T-Strap Shoe Fetish

January 27, 2009

I love shoes.  I mean…I LOVE shoes!  Have you ever heard a woman say out loud that she DOESN’T like shoes?  Not me.  Maybe some of us are more manic fanatic about shoes than other people are, but shoes are universally loved in my opinion.  You can try on shoes when you’re having a “Fat Day” and not have to worry about facing down the dreaded heinous dressing room mirror.  You can always use another pair of shoes, no matter how many you already have, and still not duplicate a pair. We all know that you can never have too many pair of black shoes.  Or in my case; pink shoes!  Fabulous shoes can make you feel fabulous, and turn a mediocre outfit into something stunning!

I seem to gravitate toward one style of shoe in particular, and that’s the t-strap!  I adore them, and how they look on the foot.  They’re lady-like but not prissy, professional but not stuffy.  I love them, and I now have 6 pair.  Would you like to see them? I knew you would!  I should have photographed these on my feet, but I didn’t.  Rats.  My poor photography doesn’t do my beauties justice, but here they are.

These Naturalizers have been my go-to black shoe for a couple of years and you can definitely tell they’re worn to exhaustion and need to be retired!  I haven’t been able to bring myself to do that yet.  Maybe I can when I find a replacement go-to pair to fill their shoes!

Naturalizer T-Strap

Naturalizer T-Strap

I love Antonio Melani’s shoes, and just happened to find a black pair of his t-straps at Dillard’s 2 years ago.  They’re the only pair of ankle t-straps in my collection, which I don’t usually buy since I think they cut off the flow of your legs.  These are great with pants.

Antonio Melani T-Straps

Antonio Melani T-Straps

That’s 2 pair of black t-straps already; how about a third?  I just bought these Kenneth Coles when we were in Vegas a couple of months ago.  I didn’t have a pair of patent leather ones, so you know I had to get these.  And they were on sale!  Plus they’re a wedge, which is super comfortable and practical for me since my work day involves running to and fro all day long. I like the contrast of the wood wedge with the shiny black patent leather.

Kenneth Cole T-Straps

Kenneth Cole T-Straps

I don’t just wear black though, I love color.  I especially love these turquoise wedges, and have found more outfits to wear these with than I imagined.  They came from Nordstrom’s and are their own brand.  They’ve worn very well, even though they’re fabric and have a cork wedge sole. I’ll be sad when these have to be retired; this is one of the most flattering colors on me, and it isn’t a color you find very frequently in a shoe.

Nordstrom T-Straps

Nordstrom T-Straps

In my wardrobe, brown is definitely the new black, and it looks much better near my face.  I have several pair of brown shoes, but I didn’t have a brown pair of t-straps.  These Bandolinos came from DSW Shoes (who by the way, has 106 pair of t-straps online right now. Schwing!), and are suede with a faux crocodile heel, platform and strap.  So yummy!  Are they comfortable?  Nope.  Do I care?  Nope.

Bandolino Brown T-Straps

Bandolino Brown T-Straps

How much do I love Bandolino’s take on the t-strap?  So much that I bought them in gray too!  I’m crazy about their updated 1940s retro style with the little peep toe!

Bandolino Gray T-Straps

Bandolino Gray T-Straps

That’s my stash of t-strap shoes!  I want to go put the Bandolinos on right now, even though I have on workout pants.  :-D   I know you’re a fellow shoe lover, LilSis.  What’s your favorite style of shoe?

~BigSis

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Pink Ribbon Cookie Kit

October 29, 2008

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is almost over, but this adorable little Pink Ribbon Cookie Kit from King Arthur Flour is timeless.

King Arthur Pink Ribbon Cookie Kit

King Arthur Pink Ribbon Cookie Kit

You get the ribbon cookie cutter, but you also get the vanilla sugar cookie mix, the white icing mix, pink food coloring, and pink sprinkles!  That’s everything you need!  And look at the cute little box the kit comes packaged in!

Great packaging from King Arthur!

Great packaging from King Arthur!

And, you definitely need these sprinkles for the cookies.

Pink Ribbon Sprinkles

Pink Ribbon Sprinkles

I frequently check out the King Arthur web site, but I missed this.  If it hadn’t been for this great blog, Baking Bites, I would have never known about this kit so full of pinkness!  BTW, Baking Bites introduced us to this Williams-Sonoma Acorn Cakelet Pan today, and I can’t stand how cute it is!

~BigSis

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You just gotta love Anne Taintor products!

October 22, 2008

I just love Anne Taintor products!  I think the first time I heard about Anne Taintor products was from a post a saw on A Girl Must Shop a couple of years ago. A couple of days ago, I was looking at Hostess with the Mostess and noticed that she was talking about Anne Taintor flasks. I have the cocktail napkins that match this flask.

"I'm so happy it's happy hour"

Aren’t they cute? Not that I ever have the need for a flask, but those would make for some pretty funny gifts.  

I just LOVE her entire line of Modern Office revisited office supplies. I actually have this set of Fancy File Folders, “File it under Paradise.”

"why yes, I am overqualified"

Of course, I couldn’t stop there. I had to have some of these special sticky notes! These are the ones I have:

  • just file it under who cares? (pretty obvious;  I use these when I really don’t care.)
  • “why yes, I am overqualified” (used mainly when I leave SirHoney a “work related” note)
  • “she was comforted by the knowledge that they were helpless without her.” (I love leaving HayHay or BigT a note with these.) Not that they even notice!

Those must be selling like crazy because I checked all three of those sticky notes and they are all presently out of stock.

Since BigSis and I both have an odd obsession with office supplies; for her birthday a couple of years ago, I sent her the same file folders that I have and some different sticky notes and notepads. If a girl has to work, at least she should be surrounded by cute, and “sarcastic” office supplies. That’s just my opinion.

~LilSis

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