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Contemplating Life, and My Illusive Obsession With Designer Labels

I used to think that the people who would sit and type all day at a Starbucks were pretentious posers, but now I know they're people like me, who are trying to escape from whatever situation they find themselves in at home.
Sipping on latte foam, iPhone plugged into the USB port on my computer, the sun is shining through the floor to ceiling windows as young professionals and bored high-schoolers fill the seats of Starbucks. Some are studying, others are typing away, creating a cacophony of various clicking noises. Me? I'm just trying to sort out my thoughts.
Jumbled up memories of people, and different periods of time have been closer to my consciousness lately than ever before. I feel the ghosts of my past creeping up. When those sorts of thoughts and memories invade you, its time to make a change. Because in relationships and past expectations, everything seems a little bit clearer once you have some distance from it.
Sometimes you just need to change your surroundings, everyone knows that. And right now my writerly routine is shifting as quickly as the micro-climates in Northern California. Used to be I would wake up very late in the day, 1 or 2P.M., and just type until 6, then the drinking would start, and then the real good stuff would come. But lately, there hasn't been much drinking. There also hasn't been much writing. Is there a correlation there?
Sundays are made for introspection. Most use it as a day of rest, a brief moment where you can breathe before Monday goes for the jugular. The next week is about to begin, and as most of the world sleeps in, recovering from their Saturday evening plans, I have been awake for hours, contemplating, dreaming, trying to figure out what the hell I'm doing.
Sometimes, if I'm feeling particularly future oriented, I'll sit on my computer and look up designer shoes. Yes, this sounds ridiculous, but it's the truth. A cup of coffee, and some vintage Christian Louboutins? A perfect Sunday.
I am in love with luxury items, especially when it comes to fashion.
One of the first things I bought with my big girl money was a Guess handbag with a matching wallet. Yes, it is one season old, but it's a designer bag. And it's all my own. I got a compliment on it today, in this very Starbucks. And you know what...it made me feel good!
It might not seem like a logical jump from deep thought, but I assure you it is. When you find yourself in a new place, with a new life...you don't automatically become a new person. But a new shoe?

A really nice, new shoe...it can change your walk, the way you carry yourself. Your very being can be transformed.

When I put on my first pair of red bottomed shoes, I started to feel like a different person. And I know that people see that as shallow, or indifferent. But I see it as strength. There's nothing like walking around in a 700 dollar pair of shoes. Trust me.
It's like when you see those women with Berkin bags...one of the most expensive and exclusive designer items available. You think...damn, they must be doing something right...or someone right.
It has been a long time dream of mine to have a coveted closet. And nothing says coveted like designer shoes. They are the perfect accessory, they can change any outfit, make anything extraordinary. There is a lot of strength in a closet full of beautiful things. Because after all, we are born naked and then we make ourselves who we want to be.
Manolo Blahnik has been an obsession of mine for years, Christian Loubotin, Jimmy Choo. I'll know I've made it when I can buy my first pair on my own. And not a pair from a consignment store, or from a 2 season's old Barney's sale. No. A straight up, in season, expensive pair of shoes.

It's a symbol of success, for me, to be able to purchase things that make me happy. And if that's a pair of shoes, than so be it.

I like to browse these shopping sites with extreme discounts. So upon average, your two season old Manolo Blahnik pumps will go for around 200 dollars, rather than the usual 6 or 7. That's a bargain by any standard.
But I can't afford that. Not even right now, not even the fully discounted price. What is that saying about my success rate? I know it's not right to measure yourself by material items, but everyone hits a point in their life where they picture their ideal self.
Mine isn't wearing a 20 dollar sweater, an Alexander McQueen scarf and Chuck Taylors in a Starbucks. But that's all I got to work with right now. And that's okay! Everything is an evolution right?
People say that there's something to "money over everything", and they might be right. If we can't get our finances in order, what does that say about the rest of our lives? Are we doomed to the incoherent chaos of paychecks gone awry. Do we have to budget our purchases based on necessity rather than need? For those of us without savings or prospects for them, how can we start building a life for ourselves?

Right now, I'm scrimping and saving like any twenty-something just beginning her journey into the abyss of dating, working and living on her own. I want a nice pair of shoes, and you know what, it feels good to be working toward something. Even if that something seems unnecessary to others.

With student loans and car payments, gas and insurance, rent and the occasional night out...the Manolos will have to wait. I can't help but daydream about them though...and how incredible it will feel to step out in them, knowing that their incredible value and style can give me pure joy.

Because life is all about finding joy right? And if that comes in a cardboard box with fancy tissue paper and a designer label...then who can judge?

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Right! haha @EasternShell I have so many beautiful things that are many, many seasons old. If you invest in something like Chanel or Manolo, it's kind of like, you have that for life. I have some Kate Spade jewelry that I bought at a sample sale and its like my favorite thing, because it's high quality and high fashion and it makes for such an instant mood boost. I'm just glad that saving up for these things teaches me how to budget too. It's amazing to be able to work toward something fabulous!!!!
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@EasternShell this makes so much sense. Yeah, it's all about whatever lifts your mood. And I totally subscribe to personal style! I feel like just now I'm starting to solidify my identity, which is a really comforting feeling.
That's how I feel after a salon visit, so the hair is amazing. I have to budget for it, but it's an instant mood lifter. I remind myself that people have to look at me all day. The way you feel about shoes is how I feel about handbags. I don't like following trends. I look for what works for my style. You know the saying fake it til you make it. I just put forth my best effort waiting for it to pay off. Sometimes, you just have to carry yourself like you're already there. It's preparation for a dynamic future. Ah, Starbucks. I have met interesting people there. What I wouldn't give for a Java Chip right now, but I can't get out my drive. Snowed in.
@TessStevens I agree. Once you know who you are. It's easier to navigate this remarkable world. You realize bills will always exist, in some form. As much as you want to like everyone you meet, you won't. So, you learn fairness and diplomacy. In a sense, you earn those designer perks for being who you are. There are some really good books and websites on money management. I even read about homesteading. But I digress, last season's designer piece is just as good as this season's. No one knows when you bought it and would you really stop wearing something you like because it's "not in season?" See, it's all about psychologically faking it to we make it in our own minds. I shop second hand, coupon, and discount all the time bc I'm not paying retail prices. Then, I can afford my $5 coffee without justifying it to myself.
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With indo-western gowns, you can choose from a variety of embroidery work or stone and crystal work that simply accentuates your curvy figure positively. Sleeveless Gown In Lace And Tulle Lace and tulle are beautifully compatible with wedding gowns, and a well-blend of textures endows warmth and depth to your appearance. But this type is strictly recommended to have a heavily embroidered bodice. So, this makes a perfect bridal outfit for a beach or church wedding where you can walk down the aisle with confidence. Full Sleeves Gown A full sleeves gown with intricate embroidery, scallop neckline and satin overlay will simply flatter you as a bride. What’s more, lace-adorned sleeves will add an attractive elegance to your look and at the same time make you look slimmer, fashionable, and gorgeous. So, how about a winter wedding? Fit And Flare Mermaid Style Gown Mermaid style gowns are a sexy blend of a classic and aesthetic modern look. These are figure-hugging dresses that will snug to your curves at the right places. For curvy brides, a heavily embellished body, transparent sleeves, and a narrow V neckline will certainly up your style statement. How about wearing a dress with a veil? Bohemian Wedding Dress Curvy brides who are looking for a whimsical and effortless look at their wedding have the bohemian beauty by their side. A long or even short sleeveless lace dress would be a perfect match for the countryside or ranch wedding. Ball Gown A ball gown is a great option to make your wedding day enchanting. It is even more amazing to see how a ball gown narrows the smallest part of your body while disguising anything below the waist. You can choose to go with eternal yards of lace, organza or tulle or a faux fur shrug that equally makes you glamorous and cosy on your winter wedding. Body Types, Fabrics And Colours - Tips For Curvy Brides Besides the types of wedding outfits, the body type, fabrics, colours and embellishments chosen emphasize your appearance hugely. So here are some tips to go the right way. Body Type - Plus size or curvy women are categorized into three main body types that include apple-shaped or top-heavy, pear-shaped or bottom-heavy and hourglass. Hence, explore your ‘the wedding dress’ that complements your body type. Fabrics - When it comes to fabrics, there is a huge lot of variety to choose from. Curvy brides should specifically opt for light and flowing fabrics like crepe, chiffon, soft silk, georgette, and satin that stick around your figure in a positive manner. Stay away from stiff fabrics like cotton and tussar that make you look broad and heavy. Thick fabric like velvet is also a bad option that will make you look bulkier. Colour - You cannot imagine wearing too many colours together as it will end up making you appear larger. As a curvy bride, you need to go for solid colours or colours that are not extremely contrasting - adding to a slim look. A combination of red and pink is a good option. For gowns, curvy brides can opt for a subtle alternative to the traditional white that will certainly stand out. You can choose from a pink, cool-blue, champagne wedding gown with more colours on the list.
DIY Sponge-Dyed Ombre Sneakers
You'll need: • Gloves • Syringe (1 per color) — Optional but recommended :) • Rubber Cement — Optional • Masking Tape — If you don’t have rubber cement • Sponge • Popsicle sticks for mixing the dye • Fabric Dye (Liquid or Powder) • Paintbrush (Make sure it’s clean — I suggest using a new brush; just buy the cheapest one) • Plastic Cups for mixing dye • Hot water • Newspaper or anything to cover your work area • Wear clothes you don’t mind having fabric dye spilled or splattered on Step 1: Bring out your sneakers :D (old or new) Step 2: Cover all the rubber side strips with Masking tape or Rubber Cement to block out the dye from adhering to the rubber. You can remove it afterwards or wait for it to wear off We won’t be dipping the entire shoe in the dye mixture so there’s no need to cover the soles. Step 3: Now you have to wet/soak your sneakers (canvas part only) with HOT water. You can do so by using a paintbrush first then soaking it more with a sponge. Step 4: Make your dye mixture Step 5: Once you’re done mixing your dye mixture (darkest) ~ take out your atomizer and syringe (optional). I think the smaller atomizers will work best for sneakers as it won’t cover a large surface area. For bigger materials such as shirts, you can use the bigger atomizers (Yes, the one you use when ironing clothes) Step 6: Use your sponge to wet your sneakers again :) Make sure to cover the whole area~! Spray the back part of your shoe with the dye bath. Careful not to over-spray :) You can always spray again :D Step 7 : Now take your brush, dip it in your hot water and carefully blend out your dye (Colored to white areas of your shoe). Yes, we are now creating the ‘ombre effect’. Use more water as you get nearer the middle part of your shoe or wherever you want the ombre to end (white). Afterwards, clean your brush and dip it again in water (clean hot water). Now carefully brush water starting from the WHITE part of your shoe to the lightest ombre — this is to remove or make any hard lines more subtle. Repeat steps until you’re satisfied with your ombre. If you’re using only one color, you can stop here and let your sneaks dry :) Step 8: If you’re planning to have 2 or more colors, simply repeat steps 4 - 7.
Some Tips to Help You Get a Quality Entertainer For Your Wedding
Some Tips to Help You Get a Quality Entertainer For Your Wedding There are many questions or lists which the marriage favors and blogs inform you you ought to ask whenever you're interviewing potential DJ for the wedding dinner. The simple fact is asking when they own an invisible mike or should they participate in a trade institution only implies they could have seen the exact same article you'd like. They're no worse or better compared to next disk you interview. Because they say they've really been a Indian DJ Dallas for a decade will not create sure they are an excellent DJ. What do you need to be requesting them? Here are just five suggestions may allow you to get to learn which kind of disk they truly are. Should they've been it's been more years because the last time that they failed some training, then odds are that they aren't really a fantastic entertainer. If it involves almost any livelihood, training and certainly are fundamental variables to stay an eye on your industry. Whenever you DJ, can be the computer play back program taking care of"auto play" or does one mix music by hand? (auto play is okay for societal networking, however for an excellent DJ, you got to be aware of if to start/stop a song so that it mixes smoothly with the subsequent song) Could I visit a photo of one's installation since guests could watch it? (that is where you may find if they're using inputs signals, if you can find cables if their installation will probably easily fit in or stand outside with your wedding décor. Enormous light trussing, beatup gear or gray wrought facades are a dead give away of these perhaps not caring about the appearance of your wedding dinner ) Exactly what can you play throughout social hour and dinner? When they answer "I usually play..." then odds are that they aren't going to customize your own wedding to your own tastes. They are going to most likely be that the type of DJ that play exactly the exact same music at every event - and that desires the specific same wedding music whilst the previous ten weddings you moved along to that you thought were so dreadful and cliché? They will most likely not respect your NO-PLAY set of music since they genuinely believe their prescribed cheesy DJ skits will truly make your party popup. Afterall, who does not enjoy getting dressed in an Indian head gear and doing exactly the YMCA? Can you've got video or audio clips of a modern marriage that you've achieved? Tune in to find out whether they consult with this groom and bride as "THE BRIDE AND GROOM" or from their own titles. In case the discjockey can't be bothered to make an effort to utilize their own titles, the odds are that they won't put much effort in your wedding day. Implementing entertainment on price will just guarantee you obtain the most economical DJ for the marriage. Perhaps not many DJare made equally and not all may continue to work hard to create your marriage a success. In the event the typical price for entertainment is currently 900 - $1200 inside this region, then finding somebody for $1, 000 is average. Average isn't sufficient - you ought to be trying to find exceptional when it has to do with your disc jockey. Afterall, who wants the normal wedding? In regards to your wedding you not having the haircut at Supercuts and also you're not having the meal from McDonalds. Why buy your entertainment from somebody who does not take your time and time and effort to conduct their business as if it is really an organization? Visit for More: https://lushevents.net/blog/indian-dj-dallas-wedding-first-dance-songs/
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