Tuesday, October 26, 2010

5 Years Already!?!

Last weekend was Homecoming time again at good ol' FU (Furman University)! Last year was my first year back on campus in a while and it was good to get back again!  Particularly because this year was my five year reunion.  I can't believe it's only been five years since I graduated from college.  It seems like it's been 10!  Got to see lots of people including those super smart students...

 Charity, working on her PhD in something hard that I don't fully understand (MATH!)

Christina who is getting her Masters from Princeton!

...and I showed Troy the Class of 2005's senior class gift (designed by the lovely Anna Winter, my junior year roomie!)--the September 11th memorial wall where I am quoted!!  You see, my first day of college was September 11, 2001.  Date ring a bell?

the memorial sits outside of Furman Hall and selected members of our senior class are quoted, reflecting on our first day of class--September 11, 2001.

 that's my quote! and me pointing to it with Furman bags in my other hand! (the bookstore had a great sale! )

 so cool, one day we can show our children where mommy was quoted! With a slightly different name!

 The Grants in front of Furman Hall!

Oh, one more thing! I was super sad to see that Furman now has a Moe's on campus!! So unfair!  I needed that when I was there!! 

Fun times at F-U yet again,

Thursday, October 14, 2010


So, only ONE day after I share my semi-obsession with shoes, I get this in my email from DSW:

And not only are they giving you $15 off a $49 purchase today, guess what else....

FREE SHIPPING!!!  AGH!!!  So, I said to myself, if I find a pair for $49.95 I will get them.  But guess what?! I fell in shoe-love with three pairs of shoes which don't fit the $49.95 criteria!

This super cute black and white shoe was too low to get the $15 off!

This shoe is my favorite!!  But it's $20 more than I wanted to spend!

This oxford bootie was also too much! 

So, I'm convinced it wasn't meant to be.  Although, that Jones New York Oxford Pump will probably haunt me in my dreams for at least a week! I really want it!!!

I hope someone finds an excellent DSW deal today!  Maybe I'll go back and look some more!  I just did a quick 5 minute search and found those.

temptation 0; Shunta 1,

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

140 and counting...

Giving the Duggars a run for their money!!! JUST KIDDING!! I'm not talking about babies.  I'm talking about SHOES!!!  With the weather getting cooler I have began switching out our clothes and shoes and today I worked on shoes!  After making 2 huge piles of shoes and boots to give away, I was left with 140 pairs of shoes!  (shhh....let this be our secret!) 

So, the trick is, how do I store my spring and summer shoes while pulling the fall/winter shoes and boots to the forefront.  Well, today I tackled everything but the boots and here is a sneak peek of what went down...

Step One: Under bed bins.  First, we have six of these little fellas hiding under our bed which holds a ton of my out of season shoes. Rubbermaid storage bins from Target.

the six categories labeled and stored under the bed are: (1) tennis shoes (2) formal dressy shoes (3) spring/summer heels (4) spring/summer flats (5) least worn heels and (6) year round flats.  Any remaining spring/summer heels are in individual shoe bins (picture later in post) and stored in our 3rd bedroom closet.  Here are a few pics...

After prepping each bin, I slid them under the bed.  Now you see them...

 Now you don't!...

So that's step 1 of bedroom shoe storage.  Step Two:  Side Storage. I keep a small storage thingamajig to the side of my night stand with my most popular fall flats.

Step Three: Individual Bins.  All other shoes are kept in these shoe bins from Bed Bath & Beyond.

when shoes come in, I take them from their original box and put them in the plastic bins.  Then the shoes are placed into the shoe closet in our room.  Step Four: Hanging Shoes.   My most worn black and brown heels make their way to the door because they get worn the most often (sometimes!)

Last, but not least.  Step Five:  Front Door Shoes!  We keep a cute basket at the front door to hold our guests' shoes and I keep a pair of flats there for running to the car or mailbox.  Another way to store shoes!

(I have a folded mat in the basket to keep the basket from getting yucky from shoe bottoms)

So, there ya have it.  That's how I manage most of my shoes!! All 140 pairs and counting!!  I must say, of all items of clothing, I am a sucker for shoes!!  

Storing boots is a bit trickier, so that's on my to-do list for tomorrow!... Stay tuned and I'll share some of my favorite fall shoes with you!!  In the meantime, what are your shoe storage secrets? Do tell!

Ready for fall (so I can wear tights & cute shoes),