I love getting new shoes. They’re like when you got a new doll or other toy as a kid. Although, as a kid, nothing excited me more than a new box of Crayons…all 64 with the sharpener on the back of the box. I would take them all out and line them up in a row. Then I’d organize them from darkest to lightest and put them back in the box that way.

I remember, I was either 4 or 5 (I know we were living in Portugal at the time), and I had them all lined up in a row and my brother came in and STOMPED. ON. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Broke them all in half. I was so sad and he got in so much trouble. Little brothers can be so annoying. Of course now, he’s an enabler and certainly has more shoes than I do (he works for a top sports shoe company).

Now my closet looks much like that organized box of crayons. Everything is sorted by item then color.

Anyway, back to my purchases. After reading jcbellemarie’s post on the Pour La Victoire Frida’s that she got for a STEAL! I ordered the same pair and love them. I feel so tall and not wobbly at all. (Because unlike Weeble-Wobbles I will fall down.)

(No one fell in the pool during the taking of this picture.)

My other pair have a story to them. When I was in high school I had a pair of flat black patent oxfords, either by Unlisted or Nine West. I wore those all the time. Loved them. Of course, eventually they wore out and I had to throw them away. A few months ago, I saw these on the Barney’s website.

Christian Louboutin Fred Flat

Needless to say, I wanted them. Needed them. Craved them. But even though I’m usually a 37 in CL I still don’t trust the sizing without trying them on.

So I scoured ebay & Zappos & Endless & Piperlime and every other shoe site I knew of to find something similar. Finally, ebay came through.

Dolce & Gabbana Black Patent Oxford with a Heel

How cool is that? An update to the shoe I loved so much in high school (and quite comfy too).
UPDATE::: And over $200 less than the CL Fred Flat.

Now, I have also purged quite a bit in the past few months. I’ve sold or “given away” 21 pairs on ebay. So the shoe purchases I’ve made (15) are far under the number of pairs I’ve purged. (O.K. maybe not that much but I’m trying.)

And I should really consider going on a BANBANBAN. (I have just one more shoe I’m eyeing on ebay.UPDATE 2:::Make that 2 I’m eyeing on ebay.)

I received my Wool Pencil Skirt today and am very happy but also slightly disappointed. I ordered a size 6 and the length is at least 3 inches, maybe 4 past my knees. Boo Hoo! I’ll have to get it altered. Being on the lower end of the 5 foot range in height I should be used to getting alterations but I just wish things would fit just right every time.

Here it is…

Close up…

With the Dark Slate Frances Cami

Dark Slate Frances Cami & Evening Primrose sweater

Deep Rose Frances Cami & Evening Primrose sweater

Perfect Shirt – I really like this look.

“Altered” – This is about where I would like this skirt to be.

Now here’s my dilemma…SHOES! I can’t believe it. J Crew has it with the Spencer Patent-Trimmed Suede Mary Janes in Chalkboard (Gray). (And, I just sold some gray suede mary-janes on ebay. Oh well, they didn’t fit right anyway.)

So below I have the skirt paired with my Python Kitten Heel Louboutin’s and then with my Wall Street Louboutin’s.

I guess that’s a great excuse to Buy the Shoes!

So here’s what I purchased last week from the new fall arrivals at J Crew.

The Frances cami in Deep Rose & Dark Slate, the Evening Primrose Cardi and the Stretch Twill Minnie pant.

I’m taking the pant back. It’s supposed to be a “vintage-inspired cropped leg” but is regular length for me. After bringing it home I don’t like having my “flaws” exposed. And without Spanx underneath that could very well happen. It fits well without Spanx but this is not for me. I’ll stick with the straight leg or wide leg pant.

I also purchased two necklaces, one of which is online – The Shimmering Teardrop necklace and the Glass Barrel & Chain Necklace.

The “teardrop” was a lot larger than I expected – 1 1/2 inches.

I purchased the following from my Factory Store trip. (I have no i-dea what the original names were.)

Black “Fireball” necklace

Black Crystal Chain necklace

Black Ribbon Pearl necklace

Here they are all together.

And minus the Crystal chain but with the Teardrop necklace.

I didn’t get any of the blazers. I really did like both but in the end, it’s still to hot to even consider jackets. The sweater was the closest I could do. And I did NOT LIKE the Merino Chiffon sweater. It’s just a mess. It also looks like it could easily come undone from looking at the stitching on the inside. There’s no backing to hold it together a little more.

The Textured Jersey Boatneck tee fit a bit snug in the chest. I tried on a Medium. A large would have been too long and may have looked like a tunic. The Cotton Tuxedo shirt was cute but meh…I have a white one from the Gap and a navy from Express that I never wear. So I’ll just stick with those 2 that I don’t wear and not add to it. I did see the Crinkle Cotton Perfect Shirt in Navy and Pale Wisteria but none in my size.

I also ordered the Wool Pencil Skirt from the red phone and should receive that tomorrow. I can’t wait to see what it looks like. I hope I’m not disappointed.

Last year J Crew had some “sequin/embellished” tees of a motorcycle and a bulldog. I think they came out around the same time as the Chiffon Rose tee. I bought the motorcycle tee but not the bulldog. I thought about that puppy a few days ago and now wished I would have bought that too. I searched ebay and couldn’t even find a used one. Gone forever you cute little bulldog.

Motorcycle Tee

Or so I thought…

I went to my area outlet mall and stopped by J Crew. The first thing I saw was a bulldog tee, with embellishment. Yay! Score! And 25% off! I looked closer and it wasn’t the exact bulldog tee but his little sister…ha ha ha. The bulldog has a cute little pink bow. She’s precious. I quickly scooped it up and was tempted to buy the rest just so no one else could have her.

I looked around and saw some cute stuff. Some Victoria ruffle cami’s in purple, ivory and gray, various cardigans, tees and button down shirts. I bought some jewelry, a long/boyfriend cardi in olive and, of course, the bulldog tee.

Here she is.
I haven’t forgotten about the better IRL pics of my fall arrival purchases but it won’t be until this weekend before I get to it.

Have a great day! I will, wearing my little bulldog.