Recently Megan invited me on an Offbeat Frontier adventure. This “adventure” was to visit the LA Zoo ruins in Griffith Park. Although Griffith Park is known for it’s hiking, which means hills and dirt trails I assumed we would just be walking about the site, taking photos. Nothing serious. I mean aren’t don’t all zoos have paved walk-ways?
After consulting Megan we concurred that we could dress us since we will just be walking around concrete side walks. There might be a little dirt but definitely no hiking. Not to mention my fashionable friends who were visiting me for the weekend had just left that morning so I was feeling inspired! I wanted to look good: fashionable yet comfortable. So I put on my new Kill City pink shirt/dress, some black studded sandals, and a belt and thought I was prepared. Megan put on her chiffon printed drape skirt, a black tank, and these Derby Darling Booties (which have a 2.5 inch heel). That may not seem very high, but for someone who NEVER wears heels, that is high. Then throw in some loose dirt hills. I’m surprised we came out relatively unscathed.
Today I came across this article on “How to Walk in High Heels.” I thought that’s great advice but that doesn’t apply to all situations.
How to walk in high heels:
Take shorter steps (striding is for professionals), & walk in a heel-toe motion. Try to distribute most of the weight across the ball of your foot. Stand up straight — you will initially feel unbalanced, but you’re not. The heel will support you. Keep your legs together as you walk & try not to bend them more than you normally would.
After our experience this weekend I wanted to share what I learned from Megan’s experience in case you ever get caught in this situation.
Unlike this article, when hiking in heels, one should not put the focus on their weight on the ball of the foot as most heels do not have traction; One should NEVER attempt to stand straight up, unless you regularly practice yoga, have INCREDIBLE balance and ninja like reflexes; Do bend your legs more than normal to remain balanced.
Advice on how to hike in heels:
1. Take short calculated steps.
2. Use heel like cleat to dig into hills. (The smaller the heel the better, got stilettos? GO FOR IT!)
3. Grab onto whatever is nearest.
4. Be very cautious where you place your foot to avoid rolling your ankle (I hope you’re not wearing wedges)
5. Look fabulous.
Unfortunately its $395…
…and pretty much sold out at this point.
I splurged. For the first time in my life I splurged… on a bag nonetheless. I’ve never splurged on anything in my life. I’m not even kidding. I am the girl who bought all my prom dresses at vintage shops or Loehman’s. The most expensive thing I’ve ever bought prior to this was a $250 pair of Kate Spade heels on my 17th birthday (which my sister pushed me into and the guilt haunted me for weeks after). In comparison to most people I know that is nothing. I mean I go to fashion school, I work in the fashion industry. $250 for shoes is hardly less than reasonable. I know people who spend $850 on Christian Louboutin shoes (regardless of the fact that they cannot afford them).
So I splurged on a bag… but it wasn’t just any bag. It was the Marc by Marc Jacobs “Petal to the Metal” messenger bag. I first encountered this incredible bag in November. I saw it while perusing the Bloomingdale’s website with my co-worker. I knew it had to be mine. But $495 for a bag was RIDICULOUS. I could never spend that much. So I resisted the temptation.
Then I went to New York for Fashion Week in February. While exploring the city with my friend Alex I stumbled upon the bag at Bergdorf Goodman. I contemplated buying it, but refused unless I had validation from my sister. While shopping around that day I ran into FIVE people who had the bag. Obviously, it was a sign. I NEEDED it. Alex and I then went to every major department store in the city looking for it, but they were sold out. By the time I got back to Berdorf’s it was gone! I was devastated. But oh well, $500 saved.
Then last week I escorted my best friend Megan to the eye doctor. After her appointment we decided to do a little shopping. We stopped by her favorite store on Melrose, Foley + Corinna. Then I suggested we stop by Marc by Marc Jacobs since it was practically on the way home. To my surprise they had the bag! Apparently it had been re-issued. So with a little encouragement from Megan I gave in. I bought the bag…
I just finished reading Kelly Cutrone’s book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You. It’s a pretty good book and definitely an easy read. To be honest, this is probably the first book I’ve actually finished reading (that wasn’t assigned reading) in about a year. If you want to know what life is like in the fashion industry it definitely paints a realistic picture. Although I’d have to say, her show Kell on Earth gives a better preview of the ruthless, fast-paced nature of the PR world.
Even if you’re not interested in fashion or PR. This book is very empowering and inspiring for women. It’s all about harnessing your inner power bitch to attain your dreams. I have interned for IMG Fashion over the past few years during fashion week which has allowed me the opportunity to see Kelly Cutrone in her element a.k.a. on the runways in LA and NY: doing run-throughs with the models, etc.
Many people are quick to say she is too bitchy or too ruthless; but I find a certain level of comfort in her blunt leadership style. Maybe it’s because her confidence and brutal honestly somewhat remind me of my mother (in a good way). Or maybe it’s due to all those years of playing sports that taught me to play better and work harder when someone was yelling at me or constantly critiquing my choices. But mostly I just like that Kelly cuts the bullshit. It’s people like her who inspire me, not just in terms of work but also in terms of life in general. Nothing is more refreshing than a person who accepts who they are and embraces it.
“We’re constantly getting these messages to mind our own business and look the other way if we want to be well liked, to not tell the truth or speak our mind or say anything too intense. Well, I’m telling you here that this approach not only makes you party to other people’s crimes against themselves but is a prescription for mediocrity and delusion.”
Although my mom vehemently disagrees one thing Kelly strongly recommends is following your dreams. Even if it means not knowing how you will pay next months rent. As I am still young and very naive I strongly believe (and hope) that if you do what you love, the money will come eventually. This story has affirmed that belief. It’s not necessarily going to be easy but you shouldn’t be afraid to pursue your dreams.
So there is this thing in Seattle that happens every November called The Glitter Sale. The glitter sale is a two-day event held by one of Seattle’s Goodwill stores. Every year they store all of the formal wear that gets donated and then they have a two-day sale. All of the proceeds go to their job training program.
This famous two-day sale features racks, rows and cases of glitzy and glamorous Goodwill bargains, all in one place. Quality merchandise is collected year-round for the big sale, including gowns, men’s formalwear, jewelry, shoes, purses and much more.
I learned about the Glitter Sale during my brief residence in Seattle in the fall of 2006. Now, it has become a tradition for me to visit Seattle every year during the sale. Last year 2009 was my fourth time going. I even brought my neighbors Megan (photographer and managing editor of OBB) and Aaron (sound engineer and shark attack victim!) It is my tradition to buy a sequin dress at the glitter sale every year, to wear on New Year’s Eve of that year.
Some of our fabulous finds:
I found a brown suede jacket featured on the Glitter Sale blog. It has a fur lined collar and sleeves. It is very Penny Lane-esque. I’m not going to lie I kind of feel like a badass in it. A homeless woman even stopped me on the street to tell me how “ill” I looked.
There is even a great men’s section. One year (2007) Shea got this amazing Christian Dior Tuxedo Jacket for something ridiculously cheap like $30.
As previously mentioned, Aaron got an entire suit including a jacket, pants, and a white button down shirt for $60!
This last year Pemco Northwest even wrote about me on their blog!
“Those two weren’t the only Glitter Sale veterans in attendance. Courtney, a California native, has made the Glitter Sale a part of her holiday shopping for four years now. She plans her trips to the Northwest to coincide with the Glitter Sale because there’s no other event that combines shopping and giving in such a fun and stylish way. Courtney was in search of some jewelry and accessories to complement the mink fur coat she found at last year’s sale”.
I found this dress in 2007. It was a hand-beaded light pink cocktail dress. It even had shoulder pads! I wore it on New Year’s Eve 2007.
This is a hand made, vintage, strapless dress that Megan found. Sure, she doesn’t have an event to wear it to but it fit her like a glove!
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”
But this blog isn’t about Coco Chanel. This blog is about fashion and me, Courtney aka Coco.
It will be a combination of my two loves: instant photography and all things fashion. (Oh and there will probably be lots of sequins!)