Shoes have never been a statement piece for me. Unless I have an event or reason, I’m either barefoot or wandering around in sad slip-ons. However, throughout these past few years I’ve become more interested in growing my collection, but only in the sense that I’m now willing to invest in quality staples each season; nude, black, and cognac of course. This fall in particular, I’ve been losing my mind over almond-shaped shoes; the perfectly pointed toe. I think they’re just so elegant and feminine―I mean it’s come to the point (see what I did there?) where I see a round shoe and start gouging out my eyes. Initially, I went back and forth over these leather boots from Zara; I wasn’t crazy about the cheap “stretch detail,” nor did I particularly like the way it elongates my 8.5 feet, but the worn look and feel eventually convinced me otherwise and now I can’t get enough.
As for the chiffon maxi dress, I don’t think I’ve loved a dress so much. Admittedly, I also don’t think I’ve ever paid 69.99 for one either. I actually stared at the price tag for a long time, ever so often tapping the number―you know, a gentle little nudge encouraging it to lose about 50 dollars. With no avail, I thought “seventydollars-schmevityschmollars” and kindly reminded myself of all of my recent good deeds (i.e. taking the trash out, flossing). Either way, it’s worth it; with quality fabric, tassel detail, and textured design, it’s proven to be such a timeless, versatile piece. Here I’m wearing it over a bralette (you can always humble the look with a fitted top of choice) and simple, high-waisted pants―I just recently found the ones pictured for 14.99 at H&M. At the same time, it could be so easily dressed up over fitted maxi or otherwise and strappy, thick heels. As the temperature begins to plunge, I’ve even been imagining it as a bathing suit cover-up on a private Mediterranean island so far from Northeastern winters you’d need ten years travel-time just to find me.
Lately I’ve also found myself reliving the NARSissist Limited Edition Eye Palette. It seems to be no longer available in stores but I honestly wouldn’t peg it as a loss. The price still makes me gag, and the current eBay offers are even worse; giftcard galore is the only reason I even considered spending 69 million on it last year and I was still hospitalized for buyer’s remorse. Besides, the two blue shades are the only “must-haves,” of which you can find both mass and higher-end single-pan dupes.
In any case, please don’t be afraid of makeup―at any time. There seems to be this undesirable stigma against hue-heavy eyelids; somewhere along the way, someone convinced us we cannot wear dark colors under the sun, as if the devil himself might rise from the ground and possess us all for ever blinking a dusty eye in daylight. Makeup really is such a liberating way to paint your mood; something hardly contingent upon the hour. After all, fashion is truly the last thing to consider when conforming to society’s strange ways.
*Runs quite large, I’m normally a size 6/8
and still had room to majestically swirl around in a 2