I've always had a sartorial sense of mind; perhaps only a special select few will understand my decision to frame my twenty-first birthday in terms of shoes. Shoes are critical and central to any experience. Pick the wrong pair and your memories of that day will be painful or humiliating. When the conversation trails off awkwardly, one always looks to your feet. And have you ever heard that when you fall in love, your feet will always point in their direction?
|| day || ankle strap mini wedge
My first purchase from Madewell; I like the ladylike look of a small, pointed wedge with a pair of cuffed boyfriend jeans. E had given me a book I'd been really meaning to read; apparently, 1Q84 is one of Chen Ke's favorite books, and serves as an inspiration for many of her paintings. I love dystopian fiction, but it has been shoved aside because of coursework, which seems to pile higher and higher every year. This year, I've dedicated two mornings out of each week to meet with a friend in a coffee shop and simply read; there is something satisfying about starting the day with the smell of fresh macchiato and paper. Reading is a source of meditation for me that I began to miss.
|| night || t-strap ballet flats
My best childhood friend had sent me these box of shoes for my birthday with the enclosed message, "you need good shoes to lead you to good places." Now that we are grown and have matured, we realize that giving gifts that are useful such as books and shoes are the type of gift that just keeps on giving. L tells me that they are edgier than my usual taste, but I might as well wear as many sparkly, glittery things as I can while I am still young. I heard that only 30% of women prefer flowers over jewelry as a gift, and I suppose I am in that minority; I think it is the element of surprise that is most important. After going out to dinner, my friends through a surprise party that was very endearing and warmed my heart. All in great shoes, of course.
The morning after a grand celebration is always wistful and nostalgic, as evidenced by the dismantled remains of gift wrapping and birthday cake. Yin and yang is a Daoist concept founded in binaries, or complete opposites that nonetheless complement each other. Even though good things come to an end, it is the absence of them that makes me truly appreciate them.
Now that I am twenty-one, I hope that this year will be a journey to remember. Which pairing do you like better; day or night?
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