Other People's Clothes

The title is ripe for analogy-making, isn't it? Maybe I should be writing a post that is deeply reflective about empathy and one's ability to step outside one's own experience.  And yet, truly, I'm just being honest about the fact that I forgot the dress I planned to wear for this shoot and borrowed one from my gracious co-model. And I'm so lucky I did, because nothing makes me happier than wearing other people's clothes.

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I've mentioned in previous posts that I shop secondhand quite often for ethical reasons.  I am deeply committed to the sustainability movement and fast fashion is a terribly dangerous element as far as the environment is concerned.  In today's post, I am featuring a preloved Chanel bag and secondhand Jimmy Choo sandals.

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One of the best things about luxury goods is that they are often classic pieces.  However, they are also often unrealistically expensive.  For me, there isn't any stigma in buying secondhand, and it makes financial sense, too. Quality holds up over time. And I do love feeling connected to my clothes' previous owners.  Best of all, since I'm shy, I can have wonderful conversations with all of the women who owned them before me in the privacy of my own imagination.  Gosh, I'm hopeless!

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I'd love to dig a little deeper on the analogy part of the other people's clothes topic, but I'm not quite ready.  I do think there's something to be said there, and with any luck, I'll have my thoughts on that ready before too long.

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Happy Wednesday, everyone! Thanks for reading!

Endless Summer

It's been a really hot summer here in northern California and I cannot get enough of easy, breezy weekend wear. Speaking of breezy, the wind nearly took my hat in several of these photos.

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Lately, linen is the name of my game. Old Ann Taylor pants here, and secondhand top from my gal pal Meileena of The Sartorial Muse. It's a cute cropped length that's not too croppy for me to be wearing at "my age," haha.  I think I could wear it to a family picnic or run into a coworker while running errands and not feel like "oh wow! I'm way outside the normal boundaries of my relationship with you!" Certified introvert here.

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These sandals are like the Swiss Army knife of summer footwear.  They are comfy! They have heels! They look edgy! But not too edgy! Are they vintage? Are they new? I can drive in them! I can walk in them! I can go to a fiesta in them! Basically, they do it all.  They are the Clarks "Ledella Trail" sandal and I highly recommend them.

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You know, I'm usually summer's number one fan but to be honest, I'm ready for the temperatures to cool down a bit and give the tweed and turtlenecks in my closet a chance to come out.

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Thanks for reading!