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Say Hello to My New Booties...




Dress? Zara
Blazer? Braemar, thrifted
Booties? Maxstudio, Winners
Wristlet? Coach, gifted
Broaches? see below

...or not. I've been noticing that these booties are getting a little scruffy after a few years of hardwearing/loving. I polish them like a maniac but they're not the same anymore. I received a really generous gift certificate from my boss and I planned on going to a nice shoe store and treating myself to a pair of pretty booties. Long story short, I got caught up between black, stacked ankle boots and black, architectural high heels and I walked out with a pair of nude pumps. What? I know, it makes no sense to me either but I fell in love with the nude pumps and I followed my heart (I got that line from Full House...). So, I guess I'll be polishing the old faithfuls for a while yet.

Matt threw his first blog hissy fit taking these pictures. He refused to go outside to take pictures because it was rainy (at the moment it was stopped, I promise) and we were in the middle of Mud Central 2010. I promised him we could go unto the street and not get muddy at all but he wasn't having it. We compromised with the porch but the lighting wasn't ideal...


...and a lot of the pictures I can't stop laughing/being exasperated because Matt won't get off the porch because his shoelaces will get muddy, so I suggest tying them but that made too much sense.


We finally settled on the stair case, which was warm and dry. I still think muddy construction equipment would have looked cool.

But I do think Matt liked my outfit. Especially after I pointed out that I was wearing 7 pieces of flair on my lapel. That gave way to him spouting off quotes from 'Office Space' about staplers and TPS reports, so he was happy. For the record, Matt actually got a Swingline stapler in red ordered for him at work and I imagine that when he starts a new job in a month, that bad boy is coming with him.

The Flair
Left Lapel (as you see it):
Crystal cluster?
Coloured flower? Winners
Crystal flower? Found in parking lot

Right Lapel:
Crazy lady kitty cat pin? Avon, gifted
Coloured flower? gifted (from Matt)
Maple leaf? thrifted

P.S. If you want to get nostalgic, check out this dress when I wore it for one of my very first posts. I had dark hair!


Matt said...

Hissy fit? More like "Hey let's go out and stand in the mud that is now a foot deep after a few inches of rain" with the response of "why would I go and stand in the mud that is now a foot deep after a few inches of rain" Besides I think the stair pictures turned out quite well thank you.

anne charlotte said...

love that dress! the green looks great. i never would have thought of doing the brooches like that...but i love the flair!

Jo said...

Love how you found the little flower pin in a parking lot! You never know where you'll find a little gem :)

P.S. - I like your hair blonde better than dark.

Sabrina said...

I love the "flair" on your blazer! so creative!! I am dying over the color of your dress. I love the deep rich green !

Secondhand Stella said...

7 pieces of flair... love it :)

That dress is so pretty. Love that color green.

Linda said...

Thank you for staying blonde!

This story made me laugh hysterically.

"Um, excuse me, um, have you seem my shtapeler".

Thanks for the sunshine on my cloudy day. Still babysitting? I love that you use the clutch so much!

Anonymous said...

HAHA You know why I love reading your blog (besides your amazing style inspiration) because you always make me smile and feel like I have known you forever just by reading your posts. This one was the best and I probably would have walked out with the nude pumps too. :)


The Village Idiot said...

love this!!!
great accessorizing!! lovethe green dress- love the brooches!!!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant. I LOVE the brooches all grouped together in brooch-tastic happiness.

K said...

You look great! All those brooches look so nice on the jacket - I never would have thought of that.

Fabulocity in Amish Country said...

Booties are awesome!! :) Love this look! I adore how you paired all of those brooches together! Awesomeee

Danielle said...

haha! I think the ones on the stairs turned out beautifully! LOVE the flair!

amanda said...

love all the brooches! such a fab idea to mass them all together on your blazer. i may steal that idea:)

Taylor Sterling said...

beautiful outfit!! love the color of the dress!

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

Hahaha, aww... I love that story!! I'm cracking up over here! You're too cute by the way. I love this! And I really love your blonde hair :]

Kyla said...

Hello, "new" booties. You may be worn and weathered, but you dress up nice. I still think you're preetty.

Also (to Yen, not booties) I had no idea that you ever had dark hair! It looks really cool, but you the blond on you is just so perfect!

Ms. Falcon said...

can't wait to see the new nude pumps.... love the story so much!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

i LOVE your stories about taking photos. this one cracked me up.
and the flair is just too good to be true.

Holli said...

Love this look! And your blog!!!

Kristin said...

I love the flair! That is awesome!

I have been wanting a pair of nude pumps lately....I think they always look so good with black ensembles! I can't wait to see how you style them!

Eyeliah said...

cute piles of brooches and the dress is a dream!

Christen said...

That dress is gorgeous - the color, the softness, everything about it! And I love how you styled it. Glad you followed your heart while shopping - can't wait to see the new pumps!!! Too funny about your man freaking out - I think it's time you get a tripod :)

Tabitha said...

I love your flair and that green color on you is gorgeous! Love the blazer with the broaches....I swear every thrift shop by me doesn't have any great.

Sidewalk Chic said...

Love everything about this, especially your flair. Your hair looks gorgeous pulled back like that!

- JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

C said...

Yay for flair! You're so cute.

AsianCajuns said...

That's so funny. I think the minute you mention Office Space to any guy, he'll give you 10 quotes from the movie on the spot.

I love your "flair" and mix of the relaxed blazer with a girly dress. And your hair looks amazing!

Polished Sense said...

Green dress! I love it! All those brooches. Such a fab idea :D New here, so I'll be back :D


Julia said...

I love your story of Matt's hissy fit. Priceless. My man says similarly bizarre things for his own bizarre reasons. But hissy fits make good stories. I love your hair, and that dress, more than I can/should say. I'm totally cool with the little feature you proposed. And will reciprocate in kind once I get settled back on my little homestead, as I love your blog!


megara said...

such a great outfit! i don't think it's something i would ever be able to pull off like you - it looks great on you! let's see a close up of those booties, i'm shopping around for some right now.

you look great!

JMay said...

So cute! I love all your shots :-)

Cute blog lady!

Unknown said...

I love it! And I think I might love the cat lady pin most of all : ) How super fabulous and FUN!

Academichic said...

I love this outfit, one of my favorites! The flair/bling is awesome!

I also love that Matt chimed in and defended himself in the comments. Poor Matt! I don't know if my marriage could survive using my husband as my daily photographer, I'm afraid he'd leave me before the one year mark, so it's probably really good that I"m in Germany and take my own pictures.


E said...

Ah, those brooches are genius and totally remind me of a Balmain DIY I wanted to try. I love the green hue of that dress on your skin tone, too!

Kansas Couture said...

Love that dress! It's such a gorgeous color.

Sidewalk Chic said...

PS There's an award for you on our blog! :)

- JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

piglet said...

I love what you did with the brooches, so pretty!

Anonymous said...

um, love that flair and how it made me think of jennifer aniston's flair issues. hahaha! that is such a cool idea and i love the interest it creates with your entire look.

Celine said...

I love your blog! I've only commented a few times but I happen to really like your writing style - and of course all your outfits. :) Love the hair in this one too!


gina said...

I have a swingline in bright orange!

I love your maple leaf brooch! I'm guessing maybe its a Canadian thing for you?? I grew up in Pennsylvania, which is the 2nd biggest U.S. producer of maple syrup (after Vermont), and I lived right in the center of maple country. There were festivals, and fairs, and tree tapping ceremonies, and a Maple Queen Pageant. I was a Maple Princess when I was in high school, and I played Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag on the piano for the talent portion of the competition. So I have fond nostalgic associations with Maple Leaves!

Kasmira said...

Loving the brooch bouquet!

Laura said...

love your green dress and your cute poof!

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