I’ve been out doing a little shopping for the holidays. No, I didn’t brave the Black Friday crowds, although I will say that the iPad is the best thing ever invented in the world for making standing in a long line less painful.
So, since I’m always thinking about you, (seriously, I’m always thinking about you) I can’t tell you how many times over the past week I’ve thought, I need to let YOU know about THIS or I need to let YOU know about THAT. So this is the “Letting You Know” post because it’s just wrong to find great stuff and not share it.
Remember our past “Winter Survival Lists” HERE, HERE and HERE. Every year several of you have told me how you can’t get through the winter without your Ugg boots. Since I have so much trouble keeping my feet warm, to the point of running a heater almost full time under my desk all winter, I decided to treat myself to a pair.
I’m in love! Uggs, where have you been all my life! Thank you to everyone who mentioned them in your Winter Survival list–they are just as wonderful as you said. I purchased mine 5 days ago at the Uggs store at Lenox Square in Atlanta and have not taken them off since. Okay, I’m not sleeping in them, but it’s tempting! My feet have never been warmer.
If you visit the Lenox store, ask for Crystal. She was so patient and so nice as I tried on several styles and agonized over which pair to buy. I jokingly told her I was going to sleep in them that night. lol The look she gave me was priceless.
The only thing I found disappointing about the Ugg store was the limited selection. I drove the 30 minutes to Lenox Square to shop in an official Ugg store thinking I’d walk in and it would be AHHHHHHHH (sung at a high pitch) as the clouds parted and sunshine rained on Ugg World in abundance! Instead, the store is kind of small and the selection didn’t seem that much better than a local shoe store that’s 5 minutes from my home. The local store actually had some styles the Lenox store didn’t. It would be nice if there was one big store in each major city where you could go to see all the styles. Unfortunately, their biggest stores are in New York and Hawaii…a little too far to go for Uggs.
I ended up buying the Katerina. I love it and it makes me feel like I’m perpetually on a ski vacation in Vale. I’ve worn it with my pants tucked inside and with them out and I like it both ways. The other thing I love about this boot is it zips up one side so it’s super easy to put on and take off. They are a dream.
I purchased the Protector spray since I remember wearing suede shoes in highschool and how hard they could be to keep clean. Anyone else remember those? I was concerned the spray would change the color; I love the warmth and richness of the chestnut color. I’m happy to report, it did not. The kit I purchased also came with a cleaner in case I do drop a big ole glop of jelly on the top one day. Hoping that doesn’t happen but with me, you never know!
I love the Katerina so much, I’m already pining away for another pair. I’m eyeing this baby for when I save up my pennies again. It’s the Sunburst Tall. One of the sales associates at the Ugg store was wearing it and it is cute!
One more style I saw and loved was the Bailey Button Triplet. I don’t think you have to undo the buttons to put it on, most of the boots pull on. So cute!
A couple of things to know when buying Uggs:
1. Stay away from buying them in questionable places because this is one of the most counterfeited shoes around. There’s a whole section about Counterfeit Protection at the Ugg website.
2. Some Ugg styles fit true to size while others run a size or half-size smaller. So be sure and read the information and reviews at the Ugg website or at Zappos to see what wearers are saying if you plan on ordering a pair without first trying them on. I purchased the Katerina in a size 7 and found it fits true to size.
3. Uggs were designed to wear without socks, but all the research and reading I’ve done online says your Uggs will not stay fresh (delicate way of putting it) as long, if you don’t wear socks. So that leads me to the next thing I wanted to share.
You may remember when I mentioned Solmate Socks in a previous post after I came across them in my local Wild Birds Unlimited. I love these socks! Solmate socks are made from recycled cotton and I’ve found they are the perfect thickness to wear with my Ugg boots.
They are made in Vermont and you may have noticed, they are purposely mismatched. The colors will be similar or the same for each sock, but the patterns are different. I love silly and these are the perfect combination of comfort and silly.
I have purchased them at Wild Birds Unlimited and online. I just bought a couple more pairs on Amazon when I discovered how comfortable they were with my new boots. You can see all the colors they come in and purchase them HERE and HERE.
Update: Remember when I posted this table setting recently featuring some cute Christmas dishware I found in Walmart. Those dishes sparked the most comments and emails I’ve ever received from readers wanting to find something I’ve used in a table setting.
Some folks found them in their local store, others could not. If you were one of the folks who couldn’t find them, you may want to check your store again. I was in Wally World last night looking for headphones that will stay in my ears when I’m gardening and lo and behold, they had a whole new shipment. I didn’t see bunny plates but they did have lots of the birdie ones and the barn/sleigh plates.
I just wanted to let you know since I know so many of you wanted those salad plates. They had the full dish set available online but apparently if you just wanted the salad plates, those were available separately only in the stores.
Antler Ornaments/Place card Holders:
Last Christmas I created this table setting with a nature theme. It featured a deer centerpiece and shed antlers tucked down inside a bed of magnolia leaves.
Even my friends got into the theme. lol (Dinner Party can be viewed here: Christmas Dinner Party with Friends)
For that table setting, I purchased cute antler ornaments from Wal-Mart thinking they would work great as place card holders. They did! Several of you asked about those and couldn’t find them. Wal-Mart has them in again this year, unless they are sold out. They are $1.99 for a set so that’s works out to a $1 an antler or $1 a place card holder. You’ll find them in the ornament section…one of the main places I shop for place card holders. Shhh, don’t tell anyone, it’s a trade secret.
Love these Women’s Regular Performance Active Pants from Lands End! They have a super comfy wasitband that’s not really a waistband at all. They are made out of some kind of stretchy fabric that’s heavy and doesn’t pill up. So comfortable! I’m pretty much living in these and my Uggs right now for every day wear. I decided to try them after noticing out of 951 reviews, 896 folks recommend them. At the Lands End site, just type in 395107 in the search box where it says “Enter Keyword or Style #” and they will pop right up.
This is what I wear under them when I’m outside. They are called Women’s Regular Thermaskin Heat Pants. They aren’t as thin as silk but they are a lot less expensive. I purchased them in “Medium” but I probably could have gotten away with a “Small” since they need to be a bit snugger to wear underneath pants. (Silly spell-check doesn’t recognize snugger, can you believe that?!)
I think if I order more, I’ll go for the small next time. Toasty warm, am I. Can you tell this girl hates being cold? Again, there’s no waistband to choke you, waist just gently tapers up. Whoever thought of making pants like that is a genius! Must have been someone who had just finished a big Thanksgiving dinner! Oh, to find these at Lands End, type in 404509 in the search box.
I know there were a couple of other finds I wanted to share, but right now I can’t think of what they were.
Have fun with your shopping–’tis the season!