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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




Beret – American Apparel
Army Jacket – J. Crew
T-shirt – Banana Republic
Jeans – American Apparel
Boots – Coach


Top – Zara
Jeans – Fade to blue
Jacket – Gap
Scarf – Bebe
Purse – Donna Karen
Shoes – Don’t remember
Sunglasses – Franco Sarto

Lately, with constantly changing weather, I found a lot of use for scarves. Here is one of my favorites – Jason Wu scarf that is hard to wear due to floral print. It is actually the only thing I own that has floral print on it, everything else either geometric shapes or solid colors. I prefer to wear it with all black or other neutrals.


Dress – Banana Republic
Scarf – Jason Wu for Target
Sunglasses – Carolina Herrera
Tights – Hue
Shoes – Cole Haan

Plum mascara?

Posted: March 18, 2012 in Accessories, Style
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The other day I got an e-mail from a friend asking me where should she get blue or plum mascara. At first I thought she was crazy but as I did some research, I got totally and completely infatuated with a plum mascara and now I am looking to try one. It actually really brings oput the eyes, especially brown and hazel ones.

The one I found to have excellent reviews was BADgal mascara. It is definitely next on my list

Hair brushes

Posted: March 17, 2012 in Accessories, Shopping
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My latest obsession has been donating my hair to the Locks of Love. For that I need at least 10 inches of hair and so far I only have 9. So I have been looking into ways to speed up hair growth and one of the ways was scalp massage and using the right hair brush. Apparently regular plastic or nylon hair brushes do not contribute to the hair growth, moreover, they damage hair and scalp.

I did some research and found out that it’s best to use a brush with natural bristles for it does not damage the hair but massages the scalp. The best hair brush would consist 50% of boar bristles and 50% of nylon. 100% boar bristle hair brush could be too soft and not good for brushing hair.

I found the absolute best, the Rolls Royce of hair brushes – Mason Pearson and Frederick Fekkai brushes:

Each of which starts at $45 (smallest travel version) and goes up as high as $280! Brrrr, that’s just crazy. I mean I will get myself one, I know I will, but later, when I convinve myself a little more.

Meanwhile I found very affordable alternative by Revlon – Amber Wave 50-50 All Purpose
nylon-natural brush:

Interestingly, only Walgreens carry this particular brush and in most they are sold out. It took me a while to find a Walgreens that had two brushes left.

Will try and see, and if it works well, I will make an investment and get myself a Fekkai brush

Got lunch?

Posted: February 10, 2012 in Accessories
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Due to my new low sodium, low carb diet, I now bring my own lunch to work. Turns out, it’s nearly impossible to get any healthy food in the city. Once, when I forgot my afternoon snack at home, I was forced to look for one to purchase near my job. The closest to a decent snack was an oatmeal cookie from Juan valdez, which was over 400 calories, which is terrible, taking into account that my diet is 1350 calories per day, divided on 4-5 freequent meals.

So anyway, except those times I meet a friend for lunch and head over to Saladworks or a sushi bar, I usually bring my breakfast, lunch and snacks. So, being me, I needed a super cute lunch bag that would not clash too much with neither my purse nor my outfit. Here is what I came up with:

Isn’t it cute?:)

Jason Wu Madness

Posted: February 5, 2012 in Accessories, Shopping, Wardrobe

Today Jason Wu’s collection for Target hit the stores. I am not ashamed to admit, I was ready to go by 6am but got held back by my family. We got the the Target store by 10am and there was literally nothing – one pleated skirt and a couple of neck-tie blouses but they looked awful and the skirt fit well but was the wrong length – it hit way above the knee but was not short enough to be classified as mini.

To be honest, not everything in the collection was to my liking. For instance those colorful purses are not appropriate for anyone past 15 years of age. I just can’t picture myself sporting one of those, even if I would be seriously intoxicated.

Then the famous cat bag – in my opinion it is a bit wacky and makes me think of a crazy cat lady (don’t get me wrong, I love cats! I mean I am the person who linked the words from the song “Every step I take”, “In the future can’t wait to see if you open up the gates for me” to the death of my cat who passed away few years earlier).
Then the straw bags – I think straw should be used for a basket type bag and not for a sleek elegant handbag. Just two opposing ideas for me. But that’s just my opinion, I am not forcing it upon anyone. Most of the neck-tie blouses were not to my liking as well, the only one I thought was worth any attention was the navy one. Unfortunatelly I didn’t find them neither online nor in any of the stores.

What I really loved was the t-shirts with lace print, navy sleeveless shift dress, all the scarfs (even the one with the abundance of cats:)), the adorable poplin dress with a red stripe, the pleated skirt (I have been on a hunt for one for as long as I can remember). At first I was not sure about the skirt because I didn’t feel the length was right but the girl I met in the dressing room convinced me otherwise. She knocked on the door of my stall to see the skirt and she made me see it was a keeper. I wish i could thank her now, because back then, in the heat of the moment I was not so sure.

Another little thing that found its way onto my heart was the print on the navy scarf and one of the dresses – a small wheel, just like the one on the gypsy flag. At least that’s my personal association.

Below are my today’s purchases from the above mentioned collection. The blue blouse we got for my mother-in-law, the navy scarf for my father’s wife, the grey t-shirt with lace print is for my lovely sister. I wish i could get something for my mother too, but neither style nor sizes are suitable for her. Mental note: to start getting on my mother’s case about eating healthy, exercising and taking better care of herself.

The dress with dot print (reminds me of a gypsy flag) found my husband. When we got to the store, practically everything was gone and this dress was returned by someone and immediately snatched by my awesome husband:))

Every rose has its thorns

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Accessories
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One of my favorite pieces – eco friendly vine ring by Julia Failey

Raspberry dream

Posted: November 30, 2011 in Accessories, Shopping
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My recent finding – Via Spiga Eileen suede pumps in raspberry. In reality it’s more purple then red, like it seems on the picture.

I am trying to put together a few outfits around those gorgeous shoes. Yellow dress? Grey knee length pencil skirt? Black? There are so many possibilities
Via Spiga Eileen pumps in raspberry suede

And here is a link to a beautiful story involving raspberry shoes:)