I have a confession: I’m not much of a heels girl. I love how they look, and I love how I feel in them, except for when I don’t. Let’s face it: heels hurt, and I’m just not always willing to endure the pain if not totally necessary. Especially in the winter. I’m accident prone enough without trying to safely navigate the icy sidewalks of Chicago on half-inch-in-diameter, 4-inch-in-height shoes. Enter: chunky heeled boots. These have been a lifesaver throughout both NYC and Chicago falls and winters. They add some much-needed height, they’re cute, they’re versatile, and they’re comfortable (+ relatively stable) enough to wear all day. Over time, I’ve amassed a decent collection in the necessary shades of brown, black, and grey. Most of the styles I own (above) are no longer available, but below are some similar boots currently out there that I love.
Coclico ‘Kitta’ Ankle Bootie // Trask ‘Abbey’ Tall Boot // UGG ‘Mackie’ Water Resistant Boot // Frye Jackie Button // rag & bone ‘Harrow’ Leather Boot // Clarks Alpine Melt Boot // ALDO Himelfarb // Marais Marseille Boot
One of my favorite pairs in action.
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In a couple days, Andy and I are meeting his parents in Florida for the long weekend. His plan is to golf as much as possible; my plan is to soak up as much sun as possible (golf and I do not mix). Though the forecast right now is looking grim (highs in the 60s, what?), I’m holding out hope that this week’s 75-degree weather will ultimately extend into the weekend. And my packing list reflects my denial. The trip is going to be a laid-back, casual one, which makes the packing pretty easy: No need for excessive jewelry, any form of heels, or dressy clothes. If the weather holds up, my uniform will be a bathing suit (I have this one from Victoria’s Secret in two different prints; it’s the most flattering bikini I’ve ever owned–both top and bottom), shorts and a loose-fitting crop top. For cool nights (or days??) I’m packing my favorite, light-weight versatile scarf, a pair of trusty Keds, and a jean jacket. My beach bag is actually a kitschy bag I bought at Harrods in London many, many years ago. It folds down completely flat in my suitcase, holds all the necessities (with a zipper top), and its waxy finish keeps it waterproof. And I cannot go anywhere without my Kindle (currently reading: Eightysixed by Chicagoan Emily Belden); with this waterproof case, it’s completely beach-friendly.
What are your vacation necessities?
Gap Denim Jacket // H&M Double Layer Tank // Old Navy Denim Cut-Off Shorts // Franco Sarto ‘Grip’ Sandal // Tildon Metallic Straw Hat // Ted Baker Biotime Sunglasses // Victoria’s Secret Getaway Halter // Victoria’s Secret The Ruffle Cheeky Bottom // Harrods Pretty City Shoulder Bag // Tasha ‘The Ringer’ Infinity Scarf // Keds Champion Washed Stripe Sneaker // Felicity & Coco Stripe Scoop Neck Maxi Dress // Trendy Digital Waterproof Kindle Case // Kindle Paperwhite