Yesterday, I spent most of the day shoe shopping in San Francisco. I needed new shoes, because my old ones have massive holes in them. They lasted about four years, but sadly I couldn't walk in them any longer because the insoles were falling out and dirt can now easily get into them. Blah! I hate throwing shoes away, because I always get so attached to them. They have taken me so far in life, on so many adventures, that I get sentimental. That, and the whole minimalist thing, only buying new things when I absolutely need them. The fact that they're going to the dump is always a sad thought. RIP old shoes, you will probably take hundreds of years to disintegrate.
Also, my mother sent me some beautiful vintage dresses that have been in the family for ages. One belonged to my grandmother and is from the 1950's. It's so beautiful and I love the fact the she lives on through this dress. To me clothing means something, it should tell a story, your story: Where you come from and who you are. So this dress makes me feel that. I would love to pair it with some red stilettos, pearls, and black little gloves. It would be so classic.
So then there's the hookah bar. My dear friend Alfredo came back to SF to visit this past weekend, and that was an excuse for a lot of AAU alumni/friends to get back together. We spent the evening eating amazing Italian food and then we all went over the Cafe Chanta on Post Street to sit on soft pillows and smoke some Hookah. No, I didn't partake, I'm not a smoker; and yes, I know that the second hand smoke is just as bad. But for me it was more about a cultural life experience that I have never had before. The bar was so much fun and I felt like I was in Wonderland. I told all of my friend that they would turn into blue caterpillars and start speaking in riddles if they smoked too much hookah. So that, plus the awesome company, trumps any worries about the smoke. I'm sure my birthday cake was just as evil.
That pretty much wraps up my amazing weekend. Birthday's always make me appreciate life and reflect on all of the things that I still want to do. So get out there and live a little! That's what I say.
Cheers and here's to a brand new year full of possibilities.