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August 28, 2009

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Between the furniture assembling, grocering, cooking, scouting for a yoga studio, learning how to do the laundry, and numerous administrative errands needed to be run all to get settled in, shopping has been the only thing keeping me sane. Bereft of my fashiony friends in a city that doesn’t put much of a premium on creative dressing, much less does it keep abreast with what’s happening in the fashion world, I stock up on items in between classic and out-there, a cautious move as I wait to uncover the innate style and spot the stylish people of Boston.

The white linen oxfords shown above (set against the vivacious pattern of the IKEA desk chair I assembled myself!) were one of my in-between purchases. They remind me a lot of buck shoes:
quite a popular photo by The Sartorialist taken a few months ago
except they aren’t made of buck skin. Ideas flooded my mind as I caught sight of them at the store: I could doodle on them with a Sharpie, smear them with paint, dip-dye them degrade, or even stud them with multicolor gems! Or I could just wear them and let them wear out, allow them to naturally get soiled by the earth of a city I have yet to discover.

13 Comments

  • -h
    August 29th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    white linen! that sounds so great.
    you can spray with water/stain repellent, i really like that inspiration picture by the sartorialist.

  • Anonymous
    August 30th, 2009 at 12:04 am

    i totally just bought these saddle shoes from U.O! except mine are two-tone (navy and cream).

  • Annette
    August 30th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    if you are looking for "fashiony" friends in Boston may I suggest
    http://hello-dreamecho.blogspot.com

  • Joey Bahamas
    August 30th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Just bought these a few days ago…in white and black. $19.99 each!

    JB

  • Style & Beyond
    August 31st, 2009 at 11:11 am

    just came across your blog and so excited to see another Pinoy! you actually look familiar — did you go to CSA?? :)

    PS: good luck with Boston!
    linking your blog..:)

    xo
    iyam
    http://www.styleandbeyond.blogspot.com

  • Style & Beyond
    August 31st, 2009 at 11:44 am

    hey thanks :) and sorry, i thought you looked familiar!! love your style too — very sartorialist inspired:)

    what do you do in Boston? :)

    iyam
    http://www.styleandbeyond.blogspot.com

  • Style & Beyond
    August 31st, 2009 at 11:51 am

    how exciting! Good luck!! =)
    been here in NY/NJ for 5 years now..
    work and i'm just starting Fashion school today @ Parsons!! too excited =)

  • up and down town
    August 31st, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    what a romantic way to say "white shoes that become filthy brown."
    ;)
    i suppose you could wear them white and then after they … change, naturally, on their own, you could then attack them with a diy.

  • Isabel
    September 1st, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I think you should buy at least 3 more pairs of the same shoes and try all of those DIYS!!

  • wecouldgrowup2gether
    September 3rd, 2009 at 4:01 am

    u make me JEALOUS

  • fuchsiaboy
    September 5th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    can't wait to read more of your boston adventure izzy! you will be dearly missed during fashion week ;)

  • Felicitas
    November 8th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    indeed, they will tell the story of your walk of life… such beautiful shoes! the sole is what really does it for me.
    what brand are they??? :O i really want to get them for myself! :D
    love reading up on your blog, btw!

  • Izzy
    November 8th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    thanks, Felicitas. I got them from Urban Outfitters a while back.


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