Daily Covet: Classic Vans in Checkboard

Vans were as common, if not more so, than underwear when I was growing up in Southern California.

Classic Vans were worn by skateboarders, BMX riders and surfers starting in the early 70’s.  And although, Vans have always been popular, they have had a resurgence the last few years as they have put out more styles and colors.  And as J.Crew picked up Vans for their Crewcuts line for kids, Vans are once again a household name all over the country.

Of course, I have always loved the look of vans, but now I am thinking practicality too.  My youngest son is a few weeks away from starting preschool.  In order to save myself and his teachers some time and angst, I’m thinking I want to order him these adorable checkerboard Vans in bright blue and orange.

As I mentioned in my blog several weeks ago, color is king.  And these Classic Vans slip-ons definitely boast some color.  What a cute addition to a little boys wardrobe, which doesn’t have the option of fun, frilly details like a girl’s would.

My hope is that he’ll love the independence of putting on and taking off his own shoes as needed.  I know I will!

Keep your dogs in this cage… shoe, I mean.

How amazing are these cage shoes from Cesare Paciotti?

On a hunt for cage shoes after wearing a bone -colored pair of my own, I found these most gorgeous shoes on the planet.

Immediately, I’m converting the cost into hours worked because these are shoes that will visit me in my dreams.

How hot do you think they’d look with my standard mommy-issue yoga pants?

Right.  Damn good.

Daily Covet: Cork is for wine bottles

Some of you might remember that I have been searching furiously for a pair of black sandals to replace my once favorite sandals that walked a million miles with me.

Well, I thought I had found them and was so excited… then a little disappointed… then a lot disappointed… so much so, that I am sending them back.  I won’t go into a long list of details about the deterioration of what I thought was going to be the perfect pair of sandals but let’s just say, I’m surprised anyone would want to put their label on something so cheap and shotty!

Nine West "Saffia", Piperlime.com sale $69.99

As you can see, the culprits are awfully adorable and I wore them often for several weeks.  They were the perfect length for my longer jeans, flow-y linen pants (yep, finally got ’em!) and looked really cute with sundresses too.  But little by little, I started to peel back the layers – literally – so off they go to Piperlime.com‘s “Return Heaven.”

So after returning from a trip that sealed their fate, I have again tracked down a pair of black sandals with a wedge heel, ankle strap and small platform.  You wouldn’t think this such an incredibly difficult task.  However, try to find a pair of sandals these days that don’t include cork or raffia heels.

Go on, I dare you…

charles by Charles David "Tickler", Zappos.com $90

I have just checked tracking information and it seems these adorable little gems are “out for delivery” as I type this post.  Thanks to Zappos.com and a friend with a “preferred status”, they are arriving today.  I have always been a fan of Charles David shoes and have been wearing them for 20 years.  In fact, they were once “higher end” but I think the company sold out and now they are called “charles by Charles David.”  Not as swanky but the comfort factor remains, which is all I really care about.

So, cross your fingers and keep your eyes out for a follow-up of pure jubilation… or possibly utter disgust.  Let’s hope not.

Daily Covet: This winter, I’ll have some “Spring” in my step!

I’ve been looking for some water proof boots for my short commute back and forth to preschool 3 days a week.  Fortunately and unfortunately, my son’s preschool is right across the street, which means we can walk out our front door and up the block to get there in a matter of minutes.  This also means that it’s absurd to drive it when the weather is horribly nasty, slick and wet.

So I am on the lookout for rain/snow boots.  I have been looking at these particular Sportos for a few months now and have finally decided to make them my feature.  I love the print, calling to mind a little spring time even in the dead of winter.

And speaking of dead, I am completely dead set on ordering them too.  If it wasn’t Christmas shopping season… the season for giving… to other people, I probably would’ve done it already without guilt.

And if I need further motivation, these are one of the least expensive pairs of boots on Zappos.com.  This is something that never happens to me!

Sporto Wendy, zappos.com $55