in all honesty, after reading amanda brooks' first chapter, i can hardly say that i have any real classic pieces. my necessity is comfortability + casual. strong emphasis on casual. but as a girl woman no longer in her, to put it delicately, younger days, having more sneakers and boots than heels, more oversized tees than blouses, i must be reformed to some degree. this will be my biggest hurdle.
i received this book for my birthday from the originative last year, but i was in the process of moving so it got stored away in a box. i finally got a chance over the weekend to actually read the first chapter and skim
through the rest after being intrigued from what i had read so far.
i could not have read this at a better moment.
i found my closet in a state of crisis several weeks ago. one could possibly mistaken it for a boy's wardrobe save maybe the three skirts that i have. i have been buying mostly for comfort (and making sure comfort looks good) but i had nothing to dress up a pair of khakis. i had to make a rule for myself that if i dominated in tom i would have to off center it with some girl and vice-versa.
a signature is like a rule, but it's more permanent and noticeable. it is a part of your look so constant that it defines you, makes you stand out, and becomes part of your fashion identity. ---amanda brooks, i love your style, p26
this book is all about discovering your personal style and how to take staple items and make it your own. i thought i would spend the next few posts blogging about this book, and my new purchases i will be making over the next six months to build up a strong wardrobe that i will hopefully never have to get rid of.
i will be venturing to canada with my sister for five days and can only bring a carry-on bag that will comfortably house my belongings while we roam and explore calgary. what could i fit in my ralph lauren chaps sack?
two shoes (one for hiking, the other for other things)
keep in mind that i will have a number of these items on when traveling, so i will have tons of room in this bag. i had to plan my outfits a week out so that i didn't overpack.
so this song (or speech rather) calledeverybody's free to wear sunscreen began to circulate in the summer of ninety-seven, just a few short months after i turned thirteen. as i thought about what words of wisdom i would grant future going on thirties, this song popped into my mind and i looked up the words for it, and found it to almost sum up everything that i wanted to say. below i have pulled some quotes out from the song that i thought were good.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.
The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.
I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth.
Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded.
But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.
You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about the future.
Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts.
Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don't waste your time on jealousy.
Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind.
The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life.
The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives.
Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.
Enjoy your body.
It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Get to know your parents.
You never know when they'll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings.
They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on.
Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle,
because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.
Accept certain inalienable truths:
Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old.
And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.
Don't expect anyone else to support you.
Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it.