There’s a Wedge Between Us

So, I’m mostly a high heel type of girl. Not outrageously high, but high enough to add some height to my current situation of being vertically challenged.

However, I’ve recently been showing a bit more love to my wedge heels. 1) I don’t own that many pairs of wedges (hint hint, time to go to DSW), and 2) I forget how comfortable they can be, especially for work. They add a little flair to an outfit, and can be worn with skirts, capris, or even cropped pants. I also think wedges can be a playful shoe just as much as the classic high heel.

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Classic Nuede/Beige Wedge Heel

Of course, wedges can get out of hand and be a bit too high or have an outrageously high platform. But, when they are worn modestly, they can be a perfect 10 in the world of shoes.

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Team “Too Much” in the world of Wedges

We are only about a month into Summer, and I’m glad I’ve rediscovered my wedge heels and I also plan to purchase some more.

My, how FLATtering you are!!

I watch as their eyes gaze down to the ground. I can tell that they are staring at my shoes. I already know the question they are going to ask: “Leah, are you wearing FLATS today?”

I fix my mouth to smile sweetly, and prepare to give them a confusing answer: “Yes, maybe,” I say. Their perplexed face follows my response.

A woman who loves heels can still be stylish in a pair of flats, right?

stylish flats

stylish flats

Right.

Flats are part of my shoe collection. In comparison to heels, my flats lose by a longshot. But, there are those times when flats are necessary.

1)Changing into cuter shoes – cute flats are the prelude to the cute heels that you are about to wear. Or, in my writing vernacular, flats foreshadow heels. Personally, certain heels I have do not touch the ground (concrete/gravel) to avoid getting scuffed or more importantly to avoid me falling and breaking my neck. Therefore, I wear my flats and then change when I reach my destination.

2) Still looking stylish while resting your feet – Let’s face it ladies, no matter how much we try to walk through the pain- HEELS HURT!!! and sometimes, it’s beneficial to give your feet a rest and change into a pair of flats. No shame, no need to be embarrassed. Better to wear flats than to limp around in a pair of heels that are obviously murdering your feet after a long day of wear. coach.jpg

Are flats part of your shoe collection? And, I think I’m going to consider purchasing a pair of Coach flats. Any suggestions on the style or color?

#Beflattering

April Showers Brings…

For years I’ve seen girls wear the cutest styles of rainboots: Burberry,

florals, Coach, polka dots you name it! As much as I liked them I didn’t feel I needed to buy a pair.

These are so cute I wouldn't even want to wear them!

These are so cute I wouldn’t even want to wear them!

Patterns!!

Patterns!!

But, I caved in. (it should be mentioned that I went to DSW for rainboots ONLY because I had store credit that I wanted to use).

I didn’t buy the most pimped out pair, but instead I bought an everyday/ average navy blue pair with a pop of pink on the trim of the boots.

Yes, they have come in handy,

Yes, I plan to buy another pair (patterned this time)

and Yes, wearing these rain boots makes me want to go fishing-seriously. Boots

So, to the month of April I say “Bring on the showers, because I will be fashionably ready!”

Southern Style Sunday-Shrimp and Grits

Today I’m reminiscing on a dinner I had last weekend, but this meal could also be used for breakfast and brunch.

The dish is shrimp and grits. It sounds simple because it is.

I won’t go into a detailed recipe, because I’ve learned there are many th5QWS9L87variations to this classic dish. When cooking the grits we made them very rich, using half and half, cheese, butter, and seasoning occasionally with salt and pepper. Fresh chopped parsley was added for a little hint of color. The shrimp were lightly seasoned, sautéed, and then added to the grits which equaled a big pot of deliciousness!

My dad cooked white bass fish as we had extra, and we enjoyed Italian moscato which paired great with the seafood.

What’s your variation of shrimp and grits? And if you haven’t tried it, what are you waiting for?!

For a brief history of this iconic pairing click here!

“ShoesDay” at Work

My passion for shoes carries over even into the workplace. About eighty

Classic Black Ankle Boots or "Booties"

Classic Black Ankle Boots or “Booties”

percent of the time, I wear classic black heels to work since those are my “Staple shoes.” But, when I decide to pull out a pair of shoes from the twenty percent category, you’d better believe that those shoes are one word: STYLISH. But, wait… it gets better. This post is really for my co-workers. Yes, for the wonderful women who likewise don’t mind “stylin’ and profilin’ in their

Wedges and Tie-Ups

Wedges and Tie-Ups

shoes at work. Heels, booties, wedges, you name it and they will wear it/have worn it! Enjoy the pictures and ask yourself: Who said hard work and cute shoes don’t go together?!

Cute Bow Tie-Ups on a classic black heel

Cute Bow Tie-Ups on a classic black heel

I Unexpectedly Saw Red…

It appears on the bottom of only a select pair of shoes against a variety of colors and materials and adds to the complete design of the product, making it a work of art on the foot of any Shoelover. It’s the coveted red sole.

Red Bottoms

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Lou-bou’s

Louboutin’s” (mistakingly called Louis Vuitton’s- Yes there is a HUGE difference)

Whatever you refer to these shoes as is neither here nor there, all I know is

I.

OWN.

A.

PAIR.

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“Rolando” heels by Christian Louboutin

Honestly, my dear shoe lovers, I’m still in shock myself. My disbelief is largely the reason why I’m able to write this post as opposed to jumping for joy and not being able to contain my excitement! But you know what, my happy-calmness is actually EXACTLY how I want to feel.

For me, my Louboutin heels are more than just the shoe, they are what the shoe represents.

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Photography by Lena Johnson

For some people, purchasing their first pair of Louboutin’s is about status and all that “supposedly” comes with being a Louboutin owner. True, it is nice to say I own a pair of what MANY people believe to be ridiculously overpriced and uncomfortable designer shoes. But, considering that I wasn’t expecting to be able to purchase them so soon (from a financial standpoint) the shoe serves as a reminder to me that 1) anything is possible and 2) there’s nothing wrong with treating yourself periodically.

Yes, I own a pair of Louboutins.

Yes, I bought them for a RIDICULOUSLY  AMAZING  price.

And Yes, I’m still a shoe lover whether they are designer shoes or not.

 

 

Shooties and Foodies

I’m happy to say that two weeks in a row this blog has taken on its official meaning- that of me having brunch and wearing pumps.

Real Life Scenario #1- It’s rare that my mom and I go out to eat (it’s more of a pastime that my dad and I share), but when it does happen it’s always a good time. Last Sunday, mom and I ended up at brunch with other friends and had a nice booth to ourselves. My mom, the self-proclaimed “Fashionista” was flawless from “H2T” (head to toe), but for the sake of this blog I’ll only focus on the shoes.

Ironically, both of us wore pumps that are  “shooties”

Shooties (Noun) 

1. An fashion item commonly worn on the foot that has combined characteristics of a shoe and an ankle boot.

Sidenote- (I’m not a fan of the word “shooties” but this is how they are recognized in the world of fashion)

Here’s a pic of the ones my mom and I wore:

Mom's peep-toe black shooties

Mom’s peep-toe black shooties

My tie-up black shooties

My tie-up black shooties

Check back soon for real life scenario #2! And many thanks to my mom for helping me define Brunch and Pumps 🙂