Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

the boot saga comes to a close …. maybe

3 December 2008

So this weekend while roaming around Funcie with my brother, I find the boots.

hi3_01Tucked away in a corner display at a sports footware store that I had ignored the day before… There were the boots.  They met my criteria: near-knee high, warm, at least a little fake fur (if I wasn’t going for the popcorn boots by rocket dog), and had some traction.  And well, I wanted them to be under $100… preferably around $50… On sale for $80.  I could deal with that, I liked them.

But there was fail.  They only had one pair left, and it was a 6.5 … I need a 7.5 … with winter socks and all, there was no way of squeezing my foot into those boots.  So, rather than looking at the other colors, I decided to check out other locations of this store… a quick trip online would help.

Online I was faced with major fail… as in the only way to purchase these boots in the Lakes area I had available to me would be to order them online and wait for them to arrive… and pay shipping.  These boots were just sold out.  Apparently I’m not the only one who enjoys decent style.  I was okay with my lack of originality in my choice — so what if half of the other girls were wearing them… okay, half of the other girls are still wearing Uggs… only like, an eighth would be wearing these… I still wanted them.   Gray and Pink, with fuzzies.  What could be better?

So, in one last effort… while waiting with my mom to meet my dad for the grand trip back north (aka home), we decided to check out the local mall, since we had time.  With luck, they had the right store…. but fail.  No gray and pink.  So, I ate my pride and my dismay and went with my second choice:
hi3_02White, gray and silver.  With Fuzzies.  I can live with this.  The only big fear is that here in the city, well, snow around the roads and sidewalks turn brown… occasionally black… so I’ve come to terms that these will as well by the end of the season.

The Nike Hi 3 boots are decent.  Definitely warm.  But well, not amazingly comfortable.  I’ve already lost some skin thanks to their design in back.  The sneaker style back piece is firm… and well, it just rubs off the skin on my ankle.  It was actually really painful the first day — and there is a nice little red stain inside one of the boots now.  But I’ve wrapped my ankles, and I’m still trying them.   If my feet get worse, if I loose more skin, well, then that will be the sad end to my boots.  I’m not looking forward to that.  (Too bad my little sister has out grown me in shoes, otherwise I could just pass them down… )

Anyway.  This is the first time I’ve had Nike’s since about 8th grade… maybe even 5th grade… But they were the first boots I found that actually stopped me and grabbed my attention.  We’ll see how they hold up.

unmentionables (the one where I talk about my underwear)

14 November 2008

This week I did my laundry for the first time since… well, possibly September… I actually can’t remember.  Which is pretty pathetic, though not necessarily gross.

I have this habit of buying new clothes… and so, it sort of destroys my motivation for doing laundry since I always have clean clothes.  This is especially true with socks and underwear.  I have it in my brain that I just don’t have enough, and so instead of washing what I already own, I go out and get more.  And well, I actually enjoy shopping for these things.

I don’t do this with bras really.  I used to buy the <$15 bras, they weren’t anything special… I still do check Target’s clearance section for bras (it’s how I get some of my bright colored ones).  But now, I’m sort of investing in my bras…   A poorly chosen or poorly made bra makes for unhappy boobs.  And I don’t know anyone who likes unhappy boobs.   But this means that I will only buy one or two bras at a time now.  Most of them averaging about $45, and I think the most I’ve spent on one is $55.  Which seems absurd, but I like the bra so I just deal with it.

Anyway… after this last time of washing all* of my socks, underwear and bras, I decided to take an inventory.  (I still have yet to wash things like shirts, pants, and dresses… those can wait.)

Socks
washed: 35 pairs
total owned: somewhere near 75 or 80
I own about 18 pair of knee high socks

Underwear
washed: 49 pairs
total owned: somewhere near 60-65
predominate color(s): pinks and black
predominate style: bikini or string bikini; I only own 3 thongs and the pink one is missing (one came with a bustler/corset)

Bras
washed: 8
total owned: 28 or 30
I think there’s about 4 or 5 strapless, about 5 or 6 pinks ones, and only two black and one blue.

Now, there’s a good 20 or so pair of socks that I just don’t wear any more.  Various prints that I’m not interested in.  Up until this past year, I hadn’t owned any white socks since 8th grade.  Everything was colors or prints.  At this point in my life I really don’t care.  The only all white socks that I own though are all ankle socks.  And with my bras, I think only about 10 or 12 I would wear on a regular basis — only about 4 of those are my “favorites”, meaning I give them preference.  And I only have two pair of underwear I don’t really wear.  One still has the tags on it, and there’s really no good reason for why I haven’t worn it since I purchased it 3 years ago; and the other is a pair I bought while I was in China and they’re just a bit snug now.

Basically.   I have a lot of socks and underwear.  I enjoy my socks and underwear.  It’s just a bonus when someone else gets to enjoy them too.

Tuija going to attack my bras

Tuija on her way to attack my bras

start walking (notes on cold weather fashion)

30 October 2008

(I seem to be on a fashion kick… oh well… and no pun intended for this next entry…)

I lived in the city long enough to go through one winter, and in that short time I learned there is just something you seriously cannot do without.  Good boots.

Chances are, here in the Second City area, you won’t really have to be climbing through large mounds of snow — more like the banks created by the plows that decide that sidewalks really don’t need easy access points… Or in the neighborhoods where people just refuse to get out and do their civic due of shoveling their sidewalks.  However, boots are a must.

Since it’s already hit the 30s, and with the wind and everything it feels like the 20s… students across campus have already started donning their winter wears.   Well, not so much as in coats and such, but the boots are out in mass.  And there’s one boot fashion trend that seems to not want to die.

classic uggs

classic uggs

The Ugg.

They hit the peak of their popularity in the early 2000s.  Anyone who was anyone had on these boots, pants tucked in, so everyone could see that you were indeed stylish.  A very popular outfit with these were sweatpants.  It was the “I just got out of bed” look… and seriously, who wouldn’t want to wear the most comfortable and warmest clothes they could in the winter?  I, however, refused to buy Uggs.  Not just because I was bucking a trend, but because frankly I thought they looked dumb.

the fluff momma by ugg

the fluff momma by ugg

Best of all with the Uggs… the Fluff Momma.  I kid you not, that’s the official product name of these horrific sasquatch feet of boots.  Yes, make me look like a giant snow beast.  It’s exactly what I want.

I find these boots to be absolutely hilarious.  Maybe if you live somewhere that it doesn’t snow much, or they don’t use salt or sand on the roads, leaving dirty slush everywhere… maybe then could these boots survive past one winter.  The idea of washing one of these after a romp around the city seems beyond what most people would ever want to do.  Granted, they do look warm though.

The boots that strike my fancy are from Blowfish and Rocketdog — two companies which happen to be related.  Both brands have produced shoes and boots in the past that I’ve been oh-so tempted to purchase, and sometimes I question why I haven’t yet.

two different style of blowfish boots

blowfish boots

Blowfish first caught my eye with their Hobbit boots.  I’ve seen knockoffs at retail stores, but I’m not going to settle for anything but true hobbit boots.  Not only do I like the style, it just makes me giggle when I think about hobbits.  (The boot on the left, the Hey Now, is basically a higher cut of the Hobbit boot.)

I wouldn’t wear the Hobbit boots around this winter, not once it starts to snow.  I’m not even sure I’d do the same with the Hey Nows, but it just depends on how water proof I could make them with various sprays.  The boot on the right, the Faldo, is a flannel boot… Again, as long as I could keep it dry (or at least my socks) then I might consider these.

rocketdog boots

rocketdog boots

For something a bit more waterproof, and well a better twist on the classic snow boot, I’d probably want the rocketdog popcorn boot (shown on the right) or the honeydew (on the left) — both of which, by the way, are vegan.  These boots would definitely survive various jaunts around the city, slush and all.

And well, apparently the only way to wear boots now is to tuck in whatever sort of pants you have on.  This would be the only reason I’d probably ever get skinny jeans (with hips like mine, I don’t really need to accent them).  Granted, I don’t tend to wear my boots around the office… Anyway.  Tucking in, though it used to be something I’d thought was sort of silly, is very practical.  I tend to be quite fond of dry pants, so keeping them out of the muck is key.  Last winter I was surprised more than once by the depth of a snow patch or slushy puddle.

This year I’m actually looking for a new pair of boots.  And though I’m leaning towards something faux fur lined, I’ll be passing on the Uggs (though an old high school friend swears by them).  Knowing me, I’ll end up buying two pairs… this has definitely been a year for shoe buying for me.  What can I say, I like footwear.

various boots I might find acceptable

various boots I might find acceptable