For those of you who have read The Fairy Princess Diaries for a long time (sending so many Xs and Os your way) you may remember I used to live in a quirky little neighborhood called Fremont. Fremont is filled with boutiques, restaurants, vintage shops and public art, truth be told I would move back in an instant! Every Sunday there is the sweetest farmer’s market filled with delicious food, vintage goods and handmade pieces by local artists. I still return to visit the coffee shop I frequented to study during my undergrad. Oh Fremont, I love you so!
Naturally, I still head to Fremont for relaxing window shopping and a bite to eat often. Though I don’t incorporate much vintage into my wardrobe I do love adding touches of vintage into my home accents. Fremont has quite a few vintage shops filled with quite a few quirky gems. A few years back I found the best golden unicorn bookend, and then last Spring I added a vintage unicorn print to my living room. I’d like to think I’m becoming a collector of vintage unicorn pieces (no matter how gaudy). My five year old self would be proud.
Aside from shopping I seriously love spending my leisure time walking. As far back as I can remember going on walks has been one of my favorite relaxing activities. Growing up I loved to grab a friend and go on a walk and talk for hours. Now, I grab Jordan and Pierre and force them both to walk to Starbucks with me on Saturday mornings whenever I get the chance. Fremont is the perfect walking neighborhood! You can walk to groceries, to bars, to weird art exhibits, the library, etc, etc. I know I’m meant to be a city girl because I enjoy the walkability of a neighborhood so much. When I go to buy a house or condo one day I know a major selling factor will be the neighborhood’s walk score. Bonus points if a cute coffee shop is just around the corner!
You may have noticed I added a super fun new pair of sneakers to my shoe collection. Jordan is the King of Shoes (seriously, they’re overtaking our apartment) and for awhile now I’ve been envious of all of his fun, urban inspired high tops. I eyed a pair from Adidas, a few luxury pairs at Nordstrom but none of the sneakers really felt like me. My style is girly not urban! Then I stumbled upon this Barbie inspired pair by Sophia Webster and it’s like I had no choice but to order them immediately. Pink, turquoise, Barbie laces and sparkles…once again my inner five year old took over my brain and left my 24 year old self helpless. I’m still adjusting and figuring out how to wear my sparkly pink sneakers and I’ve reestablished a half up top knot is so not my thing. But fashion is all about experimenting with styles that maybe aren’t right for you sometimes…right? (I mean thirteen year old me didn’t look great with bright red hair with blonde streaks but that didn’t stop her from trying). A lose for half up top knots, a win for a girly splash of athleisure. The Sophia Webster Barbie high tops are here to stay!
How do you like to spend your days off? Do you experiment with styles outside of your comfort zone? What is a trend you would like to try that doesn’t quite feel comfortable?