Laces and Heels

I have been dying to get my hands on, I mean to get my feet into some of those:

I don’t know what it is that Jeffrey Campbell’s Litas have over me, maybe it’s the fact that they can boost my height and make me almost as tall as my husband. Maybe it’s the 60’s vibe that they are giving off. Maybe it’s the statement that they make. Maybe because people in the streets recognize them, but those shoes have been on my list for a while.

Laced boots are actually something that’s ridiculously in right now. From Target to Gucci, I don’t even know which pair to begin with.

I have a pair of suede Nine West laced boots that I “inherited” from my host mom back in my Au Pair days living in Manhattan. I haven’t seen that pair in over a year, but it’s finally coming in the mail this week.

Good advice – if you want some new clothes – move and leave a bag at a friend’s house. A year later you are going to be as excited for those jeans and tops, as you were on the day that you bought them.

I can’t wait for my clothes to come in the mail this week, as for now – here are some oldies for you, the ones that never go out of style:

xo,

ZhenyAH!

 

The Fashion Rut

Rut!?! I don’t think I even knew the word “rut” until I moved to the States. It’s not something they teach you in an ESL class. But ever since I’ve discovered that word, I’ve started to use it more and more often – there is a make up rut, the marriage rut (aka my husband’s smart comments on the subject matter), and now, time has finally come to talk about the fashion rut, and all the things it brings.

I am usually very good at planning my shopping trips/thrifting trips/freecycling trips. I look for inspiration, cut out/print out some ideas, check on certain brands and off I go! Monday night I spent about an hour making a list of all the things I was going to look for!

There are 13 items on my list, I got 2 of them yesterday! The weekly show and tell of my thrift finds is coming up later this week, so be patient, I will also let you sneak a peak on how I prepare for my thrifting trips!

I am going to confess – I fell into the rut of  skirts/dresses and boots!

This look is so easy to pull off! Especially with my collection of dresses. I also dig the layering and the belts as well. Both of these pics are from a Sundance catalog by the way. I don’t buy their stuff, it’s too expensive, but the ideas are great! So if you have this “back-to-nature”/”nature-chic” kind of urge – check out their website.

Next I am guilty of taking advantage of skinny jeans and loose fit sweaters.

I seriously feel like I am turning into some “Fashion for Lazies” blog, so let’s learn how to fight and scream and kick and get out of a fashion rut:

1. Clean out your closet!

If you have as much as I do, there are probably things that you forgot you had! Usually the things we tend to wear more often, are the things we keep right where we can see them, reach for them and viola – you have been rocking the same outfit for a week! Congratulations!

2. Get rid of everything old, everything that you know you are not going to wear.

And don’t lie to yourself about “maybe wearing that sweater next week”, you are probably not going to wear it ever again. I do recommend keeping clothes that doesn’t fit! I also recommend hanging that clothes somewhere, where you can see them every day, and that should be your motivation to loose weight and fit into those skinny jeans! Now by “getting rid of” I don’t mean throwing it away, I mean – donating, swapping, putting it up on Freecycle or Craigslist. Some items might even be worth selling on Etsy!

3. Look for inspiration!

It’s everywhere, outside, in the windows of department stores, in catalogs, magazines, blogs – join bloglovin’, lookbook and get hundreds of ideas on a daily basis!

So there you have it – the RUT and how to get out of it! Now I’d better get to step 1!

Xo,