Stepping Up My Shoe Game

It seems like I just wrote about shoes, and I did, a mere month ago. It feels like so much longer than that. Not that I measure my life in pairs of shoes that I just so happen to find appealing, but what an idea. Carrie Bradshaw would be proud.

What other units would I like to measure my life in?

Gin martinis?

Miles ran or chatarunga pushups?

How about trips to the spa?

I digress.

Every shoe that catches my eye fits into one of several distinct categories: cap toe, loafer, slingback, gingham, and high heeled ankle strap sandals.

When you do not have an extra nine hundred dollars lying around for the real thing, this pump, cut out block heel, and ballet flat are sufficient substitutes without taking the questionable Canal Street knock off route.

pump (more cap toes here, fact: J.Crew made this very shoe save for a round toe circa autumn 2016) // block heel (last obsessed about here) // ballet flat (more cap toes here)

I blame my allegiance to the loafer on my classic and traditional aesthetic. Not the of-the-moment slim, slip on loafer. Those do nothing for me. Give me the fringe, a tassel, and a detail in which I can stow a penny.

clockwise from top left: tan horsebit loafer // navy fringe loafer // patent kiltie loafer // jade kiltie loafer // mustard penny loafer (alternate colorway last seen here)

Who saw the kitten heel slingback coming? I sure as hell did not. Now I want to head to the nail salon for a pedicure because even though my toes will not be on display, I need to prep my heels to be their most polished.

polka dot slingback // holographic slingback

I mentioned resisting the gingham trend last week and two of these are having an encore. Gingham in a smaller dose is palatable. However, I will be on the lookout across my Facebook because once I note that an old high school teacher (in Mississippi, mind you) has adopted the trend, it is time to jump ship.

sandal (obsessed about here) // pump (obsessed about here) // slingback

Ankle strap heels are not necessarily a trend but after packed away for six months, the sudden appearance of them in every retailer feels like a thing.

clockwise from top left: gold sandal // ribbon sandal // polka dot sandal

Tartan Footprint

Tartan is so hot right now. In holiday seasons past, I had to hunt down classic tartan pieces. Not so in 2018. Every brand and it’s sister brand has a variety of tartan pieces and I. AM. HERE FOR IT! The plaid has become so common that brands are making tartan pieces in tall. We are going to have to ice skate to home and back because hell has frozen over. And I am going to look festive AF doing it!

Even if I was not able to locate any articles of clothing that fit my tall frame, which will not be the case this year, there are enough accessory options to satiate my tartan craving. Bucket bag? Check. Bangle? Check. Slippers? Check. Scarf? Check! Don’t even think that I am not not going to try to borrow my husband’s bow tie and style it in my own way.

Sidebar: I was just in the Philadelphia location of Tie Bar today and upon mentioning it to the two gentlemen on staff at the front desk, a third staff member in the back who had overheard my styling idea swung open the door to the front and insisted that I had to give it a whirl.

It will be one hell of a tartan holiday.


First row: dress // button up // bucket bag

Second row: bow tie // bangle (similar) // blazer

Third row: skirt // sleeveless shirt // earmuffs (last seen here, similar)

Fourth row: gloves  // crop pants // dress

Fifth row: tuxedo jacket // skirt // cap toe flats

Sixth row: shirtdress // scarf // cocktail shirt

Seventh row: slippers // romper // jacket

Thinking Cap

Cap toe shoes are so hot right now. It is my belief that they have never actually been out of style as they are a total classic; rather the design feature is just experiencing the trickle down effect as explained by Miranda Priestley monologue in regards to the color cerulean.

Earlier this summer, I went on the hunt for some cap toe heels. I scored these (worn in this post) and pinned a few other pairs as those I wanted to keep my eye on. Cap toe flats. Cap toe sling backs. Cap toe heels. Cap toe boots. Sign me up for all of them.


clockwise from top left: cutout with grosgrain cap toe // pump with patent cap toe // cutout (similar style) // slingback (also available in white / black and black / black) // pump // suede cutout (also available in gray patent / gray)

One only needs a single pair of black cap toe / neutral pink pump in the closet. Let’s not get too insane with multiple, near identical shoes, amirite? There are so any options and price points to choose from though. Full pump, slingbacks, cut outs.



clockwise from top left: black / black pumps // black quilted pumps // navy / black slingbacks // velvet slingbacks // oxblood ankle boots // ballet pink quilted pumps // gray suede slingbacks // black quilted block heel

On the other hand, I want nearly all of the above cap toe styles. My three favorites are the oxblood ankle boots, gray suede slingbacks, and calf hair / satin toe pumps.




Neon Stripes

This romper was initially released back in 2016. Tragically, I missed out on my size. The remaining sizes sold out shortly thereafter. I stalked it across several different retailers, but to no avail. A popular romper, to say the least!

I found and bought the 2018 version this morning, the second I saw it was available two years after I became a woman obsessed.  While it is not released in tall, I am taking the chance on going up a size and taking advantage of the adjustable spaghetti straps. Worst case, the retailer offers free returns.1.jpg