Flamenco Love

Just over 10 years ago I took Flamenco dancing lessons while studying abroad in Granada, Spain.  I still have my Flamenco shoes in my closet eternally waiting for Flamenco lessons to become available in London, ON, Canada.  It’s been a long wait that continues.  Last night I was able to attend a Flamenco show put on my 4 musicians and dancers who study Flamenco in Sevilla, Spain.  This was my husband’s first time seeing such a spectacle and a great prelude to what he’ll see when we go back to visit Granada in August.   The event was very small; I counted a maximum 50 people.  It was a powerful and intimate performance.  At intermission my husband turned to me with “What do you think?” and I must admit it was great, but after living in Granada (the birthplace of Flamenco) and seeing real gypsies and Flamenco artists perform with the Alhambra in the background – I’ve been pretty spoiled.  Last night I was reminded of my love for Flamenco and the got the push to start planning my August vacation to Italy, Spain, and Austria.

 

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This women was the tallest and most blonde Flamenco dance I have ever see.  It was impossible to take in her movement with my glance.

 

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I could not stop staring at the guitarists shoes.  They were black healed Flamenco shoes.  Like this:

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They were perfectly worn in, scuffed, and reinforced and looked like they had been dance through and stomped millions of nights.  I may need to investigate this more.

Boots follow-up

I blame Thirty for passing on her shopaholic tendencies to me.  This quarter is quickly becoming a rather expensive one for me as I will be furnishing my first apartment, paying to maintain my own life for the first time ever, and updating my wardrobe.  As previously mentioned, I was on the hunt for new boots and have since purchased a pair of black high-heeled wonders and cognac flat beauties.  Now, now, calm down; birthday money and a cheque from the government funded my footwear.

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I’ve yet the wear the Steve Madden cognac Nackk boots outside of the house; they feel like they need some more breaking in before I hit the streets, but I have worn the Vince Camuto boot, called Hasia, out, and I must say it is very comfortable!  The picture I found on the Bay‘s website does it no justice; it looks suede and fuzzy in the photo, but it really isn’t.  I’ve also recently purchased a quilted black bomber jacket and a warm knitted sweater that I have worn basically every day since I acquired it.

Shopping for booties

As Twenty has illustrated – booties are in.  Now flat booties are something I have worn for years as they are comfy and practically to wear to work.  I am not much a heels shoe buyer because a) they are usually uncomfortable, b) I feel overdressed wearing heels everyday, and so I decided I’d dress things up this fall/winter season with booties.  My criteria – they should be for dress up, not work, leather would be best, a touch of pattern, and they should look good with skinny pants and dresses. My first stop was The Bay.

Here’s how my search played out…..

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Metalina Wedge Bootie Nine West ($190)metalina_blk

Also, cute, practical, and wearable everyday  in black, but $165fergie rialto

Fergie Rialto booties ($165) are sexy but….

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I decided on these Expression Holly Wedge bootie ($79).

Obviously, the price was attractive.  I knew that I wouldn’t be wearing them everyday and I wouldn’t be walking through snow as they would be more for going out from car to building so I wasn’t super worried if they weren’t real leather.  They also come in leopard print which I also ordered but decided the black pair would get worn more often.

Now the beauty of these shoes was that there was a Thanksgiving weekend online sale for HBC credit card owners which allowed a 15% discount.  I was holding out until Monday to buy them and luckily there was an extra sale on them on Monday so I ended up only paying $53.72 after discounts and taxes!  Now tell me that wasn’t an awesome deal.

I got to wear them already last weekend while out in Niagara Falls celebrating a friend’s 30th birthday.

Autumn: shopping

I adore summer, I really really do; hot weather, sunburns, watermelon, sandals.. But there’s something so crisp and refreshing about autumn for me; maybe because it means revisiting my favourite sweaters and layering options in my wardrobe, looking forward to my October birthday, and finally being able to eat whatever I want and not thinking about whether my thighs and buns will keep my dietary secrets or not.  If you know me at all, you also know that I love shopping; specifically online shopping; naturally, upon the first tingling of cool autumn weather I get cozy on the interweb and start window shopping.  This year my must-have list looks like this: boots, overcoat, dresses, cozy sweaters/scarfs/knits.

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Today, I drooled over boots.  My trusty pair of brown ankle boots have seen better days; sadly, their noses are scuffed pretty badly.  I own a pair of thigh high black leather boots, and though I love them, they aren’t practical to wear for quick getaways, and they are impossible to wear with real pants, so I’m looking to buy a pair of lower rise boots that I can pull on on the fly.  The buckle trend is sticking around, which I am totally fine with because I’ve always felt a little odd about being a tall girl with small-ish feet; and I like to think that buckles and straps and such ornamentation on boots give some weight to my footsies.  In the above list of boots, you can see I included some heeled options.  I only ever sport heels if I’m going out on the town with my friends, so these wouldn’t be for everyday prancing about; I find it absolutely unbearable to wear flimsy pumps or other sorts of heels in brutally cold weather, not to mention snow or slush, so heeled covered boots are a lovely thing to own.