Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Teal Maria Bianca Nero Dress, sz M

Oh, this is SUCH a pretty dress.

The bodice is velvet, and the sleeves and skirt are silk chiffon. (Click photos to make them bigger.)

Can I just repeat that? THE SLEEVES are chiffon. We all know how difficult it is to find a cocktail dress with sleeves, and this one is prettier than most.

And I've never worn it. This is another dress that I bought mid-weight loss because it was so fantastic, and it's just too big. It gaps through the bust (as usual), even with the ties snugged up as tight as they will go.

(Especially good with gold shoes, as you can see.)

The skirt is floaty and delicious and the lining is a super-soft knit jersey, so the whole thing is just super-comfortable and soft and easy to wear. The fabric combination makes this a dress you could wear year 'round.

So pretty. Now, this sheer top means you have to wear a strapless bra with it, but here's what I did:

I sewed in a couple of carriers for a strapless bra to go through, so you don't have to worry about your bra being exposed. It works, I've tried it. As you can see, I meant to wear the dress, but somehow I never did, and now it's too late. My loss is your gain.

Dress is a size Medium, which I'm translating to be a 6 or 8. Because of the construction, it's mostly about the bust fitting, so if you're interested, let me know & we'll talk measurements. Don't recall original retail, I think it was around $250. Asking $65, which includes postage in US (international shipping is higher). For more details or to purchase, leave a comment here or e-mail me at shine at austin dot rr com.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Pale Pink Ted Baker Sandals, sz 9

I adore these shoes, they are absolutely gorgeous, but they are too big. I bought them as an emergency back-up shoe for an event and they didn't have the size I needed and I liked them so much and I was in a bit of a shoe pickle, so I bought them. But they are too big.

They say they are 9s, but I think they're really closer to a 9.5 or a 10. As you can see in the top picture, I've put cushions in the ball of the foot (which will peel right out if you don't need them) to help take up some space, but they're still too big. Look at all the room behind my heel.

Speaking of heels -- look at this detail.

Oh, they're so pretty!! The knots are so unusual and the straps fasten right round your foot nice & securely, so they'd be gerat for walking & even dancing. The soft matte leather is somewhere between nude & pink -- I think they'd look especially gorgeous on someone with a dark skin tone, but these are just beautiful shoes any way you look at them.

I've only worn them once.

Ted Baker pinky-nude knot sandals, size 9 (9.5, really), in original box (no dustbags came with these shoes). I can't remember original retail on these, I think it was around $250. Asking $60, which includes postage to the US. (International shipping will be higher.)

If you're interested or have any questions, leave a comment here or e-mail me at shine at austin dot rr dot com.

Ivory Leather Ankle-Tie Pollini Sandals, sz 39.5

Great-looking ivory leather ankle-tie sandals from Pollini. I've had these for a few years now and I have never worn them. That is not because there is anything wrong with them. As you can see, they are perfectly lovely sandals.

Sandals that for some reason got tucked away in the back of the closet where I couldn't see them. I stumbled across them again a little while ago, but I still haven't worn them. I believe they should go home with someone who will allow them to fulfill their purpose and be shown off, walked about it, dangled while drinking a martini.

Because they're really very sexy shoes -- strappy yet classic. Like I said, I've had them for a few years, but I don't think there's anything about this shoe that looks dated. You wouldn't bat an eye seeing this on the shelves at Neiman Marcus.

The ankle ties end in cute little roll-ups, and the detailing on the insole is adorable. They come in their original box -- they never had dustbags.

See? Never worn. These are perfect summer shoes -- they'll go with all kinds of stuff. Made in Italy, European size 39.5, I'd say they'd fit an American size 9s pretty perfectly. Original retail (four or five years ago) was over $400 -- these days the average price point for a new pair of their shoes is in mid-500's. Asking $75, which includes postage within US. (International shipping will be more.)

If you're interested or have any questions, leave a comment here or e-mail me at shine at austin dot rr dot com.