Plaid Between the Lines

Plaid shoes really do go with everything.  I wore plaid shoes from a few years ago with a striped shirt and jeans to go see Santa in 80 degrees last weekend.  My current dilemma is how many is too many? I have been collecting at least one pair a year for the last few years and I get a lot of wear out of them for several months a year.  This year there are several pairs I am considering including this pair with a blue velvet ankle strap (below and 40% off!), this fun pair and this pair of heels (also 40% off).


Top also in plaid


Shoes – older style.  Similar J. Crew Factory version here for less than $50!  Also this brand new style that is 40% off (along with almost everything else at J. Crew with code THANKU through November 26, 2017).

These booties are fun too.

Happy Shopping!



PS – Madewell denim is normally excluded from any discounts, but you can use DONTSTRESS for 25% off everything – including this high-rise boy jean (that I have featured here and here) and this slim straight jean (that I featured here).  The code DONTSTRESS is valid through November 26, 2017.

Too Good to Be True

Collection Calf Hair pumps at 50%?!!! J. Crew is on day two of a forty-eight hour 50 % off sale on select items (see them all here).  My new favorite leopard heels and leopard flats are on the list (along with a few other items below).   I wear the flats with everything and they are so comfortable.  I just received the heels for Christmas and they are already in heavy rotation.

You can click on any of the photos below to get link to the original blog post.  The code GOSHOP is good until 11:59 pm eastern on January 18, 2017.

J. Crew Colette d’Orsay Pump in Leopard Calf Hair

J. Crew Silk Blouse (also 50% off)

J. Crew Leopard Gemma Flats

J. Crew Oversized Combo Stripe Shirt (also 50% off)

J. Crew Field Mechanic Jacket (also 50% off)

The code is GOSHOP for 50% off of select items.  It is good until 11:59 pm eastern on January 18, 2017.

Happy Shopping!



Leopard Surprise

There has always been one pair of #shinyponies from J. Crew that I have wanted, but never splurged on, the Colette D’Orsay Pump in Leopard Print.  My mom surprised me with them this year.  I was so excited when I opened them that I had to immediately put them on with my plaid pajamas and leopard print Santa hat.  My two favorite neutrals, leopard print and plaid, work so well together.


J. Crew Colette D’Orsay Shoes

J. Crew Plaid Pajamas (last year) this year’s style (on sale!)

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses (on sale!)

Happy Shopping!



Mad for Plaid

Plaid is on heavy rotation at this point and I love it.  I am wearing my J. Crew plaid pants from last year, but this year’s Martie Pant in Stewart Plaid are more comfortable and slightly more fitted.  I styled them with my new favorite tuxedo inspired t-shirt that I wore last week in Basic Black.  It is a sign of a good purchase when I not only immediately wear it, but style it multiple ways right away.  The top also comes in navy.  I am definitely mad for plaid and added my favorite plaid flats, plaid pouch, Ryan sunglasses and cashmere cardigan – all from J. Crew.


J. Crew Top

J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses (on sale!)

J. Crew Cashmere Cardigan

J. Crew Plaid Pouch

J. Crew Shoes

J. Crew Pants (last year) very similar here

Happy Shopping!



Be the Shoe – Book Party

I recently attended a Book Party for life coach Kathy Kelada’s new book “Be the Shoe”

Kelada has made breakthroughs with clients through shoe metaphors and was inspired to write the book as a result.  It’s a beautiful book and a unique approach to self-help. I for one am ready for some “Closet Therapy”.

“Be the Shoe” makes a perfect gift for all the women in your life.  The hand painted water colors of various shoes are stunning.   As I wrote in Shoes Tell the Story, I have always said that shoes tell the story of your life.  This book illustrates that in ways that will surprise you.

You can purchase it here.

Author Kathy Kelada



When I was getting dressed for the party I was focused on the shoes given the title and chose my favorite J. Crew navy sequined flats.  Little did I know my blazer would coordinate so well with the book.

J. Crew Blazer (this was previously sold out, but as of press time a few sizes are available!)

Saint James Striped Tee

J. Crew Velvet Clutch it also comes in Satin in black or pink

J. Crew Jeans

J. Crew Flats (older style) but these navy suede heels or these navy and pink colorblock heels would look great

Happy Gifting!



It’s time for Plaid!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like the holidays which to me says it’s time for plaid.  I am mad for plaid as it brings back happy memories of when the Preppy Handbook was my bible. Plaid dresses up even the most basic holiday attire and adds the perfect touch to home holiday decor.

Last year  J. Crew had plaid shoes and pants.  I was lucky enough to get two of each and wore them repeatedly throughout the holiday season.  They sold out fast (within a day of being on the website).


This year is another chance to add to your prodigious plaid pantheon with their two new adorable styles that are linked and shown below.   They are available now through the links below.  They will hit the website next week and will be featured in the December Style Guide.  Now is the time to snap them up.  I ordered both today.  Don’t delay.

J. Crew Sadie Ankle-Strap Flats in Tartan

J. Crew Scalloped Heels in Festive Plaid

Happy Shopping!



Shoes Tell the Story

October 7th was the six month mark for my blog.  And, it’s been about a year since I made my Instagram profile public.  I was intrigued by the J. Crew #SHINYPONIES Contest, where I posted and hashtagged photos of my shoes for the chance to win a year of shoes curated by Jenna Lyons each month.  I was determined to win and so excited when my first photo was chosen for J. Crew’s #SHINYPONIES page on  I have since had over 20 photos selected for the #SHINYPONIES page.  Here are a few of them with links to the J. Crew #SHINYPONIES page and purchasing information linked below the grid.

Leopard / New Balance / StripesPom-Poms / Stripes / Leopard / New Balance / Paisley / Gold

The best moment of this social media journey happened last week when I woke up to a number of  notifications from J. Crew letting me know that my photos were selected for one of their posts.  One of their selections was a photo taken by my six-year old. I beamed with pride and could not wait for him to wake up so I could tell him.  He has recently been helping with some of my Mani Friday photos, too.  Sharing this love of photography with my six year-old son has been a blast.  He has an amazing eye when it comes to shooting with just the iPhone.

My Six Year Old’s First #SHINYPONIES Photo

As a child I enjoyed photography and my high school class was one of my favorites.  I liked taking self portraits (long before selfies) that were artistic because I liked that I could control the art in front of and behind the camera simultaneously.  The logistics were harder with the timer.

In college I took an Art History course on Photography and it was among my favorite classes.  It was nice contrast with my Economics major.  Cindy Sherman was one of my favorites. She was a big influence, especially her Untitiled Film Still series .  I recently saw the Cindy Sherman Imitation of Life exhibit at The Broad  and I could not help but snap this selfie in front of a photo of her playing all four roles.


Combining my love of shoes with photography was a no brainer when it came to the #SHINYPONIES contest.  I already had a shoe obsession and it was fun to feed it by photographing shoes.

I have always said that shoes can tell the story of your life. Yesterday I featured a pair from a 2005 trip to Antwerp in Antwerp Memories and Pink Cherries.  They have walked with you through experiences.  In my case, I almost always buy a pair on vacation.  Then when I put them on I remember Paris or Antwerp or Hawaii.  When I did not win the #SHINYPONIES contest, I was disappointed, of course , but not discouraged. I decided to just keep on going.  Six months later I started this blog.  I wrote about where the name came from in It all started in Paris with these shoes….  I really need to thank  J. Crew and Jenna Lyons for the inspiration to document my love of shoes as art in a whole new way.



This is not a sponsored post, in fact none of my posts have been sponsored (so far).  I will definitely make that clear when the time comes.

Antwerp Memories and Pink Cherries

Shoes can tell the story of your life.  They have walked with you through your experiences.  In my case, I often buy them on vacation and then remember the trip when I put them on.  The shoes in this outfit were purchased in 2005 in Antwerp, Belgium.

My friend and I had traveled to Brussels, Belgium for another friend’s wedding.  On the day of the wedding, we had enough time for a day trip. We were deciding between Bruges and Antwerp.  My friend is a fan of diamonds, so Antwerp it was.  We arrived after a short train ride and enjoyed the sights.  We stumbled upon a shoe store that had Prada driving shoes arranged in a circle in every color you can imagine.  They reminded me of the Cole Hahn loafers I craved in High School that came in a rainbow of colors.  I chose this hot pink and my friend chose a pretty beige suede.  We were both so excited with our selections. The dollar was favorable enough at the time that they were also a good value.

We each went to pay and my card was declined. The same thing had happened to me the summer before on another trip to Europe.  The fraud detection team was overly zealous and had shut me down.  This time I had called my credit card company to let them know ahead of time where I would be visiting. I was furious.  I decided it just was not meant to be.  My friend insisted on buying my shoes and I would pay her back. She simply would not take no for an answer.  Once I returned to the hotel in Brussles,  I called and got the credit card straightened out.

The shoes are still in great shape.   I still wear them eleven years later which is amazing considering they are driving shoes with out a full sole. Every time I wear them or see the box in my closet, I think of the kindness of my friend and that trip.

I styled them with a fun J. Crew top in a cherry print, my favorite pink  J. Crew sunglasses, dark denim and a pink cardigan.  Between the color, the cherries, and the memories of Antwerp,  I can’t help but feel cheery.  The shoes are long since sold out, but I’ve linked two fun hot pink styles below.


J. Crew Shirt

J. Crew Featherweight Italian Cashmere Cardigan

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses in Pink

J. Crew  Jeans in Resin (similar here)

Prada Driving Shoes (circa 2005) similar here and here

Happy Shopping and Storytelling!



Bright and Focused in La Jolla

I love this mural “One Pointed Attention” by Kelsey Brookes in La Jolla.   It definitely relaxes me and is a great image for a mini-mediation.  You can read more about Kelsey Brookes here.

I kept it simple with all black and a few accessories like my J. Crew Pink Sunglasses that have become a neutral and of course my favorite J. Crew Leopard Gemma Flats, the ultimate neutral.


J. Crew Lace Embroidered Top

J. Crew Toothpick Jean in Black

J. Crew Jane Sunglasses

J. Crew Leopard Gemma Flats

J. Crew Signet Bag in Deep Wine

J. Crew Coin Purse in Italian leopard calf hair

Almost everything here and at J. Crew is 30% off with the code WEDNESDAY through 11:59 pm eastern today, September 27, 2016.

Happy Shopping!