Posts in the ‘Shoe Shopping Stories’ Category

St. Barth Linen Espadrilles

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Women's Calypso St. Barth For Target Linen Espadrille Wedge Sandals

I went to Target to get some laundry detergent and Q-tips and $350 dollars and an hour and a half later I was loading up the trunk of my car with all of my fabulous new purchases and of course at that moment I realized the impossible – NO laundry detergent or Q-tips! Ackckck…. Miraculously my son was sound asleep in the shopping cart so I think I felt the need to take advantage of this very rare moment of my very own free time in Target. I am sure I am not the only mom to go a little overboard in Target…

Of course I tried on nearly every item from the new St. Barth’s for Target line. I filled my cart with all sorts of clothes and cover-ups and swimsuits and workout clothes. In addition to all of my new resort wear I managed to convince myself (rather easily) that I needed new Dwell Studio bedding. It was all so cute and such great colors and it is just so inexpensive. I was so giddy with all of my great deals.

My best purchase has to be my new shoes. I have been on the lookout for some neutral heels and I think these fit the bill. I love the subtle gold sparkle of these linen espadrilles and of course the pink that pops right out under your toes adds just a hint of cheer. Top it off they are actually incredibly comfortable and only $30! When I showed them to my son tonight he said, “Mom, those are really cool!” Before they are all sold out, buy a pair of these very chic Calypso St. Barth For Target Linen Wedge Sandals today. They will be your goto shoes for summer. I know mine will be. And while you are at it – there was this very cute Straw Tote With Sequins too.

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Elizabeth Taylor

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011


As many of you have already read or heard today, Elizabeth Taylor has died. It is so sad for her family and friends. Obviously she was a huge huge star and will be forever remembered for her many passionate love affairs, her incredible support and dedication for raising money for AIDS research, and of course her acting prowess and star power. Personally, I will remember her love of jewelry. Many years back I purchased Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry. I love this book. It was actually the inspiration for me to write Sole Searching. I loved reading the fabulous stories behind her amazing jewelry collection and thought it would be fun to capture the stories behind my shoe collection. Of course I will pull Elizabeth Taylor’s wonderful book off the book shelf and place it on the top of the coffee table in the living room to pay homage to her. Maybe we should all buy ourselves a little bling in remembrance.

Sole Searching – Getas

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010


During the summer of 1979, my family took a trip to Asia with a group from the Los Angeles Natural History Museum and we visited China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. I wore my blue and yellow Zips throughout the trip – my favorite sneakers at the time. My brother wore identical ones. With our bright shoes, blond hair and OP corduroy shorts in vibrant colors, we were quite a spectacle for the many Easterners who had never seen white American children.

In Kyoto my mother bought my brother and I matching black lacquer Japanese sandals – the ones that look like a wooden flip-flop resting on two boards turned sideways. The simple straps were a wonderful red velvet. When we put them on in the store we both giggled in delight. We never thought we’d be able to walk in them, but of course we wanted to have them.

A few days later we were in Tokyo. My dad and I went for an evening walk and I wore my new Japanese shoes. I vividly remember passing by the rows and rows of arcades with all of the pulsating music and flashing lights. The clanking noises from the machines, the American pop music, the neon lights – it was such a sensory overload. There I was in Tokyo, an eight year old California girl in my brand new pair of getas singing along to Shawn Cassidy. What a sight to behold.

Here are a few more of my favorite memories from that trip…

Pear Tree Greetings

Black Boots

Friday, November 12th, 2010


These Stuart Weitzman boots are soooo cute! I spent last weekend in San Francisco on a mommy getaway weekend with 3 girlfriends and we spent a lot of time searching all over Union Square for fabulous new winter boots. My friend Rocio fell madly in love with a pair of gorgeous brown suede Valentino boots. They were beautiful.  We found them at Neiman Marcus but you can order them online if you Shop at I came home empty handed but I must admit I can’t get these Stuart Weitzman boots out of my head. I am thinking that they may need to mysteriously arrive at my front door one day… The leather is really soft and I really liked the quilted detailing – gave them a little bit of a Chanel vibe. They would be great with a skirt (can’t remember the last time I actually wore a dress or a skirt, but maybe I will again some day) or with pants. We all agreed that a new pair of leather boots would be the perfect addition to any mommy wardrobe. I just might have to order a pair tonight….

Sole Searching, The Beginning

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010


I am not really sure how or when my addiction to shoes began. I have always had a hard time parting with my old sneakers, loafers, sandals, boots and kitten heels because they always seem to hold too many memories that I don’t want to let go of. No matter where I travel in the world I always seem to buy at least one pair of shoes – if not two or three. My shoes are my souvenirs and my treasured reminders of adventures to far away lands. Many of my shoes have also been purchased during times of swirling emotions. Whether it was the devastation from a broken heart that led me to the Christian Louboutin table at Neiman Marcus or the celebration of life and giggles and laughter with great friends that steered me towards a rickety beach stand full of flip flops, it is in these moments that a purchase was made and a snapshot of my life captured forever.

If you have a few minutes, why don’t you come along and shop with me…I wrote Sole Searching many many years ago and it is a collection of my shoe shopping stories. You can read them all at once, or come back once a week for a new tale. I will try to get a new one up every Tuesday.

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