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bare legs in february

bare legs in february's been a minute. Looks like I haven't blogged for about six weeks! January was insanely busy, with everyone who received gift certificates for Christmas wanting to schedule right away. In February, I was so grateful to have the chance to tag along on a trip to Spain with mr. mindful closet (see my travel packing tips here). We've still been working on finding the best balance for our family between childcare and work. In the fall, we started our son in full time preschool, and though it was nice to have time to put into mindful closet, it felt like too much time apart for everyone. We decided to drop down to only three days of childcare/preschool a week, so there's been a bit more momming and a bit less working happening lately. It feels right (right now), but as we've learned, what works is constantly changing. Frustrating for a planner like me, but good for working on my flexibility and patience. 

mindful closet: dress and boots

Hasn't this weather been crazy? And by crazy, I mean crazy good. It's so easy to just throw on a dress and boots and walk out the door without even a jacket. I've always wanted to live in California, so if I can just keep getting California's weather in St. Louis, I'll take it!

I bought this dress about four years ago at a consignment shop for about $40, and it's earned its keep for sure. Made of tencel, it doesn't wrinkle, and looks nicer than cotton. Easy to dress up or down, with a scarf or without, with sandals or boots. It's one of my go-to items for trip packing as well. Since I've had it so long, I was shocked to find it still available on Zappos - check it out. My necklace is old from Need Supply, but here's a similar version on Etsy, and my boots are Blondo.

Have you been enjoying summer in February? 

mindful closet st louis personal stylist

(photos by Celeste Boyer)

a sad shoe story

a sad shoe story

In an ideal minimalist world, I would absolutely love to have only two pairs of shoes that I could wear all the time. I love the added polish that a great pair of shoes can add to an outfit. I love the added length and height that goes with a 2-3 inch heel. I just literally cannot find a shoe that I can wear comfortably for hours that meets my style criteria. 

I have wide feet, narrow heels and I overpronate. mr. mindful closet lovingly calls them “triangle feet”. I can go all day in Danskos or Birkenstocks, but that’s not really the look I’m going for. I am currently seeing a podiatrist and having orthotics made, but the maximum heel height for those inserts is 2 inches. I’ve tried many different brands, including La Canadienne, Vionic, Munro, Arche, Cole Haan, Aquatalia, Clarks, Earth, Born, Sam Edelman, Coach, Eileen Fisher, AGL, Blondo, Paul Green, Franco Sarto....

comfortable boots wide feet

Here are a few of the options I’ve tried recently and a few that are on their way to me. 

Top row, L to R: Vaneli “Xandra" - I love this chunky heel mod bootie style, good heel height, comfort is tbd. Dansko “Maria" - sadly I've had Dankso booties before that actually weren't that comfortable, hopefully these are better. 

Middle row, L to R: Vionic "Becca" - Vionic is a great brand that has good arch support and removable insoles so that you can add custom orthotics. These come in multiple widths and it's a good heel height, but this shoe was just not that comfortable. Bella Vita "Fern" - not crazy about the fringe, but they come in wide and have rave reviews, we'll see how they feel. Nine West "Orion" - I own these and love them. I got them in a slightly larger size so I could fit my orthotics. These are what I currently wear for most shopping trips, sometimes I just want to feel a bit more dressed up than what a flat boot conveys.

Bottom row, L to R: Munro "Drew" - on the casual side, but very comfy. Unfortunately, my size is sold out in wide width. Cole Haan "Elsie" - I love how these look on and they're relatively comfy. In general, Cole Haans run narrow, and while they make some models in a wide width, this is not one of them. Sad face. 

Ok, your turn. Please help me out - tell me you know the perfect comfy stylish shoe I've missed!

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how to wear ankle boots

how to wear ankle boots




vintage boots and skirt for spring

vintage boots and skirt for spring

I love boots and I love warm weather. I get to combine these two loves when it's cool enough to wear boots but warm enough to go without a coat.  Denim skirts showed up all over the runways for Spring 2015, and got me excited to pull out this vintage denim wrap skirt I thrifted years ago. It keep surviving closet purges, so I better wear it!

I found this awesome pair of vintage boots at Savers last fall. They usurped the place of a very similar, less comfortable pair of tall brown boots. No need to keep both. I first paired the skirt and boots with a Theory silk sleeveless blouse, but for some reason wasn't very happy with it (I don't know, looks fine in these pics, right?) I changed into this striped tee before actually leaving the house.
Which version do you like best?