Wearing: House of Dagmar Leather Pants (similar here and here), Weekday Coat (similar and here), H&M Ankle Boots (similar), Keepsake Turtleneck Sweater (old but similar here), Céline Edge Sunglasses c/o Pretavoir, and a Boyy Karl Bag
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There’s no denying that white shoes in general are having a big moment for several seasons now. Sneakers are simple to style, but how to wear white ankle boots? Find out tips and tricks to avoid looking like an 80’s fashion victim and some general thoughts on happiness, overthinking, and ‘truth’.
You can call it a love-hate thing, mainly because past decades have shown how you shouldn’t wear them. However, we’ve all seen pretty cool looks at fashion week with super stylish girls wearing them (this outfit is actually inspired by a fashion week streetstyle look I’ve been obsessed with since last season), which means they can look good. So if you are thinking about how to wear white boots this spring, but think you can’t get away with it, fear not, since there are just a few things to keep in mind:
- Wear them to break an all-black ensemble. Obviously, wearing white boots with white trousers or jeans is a no-go, so instead opt instead to wear them to add contrast or interest to an all black outfit.
- Opt for structured and colored fabrics like denim, leather, or wool.
That’s about it. Do you have any extra tips on how to wear white ankle boots? Let me know in the comments below.
Now here some random thoughts I’ve been having for the past days:
I’m one of those people who overthinks and really takes a very deep look not only at myself, but at the world around me. It started happening to me as I became a teenager and spent hours not only listening to music, but thinking. I was thinking about literally everything and since then, it has been hard for me to shut it down. It’s often a burden and a very, very big one, but for me it is important to understand why things happen and I don’t fear how ugly things might look like. The truth is that the truth doesn’t care about what you or I think. It’s indifferent to what we feel, want, or need to believe. While philosophers and scientists have been telling us this for centuries now, and while it might seem futile to try to grasp it, since you never will, I think it’s important to at least try and not comform yourself with what you fancy as truth or adapts best to your world or needs. Differently to a donkey motivated to move due to a carrot on a stick, making attempts towards discovering truth being it through analysis, science, statistics, or simply empathizing with others, we do make advances each time, not only as individuals, but as a species. And the most important thing is to have the courage to set your hopes, wishes, wants, needs, and biases aside and try to see it, as painful and inconvenient as it may be. Comfort, I believe, is seldom the way to truth.
A few days back, I read an article about the happiest countries in the world in 2018 and read the World Happiness Report 2018. We always listen to stuff like, ‘Happiness is the way, not the destination’, which is true or so I believe,but there are factors that objectively increase your chances to be happy. For instance, well-being in general: income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity. That’s why it came as no suprise at all to see Scandinavian countries leading the poll.
Having said that, there was something very unusual that caught my attention, namely what the report calls the “happiness bulge in Latin America”, since you see several of its countries leading the first 40 places (Costa Rica being the first one to appear at #11). The reason that is unusual is because we all know that Latin America, as a part of the third world, lacks for most of the part all the economic well being factors you find in the happiest first world countries. So what is making people in Latin America happy in spite of them lacking social support, a healthy life expectancy, a good income, in many cases freedom, etc.? According to the report it is due to people depending “on the greater warmth of family and other social relationships there, and to the greater importance that people there attach to these relationships.” So we can basically conclude that human warmth and healthy social relationships can objectively contribute to happiness.
Well, duh, isn’t that obvious? To me, frankly, it is. However, there are many places where things aren’t at all like that. While many countries count with economic well being, they don’t count with that ‘warmth’ cultural factor, so that’s why you see that in spite of them being rich, they rank much lower than what you would expect. In fact, there are many rich countries, where there is an alarming level of people suffering from depression and anxiety.
That’s not to deny in the least how incredibly important economic wellbeing is, because if you can afford to do what you love for a living, chances are you are going to be very damn happy. Work to live not live to work is a fact. And as Voltaire says in Candide, “our labor keeps off from us three great evils-idleness, vice, and want.”
In conclusion, economic well being matters (a LOT) when it comes to happiness, but so does social warmth, generosity, and solidarity. At the end of the day, how others are doing, whether good or bad, will affect you. Therefore, we could say kindness is in everyone’s best interest in order to achieve happiness. Feel free to sprinkle that shit everywhere and shout ‘Pura Vida’ out loud.
To end this post, I recently came across a Tibetan proverb (my new mantra):
The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure.
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