I have a pair of leopard flats from Banana Republic that I bought three years ago and I have worn them to death even though they never really broke in. Now they're kind of ratty and the ponyhair has worn off in places so my shoes have bald spots. Bald spots! If that's not a reason for replacement I don't know what is. Here are the options I'm considering:
This pair of Gap Pointy leopard flats has me pretty excited even though I know better. I mean, they are clearly going to destroy my feet! Who here hasn't had their heart broken by Gap footwear? If you raised your hand you're a liar, sorry. I know they're going to be the worst but I still have hope in my heart that they might be magical.
This pair of Corso Como Mirage ballet flats might be a good "better than the Gap" option. They're a little spendy but CC has special little gel pads built in for comfort, which appeals, and they're well made.
The pattern on the MICHAEL Michael Kors Paxton calf hair flat is maybe the best. Crisp and defined with a funky gold toe...that I'm not sure I can pull off. They're also more than I prefer to spend on flats, but if they fit perfectly, might be worth it.
The Kate Spade New York Grenada pointed toe flat skews slightly more preppy than I generally prefer but something about the funky print paired with tassels 'n shit just kind of works for me? Maybe. And, while I'm sure the quality is great, I still ain't paying that. They'd need to be on major sale.
These are the flats I would buy if money were no object, the Valentino Garavani 'Rockstud' ballet flat. Now, obviously my dumb square feet would ooze over the ridiculously low sides like biscuits out of a busted can but oh my god, I love the studs. LOOoooooOooooveeee them. Can't help it.
The top is from Daniel Rainn, a brand I've never heard of. I found it for $15 at TJMaxx and it comes in a lot of prints (I kind of want this floral version as well).
Anyway, the jeans. They are very stretchy, but don't have that thin, cheap, you-can-see-your-underwear-line thing going on that is a problem with cheap jeans sometimes. At first I thought the wash was too light and thought about dyeing them, but it's growing on me. Best of all, they come all the way up to my belly button, holding in my post-partum pooch, and the talls are nice and long. For $30, I'm a fan!
Now, on to my hair! You guys had a lot of questions on my last post, so I thought I would follow up. As you saw yesterday, I bought a hairdryer and diffuser and I've been trying to recreate the salon look. I think I came pretty close (but it also looks good air-dried, I'll make sure and get a pic of that as well):
Okay, Q&A time! Y'all without curly hair can skip this part unless you're bored.
tehamy and Jen Kanable asked: I'm impressed that you only have to wash your hair twice a week! What do you do the other days? Your curls look ok after you sleep?
anonymous asked: when your hairdresser did all the "curl forming"- what did she do, and do you have to reproduce it every time? Because I know that I can finger-twirl my hair and it makes a big difference, but I don't always have the patience (and it doesn't always stay- but that's lack of product, I imagine)
This is kind of tough to explain, but there are some videos on the Ouidad site that help. She let the curls fall into their natural pattern and then loosely twirled them with product on her hands. And yes, product is key and a lot of it! I have fine hair, but a lot of it, though. Sometimes I don't bother forming every curl and just focus on the parts around my face, but it really does look best if I take th time to do it all.
Also from anonymous: I do a lot of sports/dance (pretty much every day) and I wear my hair in a sock bun; I don't wash it every time; I can't, my hair would dry out too much, but I wash "the edges" (everything that frames my face). Would that kind of wear and tear work with the sort of hair regime you have, do you think?
I don't have a good answer for this, either! I'm really sorry. I guess it would depend on your hair. Water does me no favors so I try to go as long as I can stand it without washing. You might like the dry shampoo I mentioned above!
Remember when I bought the tan Calvin Klein blouse and was trying to convince myself the color would work? While I think it could have been fine with the right accessories it really wasn't the most flattering color for me and I knew it. You would think I would've learned this lesson by now, but no. I ended up returning it and Nina found me the exact same blouse in a much more fun color:
It appears giantly huge on me but I think it'll look great in the fall with leggings, boots, and a long cardigan to pull it all together. Or tucked into a pencil skirt, perhaps? Or, as a flotation device, should get swept overboard while on a yachting trip. (Happens surprisingly often! Not really!) Anyway, I'm going to mess around with it some more and see what happens. It's a great color and I love the shiny gold buttons. Here are some details and stuff:
Back in May, when I was very pregnant and facing a long summer of my clothes not fitting, I declared that this would be the Summer of the Caftan. I was determined to bring back Mrs. Roper's finest outfits. But really, I only bought one. It's a good one though.
This fluid, super comfortable silk jersey caftan was an insomniac purchase off of eBay and came from Myanmar. Random, but it's so soft and easy to wear, and fairly flattering considering it's a big sack with a drawstring. Incongruously covered in what appear to be giant fingerprints?
I'm already thinking about buying a couple more caftans for wearing around the house. It's a slippery slope, but come on. This Natori caftan? Is so pretty.
I think the thing my wardrobe lacks the most is decent separates. I have a great leopard skirt...and a drawer full of Gap t-shirts. Um. So then I wear a t-shirt with the skirt and this is what happens:
It's not that great, huh. This skirt is a favorite but it's high-waisted so if I wear it with the wrong thing I look like I have no waist at all. Charming! But, then I started searching the archives and found this outfit where I'm wearing the exact same damn t-shirt and skirt and I think it looks great. Did I tuck it into my underwear or something? Or maybe it's just time to get rid of that t-shirt. Seriously. I know.