About 2 weeks ago, the Madre and I were on the never-ending hunt for suits and stumbled upon this dress:


and, long story short, it fit like a glove, is gorgeous on (I tried to get a picture of me in it, but since I don’t have a full length mirror, you couldn’t get the full effect), and was on sale. Therefore, it came home with me. And even though I do love the dress I was going to wear to the boyfriend’s sister’s wedding, I realized that this would be absolutely perfect for the occasion.

Of course, new dress meant new shoes. The parentals and I went to Bar Symon (which, NOM) for dinner and decided to stop by DSW post-dinner where I found these:

0921092113I mean, how perfect are these? With the wee little bows and all? I am in love.

But that was not the question I wanted to put to you. The dilemma is this: So when I get to New York, I will be engaging in one of my favorite New York activities – a pedicure (How shallow am I? Don’t answer that). But what color should I go with? The Madre is of the opinion that a nice neutral is the way to go, whereas I was leaning towards a fire engine red. The question, of course, is whether fire engine red is appropriate for the bearer of gifts (with the secondary question being whether or not we care). What do you all think?

Also, just for fun, I will be wearing these to the rehearsal dinner. Of course this means that the boyfriend’s sister will probably come up to my shoulders at best, but whatever.


Oh Calvin Klein, I do heart you so.

I realized yesterday morning that I am going to have to bite the bullet and buy a new pair of running shoes. I’ve been suspecting this for a little while now because my knee has been throbbing post-runs for the last couple of weeks and while I do have knee problems in general, when I’m getting adequate support from my shoes, the knee problems remain relatively under control. This last week, my feet have also been throbbing post-run which in turn seems to have resulted in my (really rather small, so this is another red flag) bunion (sex-ay, no?) on my right foot feeling all tight and uncomfortable. I did a sole check to confirm my suspicion and (surprise, surprise) the treads are super rundown, especially in the toe box. So we have a situation where I clearly need to invest in new running shoes, but I really don’t want to right now.

I’m just annoyed because the shoes I currently have (Asics Gel Kayanos) are only a little over a year old and when I roughly calculate the mileage I’ve put on them, I’m only in the high-300s of actual running miles (of course, I do also wear them when I do the elliptical so that has contributed to the tread wear). The shoes prior to the Asics were Mizunos and I got closer to 500 out of them. I liked the Kayanos (the boyfriend has the men’s version and LOVES them), but, for the price, I’d rather get something with a little more staying power.

I went and tried on shoes yesterday and then did some research today and have ultimately on another pair of Mizunos, these lovelies (just because I didn’t want to buy them doesn’t mean I won’t love them any less):


(the order went through about 5 minutes ago – how’s that for real time?)

I ended up buying them on Amazon for $89.99, with free shipping included. I could have gotten them in another color for $79.99, but decided that not have florescent, eighties-style red/pink/black/orange running shoes was worth the extra $10.00 to me. I think they are going to be a good fit – I have pretty high arches and these fit my foot well (I was never 100% happy with the arch fit of the Kayanos. It was fine, but it could have been better). They’re also nice and lightweight, which is important to me. I will update after I actually run in them, but as of right now, I’m pretty happy with them and I actually think they might be an improvement on the Kayanos.

Even though I also think I got the best deal I could have on them, I’m frustrated to have to spend another $90 right now. Although I have a great deal with the parents in that I am living here free and all my needs are taken care of, I have been spending what feels like a lot of money lately, which is something I hate doing when I have no income to balance out the spending (watching my bank account balance decline has been incredibly depressing). Pretty much everything I’ve bought lately is something I need or have to do, so I don’t feel like I’ve been spending frivolously (except for maybe one thing, which I am super-excited about and which deserves its own post when it arrives tomorrow).

What am I spending this money on, you might ask? Well, for one thing, my new office is suits Monday – Thursday, whereas my old office was business casual so my super-cute business casual wardrobe which I painstakingly established over the past couple of years will now be relegated to Fridays and the summer, so I need suits. The Madre and I have been shopping the sales, but they’re still not cheap (maybe if I’m feeling motivated this week, I’ll post some pictures of our triumphs). And I still need probably at least 1 more in a heavier weight for winter.

There are also gifts and plane tickets and and hotel rooms and other misc. expenses for the two weddings we have in September and the little issue of health insurance for the next 2 months as my G.town policy expires at the end of this week.

But what can you do, right? And my feet/knees/hips are already thanking me for spending this $90 so I’m going to try not to worry too much about it.

OK Internets. Help is needed.

Do I want this bag?


Keep in mind that these lovelies:


came home to live with me this week, along with these:

shoeBut those were totally necessary to wear to the boyfriend’s sister’s wedding. In September.