When in Venice

A year ago, while lounging at a beach with some friends, one of them and I were chatting about college. Since I was going to a local college (and still do), one of my main concerns was the amount of time wasted going to and coming back from college. How would I catch up with the college (home) work I would have? What about my house chores? When would I have time to go out with friends? What about my blog? That friend then mentioned that one of his friends was an extreme hardworker and barely had time for anything, so he scheduled every single hour of his day. He wrote down to-do lists everyday that included things like ‘5 PM: sit with parents’, and it struck me right there and then. This is what I want to do, I told him. I wanted to become so busy, I had to schedule time for my family.


Fast forward a year later, I changed my mind. You see, I went through a lot during college (no, not what you’re thinking – it’s more of a mental change, but I’ll get to that in another post), and gradually I became a lot more laid back and stressed less about trivial, everyday things. I learned to embrace events -big or small- during their moment and that led to more spontaneity in my life. I wouldn’t say major spontaneity like jumping off a cliff instead of contemplating it (that would be fun…yes? No?), but rather little moments like suddenly turning off my phone or laptop and just spending time with my mom, for example. Things like that shouldn’t be articulately planned – they should be sporadic.


This way they become more meaningful and less of a ‘to-do’ job. Now, I’m not suggesting you become less organized in your life (if you ask my friends, they’ll tell you have OCD); but I am only saying doing things sporadically every and then won’t hurt. I also learned (the hard way) that when you sit and wait for the right moment to do something, someone else will take that chance. What do you guys think? Are you more in the moment or do you like to plan your days by the hour (or minute)? Do share!


Anyway, here is today’s outfit! Lately, when composing outfits, I would somehow always gravitate towards these Jeffrey Campbell x Free People lace up heels/booties. They are just so versatile and I’ve already put together two other outfits including them, which you can find here and here. Despite the bohemian feel of this outfit, I still imagine wearing it somewhere exotic like Verona or Portofino in Italy. Better yet: Venice, hence the title. Perhaps this is wistful thinking on my part, but a girl can dream. Let me know what you guys think of this outfit! And thank you for all your sweet comments! :)

fashion illustrationboho outfit inspiration
Free People printed skirt
New Look red fringed kimono (also available in sky blue)
3.1 Phillip Lim leopard print clutch
Asos white crochet top
Natalie B & Avante Garde Paris rings
Asos map watch
Jeffrey Campbell x Free People hunter green lace up sandals
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