From Allie’s Mailbag…

A few emails I have received recently and some Google searches that have brought people to this page. I always think if one woman has this question, very well many more of you do too!

What Should be in a Woman’s Wardrobe?
Well this obviously varies dependent on your lifestyle and where you live, but I hope to have a basis here with my staples. I do feel that everything in your closet should feel right on you. This does not equal comfortable. Often comfortable goes the way of stretched out elastic, baggy knits and clothes that are decades past their prime. Well-made clothing often assists you in standing up straighter and feeling more feminine and attractive. Knits can do this too, but sweatpants cannot. Have clothes that fit you, match your personality and don’t make you scratch and itch and adjust all day.

Where Can I Find Extended Calf Boots?
Lots of companies like J. Crew and Naturalizer are offering extended calf, but if you wear heels or play sports these may end up feeling like the regular-calf size. I have found fashion-forward styles in wider widths at Torrid and Silhouettes, though do know most are not actual leather. Wide Widths is an awesome site that takes many of the brands of extended calf boots and puts them in one place. Not only that, they tell you the circumference in inches so before ordering, you can know if they will be the right fit. I have very large calves and found styles that were too large for my sturdy legs! This site has great selection AND great customer service. When I had to return a pair that wasn’t quite right, I called their toll-free number and spoke to a wonderful, knowledgeable woman who helped me with returning the boots and suggested alternative styles without pressuring me to buy. Love this company!

When is the Best Time to go on a Cruise to the Bahamas?

Loved seeing this on my stat counter! I think it’s because I went on one in January and it showed up on Google. I can tell you, January was perfect. The weather was delightful, and it was a nice break from the dreary weather of the East Coast. No hurricanes, no sweltering temperatures… I would definitely do it again at that time of the year. And if you want to know what to wear you can visit my cruise post here, or my post about a beach holiday or traveling.

What is a Good Eyeshadow Primer?

I have been looking for this for years. I read to put your foundation on your lids, don’t put your foundation on your lids. Use concealer, don’t use concealer. I have tried a few products finding them irritating, greasy, drying, ineffective. Then I tried Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Amazing stuff, makes me shadow last through boogying on the dance floor, sweating through a Washington DC summer, crying at a wedding and I even went to sleep one night with my makeup still on and woke with perfect eyes. How amazing is that? Worth the money in my opinion.

Where Can I Find Plus Sized Belts?

Belts were hot the past couple of seasons and this trend is not going anywhere any time soon. Belts look great on women with curves – they add definition and a waist and jazz up your basic knits and solids already residing in your closet. For accessories like belts, I adore Torrid – they may seem a bit young or trendy at first glance, but often have basics built for curvy women, not linebackers. Each season they have an extensive collection of belts – solids, prints, hip belts, ones with stretch. Don’t expect high-grade leather, but do expect to find your size and an accessory that will update your wardrobe.

What’s the Must-have Accessory for Fall?
I am the worst person to ask this, for I believe there is no “must-have” item if you are over the age of 18. One could say this is the year of the flat, but if you have thick legs, you would look far more chic with a bit of a heel. Belts are all the rage, but if you carry the majority of your weight in your midsection, a belt may accentuate the negative, not add curves and create a positive. Clutches are hot, but not when you’re trying to carry books, a laptop, snacks for the little ones, a water bottle or other necessities of many women.

One thing that could be a good thing to buy this year if you are in need is a new winter coat. This season is full of great colors, textures, details like puff sleeves, unique collars and beautiful buttons. Many seasons show boring basics, so when a season features great pieces like this year, it’s a good time to invest in the perfect coat. I think wool coats that hit between the hip and knee are the most versatile and elegant – save the parkas and anoraks for the ski slope.

Where Can I Find Stylish Sunglasses at Reasonable Prices?
Now, if you can afford a pair of Chanel shades, then by all means indulge. My mom has Fendi sunglasses because they are prescription and her insurance made them the same price as the generic brands. However if you aren’t this rich or lucky, you can still be chic. I think sometimes the best sunglasses are the ones found in the most random of locations.

This summer I sported traditional silver aviator sunglasses that were picked up at a mall kiosk for less than $10. This spring I had some cute pink metal and lens oversized aviators that were $16.99 and last summer had a great pair found on clearance at Target for $9.40. My friend has sunglasses that people think are designer that she found at White House/Black Market and my sister always grabs a pair of big black plastic frames at end of the year sales in shops like Ann Taylor Loft. Sunglasses do not have to be purchased in a sunglasses shop – these days almost every place in the mall has a few pairs. Try a few on, ask strangers for their honest opinion, and if you are in need go shopping now for all stores are putting their summer items on sale!


  1. Anonymous
    September 12, 2007 / 4:23 pm

    I got a pair of wide calf boots from them last week and I am waiting for my 2nd one in brown to arrive. Who’d have ever thought I’d be able to find a pair of boots to fit these big legs? When you go to other sites, you get sick of wasting time to find out they have nothing at all to fit you and this place sells ONLY boots with wide shafts! Great site!

  2. September 2, 2007 / 11:35 pm

    SO miserable. At 4’11”, I was not destined for boots, let alone calf high. Ankle boots make me look like a keebler elf.

  3. Skin Care beauty Zone
    August 28, 2007 / 5:17 am

    hi buddy

    nice piece of work u have done,and this information helps a lot of people to know about the place where calf Boots can get and abt the good Eyeshadow Primer.
    keep on going

  4. Anonymous
    August 24, 2007 / 10:23 am

    I love your viewpoint on the “must-have” situation… You are so right!!!

  5. Anonymous
    August 23, 2007 / 7:31 pm

    Another place for wide calf boots: Nine West (I found mine at one of their outlets).

  6. tiffany
    August 23, 2007 / 7:01 pm

    Another place to find wide calf boots…Lands End.

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