wishlist: these boots

On February 15, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

If you follow me on facebook or caught my links post a few weeks ago, you’ll know that a few weeks ago I was debating between two pairs of boots.

To recap (the visual contrast is critical here), this pair:

12108202

And this pair (though I gather there are quality issues with this design, and have since reconsidered):

1622453-p-4x

As I was saying earlier, though, when I can’t decide between two items it is often a sign that neither of them is quite suitable, and that the search has only begun.

This point was brought definitively home the second I saw this pair from Free People (I like many of the boots they carry, incidentally), which has so soundly thrashed the former candidates that they are like so much  dust in the wind (though, admittedly, much less expensive dust). The rewards of patient browsing and an unwillingness to compromise.

28560597_023_a

Gah!

28560597_023_0

AGH!

28560597_023_f

GAHHH!

vendor images

Such slouchy, distressed, buckled, riveted, quirky pseudo-spat perfection! I must have these boots, come what may. If they do not fit me properly, I believe I shall weep. If they sell out of my size before I can raise the funds, I do not know that there will be enough doughnuts to console me.

That is all.

 

more white stuff: Supergas

On July 16, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

If you’re going to wear all white…you need white shoes.

IMG_5174

I wanted something casual, something very like Converse, with the versatility and casual style of Converse…but maybe not quite Converse. Something unfamiliar and new. Maybe something more in the classic tennis sneaker silhouette….And so I browsed.

months elapse

Finally I went for these classic Supergas (via Zappos). A few weeks after coming across the brand online I saw a woman on the train wearing some red ones with a dress and some funky glasses, which was advertisement enough. Supergas are like the Converse of Italy, with a sturdier canvas upper and a [much] heavier sole (though both benefit from some kind of insole). They have pleasing seam detailing along the sides that makes them more interesting than the ultra-plain tennis shoes (why are they called that? You couldn’t properly play tennis in them at all – they have almost zero support) in addition to being better constructed and more durable. [And here is a random tidbit for you: Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen are the current artistic directors of Superga.]

IMG_5180

They have the inbuilt impracticality of all white things vulnerable to stain and wear, and we know how I like impracticality. [As if one pair of impractical white shoes were not enough.] I’ve treated them with a fabric protector to extend the life as long as possible but I understand this can only accomplish so much. So be it.

summer feet: espadrilles

On July 8, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

I wanted a pair of classic espadrilles for summer, something light and easy to slip on, bright and with that air of being just the thing for wandering around Mallorca or Barcelona.

IMG_5157

It took me a while to decide, but I went for these aqua striped espadrilles from TOMS, which have that Spanish touch of the jute edging. IMG_5159

IMG_5162

I think I must be one of the last people to get a pair of TOMS, they are so ubiquitous. There’s no arguing, though, that it’s an admirable company and a comfortable shoe. I find the plain ones you see everywhere a bit ugly, actually (even sometimes a lot ugly), but the bright print and the braided jute edging fixes everything for me, it seems.

into: hot pink…evidently

On June 12, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

I don’t think of myself as having a special affinity for pink but I seem to have kind of a lot of it. Where by pink I do not mean pink at all. I mean hot pink.

IMG_4565

How do these things happen? Many of these items are by no means new, either. This is an old, slowly developing pattern that I am only just recognizing. A few items lined up in my field of vision and there was just no denying it: nothing out of control, nothing unhealthy, but a definite pattern. Well. What can I say? I am not against neon at all, in certain contexts. More certain contexts than I thought.

Some combination of always wanting to have been an 80’s aerobics instructor and Marc Jacobs, I guess.

Huh.

And this is not even getting into coral. We still need to talk about coral. Just wait until you see the swimsuit I found, it is nearly blinding.

Roxie plaid bikini, unknown hoop earrings, Steve Madden P-Heaven flats, Color Club polish in Warhol Pink, Vivitar card reader, Korres lip butter glaze in Pomegranate, OCC lip tar in Anime, Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids in Vivid Rose and Shocking Coral, Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast lipstick in Don’t Blink Pink, Loop NYC Audio Couture Boombox Bag

 

neon with ice cream

On May 28, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

It started with wanting to wear these neon yellow [P-Heaven] flats from Steve Madden. I am not entirely behind the annual summer neon rush* but when confined to the realms of shoes, nails, and exercise gear… maybe certain accessories, I can support a bit of neon.

*personally, I mean. As one friend from Alabama’s mom says: to each it’s own.

IMG_3916-mod

IMG_3931-mod

Then [perfect day for it – a gorgeous Memorial Day] I wanted ice cream. In a waffle cone.

Off I went to get the ingredients. Of course, this day just happened to be the day that I discovered that my ice cream scoop was broken (whaaa? Nooo! Awww.). The handle of the ice cream scoop is about as key as you would expect, which amount of keyness is: extreme. BUT I PERSEVERED.

IMG_3964-mod

IMG_3981-mod

Ben & Jerry’s Imagine Whirled Peace, exorbitantly priced organic waffle cone, Swatch watch. I almost forgot I had this watch. The ticking is slightly audible so I put it in my sock drawer a couple of months ago…it’s great for this summery girl-next-door kind of look, though. Not that I’ve self-identified as a ‘girl’ for a while.

On the nails: Sally Hansen in Lacey Lilac.

IMG_4002-mod

American Apparel U-neck tank (this kind of generous scoop neck tank is my preferred style), Zara shorts. Cheap eBay version of my other orange mirror sunglasses.

IMG_3990-mod2

The cone did not disappoint. Note to self: the act of eating ice cream is not photogenic.

x

 

Pages:123»