My Shoes

The most important part of wedding shopping is the shoes! Maybe its time for my first pair of Jimmy Choo’s…

The first pair was found without a dress. It started with a slip of my foot into a pair of Jimmy’s with a little crisscross strap on the toe. Then a beautiful pair of Christian Louboutin’s. That pair only lasted a few seconds – totally wrong for my arches. I really want a pair that I would want to wear again and again, not just for the main event! Luckily I found a simple pair of Badgley Mischka sling-backs, covered in silver sparkles. Comfortable, heel not to high. But after an hour wearing at home, they started to crease at the toe. Next!

Like with the dress, before investing more time in shopping, I should think more about what I want. My dream shoes would be red and strappy and perfect to peak out from under a dress on a warm summer night. Red seems to be impossible when browsing online.

Pair two also was bought before the dress. This time on a girl’s day – lunch, movies, shopping. New shoe options were in store since the pair one trip, so many new choices. None in red. I did find strappy, summer sandals fit for a wedding night. Stuart Weitzman’s with a little touch of Swarovski crystals. And my feet loves Stuart!

And now we just need to find heels for my girl…



Birthday Suit…No…Shoes

When I was a little girl, my Dad would always tease me about wearing my birthday suit on my birthday.

Today, my birthday present would make any suit look good (well, maybe not the birthday suit).

Of course, the trick was on me! My present looked like a shoe box, yet it was heavy (I was thinking no way can I wear that heavy of a shoe). And I ripped off the paper with excitement. I was right, it was my shoes! Then I opened the box with glee…to a box of garlic. WTF? (Back story: A few nights ago I went to grab a clove of garlic for the Alfredo sauce to find the keeper empty. So I texted the guest chef to find out why he used all the garlic and failed to put it on the shopping list).

The good news is that the shoes were carefully wrapped in tissue paper and in a gift bag. Yah!

The perfect spring shoe…where am I going to get to wear them first? Any suggestions?


For the past six years, my daily job role has included cars. Although I don’t love cars like I do shoes, I appreciate lines of a beautifully designed automobile. I don’t get into the technical stuff, as gas mileage and interior comfort are my hot buttons. Didn’t even test drive anything that didn’t get 40 mpg when I bought my last car. So to attend the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, my excitement can be described as luke warm.

Now that I have arrived, two words come to mind: Circus. Testosterone.

Once I got beyond those two themes, I did enjoy analyzing the format of the booths, the vast size (many were five times the size of a dealership showroom), and the ability to check out so many dream cars within such a confined space. And it was fun to take a few photos of the madness. 

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And outside of the show, the January Detroit weather was amazing. It was nice enough for walks through Greektown (and discovery of the Astoria bakery) and to venture to a few evening events…including Maroon 5 (which made the double digit girl want to hitch a ride in my suitcase).

Girls Night Out…

Followed by a Girls Morning Out!

First, for the night out:

We started with dinner – a quick burger and fries complete with chocolate milkshake. It was time to shop!

At Nordstroms’ Private Holiday Event. We joined the crowd to get in the door. An entry way surrounded by trays of champagne and finger foods. We headed first to the top floor for the shoes and clothes for girls. It was hard not to buy the best tee I have seen in a long time – Only Boring People Are Bored. But it didn’t come in my size!

After finishing the small size tour, it was time to see what came in Mom’s size. I found a few times to try on as did she. Then we had help from the staff. Walked out with a few items – yet not one that I picked out! My favorite was a toss up; either a green blouse perfect for this holiday (and St. Patrick’s Day too) or a comfy cobalt blue dress.

Fabulous Holiday Shoes
Can't wait to break these in!

And the final stop. Shoes. Where else do you finish a great evening? I picked up the MOST FABULOUS pair of party shoes for the holiday and beyond. Thank you, Vince!

Oh, wait. One more stop. Found the perfect purple loop scarf.

Then the morning recap:

At the Rack Holiday Event. No champagne and fancy treats. But coffee and donuts.

And lots and lots of good racks to browse. We started with the jewels. Found perfect earrings to match my shoes.

Found a peacoat/cape combination that I wasn’t in the market for. But the price was FABULOUS. And it was perfect for wearing to holiday events.

And Paige leggings at an amazing price. Yes, we found a pile of options to accompany our shopping trip last night.

Bailie isn’t sure she ever needs to get up at the crack of dawn for Black Friday. Getting home at 10:30 then heading out at 8am was not as much fun as she hoped!

Pinch Me…

I’m dreaming of the perfect pair of shoes. Wait! This pair is more FABULOUS than any shoe I have ever dreamt up! I had to stop and stare today at these shoes.

I have to say, they are even more amazing in person. I wanted to press my nose up against the window and leave fingerprints on the glass. Since it was 9am, I didn’t have to restrain myself from walking in the Jimmy Choo store. And, therefore, I didn’t have to faint when I saw the price.

Note to self: Buy lottery ticket. Win lottery. Go directly to Jimmy Choo and buy these shoes.

Simple {Shoe} Pleasures

My favorite material “thing” may be shoes. I admit it, I have a shoe obsession.

So not wearing whatever shoes I want is a downer. And for I’ve been down for over two weeks! The sea urchin spines from a snorkeling mishap made me choose my footwear wisely. But I finally extracted them all (or 20). Even better, I wore heels today. Boots. Walked a mile to the office. Felt great. Fabulous, in fact.

Yes, I am healed. Yes, I am heeled.

Now I just need to start sharing more about shoes to catch up this section of the blog to the standards set by the other sections.

Gray, Rainy Skies

Fall arrives with a down pour. Perfect day for a pair of boots from one of my favorite men. Just how do I choose which one?

  • Kenny’s lace up charcoal play on hiking boot
  • David’s leather lace ups, perfectly fitted like a riding boot
  • Sam’s over the knee option (mostly likely to turn heads)
  • Vince’s studded antique brown leather
  • or my Cole Haan black leather glove (yes, they are really boots)

I picked Sam. For the over the knee (keeps me warmer), the double buckle straps (plain fun details), the unique brownish grey color and perfect heal height (felt the need to be statuesque today).Sam - Sutton over the knee boot