What could be better than my two favorite things to shop for? ;o)
I feel like it's ridiculous to say this, but even though I own at least 30 pairs of shoes, I didn't have a single pair to wear with a dress I bought to wear this weekend to a party. I wanted to wear at least a short heel with this dress, but all my heeled shoes have really skinny heels which just doesn't work when you're at an outdoor party walking on grass. So I went on a search for black, not-too-high wedge heel shoes. You would think that wouldn't be so hard to find given the current fashion, but I didn't find a single good option between the 6 shoe stores I went to last week.
Enter the internet, solver of all problems. I hit up Zappos and within minutes had sorted the selection into my size, heel height and color preferences. I have to say that shopping on this site is a pleasure: it's easy to navigate, there's plenty of ways to search for what you want, and the free next-day shipping is tough to beat!
So here's what came today:
First up is the Unisa Margot pair. I actually knew when I ordered these that they wouldn't work with the dress because of the ankle strap and the zebra pattern, but I loved them so much online that I had to get them. It's hard to only buy one pair of shoes at a time! I love them just as much in person and they have the added bonus of having the band at the way bottom of the shoe, so my toes don't look so freakishly long. I can't wait to wear these out with some skinny jeans, they're going to be my new go-to weekend shoe. The heel is a bit taller than I usually wear but it's completely comfortable because it's a wedge, it doesn't even feel like you're wearing a heel!
Next up is the pair I'll actually wear this weekend, the Pansey style from Enzo Angliolini. These didn't photograph well because they are patent leather, but they have a small bow at the top of the band to keep them from being too boring. While these do show a little too much toe for my taste (I really hate my ET toes!), they are comfortable and cute, and the heel is perfect. They really go well with the dress, which is a sort of toned-down Mod shift, and I can see wearing these with almost anything, so I'm really happy!
Now I know you don't come here for the shoe talk (although I can think of at least two of my regular readers who will really like this post!), you come for the knitting. Here you go, quite possibly the most boring WIP shot to date:
This picture came out amazingly well, I really shocked myself!
Here you have the progress I've made in one day of knitting my latest project, the Indigo Ripples Skirt from the Spring Interweave Knits. After seeing Eunny's version I fell in love with this pattern, which in my opinion doesn't look that interesting in the magazine. Something about Eunny's version made it come alive for me and I've been obsessed with it ever since, stalking it online and looking for possible yarn choices.
I didn't want to use the denim yarn that's called for in this pattern because I hate the idea of having something that's going to fade and shrink on purpose. To me, you're supposed to keep those things from happening, not expect and encourage them! Although I do see the novelty value in it, but it's not for me. I did however like the deep navy color that Eunny used, so I knew I wanted something similar.
I ended up with Classic Elite Provence in a deep blue that has a bit too much Royal Blue in it to be a true Navy. The color is really rich and saturated and will go well with lots of clothes in my wardrobe. I got gauge perfectly on size 6 needles (I'm going by after-washing gauge), so I jumped right into this project . . . after making several drastic modifications.
Stay tuned for the next post where I'll detailed what I changed and why. This post is long enough for one day!