Finding Yourself in a World of Options (Fashion & Otherwise) // Shoes I Can’t Wait to Wear This Spring

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Kick-ass Chloe boots from a few seasons ago. Hands down one of my favorite fashion companies ever.

Finding yourself can be like finding the right shoes; oftentimes long-winded and at least a little painful. It can take years.

It’s always worth it though. There’s nothing like stepping into the right pair of shoes or knowing who you are and what you want. In light of yesterday’s holiday, dedicated to womankind, this post is dedicated to why and how you should pursue whatever you want.

Jeffrey Cambell x Anthropologie. I need these in my life.

It took me years to realize it’s okay and cute to wear comfortable shoes. Don’t get me wrong, I love my towering sexy heels as much as the next fashion-junkie girl. I love my Vikky Soft Pumas maybe just as much though. 

Heaven on your feet & equally cute. Obsessed with this color.

I spent my high school years thinking I had to wear flats or Converse or inexplicably painful sandals almost every day and have the blister scars to prove it. On the other days I’d wear Keds or Vans. Thank God, otherwise the bone on my foot which protrudes would probably be worse off.

If you forgot to get me a birthday present, I’ll take these in an 8 or 8.5 please.

I feel like we as women put ourselves through the hoops to be some better version of ourselves and will stop at nothing. In high school we need to fit into a specific category and be zitless and never boyfriendless. At least that’s how I felt. In college we drink ourselves into oblivion and forge friendships based on shared goals of pushing the boundaries of whatever we couldn’t do in high school. At least, that’s what I did, in addition to really liking college and my classes. (Honestly). After that, we still try to emulate Instagram makeup and hold ourselves to some degree of presentability if we want to retain any hope of making a living and being a contributing member of society.

Free People. Presentable for work yet cute enough to go out.

At every stage in our lives as women we must find our way amongst categories and expectations, career-wise, socially, and yes, even within the realm of fashion. As a teenager, I looked ridiculous some days, and others I could pass for a model in some cool zine. I don’t regret looking ridiculous though. I was finding my voice, my identity, and my fashion sense.

Erdem. Seriously? How can you not be a shoe addict with so many gorgeous options?

I have realized that I need creativity and freedom in my life and I also need comfortable sneakers. To paraphrase Eva Longoria, in college I didn’t know what I want to do for the rest of my life, but I knew what kind of woman I wanted to be. This interesting article/interview is about why Eva decided to get a degree in Chicana/o Studies at CSUN while doing Desperate Housewives. Loved it. That’s my alma mater.

I feel as though fashion gives us the liberty to be whoever we want. Especially during spring, anything goes. One day you can be a futuristic moon dweller, another an austere modern lady in a monochrome utilitarian outfit, and the next an ethereal bohemian princess. I love that. It lets us find play around with who we want to be until we want, and one day we discover who that person was all along. So never stop playing dress up girls. It’s more important than the world thinks. 😉

Love you all,

Maggie

Fruit Salad Bow Blouse // Pussy Bow Blouse & Striped Culottes

Career wear, Design, fashion, Fashion design, Fashionillustration, Illustration, Retro, style, Summer, Uncategorized, Work wear

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I always thought workwear should be fun. Sleeveless bow/pussy bow blouses and culottes are ideal for long summer days at work. Yes some of us, including myself, have to work this summer, even though I am currently on vacation. 😀🌅🌞🌈✈🚣💄👗👡 Yay!!

Ironic that I would draw a work-themed outfit on vacation, but I didn’t really plan it that way. Things happen when you’re drawing. 🔮

I love the idea of mixing prints and of a fruit salad print. Calling all fabric makers, garment makers, and designers! Collab with me and help me make this blouse a reality! 🍹🍇🍋🍓🍉🍈

PS; new update to my forthcoming offerings to my Ebay & Etsy in my next post! Yay to permanent vacay. ( I wish) 😉

Happy Friyay!

Maggie (in the Moon)

The 5 Shoes That Will Get you Through the Whole Summer

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There’s so many shoes in this world and so little time to try and buy them all up. In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, “Men I may not know, but shoes I know.” Really I know enough about men, (sort of) and I love them, but I may love shoes just a tiny bit more. Yes, shoes won’t hug you, but they’re always there to brighten up your day when you need them. Men too..sometimes. Haha!

Anyway, with so many options today, it can be hard to decide what to buy and where to buy it. Yes, we want to spend, we have that part down, but if you’re like me, and you have to shop wisely in order to still be able to eat, you can’t buy any shoe that strikes your fancy. 😢😬👛👠

To be honest, you only need 5 pairs of shoes to get you through the summer. They go with everything and they’re easy to pair up with outfits and accessories. Here are my  top 5 picks for the summer:

  • 1. The lace up sandal, as shown above. These are by Steve Madden. I’m so in love with this sky blue color right now. I painted my nails that color and have bought so many blue things this summer. Serene and beautiful. 💙 The sandal looks great paired with jeans and dresses.
  • 2. The slide sandal.

 

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These sandals look great with literally everything. Mine are from Gap. They have an easy casual cool that’s so perfect for the summer. Here’s how I styled them:

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As you can see, pink jeans, slide sandals, and flowy tops make me very happy! You can find them at gap.com. 😉👡

I also love this simple and cute slide by Michael Kors & here’s how I styled those. (Digging tropical vibes right now.) 🌴 ; You can buy the sandals on Macys.com & the romper at UrbanOutfitters.com.

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  • 3. The espadrille. These cuties are by Sam Edelman. Funny, comfy, and adorbs. What more do you want? Espadrilles in every color? Me too. 🌈 You can buy these at shoebuy.com.
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Rosé all day? Yes please! Wait..

  • 4. The espadrille sandal. Seafoam sandal and all accoutrements by Urban Outfitters.

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I love this pretty seafoam green color. Gorgeous and so summery.

5. Vans Authentic Low.

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Nintendo is a throwback to my childhood and Vans are a throwback to my high school days, not to mention being forever cool. Pefect with shorts and a t shirt.

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Loving the simplicity of this look. California through and through.

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Cute & whimsical. 😀💜

So those are my 5 summer shoe picks. Is my list different than yours? If course there’s always room for more…😉

Love,

Maggie ✌❤