For the record, I had a conversation with my friend Stefanie in early 2013 about how awesome Birkenstocks were and how badly we both wanted them even though we knew people would make fun of us. Que 2014 and they’re the trend everyone loves to hate & hates to love.
Not me, I love them.
Photos from Sincerely Jules, WhoWhatWear, Modern Legacy & Ascot and Hart
Sometimes you just have to trust.
Yesterday at work, I caught my reflection in a mirror and immediately noted how shiny my face was. (It’s a problem now but I try to smile about it and imagine my Benjamin Button face in 80 years.) An older co-worker overheard me and said, in the nicest way possible, “You don’t have to critique yourself all the time!” It was a simple, casual response, but it hit me like a train. Why do I always critique myself at every opportunity?
I’ll admit I’m one of those people who eyes their reflection in any mirror or window, but it’s not in vanity. Walking by shop windows I only notice my bad posture and less than runway worthy strut, mirrors usually bring to attention my flat hair or unflattering outfit choice. The mirror aisle at Target might as well read “Aisle 6J: Confidence Killers” with it’s awkwardly angled and shaped reflectors. Heres the thing though, it’s Target! I don’t know anyone in there, and it’s a miracle if I walk in there in more than sneakers and comfortable workout gear. I don’t expect myself to look amazing, but BAM! I catch one of my 40 reflections and am immediately engrossed in self doubt and fear of seeing someone I know.
Obviously I like to look presentable…What if the love of my life showed up in Aisle 6J?! I put in effort and that should be enough. Living in a world where we expect perfection will only breed unsatisfaction. What we need to remember is that we’re real, live human beings and not photo-shopped makeup advertisements. We need to practice less harsh unnecessary judgment not only on ourselves but others as well. We’re living and enjoying life the best we can and if my hair is flat while I’m doing it, I need to embrace a “get over it” attitude. I’m learning to take it easy and trying to not be so hard on myself – especially over things as superficial as hair and clothing. Besides, if he really is the love of my life, he won’t mind that he can see his reflection in my T-zone.
While the fashion world is in full Fall Mode, August has just arrived and it’s still summer in my mind. I’m excited for cozy sweaters and changing leaves but still want to savor the final weeks of summer. Here are some of the little summer indulgences I hope to enjoy (either for the first time or fiftieth) before the cooler weather comes!
1. Scour flea markets for inspiration & fun trinkets to make my new apartment feel more like a home. I love Emily’s post on the best (and cheapest!) flea market finds.
2. Go to the beach, and actually go in the water!
3. Enjoy a soft pretzel and a beer at a Dodgers game.
4. Dancing and drinks on a rooftop, any rooftop will do.
5. Take a cruise to Catalina. (It’s free if you cruise on your birthday!)
6.Work up the nerve for a major hair makeover. It’s been a long time coming but I just can’t commit!
7. Find the perfect pair of over-the-knee boots. I’m partial to these beauties.
8. Watch The Outsiders at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
9. Venture out to Malibu for fancy drinks and photo ops.
10. Focus more on living in the present. *
*This isn’t strictly reserved for the summer months but there really is no time like the present. **
**See?!? Already getting better!
With the scorching sun high in the sky for a large part of the day, hats are definitely a necessity this time of year. Wearing one, during the summer months especially, keeps damaging rays off your face and helps keep you cool in the 80 degree and hotter weather. An added bonus is that you don’t have to fuss about your hair, because who wants to blowdry when they’re already sweating?
From L toR: 1. Nasty Gal Let’s Getaway Hat 2. ASOS Felt Floppy Hat 3. UO Short Brim Floppy Hat 4. Topshop Wide Brim Boater 5. UO Braided Straw Floppy Hat 6. Free People West Hat 7. UO Westward Panama Hat 8. Free People Pheonix Raffia Straw Hat 9. Monogrammed Floppy Hat