Sunday, September 26, 2010

Caffeine wean...

As much as I love coffee, I've been requested by the hubs to decrease my caffeine intake!  **Gulp!**  From his Google research, he found out that a Venti Starbucks Bold Coffee has ~ 500 mg caffeine.  The normal recommended maximum amount of caffeine intake is 300 mg.  I was drinking 2 maybe 3 Venti cups in a day!  Initially, hubs was trying to get me to cap at 200 mg, but a tall Starbucks coffee has ~285 mg, so obviously that was out of the question.  So 300 mg cap it is.  The first time I tried to wean a little while back, it was a disaster!  I cut back too much too quickly and had to go back to full caffeination.

Over the past 2 weeks, I've been drinking a Grande (16 oz) Starbucks coffee in a Venti cup (I needed to trick my mind).  So far, it's been going really well, I think one (hmm, maybe few)  more week of the grande and maybe I can even cut down to a tall coffee.  Every now and then I crave my afternoon coffee and post-dinner coffee, but I'm staying strong and will have a small decaf coffee if I really crave one. 

Hopefully, I'll be able to meet my goal max caffeine intake.  Will update with status reports here and there!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Mama got some new shoes!

I wasn't really having a good week, so what better way is there to cheer oneself up than retail therapy?  I bought 3 pairs of shoes in 2 days!  I'm glad I did because I discovered two brands that I've never worn before that I'm currently loving, Vince Camuto and Kensie Girl.

Here are the kiddies together!  From left to right are, Kensie Girl's Selina, Vince Camuto's Saran, and Vince Camuto's Sades.

Here are some closer looks.  First up, Kensie Girl's Selina in Berry:

I don't own anything in purple and it seems it's a color I've been seeing a lot of lately, in shoes and handbags, especially a grape-y purple like the Selinas.  These shoes looked really fun and cute, especially that bow in the middle!  After trying them on in the store, I was surprised how comfortable they felt and not tight at all around the toe box.  The Selina's would look great with jeans or pencil skirt for fall.  I can't wait to wear them out!

Next up, Vince Camuto's Saran in patent leather black. I could always use a pair of black heels for work and these certainly fit the bill.

Again, comfort was the selling point for me.  I've always seen Vince Camuto shoes and never thought to ever try them on.  I'm so glad I did.

 Last, but not least, is another beautiful pair by Vince Camuto, Sades in Ash Suede.  The color is a very light gray and the suede is so soft.

When I stepped into these shoes, I knew I had to get them (hmm I seem to say that for all the shoes I buy), but really really had to get them.  The fit was absolutely perfect!

I've been noticing conical heels lately from all brands.  Strangely, they initially remind me of the peg legs the old sea captains from long long ago!

Arrrrrr matey!
Both the Vince Camutos have the conical heel and I love them!  They provide more stability than a stiletto heel does, yet doesn't look too chunky/clunky. 

Now I have to find some space for the new kiddies!  I may have to swap out some shoes from my new shoe cabinet!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Project Shoe Cabinet COMPLETE!!

After much procrastination, the hubby and I finally finished putting together my shoe cabinet!  Following in the footsteps of one of favorite bloggers, Princess Poochie of Shoe Daydreams, I purchased an Ikea Bergsbo Glass Door Cabinet to house most of my shoes.  She used 2 cabinets, but I decided that I only really had space for one cabinet since the other half of the room would be a family room.

The hubs and I were so careful with putting together the cabinet until one crucial misstep...we put the back piece on BACKWARDS!  Since the back piece had to be nailed in and involved 50 nails, it wasn't worth it to pry it apart, flip it, and re-nail it the right way.  This delayed the completion of the project until I could figure out how to cover up the ugly brown backing that was now showing through the front of the cabinet.  One day I had to purchase some wedding cards from Hallmark and found some pretty turquoise blue and white gift wrap and had an idea.  I could use the gift wrap to cover up the back!!  Two rolls of wrapping paper did the trick along with my tape runner.

After that was done, I put the pegs and shelves in, then screwed in the hinges and added on the doors.  The doors was the most awful step of the whole process, it was heavy and not cooperating.  After much swearing and sweating, my cabinet was finally complete and ready to be filled with shoes!  I was able to cram in 84 pairs of shoes and am happy with the end result.  Now I have to figure out what to do with my remaining shoes!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Adding to my growing shoe want list

I got an email today from Lori's Shoes and in the email were a pic of these gorgeous boots:
Sam Edelman Pierce

These over-the-knee boots are by Sam Edelman in Whiskey.  They come in black also, but I think I'm partial to the whiskey brown.  I'll add them to my mental shoe want list for now, but I have a feeling in a few days, I may just have to get them!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fall's around the corner...

As much as I hate the days getting shorter and shorter, I am looking forward to cooler weather and of course, shopping for new fall shoes and clothes!  I walked into the Shops at Liberty Place yesterday and noticed a new shoe store where Nine West used to be, now called ShoeWoo.  The store now is very bright, fun and girlie compared to when Nine West was there.  They sell certain brands: Nine West, Bandolino, Enzo Angiolini, Anne Klein, Circa Joan & David, Rachel Roy, and Boutique 9.  They also have their own website, and offer free shipping over $50!

A few pairs I've been eye-ing up are:
Nine West Evenly

Nine West Evenly, shown in suede here, but also in black leather and black suede for $89.  I tried these on in the store and they fit true to size and seemed very sturdy. 

Nine West Maria

Next up, is Nine West's Maria suede sandals.  Can you tell I'm into suede lately?   They also come in dark blue and black suede.  ShoeWoo has a 20% off sale on this pair currently off of $89, which makes the final price $71.20.

Since ShoeWoo has a sale section, of course I had to check it out and found these 2 pairs:
Bandolino Gramercy

These cute fabric mini wedge peep toes are Bandolino's Gramercy in yellow.  Other colors are black, pink, and brown.  On sale for $29.99.  I've been trying to find a pair of shoes that I could wear with my JCrew navy blue cropped pants and I think these fit the bill!

New Balance for Nine West Softmoon

Next up are these cute athletic flats by New Balance for Nine West on sale for $29.99.  I think these shoes would be perfect for running errands in and the perfect shoes to change into for the commute to and from work.  There are many different colors, but only the gray/pink, orange/gray, and they gray/green are on sale. 

Hopefully, later this week, my shoe cabinet will be finished for the final reveal.  I can't wait!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Busy busy busy

I've been on a mini blog hiatus since I've been so busy lately!  Hopefully I'll be able to write some more posts!  So stay tuned!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Coffee/Shoe of the Day for 6/17/10

Coffee of the Day: La Colombe Corsica from the coffeemaker (my hubby made me my coffee today, he makes the best cups of coffee!)

KangaROOS Little Kid/Big Kid Caily Too Sneaker,Black/Icing,6 M Big KidShoe of the Day: KangaROOS Caily Too in Black/Icing.  I've had a few pairs of KangaRoos shoes and they've all been fairly comfortable.  I was looking for shoes that I could easily slip on and an in between flip flops and sneakers.  I call these my sneakerettes.  I got these from for under $20 on sale and am happy with my purchase!  They didn't give me any blisters, my feet felt very comfortable in them and my toes had plenty of room, no cramped space.  They're very light and has a cushioned insole.  I was afraid that the mid-strap would be too tight, but it wasn't.  They come in a wide variety of colors, so I may have to go back for more before they get sold out!