This or That

This or That

By Elizabeth Kabakjian

Two of my favorite things in life are socks and hats. Usually what happens is I narrow my choices down to 2 hat selections, and I then get stuck choosing one over the other. It's quite a bit more stressful than you'd think. This or that? Today, I chose this. 

I am Elizabeth Kabakjian,  and you will soon begin to get a sense of who I am. Or at least a sense of how I put together my outfits.
I have been told a number of times that I am very in touch with my inner child. Which is something I had not really thought about until it was said to me; which brought me to realize how true that is. I'm 22 going on 23 years old (yes, I was trying to reference The Sound of Music). 

I had no inspiration to this outfit, this outfit is just simply me; throwing on some clothes for the first half of the day (until I change again later). 
I grew up a tomboy, and I have recently come to the realization that I will never grow out of being a tomboy (not that I ever wanted to). Of course, I have come in touch with my feminine side as I've grown older but my true core will always remain. 
As I was driving through town this afternoon along a street of houses, my attention was grabbed by a group of kids playing outside in their driveway. One kid was jumping on a pogo stick, one with a scooter, and a couple others just running around. On top of listening to Blink 182 all day, seeing these kids playing outside of their house really brought me back to memories of my own childhood; spending day after day outside collecting scars. 
In the way that I dress, there are most usually noticeable elements of my core: tomboy. 
I love color. Although, I am not a very colorful person and my personality is certainly not bright and cheery. So when it comes to wearing color, I do not like to wear a lot of it. The "bright colors" that you will see me wearing are most often reds, blues, and yellows. I suppose I can just say primary colors, but what's the fun in skipping out on naming them? Hats and socks are where most of the color is incorporated in my outfits. The way I see it, adding color to my outfits using socks and hats is a subtle way of introducing it without forcing it.
 

Chunky Knit Hat

Chunky Knit Hat

Triangle Happy Socks

Triangle Happy Socks

Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren

Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren

HAT: This dark red knit hat is one of my favorites, with its warm relaxed fit and how it adds just enough to an outfit that nothing more is needed. It has been a part of my hat collection for a few years now; a $2 lucky find at a thrift shop around the corner from where I live. I love hats more than most things. Go through any box of old photos from my parent's house and you will most certainly find many with me in a hat, including one of me wearing a hat I had made out of a plastic bag. Yeh, I you read that correct, a plastic bag.

SOCKS & SHOES: I have had an obsession with socks for as long as I can remember. These are one of my newest additions to my sock collection; specifically my collection of Happy Socks. Happy Socks is a sock/underwear brand that was established in 2008 in Sweden. They are not easy to find in stores but I know how to and where to. As for the shoes, you are going to see this pair a lot. These are black Adidas Samba Classic kicks, undoubtedly one of my favorite pairs of shoes. As you may or may not be able to tell, they are a recent addition but worn everyday since; and they will soon be looking a lot older than they are.  

JEANS: One thing you will most likely learn from me is that denim is my number one favorite clothing material. Later, you will learn my other top favorites. This pair is one of the pairs that I wear over and over, are never put away, and in fact I think their two homes are on my body or on my bedroom floor when I'm asleep. These are Denim & Supply skinny jeans by Ralph Lauren, one of the many women's clothing lines by Ralph Lauren.

I hope that my coat doesn't get its feelings hurt by the fact that it is the last article of clothing I am verbally acknowledging in this post. This coat is a rather new addition to my wardrobe, and it instantly deserved its place. This is a MICHAEL by Michael Kors wool coat, with a polyester lining. Its deep navy blue caught my eye just as much as the coat itself; another lucky find that I got for under $100 with its marked retail price of $350. (if not $370. I don't remember the exact number). Although I do respect him as a designer, the aesthetic of Michael Kors clothing lines is simply not me, and I have never had a fondness of Michael Kors for me personally. Which is why this is the only Michael Kors clothing item that I own, and, I indeed love it. 
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Until next time, farewell folks!

All images digitally photographed by me.