Archive of ‘Shoes’ category

Bare Traps Trystine Boot: Stylish Answer to the Wide Calf Conundrum

If you have wide calves like me, you know how physically and emotionally exhausting it can be to shop for tall boots. The funny thing is that my calves aren’t even that fat. It’s as if shoe designers are making boots for anorexic appendages…or trying to embarrass all of us thick-legged sistas so that we struggle, in vain, zipping up a cute boot while all these other heffas simply just slip them on.

bare+traps+trystine+boot Bare Traps Trystine Boot: Stylish Answer to the Wide Calf Conundrum

Anyway, I lucked out a few weeks ago when I purchased these super cute boots at DSW.com. I first spied the Trystine Wide Calf Boots by Bare Traps at my local DSW store, but they didn’t have my size in stock. So when I returned home, I logged onto dsw.com and ordered a pair.

The store’s limited size offerings actually worked out in my favor because I used three coupon codes (920 for 10% off, SHIPR for free standard shipping, and 919 for 500 bonus points added to my DSW Rewards account). So the $59.99 boots ended up only costing me $53.96 – and I’m closer to my next rewards certificate.

The Trystine boot, while synthetic, look like the real thing. The heel is high enough to elongate and visually slim the leg, yet low enough that they’re comfortable all day long. The boot shaft circumference is roomy enough that I can wear them over leggings and skinny jeans. I can also pair them with skirts and dresses.

And for those of you lucky enough to have average sized calves, the Trystine Boot comes in a regular width too.

Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike Sandals Giveaway Winner

Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike Sandals Giveaway WinnerCongrats to Rachel Henner, winner of the Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike Sandals Giveaway!!!

Rachel has won a pair of these show-stopping and dramatic, widely braided sandals that are sure to add some spice to hot summer nights. The edgy trimmed straps are seductively laced together and uncover just enough skin. This just might be the perfect summer sandal!

Many thanks to Chinese Laundry for sponsoring this contest. And stay tuned for Spoiled Pretty’s next giveaway!

Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike Sandals Giveaway!!!

Chinese+Laundry+Lucky+Strike Chinese Laundry Lucky Strike Sandals Giveaway!!!Feeling lucky? Get lucky! Enter to win these Lucky Strike heels by Chinese Laundry and go effortlessly from night to day.

A pair of these show-stopping and dramatic, widely braided sandals are sure to add some spice to those hot summer nights. The edgy trimmed straps are seductively laced together and uncover just enough skin. This just might be the perfect summer sandal.

Enter to win a pair of the Lucky Strike heels (in black) by leaving a message in the comments section. Make sure to leave your email or another way for me to get in touch, just in case you get lucky.

Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents! The giveaway ends at noon (EST) on Friday, May 28, 2010. Good luck!

If The Boot Fits: Tall Boots For Big Calves

You know the song “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from the movie The Little Mermaid (don’t pretend you didn’t sing every one of Ariel’s songs in grade/high school)? Well, I’ve decided it’s the theme song for the plight of thick calved girls searching for tall boots.

For months, I’ve had a serious case of tall boot envy every time I see a chick on the street rocking a knee high boot. I, myself, am short with extra girthy Gastrocnemius muscles. So the thickest part of my lower leg falls in the spot that is usually the thinnest part of the boot.

Steve+Madden+Intyce+Boot If The Boot Fits: Tall Boots For Big CalvesSince September, I’ve been trolling shoe stores to find my Cinderella boot that will effortlessly slip over my monstrous calves – only to be dejected and embarrassed when even the roomiest boot won’t work its way past my ankle. I even contemplated buying from online retailers like widewiths.com and aylaboots.com. But I’m the kind of girl who can’t purchase clothes and shoes from the web; I’m hard to fit and need to try before buying.

So I lucked out two weeks ago during a last ditch mission to Nordstrom’s shoe department. I found these Steve Madden Intyce boots on sale ($129 down from $199) and they managed to slip on without the need for elbow grease.

Problem is that the only thing that would fit between my leg and the leather would be a pair of tights or leggings…certainly not a pair of pants or skinny jeans. So I took my new boots to Villa’s Shoe Repair (266 S 19th Street in Philadelphia), a fab shoe repair shop a few blocks from my office. They stretched the boots and waterproofed them for less than $30. Plus, the helpful owner punched extra holes in the buckle – free of charge – to further accommodate my zaftig calves.

Thanks to Steve Madden and Villa’s Shoe Repair, I can finally stop sipping the tall boot haterade.

Don’t Miss the Ideeli Red Sales This Week!!!

You don’t have to wait until Black Friday to go on a buying bender. There’s no need to camp outside of Walmart or Best Buy after Thanksgiving dessert. You can start your holiday shopping right now (and beat the crowds) in your pajamas.

This week, Ideeli.com is hosting multiple RED SALES. Fifty designers brands will be on sale at deeply discounted prices – up to 90% on stunning accessories, gorgeous handbags, and envy inducing ready to wear and evening looks. Sales start tomorrow and a new sale will be added daily…so make sure you check Ideeli.com daily at 11:00 a.m. since quantities are limited.

I’m in the market for a new handbag (oh, who am I kidding? I’m always on the prowl for fresh arm candy) – so come Wednesday, I’ll be throwing virtual elbows. Y’all better watch out.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

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RED Sunglasses Sale: featuring Michael Kors, Ray Ban, Just Cavalli
Save up to: 86% Off
Prices start at: $44

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

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RED Handbag Sale: featuring Fendi, Carlos Falchi, BCBG
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Prices start at: $39

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RED Apparel Sales: featuring Anne Klein, Ben Sherman, Calvin Klein, Escada, French Connection, Just Cavalli, Mac & Jac, Nicole Miller
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RED Luggage Sale: featuring Heys, Hayden Harnett, Calvin Klein
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RED Scarves & Belts Sale: featuring Linea Pelle, Nina Ricci, Raj
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RED Designer Shoe Sale: featuring Oscar de la Renta, Escada, LAMB
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

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RED Jewelry and Watch Sale: featuring Vera Wang Jewelry, Just Cavalli jewelry, Technomarine watches
Save up to: 87% Off
Prices start at: $12

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RED Designer Shoe Sale: featuring Diesel, Miss Sixty, Fergie
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RED Outerwear Sale: featuring Mackage, Ellen Tracy, Nine West
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

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RED Home Goods Sale: featuring Areaware, Yves Delorme, Lacoste
Save up to: 84% Off
Prices start at: $15

Ideeli membership is free…click here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.

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