winter footwear solutions / there is a lot of snow outside

There is a ton of snow out there.  It's cold.

I get grumpy about all the layering I do in the winter to keep warm.  I have bad circulation and my fingers and toes are always cold.  Living in New England I try to be practical about foot wear.  When there's snow, most days I alternate between my Orla Kiely wellies (going on 11 years now, for blizzards and post storms - sadly I don't think they make these anymore) and my recently replaced no 6 clogs (warmer and good for a few days after a blizzard).  But, both of these are heavy and bring me back to my first point, which is I get grumpy by being weighted down.  I've been looking for good in between alternatives, something waterproof and warm but not as heavy as hefty boots.  My ideal boot or shoe would be flat, warm, have no laces or zippers (or worse, both at the same time!), and rubber soles.  As much as I like shoes that have leather soles, having to re-sole or add soles when you already put out so much $ is not very practical for a good chunk of year in Massachusetts.  Here are a few options I'm thinking about:


I just ordered these Rikio Tokusei boots.  I've been looking for a winterized version of my leather tabi flats.  I wish that margiela did a flat leather version like these, but there only seems to be those high heel ones, which are not really my thing.  These were only $39, and shipping to the US was only $14 for economy.  They are padded, waterproof, and lined.  They are also short, which I prefer these days to taller boots.  Like many tabi boots, they have a hook closure which is adjustable to different ankle widths.  I ordered them in a size 24, I hope they fit.  If they do fit okay, I'm thinking about getting these tabi wellies (below) also from the same site.  I think they are a thin rubber, so probably better for spring than winter.  

Ideally I would love to track down a pair of these - tabis combined with bensimon sneakers - what could be better?  They are hard to come by, I've seen a few on ebay but only in small sizes.   I like how waterproof they look, especially in the toes.  

Flats / slightly platform?!

I don't know how I feel about these yet.  I kind of like them.  They have a rubber sole and leather upper and they would elevate you from all the mucky slush.  They kind of look like the Christophe Lemaire ones.  Ebay has a good selection of Eileen Fisher things....clothes, and everything is pretty affordable.  But I'm not sold on the whole platform thing....but maybe I could get into it if it's 1 inch or less?

Here are some other Eileen Fisher shoes.  The top part looks pretty comfy and they look like a slightly fancied up sneaker.  Rubber bottoms, maybe not perfect for trudging through snow but good when the side walks have been cleaned up a bit.


Always a good choice, all black leather low chuck taylors.  I've been meaning to get a pair and it seems you can find anything on Amazon, so why not.  I think the leather and rubber both look pretty waterproof.  (Can you tell that that is my main concern here, haha).

Sisii low top canvas sneakers - sold out but hopefully there will be more at some point in the spring!  I hear these run small - has anyone tried them?



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new - Islington dress

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New in the shop - the Islington dress.  In Bright pink because this cold weather makes me want to go on vacation....

+ Available in Pink (shown), white, navy, and black.

+  Button up front

+ Long Sleeves! (finally after many requests...)

+ All french seams - including the arms.... exciting

+ Have a good weekend!


new year

happy new year!  hope everyone had a great holiday.  i wish i could say i did more than sit on the couch, but i've had a cold, then the flu, since christmas.  yesterday was my first full day back at work so i'm slowly catching up with everything.  one thing i can say is there is nothing like eating real food again.  a diet of gatorade and crackers can get one down.  i hope the next few weeks brings a better start to the year.


holiday tv-a-thon

I love watching TV and movies.  I refuse to have an actual TV, which is odd considering how much time I spend online at places like free tv online , putlocker, gorillavid, etc.  Watching TV is one of a few escape mechanisms I have come up with to deal with stress and a sense of impending doom.  (And Doctor Who is usually my cure all).  Sometimes I have insomnia from worrying too much so I stay up late and watch TV. So, below I've made a list of shows/movies I've watched that are new to me or are old favorites.


If you like Community or the IT Crowd, chances are you will like this show or parts of it.  Okay, I'll admit it, I only started watching because I wanted to see what Karen Gillan sounded like with an American accent, but low and behold it's actually good & the best contemporary show I've seen in a while.  The story follows a young woman who is "suffering" from narcissism caused by excessive use of social media.  She befriends an uptight, anti-facebook, old school, work-a-holic man in her office and he attempts to bring her back to reality.    It's disappointing the show didn't get to air the first season in it's entirety before it was canceled this fall.  The last episode, I think, will air this week.

Fight Club

Jesse had never seen this movie so we watched it last night.  I hadn't watched it since it came out in high school.  I had forgotten the main punchline; all I remembered was the bit about the soap (which was just as funny as I remembered).

"Man, I see in Fight Club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see it squandered. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables – slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off."


A cross between Lewis and Calvary (both which are worth seeing too).  A bit like True Detective, but not as intense and dark.  A detective inspector is relocated to a remote village where his first case is to solve the death of an eleven year old boy.  Riveting story with rich characters and some similar quirky (though not as out there) elements of Twin Peaks.  If you feel like a short marathon over the holidays, I recommend taking a day, getting some take out, and watching the eight episodes of this.

Poirot : Murder on the Orient Express & Five Little Pigs

The best and saddest of Agatha Christie's mysteries.  The first takes place on a train (the Orient Express) - a man seeks Poirot's help claiming he is in danger and then is murdered en route.  The plot thickens and ends in a heartbreaking way where for the first time Poirot has to turn a blind eye to the guilty party.  I won't say more as I don't want to give it away.

The second story is about young woman trying to come to terms with the death of her mother and father which took place when she was a young child.  The narrative is told from several view points, and the deaths are re-examined and the murder re-investigated years later.

If you are looking for a more "uplifting" murder mystery - one of our favorites is Dumb Witness, which has a small silly dog in it, and more typical of Christie's works.

Can't Buy Me Love

I got in a conversation with someone about Patrick Dempsey and they asked me if I had ever seen Can't Buy me Love, which I hadn't - then I watched it.  A cute, light-hearted, romantic comedy about a nerd in high school who offers to pay a popular girl a thousand dollars to pretend to his girlfriend so he can then become popular, and much to her surprise, it works.

Then, go watch the ABC miniseries of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  

Pulp : Life Death and Supermarkets

I know, I'm biased, but, this is much better than a normal documentary about a band - because very little of it is about the band.  Most of it is about the city of Sheffield and what kind of people live there.  Seriously I could write a dissertation on Pulp, class, love, sex, and fame.

I feel like I'm writing a teenage blog when I say this, but there has always been something about Jarvis Cocker that I admire..  He has always been himself and has never compromised his ideas and ideals.  He seems like he would be a cool person to be friends with.

Any fun movie or TV suggestions?  I'm always on the look out... 


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