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I’m a Barbie Girl

Seldom do I find an outfit that combines so many of my favorite things – polka dots, sequins, and shoes.  And I’m not talking about just the shoes on my feet.  That’s boring – every outfit has that.  But this one has an entire bracelet full of shoes!  It’s just the coolest thing ever.
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I don’t think I’ve blogged this bracelet yet, and I don’t know why.  It really is one of my favorite possessions.  My dear friend Celeste gave it to my for Christmas, with a little uncertainty, I think.  I suppose a bracelet made of plastic shoes really is something you’re either going to love or hate.  Fortunately, I love it and I’m so grateful to have such a cute conversation piece to wear with almost anything.  I mean, really, Barbie had shoes in more colors than I do!

Barbie shoe bracelet and polka dot pants

Menswear Mondays: Shoe edition

Welcome to the 2nd installment of Menswear Mondays…where my brother Silas again puts me to shame.  Seriously, he even poses better than me.

I’ll let him take it from here…

Today I want to talk about one aspect of the basics. Since it is the one aspect I lack, as well as the one aspect that can really drain your wallet, I want to get it out of the way. 

I’m talking about shoes, zapatos, schuhe, chaussures…whatever your language may be, the fact cannot be escaped that a nice shoes are not cheap. Some other items you can get away with skimping on cost (cue my eclectic list of various shirt brands), but shoes are not one of them if we want to do this right. 

There are a few generic styles of shoes every man should own: 

The Driving Moc – The driving [moccasin] is, in my humble opinion, the most casual shoe you can wear outside of a tennis shoe. “What about docksiders?” – Ok, those are pretty casual too however I think they are a bit over played. Pictured here is a Cole Haan Driving Moccasin

These happen to have laces but many of them are simply flat front or have a penny loafer type strip of leather over the mid foot. These shoes are great in the spring/summer sans socks and just as good in the fall with some fancy argyle socks. You can wear them with jeans, chinos, or casual dress pants.

The Penny Loafer –  The penny loafer is a step up in class from the driving moc however with some confidence you can still wear them pretty casually.


I personally don’t advocate wearing cuffed jeans with penny loafers in real life, but I liked the picture to display the versatility.  I would wear penny loafers with or without socks with chinos and dress pants. I would probably avoid black myself – not a big fan of black anything, except tuxedos.
The Fall Boot – Boots are a personal favorite of mine. There are too many great boot options out there: Redwing, LL Bean, Sebago, Wolverine, Clarks, Timberlands (not “tims” specifically) to name a few.

Pictured is a broken in Alden 405 Redwing boot. If you know your movie history, you may recognize these boots. They are the type of boot that Indiana Jones wore in his movies. I didn’t choose them because I want to be Indiana Jones (anymore), I chose them because they are top of the line quality and with the right care, will out last their owners. These would look great with a dark wash jean or chinos.
The ideas I have listed are pretty expensive. I would be lying if I said that I have or will have all of these anytime soon. But, my hope is that you have gained a few more ideas on what to wear besides tennis shoes. 

[Editor’s note – anything is better than tennis shoes. Except flip flops. Those are usually much worse.] 

Pictured:
Ralph Lauren Navy quarter-zip sweater
Chaps blue stripe OCBD [Oxford Cloth Button Down – I had to look that up]
Kohl’s Nantucket Red chinos
Good Will tassel loafers

Don’t Call it a Comeback

I’ve always been a “shoe girl”. It runs in my family. When I say I have 70 pairs, I do not exaggerate.  And when I tell you that in college, a basketball player I’d never met heard my name and said, “Oh, that’s the girl with the shoes”, I am not making things up. 

Part of the reason I’d always loved shoes is that they’re easy.  You can be having a fat day and your hair be a disaster, but at least your shoes will look good.  I was heavier in college and grad school than I am now, so shopping sometimes depressed me – unless I came home with a pair of shoes.  Then, I felt accomplished, without having had to beat myself up in the dressing room mirror.

Over the past few years, though, I’ve drifted from my first love.  Sure, I’d use my DSW coupons like they were a voucher for my last meal, but for the most part, when I went shopping, I bought clothes. 

All of this led me to the place last week of standing in my closet, realizing that most of my work-appropriate shoes were either dead or barely gasping for their last breath.   It was time for some major shoe-wardrobe overhaul.

So, I bought 7 pairs.

Does that seem excessive?  I don’t think so.  Legitimately, at least 5 of those 7 pairs are ones I needed.  The other two could go either way. 

This very conservative, yet cute, gray pump is one of seven.  I’m a little embarrassed but also pleasantly surprised to admit that these, along with three of the six other pairs, came from Payless.  Now, I haven’t shopped at Payless since high school (with the exception of one pair of cute red boots), but I’d heard their shoes had gotten cuter and more comfortable.  So, when I passed it on the way to Macy’s, I decided to stop in – and leave with four pairs.  So far, the rumors have been true.  Granted, I may have to replace these shoes sooner than a more expensive pair, but for $18 ($20, but they give you a 10% AAA discount – random and who knew?), I’d say it’s worth it.

The jacket is a lovely lavender leather piece that I got at TJMaxx a couple years ago.  The skirt, as you know, is from H&M

Reunited with my first love at last. 

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