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On Being Boot Cute*

Some guys at work have a hard time understanding the phenomenon that takes place with the womenfolk this time of year: excitement about wearing boots.

I am a devoted participant in this craze, which usually begins in November and lasts throughout February. Especially in Florida, we try to stretch every second of boot-wearing as much as we can.

While I can’t fully explain our rationale — nor speak for the whole female population — I can say that boots are exciting, simply because they are not flip-flops.

We wear open-toe shoes (read: sandals) most of the year, and it’s wonderful to dress up jeans with sleek riding boots or make a classic sheath trendy with tights and heeled booties.

Pick your poison.

Ladies, all of the styles below can be found for $150 or less — you heard me. And most styles come in multiple colors, so be sure to check the links for more options.

Boys, even though you may not understand it, you should be able to appreciate the beauty that is a nice boot(y):

Wildly Western — Find your inner Carrie Underwood with these styles.

This gilded Bubbly pair from Dan Post kicks things off right.

Though called Uptown, these are more fit for the farmer’s daughter.

Ride off into the sunset with Kagome at your feet.

Call It Spring brings a distressed distinction with Hammerle.

Relaxed Riders — Running to the grocery store never looked so good.

Nine West consistently delivers, and Vermillion is no exception.

For just $40, you can make Magaska yours.

Love of my life Enzo Angiolini drops some style with Zayra.

Not to be outdone, here’s the MIA version of “Xara.”

Well-Heeled Ways — Add some height and interest with a reliable heel.

Sassy and edgy, Nailah will take you to the dark side.

Alicia is just here to look pretty — and damn, she’s good at it.

Volatile’s Cassidy design is equal parts classic and trendy.

Sheila can assure you why you must have blue boots — now.

Brazen Booties — Fiercely dramatic, these will make any outfit even hotter.

Boyfrand Enzo Angiolini had me at “Haver.”

Did you just die a little inside? Yeah, Cybelle will do that to you.

McKenna: So beautiful, a song could be done in her honor.

I don’t think I’d ever leave the mirror while wearing Katana.

If you’d like an invitation to join Shoedazzle or Just Fabulous, leave your email in the comments section. Both clubs have on-trend styles, as well as classic looks for your feet — all for about $40/pair.

I’m personally drooling over the Cybelle booties — good thing payday is Friday!

*By definition, UGGS are not cute. If you’re looking for praise of this brand, you’ve come to the wrong blog.

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Meet Me at the Barre

One goal while I was home for Christmas was to help Magz clean out my former bedroom. As we went through countless old memories, I dusted off a favorite book of mine from childhood: “The Silver Slippers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My parents enrolled me in dance classes at a very young age, and it soon became my passion. I practiced all of the time, and I read this magical ballerina book from my grandma over and over again.

The necklace that came with it was also rediscovered, so here are some Pinspirations for every little girl who dreamed of being the Prima Ballerina.

1st Position: Ballerina Buns (of Steel?)

2nd Position: Fouetté in Fashion

3rd Position: Accesory Arabesque

4th Position: Party Pirouettes

5th Position: Tutu Cute

Grand Plié: The Book that Started It All

Deck the Halls, and Walls, and …

Now that we’re officially into December, I’m allowing myself to get into a festive mood. I’m normally a Grinch by this time of year — one of the drawbacks to working in advertising, as I’ve been reading about reindeer since JULY.

But then, I felt a spark in my seasonal spirit as I scanned the aisles of local stores. The apartment was looking a little sad, so I put together a little winter wonderland to ward off Grinch-y tendencies.

Any Target or Walmart in your area should carry similar items. I was able to get everything for less than $150 — a steal, considering I was starting from scratch.

Best of all, it only took about two hours to get everything set up. That, of course, includes dropping six of the shatterproof ornaments and a bleeding “oopsie” moment.

Enjoy!

Garland hung vertically, with sparkly ribbon curls to hide the hanging wire.

My mini [artificial] tree has turquoise and silver, and brown and gold ornaments.

Store-bought toppers are too heavy, so a large silver bow caps it off.

 Under the tree are wrapped shoeboxes — the real presents are at my parents’ house.


 This inexpensive vase is filled with red and gold ornaments, plus matching bells.

 Silver and gold ornaments and bells replace my usual magazines in this IKEA bowl.

Metallic-dusted “wood” candles fill the space with warmth.

Maybe I’m a mini-Martha after all … minus the Band-Aids.

WO: Weekly Obsessions

This week has already been positively cray cray, and it only promises to get more hectic. Here’s what I’ve been perusing to keep myself in check:

Maxi Dresses: Easy and breezy, I’m all about this still-happenin’ style. Paired with sandals and a cardigan, they’re office-appropriate. Ditch the sweater and shoes for a statement necklace and wedges to stand out at night.

This Damn Song: After appearing in a few commercials (and my head for the past 28 hours), I can confidently say that I still adore “Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous. It’s catchy and so stinkin’ cute.

Ladybug Push Pins: I got these for my desk a while back, and they still bring a smile to my face each day. Yes, I work in a cubicle. No, I am not confined to these walls. A memo or sticky note is just so much more pleasant when secured with ‘em.

Moustaches: After celebrating my roomie’s birthday with a full-on ‘Stache Bash, I’ve acquired quite the collection of upper-lip art. From those Urban bandages to this corkscrew (available at Target for $10), funny facial hair is a new fave. I just need to find my very own Wooly Willy.

Hope you and yours are having a splendid week!

All that Glitters

Even though I’m a beer- and sports-obsessed chick, I still have my moments of girlishness where I freak over sparkly things. Yes, glitter is the herpes of craft supplies. But, it makes everything so pretty. Imagine my delight when I found these:

Wish I had $94 lying around for this guy.

These mini cuppycakes look almost too good to eat. Almost.

If you know me, you know I can’t resist a one-shoulder piece.

Add shimmer to your eyes for instant drama.

I just saw “Mamma Mia!” live, and I am in love with this Dancing Queen Bolero.

In the words of the great lyricist Lil’ Weezy, “Get your shine on.” Just refrain from overdoing it … only GaGa can pull off head-to-toe glitter.

And for the love of God, do not come in contact with this “Glitter.” Yikes, bikes.

Witty in Fitty: The Debut

I don’t always have a lot to say — shocking, I know — so this calls for what I’m now dubbing “Witty in Fitty.” 50 words (or less), and I’m already at 31. Crap.

Drooling over these; recipe here

Adore ShakeItPhoto app, via Jonathan Fleming

 

Must-have from Urban = love

Fin!

WO: Weekly Obsessions

Sometimes (a lot of times), my brain is all over the place and — have you guys seen “Bad Teacher” yet? Right, where was I? Ahh, yes … here’s what I currently can’t get enough of, in no particular order, because my life is in constant dis-order.

Pugs: When I was little, our neighbors had a pug named Porter. I was dying to love him and squeeze him and take him home with me. Here we are 20ish years later, and I planned to steal a pug I met this weekend. Hector, you’re mine. I officially need a dog.

This Cake: A fab co-worker and her husband are todes mcgodes the culinary dream team of the year. Their patriotic cake was not only delicious, but it looked freaking fantastic. Compliments to the chefs — and thanks for sharing with the birthday girl!

Zen Motivation: When life gets too cray cray, I have to remind myself to take a step back and breathe. This poster is perfect for doing just that, and the vintage feel (+ price tag, hello!) = perfection. Check out KeepCalmPosters’s shop on etsy to see the various styles.

Old-School Blink 182: One of my favorite bands ever, Blink keeps coming up on my iPod — and I’m not complaining. The lyrics were great, the videos were hysterical, and I think we can all agree that a reunion tour is in order.

Side note: If anyone wants to buy me a pug as a belated birthday gift, I will name him after you. His middle name, granted, but it’s the best I can do when you are so late with a gift.