Tag Archive: shoes

What I Wore to a Dinner

One of the things I hate doing is shopping for clothes.

Considering the weight I have lost in the past year, you would think it is something I love to do. Granted my tummy is smaller than it was and I am  losing my third chin. It is trying on everything and being mocked by my own image in the mirror that I hate.

I am not the only one; Caitlin of Broadside just wrote about her adventures in clothing shopping as she gets ready for a book publicity tour. (If I wasn’t excited for her I would be really jealous. But I am truly excited) She found great items with the help of three people making her get out of her comfort zone.

Picture by Cohdra

During my last sewing day I learned that to measure correctly for tops you have to do it from the top of the bust. Fourteen inches from left to right is a size 14. Every half inch from there is another size up. And when I learned that I was really a size 20, my heart went to the stomach.

Really? After all that work I am STILL a size 20?

Do you know what is even harder than losing that weight? Finding clothing that is cute and stylish without looking like tent. My last great dress was a size 20. It was a brown wrap dress, a true wrap. I loved it because it showed off my good parts.

As I have dropped weight it began to look huge on me. I could not wrap it tight enough to make up for the extra material. So I gave it away. And I did not have a great “dress up” dress.

This is not a problem as I seldom go anywhere needing that kind of dressing.

Then my husband was given tickets for an event that required dressing up. I needed to look good so the daughter and I went shopping. We went to one store then another. I tried on several dresses that ended up being too tight, no the right style, not the right color. One dress that we both agreed on looked cute on the mannequin and looked awful on me.

Dress from Kohl's, picture by me

Finally, we found one that looked good, accented the right parts of my body without being black or pink.

While black is the background color, it is not the only color. Bottle green, turquoise blue and white are some of the other colors. The night I wore this dress, I paired it with an unpolished turquoise pendant and a black cardigan. In the store it had been paired with a statement necklace of clear stones.

Perhaps I can make a necklace from a clear green crystal to go with this dress. It would certainly add another dimension with a color that is a small part of the design.

The other night the daughter and I were watching Dancing With The Stars (could Kirstie dance away with the trophy?) when we saw a Kohl’s commercial come on and I saw the cutest pair of shoes. Of course, now I cannot find the ones I saw but I did find these.

Dolce by Mojo Moxy Inferno Peep-toe platform high heels, image from Kohls.com

Perhaps, this should be my next shoe purchase.

Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.
Have you added anything to the wardrobe?

How High Can You Go?

Sunday night the husband called me over so I could watch the Grammys with him.

I was going back and forth because I was doing stuff, important stuff like facebook and checking the numbers on the blog. I might have been looking around at other blogs as well. Despite being a big music person, I am not interestd in the Grammys.

The husband called me over because it was time for Cee Lo to perform. I love Forget You  and may have forced the husband to watch the Glee episode when Gwyneth Paltrow sang his song. I did make him watch SNL when Cee Lo was on and he became a fan.

Christian Louboutin Leather Peep-Toe Ankle Boots in Brown. Only Gwyneth gets custom colors. Picture from http://www.net-a-porter.com


It is a fun performance with muppets and Cee L0 in some crazy outfit. That is when Gwyneth shows up on the top of the stairs. She is wearing heels that are impossible tall. Some heels do a trick where the front part of the sole of about 1 – 1 1/2 inch platform to make the heel less high and less dangerous. Gwyneth’s shoes had this but the heel still looked to be about six inches long.

“Holy Cow! I could never wear shoes like that,” I am thinking. I notice that Gwyneth appears to be holding on that rail and the piano for balance. She’s a pro because I would have been holding on for dear life.

The amazing thing is I go looking around for these shoes and find them at She Finds. Not only am I right about the platform height but I ‘nailed’ the heel height as well. However, I am not buying these Christian Louboutin’s anytime soon because they cost $1095 and only come in a brown color.

If I am going to put myself in mortal peril (you have never seen me walk in heels and don’t know how true this statement is), I can do it for free. Even though I desire a pair of Louboutins with the trademark red under color, I have better things to do with that amount of money. Like pay my mortgage.

So to celebrate crazy shoe choices let’s watch that clip of Cee Lo and Gwyneth singing with muppets one more time.

Winnowing the Reading Pile

In a new fit of trying to keep the house neat and tidy, I decided to clean out the book pile by my bed.

I realized this had to be done as there was barely a foot of walking space between the pretty yellow bookcase and my bed. Honestly, I need to learn how to make pretty vignettes in my house as opposed to the piles of stuff that fill it now.

I swear I am going to wind up on an episode of Hoarders. Perhaps I will only make it to Clean House with Niecy Nash. I could use some styling tips from Mark Burnett. But my house is not that bad – yet.

So this morning, my reflection time (lying in bed or reading a silly novel) was spent going through the 20 or so books besides my bed and re-allocating them.  Books belonging to the kids (Scary Stories, Kipper’s A to Z Adventure, Fairy Godmother Academy, Madeline) went back to their rooms.

The remaining seven were taken to a paperback store that gives you credit for each book. SCORE! I can use the credit for half of the purchase price for whatever book(s) I want to buy. It is a win-win.

So here is what I ended up giving to the universe.

Shoes Addicts Anonymous by Beth Harbison

I really like this light and breezy tale of four women going through various types of crisis. The one thing that connects them all is shoes. Size 71/2 designer shoes to be specific. It was a fun read. BTW, this is getting movie buzz and could, could, star Halle Berry.

Swapping Lives by Jane Green

I thought I would like this one better than I did. It is the tale of a British singleton magazine editor and fairly wealthy American Housewife who trade places for an article. For whatever reasons, the book really focused on the American. I know her story but wanted more of the Brit’s.

An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears

How I got this book I do not know; it might have come from my mother’s collection. It is long and some passages are wonderfully written. Despite all that it is not something I am going to read again and again and again. It is a mystery set in Restoration England when being a Catholic could destroy your political career.

When Did My Life Become a Game of Twister by Mary Pierce

The author is not the tennis star with the mis-guided father but a mom with better sense of humor than most of us. It was an ‘ok’ book but I ended up not connecting with it.

After All These Years by Susan Issacs

This is an interesting mystery about a woman whose soon-to-be ex-husband is found dead in her home. Over the years of their marriage they built a business that reaped in lots of money. It is a fun read as she roams Manhattan trying to find the real killer which is more than O.J. did.

Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston

Perhaps it is me but Winston lost her way in this book. It starts out promising about a couple who have tried to have a baby and it just doesn’t happen. He has an affair and she finds out. They still love each other but the balance of the relationship has changed. When the story begins to go into predictable routes, I tuned out. Perhaps I am wrong and someone wants to tell me why.

My Two Year Old Eats Octopus by Nancy Tringali Piho

I was sent this book during my editor days. I found it interesting in how Piho suggests getting kids to eat different foods. But what is scary is her listings of how much sugar and gunk is in all that processed food we eat.  Perhaps our kids would be better off eating octopus more often.

What books surround your reading area?

Karyn Bowman lives in Kankakee County with her husband and children. Become friends with Karyn on Facebook.