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.

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 and 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.

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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, 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 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

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

Ideeli membership is free…click here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.
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My New Nike Sneakers!

I was in the market for new kicks, so I headed over to 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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Look What I Bought At Nordstrom: Dolce Vita Whitney Boots

Like a moth to a flame, I am inexplicably drawn to anything with an exposed zipper. So when I spotted some teenager holding the floor sample of these Whitney Boots by Dolce Vita in the Nordstrom shoe department yesterday, I was this close to snatching it out of her hand when she wasn’t looking.

After a few minutes of indecision, the girl returned the sample to the display and I pounced on it so fast, I doubt the sole ever touched the table top. The Whitney boots ended up coming home with me, and I can’t wait to wear them for the first time. These definitely are the kind of footwear you build entire ensembles around.

If you choose to follow in my footsteps and buy this particular style, be warned – they run small. I usually wear a size 8 boot – but with these, I needed an 8.5.

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