DOCTOR’S ORDERS

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I am having some foot issues and I must bid my ballet flats adieu.011440470704_03_03_645Wx645HFor those who are aware of my Roger Vivier  ballet flat addiction know how hard that information is for me to accept.

Bone Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis = not sexy.

I’m having orthotic inserts made.

Good God.

Is this the beginning of my downhill slide into old age?

Is this what happens?

Should I have not thrown my AARP application away?

I’m in pain so I must follow Dr. Handsome (my podiatrist) orders not to wear flats or go barefoot.

He suggested supportive shoes with my fancy new orthodic inserts and or a slightly raised heel aka a “wedge”.

Did I hear Dr. Handsome say “wedge”?

Lightbulb.

I have an awesome pair of wedges I bought this past summer.

I ran home and put them on.

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They’re gorgeous and comfortable.

They actually felt great on my feet.

Something besides my clogs and lame athletic shoes.
Hallelujah!

So naturally, for the health of my heels I had to go shopping.

I thought since the summer Balenciaga’s worked so well I’d go for a new

fall pair. So cute with the Navy and Black accents, they go with everything.

Blue and Black Balenciaga Wedges

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I also love the color of these wedges.
They also come in black. Great running around town shoes.

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Rag & Bone

I am dying for these lovely shoes.

Available for pre-order.

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Lanvin

Fringe + Wedge?

I’m in!

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Finally a Doctor’s Order that I had no problems following!

xoxo

Carrie

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WHITE SHOES ARE CHIC

White shoes and jeans

I love white shoes.

For the longest time I just thought they were tacky.

Okay if you were a nurse or a bride.

Something Mrs. Roper would wear on a cruise.

 Very Carmela Soprano.

I hadn’t owned or wanted to own a pair since my white Buck shoe craze/phase in college.

And that was a really long time ago.

But now I own two pairs.

And I don’t think they are tacky at all.

Prada White Penny Loafers

www.shop.nordstrom.com

I bought these white loafers two months ago and I haven’t taken them off.

My new go to shoe, they’re neutral and go with everything.

 They look great with all sorts of jean styles, shorts, and pants.

I keep on trying to put other shoes in the rotation, but I keep on circling back to these.

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Of course you can never go wrong with these white Adidas style athletic shoe…the style has been around forever.

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White Roger Vivier Shoes

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I also have a pair of white patent leather Roger Vivier flats similar to the ones above, but with a black buckle.

A bit worn, but so loved that in my closet they shall remain.

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Pierre Pone Hicks

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White Jean and White Loaferswww.lagarconne.com

 I think my flat white shoes need a high-heeled sibling.

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Photo: www.erikabrechtel.com

 I am loving the look of white pumps!

Never thought I’d be looking for a pair.

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Dolce & Gabbana White Pumps

Photo: Harper’s Bazaar

But I am.

xoxo

Carrie

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RAINY DAY GEAR

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It’s been a while since I’ve had to get the umbrella and rain boots out, but we are experiencing a rain storm in Los Angeles that’s one for the records.

California Rain Forecast

 I really don’t mind it at all. California is in a serious drought and we need this downpour desperately.

 I like the change in weather and the rain is nice.  It’s hard to complain about months of sunny skies and low 70’s when my Chicagoland sister is smack in the middle of the Polar Vortex (she now thinks  Zero is balmy) but it does get a tad boring having the same forcast day after day.

 I was looking forward to staying in baking and making soup, but had a few necessary errands before becoming a shut in.

Scalamadre Umbrella

  I dusted off my rainy day gear and got ready to brave the rain. After getting dressed I realized my raincoat was 20 years old and needed to be put down.  My beloved Scalamadre Zebra umbrella has been played with too many times by a 6-year-old  and is bent and sad looking.

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And I really wanted a shorter rain boot for running around.  I love my Hunter Wellies, but sometimes they’re a pain to pull on and off.

 When I returned to my warm house and a crackling fire I poured a large glass of wine and  started doing a little internet shopping to update my rainy day gear.

Much more fun than sorting tax receipts.

How cute are these Valentino rain boots?

 I’m obsessed with anything with a “V” and a Spike .

Valentino Rain Boots

www.saksfifthavenue.com

It’s a tight race, because these Rag and Bone for Hunter boots are adorable.  Any black and navy color combo always catches my eye.

Rag and Bone Rain Boots

www.shop.nordstrom.com

I love a trench and this is the perfect model to replace my sad old coat.

The khaki/camel color is classic and timeless.

The price is right too.

It’s $128 and you can get 35% off your purchases!

Gap-TrenchCoat

www.gap.com

This Jean Paul Gaultier is the perfect umbrella to replace my newly retired one.

It’s fun and sure to brighten any rainy day.

I also love that it’s compact and I can throw it in a bag or purse.

Jean Paul Gaultier Umbrella

www.hervia.com

It may be another 6 months, but  the next time the rain comes I am armed and ready!

xoxo Carrie

Photos: Top www.500px.com, Second www.acuweather.com

Gift Giving: Treating Others (and Yourself) This Holiday Season

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Happy Holidays Everyone!

It’s getting down to the wire for Holiday Shopping, so I thought I could help you all along with some of my favorite Holiday Gifts.

 I’m in the buy one gift for someone else and one gift for me type holiday shopper.

So use this list as a guide for others and don’t forget to treat yourself!

Shopping is such hard work.

Scalamadre Umbrella

I adore Scalamandre’s Jumping Zebra pattern.

I always have and always will.

This umbrella will be sure to brighten any cloudy day.

Scalamandre Umbrella

I bought these cork screws by the dozen and paired with a nice bottle of wine it’s a great gift.

Anchor Cork Screw

Anchor Cork Screw

My Mother’s Maiden name was Fox and so I gravitate towards all things Fox.  This little guy is named Franklin and he makes an adorable doorstop or a desk accessory.

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Fox Doorstop

It’s hard to go wrong with this tray.

The blue color is so chic and will be a nice accent color to other serving pieces. Or use it on a table or desk, great for office supplies or a perfume collection.

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I love Valerie confections Peppermint Bark.

It comes round once a year, a great grab and go gift.

Presented beautifully in an ivory box tied with a red bow.

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Peppermint Bark

I love a home filled with a beautiful scent.

Here’s a candle with a beautiful scent and a gorgeous container that you can keep and use forever.

Fornasetti Candle

Fornasetti Candle

Check out this gorgeous piece.

I love the shape.

Chilling Bucket

Chilling Bucket

I like giving shoes as a gift.

The plaid is so fun and the Etta pumps are extremely comfortable.

So even my flat wearing friends can pull these off.

Plaid Shoes

Plaid Etta Pumps

The black and white geometric ring from Kelly Wearstler is a winner.

Simple and sexy.

Sottsass Ring

Sottsass Ring

I’ve loved Donna Tartt since her Secret History days.

We’re the same age, she’s a brilliant writer and has a perfect haircut.

Girl Crush.

Her latest  novel is a must read.

The Goldfinch

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Good Luck Shopping!

xoxo Carrie

Moc Me All You Want

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I LOVE my new moccasins!

They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned.

And damn good-looking.

I’m a fan for life.

I purchased the moccasin at the Itasca Leather Goods Store  in Hayward, Wisconsin.

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Here’s a little background on the company.

“Itasca Moccasin was founded in 1986 by Mardel Bents who learned the moccasin-making business after being sold leather working equipment by a salesman from St. Paul, MN. Bents opened the original factory store in Lake George, MN, located in the northwestern quadrant of the state between the towns of Park Rapids, Bemidji and Walker. The location was ideal — just outside of world-renowned Itasca State Park, the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Since its opening, the store has attracted visitors traveling to the park from throughout the country. Also among its early customer base were Native Americans living in the nearby reservations of Leech Lake, White Earth and Red Lake; the native Ojibwe wear moccasins as a part of their regalia for Powwow dances and for other cultural events”

The price is right too.

$122 for a handmade pair of moccasins.

I wear them out and about and though they do not have a hard sole, they are wearing quite well

thank very much.

Here are my moc’s.

I love the olive, buff and red color combo.

They go with everything.

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$122

Next up on my moccasin wish list.

Cota French Lavender

 Cota French Lavender

$122

and these

Obion Chukka Boots

Obion Chukkaa Ankle Boots 

$248

My sister Darbie loved these boots.

They will be in her closet shortly.

Mermec Boot

Meramec 12″ Boot

$278

and so will these

Nokasippi Chocolate Suede

Nokasippi Chocolate Suede

$302

Here is my sister Jenny’s pick.

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$122

And they also make Men and Children’s Shoes

These mini moc’s kill me.

So cute for little feet.

The perfect baby gift!

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Children’s Maquoketa Fringed Moccasin

$58

Here’s another thing that’s cool about this leather goods company.

Itasca will customize your order.

You can add fringe, beads, create your own color combination, type of leather, etc…

They have an on-line store and I suggest you order a size smaller than you normally do because leather stretches.

One or two wears and you’re set.

So go wild, be creative and get your own personalize unique pair of shoes.

Your feet will thank you.

xoxo Carrie

Photos: Itasca Pinterest Page

Packing for the North Woods

Wisconsin MapI am counting the days before we head out of town for our annual trip to Wisconsin.

It’s a slice of heaven and the biggest decision of the day is whether we should have white or rose wine.

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I am starting a packing list and here are some things I won’t leave home without!

This tote is the bomb, you can turn it into a cooler, you can cram all your carry on stuff inside it, sturdy, with a lifetime warranty.  It’s the best.  If there is a rainy day we will drive an hour into Duluth and hit the store.

Duluth Pack Tote

Buy it here: Duluth Pack

My favorite pant of late is Current Elliott’s, “The Buddy Trouser” in Army Camo. I love the tapered leg and the Chino style.  The cotton is so soft and light weight that they work in the heat and keep me covered at night when the mosquitos come out to feast on my ankles.

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Buy them here: Bloomingdale’s

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I am a sucker for some stripes.

My old and dearly loved St. James Sailor Shirt will be coming along again this year.

It’s old, a bit frayed, and gets better with each wash.

Perfect to throw on with shorts, jeans, skirts, sweats or over a swimming suit.

I’ve been known to wear it for days…..thank god we are amongst family.

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Buy it here: St. James

Muriel Brandolini is a major style crush for me.

Her interiors and personal style are divine and I’ve been following her for years.

So a while back when I heard she was making hats, I had to run out and get one.  It shades the whole face which I love.  Personally I love a little tan, but I hate wrinkles more so it’s sun block city and the hat helps.

 I can’t find them in the stores anymore, but they pop up on Ebay every now and again.

Muriel Brandolini

 I bring a bunch of long Cover Up’s, my adult version of a onsie.   I sleep in them, canoe, cook and cocktail in my cover up’s. Here’s a super cute one I just got from J Crew.

Nili Lotan Beach Cover Up

Buy it here: J Crew

When I was last in Nantucket I bought a pair of these clogs from Brooke Boothe’s Nantucket Monogram.  My clogs are black with a hot pink monogram.  I can walk for miles in them they are so comfy, I throw them on like slippers. They are already in my suitcase.

Monogrammed Clogs

Buy them here: Nantucket Monogram

Make up usually does not come out of the case (unless we are doing a family Christmas Card) while I am in Wisconsin.  I do however, throw on some Rodin Lip Balm.  It provides a hint of tint and a great, long-lasting sheen.  It’s moisturizing too.

Rodin Lip Gloss

Buy it here: Barney’s

Gordon Porch Swing

A good read is a must, so I am taking my Book Group pick “The Interestings” on this trip.  I like to read printed hardcover books even though they take up packing space, it’s a must.  I like to read on the big porch swing, air breezing through the screened in porch.  It’s great, after a long day of swimming especially before dusk.

The Interestings

Buy it here: Amazon

Cousin forrest walk

We love to take long daily nature hikes through the forest and we’ll stop to eat wild blueberries, search for animal tracks (and occasionally run into some animals), look at all the beautiful wild flowers. It’s fun to do a little amateur birding on the walks and there happens to be an abundance of Bald Eagles.  Seeing one up close with binoculars is a sight to behold.  It’s also pretty cool to be lay down on the dock and watch them circle above.

LL Bean Field Binoculars

Buy them here: LL Bean

Birds of North America Book

Buy it here: Barnes and Noble

I also like to bring some of my favorite recipes.  One of the most fun things about the trip is cooking with my sisters. We sip (or chug if the kids are making us batty) wine, crank the music and grab some cooking utensils which we use as microphones while we prepare the evening meal.

I will be bringing recipes from my worn and torn Barefoot Contessa, Zuni Cafe, Mozza, and Sunday Suppers at Luques cookbooks.

Summer Salads

And board games!

Scrabble and a deck of cards are coming in my bag.  Jenny is bringing Mastermind and my Mom is bringing some oldies but goodies.  I also like a big, complicated jigsaw puzzle that we can work on all week long.

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I am so looking forward to unplugging in one of the country’s most beautiful places. Where nature thrives, firefly’s glow and my family reunites every year and creates memories for the next generation.

Northwoods Here we Come!

xoxo Carrie

Photos: www.123rf.com,  National Geographicwww.scrabble.com, all the others are from me.

Sandal Season

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I love sandal season.

Because sandal season means summer is here.

And I love summer and all it entails.

I’ve recently done some sandal shopping and I am ready for:

Jazz Nights at LACMA, Wine Tastings at Barnsdall Park,  El Fresco restaurant dining, Summer BBQ’s, flea markets, beach parties, Malibu, summer vacations, and weekend getaways.

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 Photo: www.promenadeonthepeninsula.com

I picked up the black and lilac sandals from J Crew.

A great gladiator style, with a smidge of a metallic heel.

I just couldn’t resist the lilac.

They’ve been fun so far and I am surprised at how many different colors they work with.

I thought I’d use the black more, but the lilac have proven to be more of a staple.

And with the $150 price tag (now on sale for $119), who could pass them up?

Liliac Gladiator

Buy them here:  J Crew

I also picked up two pairs at the Neiman Marcus Shoe Sale after lunch at Mariposa with friends.

If you meet 3 of your best girlfriends for lunch during a shoe sale, it is a guarantee that you are coming home with some new shoes and a pop over in your belly.

I love the color combo of the Lanvin Flats, a little white, brown, and black. They have a bit of a heel so they work with everything and the ankle strap gives the shoe some sex appeal without going over board.

Lanvin Sandals

Buy them Here: Neiman Marcus

I also couldn’t resist this pair of Marni sandals.

 The cherry color is gorgeous and they just so happen to match my favorite necklace from J Crew.

Red Marni Sandal

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Here’s the necklace

Red Flower Necklace

 J Crew

And finally I needed a new pair of sandals with a heel that I could actually walk in.

I found these Elizabeth and James sandals and they fit the bill.

Elizabeth & James Sandals

Buy them here: www.shopbop.com

These Chanel Sandals are next on my list.

I love the chain embellishment.

They add a chic element, but the flat heel makes the ideal for running around.

Chanel Sandals

Buy them here: Chanel

 Go Summer!

xo Carrie