Sorry for the semi-wet hair; today’s photos were taken at the absurdly early hour.
- Yellow t-shirt – thrifted
- Grey cardigan – Kohl’s
- Grey skirt – thrifted
- Rhinestone scarf clip – thrifted
- Silver circle earrings – self-made
- Red shoes – Hush Puppies
To paraphrase my mum, today was a “non-creative day” when it came to my outfit. I had an interview with a representative from a foundation that will hopefully become a funder for the museum, and when the big bucks are on the line Katie leaves the sequined epaulets at home. However, I do feel I was able to inject some of my personality into the outfit with the bright yellow shirt, sparkles of the rhinestone pin, and snazzy red shoes.
If you pay attention to my footwear on this blog with any regularity, you’ve seen these shoes before. But, just to remind you, here’s a close up:
Early in the life of this blog, I wrote about my frustrations being a person with size 10 AA narrow feet. I own very few pairs of shoes compared to a lot of people out there, and finding shoes is always a research and labor intensive process, with quite a bit of gnashing of teeth thrown in.
Because I have so few shoe options, I used to think that all my shoes had to be black or brown so they would always be a neutral that went with everything. Well, they went, but they were boring. On a whim seven years ago I bought these bright red leather flats with floral detailing, and it took me several years to figure out how to wear them because they just didn’t seem to “go” with anything. However, the more I wore my red shoes the more I realized the value and fun of having a great pair of shoes in a color that pops. These shoes snazzy up any outfit, go with practically everything (especially if you decide to view red leather as a neutral), and always make me smile.
Earlier this week, Sara listed one of her criteria for a wardrobe workhorse as being,
part of my core closet: I would either have to replace it with the exact same item if anything ever happened to the original, or I’d have a really really difficult time finding a replacement
That’s how I feel about these shoes – they’re true wardrobe workhorses. I plan on taking care of them to make them last as long as possible, but if the day comes that I need to retire them, you can bet another pair of spunky red flats will be making their way into my closet. I can’t imagine my wardrobe without them.
Along with being fabulous, these shoes were also a necessity today because one of the things I did with the foundation rep was take them to the site of a big project the museum is doing. We spent a lot of time walking off-trail, so close-toe shoes were a must. Everything was going splendidly until the grasshoppers showed up…
It’s been an especially heavy summer for grasshoppers where I live. Longer periods of warmer temperatures mean more generations of grasshoppers/year, and this year is no exception. Well, as I was walking through the grass with the foundation rep and one of my bosses, grasshoppers bounding away from us in every direction, an especially large grasshopper forgot that he was supposed to jump away from me and instead hopped straight up under my skirt. Trying to remain professional in front of my boss and the money person, I refrained from running through the field screaming about the grasshopper attached to my leg. Instead, I tried to subtly knock the insect back to the ground. Apparently that’s not what the grasshopper had in mind, as he then crawled up and attached himself to my underwear. A few moments of panic accompanied by some creative wiggling loosed eventually loosed him, but from now on I’m wearing pants to that site. Sadly, this isn’t the first insect/underwear adventure I’ve had, but that’s a story for another day.