Museum of Lovely Things
I was thumbing through one of my newly delivered fashion magazines last Sunday, doing the initial once-over before delving deeper. On a page titled “The Best and Brightest for Spring,” my eye was immediately drawn to a pair of sandals. My pulse quickened as I searched for the source of these lovely coral and lime wedges. The physical reaction is still automatic. I hoped they were a fancy-schmancy designer brand sandal costing $400, thereby ending the issue quickly. But, no. These sandals were from the designer collection at Payless, the super-inexpensive mall shoe store. Payless features designer styles by Christian Siriano (Project Runway Season 4 winner), Lela Rose, Isabel Toledo and Silvia Tcherassi. They are a step up in style, quality and price from the typical Payless collection but still very affordable. At a regular price of $54.99, I would normally dash right out and buy these shoes. Oh, the pain!!!
I don’t really need a pair of coral and lime wedge sandals. I would probably buy additional outfits to specifically match them. They may not even be comfortable. But I still want them because they are so pretty. I even toyed with the idea of declaring my challenge a failure. I will not be taken down by a pair of fabulous shoes. So, I share the picture of these shoes (and the pair in an additional color choice) below. Going forward, this is where I will display a “Museum of Lovely Things.” It will feature things too pleasing to overlook but for me, unattainable. Although I can’t touch, I will definitely continue to look. (if you need some really pretty sandals, though, …)