Thursday, July 18, 2013

No Shoes on Tuesday

         I generally think a shoe-lover's fashion blog should feature shoes, but this week, I spent an unplanned, mid-week barefoot morning at the lake with friends that I had not seen in nearly a year - a rejuvenating few hours for both my soul and my soles (being that sand is a natural exfolient and all....)  
         When I decided to post this spur-of-the moment snapshot taken during my shoeless Tuesday morning, I was reminded of a recent article that purported to identify the top ten trite Instagram photos. Self-portraits (aka "selfies," a term I'm inexplicably not fond of) featuring one's feet on a beach/by a pool was near the top of the list, along with sunset illuminations of sparkling or frothy adult beverages.  Indeed, my own Instagram feed often features just such vantage points, frozen in time by friends in the midst of relaxation and celebration.  Common?  Perhaps.  Trite?  Not in my book.  Snapshots like this make me happy to see that my friends and loved ones are finding time to enjoy life.  They remind me that it's important to savor small moments and appreciate simple pleasures and little details that can too often be taken for granted.  
         Likewise, seeing my lake community through the eyes of my friends' children, ages 3 and 4, who had never seen a water-skier before, made me appreciate anew the beauty of my everyday surroundings and reinforced the inarguable truth that time with friends and loved ones is more valuable than anything that can be purchased, even the Swarovski encrusted Louboutins I'd love to one day own. So today, I have no shoes to show you, though at least the turquoise tips of my toes match my towel....
         I hope all of you are savoring the small moments, and I love seeing your Instagrams that capture them!  Follow Red's Shoe Diaries on Instagram here.
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!

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