Love story: I fell in love with this hat, when I first saw it at H&M. Then, I thought it was too pretentious and big for me. Then, it dissapeared... And, of course, at it often happens, we only understand how perfect certain things were to us, when they are long gone. Fortunately, the hat returned to H&M last week and I immediately bought it - this time, without a signal doubt.
I started my blog as a vehicle for self-reflection and exploration. Now, when I look back at 2012, I see (with great surprise and sincere joy) how much I actually learned - about fashion, about shopping and - inevitably - about myself. On the surface, it seemed like not much was going on: some photographs here and there, some wardrobe alterations, thoughts and giggles... But, I am not the same person who began this blog in 2012 - I grew some serious wisdom teeth :)
1. You are dressing your body, not somebody else's.
Certainly, skinny jeans, flat shoes and a bomber jacket look great together. So do boyfriend's jeans with an oversize sweater. I also love big, wool coats that hug you like a lover in a moonshine... Yes! But I don't look good in those. My body proportions are somewhat different from all these Camille Over the Rainbow and Style Heroin. Midi and converses? You go! I'll skip. Unfortunately, my uniqueness was only recently embraced by me. After many pairs of Vans, loafers and slippers, all kinds of distressed (and distressing) baggy jeans, skirts with flounces, parkas, leather caps and sweatshirts I learned my lesson (and silhouettes). First, study your body. Then, go shopping.
2. Listen to your heart - shocker!
Everybody wears white shoes over sudden, but you think that only a summer bride and Minnie Mouse look good in them? Great! Don't wear white shoes! Stop telling yourself that puffy gym snickers or dropped crotch pants actually look beautiful! They don't. Ask yourself honestly - is it really your aesthetics? 9 changes out of 10 that you are a victim of the fashion hypnosis and shopping under influence (SUI!). You will regret. It's like a one-night stand: you wake up in a morning squeezing a pair of the Alexander Wang cage sandals for $695 and think to yourself, "Was it really me dragging this monster to my little cozy wardrobe?"
3. Don't be lazy.
Yes, it's worth it to make an extra trip to the store and try this dress on one more time. Yes, you should also try this cardigan in Small and Medium just to see if it may look better in a different size. Yes, pull yourself together and return this accidental piece of... charm, if it doesn't fit you. Yes, hand-wash this cashmere sweater for $299. Be proactive and your wardrobe will be prolific. According to the recent calculations, two thirds of my closet is clothes that a) don't fit, b) don't look presentable (missing a button, faded, shrank, c) looked so much better on the internet (I hate you, Zara tiger sweatshirt!!!). No wonder, we have "nothing to wear" moments every so often.
My first and only love. Those clean androgynous lines once upon a time were a major salon revolution. Still (surprisingly) Sassoon's style is so edgy and brave, you can rarely see something like this on the streets (of the United States).
I believe in fashion that does not coast thousands of dollars. First of all, I think it's not right to spend so much money on... clothes. It is not green and it's narrow-minded. I certainly appreciate the quality and a beautiful design, but there are so many other wonderful things in life we should spend money on: travel, education, sports... I don't understand bloggers who confess that they don't go out, because they save for a new purse. My philosophy is simple: golden medium and effortlessness in everything. I like to look good, but I will never spend more than $300 on an outfit.
Here, after digging a bit at Marshal's, I have a Helmut Lang Tee and Jessica Simpson Booties - $50 per piece. I also wear BCBG Jacket and Levi's Jeans (hello Gilroy Outlets!).
I don't wear many jewelers. And if I do - I sleep and shower in them, so, they should be made of the high quality materials that don't fade and in a shape that does interfere with my daily activities (nothing grand, spiky or too ornate). Besides, I am insanely picky when it's about another ring or a pair of watch. I'm so picky I can't decide on anything and often end up walking away empty-handed. But lately I found my cornucopia. I love every single piece at LUMO and I love that they are locally based!
(Nope, it's not an advertising. I'm a small community blogger with a few faithful followers and don't post for businesses. But, hey, LUMO, if you want to give me a free ring for this, hell, I'll take it:) ).