I made an amazing discovery on our trip to Longwood Gardens yesterday...the Dansko outlet!!! I never thought that Dansko and the word frugal would ever go together in the same sentence but it is no lie when I tell you that my purchase was 60% off the retail price - so I bought three pairs. I was terribly excited and lost all control. My purchase doesn't quite fall under my simple living ideals but it does fall under honoring myself. Good shoes are a great honor. Dansko shoes are fabulous and they will lasts for years. I have always had bad feet. I remember having to wear those big, ugly, clunky orthopedic shoes in grade school - well hiding them in a bush on the way to school was more like it and exchanging them with those flat, black Chinese slippers with belt buckles that I kept hidden in my back pack. Cool over comfort . Thongs come to mind as my greatest discomfort - but boy did they make me feel sexy. I think Dansko shoes are both cool and comfortable but not really sexy but that's ok. I am going for a different look now. My first pair of Dansko were green suede. When I had my Ella, my feet grew and I could no longer fit into them. They still looked great after two years so I listed them on eBay and kid you not they sold for $80 bucks - gotta love eBay. Now that I am 39 I have been choosing comfort over cool and let me tell you - when you choose comfort over cool it is hard to go back to cool. Perfect example is when I choose to buy a three pack of cotton white granny underwear - you know the kind they rise up past your navel and cover your ENTIRE rear-end. I love them - but they are a huge regret - they are neither cool or sexy. I just bought some in colors and patterns- it didn't much help for the visual aspect but I feel prettier wearing the floral ones.
I found this floral top at a congsigment shop earlier this month for a few dollars. Made in the USA. I have the perfect mellow yellow flowy skirt to wear it with - my new sandals will complete the look and I will be very comfortable.
I bought this black and white skirt for $1.50. It falls just under the knee and has a A line shape. Paired with a white cotton t-shirt and my new black slip-ons - I'll look pretty cool.
With all this being said - I love being 39 - the pressure is off to look a certain way in order to belong. I fit perfectly into my life - even in granny underwear.