Monday, February 24, 2014

Sole Searching with Michael Kors

I mentioned on Instagram a few weeks back that I found a pair of sole mates via Michael Kors in Las Vegas.

I've been pondering what new style goals I would like to set for myself. I have not completed my list as of yet, but there is one that I decided on almost instantly: I will invest in shoes. What? You need shoes?' Not exactly. I will admit, I currently have over 100 pairs of shoes. No matter how many I donate and give away, the numbers seem to keep creeping back up. Nonetheless, I have noticed that I often purchase shoes because they are well made, a deeply discounted price, or may match an ensemble in my closet. Sounds good, right? Well, not so much. You see, I have lost a part of myself in bargain shopping. In what sense?  In the sense that at times, I do not purchase what I absolutely love. I purchase items simply because they are there, and the price is right. I can recall back in the day, I invested in shoes. I'd see a pair of fabulousness in a department store and instantly know: I HAD to have them. I did not limit myself to purchasing shoes based on what was on sale. 

Decision: This year I will exercise more self-control. I will not allow myself to be blinded by shoes that are deeply reduced in price. Rather, I will patiently wait for shoes that truly fit my needs and wants, and I will invest in them.

Fast forward
I'm flipping through a magazine (can't remember which one because I get too many in the mail via frequent-flyer miles) and I spot a pair of Michael Kors ankle strap heels. Not quite a pump, not quite a bootie. What?! I had heart palpitations (not really, but you get the idea). I said to myself: 'These are a pair of shoes that I would not feel guilty about investing in.'

Fast forward again
We're in Vegas earlier this month, celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary (see here). I just so happened to spot the exact pair of Michael Kors shoes that I saw in the magazine! The color is right. The size is right. The price is less than I expected. I take the plunge.

When I say I could not wait to wear these babies, that's exactly what I mean. To date, I've worn them several times, you know, just to break them in. =) 

This go round I paired them with all black. I'm a newbie to the "All Black Everything" philosophy (see here and here), and I must admit, it's growing on me!

Hat: Borrowed (My husband's collection, also worn here)
Mink Collar: Vintage, thrfited
Lace Dress: Vintage, thrifted
Silk Skirt: Martin + Osa
Handbag: Vintage,thrifted
Shoes:Michael Kors
Sunnies: Betsey Johnson


  1. Hi Joi, first of all the shoes are amazing and Im happy you got them. Second, I can see how.thrifting can be quite dangerous. For one, you are always shopping with an open mind because you never know what youre going to find. I would imagine you would end up with bits and pieces of items that may not necessarily go. Having a style plan for your wardrobe is a good idea.

    Your outfit is lovely.

    1. Thanks Glenda! Thrifting can indeed be dangerous and wasteful for me. I've learned a few things to help me alleviate waste and unnecessary/unwanted/unloved purchases. My style plan has been by the seat of my pants for years, but I now see the wisdom is careful planning, well, at times! LOL

    2. It's fun to splurge every now and then. By the way, YES to the bag. Too cute!

  2. OMG i love your shoes! They are gorgeoussss!

  3. You look lovely. Love the incorporation of the hat.
    Michael Kors is such a classic designer that I am certain the shoes will match well with a number of outfits.


    1. Thank you Sharon! I am happy hat chick ;) I look forward to incorporating my MKs with a variety of looks.