8.25.2010

a tale of two shoes

cardigan, Old Navy $15; dress, Gianni Bini via Dillards $40, heels, Bakers $40
Of course it goes without saying that I am slightly obsessed with shoes. I don't discriminate; I obsess over all of my shoes equally. However, these caged heels hold a particularly special place in my heart (and not just because they're freakin' hott!). No, this pair is extra special because my BFF bought them for me over the weekend. Now, allow me to explain a bit more... 

Almost a year and a half ago my best friend, Joe, made a very important decision that would drastically change his life - he underwent lap band surgery. We both knew this would mean big changes in the months ahead; however, at the time I don't think that either of us could have imagined exactly how big. Now, 1 year and 4 months later he is a svelte 190 pounds lighter and much healthier (you must go read about his journey)!

So, I bet you're wondering right about now where these heels enter into this story. Well, he and I love to shop (duh!). So, somewhere along his amazing journey we decided that as a reward, every time he met a 30 pound weight loss goal we would go shoe shopping and he would buy a new pair for himself. The months passed and he quickly lost 30 pounds, then 90 pounds, then 120 pounds. And, as he approached losing a whopping 180 pounds, he looked at me one day over lunch and said that when he reached his next goal he did not want to buy shoes for himself... he wanted to buy shoes for me

Joe, my darling, you are amazing and it has been my privilege to be by your side throughout your wonderful transformation! I loved the old you and I love the new and improved you just as much. It is my honor to be able to call you my BFF. xo, Gracie


9 comments:

Ashley J said...

What a good classic outfit!

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Joe Joe said...

Thx for making me cry! lol :) xoxo joe:)

budget chic said...

Nice outfit, especially the dress, reminds me that I need to stop in Dillards more often. Good deal on those caged heels too!

Grace, Money Smart Fashion said...

hey sexy lady! you look hott in this outfit! hehe, especially the shoes!

Gracie said...

Many thanks, ladies and Joe :)

Budget Chic, I highly recommend Dillards - I find they have pretty good quality for very good prices.

Grit and Glamour said...

Oh, I love the shoes and outfit as much as I love the story! Congrats to Joe. Don't you love it when you have a piece in your wardrobe like that, with a story that makes you smile every time you wear it?!

Thanks for stopping by G&G sweetie.

♥ V

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Hazel Williams said...

An absolutely gorgeous outfit! LOVE IT! :) Hazel

Anonymous said...

What a cute little outfit I really like the green dress with the caged heels. I was always on the fence about this type of heel but after seeing you pull it off so well I really have changed my opinion and decided I want to buy some. Do you recommend any sort of color for them or do they look good with any color and your just have to match your outfit accordingly?

Gracie said...

Thank you for stopping by and leaving such kind words :)

On the topic of caged heels, if you are slightly hesitant, I would probably go with a basic color like black or brown. It really depends on your preference, and what you generally wear more often. However, up until last weekend I was browsing brown and tan, because that's what I usually prefer (see post here), but finding this black pair changed my mind.

I hope that helps! Please email me if you have questions or would like recommendations of shoes to buy.

xo,
Gracie

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