the world is flat

This year is huge for me in so many ways. This year, I have finally accepted that I will live and die wearing flat shoes. And whenever the boyfriend asks me if I really need more flat shoes, I will just answer him with “But I will live and die wearing flat shoes!” Makes for some compelling domestic conversation, doesn’t it?

As you can see, I prefer flat shoes for reasons other than my inability to walk in heels. Flat shoes are just darn easier to store! This, of course, will work only if you have size 6 shoes or smaller. Another bonus is that these gray drawers are ALWAYS on sale at this local hardware store. In fact, I will be buying another set very soon because these babies arrived in the mail last Thursday:

custom made brogues in pale pink and gray

Courtesy of Pax of Archive Clothing. They are oh-so-lovely and fit just right!

PS. The title is bull-doody, of course.

PPS. While I was writing this post, my boyfriend was re-reading theories on existentialism and scientific determinism. Was I bothered by this cerebral imbalance? Him reading philosophy for pleasure while I ramble on about material possessions? Heck no. I know enough about existentialism to know that I will find my essence in SHOES!

PPPS. I am giving this pair of maroon dotted flat shoes to the first size 7 commenter who is 1) from the Philippines, and 2) leaves her shipping address with her comment. These have never been worn (because I’m a 6). I got them from eBay. Shipping is on me! These babies are goin’ home to Charm!

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can’t win ‘em all

Let me ask you, friends who sew bags, how often do you make bags for everyday use? How often do you see an everyday type of bag in stores and say “pshaw, I can make something similar?”

My answer to those questions: Too often, to the point of embarrassing. Remember the studded and chain bag I made a couple of months back? Weeeell… I still love it but I am having a vintage-inspired kick.

And so, this:

Yes, yes, the flap extension-slash-tongue looks wonky. I will allow this moment for you to laugh at my mediocre sewing skills. You have my permission to snicker or even point at that wonky round bit.

All right. That’s enough laughing. I have feelings, you know. Let’s move on.

As I mentioned last week, the fabric for this bag cost me more than two thrifted pieces. A meter of this actually costs more than a brand new paperback. I will not lie and say that I was apprehensive about the purchase. Due to the aforementioned vintage-inspired kick and a somewhat shoddy SMS conversation with this local bag/shoe shop, every cell of my body screamed “Sew a floral shoulder bag with a curvy flap!”

Granted, the cells didn’t say anything about that wonky flap extension-slash-tongue, but the whole thing actually looked nice when I first drew it. If you actually squint when you look at that part, the whole bag looks quite hmm….NICE.

An advantage to sewing your own bag: you can put 6 pockets for all the doo-dads you bring around every day.

flannel and lace

The royal lame-ness who is yours truly just tried the simple beauty of button-down tops combined with short layered skirts. You are all forgiven if you roll your eyes at this styling oversight on my part.

“Why do you post looks here on your blog again, Meream?” you probably wonder. Well, I’ll have you know that this particular outfit not only gives you my execution of the button-down top+layered skirt look, it also showcases the very reason for my “style” posts. Cheap with a side of crafty? Yes and yes.

CRAFTED: bag / THRIFTED: plaid top, black lace layered skirt

The skirt and plaid top combined cost me less than the fabric of the bag. More on the bag on my next post. I shall also warn you that you will probably be seeing more versions of this look here. Please do not shoot me.

Side note: have you guys seen the new Harry Potter? We are watching it THIS VERY MOMENT. *squeals*