I am so enamored with my Chinese Laundry Sweet Revenge jelly ballet flats. Last week, when I was tired and ready to conclude my shopping excursion to DSW, my mom spotted these rhinestoned lovelies and it was love at first sight. They come in clear and smoke (I purchased the latter)- and when I wore them yesterday, two women actually stopped me on the street and asked where I got my kicks.
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.
Since 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.
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.
RED Sunglasses Sale: featuring Michael Kors, Ray Ban, Just Cavalli
Save up to: 86% Off
Prices start at: $44
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
RED Handbag Sale: featuring Fendi, Carlos Falchi, BCBG
Save up to: 85% Off
Prices start at: $39
RED Apparel Sales: featuring Anne Klein, Ben Sherman, Calvin Klein, Escada, French Connection, Just Cavalli, Mac & Jac, Nicole Miller
Save up to: 92% Off
Prices start at: $11
RED Luggage Sale: featuring Heys, Hayden Harnett, Calvin Klein
Save up to: 70% Off
Prices start at: $15
RED Scarves & Belts Sale: featuring Linea Pelle, Nina Ricci, Raj
Save up to: 79% Off
Prices start at: $12
RED Designer Shoe Sale: featuring Oscar de la Renta, Escada, LAMB
Save up to: 89% Off
Prices start at: $59
Saturday, November 28, 2009
RED Jewelry and Watch Sale: featuring Vera Wang Jewelry, Just Cavalli jewelry, Technomarine watches
Save up to: 87% Off
Prices start at: $12
RED Designer Shoe Sale: featuring Diesel, Miss Sixty, Fergie
Save up to: 68% Off
Prices start at: $29
RED Outerwear Sale: featuring Mackage, Ellen Tracy, Nine West
Save up to: 82% Off
Prices start at: $19
Sunday, November 29, 2009
RED Home Goods Sale: featuring Areaware, Yves Delorme, Lacoste
Save up to: 84% Off
Prices start at: $15
I was in the market for new kicks, so I headed over to nikestore.com to pick up a new pair. I’m one of a kind, so instead of purchasing some pre-made sneakers, I decided to design my own – and I’m so excited by the results. Check it…they even have my name on them!
They’ll arrive just in time for Christmas, so this is my gift to myself. I’m hoping that my new sneaks will encourage me to make more frequent trips to the gym.
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