Random Sunday: Hands and Feet

By March

We’re overdue for a superfluous Random Sunday post, don’t you think?  Yeah, me too.

So, having blogged on my uniform for the office, and having dissed the suits, I thought I should chime right in here and tell you I ended up buying – not suits – but an assortment of summer-season jackets and wide-leg trousers in various blends of cotton, linen, etc.  Two of them are fabulous wide-leg navy pants with a cuff, they look like 1940s sailor pants, plus greige, black, and tan.  Today I went shoe-shopping with Louise.  I’ve been looking for awhile, some of you may recall I have foot issues (plantar fasciitis) and I have to be really careful what I put on my feet.  As luck would have it, I found the cutest shoes at Macy’s – a low-heel Anne Klein wedge with no peep-toe, here’s a picture, I got three pairs: the black/white, the navy, and the gunmetal metallic, plus a pair of Michael Kors nude pumps, all 30% off.  Then I blew my savings on two rings I’ve been coveting, also from Macy’s.

In the nail department – I’ve been searching for an opaque nude, not necessarily mannequin hands.  A sheer nude is nice, don’t get me wrong, but to me it’s like putting on Chap-Stick instead of lipstick.  I have short, stubby fingers, and an opaque on 1/8” of nail gives me a more polished look.  I read up on the blogs and decided to blind-buy Sephora OPI’s Don’t Feed the Hand Models (it doesn’t seem to be stocked locally.)

It’s a great color.  A slightly pinky, very light beige.  It’s too beige/cream to be a mannequin-color and I like that.  It’s sorta like the Summer LE of Jacques, and it’s got incredible shine, even without my top coat of Seche Vite.  Also, one coat is enough in a pinch, although two thin coats is better.

What new trends are you working right now – makeup, hair, clothes, nails?  Hey, I got the umpteenth compliment on my silver fox hair from a customer in the shoe department today, wondering if it’s “natural.” I can’t think of a better decision I made, stopping the dye-job.  Do you think wide-leg cuffed trousers will make me look like Stumpy McShrimp, or do they really look as good as I think they do?  Ps Comments link is at the top right of the page right this sec, it’s a bit hard to see….

  • Louise says:

    Oh, and now I am Louise (zingss was an old login)

  • zingss says:

    You totally scored in the shoe department-hehe! I loved the gunmetal with studs so much-just enough edge to rough up the bow.

    But I would find it nearly impossible not to find you lovely : )

    So-where de emoticons??

  • Joanna says:

    I’m in love with Tieks ballet flats. They’re pricey but are the only shoe I can find that offer support and that I can dress up and dress down. I’ve worn the same pair out for cocktails that I walk the dogs in and they worked perfectly both occassions. I like that I can keep a pair in my purse or the glove compartment.
    My lifestyle doesn’t allow for polished fingernails very often so I usually just keep them short, clean and buffed to a shine. I like pretty toes though and right now my favorite polish is Dior’s Nirvana, (Deep blue-green.) When I do paint my fingernails it’s usually with NARS polish in Orgasm.

    Musette, I’m working on not being fat too. Chasing a rampaging bullmastiff puppy 4 blocks and into the lake was my exercise for the day.

  • Eldarwen22 says:

    I’m not really a shoe and clothes junkie. I have Fred Flintsone feet (wide feet, stubby toes with high arches) and it’s hard to find shoes that fit right. When your work uniform is black pants, tan work shirt and tennis shoes, you can’t have leeway about what you wear.

  • Francesca says:

    This is a test. I’ve been having trouble logging in.

  • March says:

    Cheryl – I definitely try to avoid too costume-y, although my tastes generally run that way. Sigh. When I got my job I realized I owned probably 12 winter coats/jackets, not one of which was remotely appropriate for work. But I could have been an extra in a remake of Doctor Zhivago, no problem.

    • March says:

      And… let’s see if this threads.

    • Cheryl G. says:

      Funny about the coats.
      With the sailor pants and shoes,
      I was picturing you tap dancing in Anything Goes!

      In olden days a glimpse of stocking
      Was looked on as something shocking,
      But now, God knows,
      Anything Goes. tap tap tap tap tap tap

  • March says:

    This is a test, because I don’t think these comments are threading! I LOVE a really huge ring. I have a whole collection of cocktail rings, some of them sillier than others. I either wear that or a statement necklace and that’s it for jewelry…

    • Musette says:

      let’s see if this threads. I did not step away from the pork roast – instead, I ate it, then raked 1/3 acre. And yesterday I did all that scraping, mopping, painting.

      Tomorrow I start with the crunches. aiiy.

      • Musette says:

        Yay! Let the threading commence!!!

      • FragrantWitch says:

        Two words: Exercise Ball. They are really great and make you work lots of little muscles at the same time. Plus, they protect your back and if I recall correctly you have back trouble like me. I started using them with the physiotherapist and then bought one for home. No more crunches on the floor for me- I do them on the ball! Good luck!

  • March says:

    Nah, I got that part — the submit comment. It’s getting access to comments in the first place that threw me, I thought P had turned comments off somehow! Duh.

    Get on those sit-ups, woman, and put down the pork roast. Better yet, send it to me.

  • Cheryl G. says:

    This is good. Just don’t cross the line to too costumey.
    The Anne Klein wedges are great.

  • Jillie says:

    Those shoes are so cute! If I were wearing them, I would feel like dancing!

    I have the short, stubby finger problem (a bit like my short, stubby body I suppose), but I think I have found a cunning way to disguise them – a really huge ring. Somehow it makes my hands look slim; optical illusion, but who cares?

    And of course your hair is so trendy: all the young girls these days are actually colouring their hair grey, and you don’t have to go to that effort.

    With all the great bargains you have found, you do realise that you have saved loads of money, and not actually spent any …………

    What smells are you using to go with your great new wardrobe?

  • Musette says:

    I am working on Not Being Fat. other than that, making sure I have a decent pedicure and my hair doesn’t look to ca-raaazy. Peds are easier than mans for me – my hands take such a beating and my nails are so peely and brittle that I tend to just try to keep them clean and clear-polished for a halfway decent look.

    Those pants sound fab!!!

    xoxo >-)

    ps. I dunno if this will work for everybody but there is a direct ‘submit comment’ button right below the comment window . I’m looking at it right now. I swear!!!

    • sisty says:

      I thought you did buy some suits. Love the EF pants, the shape as well as the wide and slightly lower waistband. That’s my favorite shape for my own body, because I’m slightly saddlebag-gy, but I think they’re flattering to many. I’m not all that tall either — 5’6″.

      Just last week I decided to try an opaque nude instead of clear/clear pink. I picked Essie Made to Honor, from the bridal line. The trick is to match it to your skin tone so it doesn’t look harsh.

      I also like a ballet flat that isn’t totally flat, but has a little platform. I have a pair of British tan ones from Taryn Rose that I really love.

      Haven’t been wowed by many trends this year, but I saw a woman on the Metro yesterday in a bright orange dress that got me thinking.