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Haunted by Studded Pour La Victoire Boots
10/29/2010, 3:23 PM
Filed under: Fashion Spy

OMG, the Pour La Victoire boots I strongly considered at TJ Maxx last Saturday for $249.99 were on sale for $199 at RueLaLa today!  And I missed them.  Sniffle…

Conspiracy!



Blow Your Paycheck Friday: Dior Eclipse Peep-toe Bootie
10/29/2010, 10:53 AM
Filed under: Blow Your Paycheck Friday

I think that the bootie is just a very flattering way to wear a boot.  Unlike mid-calf versions, which can hit you at the widest part of your calf – not cute – or knee high boots that may have some big ‘ole calves squished inside.  These black and grey booties by Dior are so chic that I am DYING for them!

I love the cutouts, and the one inch platform will hopefully make them comfy.  And they’re only $790, which for Dior booties, is a bargain!  Get them at Saks.



Girl Crush Wednesday: Jill Scott
10/27/2010, 10:56 AM
Filed under: Girl Crush Wednesday

Since Jamison and I switched back to Comcast to save nearly $1K per year on phone, internet and cable (still hoping we don’t regret our decision,) my new favorite thing to do each morning on the weekends is watch VH1 Soul.  Watching an old Jill Scott video, this morning – “The Fact Is (I Need You)” made me remember just how much I love her for saying exactly what I try to lovingly tell my husband all the time; I don’t think my message is coming across appropriately, but hers is spot-on:

I can pay my own light bill baby
Pump my own gas in my own car
I can buy my own shoe collection
I’ve been blessed thus far
I can kill the spider above my bed
Although it’s hard because I’m scared
I can even stain and polyurethane
But some things just don’t change
I need you yeah
Sometimes so hard to say oh
I need you…

And even though I can do all these things
I need you
And even though I can do all these things
We need you
We need you
We need you
And even though I can do all these things by my damn self
I need you
I do, I do, I do, I do
And even though I can do all these things
I need you
We need you
We do
We need you yeah
We need you

I remember when I first heard Jill singing, “Do you remember me…” back in 2000.  I was instantly smitten by her real-girl-from-Philly, no-nonsense, yet soulful approach to R&B – yes, we did call it neo-soul back then LOL.  Jill’s songs have been key to the soundtrack of my life.  At least 8 months out of the year, one of her CDs is in my 6 disc changer in the car.  I love that I’ve also watched her grow into a talented actress and a loving mother to her son Jett.

Source:  Cleve Scene

Source:  Babbler

Source:  Soul UK

Source:  uu Lyrics

Source:  Last.fm

Source:  Soul Bounce

So, I am very proud to feature one of my favorite soul singers as this week’s girl crush.  Her natural beauty is so stunning, and she really seems like the kind of girl I might want to eat a cheesesteak and drink a beer with one day…  Of course, she doesn’t seem like a red-meat-eating, beer drinking kind of girl… but I can dream, can’t I?  We could also enjoy some sushi and sake together if she prefers that.  Jill – have your people call your my people (that’s just me right now) so we can set something up. 🙂



A Bust Shopping with Amy and Robin?
10/24/2010, 10:28 PM
Filed under: My Shopping Finds

So, how long have I been looking forward to my little shopping trip with Amy and Robin?  Well, I always look forward to our day of fun each year.  I woke up bright and early to get in a workout before our 10 AM shopping adventure began. 

We started at Old Navy, where I was hoping to get another pair of denim leggings on sale for $20 (no such luck) and to try on the wool trench coat (super cute but not on deep enough sale yet.)  So, I ended up with two favorite tees in grey and red, two pairs of gold flip-flops, one pair red flip-flops, and a black v-neck sweater for less than $20. 

DSW was a total bust, but I did consider buying some black glitter boots by Steve Madden (too tall, glitter falling off in my hands) and these wild Nina shoes with flowers and feathers – which I would have worn in ivory at my wedding if they existed back then but seem too crazy for any sort of regular occasion – see below:

At TJ Maxx, I scored some great pear-shaped CZ stud earrings, three glass decanters (yay for my bar, I’ve been looking for some decanters every time I enter TJ Maxx since the spring,) lots of new underwear, and my favorite jalapeno ketchup.  I did swoon over some Pour La Victoire studded high-heeled ankle boots, but at $249.99 they were above my budget and too tall for any sort of comfortable walking. 😦

We enjoyed lunch at On the Border.  While it’s never my first pick, it’s convenient location at Buckhead Station made it too good to pass up; plus they had a skinny margarita on the menu.  And I’m still boycotting The Tavern at Phipps due to their allegedly racist ways. 

Next, we gave Nordstrom Rack a try.  No shoes there either?  How can this be?  I tried on three dresses that I loved (including a Shoshanna cocktail dress on clearance for $39), but they were all misshapen of sketchy textiles.  I left there with only undies and shower poufs?  I doubt I’ve ever had such pathetic shopping karma at Buckhead Station!

We finished the day by heading to Trader Joe’s where a little bit of impulse shopping gave me comfort.  Not sure I needed pate with mushrooms or lite matured dutch cheese, but why not?  I also found a healthy alternative to fruit roll-ups (a serious weakness) in dried fruit bars that only cost $.55 each. 

So, it was very easy to store my shopping finds since there weren’t that many.  And I enjoyed decanting my spirits on the bar this afternoon – even though I’m not really imbibing much at the moment.  This all reminds me that what the dining room really needs is two coats of black paint, a great mirror for over the bar, some Louis ghost chairs and a new bright orange tablescape.



Surprisingly Chic at Old Navy?
10/22/2010, 10:45 PM
Filed under: Fashion Spy

Went to Old Navy

The Rockstar Super Skinny Denim Leggings on sale for $19.99

 
 
Wool-Blend Trench Coats in cream for $99.50
 
 
So, you may want to check out Old Navy.  Even the quality isn’t as bad as I’d expect (isn’t that a winning endorsement LOL.)


Blow Your Paycheck Friday: BCBGMAXAZRIA Cheetah Sequined Dress
10/22/2010, 10:54 AM
Filed under: Blow Your Paycheck Friday

Why not combine two of my favorite things in one great piece… animal print AND sequins.  This amazingly stylish BCBGMAXAZRIA Sequined Cheetah-Print Dress is chic beyond description.  And you KNOW I am feening for it!

Yes, it’s fab.  Sadly, it’s $598.  If you want to make the investment, go to Saks. (I’m hoping for a Zara- or H&M-inspired look coming very, very, very soon.  Do you guys hear me?  I need it!



What I’m Rocking: White Phoenix Fabulosity
10/21/2010, 11:01 PM
Filed under: What I'm Rocking

I had a chance to pull out a jacket that I bought last March in Phoenix, and I am SO pleased that I did.  I really set off my vintage printed dress:

White trenchcoat with skinny black belt:  Last Chance in Phoenix.  Roxann surely thought I was crazy for snatching up SO many jackets on our final run to Last Chance.  But I’m a gal that thinks a great jacket can make an outfit.  Even though I think I scored this jacket for $10 after getting 50% off, it is a wonderful pop.

Blue, lavender and white graphic printed dress:  Melrose Vintage shop.  Not sure which one, but I do recall cringing at the thought of spending $32 for it.  Glad I ponied up, as it was WELL worth it.

Silver wedges:  My same old Nine West ones.  I scored these at DSW for 30% off, and I’ve got two more pairs on deck!!!  I may need to pull out the replacements soon, though.  Your favorite shoes get a lot of wear.  Well, mine do.  What good is it to have 120 pairs of shoes when you wear the same 4 all the time?  I really need to do something about that…