Shoe Dreams & Confessions

I have a confession to make. I love shoes. I love high heels, pumps, booties, flats and bedazzled gladiator sandals.

Okay, now that that is on the table – my second ridiculous confession. I love heels, yet I don’t wear them. It is hard to not come off sounding super materialistic as I write this. Well hey, it’s a fashion blog. It’s true though.

I’m fairly tall as it is (just over 5’7). I love looking at heels in awe at the store or online. If I actually get the gusto to purchase the pair, I’ll only end up wearing them on special occasion. Even then I usually feel awkward wearing them. I’d end up wearing a pair out with my girlfriends at a bar, then find that I’m towering over all of my friends, and most of the guys. My other confession being that I have a tendency to like shorter men. (Sorry babe, had to call you out for the sake of this post.) Apparently I’m drawn to short, petite women too, because most all of my girlfriends are around 5’3-4 or so and they wear heels just to feel normal next to me, who quickly becomes the amazon woman when wearing a pair of pumps.

Does anyone else have this issue? I know most girls feel more confident and empowered when they slip on a pair, which I usually do at first. Then that quickly fades away when I find that I’m looking down on people as I talk to them. I’m not even that tall! My mother is 5’9 and my father is 6 ft, so I could have been even taller. Don’t get me wrong, I really couldn’t care less what people think of me dating a shorter guy. It’s when I wear heels and it becomes more pronounced and suddenly there’s an elephant in the room (or so I think). It’s not even just that. I could get over that. But my feet could also be compared to Big Foot. I wear a size 9, and my feet are very WIDE. So, even if I find a pair of heels I’m absolutely in love with so much that I don’t care about where I wear them or who I wear them around, they usually don’t fit in the first place. Then, I have the issue of where to wear the shoes. What occasion is appropriate? A date? A party? The bar?

So yes, I usually end up with heels that sit in my closet that I look at and think how beautiful they are. Stupid? Maybe. I like to think of them more as a work of art. I may not rock them as other girls would so well, but I know I can at least admire the print, the quality, and the construction of it.

One particular pair of shoes that I have been coveting so much lately that I had a DREAM about them is this pair of 6 inch wedge booties, Pauline by Shoemint (new website with a collaborative collection by Rachel Bilson, Nicole Chavez and Steve Madden). (Of course, they’re currently sold out.)

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*Drools*

6 INCHES! Okay, then I’d definitely feel like an amazon woman. But they are GORGEOUS. I love the color. The suede. The wedge. The corset stitching in the back. Ugh. I even get $25 off my first pair. They’d be perfect to wear for the holidays (Or is 6 in too inappropriate? Probably.) My boyfriend also thinks they are ugly. Which immediately makes me think of ManRepller.com. I may be living in lala land. But, my question for you, readers, is it worth it to purchase a pair that I think are absolutely fantastic, or just print out a picture and hang it on the wall?

Am I crazy, or does anyone else have this problem? I need your help fashion bloggers!

Kudos to you if you read my long post! xoxox

Best,
Phoebe xo

Have mercy on your feet!

Okay, we don’t all like to talk about feet unless it’s about shoes.

Have you ever shopped for an expensive pair of designer shoes, you try them on and they fit great. You buy them, and then go home to change into them. You leave the house and after about an hour of wearing them, you feel it.

It’s the one spot where it’s rubbing your foot raw. You didn’t bring an extra pair of shoes. Uh oh. I’ve had this happen plenty of times. Whether it’s a blister on your bunion or a mark on your heel, it ruins the joyous new-shoes state you’re supposed to be relishing in.

Dr. Scholl’s For Her Rub Relief Strips are amazing. I was skeptical that they would work at first. After wearing a new pair of Coach leather flats that made my feet blister so badly they bled (gross, but true!), it made them feel so much better. After I healed, of course. The best thing about the strips is that you can size them up however you want. It comes out of the dispenser, you press a button and it cuts the piece to your fit. You can put it anywhere you are feeling extra pressure in your shoe.  So don’t give up hope on those problem shoes just yet. If there have been some gorgeous shoes sitting in your closet because they don’t fit right, give these a whirl.

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 5 ft dispenser for $9.99 at Walgreens.

Check out all of the Dr. Scholl’s For Her feet-saving products here.

Best,

Phoebe xo

Versace for H&M: Gorgeous, but too good for everyday women?

After drooling over the H&M website last night, I am a little disappointed. I searched through all of the different designs of dresses, jackets, tops, vests, etc. and swooned over this leather jacket.

Versace for H&M, $299

If you’re a fan of my Facebook page, Phoebe’s Fab Fix, then you may have seen my post about it. But this morning as I’m scrolling through my Twitter feed, I came across this Huffington Post article.

“Donatella will likely not approve shooting the collection on real women.”
H&M publicist

The NY Daily News was supposed to have a shoot featuring three models, all of which are young New Yorkers. Only 1 of the 3 models got the approval. The shoot was cancelled and now the article will feature the three models in holiday cocktail attire.

The problem is, Donatella Versace specifically stated that the H&M Versace line was for the H&M consumer (likely, young, real women). Why can’t they model it? It makes me rethink whether or not I should purchase any pieces from this line. Versace is a high end fashion house, but H&M lines are supposed to make it so that something so high end can become a reality to others.

What are your thoughts?

Also, Tom Ford is rumored to be the next designer for H&M.

Best,
Phoebe xo

Woolite can do wonders

Since I have been putting my professional wardrobe to use lately, I have encountered the debatable, self question of, “How many times can I wear this before I need to make a trip to the dry cleaners?” Don’t lie. You know you’ve thought the same thing.

It was then that I realized there must be another option. Woolite Dry Cleaner’s Secret does the trick. With one cloth it “cleans, deodorizes and relaxes wrinkles in just 20 minutes.” (According to the box.) Which I found, it most certainly does.

This simple product saves you a ton of money and time. Your blazers, slacks, and delicates come out smelling fresh and feeling clean. Hang them up right away if you’re attempting to avoid ironing. This is the only downside of not making the trip to the cleaners. If it is your designer, beaded evening gown though, you may want to make that trip.

(A box of 6 cloths is about $8 and cleans up to 24 garments)

Best,
Phoebe xo