3.31.2011

sunshine injection.


Once a week I make a trip to TJMax. Not because I need anything, but because I like to soak it all in, and maybe snag a discounted platter. On Sunday, I spotted these Tulip flats at a much-reduced price...yet certainly more than I'd usually spend on a pair of shoes whose sunny hue is never recommended for one as pale-skinned as I.

"They are frivolous," I thought sternly to myself, as I unlaced my practical shoes and eagerly slipped my toes into the buttercream striped soles. "But so, so sweet..."

As I test drove them up the hectic shoe aisle, my mind flung open the door to my wardrobe. I flipped through mental hangers, wondering what a girl wears with silly yellow flats. The answer was this: Nothing in my wardrobe. It was likely that absolutely nothing would match. I sunk down onto a tiny bench, torn over these $30 ray-of-sunshine shoes. I gazed at the ceiling, telling myself that no daffodil shoe, in all it's perfection, could cure my depression. My eyes returned to the floor, where two sweet butter-yellow floral poms stared kindly back up at me. If it weren't for their lack of face, I'd swear I saw them smile. What's a girl to do?

And then I remembered my trick. Whenever I need a voice of reason, I ask myself what Gabriel would say or do. He's every bit analytical to my every bit emotional, so somewhere in the middle we're your average human being.



"Bethany, my love," he would say. "These yellow shoes are precisely what you need. I demand that you have them."


He only calls me "my love" in my mind, simply an embellishment for my romantic heart...a side effect of watching Pride and Prejudice seventeen too many timesBut, analytical or not, he would absolutely pull those shoes off my feet and march up to the counter before I'd have a second to protest.


So that's precisely what I did. And I've not regretted it since.

17 comments:

  1. Sometimes we need to treat ourselves even to the most impractical items especially if it will lift your mood :-)

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  2. Those yellow little flowers flats are adorable! I agree, everyone needs to treat themselves! Those shoes can be a ray of sunshine in your outfits :)

    I love pride and prejudice!! I love the way he says I love you at end! It sounds like luf! Haha I luf your yellow shoes!

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  4. Well they're super cute! If they're making you happy then don't worry about it and just show them off to everyone! They at least go with the jeans you're wearing. :)

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  5. 01. Way too cute. I, like you, have always avoided yellow after being told it doesn't work well with my skin tone. (do feet even have skin tones?) I could make an exception for these though...

    02. Here's the story with my flats: I buy three of four new pairs in the early spring/summer, wear them every single day (my feet like to breathe!!) until winter, keep them stashed in the closet during the winter, and the wear them until the end of March when I convince myself that it's time to throw out their smelly, dirty-insided selves... It's my own little flats cycle. (I could write a love sonnet to flats...) :)

    03. I'm glad you go to TJMaxx once a week. It's so dangerous for me to be in there --- I would never be able to convince Chad that a weekly shopping trip is necessary (I buy way too much when I'm there--I just can't resist the low prices!!) :)

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  6. Those flats are absolutely adorable!!!!(although, I may be prejudiced by my love of flats and the color yellow...)
    If you like them, I'm sure you can find something in your wardrobe to wear them with!
    <3 Kiersten

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  7. Those shoes have you written all over them! I'm glad you let imaginary Gabe talk you into them, and in the manner of a Jane Austen character... Whatever gives you a boost of sunshine is worth it!

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  8. Good or you! I highly support a good splurge every once in a while.

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  9. I am the worst at shoes, I tell. They simply almost always fit right, you generally know the exact size you'll need and they're simply fun. I have too many.. too many..

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  10. I think you needed those sweet little shoes. We all need special treats. So that little jolt of sunshine is yours. x

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  11. Those shoes are so... Bethany :) I adore them.

    And what are you talking about they don't go with anything? Navy blue shirt (or dress) and a long silver necklace.

    DONE.

    LB

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  12. Question: How do you get the "softness" in your photos. Is it a setting in Photoshop? Can you send me an email, vrross82@gmail.com?

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  13. beautiful!!! you NEEDED those! i too found myself the owner of yellow flats for the first time this year (a gift) and i've found they go well with black shirt/jeans (not too close together so they aren't bumblebeeish). love those shoes.

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  14. so cute. and you will wear them all the time - just wait. i have yellow shoes and i wear them with everything. maybe it will be he "next neutral." :)

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  15. I saw these shoes at TJ Maxx..tried them on, so comfortable. I would have purchased them except I am a gal that needs height.

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  16. I have that same day-dream sometimes Bethany, and you could never watch Pride and Prejudice too many times! =)

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