Thursday, March 31, 2016

Boots For Narrow Calves / Skinny Legs

  My calves measure 13" around.  This means it can be challenging to find boots that fit close to the leg.  I'd like to share with you some observations and tips I've come up with over the years that might help you to decide if a boot that you like is a contender when you have skinny legs.  I also have some specific models to recommend which have worked for me.  I hope it helps you!

General Tips

1.  When you look at info for a boot online, there will be measurements for shaft (how tall the boot is from the footbed) and the circumference (how big around the boot opening is)   The best are boots with a circumference between 13 " to 14".  I will consider up to 14 1/2" if it's a pair that will be worn just with pants tucked in to them.  Over the knee boots can go up to 15" for the circumference and still be OK.  For ankle boots and chelsea style boots, the circumference you want to see is 10" at the most.

  Occasionally this number will be deceiving because that measurement is done on a small size shoe, like a 6 or 7, and when you get to a larger size (I wear a 10) the circumference correspondingly gets larger.

2.  Examine the profile view of the boots.  If they are leather and there is an obvious curve to the calf of the boot it will likely be too wide when you put them on.  Same warning if there are little panels built in to the back of the calf.  Those are there to allow the boot to stretch farther open for larger calves, but it can mean that they will be too big for your narrow calves.

3.  Consider the material of the boots- you might have to consider a boot that is not one solid material all the way around because that is harder to find in narrow profiles.  It's easier to get a close fit with a style that is constructed from half leather half leather/half stretchy fabric.   You can also consider boots made from materials like microsuede or nylon.

4.  Read the reviews- Don't disregard a pair of boots with a low rating until you check why they have that feedback: Sometimes people rate boots lower because they were hard to get into- great news if you have skinny legs.  When you read something like "Too tight to zip up" that means it might actually fit your legs!

My Picks:

  I've tried to make a list with a range of price points, as well as including as many different brands as I could find.  Brands that tend to make narrow boots include Aquatalia, Paul Green, Vince, La Canadienne, Joie,  Delman, LK Bennett, Donald J. Pliner, some Clark's styles and Stuart Weitzman (SW can vary.  Some styles run larger, and you will get a better fit if you go down half a size).

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Getting Your Skin Ready For Spring / Summer

 Maybe you're going on a trip somewhere nice soon, or maybe you just want to get into the general habit of taking care of your skin.  Hopefully this post can be a little nudge in the right direction for you to start doing what you likely already know needs to be done to take care of yourself.  If you have any products you like, or routines that you really like,  I'd love to read about them in the comments!

  Here's what I'm using now:


  The best eye makeup remover I've ever used is the lid+lash wash & makeup remover by bliss.  I like it because it's a gel, so you can skip using a cotton ball or washcloth until you're ready to wipe it off- I put it on my fingertips and then rub it onto my eyes.  I've re-purchased this 4 times, over the course of a few years since it lasts a long time.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Smythe One Button / Duchess Blazer

Smythe blazer | Tory Burch dress | LK Bennett heels 

  I first saw this Smythe One-Button Blazer on Kate Middleton and thought it was gorgeous.  I didn't want to like it because I was thinking, is it just because Kate is wearing it and does that mean I'm being influenced by that instead of by the fact that I truly like it out of my own volition?  But when I kept seeing it from the back, I have to say, I love that cut-out vent.

  Specifically, I love the way the vent in the back of this blazer is shortened.  It's so cool looking.  Really the whole jacket is a masterpiece, but that feature is what drew me in to investigating the brand further..  I have become really interested what goes in to constructing a blazer since I've decided to try to sew my own.

  I also really like the sleeves- they have cuff buttons that actually come undone.  Although the infographic at the bottom calls these "functional" cuffs, I've also heard them described as "surgeon's cuffs," recalling a time when a doctor wore a jacket and would need to unbutton his jacket sleeves to roll them up before working on a patient.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Red Lipstick Comparison: MAC, Lancome & Bobbi Brown

 I just love red lipstick. I also apparently love the (virtually) same shade in different brands.  The lipsticks and their colors are lined up in the same order:

Left to Right:

MAC Retro Matte Ruby Woo
MAC Matte Von Teese (A few available here)
Lancome L'Absolu Rouge #160 Rouge Amour
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color Heart
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Cruella
Revlon ColorStay Lip Pencil Red