Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Why I enjoy being a girl

So, what do you do when you have a severe case of blogger's block and absolutely nothing of consequence to write about?

Well I don't know what you do, but I'm posting pictures of pretty shoes.

I fell in love with these puppies in the window of an amazing antique/vintage store here in Mythaca while my sister was visiting. It was my birthday! They were gold! And, perhaps most importantly, I could see through the window that they were my size! It was a birthday miracle! But...the store was closed.

So, I dragged my sister back there bright and early the next afternoon. I rushed across the street, squinting towards the storefront window going, "Do you see them? I don't see them! I think they're gone!"

They weren't.

They are perfect and classic and, though vintage, have apparently never been worn. Seriously--no scuff marks, no dings, no wear and no tear. Just gold, strappy, heel-tottering perfection.

Thirty years from now, some lonely and lovelorn girl will probably spot these puppies in that very same storefront window, and marvel over their pristine condition. "It's like they've never been worn!" she will say. Because, yeah. Find an occasion to wear gold strappy sandals here? In Mythaca? Ha! Ha, I say! This photo shoot is all the action they will probably see for a while.

But that's ok. It's enough just to have them, you know? I will probabl
y take them out and stroke them lovingly every once in a while, and promise them that just as soon as that handsome, 6'4" stranger shows up to whisk me off to an evening at the ballet, they will be so there.

And here is where you pretend that I painted my toenails and shaved my legs for you.

You're welcome!

But! That is not all! Because, what is an impulse buy without another, impulsier buy?

So I picked up a vintage necklace, too. What? It was the day after still my birthday!

It really sets off the Target clearance rack top to perfection, don't you think? (Ahem...)

Anyway, that was my day of shopping. Why is it that buying vintage always feels so much more satisfying in a way that buying new never does? Seriously, doesn't scoring something great at an antiques store or even at Goodwill make you feel sort of virtuous and clever and warm inside? No?

(I used to have male readers, but look, there they all went.)

Well, now that it's just us ladies...Where do you love to shop? Have you bought anything really great lately?


  1. First of all, happy, happy, happy, HAPPY (belated) birthday.

    Secondly, you know why I love your blog? You know why I think you are one of the most clever writers? Because of phrases like this:

    "So, I dragged my sister back there bright and early the next afternoon."

    Maybe someone else wouldn't find that as amusing as I did. Maybe someone else wouldn't have even caught its funniness (new word!). I, however, snorted laughter out my nose. True story.

  2. Yay, Dawn's back!!!

    And thank you, thank you, thank you. :)

  3. Okay, the shoes are great, but that necklace is amazing! Great find!

  4. Rachel, I've been so ridiculously crazy with work (a rarity for me these past few years) that I haven't had time to comment but, rest assured, that I HAVE been reading. I'll only stop reading your blog when you stop writing it.

  5. So, OK, yeah, we're done here. I mean, you exposed your feet to the world. So we could admire old shoes! And hear about shopping! Oh, the joy never stops.


    Your Last Male Reader


    PS--maybe I will peek in from time to time, especially when you're dating again. Love those stories. You have more disasters than the White Star Line. Or me in my prime somewhere in the last century. But still I love you!

  6. I agree with Aura. The shoes are cute and will be great for a fun night out, but the necklace is awesome! Can't wait to see it all together in an outfit. Heck, just get dressed up with a girlfriend or two and go out for nachos or something! As for the shoes, just throw them on one day with your jeans for work. Most people won't even notice, but you'll feel special all day anyway. And if you're like me, you'll point them out to people anyway. :)

  7. Ok, so I had to google White Star Line. Wow M, you are OLD.


  8. But your love will keep me young.


  9. Man, I was unaware that gold strappy shoes required an occasion other than "Tuesday." Even though I don't wear gold. Or strappy things. Or heels. Ever.

  10. Well, maybe for other girls strappy gold heels don't require an occasion. But for me to strap on a pair of heels and totter around like a giant, six foot tall amazon woman, there better be a damn good reason for it, is all I'm saying.

  11. Wear them to the supermarket. Wear them to Starbucks. Just wear them. I rather covet them myself!

  12. I with some of the other ladies, wear them to the market or out for coffee. Or anywhere really. That's a mantra I've adopted this year. Maybe that's why at 7:30 a.m. my favorite diner people assume I am stopping in before heading into work.... Eh, whatever. I dress for me.

  13. even though I love the necklace, the shoes are all too golden for me haha, i love your blog girl, really, it's great. put me on the list of your international readers.

  14. You've got a new loyal reader! Happy belated birthday!