HELLO TO ALL MY FANS!!!
I want to thank you for your patients and express my appreciation for your dedication to stick with me while I was unable to tend to my blog. Join me in welcoming some new fans as well. I am happy to get new fans and am surprised as I have not been very active recently.
As many of you know, I went to California for a few months for work. I was hoping to post while out there however it was not working out well. I did however find some time to seek out several shoe stores. There are some fun ones out there. I did stick to DSW for my purchases as I get points and I can return them with ease.
For those unfamiliar with DSW rewards, you get points for purchases and every 1500 points gets you a discount coupon. I think it is $5. Once you become a premier member, you get a $10 certificate for 1500 points. The program is free.
Enough of that stuff. Now for some fun;
I will admit, prior to going to California, I always would say I would never go to California as I am not interested and the hype was certainly not worth the time. Now after my visit, during the winter months, the place was absolutely great. I enjoyed my time there in every sense. Wonderful weather, most of the time, great food, lots of great people, awesome styles to see and without a doubt, the best high heel place on the planet. Gals walking in heels for miles if not blocks; now understand when I say heels, I mean at least four inches tall. A lot of boots as it was winter but several shoes and often.
I have always constituted heels go with everything. I saw this be true several times. I witnessed heels with sweat outfits and everything above. Other things I would never frown at are nylons or tights with short shorts. Add heels and a sweatshirt and it was fantastic. Various patterns and colors were also a great idea. As I think about it, I never saw a combination of things that did not look good. That being said, I am never a fan of flats… Enough said.
Some great things that I had experienced is several visits to the Griffith Observatory. I recommend this place for everyone. Wonderful views of the sunset and surrounding scenery as well as wonderful things to learn about. Santa Monica Pier was fun to visit just to see it. But the ocean is great to visit anywhere and another great place to watch the sunset. Other great things included drives up and down the mountains, hiking parks on the mountains; cities I visited were always interesting. I enjoyed the public transportation system as well as walking everywhere. A favorite place for anything was The Grove. I was there almost every day. For meals, walking, people watching… as mentioned, anything.
So, on to the shoes I obtained while there. I warn you… There are a lot!!! With that information, I have decided to split them up into two posts.
First up we have a pair of MIA’s in taupe. I tried these on in the store. I remember very well, I was in Pasadena. I always liked these but did not know if they would fit. I was so excited to find they fit very well. Now I am hunting for them in black.
A pair of Steve Maddens peep toe chunky pumps in black. I have these in a dark maroon that I got before I left. Found them on clearance and decided they were a must get. These were the very first pair I purchased in California.
Here we have another black pair of suede sandals from Steve Madden. I got these on clearance as well.
Maroon & black with a brown heel and instep strap all suede material. Steve Madden as well. Very comfortable and they look great. I am thinking of wearing these out perhaps this weekend.
A very inexpensive eBay purchase; I just love wood heels and sometimes I take a chance on how great the shoes look in the picture. Sometimes it does not look as good in person but I think I can use these around the house a lot.
These are a Jessica Simpson platform in brown and teal. As I mentioned I really like wood heels. I was not too sure about these at first but they are comfortable and I do like them. I try to keep my purchases to things I would wear out and I have not decided on doing that with these yet.
A great pair of Jessica Simpsons in beige & black with a sculpted platform; after seeing these on someone else, I felt they needed to be added to my collection. Very comfortable as well and they look very cool. I may have to wear these out next instead.
The trifecta of Steve Maddens; yes just another color of the ones above. Peep toe chunky pumps.
These awesome strappy zip back booties in black suede are by Jessica Simpson. They have a pedestal style platform. I got these when I stopped in Las Vegas. They were a steal on the clearance rack.
I have been looking for a brilliant Blue and I found that in these Steve Madden Sandals.
Another gamble on a new designer and it worked out great. These peep toe pumps by Fergie are just awesome with the open side. These are comfortable and rather inexpensive.
These beige pumps by Guess have a couple small cut outs and are accented with gold piping. These were another try on in the Pasadena store when I was getting the Mrs. a pair of shoes. I was a fan of these last year when they came out but Guess are sometimes tight on me and I did not bother to give them a second look. These were such a low clearance price I had to try them out.
My last pair for this post is the beige and black open toed mock sling backs also by Guess. Another great clearance buy. These are very comfortable and another contender for the next pair getting worn on an outing.
I thanked everyone at the beginning but I wanted to express my gratitude again for the patience and loyalty everyone has shown me. Your support means a lot. I am still working on my confidence to be in the public eye in the styles I want to wear. With the wonderful words and positive comments being left, it is making it easier to endure. Please visit often and I will start working on my next post soon.