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Healing Colors: Living in the Pink!

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It's been a little over two weeks since I recounted my stylish adventure at Club Monaco and I have really been struggling during this time: I hurt my foot, or rather I re-injured my foot, for this is a sudden recurrance of an old problem. Pain management has dominated my days and unfortunately a recent cortisone shot from my doctor has had little effect. I have to wear a terribly unfashionable night splint and I am clomping about the house in Birkenstocks as it is the only footwear that isn't aggravating things. In short, it has been a bother! Coupled with the tragic events that have been playing out on the news lately it's been hard for me to keep my chin up. But one must, and I've been thinking a lot about how we can hold on to health and happiness.

Ever since last week's horrible attacks in Paris and Beirut, I've been reflecting a lot on the power of color and what colors I instinctively turn to in dark, disheartening times. Overwhelmingly I have been gravit…

Love x Style x Life: Sally Meets Garance Doré!

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November is already shaping up to be crazy busy. In retaliation I've been indulging in an especially lazy weekend away from the city the last couple days, but I'd be remiss if I didn't take a few moments to recount one of the week's highlights: meeting fashion blogger, illustrator, and photographer Garance Doré!
Thursday evening I ventured to the Club Monaco store at the Boston Prudential Center, where Ms. Doré was signing copies of her new book Love Style Life. The book is a must-have for fans of Garance and she was just as warm and inviting in person as she comes across on her blog and in interviews... Yes! Rest assured, GD-devotees, she does not disappoint. 

Love Style Life is an artfully rendered, luxe-to-the-touch paperback containing a pleasing hodge podge of photographs, style tips, celebrity profiles, humorous musings about life, and more. In short, it's packed with plenty of wit for your brain and beauty for your coffee table.
The book signing event itself…

A Belated Halloween Treat: Barbara's Vintage Costume

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Dearest Shoestringers, I wish I had discovered this picture in time to to post it for Halloween but I only noticed it today! My father's dear cousin Barbara posted this snap on her Facebook page this past All Hallow's Eve and it is so adorable I simply must share it with you. After all, us Shoestringers love vintage fashions and hand-me-down treasures! Luckily Barbara is a loyal fan of my little blog shoestringsally.com and gave me her full blessing to share it with you today:


This picture was taken around the time Barbara was in 6th grade, either 1946 or 1947 by her estimation. She told me she thinks the dress was her grandmother's, late Victorian or early Edwardian would be my best guess though the daring peep-toe pumps look a tad more contemporary! Looking at this photograph I do so envy that Barbara grew up at a time when her family hand-me-downs were so beautifully and intricately made, elegant and full of history. But that's quite a saucy pose young lady! I doubt…