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Aerosoles Play Date Ankle Booties
10/7/2011

I just got the Aerosoles Play Date ankle boots in yesterday and wore them for a few hours. They were very comfortable, except for the side where the zipper is rubbed against my ankle a little. It only started bothering me towards the very end of the day. I am hoping it gets better as the shoe breaks in.

The height of the shoe is perfect. Being pregnant and bringing a toddler everywhere, I need some decent shoes that I feel stable in. These are great. They give a little height, but still feel stable and comfortable.

I've found that I need to make sure that the dress shoes I get are leather. I have a couple pairs of non-leather boots, and they just kill my toes. I get blisters and soreness. So I was glad to have found these shoes in suede. I think Famous Footwear carries them in fabric, but I found them in suede online, yay! 

Winter Goth Hair
10/6/2011

Winter Goth HairI just got my hair colored again. I got it dyed back to my natural color, plus got some red highlights. It looks very wintery. I was trying to go a little more autumn, but I think I look a little like a goth witch. I didn't realize that my natural color was so dark... And the red that the stylist used is more of a violet. So it looks a little intense.

I've had to change eyeshadows because the ones I had been using didn't seem to go with my dark hair color. I was using a smokey purple eyeshadow set that I loved with my browner colored hair. But now with the black hair, I had to switch to a lighter, more plummy purple set. That seems to soften my look.

I also had the stylist apply the new Redken hair conditioning shots: the Color Extender and the All Soft. I must admit that my hair looked like it was in great condition after the process. But now it's almost too soft. My clips and rubber bands slip out of my hair, and I feel like I have a lot less body near my roots. I guess I can't really get hair near my roots conditioned, otherwise it just gets too flat. I have to use spray body volumizers in order to get any kind of lift back.

Beverly Feldman Base Boots
9/7/2011
I love these Beverly Feldman Base Boots. They are so unique and artistic. I wish they had them in my size. And I wish they had a more narrow calf. But I guess cowboy boots are supposed to be worn a little loose on the calf.



Labor Day Shoe Shopping
9/6/2011

I admit, I spent Labor Day shoe shopping. I found some more mommy shoes for the fall and winter. I've decided that I really like some of Aerosoles sandals for the summer. The ones with the plush suede cushiony soles. But as far as fall and winter shoes, not many of their shoes are real leather, so they don't have as much give around the toes and stuff. The soles are comfy, but the rest is not so much.

So I decided to try Clarks shoes for the fall and winter. They all seem to be leather, and decent prices, too. Many of them have cushy soles as well. This weekend, I bought a pair of Clarks Rosabelle ankle boots at the outlet mall. I tried them on at the store, and they felt like I was putting on cushy snowboots. But they are cute with a relatively low and stable mommy heel. Online they got good reviews, too.

But in all of honesty, if I wasn't pregnant with also a toddler to run around after, I would have opted for a more sleek style of boot, like the Clark's Kathleen Sallee Ankle Boot in black leather. It has a little higher and pointier heel. And for a pretty pump, I would go for the Clarks Priscilla Renee T-Strap Pump. So pretty with the flower detail and the nicely shaped heel. Also, I realized that I need to wear either Mary Janes or T-Strap pumps because otherwise my heel always slips out of regular pumps. It is also supposed to have a cushy sole. It also comes in a cool grey metallic color. I would prefer it in black for simplicity's sake. But for something different, I might not mind that pewter type of color. I still would like to get these two shoes at some point to wear after the sleep deprived blurry days of the first year or so of giving birth.

But an alternative pump for the mean time would be the Clarks Sugar Plum Pump. It's got the same heel as the ankle boots that I just got. Plus an almost Mary Jane strap across the top. I'm a little iffy, I would have to try them on at the store to see if my heel would slip out, though. Interesting that they come in "flight attendant" navy. That must mean they are pretty comfortable? Probably would be great for lugging around a heavy infant car seat and chasing after a toddler. Got good reviews, too. 

As far as flats are concerned. I have been eyeing the Sketchers Dollface Mary Janes for almost a year. I thought they'd be great for taking Bel to the park once the weather starts getting chilly and I don't feel like wearing flip flops or Tevas anymore. So I finally picked these up too.

Last but not least, I needed some flat-ish boots for this winter as well. All the boots I have are high-heeled, and not really baby friendly. So I bought the Aquatalia Design Knee-High Boot in suede black. I bought these online and didn't get a chance to try them on, but I'm hoping they fit well. The description sounded great, and they look pretty nice.

Aerosoles and Clarks Shoes
7/29/2011

Since I've been a mom, having to tote my evergrowing toddler all over the place, I've started investing in some comfortable shoes. Yes, at first I started out with just some flats, low sandals, and even spunky converse shoes. But I wanted to find something a little dressier, so I turned to Aerosoles and Clarks shoes. Yeah, I never thought I would be wearing those types of shoes. But nowadays they make some really cute styles.

Here are some that I got and love:

Aerosoles Women's Plush Around Wedge Sandal (got one in red and one in beige)

Clarks Women's Fiddle Scroll Sandal (got the beige and the black patent)

Aerosoles Women's Beckon Flat (in black)

 Aerosoles Women's Serial Port Boot (black)

 Aerosoles Women's Isotonic Motorcycle Boot (I got it in black, but the brown is cute too)

 

Anyway, I'm sold. Especially with the second baby on the way, these shoes are life savers! 

Johnson's No More Tangles Leave-in Conditioner
7/28/2011

Here's a pic of the perm. Most of the curls fell out here. I think I wasn't using the right combo of products. But I think I might have it nailed down to using Johnson's Detangling Conditioner after I wash my hair, and then just coming it with a wide tooth comb, scrunching it with my hand, and letting it air-dry.

I was surprised that the Johnson's detangling leave in conditioner worked better than any of the other expensive salon products that I used. Most of them turned out to make my hair too frizzy and dry-looking, too flat, or crunchy. I started using it a while ago, while my hair was still straight, along with all the other baby products I've been using with my toddler.

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