As part of my reward to myself for surviving this past weekend, I picked up these Anglomania Victoria Sandals. They're from the new Anglomania shoe line, which is manufactured in China and retails at a much more affordable cost. I picked these up for $166 + tax on Amazon.com (I'm not affiliated with Amazon, just linking my purchase source). The interesting thing that surprised me with these shoes, is they come in new blue boxes, and a white dustbag. It was rather fun being surprised with a new shoe box style.
I've dubbed these my Victory shoes. After 2 years of constant health complications, this weekend was my first trip away from home. It was the first time I was able to drive for 3 hours in Southern California traffic on the freeways since December 2010. The fact that I was able to survive the trip with nothing more than intense muscle soreness and a day of exhaustion flu when I finally got back home, tells me that I really truly am almost back to normal. In fact, a few days before the trip, I start returning to work part time. I'm not sure if this is all thanks to the gluten free diet, or thanks to the mega vitamin d supplement prescription I've been taking, but either way I'm really happy to know that something is working. Finally. A bit of relief.
I picked these up on ebay for really cheap, but they're in excellent condition. I was quite surprised, as for the price I fully expected them to be borderline tossers, but they're not even worn that much, looks like they were broken in and then shelved by the previous owner. The heel tips aren't that bad at all, and the foil logo stamp on the inner sole is still visible, so I guess I got really lucky with these. I wore them all day without any issues, so they most likely didn't sell them for lack of comfort that is for sure. The balance on these are much better than my silver t-bars, I guess it's hit or miss with this design.
I wore this yesterday, while out running errands. I went to Gamestop and reserved a PS4 and some games, since I've learned over the years it's better to reserve early and cancel later if I change my mind, than it is to decide I want one at the last minute when they're all sold out and on ebay for quadruple the price.
While I was there I picked up my copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I've been playing that this afternoon since coming home from work. On Monday I got a whole lot of stuff unpacked from my Dad's that he had stored in his garage. There wasn't anything valuable in all the boxes, most of it I put in donation bags, except for a bunch of old pictures, some stuff from high school like my diploma and my old year books, and some other nostalgia items I can't seem to throw away. It's still all over my floor getting sorted, not sure where to put it all.
As the weather was warm, I wore my Anglomania sunday dress in a nice mauve tartan seersucker cotton. I didn't take any photos of myself at the wedding, but there were a bunch of professional photos taken, and other pictures I'm sure my family will be sharing all over facebook in the upcoming weeks.
Before day before the wedding, I drove 3 hours from Los Angeles to La Jolla, checked into my hotel, took a hot shower, and then went for a walk around La Jolla cove in my pajamas and wet hair. I picked up some of the charity tie dye shawls and a charity tie dye dress for my friend in Georgia who used to hang out here with me when we were kids. I got myself a rather nice blue and yellow shawl made of rayon, it reminds me of pineapples. Then I settled in for the night with some gluten free sammiches and video games, but I had a hard time falling asleep without my dogs with me.
Shoes: Gold Label Elevated Gillies in Red Patent Leather
Hat: Worlds End John Bull Hat in Red Felt
Necklace: Worlds End Giant Orb Pendant
I wanted to have a little fun with my hair, so I put a violet streak in on side. I used manic panic ultra violet. It will wash out after a few weeks.
Having fun with my red gillies. I hadn't opened my union jack tights yet, and naturally they match perfectly with my union jack dress. Of course this outfit would be more runway accurate with the tartan clompers, but the gillies really pulls it together too.
I noticed while reorganizing my shoe shelves, that when I put my new elevated gillies next to my vintage elevated courts, they looked much larger. I've always thought the gillies and courts were of the same height, but I guess either I was wrong, or maybe it's the size difference (my courts are 5s and my gillies are 6s), but it gave me a little bit of joy knowing my new gillies are just a little bit taller. I really don't like keeping my shoes out on display like this, for some reason it makes me nervous, so even though I just organized everything, I'll probably put them all back in there boxes. But then they run the risk of getting marks from sitting on their sides in the boxes for too long. What I really need is a cabinet with glass doors that are uv protected, and wide enough so they're all spaced out and not touching eachother. Hmm.
The other half of my special custom order are these gold trainers. I can't even express in words how much I love them. I'll be able to wear these more casually than the elevated gillies, and the gold is very metallic and light reflective making them sparkle in small amounts of sunlight. I won't wear them too often though, as I don't want to ruin them, but I'll definitely going to enjoy the crap out of giving them a good breaking in.
Shoes: Gold Label Red Patent Leather Elevated Gillies
8 weeks ago I made a custom order for these red patent leather elevated gillies, and they just arrived this morning along with my gold tracey trainers (post on those tomorrow). It's sad to say that after ordering my pair, the gillies were discontinued and are no longer being produced :(. Mine was one of the last pairs made. I can't be too disheartened though, the elevated gillies had a good long run and us collectors had nearly 20 years to order them. I really do have to thank Pearl at Fashion Pearls of Wisdom for kicking me in the butt to order them in time.
The shoes fit really lovely, but I'll try to minimize the wear and only pull them out for special occasions.