Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dr Martens Leanne Boots

I ordered a pair of Dr. Martens Leanne boots in Black Alsina on April 1. They're normally $180 at DMUSA store, but Shoebuy.com had both black and brown for $124.95 with free shipping. When I checked out, they gave me an additional 5% off, so they were $118.70.

They arrived on the tenth, direct from Airwair USA in Portland (OR). I couldn't wait to rip the box open and try them on, so I didn't get a picture of them all wrapped up in that lovely DM tissue paper.

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These have a wedge heel, which DM says is 3.2" but I'd say 3 1/2." I bought a pair of wedge heels two summers ago (sandal type) but they weren't wide enough and I only wore them twice before giving them away, so never really got a feel for the wedge. I wasn't sure what to expect with these. They're actually quite comfy. They don't feel like my feet are on as much of an angle as they are in either the Gilda boots (4" heel) or my older Darcie boots (3.5" heel). These feel very sturdy, and not at all like I'm wearing heels.

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The toe isn't totally round, but not pointy. I know some ladies don't like pointed toes, but I like them.

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The tongue is attached - there's a small hole punched into the tongue between the sixth and seventh holes from the top of the boot, and the laces thread through the tongue.

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inside view
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These boots zip up, so the tongue isn't as much of an issue as pairs that are lace up only. With lace up boots, you have to hold the tongue and keep readjusting it and pulling it up as you lace up. With older boots, the tongues tend to fall down so it can be a pain in the ass. I'd consider punching holes in the tongues of my lace up boots, but I'd add small grommets to make the lacing easier and less wear to the material. It would mean one more eye, but what's one more when you're already doing the rest? Hmmm, gotta think about this. I think adding rubbery grommets to these might be a possibility too, since metal could snag my tights. Even though they're zip up, don't wanna stress the material and risk a tear.

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black hardware. See the 4th hole down, that's where the holes in the tongue are.
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When I bought the Gilda boots, fantastically beautiful Blix commented that she wasn't a fan of the gold hardware they came with. I agree. I'm not a gold fan either, and if there was an option for either black or silver hardware, I'd have taken either of them over the gold. The black hardware on these makes me think that black or silver hardware would've made the Gildas perfect.

I wore them to work on Wednesday, unaware that I'd be moving offices yet again. Crawling around under the desk to move my computer, sliding the desk around, emptying the drawers, and vacuuming the carpet - jeez, I should have worn something else! But they were super comfy even with all that. I stopped at the grocery store, then came home and had them on for another hour or so. They felt great. Not as cushiony inside as the clog Unas I just bought, but much better than most of my Docs.

These feel slightly more narrow in the toe than my older Docs, but still fit my wide feet quite nicely. There was enough room and the top of my foot didn't press up against the inside of the boot, which it does in many shoes.

It was overcast all day. Here's a quick pic I snapped this morning before I left for work, wearing a black just below the knee length dress and black tights underneath. The flash went off in the pic, which slightly washed the colors.

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The weather didn't really improve and I snapped a few more pics around 7:40pm, again using the flash. No tights this time. I'd like to get a nice outside no flash picture but not sure when the sun plans on coming out.

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The boots, laced from the factory, fit my calf perfectly. Wrapping a tape measure around the widest part of my calf, it's 14 1/8." The boots do zip up, but you can loosen the laces for a little extra room. You could pull them slightly tighter to make them more narrow. They are just a teeny bit big around my ankles, but all my boots are like that. The downside to that is the material wrinkles a little, but hey, it's leather and not something like microfiber or pvc that will really fit snugly. It means I can wear a decent pair of socks with them during cooler weather to keep my feet warm :)

I forgot to take a picture of the bottom of the boots. It's getting late and I don't want to wake hubby up digging in my closet for them now, so I'll show you this picture from DM. It's not their usual boot sole, and not as rugged as the Gildas, but still good and sturdy. Don't look at the heel area and think it's too narrow and will make you feel wobbly. These are really nice.

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All in all, these are great boots, especially since I got them for a good price. I'd consider a shorter version of these boots in the future, the ten eye Marcie or another wedge heel if/when DM comes out with one.

These are my Mother's Day gift from hubby and Ian....but I'm going to wear them early. Thanks for looking, and hope you've found this helpful!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Cut & Recolor

Another cut (trim) and recolor last week. Last visit, I'd mentioned to my wonderful stylist Sami that I wanted to start moving away from the reddish and back towards purple. She'd used 4VR which looked great for the first two weeks, but would start getting more red than I wanted after that.

She used the usual not quite black mix and this time went with 3VR for the highlighted areas, which turned out nice. Inside it looks pretty much black, but when I'm outside you can see hints of purpley reddish. When the bright sun goes through it looks more red, but it's not like I'm out walking around with a sunbeam on me all the time. I guess time will tell if the 3VR is a keeper.

She also trimmed my hair, then blew it out. It's slept on in the pics, so slightly messy but still way better than I can ever manage to do myself.

The first few pics are outside, pretty sunny but directly overhead, you can see the violet tinges.
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Here's a little later in the day, with a different lippy on. The sun was lower in the sky and right in back of me, so my hair looks redder.
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I'll go back in another 5 weeks for another trim and recolor. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Makeup Addiction and Burnout, Part 5 - the Binder Again

I started working on the binder again on Tuesday night. I waited til Ian was in bed, hubby was watching a little TV. I grabbed my binder, the box of cotton swabs, and page by page, began swatching every shade again.  **Sorry, some of the photos from my Photobucket account were deleted since this post was first published!**

Hubby wandered into the room, shook his head, and asked what I was doing. I explained and he just gave me another weird look. I told him stand still so I could use his arm to compare....he quickly went back to the TV ;)

I went shade by shade, starting with the easiest, the whites. Next I did the taupes / neutrals, then on to pinks. I had to do the pinks in sets, light pinks, medium pinks, berry pinks, then darker shades that bordered on reddish wine. Purples were tough, I think I have the most purples. I did those similarly. The final shades were the silvers/greys/blacks.

I eliminated another sixty three. Some of these were samples and some were full sizes, I didn't keep track of how many of each. I wanted to get it all done as quickly as possible, and it took about an hour and forty five minutes. Most shades were eliminated simply at first glance, but a few I had to set aside and finish swatching all the similar colors before I could decide which I liked best.

Here's fifty some of the axed shades. Again, no reflection upon the companies, I just have so many similar shades.


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Here's what I packed up and sold to a friend. I mailed the package yesterday!


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In some ways each round gets harder - these are all shades that have made it through previous cuts and I really like them. But it also gets easier, since there are fewer shades to compare. Swatching ten or fifteen light pink shades is much easier than thirty. I'm also getting more critical, really scrutinizing shades. Is it a touch too warm? Gone. Too much golden shimmer? Gone. Shifts green or blue? Gone. Does it look chalkier than a similar shade? Gone. There's lots of reasons for a shade to go, but the only reason for a shade to stay is that I love it.

Next step is to wear all the shades. I've been slowly working on this. Sometimes I really like a shade swatched on my arm, but they don't quite look as nice on my lids. This happened today with a silvery shade, and I didn't even bother putting it back in the binder after I put it on.

Part of me feels like I don't want to get rid of any more, but even after this latest round, I feel better knowing my stash is getting smaller. I didn't set a deadline for this whole project, but would really love it to be finished. It could take a few more weeks, it could take a few more months. I just have to keep pushing myself to continue.

Thanks for reading!  Part 6 is here.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Makeup Addiction and Burnout, Part 4 - More Destashing

I've tackled the full sizes in the baggies, that were in with the full size duplicates in the jars. You can see them in this picture, at the back of the storage container.  **I apologize some of the pictures were accidentally deleted from my Photobucket account.**

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I kept 6 of the full size baggies and put them in my binder. They'll be included during the next swatchfest and reduction. The ones pictured below were purchased by a friend.


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I found two sample sets that I didn't know I had. I pulled out 5 of the shades and the rest (pictured below) are also going to the same friend.


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I had a small container on my desk with some facial powders that I haven't used. These are all unopened, and the same friend is taking these. The NARS cream was used a couple of times, but I just wasn't crazy about the color.

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I still need to go through my binder and really start minimizing what's in there. Once I do that, I'll tackle the unopened duplicates. I'll probably list them here for sale, but not sure when I'll get it all done. Slowly but surely, I'm making progress.

Thanks for looking!  Part 5 is here.