An Embarrassment in Paris

In a couple of weeks, hubs and I will be trekking all the way to Europe with two of our bestest friends (note: they are not dating each other, they’re more like our children), and although I am crazy excited about the trip, I am having A LOT of pre-travel anxiety.  Every night is a different kind of nightmare:

  • I left for Europe 2 weeks too early
  • I went to the wrong city first
  • I forgot my passport, which wasn’t a problem getting INTO the continent, but now they won’t let me out
  • I forgot a suitcase and clothing of any kind
  • I neglected to pack until the day of, and then it took me 12 hours to fill my bag, one article of clothing at a time

No dreams about walking the streets of Paris naked…yet.

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few months envisioning the most important part of the trip: what to wear.  Specifically, footwear.  I want to look cute, but not look like a tourist.  I want something comfortable without looking like I’m 28-going-on-80.  I want shoes that will keep my feet warm without taking up too much space in my suitcase.  So today at lunch I headed to DSW in a panic, where I found these:

Madden Girl Ecker Booties in Brown...ooh la la!

THEY ARE THE COMFIEST SHOES I HAVE EVER TRIED ON.  The top of these babies is padded like you would not believe.  The sole is flat enough to (hopefully) sustain hours of wandering on cobblestone streets.  They aren’t even fugly!  They’re not my typical style, but I’ll sacrifice some of my identity for super comfy kicks.  Maybe they’re even a little bit Katniss goes to Paris?  …maybe.

I am so relieved to have found something legit.  Best part?  Only $32.  Holla!

The boys have been under strict instructions for the past few months to find shoes that do not scream “I AM AN AMERICAN, PLEASE PICK MY POCKET!”  So less of this:

And more of this:

It’s been really hard for them.  But I think we’re all going to be okay.  Just don’t tell hubs that Kate Middleton wears big fat American running shoes when she plays field hockey.  He’ll never forgive me for making him wear Converse.

Three cheers for culturally appropriate leisure shoes!

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Academy A{nnie}wards

When I mentioned to hubs on Sunday morning that the Oscars were on later that night, he started to panic, before I cut him off and reminded him that AWARDS SEASON IS MY FOOTBALL SEASON, and at least I don’t make him go to all of the games, so to speak.  So he mostly let me enjoy them in peace.  And while I am by no means a fashion guru, I do like looking at pretty clothes, and sometimes I even have opinions on them.  I love awards season because people get dressed up and there’s always so much drama about who looks good, who looks bad, who looks one too-enthusiastic-wave away from a nip slip, etc. and I can’t get enough of it.  These are my favorite looks from last night.

Cameron Diaz
I love that her hair is short and she keeps it that way.  She makes me feel better about having super thin hair that looks awkward once it hits my shoulders.  This picture is from the after party because I like this even better than her awards show look.  Not many people can pull off orange.

Shailene Woodley
I think most of my goodwill for her comes from the fact that a) I actually saw The Descendants last week, and b) she has risen above a really horrible ABC Family show to work with George Clooney and get nominated for multiple awards as a result.  This dress might not be the most conventional choice, but I think it suits her fashion sense, because this is a girl that will wear purple pants when everyone else is wearing cocktail dresses.  Also, she just seems really cool and smart and like she’s not taking any of this for granted.  Some people should take notes (*ahem* Rooney Mara).

Emma Stone
I love Emma Stone.  I’m not sure why.  But I think this dress is fun and youthful and looks so snazzy on her.  I appreciate that she didn’t go the strapless route.  And I have two shirts in my closet with similar necklines in similar colors.  Maybe that’s why I like this so much.

Michelle Williams
I never imagined that I would appreciate anything that Michelle Williams wore anytime, ever, because she tends to dress herself like a child who is very aware that she is adorable, and that kind of drives me insane.  But I like this.  Mostly because it doesn’t look like a 12 year old’s cotillion dress.

Gwyneth Paltrow
SHE IS WEARING A CAPE AND IT LOOKS AWESOME.  That’s pretty much it.