Memories Are Times That You Borrow


Wearing these heels brings back memories. These are the oldest pair of heels I own and one of the most comfortable since they're by Dr.Scholls (a fact that people often doubt until I take off my shoes and show them the label!). I bought them when my family still lived in Hawaii for an Army ball my father asked if I would like to attend with him. I remember trying them on at the store and feel awkward in them and worrying over the price (an amount that now I think of as very reasonable). The salesperson who helped me was working hard that day and with her urging and some apathetic input from my sister, I bought them. They might have been the only heels I tried on and from the only store at the Ala Moana mall we stopped in because I come from a family that generally dislikes shopping. My mother didn't even go prom dress shopping with me, but instead sent my older sister as proxy whose tastes were (are?) quite different from mine. So in the end of shopping ventures I often had pieces that seemed practical and could be worn at numerous occasions rather than some special, silly piece that spoke to my soul. And those practical pieces always ended up gathering dust in darkened corners of my closet because they held no significance for me.

I wore ballet flats to the ball because at the last minute the heels just seemed too foreign to possibly wear. These heels were shuffled behind my rows of ballet flats and sandals. Later they were boxed up and made several moves across oceans and state lines until one day they drew my eye again. Now, while I don't wear them regularly, they are a practical option for my wardrobe. They're comfortable and classic; a good spring and summer basic although I find the dark brown tone a little harsh with airy, lightweight dresses.
So, the other day as I paired these heels with a simple outfit for running errands and passing a sunny day away, the flood of memories came back and I realized how much I've come sartorially and otherwise. How young I was when I first tried these heels on and stumbled around the department store wondering if they were worth one of my first paychecks and if I could really ever be comfortable wearing heels!
Outfit details:
UO shirt
vintage skirt
Dr. Scholls heels

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34 comments:

  1. perfect print mixing! and i'm all for comfy shoes.

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  2. The print of the vintage skirt is truly mesmerzing. I'm glad you rediscovered those heels, they are beautiful (and comfortability is always a plus!)

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    much love.

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  3. love your outfit, its so cute, love the contrast of patterns, and the heels are fab and confortable to boot - win win

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    xxx

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  4. Such a good post, thank you for sharing your memories.

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  5. I envy your pattern mixing skills! ;) I'm unfortunately not that brave! :D
    xxx

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    P.S: I'm having a fierce accessory giveaway in case you're interested

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  6. It's funny the things we can't imagine ourselves wearing and later find ourselves wearing all the time. When I was in high school, I felt immensely nervous at the thought of wearing a skirt or a dress--probably because they simply weren't worn at that point by teenagers. And now I often feel uncomfortable in jeans. : )

    On another note, that skirt is one of my favourites of yours. I always enjoy the occasions when you bring it out, however simple the outfit may be. I think I appreciate that it's an interesting pattern and not a floral.

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  7. Beautiful skirt, and sweet post!

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  8. I love the simplicity of the outfit. Those shoes are adorable and I can't believe they are that comfortable!!

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  9. Love the outfit and love the post! You're too darn cute!

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  10. Ahhh, the joys of Island Style. (Barf... Not you, just Island Style in general. Even tho I'm dying to move to Mililani or Ewa Beach or Makakilo City or Kapolei next year.)

    I love the mixed prints. This is a very Mae Outfit. Minus the shoes; they're too short, but they do look really cute with the entire ensemble.

    xx{ish.},
    Mae Lu @ thereafterish.!

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  11. really love your skirt

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  12. Awesome heels :) So nice when items have a history attached to them and recall your past. Looking great!

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  13. @Mae, there's a lot of good shopping in HI (Oahu specific) though! Ala Moana is a fantastic mall & loads of other places I can think of--good thrifting too. :)

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  14. Love the shoes, I love comfort and those are some styling comfortable looking shoes!

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  15. The shoes are great. I love the story behind them. I'm so in love with the print on your skirt.

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  16. love the pattern of the skirt
    love pleated skirts

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  17. such a funny story behind the shoes -- i remember and associate so many experiences with clothes/shoes. it's probably why i have so much trouble getting rid of anything.

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  18. I love the pattern mixing, and that ring! XOXO, www.NatalyasCloset.com

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  19. that skirt is so cute and i love the purple blazer with it :)

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  20. The skirt is so sweet. Gorgeous.
    Love the outfit. xx
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  21. i really like it when you tell stories like this one! also, the print mixing is simply darling!

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  22. Oooh comfy-but-stylish shoes! Love the skirt, I want a scarf in that kind of print

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  23. you are so incredibly cute. that story was lovely and that skirt is absolutely wonderful!

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  24. I could never find a pair of comfortable heels. I stand all day so comfort is a must for me, that's why I stick to flats. I love the stripes and your cardi!

    Complex Cardigans

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  25. your hair!!! I love it so much! You should do an article about what products do you use etcetc

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  26. love your bangs and hair!!

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  27. I love the beautiful outfit... It became my favorite one to try..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dolxfld6uQE Thanks for taking time to share your story with us.. I'm very much glad to be here..

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  28. I love this little anecdote. I have items of clothing/shoes that sometimes rediscover in my wardrobe and I always wonder why I don't wear them as often anymore. I think most of the time, we always remember where we bought certain pieces of clothing. I like that they each have their own little story.

    Also loving the outfit, especially the print on the skirt!

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  29. @Dany, Thank you! After shampoo & conditioner I don't use any product in my hair; air dry & then brush!

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  30. I'm still not completely comfortable in heels....not sure I ever will be. Will I ever grow up that much?!

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  31. I love the heels and digging up older articles of clothing, or shoes to wear! You look adorable as always!

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  32. I love the print of the skirt! lovely :)

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  33. I love the stripes mixed with that print! It looks perfect together.

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  34. <3 <3 <3 that skirt! I just found your blog, it's a new favorite!

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