Happy New Year! It feels like it’s starting today, for me, since Sunday both Leo and I were pretty sick and spent yesterday “recovering”. I have no idea why, it’s not because we drank to much or ate too much the night before, or anything like that. It was probably a bug. I was so nauseous I didn’t want to move much.
Anyway, I’m happy to start 2017; I always see the new year as a reset. Or an opportunity for one anyway. I don’t really do resolutions, but I try to set some goals and expectations for myself, and one of those is to buy more secondhand, when I “need” to buy anything at all, particularly leather items. As the owner of a secondhand shop (SLOWRE), it’s funny that I myself am not a great secondhand shopper, but I have never been very good at it, or chosen things that stay in my wardrobe for very long.
I’ve updated by wardrobe audit spreadsheet with new purchases – view it here. I’ve gone over my “wardrobe=200” threshold, but after going through some things this weekend, I am preparing to sell some things that were on the chopping block anyway.
As I’d been wanting a pair of metallic shoes (I thought the Rachel Comey gold mars mules would be the “fix”), and a new pair of sneakers (both of my Vince pairs have stretched out so much over the years, even with insoles and socks they’re getting less and less comfortable to walk in), I finally settled on this pair by Golden Goose. I’ve been obsessed (a word I would like to stop using to describe THINGS, but it’s accurate here) with Golden Goose for a while, wondering what the big deal was.
Finally, to get them out of my head, I bought a pair from Net-a-Porter. I understand what all the hype is now. I thought they were a little too shiny for me, and the sizing was off (I need a size 39 to fit my size 8 foot) AND they’re too expensive, so I sent them back. But once I’d tried them, I knew I wanted a pair. You see, they have a hidden wedge inside, that’s just ever so slightly elevated, but it really makes a difference in helping your legs look a teeny bit longer. And they’re cut low on the ankle, which I love, since I have no ankles. The toe is also perfectly shaped, not too pointy, not too round. They’re beautiful shoes, distressing and all.
And since I want to shop more secondhand, I stalked TheRealReal for a couple of weeks after sending the ones I bought back to try and snag a pair in a larger size that looked in good shape. I finally found this pair, and jumped on them, because I know how quickly things can sell out! I was also interested in trying out TheRealReal – I’d never bought anything from them, but I did consign a few things years ago. The experience was very good – they really have cornered the market on luxury resale; they offer frequent coupon codes, quick shipping, and almost everything is returnable.
I’ll definitely shop TheRealReal again, if I need to, as I’m always very impressed with their selection, pricing, and service. But, and I know I’ve said this before, I’m honestly just ready to live for a while with what I’ve got in my wardrobe now and not add anything new. To keep it realistic, I think I’ll “limit” myself to one “new” item a month (excluding things for review)? until I can get down to not buying anything at all but maybe one thing every quarter? And then not at all?
I need a challenge, and that would be a big one!!!
What are some of your style-related resolutions/goals for 2017?