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The other day I received a catalog in the mail that seriously made me laugh.

It claimed to be the number one source of western fashion. I’ll admit it had a really nice cover.

But then I looked inside.

And laughed.

Then laughed some more.

I grew up in the country around ranch and farm women. I know a lot of country girls and I don’t think a single one of them would be caught dead or alive wearing…

western fashion feather boot topsFeather boot toppers.

It looks like something crawled in their boots and died there.

western fashion fanny packHow about a “fashion” fanny pack that slips right on your belt?

western fashion denim gauchosDenim gauchos, anyone?

I’m sure it’s what all the best-dressed cowgirls will be wearing this fall… or not.

western fashion purple mocsMaybe some bright purple moccasins. With fringe. And silver conchos.

western fashion tshirt

Or beaded and fringed T-shirts.

western fashion fur vestAnd my personal favorite – a faux fur vest that looks like you found some good road kill.

If you’re looking for “western” fashion, I think you might want to look elsewhere.

She Who Won’t Be Wearing Any of the Above – Ever

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In an effort to hurry along warmer weather, I’m doing my part by buying sandals.

Not just any sandals…

Cute sandals.

It started when I bought a super cute new bright blue floral pencil skirt. I loved the skirt but, sadly, had no shoes that matched it. I was forced to go shopping.

Really, I was. It was completely necessary. (At least that is the story I gave Captain Cavedweller!)

My quest for blue shoes ended when I saw this pair of wedges at Shoe Carnival by Cabrizi. They’re called Rubee. Love, love, love them. Comfy and cute! What more could you ask for in a shoe! And if you’re an Elvis fan, they are blue suede..

blue sandal

While I was at the Shoe Carnival I also found this cute pair.black sandal

Jasmin  Madison. Love the casual look. These will be great for running errands or days when I don’t want a high wedge.

I also may have given in to the urge to own a pair of red wedge sandals and ordered these.

red sandals

Aersoles Plush Above has this plush, super-comfy footbed. I love the cork blended with the red leather.

Yes, I like shoes.

A lot.

And if Captain Cavedweller asks, these were all absolutely essential to have.


She Who Needs More Room for Shoes in Her Cloest

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Flipping through my latest issue of Family Circle, I came across this page and stared at it for a few thoughtful moments.

The colors here are exactly the colors that make me think of Easter and spring – and Kat, my best friend during college.

One beautiful spring day our senior year, I put together an outfit that I thought screamed spring and headed off to classes.  My robin’s egg blue pencil skirt, pale pink top and cream sweater with little pink, lavender and blue flowers was cheery and girly and perfect for the season. Or so I thought.

Meeting up in the student union for a quick lunch, Kat took one look at me and shook her head. “You look like you were mauled by an Easter Parade. What are you doing?”

Needless to say, I never wore that particular wardrobe combination again.

But the colors still speak to me of springtime, of Easter baskets and dyed eggs, little chicks and pretty flowers.

She Who Loves the Colors of Spring Even if She Doesn’t Wear Them All at Once Anymore

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With St. Patty’s Day approaching and everyone talking about getting their green on, today seemed like a perfect day to talk about the 2013 Pantone color of the year – Emerald.

 I love nearly all shades of green – from the palest mint to the darkest hunter.  And emerald is right there at the top of the list.


This detail about green is awesome…


I think my love affair with green probably started the first time I watched Gone With the Wind.
How could you not love green after seeing Scarlett in this dress?
I wanted the dress. I wanted to be Scarlett. Somewhere in the recesses of my head, I think I began associating green with a plucky, strong-willed, determined spirit – just like Scarlett had.
Nearly every room in my home has some hint of green (it not a blatant display). I find the color soothing, calming and inviting.
Here are a few fun “emerald” ideas for fashion and home decor.
I seriously love the coat. As in LOVE the coat.


Burberry trench coat

Pointy toe heels

Vintage Princess zipper bag
$250 – theiconic.com.au

Zip bag

Cashmere scarve
$290 – black.co.uk

Velvet Love Tub
$810 – oliverbonas.com

She Who is Digging the Green

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Those who know me, know I have a thing for shoes.

My history with shoes has been a love/hate affair since I was really little.

Due to some foot problem that I can’t even recall the reason for now, my mother always took me to buy the ugliest brown shoes at the one nice shoe store in town. And I mean ugly. They were clonky and brown and plain. I hated them. If I didn’t think dire consequences would befall me if I hacked them into pieces, I would have destroyed every single pair of them. One Christmas program at school in particular sticks out in my mind. I had a beautiful new blue dress with lace trim and there I was on stage with those horrid brown shoes.

Sometime around the sixth grade either my problem went away or I refused to wear the brown shoes anymore, but my footwear selections began to look up. For my eighth grade graduation I remember getting a pair of three-inch high white wedge sandals. I thought I had hit the big-time.

For the next decade I fell in love with shoes. I had heels and boots, flats and sandals in fun colors and styles.

Then somewhere in my mid-twenties, arthritis set in an old foot injury with a vengeance and I gave up all my beautiful shoes. I took to wearing ugly support shoes in shades of black and brown. It was like a return to my childhood footwear nightmare. This went on for many years. I hated my shoes and I think they hated me right back.

One day I was browsing in a store and found a pair of shoes that practically screamed out to me to buy them. They were cute and sassy and fun, unlike anything I owned at that time. Surprisingly, they were comfortable and I had no problem wearing them.

Cute shoes reentered my world and I’ve been on a bit of a campaign to restock my closet with as many pairs as possible.

The latest addition was this pair of Red Rialtos.

red shoesThey practically jumped off the shelf and chased me around the store. Super comfortable and so cute and sassy, I absolutely love them (My shoes stay on my feet for about 12-hours a day so when I say they are comfortable, I mean they were comfortable all day!). The best part is, I just saw them on sale for only $14.99.

She Who Loves Cute Shoes

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I came across this chart on Pinterest   from Modern Eve and knew I had to share it.


How many of us hang onto clothes we knew deep in our hearts we are never, ever going to wear again?

Or we wear clothes that we really shouldn’t?

This chart is a provides a nice, easy step-by-step guide about which clothes to keep and which ones to purge from your closet.

Yes, I know many of us are hiding under bulky sweaters since it is possibly we ate one too many Christmas cookies, but now is a great time to clean out those closets. Follow this chart, clean out your closet and start the year organized and ready to take on the world!

She Who Really Needs to Clean Her Closet

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Shades of Pink
Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month,  here is a little tribute through some fun pink fashions! Enjoy!

Red valentino

RED Valentino pleated dress
$300 – farfetch.com

House of dereon
$47 – bankfashion.co.uk


Jasmine body con dress
$24 – awear.com

Peasant top

Kaliko floral print shirt
$105 – debenhams.com

Burnout tee


Pink jacket

Long trench coat

A line skirt

Slim fit jeans

Casadei pointed toe heels
$820 – farfetch.com

Miso retro shoes
$65 – republic.co.uk

Miso platform heels
$49 – republic.co.uk

Ballerina flat
$10 – target.com.au

Costume national

Dolce Gabbana leather handbag
$1,395 – profilefashion.com

Ted Baker pink handbag
$115 – psyche.co.uk

Vintage tote bag

Alexander McQueen silk scarve
$240 – montaignemarket.com

Summer scarve
$29 – oliverbonas.com

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