Facing the future

I have to admit, sometimes I debate about the future of this site.  It’s fun and I love it.  I especially love the interaction and comments.  But I also have a full time job that prevents me from giving more to it. 

What do you think?  Stay? Go? Less frequent but longer posts?

Let me know what you think!


Not Middling Style

Yes, I am doing a “I Love Kate Middleton’s Style” post.  I can’t help it.  I mean, she’s seems nice, they both seem totally in love, she wears great fascinators and hats and she’s a pro at mixing high and low.  Even her first post-wedding outfit was a Zara dress.

But what really caught my eye were these perfect black patent espadrilles.  I discovered they were the “Greta” style from L.K. Bennett and, sadly, were from Spring/Summer 2008.  (2008! Three years ago. Kate hangs on to her shoes too. Look at her!  Awww… I’m smitten!)

Anyway, so I now need to have perfect black patent, closed-toe espadrilles.  How have I lived without them?!?  They’re so perfect and just what I need. Not too platform-y, nice materials, not sandals. I must have some!
Shoe Search Time!!!
The first, and closest, I found were from Lanvin at Nordstroms.  Pretty but not quite as casual and they don’t have the 1/2″ platform.  Also, I refuse to think I can’t find a cheaper option than $550.

These from BCBG at Zappos have a good shape but are a bit too tall and not patent.  I could lose the ankle strap too.   But at least they are less, $175, and close too.

The Steve Madden (I know, I know, ick!) Monarchy pair are at least closed toe, patent and a decent price, $89, but I don’t like the cork heel/sole and they are much too high to be casually elegant. So I think a “No” for these too.

Who knew it would be so challenging to find a similar style.  Everything else were open toe and that’s just not what I want. 
But, I haven’t given up hope! 
I wrote to L.K. Bennett asking about the style (figuring they’ve fielded a ton of requests as the designer of her engagement dresses did).  I was hoping they would be bringing out more inventory, not realizing at the time that the style was from so long ago.  And good news, they said they would be putting out a similar wedge, the Kate (ha!), in the next month or so.  I’m hoping it will be very similar.
Now I just need to get a pair.  Wish me luck!

Simply Summer

Summer, my least favorite season, is hot in NC.  Not as bad or as enduring as Florida
but, yeah, it is still miserable for me.  I’m already dreading it inspite of the coolness we are getting right now. 

So I’m on the look out for pieces that I’ll still be happy about when I’m hating life in July and August.  I’ve been avoiding Target but I happended to pop in there for some hangers and found these really cute dresses.  Light-weight but not see through.  Totally comfortable, sweet fabic and not too short.  Perfect with a cardigan in a endless number of color combinations. And I can wear them with heels or oxfords… and I will be!  I got all three. At $25 each, it will be worth it.

Tan Rose

Instant Access – 4/25 – 5/1

Last week I said “what a week”.  I think that was a lie considering what we’ve all been through.

That said here are the details from my little Instant Access corner of the world.

Lots of color plus a new Spring favorite, Essie’s Borrowed and Blue.

Milkmaid braids!
Lupine is my new favorite color.

We had an afternoon tea party at the office to celebrate the Royal Wedding. So I wore roses.
And changed up to Essies Topless and Barefoot for mannequin hands that matched my Manolos.

On Friday, my friend Sonja came up with the brilliant idea to have a breakfast and Royal Wedding watching party.  So it was tiaras and cupcakes for breakfast.

What a spread!  Pink Champagne!

I got gifts too.  I’m a bit in love with my commemorative mug.

Saturday was a perfect day for my favorite antiques fair.

I swear this purse would go for $300 nowadays.  I should have bought it.

I did get this amazing wood purse plus two gorgeous hats I can’t wait to show you.

My neighbors got more baby chicks and Chickweed is smitten.

Of course, the week ended, late Sunday night, with momentous news.   Where will the world go tomorrow?