Backpacks, Birkenstocks, & Childhood - oh my!

Play is the highest form of research
— Albert Einstein
summer minimalist looks

Happy almost weekend, gals & guys!

For my outfit inspo this week I feel like I'm paying homage to the #OOTDs of my childhood. Birkenstocks, backpacks, and top knots (which were referred to as "half-up, half-down" at the time, btw) were all things many of us 90's girls rocked as kids. Although I've graduated from my bright yellow, patent leather, round, smiley face backpack to this slightly more adult black and white Betsey Johnson bag, it makes me happy to wear these trends again.

Naturally, while putting this post together, I couldn't help but reflect on childhood. That little slice of life where play was the most important thing. Where we did things because we wanted to; just for the sake of fun. If we wanted to dance, we danced. If we wanted to create, we grabbed whatever we could get our hands on and started making. If we wanted to escape, we imagined a world in our minds and went there. Hell - if we wanted to pretend we were part of a world famous, British, all girl pop group (cough, cough Spice Girls) we committed wholeheartedly. 

However, as we get older, the time in our day for "play" shrinks. Rather than just dancing for the sake of dancing, or pretending you're part of a famous British pop group, we become too preoccupied with "adulting" and forget to leave room for play. “Play” becomes viewed as more of a luxury, a frivolous distraction from the serious responsibilities of life. The truth is, although we’re no longer kids, recess is just as important as we “adult” our way through life. We need play to help breakup the monotony of our daily routine so it doesn't dull our passions and the things that brought us joy as children.

So let's continue to play. To use our imaginations. To make things.  All for no other reason than frivolous, yet important, fun. 


minimalist summer looks
birkenstocks betsey johnson backpack
illesteva sunglasses
illesteva sunglasses black and white backpack
black and white betsey johnson

Dressed In:

| Sunnies: Illesteva | Dress: H&M (similar here & here) | Shoes: Birkenstock | Backpack: Betsey Johnson (other options here & here) | Bracelets: similar