“Risky Business, with Armadio”
I’m a neutrals kind of person – the way I dress, the way I live, the way I make decisions. Aside from my career choice (admittedly not the most “color inside the lines” of professions), I tend to keep things pretty safe. I mean, when I was a kid my idea of danger was eating cereal other than Cheerios. Or like, watching a non- Disney movie. When I really wanted to cause a fuss, I would run away from home… to the tree outside my bedroom window… for
ten eight minutes max. And even then, I outgrew this little thrill as soon as I realized it only resulted in me getting upset at my mom for not noticing my absence.
Victoria Park, ladies and gentlemen. True daredevil and tree-dwelling renegade of yore.
But I’m turning 28 next week. And with that looming Three Zero only a couple years off, this seems as good a time as any to start taking some risks. In acting class, this means indulging in every wacky whim and impulse as prompted by my acting teacher, including but not limited to: developing a violent twitch, drawing on the wall a la A Beautiful Mind, rubbing a stuffed teddy bear all over my body, rolling around on the floor like a turtle trying to right itself, and chasing-slash-cornering my scene partner in order to land a kiss he would really rather not partake in. Acting, y’all. No one ever said it was normal.
In regards to my sartorial choices, this means reaching for items outside of my usual BlackWhite&Denim. Today this “risk-taking” manifested itself in jewel toned accessories. Bonus points for denim cut-offs and white button-down that unintentionally bear strong resemblance to Tom’s ‘fit in Risky Business. Coincidence? I think not.
Let’s talk about this purse for a second. The perfect shape and size – minimalistic in both design and weight (read: actually carry-able without causing that weird, drop-shoulder, limp one gets from carrying a bag much too heavy to be practical… Anyone relate? No? Just me? Okay.) The color meets my risk requirement without being too farfetched for me to actually reach for. It’s the perfect match of Closet Staple and Fun. Not to mention, it was handcrafted in Italy by the same artisans (read: same quality and materials) that produce for Chanel, Gucci, Prada, and the like. BUT unlike the luxury brands (which are wonderful but unrealistic for one on a young artist’s budget), Armadio gets rid of the middlemen and luxury markups for a price that means I can go for that dessert-slash-glass-of-wine while keeping my wallet (if not my waistline) happy.
So thanks to Armadio for helping make my risk-taking more enjoyable. And for those of you who think choosing a blue purse and orange shoes are HARDLY risk-taking ventures… let me just remind you that this is for a girl who once thought of Cookie Crisp as a risqué breakfast choice. Baby steps, friends. Baby steps.
PHOTOGRAPHY | Kassia Phoy
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