Shoes for Good

A few weeks ago, I was watching TV when a commercial came on for Tom’s Shoes. I was so intrigued by the idea of a company giving a way a pair of shoes for each pair sold, I immediately looked them up online. Not only do they have a full shop on their Web site, they’re also in retailers such as Whole Foods and Nordstroms.

While they certainly look a bit different than most footwear, the shoe bed is really comfortable and does a good job of supporting my arches (for a casual shoe). I love the crazy designs, including herringbone twill, hand-painted masterpieces, and boots that wrap up your leg like an ace bandage (perfect for larger- or smaller- than normal calves). Try ’em out for yourself!


There’s nothing like a new little black dress to make you feel ready to take on the world.

Last Saturday, my two closest and oldest friends came into town, and we spent the afternoon shopping and having fun in the Big Apple. Towards the evening, we stumbled into a shop that featured a perfect (and cheap!) replica of the late ’80s Hervé Léger bandage dress. I was hooked!

I brought my usual size back with me to the dressing room, and it didn’t do too much for me. My friend handed her size over the partition, and I’m pretty sure I witnessed a miracle – a size 8 fitting me like a glove! Well of course I bought it, and wore it out that very night. The attention was overwhelming, a woman even stopped me on the street and asked, “How’d you get your figure? Crunches?” I replied, “Oh, I just work for Weight Watchers.”

So maybe the moral of the story is that we all need a little help from our friends. And a fabulous black dress.