Category: Shoes

Wide Calf Boots

Let’s talk boots. I have been dying to get a great pair of boots for years. Literally, years. The first problem I found was calf size. It took me a couple of years to realize that wide calf boots exist. That was a game changer. I started ordering boots online because finding them in stores is next to impossible. Despite multiple purchases (and returns) I still haven’t found a pair that fits. Why? Simple.

Most boots are made so that as the shoe size increases, the boot shaft also increases in width. I’m short, so most boot styles that fit my 6 1/2 sized foot aren’t wide enough for my calf. If you have a larger foot you won’t have this problem. But, if you’ve got small feet like me, you’ll have to hunt a little harder.

To determine how wide you need the boot shaft to be simply measure around the widest part of your calf. Then, look at the boot’s specs online. They will list how wide the shaft is at it’s widest, and which shoe size has that width. It’s a gamble to order them online, but it’s really the only option for a great selection.

Carrie

Hello everyone, I’m Carrie. I’m a family photographer, and a mom of three elementary school kids. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Oregon, but I’ve lived on the east coast for the last eight years. I love exploring new places, baking, volunteering at my kids’ school, and reading. You can check out my other work at Cabesh Photography.

How to make it glitter shoes

// How to make it glitter shoes?  Yes, please! Have you been dying to learn how to make your own glitter shoes?  I won’t lie, I totally have.  Today new DIY fashion editor Stephanie has a great tutorial to teach us all how to do the greatest DIY in the history of ever: how to make your own glitter shoes. I’m squealing on the inside. – Allison //

do it yourself Glitter Shoes

Hi! It’s Stephanie from Henry Happened. It’s time to glitter it up, and I’ve been on the lookout for easy (and cheap) ways how to add sparkle and bling. And you know what looks way better with a coat of glitter? Yep, your basic black flats. Who knew, right?

Well, I guess my daughter could have told me that. She is obsessed with glitter shoes! In fact, we can’t get out the door unless she is wearing sparkly shoes. And she gives my new shoes two thumbs up.

how to glitter shoes

I went with a multicolored glitter for my black flats just so they would match whatever I happened to be wearing. But plain gold or silver would also look great. And don’t be glitter shy if your flats have a pattern – … >> find out more…

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

What shoes to wear for Spring

shoes to wear for Spring

Utah weather is jacked up, and that’s a fact.  Regardless of the time of year, Utah likes to mix it up.  There’s almost always snow on the ground for Easter, and once in a while January throws us a 70 degree day.  You know, for fun.  It’s cold right now, but it’s warming up so I’m picking out what shoes to wear for Spring.  Here are 6 options for you, no matter the weather.  (well, kind of.)

1.  Wedges

2.  Kitten Heels

3.  Ballet Flats

4.  Spring boots

5.  Espadrilles

6.  Sandals

Wear the wedges with, well, anything in your closet.  They would look adorable with a skirt or a pair of cut-off jeans.  The kitten heels are perfect for a work outfit, or with dark skinny jeans for a night out with your girls.  Ballet flats go with anything and everything, including your mom (bonus!).  You might be scratching your head about the boots, but don’t.  Short little sassy cowboy boots are RIDONKULOUS with a denim mini or a blousy maxi dress.  That outfit makes me happy just thinking about it.  Espadrilles go with everything, but your boss might not feel happy with them at the office, … >> find out more…

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

shoes!

You know how much I love the Pinterest right?  I can’t get enough.  In fact, if my iPhone could track the traffic on my screen, all roads would end at Pinterest.

I thought it would be fun to corral some of my favorite finds from Pinterest about once a week and highlight them here.  This week?

SHOES!

heels

 

riding boot

Do you want every pair of boots as much as me?  I want them all right now, right here, ASAP. 

Please.… >> find out more…

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

my favorite pair of heels

high heels

A few months ago I was accidentally shopping at Nordstrom with my husband {hey, it happens!} when we came across a women’s shoe sale.  It’s not pretty finding a shoe sale you weren’t planning to find.  Oops! There goes the kids’ college tuition!

jessica simpson shoes

I found these Jessica Simpson nude heels for $45.  They were normally twice that, and I fell fast and hard for these babies.  I’ve fought the nude trend forever, thinking it’s just not a flattering shade for anyone, anywhere.  And boy, I was wrong.

pumps

I also probably judged Jessica Simpson prematurely, thinking that her life choices were indicative of what kind of shoes “she” would design.  Well, girlfriend has an amazing team of designers because this is the second pair of Jessica Simpson shoes in my closet.

What was your last impulse buy?… >> find out more…

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

bad fashion week part 7

It was all fun and games in the 90′s when we were being ironically sad and hopeless, wearing baggy flannel and worrying about our collegiate and suburban futures, but the gig is up.  Thick soled shoes are for people who legitimately need to wear them for health reasons {maybe you have one leg that’s shorter than the other?}.

Here’s the situation.  Unlike platforms and other high heeled shoes that actually make your bum look smaller, your legs look longer, and make you all around foxier, platform shoes make you look fat.

No seriously, they do.  The thickness on the bottom of  your shoes makes your whole being look, well, pudgy.

thick soles

It’s just not a good look.  For anyone.

Muah!, Doc Martens, Shoe Affair, Heel and Sole Shoes, Modern Vespa>> find out more…

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

hot sandals for summer 2011

I can’t even wait for Summer.  Like, I’m already having fantasies about taking my kids to the local pool and reading magazines in the burning hot sun while I drink a cold beverage.

It doesn’t feel really close in Utah, but it’s just around the corner.

hot sandals for summer 2011

I wanted to share some of the hottest sandals out there right now for the Summer 2011.  I’ll give you a big fat hint: espadrilles are everywhere.

I loved them when they were hot in the 80′s and I love them again this time around.  Anyone can wear espadrilles.  They give the illusion of height while allowing you to walk like a normal person.

I limited myself to my favorite 6 sandals right now, but I think I’ll have to share more as Summer draws near.  I already lost half my afternoon searching for these.  Eep!

What’s your favorite Summer footwear?  Besides no footwear at all, of course.

1. espadrilles 2. majorca 3. peep toe platforms 4. wedge 5. via spiga 6. glamour >> find out more…

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

cheap ballet flats for women

cheap ballet flats for women

The other night I was at the mall with Precocious, something that happens so rarely it just felt really weird to type it.  I mean, we never ever go to the mall together unless we’re headed to a movie as a family.  It was actually a really nice, belated birthday present for my now 11-year-old tween: dinner and shopping without the boys.

After we’d shopped around for a while we headed to a shoe store *just to browse*.  Those two phrases don’t really belong in the same sentence do they?  Shoe stores & just browsing?

pointy ballet flats

Anyway, halfway through the store, after we’d found a size 8 1/2 women’s shoe for my barely 11-year-old who has grown an entire shoe size in two months, I spotted these beauties.

I didn’t know what to do, so I tweeted out a call for help.  Natch.

Some of you thought they were hot, some not, but I bought them anyway.

cute ballet flats

Since I was already buying shoes for Precocious, I got these cheap ballet flats {slash kitten heels} for half off at $3.50.

Can I get a what, what?

These shoes may be funky, they might look like something that crawled out … >> find out more…

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

fall boots for 2010.

You’ve noticed a lot of boots on women around town, yes?  I’m so excited this boot trend hasn’t gone anywhere because I’m a huge fan of the boot and it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the fact that Utah is snowy 9 months out of the year.  I don’t think.

Anyway, I’m thrilled boots are here to stay.  Here’s a round-up of a few of my favorite styles of fall boots for 2010.  I put a few price points in there too, boots can be an expensive proposition, but keep in mind it’s almost universally true that you get what you pay for.

1. Suede Booties, Forever 21 $27.80

2. Ugg Boots $200

3. Ankle Boots, Macy’s $59.00

fall boots for 2010

4. Heel Boots,Old Navy$49.50

5. Women’s Buckled Boots, Zappos $69.95

6. Peep Toe Bootie Shoes, Overstock.com $47.67

I’ll go into what to wear with boots in another post, but simmer on these ones for a while.  Which ones do you like the best?  All of them?  None of them?  Do you wear boots where you live?… >> find out more…

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!