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January 28, 2014 |  Category:   happy purchases



Haven’t done one of these posts in a while. Doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been any shopping; on the contrary, I’ll tell you that sometimes retail therapy totally works, and for a while there in the Fall when I was going through a particularly stressful schedule I was doing more of it than usual.


There are two things in particular that we’re getting a lot of use this cold winter. Up top are the North Face Kids Shellista boots. We have the boots in plain black which seem to be sold out and I bought them on sale last Fall so it was significantly cheaper at $48 (the plain ones are also $10 cheaper than the ones with the Fair Isle pattern). Still on the pricey side for kid boots, but so far they have been totally worth it this winter. It’s always a bit of a gamble buying snow boots. You never know what kind of winter you’re going to get and there are some years where the girls don’t end up wearing snow boots at all if the weather is mild, but if you wait too long in the season, sizes and styles sell out. I always err on the side of caution because I don’t want to get caught unprepared if we end up having a snowy winter like this one and I can always pass them on to Miss C if they don’t get used. We’re really happy with these North Face boots and we could probably get 2 years out of them. I’ve made the mistake in the past of getting snow boots that were a little too short and didn’t have laces to wrap around the calf, so inevitably snow would get into the boots and we end up with cold, wet feet. It looks big and bulky in photos, but they aren’t so much in person. The kid loves these boots and with the weather in the 20s this month, have been wearing them even when it’s not snowy out.
The J Crew scarf was a Christmas present that I bought myself. So cheerful, especially for this bleak winter. It’s 40% off the sale price (last day today), so you can get it for about $25.



This book is so fun! Flip Fashion is a really charming mix and match fashion book illustrated by Lucille Clerc. It caught my eye when the girls and I were out and about the city browsing books and Miss C. couldn’t stop playing with it as soon as I showed it to her. I bought it for me as much as I did for the girls. It reminded me of how much I used to love making paper doll outfits as a kid and makes me want to draw again.

My first pair of Rachel Comeys. Oh man, are these ever comfortable, even with the nearly 3 inch heel because the footbed seems to have some sort of built in cushioning. These are boots from a few years ago so I bought them on clearance sale (if you are a size 10 then you are in luck because there is one size left at Myth & Symbol where I purchased them last Fall). They do run a bit narrow, so if you have a wide foot Rachel Comey shoes may not work for you, though I know some people size up. These particular boots aren’t available anymore because they’re from a past season and they haven’t been brought back, but I have spotted them on eBay. These are similar to the Mars boots, however, and they do go on sale once in awhile on Shopbop (the 2 tone ones are on sale right now).
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  • Root January 29, 2014 at 1:01 am

    I love those Rachel Comey boots! And that carpet in your first photo is gorgeous — so vibrant and the pattern is great. I love the Aquatalia Orso boots I bought a few months ago. It took 18 months to find a pair of riding boots that fit lengthwise and calfwise and they were very expensive for me, but they’ve been great in the rain and my search is finally over…which is good because I spent my shoe budget for the first half of 2014 already. (:

    • Jenna January 29, 2014 at 1:15 am

      Oh, I have a pair of Aquatalia shearling lined suede waterproof boots I bought years and years ago. They are my snow boots and they work really well. Not the most stylish boots (they’re kind of ugg-like to be honest) and I would like a new pair of snow boots but I really can’t justify the purchase when these are just fine and have held up and worked so well for over 5 years.

  • Bobbi January 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Love the colorful rug in the background! Where did you find it? Hope you are staying warm!

    • Jenna January 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      on ebay. vintage kilm. It’s small – 3 x 5, so it’s just in our entryway for our shoes. I have been searching for a rug though!

  • Sora January 29, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you for the reco on the Flip Fashion book. I know a self-proclaimed fashionista that will love this come her 8th birthday. Actually may have to order 2!

    • Jenna January 30, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      oh good! It’s such a great book!

  • Chau January 29, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Happy to hear you like your boots! I didn’t put one aside in my size, so I ended up getting the Mars for fall. I wear it a few times a week, but the Hitch does have the extra cushion and comfort. My two favorite purchases/gifts that I’ve been getting a ton of use out of has to be a wool scarf from Miranda Bennett that doubles as blanket and the Clarisonic Mia.

    • Jenna January 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      I do love them, thank you. Was happy to find my size. So…other rachel comeys don’t have that cushioning?

      • Chau January 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm

        Some styles do (I also had my eyes on the Putter boots which fit similarly but with less of a heel). Although the Mars didn’t seem as cushioned as the Hitch, I can still stand in them all day and be totally comfortable.

  • Candace January 30, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Haven’t bought anything yet, missed the Anne Fontaine January sale, but eagerly anticipating Sarah Jessica Parker’s new shoe line, SJP. Oh, wait, I did buy some new glasses from Warby Parker, just waiting for them to come in.

    Didn’t buy a Christmas present for myself, but trying to decide if I should spend a quarter months rent on a pair of Christian Louboutins that I’ve wanted for years….and wondering if they come with the crack I’ll need to smoke to spend that kind of money or if it’s sold separately.

    • Jenna January 30, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      SJP has a shoe line coming?
      Ha about spending that kind of money. But would you wear them a lot or will they sit in your closet, waiting for an occasion to wear them? I don’t ever mind spending money on shoes (within reason of course – there is a benchmark price that I haven’t crossed) because I do wear them a lot and I don’t wear down my shoes so I have them for a long time.

      • Candace January 30, 2014 at 1:40 pm

        Sarah J has a line due to hit Nordstrom on Feb 28, it’s been featured in O mag and in Style, they look nice, and they aren’t cheap!

        I do like good shoes, and since I only buy key pieces of anything fashion related a couple times a year, I can just about justify the investment……until something crucial comes along that is needed for home or business!