December 6, 2017:

Hola!

It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!

Jan

Friday, October 14, 2011

Shoe Booties = Whore Shoes

Hate the look - isn't this what Julia Roberts wore back in the 1980's hit film "Pretty Woman" when she was protraying an LA prostitute?  Come on, designers, can't we do better than this for NORMAL women?  Geez.

From what I've seen online, most shoe booties look like whore shoes. They suck.  Must have been designed by people who really, really hate women.  And we fall for it.  Stupid us!  Thankfully, they haven't caught on yet in Milwaukee (THANK YOU, GODDESS!)  Just a few examples - from Nordstrom's website, and Nordstrom really should know better, tsk tsk.

Dior 'Muse' Studded Bootie, $1,100.00.  Well, darlings, if you want to walk
around with your feet looking like dead octopus legs (arms? limbs?) hey, who am I to deny you?
Jeffrey Campbell 'Kelsey,' $164.95.  HOOKER HOOKER HOOKER...
Jeffrey Campbell, 'Zip-2' wedge, $189.95.  Are we in 7th century China with the bound-feet?
Is that the look the designer is going for?  Makes me want to puke.
Stuart Weitzman, 'Title,' $450.00.  Stupid is as stupid does...

Beverly Feldman 'Studs 'n' More,' $298.00.  LOL!  Beverly is laughing
all the way to the bank for every stupid woman who actually buys this look!

Come on, designers.  I'm 60 years old.  I'm a hot 60, yes, but darlings, really.  I'm not going to attempt to walk around in this kind of garbage "boot."  And the prices - ridiculous.  Are you pocketing all the money you aren't paying your slave-labor workers to produce this crap in Bangladesh and Vietnam (China's gotten too expensive to produce this kind of crap, there are actually 'labor movements' going on there now, much as the government tries to suppress them - gasp!) 

One other note - I haven't checked this out with any local podiatrists, but I'm fairly certain that the cut of these boots will lead to lots of broken ankles down the line.  They do not offer ANY support of the ankle at all and, let's face it, we haven't seen statistics but I'm fairly certain there are a lot of women falling 'off' of these damn things, without even trying! 

Come on, designers, there are about 50 million 'boomer' age women out there in the the USA alone, with LOTS of money to spend.  Most of us don't want to look like hookers or court broken ankles.  Bone breaks at our age can be disastrous, darlings? Don't you know this?  Haven't you read it - anywhere, at any time?  Don't you ever read anything other than NY Fashion rags? 

Give us something to SPEND our money on, for Goddess' sake!  Please!  There's a whole world of real women out here, waiting....

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