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.
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.
I could not stop staring at the guitarists shoes. They were black healed Flamenco shoes. Like this:
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.
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.
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.
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…..
Metalina Wedge Bootie Nine West ($190)
Also, cute, practical, and wearable everyday in black, but $165
Fergie Rialto booties ($165) are sexy but….
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.
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.
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.