And we’re back to dresses. I got this dress at a vendor at Fiji Day at Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby on Saturday. My sister was working at the event at the face painting booth, and my dad was like “Are you going? Don’t you go to all the festivals?” so I decided to check it out. I’m annoyed, because I have two other dresses in this style, that I got from the vendor I usually buy from at street festivals. Why am I annoyed? Because the vendor I bought this new dress from on Saturday sells the same style of dresses for less than half the price that I’ve been paying at the other place. They didn’t have as many different kinds though. I have the same dress in red, but slightly shorter, which I was actually wearing when I bought this one. There was a black and grey one as well, but my friend bought it, so I went with the brown one. I like that they’re easy to just try on over what you’re already wearing, and that they’re stretchy and one size fits all. My blue cardigan is from Forever 21. I got my necklace from Payless and my earrings from a vendor at Car Free Day on Main Street. My bracelet is from a vendor at Carnaval del Sol a couple weekends ago, and my ring is from a vendor at the Blim Market Festival on Granville Street that I went to yesterday. I also go a new iPhone case at Aldo yesterday. My hand is covering it, but it says #SELFIE on it. I felt like that was appropriate for me.
Another blue dress from a street festival. I got this one at Italian Day on Commercial Drive a couple weekends ago, along with the green dress that I wore last week. The styles are similar, but different enough that I was fine with getting both. I really like this colour blue and the designs that are on this dress. It would’ve matched really well with the sweater I wore yesterday, but I didn’t want to wear the same sweater two days in a row if I could help it. Instead, I paired it with this brown cardigan that I got from Bryan’s at Lansdowne Centre, since there is also brown in the dress. My necklace is from Her Story Lockets and I got it at the PNE last year. I actually ran into the girl who runs that business during Car Free Day on Denman Street and she remembered me because I was such a loyal customer. My earrings are new, I got them at Car Free Day on Main Street on Sunday. My ring is from UBC and my bracelet is from Sears. And my nails are still looking good because I touched the up a little bit. I may end up wearing even more blue outfits this week, because it’s my favourite colour, but also because I want my clothes to match my nails. I guess purple would work too because they’re kind of purplish. Or you know, I’ll just wear a different colour entirely. Because really, who cares?
Some days you just don’t feel like wearing bright colours, so I decided to wear this navy blue Ross dress. Since I lack the boobs to fill it out, I wore this black Walrmart tank top underneath it. In keeping with darker colours, I wore it with my brown and gold Aritzia sweater. Actually, now that I’m looking at it, I think the sweater might actually be black, but the gold sparkles cause it to look brown? I figure I should wear a few dark coloured outfits before it gets too unbearably hot and I won’t be able to. I decided to wear silver jewellery to add some shine to this outfit, with my Payless heart necklace and earrings. And then my Suzy Shier bracelet and my UBC ring.
Say that ten times fast. Actually I guess it’s not that difficult as a tongue twister. But it’s an awful thing when it happens in reality. The zipper on my left boot had been causing a bit of trouble for quite some time. But we were able to make it work. Part of me knew it was only a matter of time before it would all fall apart. But I wanted to make it last as long as I possibly could and to cherish the time we had left, however fleeting.
I’ve had these boots for about four years, so they have had a very good run. Or a good walk, I suppose would be more appropriate. I didn’t do a whole lot of running while wearing them, unless you count running for the bus, which I suppose does add up over time. They’ve lasted longer than expected, longer than any boot before them. I can’t remember if it’s been four years or five. I bought them in either 2007 or 2008. All I know is that they were purchased during my time working at Shoe Warehouse.
Ever since working at Shoe Warehouse, I’ve come to appreciate footwear. These boots were one of my greatest finds. I bought them on sale in the clearance section. But being in clearance does not mean they were low quality. They are Santanas, which is a Canadian brand that I’d never heard of. But they are leather and waterproof. And comfortable. It’s so hard to find a good boot that is all of those things and looks good as well.
This was back when I was against rain boots. And by rain boots I mean gum boots. I wanted something more grown up and stylish. And these were them. I could always count on them for protection when it rained or when it snowed. And even if it didn’t rain, they still worked with many outfits. I had a pair of black boots, but they weren’t waterproof. And they didn’t last as long. The zipper broke on those about a year or two ago. I still miss them.
And now it’s time for me to say goodbye to these brown ones as well. Why? The zipper finally broke. They always do. I really have a love hate relationship with zippers. I love them and they hate me. And that’s just how it is. I’ve lost count of the number of items I’ve had to part with due to broken zippers.
I wasn’t even going to wear these boots today. I considered normal shoes, but then I heard it would rain. So then I considered my red rain boots, but then I didn’t think it would rain that much. Obviously I was wrong. But I swear the sun was shining a little when I left the house. And I didn’t want to look stupid wearing rain boots on a sunny day, as I’ve done in the past. These brown boots have served me well whatever the weather. Plus, if I happened to walk through mud, you couldn’t tell since they’re brown.
The zipper was bound to break eventually. But of course it would happen early in the day, on a day like today when I so badly needed them. And of course it would break while I was at work. At least the zipper on my black boots had the decency to break before I left the house, allowing me time to change my footwear before venturing outside. Maybe the brown boots felt that I had taken them for granted, and they wanted to teach me a lesson before they finally kicked the bucket.
When the zipper came apart, I didn’t have many options. It’s not as if I had a spare pair of boots with me at the time. I needed something to fasten it together, or it would just flop down and not stay on properly. So I used tape. A lot of tape. Which worked surprisingly well for a while. And no one noticed unless I pointed it out to them. Why would I point it out? I don’t know, as a conversation starter? Because I wanted someone to acknowledge the misfortune I was going through? Because I just felt like it?
I used scotch tape while at work and then packing tape when I left. Somehow I feel like the scotch tape worked better. I’m pretty sure on my way home people noticed the tape that was hanging on for dear life in desperate attempt to do what a zipper once did. It was clear tape, but still. At least I made it home. But it saddens me to know that I will never wear them again. I’ll never find that kind of quality at that good a price again. I curse that zipper for ending our time together before I was ready.