HELLO, all the summer stuff on Moda Operandi is 50% off and I’ve got a week-long vacation in Palm Beach planned for July, so we. are. doing. some. CARTS. When these fancy websites have sales, I mostly scour the swim and shoes and then skim the rest. Swimwear, because I can actually afford it (on sale); shoes, because that’s the one area I’m willing to make an investment (on sale); and all the rest is for inspiration if/when I have time to make something for myself (more on that coming soon!).
Left to Right: Reina Cutout; St Barts Bustier; Entwined Lace up; Petal 2 Fringed; Victoria Twisted; The Perfect Ten
I have a lot of boxes to check off in this category:
1. I need the front of my stomach covered, because I just do. One night I told Molly that, as an experiment for this blog, I was going to wear a crop top around town all day, thinking that would break me of my tummy insecurity. Then when I sobered up, I remembered ‘NO THANK YOU.’ It’s not even that bad, it’s just not that good. I have other, better things to show the world.
2. The legs need to be pretty low cut, because I don’t wax, and I like to keep shaving to a minimum. I know, I KNOW. As I type this, I realize my legs would probably look pretty great with a super high cut, but it’s just too much to worry about. Full-body exfoliation and subsequent spray tan is enough prep work for me. Let’s just keep the crotch covered and move on, shall we?
3. Because I’m all covered up everywhere else, I like to show a bit more up top. I’ve got a little to flaunt up there too, so why not?
4. I’m very picky about color and pattern. Not too much! Not too matronly. Not a weird Florida floral. Not a crazy color that will make my fair skin look gross if I’m caught off-guard and not given time for the aforementioned spray tan. AND NOTHING WITH WORDS LIKE ROSE ALL DAY. But, you know, it needs some kind of surprise design element to make it special.
Left to Right: Pearl Sandal; Delpozo platform; Aquazurra Tropicana sandal; Roberto Cavalli Cosmo sandal; Aquazzura Beverly Hills 50 sandal; Simone Rocha Nappa heel; Simone Rocha midi brogue; Marco De Vincenzo Satin Fringe
Summer shoes are so hard, because they need to be EASY, but also versatile and comfortable and able to work for you every day without getting gross. I also really like to have my heels covered, so that I don’t have to worry about scrubbing and moisturizing them every thirty seconds. I want to LIVE in the summer and not worry so much about my feet. Even though I honestly feel like I spend half of the summer worrying SO MUCH about them. ALSO, your summer shoes need to be cute AF, because the number of accessories vastly reduces in summer – no bangle can carry the entire weight of an outfit.
All that being said, summer is also the time for PARTIES. And you can run all over town without worrying about your feet getting cold or slipping on ice. So, keep a tiny tube of lotion in your bag and let those tootsies OUT.
[Note: did I just vision board myself into buying blue shoes??]
I am … not buying clothes anymore. !! I’m actually not buying swimwear either, but I’ll get into it all in a future post. I AM, however, looking for inspiration, and pretty much everything but this Roberto Cavalli denim coat dress has me feeling lots of feelings. Actually, I’ve been feeling all sorts of things in general in my life, but I’m so excited to have stumbled on a new project and I’m dying to tell you all about it. It involves LOTS of clothes and LOTS of design, and I’m the youngest person at my new job! STAY TUNED!