Levi’s Wedgie Icon jeans | Made in China with American Cone Denim
r13 sweater (sold out) | purchased on sale with credits via Garmentory >
(when you use my referral link and sign up you’ll get a $20 account credit and so will I)
Vince platform oxfords | I sized down a full size
Rag & Bone nylon backpack
I am not immune. I still succumb to the call of beautiful shoes and cozy on-sale sweaters, in spite of their questionable origins and ethical credentials. To be frank, I am a little embarrassed by this, and almost decided not to share this outfit with you, and keep these purchases from you, but I couldn’t do that. First, because I LOVE THESE SHOES, and if you do too, I would highly recommend them. And Second, because you are my community, my people, and I share everything with you, even the mistakes and the purchases I regret. Of which there have been many over the years.
As of yet, I don’t regret purchasing these shoes. Yes, they are sheepskin. And after my going on and on about not buying UGGs anymore, or a real sheepskin rug for my office, I feel a bit hypocritical. No, a lot hypocritical. But who among us isn’t from time to time? None of us are perfect. Me, least of all. And ask my husband how hypocritical I am.
I can’t say that if I’d seen these online first and known they were sheepskin I’d have decided not to buy them, but as it happened, they were an impulse in-person buy and I didn’t know what they were made of at the time I became too emotionally invested to let them stay in the store. All this aside from the fact that since the beginning of the year, I’d resolved not to buy “new” leather – only secondhand. Strike two.
But as I posted on instagram, I don’t believe in perfection; only in better. 90% of the time, I try and succeed to make better, more responsible, more ethical, purchasing decisions. The rest of the time, I accept the consequences of my decisions, resolve to do better going forward, and move on. Life is much too short to continuously beat myself up for not being perfect, something none of us can be anyway. As Stacy has also resolved to do this year, “give yourself grace,” and then move forward.
So, I posted this outfit on Instagram, admitting, shocker, that I am not perfect, and decided also to out myself here, to you.
Anyway, I don’t read blogs or look at Instagrams where the authors only post about the “good” stuff, the “pretty” stuff, and the stuff that fits neatly into their little branding package. How boring. Life is none of those things all of the time.
So, lest you think for a second that I am perfect and I have everything figured out, here is evidence to the contrary. Enjoy 🙂
Oh, I almost forgot : if you buy these shoes, BEFORE YOU WEAR THEM, treat them with something, seal them, whatever. As I bought them, the guy was like, “I would take these immediately to Deno’s and get them treated.” And I was all, “oh, yeah, of course,” nodding my head in agreement. And what did I do?? Wore them the next day without spraying them. The day after that I took them to Deno’s and my shoe lady was like, I have to clean these first before we spray and seal them, or else the marks (that I got on them only wearing them ONE TIME) will be permanent. ugh. So, now I’m waiting for her to clean and treat my shoes before I can wear them again.
On that same note, I’m always so heartened at the long lines at the shoe repair place whenever I go; people are taking care of their shoes, getting new soles, and keeping them in excellent condition for years, which is a wonderful thing to see.