07 May 2010


I don't even know where to begin, friends.

I spent the better part of today doing things that are extremely outside my comfort zone.  To begin with, I bought some makeup--for the first time in about a decade.  This required actually going to a makeup counter and asking questions about makeup.  Also, letting an incredibly up-beat twenty-something put makeup on my face.  This was all much more nerve-wracking than I can begin to describe here.

And then, there are the shoes.  I spent all day today looking for a pair of shoes.  I don't understand why this part has become so difficult.  It's not like I'm after something outrageous.  My criteria are pretty simple:  Flats, probably in a neutral color, probably leather, without any buckles or bows or little metal studs in them.  Also, no extra-pointy toes.  Just nice normal shoes.

Apparently, these shoes exist only in my imagination.  I've looked everywhere.  The thrift store, the Internet, and now every store within walking distance of downtown Seattle.  I went into stores I've never ventured into before, some of which I'm embarrassed to actually name here.

Along with all the trendy teen stores, I tried the big department stores, too.  And that's where I found my dream shoes.

I know, the Swarovski crystals are kind of breaking the "no buckles or bows" rule.  I don't care.  I still want them.

And I can't have them.  I know that.  I knew it before I tried them on.  (And allow me to emphasize here: This afternoon, I put my dirty little feet in a pair of shoes that are allegedly worth more than the pittance that is currently masquerading as our honeymoon fund.  Absolutely crazy.)  The whole thing was definitely a lesson, though, in why you should not try on clothes that you have no intention of buying.  Once the saleslady put those fancy little princess shoes on my feet, it was very, very hard to take them off again.

I don't like that I'm angsting over things like makeup and expensive shoes.  It makes me worry that all this wedding silliness might be compromising the woman I think I am.

Which is why I fully intend to spend the rest of my weekend gardening and cooking good food and hanging out with my man and figuring out how to make a wedding "headpiece" out of three dollar's worth of fabric remnants from Jo-Ann Fabrics.  Because that is exactly the kind of woman I want to be.

Happy weekend!


  1. I could not get the picture of those shoes to come up and I'm dying to know the cost. Just goes to show you have good taste?

  2. Of course, I have excellent taste, but I'm not sure that's enough to explain my love affair with these shoes. I did update the link here, so maybe you'll be able to pull up a photo. To quell your curiosity, though, I will say that the price tag is less than three hundred. Barely.

  3. They are beautiful! And I know they would look beautiful with your dress. bummer bout the price tag, hope you find something just as beautiful that you CAN have! :-)

  4. Talk to that man of yours - I bet he'll get them for you ....! He's a pushover for you, right?

  5. Oh I am so with you on the spendy discomfort, and the letting somebody put makeup ON YOUR FACE discomfort. Ick. Do you have time to buy shoes online? These are pretty cute from DSW, they come in silver which is sort of close to your dream shoe: http://www.dsw.com/dsw_shoes/catalog/product.jsp?productRef=SEARCH&category=&prodId=190458

    Good luck!

  6. Yeah and DSW? HELLO! CONNECTION!! haha

  7. What size shoe are you? I'm a Seattle bride-to-be, got these shoes on ebay, and they're a little too tight. I'd be happy to pass them along at a very reasonable cost.

    No worries if they're not what you're looking for. Love your blog!

  8. Oh, you guys are just the best!

    Elaine- Thanks for thinking of me. Those are some cute little shoes! I kind of have, um, issues with my toes, though. I don't really like to look at them. They remind me of something ugly from a fairytale. I know it all sounds a little insecure, but I think I'll have to find something that's non-opened-toed...

    And Adrienne- I tried on those DSW shoes just the other day. They're definitely on my "maybe" list. In fact, you might have talked me into giving them a little more thought...

    Thanks everyone for making me feel better. I think I'm starting to crack, just a little bit. It's good to know you're all looking out for me!