Don’t grow tall too fast

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My daughter has been asking for high heels for about 3 years now.  And for 3 years I have been saying no.  But you get to wear them she says.  I am an adult I say back.  But now that she is in elementary school, she sees some of the girls a few years older than her in “heeled shoes”.  Of course a bunch of questions popped into my head.  Will she have back issues if she wears heels?  Not Sure.  Will she complain the whole time that her feet hurt?  I think so.  Will she be mad if I only let her wear them on weekends?  Of course.
imageWe stumbled on TOMS wedges at Nordstrom.  They had one black pair in her size and it had a 1 1/2″ wedge.  Hmmm…..I guess at some point I will have to accept that she is growing up and will want to do more “big girl” things like wearing makeup and heels.  As long as I still help pick out her clothes, I guess I can bend and buy them for her.  The excuse that they don’t make heels in her size doesn’t hold water anymore.
As we were leaving we walked through the women’s shoe department and of course, they had a matching pair for me.  Guess letting her choose a new shoe added a new shoe to my closet too.  Hopefully they are comfortable because I can’t use the excuse that they don’t fit anymore in another 6 months.

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A Heel Worth the Splurge

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I am constantly reminded at how bad I am with fashion.  I was reminded of that again this past April when I had a black tie wedding to attend a few months later in Florida.  I had to buy a new dress(long) and new shoes.  In the past when I had an event, I would rush to find a shoe, whether a strappy sandal or a sexy high heel, and then complain the entire night because the shoe was super uncomfortable.  Time to take my mother-in-law’s advice – invest in a quality piece and spend some money on something special.  I knew the price per wear would be high but it would be worth it to my husband to not hear me complain.  If I found the perfect shoe, I would also eliminate the stress of getting dressed for this and future nights out.

247ivettepat_black_anglepairMeet Ivette.  I met her at Neiman Marcus but she has a cousin who is a bit taller. Her cousin also has more than one residence…Nordstrom being her second. I remember looking at the price and thinking not a chance I will spend that on a shoe.  But then I put it on.  And it wasn’t too high(3″ plus)  and it was comfortable.  I had support around the front of my foot.  Did I mention it was comfortable?  I could walk around on both the tile and the carpet.  It was sexy, it was black(note to self I can wear these with other dresses that are short) and WAIT, it is $800.  I don’t spend $800 on shoes.  Maybe $350 on a pair of heels that I will wear almost every day to work(good return on the price per wear) but $800.  Nope.  Thanks Neiman Marcus sales guy.  I cannot do it.

But two days later I did.  I splurged and bought them.  And I wore them around the house for a couple of weeks and they were STILL comfortable.  And then I wore them to the beautiful black tie wedding I attended.  Wore them for over 6 hours. I walked, I danced, I sat(for only a short while because I wanted to eat and the music was FANTASTIC), I danced more, and my husband didn’t hear one complaint out of me.  He asked(a few times)and I was able to say honestly, “No, honey, my feet feel fine”.

I cannot say I will splurge like this again any time soon but I was reading the May issue of InStyle magazine and I got to give myself a fashion pat on the back(that never happens!) They featured the Jimmy Choo Ivette shoe(in silver) and said it is a heel you can stand in all evening.  Guess what, add the word dancing and they were absolutely right!!

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My Favorite Things – The Giveable Flat by Stuart Weitzman

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I do a lot of running around.  Whether I am at home or on the road, by myself, with my daughter or with colleagues, I am always running somewhere.  It’s exhausting.  The food store, Target, ballet, the airport, a client’s office, a fantastic restaurant – I need comfortable shoes.  And they must be fashionable too!

My favorite:  The Giveable Flat by Stuart Weitzman

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I own all three of these and have replaced two of them twice.  I wear them that much. Yes, they are a bit pricey but if you wear them as often as I do, the cost per wear is quite low. Unless they are already on my feet, they are always in my suitcase for business trips and they are usually in my car if I spend the day in heels.  It is the most comfortable shoe I own and goes with skinny jeans, black dress pants, skirts or dresses.  If I could recommend one flat for everyone, THIS IS IT!

 

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Don’t leave home without it: The Purple Stick

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I love shoes!  All kinds, all colors, and on a good day, all heights!  What I don’t love are blisters……

I have a five year old daughter and she even knows before we wear new shoes or new flip flops, we grab the purple stick.  The what??

Dr. Scholl’s For Her Rub Shield Friction Preventer Stick – the purple stick.  The greatest thing I learned about from another mom.  I was wearing a new pair of sandals and the back of my heel was causing me much pain.  And then she said I needed a friction stick.

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I keep one in my travel makeup bag, one in my bathroom, one in my briefcase, another in the beach bag.  This stick is definitely a necessary travel companion after a full day on the road, running around airports, jumping in and out of cabs, etc.  And there are quite a few options out there.

Dr. Scholl’s® BlisterDefense Anti-Friction Stick
Band-Aid Active Friction Block Stick