The Red Shoes

For as long as I can remember, I've loved to entertain. When I was in elementary school, I always participated in my school's talent shows. Then, in middle school I took dance, choir, and acting classes. It was then when I was lucky enough to star in my first play The Red Shoes and my dream was born. 

 
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In the play, the girl is consumed with her desire for a pair red shoes, and similarly to the Phantom of the Opera or Black Swan, they make her the star she's always wanted to be... but for a price she wasn't expecting. They're a fitting reminder for me at the start of the new year of who am I am, and what I want.

Since the main character of the play was a dancer, I wore my grey leotard and grey stretchy skinny jeans, the lyrical dancer's "out-in-public" uniform. Yup, I'm just playing make-believe when I can.

 
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Meet my "theater hat." Years ago I seriously wanted this hat, but it was difficult to find. Now I see similar ones at local vintage shops pretty often. Funny how that happens.

 
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To balance out the shoes, I wore this red belt that I picked up at a store closing sale from AA. It's reversible, so it felt like a conservational purchase at the time. I could have also worn red lipstick to really bring the reds together, but the character was a young girl, so I passed.

 
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The chili red flats from Rothy's are a recent Christmas gift from a dear friend of mine who surprised me big time. I had spoken to her about these shoes and shared how I loved that they were made up of recycled plastic water bottles. And she bought me a pair! Her kindness is so appreciated <3 Especially since she saved me from the moral of the story ;)

 
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Hat: Vintage
Top:  American Apparel
Belt: American Apparel 
Jeans: Crossroads Trading
Sweater Coat: Borrowed
Clutch: Vintage
Shoes: Rothy’s