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Over-The-Top, Gold, Pearl-Ornamented Booties Worn 3 Ways, Or, Saturday Morning at 8:42am

Happy almost-New Gregorian Year!

I have finished 2022 by doing as one of you suggested, i.e. buying and wearing a pair of pearl-ornamented gold leather booties. What? You say I cannot blame this on you all? I beg to differ. Nancy, thank you.

So, if, and I get it’s a big “if,” but IF if you’re going to get yourself a pair of gold boots you have to wear them as much as possible. Rules are rules.

My family spent the Christmas weekend at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay. I’ve been there before you may remember, more than once. We had a really nice time. The weather was fair and mild, sunsets beautiful, and everyone in pretty good spirits given the trials of our past several years. I was determined to wear my new gold boots every night, and so I did.

First, for dinner in the fancy restaurant, Navio. Mirror selfie. I think I did put on some lipstick eventually. Probably a lip balm by Ilia. And I’m 100% sure I tucked my socks into the booties much more thoroughly.

Remember that blue dress?

Then for dinner at an Italian restaurant, outdoor dining under heat lamps. The boots are awesome with jeans. I say so.

Worn with this white shirt, but no necklace. One over-the-top item is enough for a High WASP.

And finally for dinner on the hotel’s Ocean Terrace. Although this outfit was why I bought the boots in the first place, it was probably the least successful. That wasn’t the boots’ fault. The dress needs to be shortened an inch or three and I just didn’t get to it before the holiday arrived.

Grinning like a banshee at the cameraperson, AKA my son.

Sometimes, as in life, it’s the least practical choices that become our most beloved.

I hope you all are well, in this quiet dark time of year in the Western hemisphere. I have learned a lot more from you, over the years, than just the value of ornamented footwear. Have a wonderful weekend and an increasingly lovely 2023. Perhaps, with one over-the-top goal or idea or intention in mind. The question is always, the top of what?


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16 Responses

  1. “Grinning like a banshee” is a wonderful phrase, and I can’t say how nice it is to see that those boots finally found a home in your life! Happy new year indeed!

  2. What a delightful place to spend Christmas! We’ve actually stayed at that hotel and attended a wedding there. What a good memory. It was right before our first trip to Big Sur. I love your boots!

  3. You bought the boots!! I was hoping for this exact post. :) They are just as superb and versatile as promised, and I still think they look beyond perfect with the dress in your last photo. Of course, your smile is the best part. <3

    I've already had the over-the-top goal of returning to school endorsed by a few trusted voices over Christmas.
    Thank you for giving me the initial confidence to ask, Lisa — your blog is the first place I mentioned it.

    Your holiday sounds absolutely lovely and so much fun. I hope you had a wonderful time with your family. Have a delightful weekend, and very best wishes for a joyful 2023! xoxo

  4. Your pearl-trimmed gold leather booties provided me with a great deal of vicarious enjoyment! They are beautiful, especially with the jeans, and I also thank Nancy.

  5. So true what you said – about the least (supposedly) practical become the most versatile and actually then, practical. Love them with all of your outfits, and particularly with the jeans. They are truly fab. xoxo

  6. The boots are fabulous! Wear them lavishly! Your holiday sounds so nice. Best wishes for the New Year.

  7. Not everyone can wear those fabulous pearl studded gold boots but you wear it well! Your Christmas weekend sounds so relaxing and just what you needed. Best wishes for a healthy, happy 2023.

  8. Those boots with jeans are wonderful, Lisa. I think that’s my favourite look of the three. I agree… one over-the-top piece is enough for me too. Then again, how does one define over the top? Depends on where one’s top is. Ha. Happy New Year, by blog friend. Hope 2023 is a good one for you. For all of us actually. :)

  9. Wishing you all the best for 2023. The gold, pearl studded boots are a real, one-of-a-kind, statement piece. They are very eye-catching and clearly bring you lots of joy. Can’t we all use more joy!

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