It happens every year. I'm out buying gifts for other people. I might be thinking a bit about what I want but haven't decided for sure, when I trip across something, or some things
, while I am out and about. Things I must have. Oh yes, they will be mine!
And there goes what I was thinking or planning, as I've now spent my Christmas money.
So this year? I was out picking up a nice deep violet cashmere turtleneck sweater for my sister-in-law when I found a sweater for myself, too. A soft, rich cherry red cashmere cardigan with a drawstring at the right level to create an empire waist, which actually does a fair job of covering up my residual tummy. (Although! Stepped on a scale last weekend and have 8 pounds to go! Whoot!) And then... Oh, then I hit the shoe section of my favourite bargain store, Winners, almost by accident. I was just there for the sweater! Honest! Ahem.
But I had seen some gorgeous Kate Spade heels there at my last visit, and they were too small, I found. I thought I would just peek in and see if they had them a size larger. They did, so I sat down to try them. They were too narrow, still. But across from me were some really very cool shoes. Flat, D'Orsay style, camo pony skin shoes by Daniel Barbara. I tried them on - perfect with khaki, olive, or brown. Awesome! (and I was curious about the brand, so I looked them up when I got home and discovered I got $300 shoes for $70! Extra awesome.) They went into my bag.
I walked around in them as I looked at them in the mirror and checked them for comfort, and walked by a pair of basic but good for everyday Hush Puppies mary janes. Nothing special, but good shoes for kicking around in, and on clearance for a mere $32. Check.
And before I made it out of the area, I also noticed a pair of cute T-strap wedges. Nturalizer, so comfy, too. Oh, I know, they often make some butt-ugly shoes, but tucked among those are, on occasion, some hits. Like these ones, which would look great peeking out from under a pair of jeans or trousers, or even with a skirt, I think, though it was hard to tell how well the strap hit for certain with my pants on. The roll-them-up test looked promising, though. I'll be wearing these with the red sweater on Christmas, thankyouverymuch.
So my idea for a small, cute purse has flown, but 3 pairs of good shoes for $140? You couldn't beat that if it bent over and handed you a paddle. I'll throw in some good chocolate (also found at Winners, and maybe the best thing I have ever tasted - dark chocolate with orange and cinnamon. purrrr.), and I'm shopped for. Now if I can only figure out how to wrap up shoes for under the tree...