Took Djinn Djinn on a little walk today to do an impromptu photo shoot because I have plans to enter his head shot in AAA's magazine photo contest. I haven't decided on a photo to enter yet but I've gotta say, the little guy is being a good sport about all this. He must've heard that the winning prize consists of dog treats.
I'm not sure how this happened but somehow there are only a couple weeks left until I embark on my first ever journey to Ireland. I'm not really a last minute packer so I thought now would be a good time to at least start thinking about the shoes I'll need. I want to pack as light as possible (I know, crazy coming from a girl, right?) so I think about 3-4 pairs would do the job. I wouldn't even consider taking more than 2 pairs but I really have no clue how much rain and mud to expect and at the same time, I need a more "formal" pair of shoes because of dinners and stuff like that (apparently you Europeans put more effort into dressing for meals- Americans get by on jeans and heels and I like to think I'm more European in this aspect- Americans, we need to get our dressing-for-dinner style act together, just saying!)
At the moment, I don't have the most variety in my shoe wardrobe. But I've narrowed it down to these. My black chelsea boots (is 2 inches too high for Ireland's terrain, anyone know?) complete with dirt (though I might consider cleaning them before I leave, you know, so Irish people don't think I'm a slob or anything), my teal colored flats (which I might end up leaving behind since they are already falling apart), my "classy" cream heels (which seem to be the only dinner appropriate heels I own...) and my most trusted pair of suede ankle boots (which make more appearances in my outfit photos than I care to admit...). Please send all shoe advice my way...
Every time a Hamilton book catalog shows up in the mail box, it's like Christmas- I get way too excited looking through the endless amount of books available. I always highlight every single book I want and then narrow it down to a list of about 4-5 (there's a technique for everything, right?). I mean, I would buy the whole catalog if I could, but you know, lack of funds. This time around, I ordered an absolutely perfect group of books and like the nerd that I sometimes am, I thought I'd share.
Firstly, in that top picture. That is probably the cutest thing I've bought for Djinn Djinn in a long time (okay, I take that back, EVERYTHING I buy for Djinn Djinn is the cutest thing until the next cutest thing comes along). It's a teeny tiny recipe book that comes in a box and includes 3 cookie cutters. Can you believe it was only $3 ??? I had no idea it was super tiny (like the size of a large yellow sticky pad- wow, I am just amazing at describing things, aren't I?) but when it arrived, I just loved it. I can't wait to make all of the dog treat recipes-I'll let you know how it goes.
The rest of the books sort of have a similar theme going on. I unintentionally got 2 fiction books related to Ireland (only 2 and half more weeks, people!), a murder mystery involving dogs (which, might I add, comes with a few dog treat recipes), and a book about caring for farm animals (you know, because someday I will own an Irish farmhouse and have 2 of every farm animal in existence). Yup, pretty pleased with my purchases. Probably one of the saddest things in life is that we will never get around to reading every book in existence.
Ever since I was little, I have loved wooden shoes. I've always had a fascination with those Holland shoes (what is the proper name for those, anyone?). Needless to say, the minute I discovered the brand Swedish Hasbeens, I knew I had to have a pair of their many colorful unique designs with the most beautiful wooden soles. I recently stumbled upon their sale and I knew that it was now or never. I came away with these super fun red peep toe shoes and am looking forward to wearing them with as many outfits as I can no matter the season (oh wait, we don't get seasons here- grrrr). I'm already planning my next Swedish Hasbeens purchase which will definitely be these amazing silver ones. I know these shoes are not everyone's cup of tea but I just love them. And, you'll be surprised to know they are super comfortable- not at all what you would expect from wooden shoes. I think another thing I love about these shoes and this brand is that they're very great quality. I'm tired of buying shoes that are made in a certain country (which I will not name but it starts with a 'C' and ends with an 'A') because cheaply made shoes literally fall apart a month after wearing them. Thank you, Swedish Hasbeens, for making 10 year old Victoria's dream come true. Long live wooden shoes.
P.S. Nope, this isn't a sponsored post though I wouldn't mind if it was! ;)
Details: Cardigan & Striped Top- Forever 21//Jeans- Calvin Klein//Shoes- Swedish Hasbeens
I wonder if it seems as if I'm always outdoors taking a walk through the forest with Djinn Djinn? I must admit, that is a big part of my everyday life but every so often I do normal things like... well, normal things that I can't think of at the moment.
As usual, I feel the need to throw in a random thought: I am suddenly feeling "pressured" to update my phone from the iPhone 4 to at least an iPhone 5. I want to trade it in while I can still get a good price for it. #FirstWorldProblems, right? But it's just that all of a sudden, the software is changing faster than I can keep up. I just discovered an old 3rd generation iPod touch that was lying around the house and when I tried to update it with apps, it proved impossible since most of them required iOS 6 or higher. What a waste. The gadget still works but it's pretty much useless without apps. Just goes to show how technology sure knows how to make us all
waste spend money...
P.S. Only 28 days left until IRELAND! If you're interested in seeing what I get up to while I'm there, feel free to follow me on Instagram as I'll be documenting the entire journey!
95 degrees the whole first week of October so far. I'd like a word with whoever is in charge of the weather department. ;)
Outfit details- Dress: Jealous Tomato (nope, I didn't make that up) via TJ Maxx//Sunglasses: Forever 21//Boots: Dolce Vita via Marshalls//Bag: B Makowsky via Marshalls