Archive for December, 2013

Often I hear people complain “I have nothing to wear”. And those complaints mostly coming from those who possesses rather vast wardrobe then from those with a much more modest wardrobes. This is happening when ones wardrobe is not in fact functional. In a functional wardrobe most, if not all items “work” with one another and enable you to create countless combinations.

There are various approaches to creating a truly functional wardrobe, one of them is first putting together the “basics” and then adding other non-basic items. Personally, I prefer a different approach – building on a single item, in other words a top down approach.

One can start out with any item of clothing, any item at all. For instance take your favorite piece of clothing and decide what would go with it, what would create en elegant yet simple and comfortable outfit. What would dress it up? What would dress it down? How can you make that piece into an outfit for a party? Or how can you make it work appropriate? Or how to make it casual enough for a Saturday morning run to the corner market?

One thing to keep in mind – whenever you add another article of clothing, make sure it goes well with the existing ones. If it does not work with one of them, perhaps it should not be added at all.

In my example I’d like to start with my currently favorite sweater – Audrey jumper from Boden in berry color. I loved its neckline and texture and my husband got it for me this Christmas.

The sweater is rather boxy and thus calls for a non-boxy and non-baggy bottom to go with it. For a casual look I choose a pair of long capri pants and ballet flats.

Casual Set 1

For a dressier look I choose a pencil skirt with a pair of ankle booties.

Dressy Set 1

To complete a set I have added a peplum top and few more accessories. I can keep adding to it endlessly while most things can be worn interchangeably.

Functional Set 1


Rondini store is well hidden – one must enter one of the galleries in order to see it. In the vitrine there was a pair of tiniest tropeziennes one could imagine. I would love them for the little girl I am carrying but, unfortunatelly, the do not make them this small, the smallest size is 23. They measured my foot – I am 39 narrow in Rondini sizing.

While in Paris, I had only 2 pairs of shoes due to my determination to travel light: a pair of suede ankle boots and a pair of sporty flats. By all means not suitable for Saint‐Tropez! So our first stop had to be the Rondini store.

I was walking around the store picking out the style to try on as the girl approached me.

-“You cannot try them on by yourself”

-“What do you mean?”

-“This is not an exhibition, you cannot just pick up the shoes and try them on. We are supposed to help you”

That would be hard, I thought, since I had no clue what I wanted and was planning on going through loads of shoes. Also the girl seemed rude for such an expensive store. Plus what in the world does it mean they are supposed to help me try the shoes on?? Personally I am not a fan of people I don’t know touching me. I remember being very unhappy when saleslady at the lingery store trying to help me with trying on undergarments.

‐”What are you trying to say? Are you going to put them on my feet or something?” I was about to laugh in her face. I am really not a fan if strangers touching me and was not about to allow that simply for a pleasure of getting a pair of sandals, no matter how legendary they might be. I was close to walking out of the store and the only thing that made me stay put was my tired feet of a 6 weeks pregnant woman, that were earning for some comfort only sandals can provide.

‐”Yes, I have to put them on your feet”

So there we were, arguing back and forth, me trying to see if I understood the girl correctly. And yes, she did mean she will literally put the shoes on me. Was it any other store, I’d tell her where to go, but I was quite keen on getting a pair of tropeziennes from Rondini.

I had to make a choice and I’ve decided to give it a shot. The girls put some powder on the first pair and started slowly and carefully wriggling my foot in. About 2‐3 pairs and 10 minutes later I figured out why they do not let customers try the sandals on themselves ‐ people would simply destroy those divine creations by stretching out the delicate leather. There were also some adjustments to be made to customize the shoe to the foot and other little tricks.

So, to make a long story short, I finally saw why they do not allow customers try the shoes on – the shoes should be put on with extra precautions not to stretch the delicate leather.

I must say the sandals are heavenly and worth every penny. I was very happy I did not leave the store upon the saleslady’s strange request and rude conduct. Turns out she was not being rude, it’s just that customer service is not one of the strong points around here.

Hopefully this bit of info will help the future shoppers of the Rondini store. The store really has earned its name and I will definitely go back or at least order online. Also I cannot wait for our upcoming vacation to St. Lucia so I could wear my lovely sandals again

In search of a perfect mattress

Posted: December 23, 2013 in Decor, Shopping

Finally we have decided it is time for a mattress upgrade. After careful consideration and endless trips to mattress stores and constant tryouts, we have narrowed down our selections to top 3 mattresses:

1) Sleeping Beauty Kristen Luxury Pillowtop – $$$

Sleeping Beauty Kristen Luxury Pillowtop Mattress

2) Sleep Options Cool Gel 13 inch Ultra Plush – $$

Sleep Options Cool Gell 13 inch Ultra Plush Mattress

3) Sleep Number P5 – $$$

Sleep Number P5 Mattress

I must say, it was a tough choice since all 3 had their advantages and all 3 were heavenly comfortable. The downside for the Sleep Number was many bad reviews and complaints about finding mold on the inside after about 2 years of use. So far I am yet to find complaints about the first two choices so we took Sleep Number off the list, besides, both of us prefer roughly the same firmness so no need for adjustment offered by Sleep Number.

Another thing was that Sleepy’s offered free old mattress removal and free delivery, in addition to a frame bed which took weight of our shoulders and a need to get mattress springs.

We finally chose the Sleeping Beauty which is exclusive to Sleepy’s, and has better side support than the Sleep Options one.

The mattress was delivered this Saturday and it is indeed heavenly! I would highly recommend both the Sleeping Beauty as well as Cool Sleep Options, definitley the best ones outhere. Worth every penny!