Summer colds = the worst. Remember my freezing cold office? It has either caused or contributed to a really gross sore throat/head cold situation. I still went to work, and to the gym, but I was very sad and sleepy the whole time. Right now shoes like this are looking pretty good:
Happy Caturday! Please enjoy this cat video, which accurately captures my initial reaction to Miley Cyrus’ new haircut. Although now it’s maybe growing on me?
I am obsessed with riding boots, as I am every single fall. And every single fall, I fail to find ones that fit my athletic (read: large) calves. So the Frye Melissa Button Short Boot seems pretty perfect: gorgeous leather, the look of a riding boot, with a much shorter shaft. But they are Frye, so unreasonably expensive.
But so perfect!
I really hate the month of August. It seems to last forever, with its heat and humidity and endless delaying of fall. However, August does include the September issues of fashion magazines, which I very much enjoy. I subscribe to Elle, for reasons I do not recall but which probably involved the check-out line at Ulta (that’s how I got my ill-advised but enjoyable Allure subscription).
I actually really like Elle. The articles are smart and well-written, and the fashion and beauty spreads are interesting but not too fashion-y, so you feel like you could possibly realistically implement these ideas in your everyday life. The ads, however? The ads are something else, let me tell you. I realize this probably reveals me to be very uncool, but the “high fashion” ads just seem ridiculous to me. Below are some of the highlights from the September issue of Elle.
Insane eyeshadow shading, ultra blunt bangs, and some sort of belt…made of bags? From Chanel.
This Marc Jacobs model’s face looks…bruised? Also, her hat reminds me of Pamela Anderson’s furry pink hat, which is less than classy. Good thing she has a handbag large enough to shield her entire naked torso!
Okay, so this Louis Vuitton ad is only slightly ridiculous. I’m not a fan of the giant heels, and those hats can only be called Cat in the Hat-esque, but all in all this is a fairly respectable ad. I do have some questions, like: where are all of these impossibly willowy white women going with their giant luggage and Dr. Seuss hats? Why are they all wearing so much eyeshadow? But like I said, this Vuitton ad could maybe get a pass, if it weren’t for the second page in this two-page spread…
Oh yes! The Elton John glasses. I don’t even…I can’t even…no.
My office has been sub-Artic for the past week, and I am slowly freezing to death each day. I actually printed off a bunch of papers to review and went to sit in another office, because I could not feel my fingers. Ridiculous! Unfortunately our building is very large and very old, so it does not keep a consistent temperature (meaning no other rooms are freezing, just mine).
I keep a cardigan at the office, but it’s a cheapie Target special and also has 3/4 length sleeves, so its usefulness is pretty limited. Today I brought in a pashmina-style scarf to wrap around my arms, which really helped a lot. But it, too, is a cheapie Target special (anyone sensing a pattern here?) and is very thin.
So I think I will at some point invest in a nice, actual cashmere pashmina with a little weight to it. If I recall correctly, Nordstrom generally has an own-brand line of pashminas in a wide array of colors for about $99. However, they’re not currently online, probably because it is August and who needs pashminas now? Me. I do.
So I found these instead, which are a definite possibility. They come in a ton of colors, but I will probably stick with grey so it matches most of my work clothes:
If I were very wealthy, I would buy this, which looks gloriously warm but also is maybe edging a little too close to the “blanket” side of things.
It took me awhile to give in, but I finally bought a pair of Cole Haan pumps this winter. Even though they were on sale and I had store credit, they were still the most expensive shoes I’ve ever purchased. Basic black, mid-height pumps. Unbelievably comfortable, in large part due to the Nike Air soles.
So naturally I want to expand my Cole Haan collection. I find their shoes run a tiny bit narrow, so I prefer a wide width. It’s very difficult to find wide widths on sale, so I will probably be looking for quite awhile. But! 6pm.com has a lot of normal width Cole Haan shoes right now. Here are three that caught my eye:
I am more than a little obsessed with TNT’s reboot of Dallas, and last night the season finale aired. It was so good. It’s definitely a soap opera, but no judgment here, I have been a loyal Gossip Girl viewer since day one.
One of my favorite things about the show, besides the twisty-turny plots, is the fashion. In particular, I like to see what Rebecca Sutter Ewing is wearing each week. I love her perfect manicures, her light green Longchamp Le Pliage, her puffy-sleeve white blouse, her pink quilted handbag…all of her things, basically. So I was very excited to see this InStyle slideshow entitled Dallas Fashion: Secrets from the Set.
Enjoy! Here is some background music, just to set the mood.