Drum roll, please.  For the first time in my adult life... I can zip boots.  Behold!
excuse the blur - toddlers & cameras don't mix
They're normal boots.  Not even "extra wide calves".  They're the Miz Mooz Solis boots, scored at the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale and I have enjoyed a few stolen moments here and there admiring them from the above vantage point.
Admiring them and the fact that THEY ZIP!

I've marveled at them in my mirror.


Definitely did some happy dancing as well, though I restrained myself during the shopping. Not that Nordstrom doesn't love a good happy dance.

The boots are my reward for losing 50 pounds.  That "major milestone" I hinted at last week.  I was a little trepidacious upon entering the shoe department.  You see, the last time I was at this weight was 1995 and I was living in Arizona, where the weather just didn't inspire to buy knee-high leather boots.  The last time I was "sort of in the vicinity of" this weight was when I met my future husband - and the boots didn't zip. 
So imagine my utter and complete joy when I pulled a pair off the sale rack, slid them up under my jeans and zipped them right up.  No tugging, no pinching.
Then imagine how giddy I was when - knowing I was pushing my luck - I folded my jeans around my leg and zipped the boots up WITH THE JEANS INSIDE!
It was a glorious afternoon.

It is an incontrovertible fact that style and weight are inextricably linked.  Yes, one can find clothing that flatters at almost any weight.  Almost.  But it has been a long time since I was able to personally enjoy certain styles of clothing.  Boots included!

A fantastic journey will soon begin for me. 2011 is the Year of the Wardrobe!
I've shrunk out of nearly everything in my closet and need to learn how to dress this new body.  I hope you'll come along for the fun.  I'll be tapping the style experts (Imogen! Reachel! Tim! Nina! Stacy & Clinton! Trinny & Susannah! and more!) through various books and blogs. Hopefully personally consulting with a few as well.

But this week I'm mainly reveling in this fact....   
... the boots zip.


11/18/2010 17:20

That's awesome!! I'm so glad you were able to find some boots for your hot legs.

11/22/2010 13:24

Congratulations on losing 50 pounds! I have lost 30 recently and hoping to hit 50 myself! Gorgeous boots! I'm a boots girl myself
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11/23/2010 21:00

Good for you!

12/04/2010 20:52

Wow! I know the feeling about boots not zipping! You've inspired me to follow in your footsteps...again! :)


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