Fallen for High Heels

Let’s get this out in the open: Even though I hit 6’2″ in height, I do not discount the opportunity to wear a pair of heels. I remember so vividly being a high school freshman sitting in Geometry class when some girl with an attitude commented on my height and my chunky heel Esprit loafer and loudly declared, “Why she wears heels? I have no idea.” A classmate blurted out an unrelated comment before I got a chance to escalate the discussion.

Many years after I moved past my affinity for a chunky heel Esprit loafer, I became a convert to Cole Haan with Nike Air Technology footwear. I found myself logging many a mile walking around the city as a young professional and graduate student living in Washington DC. Because the length of a pencil skirt looks disproportionate with a pair of flats, I turned to the Cole Haan Nike Air line for a walking-on-air-no-not-really-these-are-three-inch-heels experience. Unfortunately the line was discontinued and I had not purchased new high heels since – until last week.

While the fiance was in Haiti on a relief trip, I found myself with some extra time on my hands. When this happens, I tend to shop online and it just so happens that I have been loving the shoes J.Crew has released this season, specifically those with sturdy, block-y heels.

From J.Crew, I ordered the Faded Blush Lena Leather Pumps with Patent Cap Toe and Vintage Cabernet Lucite Heels in Suede both in a 10 and 10.5. From J.Crew Factory, I ordered the Black Esme Jeweled Kitten Heels, Snow Leopard Olive Calf Hair Heels, both in 10 and 10.5, and the Navy Canvas Espadrille Wedges in a 10.

I am a size 10 in shoes. The espadrille wedges were final sale, and luckily the size 10 fit. I found the remaining shoe sizing to be inconsistent. The Lucite Heels and the Esme Jeweled Kitten Heels in a size 10 fit my feet; however the size 10 in the Lena Pumps and the Olive Heels were too small.

Aside from the sizing, I was not sold on the Lena Pumps and the Olive Heels. I don’t say this often, but the 3-3/4″ heel height on the Lena Pumps and the Olive Heels was a bit extreme for me. Even after walking around the carpeted portions of our apartment, I couldn’t talk myself into keeping either pair.

Let’s discuss the Vintage Cabernet Lucite Heels in Suede, shall we? The 2-1/5″ lucite heel is the statement feature on this shoe. It is everything. Even my fiance admired it as I held it up to the light- and encouraged me to keep it regardless of the fact that I purchased it for the full price and that I am accident prone when it comes to suede. I wore these shoes for the first time this past weekend to go to dinner at Parc in Rittenhouse Square with a houndstooth skirt, opaque tights, herringbone vest, and turtleneck – the ideal combination of layers for that evening.

It was a perfect fall night so after dinner we walked across the city for a total of nearly three miles. Not only were these shoes comfortable the entire walk, they didn’t even wear blisters on my feet. Unfortunately I missed out on the velvet version. Now excuse me while I order the black ones before those sell out.

My Hilton Head Suitcase

I was so disappointed to have to cancel our Hilton Head vacation. My fiance’s mom’s side annually reunites every fall. This was the first year that I managed to talk him into taking the time off to unplug and unwind. Unfortunately Hurricane Matthew had other plans.


Last week my fiancé and I were both out of town for our respective jobs. Since we both would have had less than a 24 layover at home between the work return flights and vacation departure flights, we packed for Hilton Head well in advance. While I try to stay restrained when it comes to packing for vacation (I have been known to keep it to a backpack), the fiance has preferred status with our preferred airline, granting him a free checked bag. Trust me when I say that this does not excite him to the same extent that it excites me. I convinced him that checking a shared large suitcase with each of us carrying a backpack with one day/night of clothes and toiletries would be ideal.

These are my favorite items from the Hilton Head suitcase:

  • Calypso Henrika Caftan: I wore this multiple times over the July Fourth weekend and many times since then. While it is beautiful in photos, it is gorgeous in person. It has delicate pink beading along the neckline and the wrists. It is just sheer enough to show your swimsuit underneath. Although I am 6’2″, I can get away with the length of a medium. I purchased the caftan at the beginning of the summer and it is still available and on deep discount now.
  • La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF: Sunscreen is a necessity even on the cloudiest of days. My dermatologist recommended that I switch from standard foundation to the La Roche Posay Tinted Moisturizer and SPF years ago and I have never looked back. The last time I was in CVS picking up the Tinted Moisturizer, I picked up a tube of the Anthelios SPF 60 as well. It is perfection.
  • 7 for All Mankind White Denim Rolled Hem Shorts: This summer I have become obsessed with 7 for All Mankind denim shorts. The first pair I purchased were cutoffs and the length was the major selling point. (I think the inseam is longer than cited on the product information.) As a tall woman, the sad truth is that shorts can border on inappropriate, but the cutoffs and the white rolled hem shorts were the perfect inseam. These shorts run true to size.
  • Calypso Prudence Kimono: I coveted this kimono since earlier this summer when I almost purchased it along with the Calypso Henrika Caftan. I wish I had ordered it earlier as I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived two weeks ago. It is even more fantastic in person. The kimono is light silk, and so delicate and so detailed. While it is marked down with an additional percentage reduction, you can tell it is an expensive piece. This item runs large; I wear a small.
  • Lilly Pulitzer Elsa Blouse: The Elsa Blouse is a Lilly Pulitzer mainstay. When I saw the pink chevron in the window of a Georgetown boutique back in the spring of 2014, I became a woman obsessed. It has been in regular rotation ever since. The Elsa Blouse runs large; the length of the small is ideal.

I think it is time to start planning our next warm-weather resort trip.

cuff short // released hem short // distressed denim short // silk kimono // printed caftan // whipstitch sandal // tank // sunscreen // split tie tunic // floral shell // tunic top // folio case // folio case // swim bottom // swim top // sunglasses // beach tote // tote // gold sandals

The Cars On The Road 1982

I woke up Sunday to a rainy morning, effectively prohibiting me from my morning bicycle ride. Rather than getting a morning of exercise in touch-and-go weather, my fiance convinced me to accompany him to brunch. (Twist my arm.) It was one of those days in that only leggings would do.

Lululemon Wunder Unders are the best, no? I am sure we are all on the same page with that sentiment – and if we aren’t and you know of something better, please let me know!

Despite the perfection that is the Wunder Under legging, my favorite part of this outfit is the concert tee shirt. Purchased by my dad for my mom when they went to The Cars on the Road 1982 tour while they were dating, it has been consequently shrunk in the wash and passed down to my sister and me. Right now, it, and several other treasures purchased at shows my parents went to in the early 1980s are in my custody and are the most valued pieces in my wardrobe. While this tee shirt is not part of my traditional aesthetic, it is older than I am, which I think makes it classic in it’s own right. It is beyond special.

jacket // wunder under leggings // sneakers (similar) // clutch (similar) // sunglasses // ring // pearl cuff