Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Last Straw



Here are Jess and I, all dolled up at our friend Lisa's wedding in Seattle. In the interest of wearing all the new stuff I bought in New York as quickly and as much as possible, I swapped the dress I brought with me to wear for this one, from the All Saints store in Chelsea. Jess looked fabulous in her 50's style wiggle dress, and I'm crazy about that burgundy Coach bag of hers. It's an evening bag, but it actually has room to hold stuff, unlike those pointless, tiny clutches that can barely hold your lipstick and some cash, let alone a camera. I ended up bringing a regular full sized bag, I got so frustrated trying to jam all my crap into my evening bag.

This was the night that I realized that these shoes have really got to go. I've had them for ages, and in many ways they're great, but no matter what modifications I try they destroy every pair of nylons or tights I wear with them. Just as usual, when I checked midway through the evening I had a run starting at one of the toes, even though I had chopped my toenails back as far as I reasonably could without drawing blood. I've bitched about these shoes before, but this time it was finally the last straw.

I also wore my new Helmut Lang jacket, since it was cold that evening. Looking at it now I feel like I could easily make this dress/blazer combo into a daytime outfit if I combined it with nude legs and something more casual than satin shoes.

Dress: All Saints
Blazer: Helmut Lang
Shoes: Steve Madden

12 comments:

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

That dress looks amazing on you and Jess looks fabulous too. She has awesome shoes.

WendyB said...

Pretty ladies!

Ravina Sniper said...

I love that dress! I hadn't heard of All Saints until I read your blog, now I think I may have to investigate! Is there a SF location?

Audi said...

Ravina Sniper: Why yes, All Saints just opened a store on Geary near Union Square. Be warned, shopping there can be habit-forming!

The Nightmare Child said...

How could THOSE shoes demolish multiple pairs of tights & whatnot? They look so...unassuming and comfy.

Sal said...

You are smokin' hot in that All Saints dress!

Miss Eliza Wharton said...

If you love these shoes, there may be a solution. In France, we have these very very short nylon socks that are so small they completely hide inside the shoe. I guess you will find them in the US also. If you can get a pair, it may provide enough cushioning to protect your tights and save these Madden, which look good on you.

Audi said...

Miss Eliza Wharton: True, and I have in fact tried those socks and have successfully gotten through an evening without running my tights. But the underlying problem with these shoes is that they force my toes down into the end of the shoe, so even with the socks I can't entirely trust that they won't inflict their damage if I wear them long enough. But not to worry, I've used them well, and anyway I have a FAR more fabulous replacement pair speeding its way to me as I type. :-)

The Nightmare Child said...

What size are those mary-janes?

Audi said...

The Nightmare Child: They are 8.5's.

The Nightmare Child said...

Poo.

Too small. >_<

stacy said...

You know I love me some All Saints! And the Helmut Lang blazer is great. Asymmetry -- always chic!