newculturerevolution

newculturerevolution:

NCR: Never Say Never > The rise of the Birkenstock

Fashion trends are like family. In the way they both seem to have the motto “never say never”. Such is the case with Birkenstock shoes. Enjoying a renaissance of sorts this eponymous label has seen it’s fair share of knock offs from runway to reality.  First seen at Celine, which is always ahead of the pack when it comes to setting new trends with Phoebe Philo at the helm, these earthy shoes made their runway debut in 2013. Now everyone from Giambatitsta Valli, Zara to Top Shop has offered the classic Arizona style of this shoe for Spring/Summer 2014. 

Hailing from Germany as far back as 1744 I first came to know of Birkenstocks while I was 19 travelling around the world with an adventurous boyfriend. From New Zealand to Australia to South East Asia to India to Europe I noticed one kind of person was wearing these shoes: hippies. Not the Woodstock peace love and marijuana variety of hippie, which to me had an air of rock n’ roll cool, but more the ‘don’t panic it’s organic’ hairy legs, hairy arm pits and not a sketch of makeup variety. Right then and there I vowed never to wear these shoes: EVER.

And as often is the case with vows - I broke mine.

For about 5 years I’ve been secretly seeing my boyfriend, Birkenstock. Only stepping out with him while travelling or running errands or “out for a walk”. Much like secret love affairs, he wasn’t the one I was “seen” with but he was the one who has my heart. I have a brown pair and the classic black Arizona’s which are now very much in vogue. What happens in the world of trends that takes us from “never!" to "now!”? Well… for me … I grew up. I lost much of what I was shallow about (including worshipping at the alter of  high heels) and surrendered to the God called comfort (whose last name could be ‘common sense’). Personally I’m glad my segue from Sigerson Morrison back to Birkenstocks happened later in life. I wouldn’t give up days of hustling in the world of fashion and  nights of mischief making in sky high Prada’s and Manolos in London & New York for anything. These are some of the sweetest memories of my life… walking back to my flat in Manhattan at 4am with my girlfriends while the city still swelters from unbearable heat below our feet, wearing a slip dress, barely there sheer something in vintage and heels worth a month of rent. It was the kind of dreamy living that launched Sex and the City and dozens of other chick flicks!

As I’ve grown older and more (ahem!) practical, I love the idea of a uniform. Personally I have two and they are extreme opposites: tailored sportswear (think Phoebe Philo) with limited edition Nikes or Birkenstocks and Indian cotton dresses (think Sienna Miller). This is why the Arizona is enjoying a fashion moment. Once I erase the hippie visuals from my backpacking days and implement my love of great design, minimalism and comfort, what surfaces is the Arizona. When it comes to Birkenstocks the any luxury fashion or high street knock off basic black is the way to go. If you buy the original it’s very common to size down and go for the ‘N” fit for narrow as they fit large & wide (sounds appealing doesn’t it?). Keep it simple so you can wear with as many different outfits as possible. White is always a nice alternative for summer if you in a perpetually sunny climate. The comfort factor is unbeatable. But now that you have shoes that will last you years vs. a season, head over to the salon & get your toes painted all sorts of pretty! Other styles that get the Sima Says seal of approval are the Gizeh and the Madrid. And honestly, if its good enough for Grace (Coddington, pictured above) it’s good enough for me. ~ Sima

All photos: found via web.

Links:

http://www.birkenstock.com/

http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/shoes-430/flats-459/fang-double-buckle-flatforms-2837728?bi=1&ps=20

kdaly23

kdaly23:

I know that I have poster earlier that I did not understand the hate surrounding BatB. But after this weeks episode #15 I have lost all patience. Under normal circumstances I believe that everyone has the right to feel what they feel and express themselves. Well this show is not normal it is…

I had happy tears as i read this.. This was exactly i felt how Cath cant resist to walk out after she said how she&Vincent shld stop seeing eachother again… ThankYou KDALY! 

batbpassion
batbpassion:

"Aftermath of a Nightmare" Part 2
I stand outside the boathouse door Fear trickles up and down my spine I want to turn the handle Go inside and never leave him again I want so much to say I’m sorry For doubting him, leaving him I want to tell him That I accept all of who he is And mean it To love him once more – without reservation But… Fear, guilt, rejection, loss; they assault me Will he let me back in After all that has happened? That I know he feels he has done to me That I in return have done to him We let go of each other Lost our way Can we find that way back To what we had? Or is it too late? He said he wants me back to JT but… Now I’ve been with Gabe The man who tried to kill him Will he accept my aberration? Or condemn me for it as I condemn myself… I place my hand against the door I breathe in and out Steady myself Whisper against the cool metal “Vincent – I know you can hear me Hear my heartbeat Know my fear Losing you - that’s my nightmare Living a life without you in it It wouldn’t be a life I am so sorry For everything that’s been done to you By Gabe, my father, me… I can’t change it even as I wish I could Go back in time Hold on tighter to your hand Listen when you said Gabe wasn’t to be trusted Know better than to doubt your instincts He may be good now but at what cost? Us?” I hear breathing on the other side of the door He is there, listening, silent Does he condemn me or is he willing to give me, us, another chance? “Vincent,” I choke on his name “I love you so much. I lost my way. I didn’t know what to do or how to do it When we found you Changed by my father The horrors that must have been inflicted I can’t even imagine and then… when you open yourself to me again I push you away Yet you tried again and again, fighting your beast Taking solace in Tori but even then managing to fight her beastly pull, break free And what do I do? I choose… Gabe?” I almost spit out his name “That I could do that to you is beyond even my comprehension and yet I did Forgive me?” “Catherine…” his voice caresses from behind the door “there’s nothing to forgive. I’ve done things, such terrible things… to you. I didn’t mean to but I did. I didn’t remember you and then it came back in fragments As if in a dream Memories are there now but incomplete I’m not the same man I was I don’t know how to do this I want to but… Because I love you so much I want you to be happy You deserve that more than anything. If that happiness is elsewhere, even with Gabe…” He truly loves me and I can only wonder at him. Who else but Vincent would sacrifice his happiness for mine? “Vincent, my happiness is with you I said once that my normal was with you I meant it then and even though we’ve been lost to each other I mean it now I love you Vincent…” The door opens and my happiness smiles at me “I remember…and that I am so in love with you.” He takes me in his arms Holds me like he will never let me go I won’t let him He is mine as much as I am his and as his beautiful mouth nears my lips I smile tremulously at him “Vincent, I choose you.” Part 3 to come

batbpassion:

"Aftermath of a Nightmare" Part 2

I stand outside the boathouse door
Fear trickles up and down my spine
I want to turn the handle
Go inside and never leave him again
I want so much to say I’m sorry
For doubting him, leaving him
I want to tell him
That I accept all of who he is
And mean it
To love him once more – without reservation
But…
Fear, guilt, rejection, loss; they assault me
Will he let me back in
After all that has happened?
That I know he feels he has done to me
That I in return have done to him
We let go of each other
Lost our way
Can we find that way back
To what we had?
Or is it too late?
He said he wants me back to JT but…
Now I’ve been with Gabe
The man who tried to kill him
Will he accept my aberration?
Or condemn me for it as I condemn myself…

I place my hand against the door
I breathe in and out
Steady myself
Whisper against the cool metal
“Vincent – I know you can hear me
Hear my heartbeat
Know my fear
Losing you - that’s my nightmare
Living a life without you in it
It wouldn’t be a life
I am so sorry
For everything that’s been done to you
By Gabe, my father, me…
I can’t change it even as I wish I could
Go back in time
Hold on tighter to your hand
Listen when you said Gabe wasn’t to be trusted
Know better than to doubt your instincts
He may be good now but at what cost?
Us?”

I hear breathing on the other side of the door
He is there, listening, silent
Does he condemn me
or is he willing to give me, us, another chance?
“Vincent,” I choke on his name
“I love you so much. I lost my way.
I didn’t know what to do or how to do it
When we found you
Changed by my father
The horrors that must have been inflicted
I can’t even imagine
and then…
when you open yourself to me again I push you away
Yet you tried again and again, fighting your beast
Taking solace in Tori but even then managing to fight her beastly pull, break free
And what do I do?
I choose… Gabe?”
I almost spit out his name
“That I could do that to you
is beyond even my comprehension and yet I did
Forgive me?”

“Catherine…” his voice caresses
from behind the door
“there’s nothing to forgive.
I’ve done things, such terrible things…
to you.
I didn’t mean to but I did.
I didn’t remember you and then it came back in fragments
As if in a dream
Memories are there now but incomplete
I’m not the same man I was
I don’t know how to do this
I want to but…
Because I love you so much
I want you to be happy
You deserve that more than anything.
If that happiness is elsewhere, even with Gabe…”

He truly loves me and I can only wonder at him.
Who else but Vincent would sacrifice his happiness for mine?
“Vincent, my happiness is with you
I said once that my normal was with you
I meant it then and even though we’ve been lost to each other I mean it now
I love you Vincent…”

The door opens and my happiness smiles at me
“I remember…and that I am so in love with you.”
He takes me in his arms
Holds me like he will never let me go
I won’t let him
He is mine as much as I am his
and as his beautiful mouth nears my lips
I smile tremulously at him
“Vincent, I choose you.”

Part 3 to come

teamcatcent

Coffee & Crosswords |  a Beauty and the Beast Coffee Shop AU 

Catherine is Belle’s owner. She inherited the family business 10 years ago. When Vanessa -Catherine’s mom- passed away her father, Thomas, couldn’t bear the thought of spending another day in the place. For Catherine was the exact opposite, the good memories helped her cope with the loss and she didn’t want Belle’s to become a soulless coffee shop chain. The place was homey, quiet and felt like a second home to most of the workers at New York General Hospital, that’s why people love it so much. That and because everybody loved Catherine, she always had this gorgeous smile on her face that was able to cheer people up, even on bad days. Plus she made excellent coffee and delicious pastries.

Vincent is a surgeon, he’s been working at New York General for the last six months. He mostly keeps to himself, after losing his brothers he built this wall around himself, instead of holding on to his loved ones, he pushed them away, because if you don’t care, you can’t get hurt. In the end, they gave up on him. Except, JT, -his best friend- he was stubborn enough to stick around through thick and thin. He was the one who recommended Belle’s to him. He likes to go there after his shift is over. It’s quiet, his favorite spot is always empty when he gets there and the coffee’s great. But lately he feels like coffee is not the reason why he needs to go to Belle’s right before the day is over.

According to Tess - a nurse that works at NYG and also happens to be Catherine’s best friend- Vincent is an amazing doctor but has zero social skills. She had told her a million times that she shouldn’t even bother with the guy but there’s something about him. He’s polite but never engages in conversation. He sits for hours on the same corner table, quietly does his crosswords and even though he only orders coffee -black, no cream, two sugars- he always leaves a huge tip.

Will Catherine be able to take down those walls? Will Vincent let her?

Already engrossed reading it..So clear wherever the setting..plot..as long as JK nor VinCat r the main characters.. Its always an unforgetable love for them.. I want more pls…The magic..charm..chemistry that they strongly have always w/them.. forever intact…

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mspumpkinqueen:

BATB comparison: 1x10 Seeing Red & 2x07 Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner ~ History repeating itself

Will this kind of scene will ever end??? Vincent stop it! Beast or no beast pls stay strong w/temptations… You have so many history now w/this kissing.. alex..gabrielle..tori.. ohhh my! who’s next? BUT pls.. No bed scene or making out w/others.. ONLY w/Catherine..your true epic love…