Monday, November 25, 2013

Posh Donates Piles of Shoes

The donated pile of shoes.
There are quite a few shoe focused charities out there, but none of them earned quite the frenzy that Victoria Beckham (a.k.a. Posh Spice) created when she donated a mountain of shoes to the British Red Cross to raise money for victims of Typhoon Hayian.

In one fell swoop she donated more shoes than some people ever have, all designer of course. Then on top of the pile of shoes, there were 20 boxes of clothes.

Apparently she was quite serious about cleaning her closet.

Ever the saavy business woman, Posh tweeted the whole thing, including pictures of the pile of donated shoes and the boxes of clothes that were being donated. That also gave a brief glimpse into the real world of the Beckhams, where Posh wears jeans and gym shoes while cleaning the closets, and weighs enough to not be supported by
Even Posh goes casual sometimes.
a closed box full of clothes.

The items were all put on sale in one of the British Red Cross stores, and hordes of fans and shoppers clamored to get a piece of Posh, for as little as $25. While that doesn't seem like a lot, when you think about the sheer amount of stuff she donated, and the fact that it all sold, I'm sure that a good chunk of change was raised for an amazing cause.

If you want to make a donation to the victims of Typhoon Hayian, you can do so here, through CARE.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Stopping at Six Inches

Since finding out I'm pregnant I seem to have lost most of my energy. Once in a while I'll get it back for a day, and then the next day I turn back into a rapidly expanding beast with some kind of 8:30 pm induced narcolepsy.

There's been a lot of things that I've been getting used to, including a limited wardrobe, being hungry every 20 minutes, and an extremely limited wardrobe. 

Of all the challenges, it's the limited wardrobe that's been killing me. 

Of. Purse I've been switching it up with various shoes, and thank god I have lots and lots to choose
These heels and many others are now unwearable.
from. Then the other day it hit another first. I put on a pair of heels, stood up, and immediately sat back down. 

My balance had gone to shit. Apparently five months pregnant with twins and six inch platform stilletos don't mix well. 

I knew this day was coming, but I guess I thought it would be gradual. And maybe it was and I just hadn't been in tall enough shoes lately. Or maybe it was the fact that one day I woke up and suddenly looked pregnant instead of just fat. Maybe that was the day I couldn't balance in six inch heels anymore. 

So now I have a whole section of my shoe closet that is rendered useless. Five and six inches and platforms are pretty much over for me for a while. I imagine four inches will be about a month behind, and then soon I'll be relegated to kitten heels, flats, oxfords and loafers. 

Good thing I've been stocking up on all those. Although there is a great pair of boots I've been looking at with a chunky heel that would look great with the leggings and dresses I'm practically living in. I tank those would be awesome and may take me at least through the holidays. Or whenever I stop seeing my feet. Whichever comes first. 

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Accessory Obsession and Mimosa Envy

Shopping galore.
Since finding out about my impending bundles of joy, and therefore my expanding waistline, I decided that investing in clothes over the next few months is a bad idea. Unless of course it's something that can be worn with leggings or the dreaded maternity clothes (and I'm trying to buy as few of those as possible).

Because of my newfound appreciation of black clothes, I jumped at the chance to go to RM Champagne Salon on Saturday to check out a sale with t+j Designs and Henry & Belle.

Denim and I aren't really getting along these days (which is a shame because those black on black brocade jeans were calling to me), but I made my sister tag along with me for company and just to hang out, and she can appreciate denim. I just need to expand my accessories collection because it helps draw attention away from my expanding midsection, makes the monochrome clothes look a little more exciting, and I'm afraid my feet will grow so I've slowed down the shoe buying.

Obsessed with these.
Never one to arrive late to anything, I got there right at noon (along with a few other eager shoppers) and got the chance to see the first wave of merchandise they put out. From basic chains to large statement necklaces, jewlery fit for formalwear to everyday, it was all there, and was of course fabulous.

I also got the chance to speak with Tiffany and Jen (the T and J behind the name) and got some maternity fashion tips from Jen (blogger of Red Soles and Red Wine), who is also expecting.

Statement necklaces never went anywhere.
We also got the chance to have a few bites from RM Champagne Salon, and while my sister enjoyed a mimosa, I sipped orange juice and looked on in envy.

With so many amazing pieces to choose from, I had to be somewhat logical about it, and picked out a fab necklace that will be able to be worn with tons of stuff. I'd show you, but it's currently being kept by my sister, who decided it would make a great Christmas gift, and I can wait a month for it.

Perfect day to evening pieces
I guess that means I can do more shopping on my own too, and check out some of the great stuff on the t+j website to tide me over until Christmas.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Getting the Boot

Recently I have been getting a lot of questions about boots. Everything from where to find boots for various calf sizes, to what height is best.

The funny thing is all of these things are very personal, and pretty easy to figure out or find.

I recently did a post on boots for women with larger calves. You can read it here. But, there's also women out there who have naturally skinny legs, and sometimes they're as miserable as those of us with man-calves.

Instead of not being able to find anything that zips, they can't find anything to create a snug fit. Instead
Michael Kors
being forced to buy boots that gap at the top or inappropriately slouch, creating a totally different look than the one originally envisioned. 

Really, is there anyone out there that has the perfect sized calves for knee-high boots?

For those of you with naturally slender legs, I suggest buying stiffer boots that have a zipper up the side or the back of the boot. This will keep the boot standing (and not slouching), creating the look you want. A little bit of space between the top of the boot and your leg is fine. It also allows for you to wear jeans and leggings tucked into the boots much easier than many other girls.

A wider boot can also make your legs appear a bit more broad, balancing out your top and bottom, which is a good thing in the winter, especially if bulky sweaters and layering is your thing.  

As for height, that's totally personal, and I think the sky is the limit.

I love boots of all different heights. Ankle boots are great for those days that you just want to throw on
Knee high perfection
a pair of jeans, or you need something that gives a little lift under a pant.

Mid-calf boots can be amazing with dresses and leggings in the fall and winter, and I personally always have at least one pair. I usually wear them so much they wear out every year. This year I opted for a pair of suede boots that can slouch or fold, but I slouch them most of the time just because it's easier.

Knee high boots have become a classic, and you can wear them with anything from dresses and skirts, to jeans and leggings. The only limitation is your calf size, which is something that is becoming less and less of an obstacle as shoe makers figure out that women don't all have a 16 inch calf circumference.

Over the knee or thigh high boots are often the trickiest of them all. If the heel is too high, they can look a little too sexy for everyday wear. You also have to use caution when picking a skirt to pair them with. There can be a thin line between trendy and sexy and street walker.

If you are one of the few people out there blessed with the perfect sized legs, pairing over the knee boots with skinny jeans looks amazing. I saw a girl the other day with a mid-heel, black leather boot on
These are perfect for skirts and dresses
with jeans, a sweater and moto jacket, and she looked like she just stepped out of a magazine. I spent days being jealous of her ability to effortlessly wear that outfit and fit in those boots like they were made for her legs.

If you decide to go over the knee with a lower heel or flat heel, make sure you have long legs. Because boots create additional lines, they can cut you off at all the wrong places, and sometimes make you appear shorter than you are. Still, this is a great look, and there are some really amazing boots out there that carry a more casual feeling, but are still totally on-trend.

Boots have become almost as versatile as pumps, with so many different heights, styles and materials, you can pretty much find anything you're looking for. The biggest trick is making sure it looks right on you and doesn't turn you into a fashion victim.