Category Archives: Shopping

1.29.14 – Found: Boots for Short Ladies


Back in 2008, I posted about looking for boots for shorter ladies (I’m 5’2” on a good day).  Well, lucky seven six years later I found them in the form of J Crew “Dean” boots.  I did some strategic returning of Christmas gifts and pooled the funds right into these babies (which were, and still are, 40% off!).  I’ve been wearing them for a few weeks and today a chic woman chased after me at the 96th Street Subway to ask where they were from.  So if that isn’t proof of concept, I don’t know what is!  I bought them in the extended calf version (which are fantastic and not too big and I highly recommend). NB: You’ll notice a affiliate link – if you happen to purchase, a small deposit is made into to my book slush fund.

Neon Soles

A little note: This post has stirred the pot of my personal peanut gallery.  I got no less than three phone calls from friends and family wanting to register their distaste for these shoes (a little known fact about my peanut gallery .. they are loth to leave comments…). One went so far as to say “I can’t stand any shoe that laces up!” which I must admit, shocked me … I mean, lace up shoes!!!  LOL.

Loving these neon soled oxfords from Jil Sander ($745).  However, isn’t this screaming for a DIY application?  Shoes found via Pennyweight.

Spray paint or leather paint?  I wonder.

These oxfords are on sale at Urban Outfitters for $30 ….


An Update on the “Just Because” Gift Guide

I’ve been posting gift ideas as I come upon them for the last month. This one covers a lot of ground; from survival gear to the tech-y to the perfect gift for your mother-in-law. For whatever I lack in depth, I hope to make up for in breadth.  You have my sister Tate to thank for this edition; she’s been at me for the last week to publish this.

1.While this may not be for everyone, this survival backpack full of survival supplies ($99) would make my Christmas, as I’m an erstwhile survivalist.  To each their own. Continue reading

Advent Calendar Kit

I just noticed that Etsy seller Clip and Pin is selling a sweet Advent Calendar.  Or, if you want to go my paper bag route, she also sells the mini paper clips.  PS are you on the Etsy mailing lists? I signed up a few months ago for the Daily Find email newsletter and they always full of great products and a nice way to navigate the Etsy universe.  The sign up is in the My Account section, under emails.

Weekly Pins

<<one>> I can’t get these neon drapes out of my head.

<<Two>> I bought these sneakers ($50) earlier in the month and have been living in them.


<<three>> Now I need to go spray paint all my ratty baskets neon pink.

<<four>> I can’t shake how awesome that bouquet is.  Oh, and I love the shoes, too.  On my list for summer shoes for next year.

A ‘Just Because’ Gift Guide

1. Moss Terrarium, $38 This is so simple, affordable, and pretty, too.

I’m terrible at putting together gift guides; I always collect fun items (the Christmas catalogs have already started arriving!) and then I forget about them until well after Christmas. So, this year, I figure, what the heck, I’ll just post things when I see them.

Dr. Drip Organic Coffee ($9 for five). This would be a good stocking stuffer.

This marble wall coaster toy made me smile ($30); its a little advanced for Alex, but, I know he’ll love this in a year.  I have a friend with a four year old who would love it!

Tim and I were at odds over this scratch off map ($24); I thought it was cool and Tim thought it was lame. I could see it being fun to use the map with Alex and scratch of places we’ve read about in National Geographic or in novels or wherever.  Well traveled friends and relatives could scratch off places they’d been.


I’m a huge fan of Instagram photos so imagine my delight when I discovered that you can print your Instragram images at Printsgram (Thanks,  The Haystack Needle!) I’m a sucker for all things small, so this “tiny book” appealed to me and would make an amazing gift for anyone who is dollhouse obsessed.  Then the “minibook” $12 is the perfect “brag book” for the modern mama!  Or, a nice way to recap a trip (since I only take iphone photos now!).