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Shews. Because shews.

Shews. Because shews.

Work is quiet for like a week and a half in February, and then I spend the rest of the year wondering when will the busy season let up? And why is it so darn busy, even with nary a trial in sight? After doing this for seven full years, you would think that by now I would realize that this is just what the job is like, and it’s busy all the time, because just because. But apparently I have not caught on.

I have a whole list of things to write about: Blogga lunch with Erin and Alex, Fancy dinner at Umi, a whole bunch of books I’ve read, the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, and so on and so forth. Eventually I will find a minute to tell yinz all these things, but not tonight. Because I’m about to fall asleep at this keyboard.

In the meantime, I need new black boots.  Particularly ones that can pull double-duty from work to happy hour.

Nila Suede Wedge Boots

Nila Suede Wedge Boots

Naturalizer Lamont Boot

Naturalizer Lamont Boot

Franco Sarto "Osteria" Boot

Franco Sarto “Osteria” Boot

Softspots "Oliva" Boot

Softspots “Oliva” Boot

And totally not within this description, but just because I want want want want them:
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Goodnight.

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Sumpin New

I’ve had an interest in fashion as long as I can remember. I remember poring through Harper’s Bazaar in junior high.  And now, I subscribe to at least six fashion magazines.  You know what I’m NOT good at? Being fashionable.  Because fashion involves risk. And I’m incredibly risk averse.  The result often is that I end up with the same basic but refined hairstyle, and the same nearly all-black outfit, and the same conservative makeup over and over and over.

Maybe it is a function of getting older.  Maybe it is a function of my career– where day to day I am tasked with resolving real problems.  And you know what, an outfit that looks stupid is not a real problem.  And maybe it is my Birchbox subscription that puts samples of new and different cosmetics right in my hot little hands for me to play with, without the inconvenience of me actually having to go out and get anything.  But I’ve been playing a lot with hair, makeup and fashion lately, and having some fun with it. In particular, I’ve been playing with lip colors that I would never consider picking up at the store, and adding new colors and cuts to the clothes in my wardrobe.  I’m breaking away from my old approach of having a fixed outfit in mind when I buy something, and wearing only that outfit over and over.  Instead, I’m trying to pick up pieces I love as I see them, and have more flexibility with how I mix and match them within my wardrobe.

I’m letting go of worrying about others thoughts about how I look.  Because you know what, there are plenty of magazine photos where I think that the people DO look stupid, but someone else thinks they look great, and how about that, they’re in a magazine. Quick shout-out to two of my local fashion inspirations: Laura at The Glamorous Pursuit and Terra at Stylish White Female, both of whom make looking glam and gorgeous look so effortless.

So for Podcamp on Saturday, I decided to try a little sumpin new.  I put my hair up in a fun (but not perfect!) topknot, which is much more adventurous than any other style I’m known to sport.  I also slathered Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso on my lips.  This color is a shock to a girl who almost never wears lipstick, but I’ve now worn it about three times, and every single time I do, I get a compliment on it.  It’s a bold look, but if it’s moving people to go out of their way to tell me they like the color, it’s worth adding into heavy rotation.

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So here I am after picking up a much-needed coffee and choc chip cookie at Big Dog (amazing cookies, btw. Dear lord I love that little coffee shop).  It was a VERY different look for me, but I felt comfortable in it, and that is key.  This won’t be an everyday look for me, but it’s fun to be open to trying out new things.

Have you tried anything new with your “look” lately? What worked? What didn’t?

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Sandal time

Sandal time

The weather is FINALLY sandal friendly! For the last 2 summers I had a pair of incredibly comfy, incredibly cheap Target sandals that I lived in nonstop. Those sandals have quite literally fallen apart. When the sole cracks in half, shoes are no longer really wearable. Some favorites for this season are:

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I’ve already added these Mia Limited Edition cuties to my closet. They are crazy CRAZY comfortable. You can walk in them for days. The platform isn’t very high and neither is the wedge, so they give you the comfort of flats with the look of something a little more sophisticated. I’ve never thought of suede or velvet as summer fabrics, but a number of designers seem to be coming out with suede and velvet sandals right now. Some look strange, but I think the suede in these Mia LE Baja sandals is a perfect contrast to the straw espadrille heel.

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These Modcloth Drizzle Castle sandals are more on the casual end of the spectrum, but the design is whimsical enough to stand out. They are perfect for a an afternoon on a boardwalk, or better yet, a music festival.

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In my imaginary world where I am enviably fashionable all the time, I would wear stilettos with ease. In reality, I have large feet and bad balance, and (with the exception of wedges), I kick heels over 1.5″ high off within an hour. Flats don’t usually have the pizzazz of a shoe with a heel, but the fancy sparkle of these Anthropologie Diamond Bow T-Straps could get me through a charity cocktail party while looking stylish, not frumpy.

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I love the look of embellishments on sandals, but they are often metal or plastic and bound to irritate the foot. The delightful flowers on these Tory Burch Cori Thong Sandals are leather and unobtrusive, so your footwear is cute without getting annoying.

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Miss Mooz Primrose sandals. Love the color, love the leather punch design, love the little wedge, love the velcro (but not dorky looking) ankle strap that fits feet like mine without cutting into the ankle. Love it love it love it.

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New Kicks

I’ve been pounding the pavement (well, really the treadmill, the track and the elliptical) for the last 2.5 years in my trusty Brooks.  I keep telling myself that they still look fine and work fine, so they’re still fine to use, but really it is time for new running shoes.  I think the guideline is something like 1 year/150 miles.  Well, we’re way beyond that.  Happily, I ordered a new pair of shoes yesterday!

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Mr. Beez says the 80s puked all over these, but I LOVE THEM!

I’ve had bad luck with running shoes giving me painful blisters, so I love that these come with a 15 day trial period. There’s nothing worse than picking out new running shoes, taking them out for a spin, realizing that they’re just not going to work, and not being able to return them.  That’s why I’ve never ordered running shoes online before (at least you minimize the risk by getting fitted at a specialty running store).  The trial period is an all around win for me!

And Baby Beez certainly has more shoes than she needs, but I just couldn’t help myself from sharing the bright-color fun with her too.

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Shopping Spreeeeeee

My bank card somehow was compromised and someone made a fraudulent purchase on it over the weekend. (This fraudulent purchase was $40 at 7-11.  I’d like to hope they at least got something interesting with it, like 40 hot dogs).  Luckily I check my bank account all the darn time and was able to identify the fraud right away (and there was only one, phew!).  I got the bank on the phone and took care of it immediately. This means that my bank card is now no good and I have to wait for a new one. This is good timing for my card to get stolen because I am in a mood to shop! shop! shop! Lacking a card will keep this stupid expensive impulse under control.

These are some things I want want want:

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I’ve been eyeing this Kate Spade tote for ages.  It’s finally half off, although way more than I want to spend on a tote. Then again, I’ve been wishing and dreaming and hoping for this bag, so it may be worth it for the peace of my little mind.

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We can has springtime? Maybe? Possibly? Or I could put this fun springy dress on and stay indoors and sip iced tea and pretend it’s springtime because it feels like it’s never ever going to get warm again.

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The necessity of these shoes needs no explanation.

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I’m not hipster enough to pull off wearing this sweatshirt in public, but it’s super cute for lounging at home.  Also, I am writing this post at night sitting in front of the TV, and I just realized that the sweatshirt I am wearing is 13 years old. Time for a new one, right (or at least one with non-fraying cuffs….)