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OOTD :: of Van Gogh and comfy stilettos

3.13.14

3.13.14

3.13.14

3.13.14

3.13.14

When I won my $75 gift voucher to Zappos (the final prize from the very generous 40+ Style Challenge contest), I immediately thought to purchase my Union Jack Doc Martens. Several of my blogger colleagues had talked about their own jonesing for Docs and being the style lemming that I am, I jumped on the bandwagon and started jonesing too.

To be fair I’d been in the market for a new pair of Docs anyway since my one lone pair were decades old (since high school even!) and not really recognizable since they’re shoes and not boots. As a woman of means, I figure I was about due for a decent pair of Doc boots. And if a gift voucher subsidizes it, then so much the better!

So I ordered them and paid that price and waited impatiently and tore open the packaging when it got here and pulled them on happily.

And winced.

The leather wasn’t soft and supple – felt more like synthetic plastic. The height of the shaft cut me at the fattest part of my leg. The size 7s I got pinched at the toe but wore loosely on the heel. It was a mess.So with a heavy heart, I returned the boots, consoling myself that I at least had a voucher to use when fancy strikes me.

That same week, I decided to clean out my shoe closet (and create MCC Boutique in the process) and finally listened to my protesting feet by surrendering for sale my one and only pair of classic black pumps. I’d had them stretched by my cobbler but they still killed my poor tootsies and I knew they were a lost cause.

Enter the $75 gift voucher from Zappos. Using their very powerful search engine, I found this pair of Type Z pumps that fit the replacement bill: high enough to be stylish, with a platform to mitigate the height, in a classic kid leather fabric, and a toe that was neither too orthopedic nor too squish-my-bunion pointy. I crossed my fingers and hoped against hope that they’d work.

And wouldn’t you know – second time lucky! I love these heels! They make me feel sexy and sultry and yet they defy all reason by being comfortable stilettos. How’s that for an oxymoron? They’re the perfect thing for Free For All week Friday; after all, what else is fancier than coated black skinnies, a fun printed top (Van Gogh, anyone?) and a pair of sky-high heels. For free!

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – eBay
  Jacket – H&M
Pants – Karmaloop
Pumps – Type Z

:: Linking ::
Fancy Friday @ Substance AND Style

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OOTD :: of fancy handkerchief hems and saving the best for last

2.28.14

2.28.14

2.28.14

Okay, I can deny it no longer.

I guess I am a rocker chick at heart after all.

I admit this because, according to Tim Gunn and my new friend, Alex @ Undergraduate Style, “only wear something if you love it and it loves you back”. And man, I do so love sporting the tough-yet-femme vibe! Patti @ Not Dead Yet and I are polar opposites on this. She’d posted Monday about her feeling slightly ill at ease in “tough-girl” guise, and even though I beg to differ on that (isn’t she just scrumptious?!) I do empathize with the feeling of malaise when I dress out of my comfort zone.

All this week, in order to fulfill Anne’s theme, I’ve been trying things that either go against my style grain or go against my comfort level. I did appreciate embracing disquiet in the spirit of experimentation, but now I’m just relieved to be doing this theme my way. And my way is taking my last 20s trend – the handkerchief hem – and turning it on its ear.

Skinny jeans? Check. Platform rompin-stompin booties? Check. Dark, dark lips and accompanying haughty pout? Check. All these contemporary elements help transform the statement 20s top from upscale evening wear to something saucy and irreverent while retaining a soupcon of “fancy” that is required in order for me to link up with Dolly.

Bon Vendredi, minna! Stay tuned for a special surprise mañana! (Didn’t know I was a polyglot, didja?)

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – SCALA @ eBay
Jeans – H&M
Cardi – H&M
Boots – Cane by Michael Antonio

:: Linking ::
Fancy Friday @ Substance AND Style

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