My Wardrobe Today – Thursday

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Happy Veterans Day everyone! A big thanks to all of those who serve and have served in the armed forces. My husband is a veteran – eight years in the Navy. He used to take this day with his dad and best friend – they would go down to the Vietnam Memorial and then go out for lunch and many beers. Now that his dad has passed and he and his friend both have kids, the tradition has passed. However it's nice to have me home so he can spend the day doing stuff outside and things he enjoys instead of being on “Emerson Detail” the whole day. My company doesn't have this day off, but I chose to take a floating holiday and stay at home. Our company gives a few floaters each year, they are “use it or lose it” and I ALWAYS forget to use them. Well this year I am taking full advantage – let that PTO carry over & use what I have now!

I started the day early because they are opening a Last Call by Neiman Marcus in Rockville, MD on tomorrow and today they had an early morning event for local fashion bloggers. We got a tour of the store and got to shop before the rest of the public tomorrow. It was really lovely (will have more details in a separate post) and so much fun to meet fellow bloggers!

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Dress – Ann Taylor LOFT (no longer available)
Tights Nordstrom
Booties Miss Sixty via Last Call
Bracelet Tarnish, via Nordstrom
Earrings Argento Vivo, via Nordstrom
Black knit biker jacket (not pictured) – Gap (their knit moto jacket that they had earlier this fall)

While there, I did do some shopping. That morning I was in the car with my sister (she went with me to the event) and I said for winter I really need:

  1. Black booties that work with skirts/dresses as well as jeans, or else a fantastic pair of black pointy-toe Mary Janes with a tall, slim heel
  2. A new handbag (which I figure I will score at the Hobo International sample sale this month)
  3. A pair of dark straight crisp jeans (which seems to not exist for my body shape)
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Oh I know you love the pigeon-toe look… I did it just for you!
I have been having a devil of a time trying to find good booties.  I have wide feet, and even wider ankles.  Most look as though I am strangling my foot, or are incredibly painful.  Or they are not a style that is appropriate with skirts and dresses.  How happy was I to find these at Last Call by Neiman Marcus?!?  They have a nice rubbery grippy sole and a platform, so they are FAR more comfortable than they look.  I actually took off my own shoes (wore my black Nine West pumps because I have no other shoes that would work with this outfit) and put on my new booties and wore them out the door.  I wore them shopping at World Market (tablecloth, dishtowels, random foodstuffs) and then off to The Silver Diner where my sister and I met up with my husband and Emerson.  Came home, didn't even want to take off these shoes (which make me feel VERY tall – I didn't have to strain my neck to kiss my husband!).
So I have become one of THOSE women who wears booties with dresses, AND who wears peeptoes with hoisery.  I NEVER thought I would do either.  Maybe I had too much coffee at the bloggers brunch that Last Call provided, maybe it was all the Last Call employees and fellow bloggers (and my sister!) telling me BUY THEM BUY THEM!  Anyhoo, I am now a Bootie Mama!

A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. Kathy, I think I would still wear them in the cold, as long as there’s no snow on the ground. It’s just a peep of toe, and the rest is many layers of leather (and a nice grippy sole) so I think it will be fine. Sort of like fingerless gloves 😉

  2. I love the shoes with the dress. I am wearing a great LBD today that I dressed down with a denim jacket but I could really use those booties right now. They would have been perfect.

    I realize the weather is mild in DC right now, but will you wear them when it’s 20 degrees outside, and if you do, will your toes get cold?

    And screw the anonymous a-hole who keeps posting mean stuff!

  3. I feel sorry for such a broken person who feels he/she needs to bully and lie in order to feel whole.
    Anywhooooo, I think you look ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! You are just trim and fit and gorgeous. And those booties are perfect with that dress. You are a total inspiration.

  4. You too, I am so a booties with dress girl now, except I haven’t found a pair that I really love yet. But in my mind I am so there, lol. I do however love your booties and you look fab in that dress…very chic and elegant, perfect for a fashion blogger event.

  5. Allie, you look like a million bucks!! That is really a stunning outfit. And I am another person who swore I’ll never wear peeptoe booties, let alone with tights, and you are rocking that look so hard I am now seriously considering changing my mind. Wow.

  6. I’m totally coveting those shoes! I’ve worn closed-toe booties with dresses a couple of times, and like yourself I never though I would pair the two. Anyway, you look fantastic! Also, thanks for the info on the Last Call opening. I might have to do some lunch-time browsing 🙂

  7. You look great. I love that dress. And I love the booties.

    I need serious help with clothes for my plus size body. I have a post about some stuff I’m going to be trying. I can’t wait to read what you have to say about the store.

  8. Allie you look amazing!! The booties are beautiful and they look utterly fabulous on you!! I hope you got a good deal??

    The tan brown boot with the turn down that are behind you….. I NEED THEM IN MY LIFE!!

    I love how the haters never ever leave comments so that we can go see them and their style. What a horrible way that must be to live your life, spreading misery and nasty vibes everywhere you go!

  9. I cannot wear a heel much over an inch and a half to two inches. The balls of my feet just kill after a short time. I really appreciate the look of them though;-). You look like these are comfortable and they look fine with your outfit/body. pfftt on the anonymous poster who apparently has nothing better to do than to try and make someone else share their misery. Please keep the posts coming Allie and thank you to your husband and all of our vets past and present who give us the ability to say what we think.

  10. Love, love, LOVE the booties! They look great with that dress! And isn’t it awesome when you find footwear that looks that amazing AND feels good after hours of being on your feet? Score!

  11. Ok. I have made fun of peep toe booties. I have made fun of my mother because she wanted peep toe booties. And now, you have me wanting them! DARN YOU, WOMAN. Where’s my wallet? 🙂

  12. cute! btw, totally kinda random, but do you know what type of boots are behind you in your pic? They are the light brown riding type boots that have a folded over cuff? TIA:)

  13. Rockin’ the LBD! I like the booties with it! You’re so stylish that you know how to do it right, with the tights like AliRose said. A class act all the way.

    I need new jeans in a bad way. I suppose for the time being, I will run to Old Navy and grab SOMETHING that will fit me, but keep us posted if and when you find the dark straight crisp kind. 🙂

  14. I just can’t believe how mean-spirited people can be. Just don’t get it. This is an actual PERSON you’re saying those horrible things to Anonymous. A person. Disgusting and sad.

    Allie, you look great, and the booties are adorable. I think it’s hard to pull off booties with dresses when you don’t do the matching opaque tights along with them. But the black tights and the black booties is very slimming and elongating. Great look on you!

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