What I’m about to share with you has absolutely nothing to do with fashion, but I feel I need to get it out there before I can think about fall footwear.
Yesterday, I drove to a little town outside of San Antonio and met Jennifer from Conversion Diary for lunch. She was just as funny and smart as I thought she’d be based on reading her blog and I was so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone.
And by comfort zone, I mean sitting on my couch catching up on the latest “Project Runway” while eating a bag of Sour Patch Kids.
Anyway, Jennifer and I had an exceptional conversation on a variety of topics while we dined on very mediocre Mexican food.
I’ve had some sinus issues over the last several days because, even though it’s still hot and miserable outside, my fall allergies have kicked in. As lunch progressed, I noticed that my right ear was becoming increasingly stopped up and I really hoped I wasn’t screaming at poor Jennifer. My ear impairment had left me with no volume awareness.
After lunch, I got in my car to drive home and since I was all alone I cranked up the radio LOUD and began to sing along. It was delightful.
However, did I mention that my right ear was stopped up? And that the stoppage caused me to really hear myself singing?
This is where I humbly apologize to the dear woman who sat in front of me last Sunday morning as I belted out “Mighty to Save” loud and proud.
And I can’t even think about the fact that I’ve sat directly behind Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore while I sang at the top of my lungs. It’s a grief to heavy to bear.
Anyway, let’s talk fashion. It will assuage my sorrow.
1. Karen asks: “Help me! I am a shoe idiot. I bought a pair of black pants and I cannot figure out what sort of shoes to wear with them during the winter. They aren’t dressy enough for the black dress boots I wore with my dress pants last year. I usually wear brown leather shoes of some sort with jeans during the winter, but brown doesn’t go with black. Does it?”
You are correct. Brown does not go with black.
I’ve been doing my own research in a quest to find a good, black shoe for everyday wear. I spend the whole summer in my flip-flops and when the weather turns cooler, I need a comfortable shoe that won’t cause my toes to have hypothermia.
I have narrowed down my decision to something like this. Or this. Or maybe these.
If you’re looking for something a little dressier, then you could try something like this.
And if you want something a little more fun, then you could try these.
The key to the right casual look is to find something that’s either flat or maybe has a wedge heel. Personally, I always prefer a heel, but sometimes the reality of running after a child takes precedence and I have to forsake three extra inches for practicality.
2. Amy asks: “I love the look of a ballet flat and that moccasins are making a comeback. What I am wondering is, as a resident of Illinois, what do you wear with the ballet flat or moccasin (if being worn with jeans or pants)? Are there any appropriate socks to wear with them, or knee-highs or what?
I’ll tell you what not to wear. Tube socks.
Honestly, I’m not totally sure about the right solution to this problem. We all know that shoe designers don’t really care about function and practicality, mainly because they’re men and what do they care if women have on uncomfortable shoes?
But, let’s be honest, trouser socks are really just glorified knee-highs and I’ve been to Illinois in the winter time. I don’t know that a sheer layer of nylon is going to provide that much extra warmth.
So I recant my earlier statement, go with a tube sock. Or a pair of Uggs.
Anyone else have a better idea? Northern girls? Let us know the secret to fashionably warm feet whether you’re wearing a skirt or jeans.
I’m going to have to end on that note because my very own little fashionista just wandered in here wearing her “Cutie Pie” pajamas and needs her mama.
Y’all have a great Friday!