The Haan that got away

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Was at the outlets today and found these red suede Cole Haan pumps with stacked wooden heels for a mere $39.97.

Unfortunately The Husband was also with me, and he deemed them impractical, that I wouldn’t wear them enough. I have to say that I couldn’t disagree… And back on the shelf they went.

Sad face.

Killer Deal: Ralph Lauren Booties

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Miss Dressy is in town to visit, and while at the Outlets, I chanced upon these booties at Ralph Lauren for…. $24.98. But get this: I received an additional 25% off (clearance item) plus 15% off (special coupon I printed online).

I paid a grand total of $15.92!

I’m REALLY happy, because I returned these two other pairs of booties I have been considering.

Gotta LOVE this Ralph Lauren store, especially since I scored a new pair of knee-high leather boots a few months ago too!

 

Brown Wedgetarian

So the gray Wedgetarians did not look so hot on me. I managed to snag a pair in brown from Amazon (and at $30 less!), and they turned out much better.

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They meet my functional checklist but at this point, I’m still not 100% in love with them. I’ll have to test them out at home with a couple of different outfits and make a decision…

Hmm.

Walking Wedgetarian: Gray

This year is shaping up to be rather Europe-centric for me, involving lots of walking on cobblestone streets and taking trains and buses. I started looking for something comfortable, practical, and more stylish than sneakers.

I chanced upon the Wedgetarian Lexi by Merrell, one of my favorite comfort shoe brands. I ordered a pair in grey via Zappos VIP:

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They met my expectations and are super comfy, the grippy sole provides excellent tread, which bodes well for rainy / wintry streets. I’m confident that they won’t need breaking in! And though the wedge looks high, I can hardly feel that my feet are elevated.

But…. the downside is that this “rhinoceros” grey really stands out, and looks too stark against my usual palette of dark clothing in general. Oh, and these wouldn’t make good ‘airport’ shoes, since it takes time to lace & unlace them.

I’ve just ordered the ‘Dark Earth’ brown version, and most likely will return these. Stay tuned for updates!

Suited for Snow

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My recent solo trip to Tokyo coincided with the heaviest snow storms in the last 50 years. Thankfully my Espirit wool trench coat kept me warm (and my head too in my new hat), and these Ralph Lauren boots were comfortable and reliable despite the snow-covered streets and sidewalks.

Incidentally, the last time I emptied out a major city with a natural disaster (read: NYC & Hurricane Sandy), I was wearing an older pair of Ralph Lauren boots, and a water-resistant DKNY trench coat instead. Same purse this time, same gloves, but I alternated between the chunky infinity scarf with a $5 ‘Heat Tech’ scarf I picked up at Uniqlo.

I miss it all already.

 

Sock Connoiseur

On New Year’s Day, I cleared out my closet, purging and reorganizing. I sadly noticed that though a lot of my socks are fairly new, the elastics have already worn out, bunching uncomfortably around the ankles inside of boots.

So in anticipation of being in Japan, where tatami rooms = show your socks frequently, I knew I had to get some replacements for all those I threw out.

I went looking for them today, and was surprised to find that the elastics, even on brands like Cole Haan and Ralph Lauren, were pretty weak. Ironically, the $1 clearance pairs I found a year ago at Target are lasting the longest, and have the coolest patterns. No cool socks were found at Target today at my preferred price point (read: clearance), but I did find these at Marshall’s:

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Two pairs of Timberland wool socks for $4! The elastics on these were tight, though only constituting a shorter portion than I would like; and well, they aren’t cute.

But they would certainly keep my toesies warm in winter!

Coconut Head

An acquaintance of mine had raved on Facebook about this particular product a few months ago. When I saw this on clearance for $5 at my local super market, I decided, what the heck, I’ll try it.

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Coconut Shine & Refine Hair Lotion by Desert Essence: It says “100% vegan, gluten-free, and silicon-free”. For some reason, such a description makes me want to eat it.

Anyway… a tiny dollop of this tames the craziest flyaways and unrulyness, without any heaviness! Since I use a flat iron on my hair several times a week (horrible, I know), I first apply Redken ‘Heat Glide’ all over – avoiding the scalp – then I rub some of this lotion into the ends of my hair.

I have to say, my hair has never looked better! Great outcome for an affordable product that is light and doesn’t leave residue!

Black Jeans: 2nd pair EVER

I’m headed to Japan soon, and it’s likely to be rather cold. I plan to bring two pairs of jeans for the 12-day trip, one of which are these Levi’s Women’s Leggings in “Deep Night”. The other pair is $7.80 from Forever 21, which I absolutely do not trust while traveling: the buttons are janky, the zipper poor, and the stitching threatens to unravel at anytime. Why did I buy them? Well, I just wanted try out the whole ‘skinny jeans’ thing on me before committing.

Naturally, I needed second pair of skinnies that would fit into my jeans (like this). I went back to the Levi’s on Zappos.com so I didn’t have to go shopping and try jeans on. “Deep Night” was sold out at the time of my order: I went with Black. The last time I had black jeans was 1998, and I wore them till they were absolutely grubby and decidedly un-black anymore.

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I wasn’t too thrilled about paying $40 for jeans, since my daily staple are some $16 bootcut Levi’s I get from Costco – I also bought a ‘fancier’, apparently slimming pair for $24 a few months ago – but at least they weren’t exorbitant:

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They arrived overnight (Zappos’ VIP 1-day shipping is AMAZING), they make my butt look good. They do seem a tad long, but I guess jeans/jeggings tend to shrink a little? My current pair, worn in New York, also bunched a little.

I’ve started putting aside my clothes for the trip, and all I can say is…. TURTLENECK is the theme!

Boots found!

So after all my uneventful boot-shopping stories (here, here, here, here, and here), I FINALLY found a pair in late November! Sorry, all the holidays, travel, and craziness meant blogging fell by the wayside…

I got this pair of sleek dark brown boots by Ralph Lauren for $80 at the outlets, woooooot!

They are really quite perfect, being dressy, sleek, plain, and the heels aren’t too high nor narrow. Very pleased.

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I… shall post a better photo soon, and maybe even with me in it, once it stops being 84 degrees in Los Angeles!