I used to work at a second hand clothes store. I started there in the fall of my first year of college, and left this past summer when I moved out here to begin teaching. I really enjoyed working there for many reasons, but one of the biggest reasons is because I love sifting through clothes. I used to work at Urban Outfitters, too, but that quickly became boring; I found I got sick of looking at the same clothes for weeks. I'm a second hand addict because it's always an adventure; you never know what you'll get.
When I was a child, I wore hand-me-downs. I spent a lot of time wishing that I could live in a mall, so that I would be able to wake up each morning and wear something I never had before. This idea thrilled me. I suppose it never left me either, because I still think a bit like that; I rarely recycle outfits, and now that I am able to afford clothes of my own, I hoard them for those "just in case" occasions. I really enjoy clothes⎯finding them, wearing them, altering them, sifting through them. I am, aside from this particular addiction, a fairly practical person, caught up in issues of politics and human rights and those sorts of things. Clothes are my one allowance in fancifulness; they are my outlet for simple pleasure without seriousness or responsibility.
Anyways, speaking of clothes, this is what I wore today! I wasn't feeling well this morning, so I stayed in the house until about 4, when Henrik and I went out for a late lunch/early dinner and grocery shopping. A woman stopped me at Trader Joe's and exclaimed that I was "beautiful" and that my outfit was "so cute" and she was "jealous." It really made my day! Unexpected compliments mean so much, particularly because they seem so genuine; it takes effort to stop a stranger and tell them something nice. :)
blouse: thrifted ~ velvet skirt: thrifted ~ tights: H&M ~ shoes: free! (urban outfitters)
And, I'm really lame, but this skirt swishes in a really fun way that the pictures didn't fully capture...so I made this:
Ohhhhh yeahhhh. Check out those dance moves. Henrik and I cracked up for a good minute after I finished making this.
While Henrik and I were out, I couldn't help but drift into a vintage shop. (Yes, yes, more clothes.) Lookie what I got!
it had me at "penguin pockets."
I realize I have a million more things to post, but I promise I've been working on them! Getting back into the swing of work again after that February break is proving more difficult than I expected. :P Hope you all had a great weekend. Monday, I'm ready for ya'.