But guess what? I DID WIN. And I won something awesome. These Koolaburra Victoria boots, in black. (Which are apparently the brand being worn by Celebrities Everywhere, although I promise when I put them on I will NOT turn into Lindsay Lohan.)
They just arrived in the mail, and I have only gotten to try them on thus far (SOOOO wearing them out next time I leave the apartment) but they are absolutely fab as far as I can tell, and it occurred to me that I should really take a photo of them to post here when I wear them out for the first time. (Hey, I am glad to give the company a bit of free advertising when the product really is great!) So I shall do that. But in the meantime, it also occurred to me that maybe it would be fun to share some other fashion thoughts and finds I have found in recent months and totally love.
Let's start simple. In the last month, I've noticed a fair amount of large print houndstooth showing up in the city, which I think is great, because the big print version of it in particular can be really striking. (The small print version is okay, too, though it's not as pleasing to me, depending on how it's used. For some reason if it hits some middle ground in size sometimes I think it looks ugly.) And I don't know if I'm just tuned in to it recently for some reason, or if it really is becoming a new trend (maybe it's been here for months and I'm just noticing, who knows?), but if it is a new thing apparently I got ahead of the curve on this one, because I bought this awesome shawl in October. And I love it.
(Fringed houndstooth shawl, $15, Soho street shop, NYC)
Even though I bought it in October, it's actually the perfect weight for upcoming breezy-but-warmer spring weather. And the pattern is really what makes it pop. So, whether I'm getting in with the trend, way behind, or just forging ahead on my own opinion, I say large print houndstooth should be The Thing (or one of the Things) this Spring.
And although this one's a little more of a cold-weather thing, here's a great example of a striking wardrobe piece made with this pattern.
Oh, how I covet that coat.
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