Swoon worthy right? Until you see it in the store. And this has always been my problem with Zara. Everything IS so fashion-forward and exciting and beautifully styled. Then, you see it in the store and if you're able to look past the shitty fabric and tiny sizing standards, you'd be hard-pressed to find an item that isn't worthy of a damage discount. Frustrating.
Oh, and the last time I was there I asked a group of 5 associates standing around the cash-wrap if they could put the large pile of clothes I was holding in the fitting room and 3 of them turned and said "yeah" and pointed at the fitting room... I was half tempted to drop the clothes on the floor and whisper "you just failed your 'secret shop' "
Packing for the holidays is occasionally the best part because you get to imagine all the fun you'll have and the places you'll go and how fabulous you'll look when you get there. None of which is true but, it's the hope people!
I tend to pack in a very organized rhythm.
1. Pull clothes I haven't worn since I bought them (yes this pile is usually quite large).
2. Pull clothes I really want to wear because they make me happy just thinking about them (sequin sweatshirts).
3. Put pajamas and workout wear in the bag immediately. I always forget this part because fabulousness doesn't need pajamas and certainly doesn't need to workout! Noooooo...
4. Browse my digital inspiration folder for ideas.
5. Lay out outfits one by one based on event.
6. Contemplate why I have so much time on my hands and consider calling a friend to arrange dinner plans.
7. Add "dinner plans" to list of events I need outfits for... it's a vicious cycle.
Once I put an outfit together that I think is exciting and new I've started taking pictures of it because let's face it most of our clothes are good old standbys, things that make us feel good when we wear them, all the time, to every event, everyday. They're usually black too aren't they. SO if I have a picture of what my original pairing was maybe it will keep me from falling back on the old combinations that seem to always end up in the bag. We'll see how this goes.
Today I will be giving thanks for travel bags with rolly wheels. It's the little things...
Behold! The reason my boyfriend never ever gets what he actually wants for Christmas ie tools, video games... because there are things like these on offer! Can't he just be happy with shoes? I know I am...
This last photo perfectly exemplifies the mistakes we make when we're young in getting dressed and how with a little finesse we can fix them as we get older. Look at the woman just to the left of the woman at center. The two are almost exactly alike. Tall, thin, long straight brown hair, parted in the middle, shirt and skirt combo, and ankle strap heels.
So why is the woman at center chic and the woman on the left appears trashy? By the way this is not my opinion! Just look at the way the photographer framed the shot! He agrees with me.
1. Her skirt is entirely too short. There's a full six inches or more between the two skirt lengths.
2. Color. A neutral palette vs. Americana colorblocking.
3. The choice of shirt. A soft and silky texture that contrasts with the smooth texture of her skirt makes the woman at center look touchable and interesting vs. cotton on cotton on cotton.
4. Those red shoes. No one, including Anna Wintour, can pull off an ankle strap, kitten heel, open-toe, wedge. No one. Lefty has fantastic legs and those shoes make them look like... well... my legs! Close the toe and raise the heel and you have a beautifully elongated calf.
5. Proportion. Tim Gunn has always been an advocate of breaking the body up into thirds. Look at center there. Her shirt (1/3) is tucked into a high waisted skirt (2/3) that hits just above the knee exposing her calves down to an ankle strap (3/3). Lefty is cut in 1/2 at her waist by her shirt. Then, she has a smidgen of fabric for a skirt leading to a long expanse of leg making her body look unproportional.
So what have we learned? This photo is proof positive that what you wear (blouse, skirt, heels) doesn't have to change with your age, only how you wear it (silhouette, color, fabrication) and that this is a good thing!
Never stand next to someone wearing almost exactly the same outfit as you.
Also known as the court shoe but, mostly in England. The platform may be on its way out. I know! I said it! This is that moment when you can relish the fact that you're incapable of throwing things away that you no longer wear. Say "neaner neaner" to all your friends and dig deep in your closet way back to 2001 and pull out these bad boys. Pointy toe, no platform, 3 inches or higher please. If. I. See. One. Kitten. Heel!...
Make it modern by pairing it with cropped, lighter denim in a heavy weight and a more relaxed fit.
Every girl must go shoe shopping everyday before 9am. I mean, seriously, what could ruin your day after daydreaming about shoes that need to be on. my. feet. immediately. These should get me through until at least 5 o'clock.
So since I haven't had a corporate job in almost 3 years now I'm considering hemming all of my old work pants to accommodate flats, sneakers, and the like. Big moment. Big decision. It's like giving up the ghost. They say when you really like a pair of pants or denim you should buy two pairs. One to hem for flats. And one to hem for heels. But, really... who does that? That would eat into my shoe budget which is unacceptable. Obviously. I say buy one pair of pants and hem them for heels. Then, when they get too old to wear to work, you've worn them too often and people are tired of seeing them at work, the hems get all raggedy from slushing through unexpected rain storms, etc., then re-hem them for flats so you can wear them casually.
What brought this up you say?
See? How cute is that? Sometimes pants are the perfect alternative to denim and more interesting too.
Not me. Looks like me! Not me. But, this is kinda what I'm going for.
But seriously! Imagine if you were addicted to crack...
and crack today was 30% off...
would you not think "heeeeey, good deal!"
That's all I'm sayin'... if I'm sayin' anything at all.
Anyway, Gutierrez (crack) from Aldo (dealer). They run reeeeaaaally small. I'm a 7.5 and I ended up with a 39 after a rather awkward conversation about doing an exchange "no I don't want heel inserts, or rubber pads for the bottom, or toe grips, or your first born. I'm not buying anything!" with a mean sales man/boy/betterlookingthanmegay.
And just in case you're wondering no, I can't walk in them.