Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Orange Birthday Peep Toes!

So remember how Cartoonist Husband told me I shouldn't buy myself shoes or clothes with my 30th birthday money--that books or DVDs would be a more fun gift?

Apparently that was a classic Masheka fake-out (he's quite poker-faced and I'm quite gullible). So feast your eyes on these retro peep-toed beauties that he got me, a pair of lovely yet comfortable orange Tsubo Erebus heels that I'd been coveting ever since I first read about the brand on Already Pretty. I refuse to wear pointy toes, spiky heels or any shoe that can't actually be walked in (I'm a car-less Brooklynite, remember), so I get REALLY excited when I find heels that are comfortable, sturdy AND sexy.

Here they are in action--sort of. I can't actually wear even the comfiest heels these days (I can barely walk in sneakers or my comfy Privo by Clarks flats at this point), but I just had to play dress-up. The top is of course my heavily modified Jalie 2005, and the maternity skirt is a $2 thrift find.

Orange Birthday Peeptoe Heels (39.5 weeks pregnant)

Orange Birthday Peeptoe Heels (39.5 weeks pregnant)

I can't wait to wear these post-pregnancy! I haven't talked much about shoes here, but I adore a colorful comfy retro heel! Two of my other favorites...

My red Camper Mary Janes (shown here at 25 weeks pregnant with my red BurdaStyle maternity-modified "Melissa" skirt):

BurdaStyle "Melissa" High-Waisted Knit Skirt--Red Maternity Version Side View

I got these at Soula in Brooklyn back in February (when I could still wear heels!), but I believe they're still available. Camper calls them the "Kim" pump, but I prefer to think of them as my ruby slippers. Here's a product shot:

My chartreuse Gentle Soles (or Souls?) heels, shown here with a Liz Lange by Target dress at 23 weeks pregnant:

23 weeks pregnant!

I got these at least three or four years ago (also at Soula) and I don't think they're the same brand as the Gentle Souls/Soles sold by Kenneth Cole--I think they were imported from somewhere in Europe but I haven't seen them in any stores in a very long time. I've walked miles in them and they are fabulous.

Oh, and in case you're wondering what I got myself for my birthday -- I did indeed order the walking foot for my Viking (hasn't arrived yet), Blueprints of Fashion: Home Sewing Patterns of the 1940s and a dystopian science fiction novel by Nnedi Okorafor called Who Fears Death. (I don't know that I've mentioned it, but I am a HUGE speculative fiction nerd, in literature, television shows AND film--do NOT get me started, I am obsessed).

12 comments:

  1. 1. Hot shoes!
    2. You look so unbelievably tiny in that first pic! What gives?
    3.Please show some scans of the Blueprints book. I'm tempted to buy it but I have no idea what's really inside. No one who has it has shared the goods online.
    4. So, probably this weekend, huh? Good luck and hope you have a good and safe delivery!

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  2. Yes, you are right about the Gentle Souls shoes! Kenneth Cole bought them out a few years ago, to my immense dismay because I had just found them and they had become my favorite brand. I've seen ok reviews for the Kenneth Cole ones now but I still love the ones that I got before. They are the most comfortable heels that I EVER had...I could walk miles in them without ever experiencing any discomfort and I could run in them too! - helen

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  3. Thanks for clearing up the mystery, Helen! I was wondering what happened to them. I haven't tried the Kenneth Cole ones for comfort but they aren't as cute or colorful as the previous styles available from the brand. Sigh...

    lsaspacey--I don't know if I'll get a chance to show any spreads from the Blueprints book, but it's great--it has a bunch of very well-illustrated essays about the history of sewing pattern companies, and then just pages and pages of color photos of pattern envelopes and other pattern-related items in different categories, as well as some pricing/valuation advice.

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  4. Cartoonist baby must be about to make an entrance very soon. Waiting to hear the grand news. Best to you and your hubby through the birth. Being a mom is the greatest thing ever and how lucky cartoonist baby is already to have such loving and creative parents.

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  5. Love the orange shoes! Well, all of them actually. Every time I see an update to your blog in Bloglines, my heart flutters a little wondering if this will be The Announcement. :-) But in the meantime, you continue to look So Good!! And I really mean it.

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  6. How are your ankles looking so thin at 39 weeks pregnant?!?!? Sounds like you had a great birthday! I hope your little cartoonist has her birthday soon :)))

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  7. Marybeth, my ankles and feet were totally swollen up like painful balloons through the first half of the third trimester, and I could barely squeeze my shoes on. I don't know why they've stopped being as swollen, but I'm guessing it's because I can't walk around too much?

    lsaspacey, I only look relatively small because I'm facing the camera--trust me, the belly is HUGE. HUGE!

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  8. Nice shoes! I refuse to wear shoes that I can't walk in either. Cute/comfy is such a hard combo to find.

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  9. Urgent message! If you are looking forward to wearing those shoes post-pregnancy, then DON'T wear them now. You'll stretch them out. All the (lovely) shoes I wore towards the end of my pregnancy had to go because they were falling off my feet immediately afterwards,

    Good luck!

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  10. Don't worry Hatty--I only wore them for this photo. They are safely stowed away in the closet now!

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  12. Outstanding shoes you got.

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