First, the hemming.
You'd have to be the most dedicated blog reader ever to recognize this dress. I purchased it in February -- 2009. I paid $19 for it and haven't worn it yet. I actually put it on once last summer, with my highest heels and then someone asked me if I was going to my first communion and I went and changed.
Sadly, with this hemline, I couldn't help but to agree. I took the dress off and stuck it on a to-do list in my mind, and then ignored it.
I finally decided to hem the dress today. I put it on, I measured, I cut, I put it on again.
I measured wrong. I didn't leave myself enough allowance for the 3/4" rolled hem. Welcome to the most microscopic rolled hem ever. It took me a while, but I did it.
Jeffrey Campbell Splendid sandals. After seeing about a million (okay, three) bloggers wearing them I developed a huge crush. I need these sandals. But they are $115 at Sole Struck, and as far as I can tell, the cheapest place to find a size 8.
If I were a size 10 or 11, I'd be all set, Nordstrom has them in for half off.
I set about finding a cheaper alternative. Here is what I've found:
Aldo, Bigelow $50
Leather, studded, faux wood heel.
Nine West, Big Baby $50
Patent, no studs, cork heel.
French Connection, Jezabel $60
Leather, no studs, wood heel. Slightly different in design.
Sigh. I need help. Damn insatiable shoe lust. I don't want to spend $115 on one pair of shoes. But I'm not completely enamored with my alternate finds, and they aren't even that cheap! (where are the $30 shoes please?) Anyone know where I can find them for less? Or where there is a better alternative?
And now...the Giveaway!!!
The lace jewelry I made last week needs a good home. The winner will get to choose any two pieces they'd like!
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