minutes talking about Feng Shui, but I did learn a few things.
1. It is illegal to practice Feng Shui in China even though that is where it originated.
2. You should never live at the end of a culdasac, especially with your front door facing the street.
3. Your bed should never be facing the door to the bathroom.
What does this have to do with anything? Well, those three facts are just to show off what I learned in class today, but in addition to them, I am very interested in finding spaces that have been Feng Shui-ed. I began to do some research on boutiques that have embraced the concept of Feng Shui, and so far have only managed to find one photo. Does anyone else know about any boutiques that have embraces this concept? By the way, doesn’t her clothing rack look so nice, that’s what I call color coordinated.
Photo via here.
I had a request to see my “cloffice” (closet+office for those of you who haven’t read the previous posts. I prefer “cloffice” mainly out of my laziness to keep finding the “+” button). Now, if somebody was talking about her dream of making a closet and office combination, I’d totally want to see that too, complete with before and after pictures. But here’s the thing, it’s not finished! I still haven’t put my artwork on the walls, I have a giant empty shelf above my desk, which I have no idea what to put up there (but realistically it will most likely be more shoes), and I am still trying to figure out where to put this amazing vintage-looking door. It’s kind of hard to explain so maybe I should just show some pictures. Keep in mind that this room is a work in progress, but after graduation in June, it will become one of my top priorities! I have a lot of pictures, so click here to see more!
Obviously a before photo, I don’t usually have a million things shoved into the closet, but this to make room for the move.
Just one of many after shots. Click here to see all of the photos.
(On a side note, the colored photos were taken with my Iphone via Instragram, so they may not be as clear as other photos. However, I will give updates on my “cloffice” as it becomes more complete, and I will be sure to use my actual camera next time).