I’ve been getting the urge to overhaul my entire wardrobe lately. Looking back at it, I get this urge every few years. This happens every time I enter a new life stage, move, or get a new job. So here I am again. But this time, it’s way worse. Working from home has definitely been the biggest adjustment my closet has had to make. I need more comfortable professional attire. But I’m also hesitant about excessive shopping due to shopping mistakes I’ve made in the past and have been sort of paralyzed in making the necessary changes, fearing regret and waste. There’s that. But I’m also not all that excited about the clothes that’s out there right now. Sometimes I’ll get really excited about an item of clothing, then end up seeing it on Instagram repeatedly and lose all interest. I can’t quite put my finger on it but Instagram will simultaneously get me to want something really badly and then completely turn me off. For example, I really wanted those Rudy Jude jeans the first time I saw them in navy, but when I saw the same jeans in various colors all over my feed on multiple different influencers, I no longer wanted them. I don’t want to be walking down the street with recognizable pants like that, and in this neighborhood, I’m sure to run into someone else wearing the same exact thing. It goes against my desire for my clothes to be simultaneously unique/special and invisible/under the radar.
Businesses are starting to open up a little more in my neighborhood. I was walking to the grocery store the other day and saw a sign with the words “Beatrice Valenzuela” on the sidewalk. I was delighted to find out that this shoe designer’s head quarters was tucked away inside a cute little house nearby. I’ve actually been stalking her slide sandals for a couple years now and took the opportunity to go in and actually try them on! Apparently the store had always been there but it closed up since the start of the pandemic. This week, they reopened the shop on the weekends. The slides were beautiful in person. My biggest concern prior to seeing them in person was that they would not have enough arch support, but they actually have more arch support than your average sandal, but definitely not as much as Birkenstocks for example. I’d say it’s maybe 50% of the support you’d get from Birks. I liked that the slides fit snugly onto narrow feet and are supposed to stretch out over time for a custom fit (probably not a great option if you have extra wide feet, but for most I think its fine). Ultimately I decided to hold off on purchasing, mainly because I couldn’t decide on a color but secondly because I was concerned that the leather wrapped sole would scuff a lot over time. The sales associate assured me they hold up pretty well, but I’m pretty sure they’d scuff with heavy use because it is leather after all. It’s not a deal breaker and once I decide on the color, I’ll purchase them with the idea that I’d use them gently. On my way out, I picked up this oversized silk scrunchie that I had also been stalking on their online store for a while. It has a strong hold and looks like a pretty tulip when wrapped around a ponytail twice like this. I think it would also make for a nice dressed-up top knot for a summer special occasion.
Speaking of special occasions, the HB and I are planning a trip to Hawaii in about a month. Flights are pretty affordable right now and covid cases there has remained at zero. It was sort of a no brainer. The outfit above is definitely one that I’ll be packing. I’m really loving this stripe top from Alex Mill. I wished it came in more colors though. The loose cut, fabric, and hemming details are just perfect. I already have several stripe tops but this is my new favorite.
Anywho, how are you doing? If you have any recommendations for quality clothes or things to do in Oahu, Hawaii, please drop me a line! =)