Recent things #2

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I’ve been pining over these wedge sandals from A.P.C. ever since Dead Fleurette featured their predecessors(?) on her blog last year. I usually hate wedge anything, but the sandal’s upper boasts such a simple and classic look that it makes the wedge look almost refined instead of cheap. I’ve found tons of similarly designed flat and heeled sandals, and those always end up looking a) really uncomfortable, or b) like they came from one of the check-out bins at Forever 21.

Unfortunately, the A.P.C. sandals cost nearly 400 bucks — which, for my budget, is completely unjustifiable for a pair of sandals.

I’ve been on the hunt for a pair of look-a-likes for the past few months, so you can imagine my elation when I found these sandals by Cobb Hill for around $70. On sale! I wear them all the time now; they go with almost anything I wear, and the wedge makes them super walkable.

The best part about this is that Cobb Hill targets its products towards middle-aged women who are more prone to wearing shoes that look like this, rather than anything off of a style blog run by a very fashion-savvy 20-something. When I was searching for those A.P.C. lookalikes, I was mostly looking through the online catalogs at H&M, Zara, Asos, Forever 21 — knowing full well that anything I found from those stores probably wouldn’t last more than a few months and would be fairly uncomfortable to boot. I need to shake off my teenage shopping habits soon.

The Cobb Hill shoes are great. They have a comfy foam cushioning and they hug my feetsies really well. The great thing about wearing shoes designed for older people is that they’re almost always built for comfort, with style/trendiness often playing second fiddle. I seriously lucked out with this particular design. Just goes to show that simple is always best!

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I started wearing eyeliner regularly again after three weeks-ish of going makeup-free — not because of any personal conviction, but….because I lost my M.A.C. liquid eyeliner somewhere in the disaster zone that is my room and was too lazy to go out and get another one. After not wearing any makeup for nearly a month, I think I forgot exactly how much of a pain makeup is to put on, to wear, to remove.

I’ve had some serious insecurities about the appearance of my eyes every since I was little — I had one double eyelid and one single eyelid for the longest time, so one eye would always look drastically smaller than the other. I’ve worn heavy eyeliner since middle school to try to cover it up.

My eyelids have evened out a bit since then, but I still used eyeliner to control how my eyes looked. Which is kind of the whole point of makeup, but it got to the point where I would flat-out refuse to leave the house without at least a little bit of eyeliner, if only because I was so uncomfortable with and unaccustomed to the appearance of my natural eye shape.

Don’t get me wrong — I still like the way my eyes look with eyeliner, I’m still a big makeup fan, and hell, I’m still kinda proud of the liquid eyeliner application skills I’ve cultivated over the past eight years or so. But I also like that I have the choice of sleeping an extra five minutes in the morning instead of waking up to put on makeup, or that I can just go out without wearing makeup if I don’t feel like doing it one day.┬áIt’s really nice to be able to see makeup as a choice instead of a necessity.

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