Pink and Red at work

Some days I’m really liking the very professional look at work (as observed here recently) – so much, that I laugh because I feel like I’m dressing up to go on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton :) I think this outfit comes down to two things instead – finding + investing in nicer things from the thrift store & wanting to inject more color into my every day wardrobe when it feels I’m wearing the same thing over and over again.

This lovely dress is a throwback to last years colorblock trend (remember here) – BUT it is a vintage Ann Taylor dress (when they were still manufacturing in the US!!) so it’s actually ahead of it’s time! Which showcases the type of vintage that I like to buy – the stuff that never goes out of style! Now…if this dress would magically become unwrinkly, I’d want to wear it again. I forgot how crinkly linen is (gonna see what the dry cleaner can do!)

Item From Made in… BUY
Ann Taylor vintage dress thrifted USA
VANeli pump dsw.com China
Bill Blass vintage watch ebay.com Japan

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Now I just wish I had fun shoes to wear the dress with!

Finding my blue shoes

Many moons ago, I wore these Ash flats almost every day, until I ground them down to holes and couldn’t wear them anymore. Awful, but I wear a lot of things that just need navy blue shoes! I didn’t help that I had already bought them used, so when I didn’t have them anymore, I felt so stuck – I’ve instead either wore cream colored shoes or red ones, (somehow always feeling like an American flag). Then it became a problem when I couldn’t find any affordable or comfortable (are the two mutually exclusive in the world of shoes?!) navy blue shoes. I got outbid every single time I vintage Ferragamo pair came up on eBay, not my style, most other’s were just too high for every day wear or too expensive for me.

The other day DSW invited people to an in-store event in San Francisco hosted by some other bloggers, I was able to snag a spot to come! ¬†We ooh and aaah’ed over some damn beautiful and fancy shoes. But I knew that I needed to find my blue shoes! They were having a huge sale, and I was able to find these cute VanEli pointy heels that are perfect. The price was right too, $42 after the sale. They were partially purchased with a giftcard DSW kindly gave us, so I’m grateful that they helped me find my long lost shoes.

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You’ll be seeing me wear these a lot :)

Do you have a similar elusive shoe story? When I get the chance to save up my money, I’m definitely going to get myself the vintage Ferragamo pair I’ve been dreaming of. In the meantime, these pointy pair and I will be best friends.