Wednesday, March 30, 2011

sky high

I think I have hit a wall on my winter boot wearing days.  Other than my Hunter rainboots, which, where I live, are a year round kind of footwear.  Ok, and I am still into my Boulet cowboy boots, which I found last summer in Red Lodge, Montana, en route to my high school reunion.  They rock with skinny jeans or a dress.  Maybe shorts if I have a bit of amnesia about my actual age.  We'll see.
Anyhow, my friend Kelly and I have been very vocal about our love affair with the wedge.  They just go with everything, plus they make your legs look long, the styles are endless, and you can stand, walk, and dance backwards in them in total comfort.  What's not to love?
Last week my sister and I took a little field trip to DSW, land of the deal shoe, and we spent a bit of time there but I was having an off day.  Then I found a pair of coral (spring hot color alert!) wedges that I was on the verge of purchasing when my sister told me they were way too tall.  I think the exact words were "You look like Elton John".  Ok, that is hilarious, but I still wanted them.  I even asked a total stranger in the aisle if she thought I looked like Elton.  (The answer: "Um, no..." as she moved quickly away from me. )  I don't normally rely on other opinions for my decision making but I was off my game.  Settled for a pair of perfectly flat neutral suede gladiators that I had been looking for.  Luckily, I have a great pair of snakeskin ankle strap wedges from last year that go with everything, a sunny yellow pair with a cork base, and a blue metallic pair with ribbon ties at the ankle that I have had forever.   Still, I did look up the Elton shoes online and still might purchase.  Sorry, Jen.  :)
In addition to wedges, the bootie is everywhere as well, with hunky heels, animal prints, open toes, and platform, the options are endless and crazy fun, so its easy to make your "hello spring!" statement with edgy style.  I love the oxfords and the choices with those as well, you can go classic & tall, like the H by Hudson Cleo Wingtip or try Tibi's Cap Toe Flat Oxfords in yellow snakeskin or animal print.  I did have someone ask me if I just had finished golfing when I wore mine, but I was undeterred.
My all time favorite shoe this spring has to be the Jeffrey Campbell Mariel Wedge in Cheetah.  Now if that isn't Elton I don't know what is, and I am ok with that.  Have fun, and remember, with spring shoes the skies the limit.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

california dreaming

Last week I was lucky enough to escape the soggy Seattle area and go soak up the sun in Palm Springs.  Since it was a beautiful 85 degrees every day, that helped me get a big dose of Vitamin D that I really needed.  Pool, cocktails, shopping, dinner, repeat.  For three lovely days.  Heaven.
We walked to town on Saturday into old Palm Springs and did a bit of shopping.  I always have a red flag up in my head during vacation shopping, when one can have a bit of that "when in Rome" sort of attitude towards things and end up with some items that don't translate back to your life or closet once you get home, such as tropical print sarongs, or anything with shells attached to them.  Right.
I love Trina Turk which is California cool and got that cool 60's & 70's vibe to everything.  Her Bohemian style clothing & swimwear pairs bright modern patterns against sharp black and bright white.  So when I spied her jewelry line I was totally enamored.  I especially loved her rings, which ran a bit on the small side and, hoorah!, actually fit my size four ring finger!  The Blocked Classic Enamel Rings were great, as were the bangles, especially the Pierced Bangle in rose gold, a color you don't find as often.  She also has a Sunburst Cuff that was tempting, but I ended up with the Solataire Ring, which had a orange stone held very high with four prongs--elegant & classy fun.
While I was trying on a dress, my husband snagged something from the new Mr. Turk line, which surprised me since he thought everything was a bit loud for him.  Guess not!  Next door there is a Trina Turk Home store with fantastic pillows, vases, ceramic birds, bowls and all the things I need for my beach house.  Wait, I don't have a beach house.  See what I mean?  Ok, maybe for the bookshelf in my dark Seattle house, to brighten things up a bit.  Even if you can't get to California right now, you can think sun and warmer temps and spring with a little something bright.  Dream on girl.