Posts tagged ‘ballet flats’

August 5, 2011

Walking In My Shoes

I’ve been making good great progress! It’s been maybe a month, and I’m already starting to make smarter choices when it comes to wardrobe, style, shoes, accessories!  I wore my cute Zara shoes to my high school reunion. I will say I had a hard time walking back to my car in them, but that’s because I didn’t break them in. I’m really loving my new Fossil purse more and more everyday. In fact, I thought I’d share something that was said over a fabulous ladies lunch last week that made more sense than anything in the world. Everyone at the table was sitting around talking about purses and how they can be ridiculously expensive and my cousin says, “You never want to carry a bag that costs more than the contents you are carrying around”. Is this genius or what? I still love looking at all those expensive bags, but she was absolutely 100% right. Why would you tote around a bag that costs $500 if all you are carrying around is $20 and a tube of lipstick? It made me a feel a little better about not being able to afford a super expensive bag right now.

I can go on and on, but what I’m really here to share is a purchase I’ve been eyeing since the blog unveiled. The Marcus Black Patent Leather from Topshop! Part of my mission, in life and over the next year is to build the perfect shoe collection. A few posts back I nearly died when I listed the shoe closet every woman is supposed to own. However, at the top of that list was the perfect black flat. I can rock a pair of black flats. It’s my favorite type of shoe. Whenever I go shopping I am always drawn to black flats. I have 4 pairs!

So, let’s have a look!

Super cute, shiny, and so comfortable. It was my first Topshop purchase and I have now made them part of my daily reads! I have worn them a few times and I haven’t had any discomfort issues. They do look a bit like an old man loafer but a smart one and I love that about them. hahaha. Now I just need to find the perfect pants and/or and jeans to wear them with. I have had my eye on the Minnie Pants from JCrew. I think I need to go into Photoshop and put a look together. Stay tuned!

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June 28, 2011

Shoes & the Cost Per Wear Dilemma

I read that wearing good quality shoes is key to pulling together an outfit. My daily footwear of choice is the Old Navy flip flop. What’s not to love? They usually cost less than a cup of the Bucks and if you add up the cost per wear, they are practically free. On a side note, have you heard of this Cost Per Wear nonsense? Experts basically say if a pair of jeans costs $60 and you wear them twice a week for a year, then they really cost you $2.50, or something like that. Well, if I buy a pair of flip flops for $5 and I wear them 180 days a year then they really only cost me 27 cents! Which is a hell of a lot cheaper than $2.50! Regardless, I kind of get it, I just know that if I also spend $100 on a quality piece of clothing, I also have to eat a little less for one month and sacrifice a margarita at my favorite Mexican neighborhood joint.

So I took a good look at my shoe closet. Wait, did I say ‘shoe closet’? I mean the small dedicated space I have for a few boxes of shoes. And here is what I have:

A fabulous selection of Old Navy flip flops in grey, red, green and some old flops with a shiny thong. A pair of blue shoes purchased off the Coach sale rack. The fabulous Badgley Mischka blue shoes that I wore for my wedding, that I don’t know if I’ll ever wear again, and the very first pair I purchased after I lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. Yes, before a pair of flip flops or tennis shoes, I bought these. And then a variety of black ballet flats, wedges, and ankle boots. See, I have good things, just not GREAT things!

I’d like to take a look at what a well-stocked shoe closet should consist of and what I seem to be missing. After reading countless blogs on The Top 5, 6, 8, 10 Shoes Every Woman Should Own, I have compiled a list.

Ballet Flats. In black of course, and then a neutral and one trendy, like a leopard print or something. I don’t know!
Brown Hue Thong Sandal.  I went on a mission to my local DSW to find this. I tried on at least 20 pairs and didn’t love the way I looked in any of them. I walked away with a pair of white low-rise Converse All-Star shoestring-less shoes that I have yet to wear.
Classic Black Pump – pointed or round. I think I have this. It’s got a peep-toe. I don’t love it, but it’s comfortable. I’d love a pair of Louboutin’s.
Tall Stiletto Boot. I have these too. They are more cowboy on the top and super uncomfortable. I almost threw them out because I didn’t wear them once last year but I decided to hang onto them one more year.
Wedge/Espadrilles.  Not quite sure what espadrilles mean but I did buy two pairs of Steve Madden wedges in different colors, one black, one neutral and have worn the them once or twice. It was a splurge. I went to France and I didn’t want to stand out as an American. haha
Kitten Heels.  I have never been a fan of these. I may have a pair of brown ones that qualify as kitten heels but they are so loud, you can hear me coming from a mile away.
All Weather Boots/Uggs.  I’ve never felt the need for these but I always regret that I don’t have them when it’s freezing cold in Atlanta. I’m from the deep south of New Orleans and I still have a hard time accepting winter.
Ankle Boots.  I purchased my first pair last winter and I really do love these. I find they go better with skirts.

Okay, so that’s the list. Whew, I know women have a sickness when it comes to shoes but this is a lot to digest. I know baby steps are in order because we haven’t even covered the 5 types of handbags every woman should own, or the massive amounts of accessories. Hmmmmm….Stuff to think about.