Tiny shoe find: Payless Girls’ Fynn Ballet Flat

How long have I been looking for a new pair of black flats? Probably no fewer than a million and a half years. My search grew more active in the past few weeks because I’m going to Ireland in less than a month and I really needed to find flats that would be comfortable enough to wear sightseeing but decent enough to wear out for a night on the town. Also important? I wanted the cheapest pair I could find. Yes, black flats are a staple and worth investing in, but I wanted a pair that I wouldn’t mind ruining in the mud that comes with Ireland’s near-daily rain, or, to be honest, leaving behind to make more room in my suitcase for souvenirs!

I went Ireland-shoe hunting last week and struck out at Target, Dillard’s, Macy’s and a few other stores before finding the perfect pair in the most unexpected place: The kids’ aisle of Payless.

These flats are pretty much everything I wanted. They’re the rare pair of children’s flats that are not boxy and awkward but rather fit like normal women’s shoes. They’re simple, but I love the pleats, and they’re cut high enough to avoid unsightly “toe cleavage.” They have a great, sturdy non-skid rubber sole, which should keep me grounded on slick streets and not wear out like the soles of some flats (I’m looking at you, Missoni for Target). And, at $14.99, they’re completely mud-friendly! Awesome.

It’s hard for me to give you an idea of how these run, size-wize, because I wear anywhere between a 5 and a 6 in adult sizes, but I can tell you, definitively, that I am a size 3 in children’s shoes. Here’s the Fynn flat next to one of my (new!) Converse All-Stars, also a children’s size 3. Hope that’s some help for figuring out how they would fit you!

You can buy these in black here, and the site has them in white and brown, too. They also have the same shoes in adult sizes, 5 and up, here, but they’re pricier at $24.99. Still, though, a steal for a cute, comfortable pair of flats!

Going green for Earth Day (sort of)

Earth Day isn’t technically until the 22nd, I think, but my town apparently decided today was a good day to celebrate. We had a beautifully sunny day, and a great festival. A few blocks were closed off for vendors to set up with food, pamphlets, crafts and the like.

I kept an eye on the jewelry tables in search of something turquoise, because I’ve been looking for a turquoise necklace for a while (Okay, since Nina Garcia recommended it. I’m slowly but surely chipping away at that Hundred.). It’s been difficult finding something I like — most of the turquoise at Forever 21 is part of “hippie”-looking jewelry with feathers and such, and more simple-looking pieces at other stores have been expensive. But! I found the perfect necklace today.

The detail in this picture is not fantastic, but you can kind of tell that it’s pretty and kind of delicate, but also intricate — lots of curls and twists and nice accents. The turquoise is pretty and gives a pop of color, but it isn’t “in your face,” either. Perfect for me. And only $10, supporting a local craftswoman! Love it.

Outfit for the day? I needed something that was cute and put-together in case I ended up doing work stuff, but I also had to look casual enough to fit in at an Earth Day celebration (very, very laid back atmosphere). I kept it simple — denim skirt and sandals, and a green shirt to fit the theme.

Sorry for the awful pic — people walked in on my retake, so I had to stick with this.

I love that the majority of this outfit is old. I’m fairly sure I wore this top/cami combo for picture day Sophomore year of high school (okay, that’s four years, which isn’t a long time in real-world time, but it’s an awkward time frame). I’ve had the skirt since eighth grade, but I just started wearing it last year — I think during high school the only acceptable kind of denim skirt is a mini skirt, not something knee-length and flouncy. Now I wear it all the time.

The shoes are the only recent purchase. A “tiny find,” I got them from the kids’ aisle at Target last spring. Twice last summer, I saw small children wearing them at my job. Always a fun time. The stones are not quite turquoise — more green than blue — but when my feet and neck are so far apart, and there are plenty of clothes between, it works.

Shirt — Carson’s. Cami — Aeropostale. Skirt — Gap. Sandals — Target. Necklace — Handmade locally.

Tiny Find: Old Navy’s Skinny Cropped Pants

I know there’s a serious niche out there for petite fashion blogs. I’m 4’11”, size 0, so those blogs have a special place in my heart — I read them pretty often. I wouldn’t try to start one of my own, because so many others are already doing it so well — I love Alterations Needed, Extra Petite and Stylepint.

But still, once in a while, I’m going to find something that makes me really happy as a small person, and I’m going to post about it. It is so, so rare for me to find pants that fit perfectly without needing to be shrunk or shortened, so when I do, like I did today, it’s an exciting event.

Today’s find is Old Navy’s Skinny Cropped Pants. I grabbed a pair because I saw “cropped” and thought they might be close to decent — Old Navy’s pants are usually too long on me, but short enough that I can get away with rolling or cuffing them. When I tried these on, I almost fell over. They are, without exaggeration, a perfect fit.

They’re decent, wear-to-work material, and they come in black and gray. The leg is nicely fitted, not too tight but not baggy, and they’re just the right length to wear with flats. Plus, at $35 and no need to blow an extra $10 on alterations, they’re a steal. I might go back and buy another pair.

For your benefit, front and back views here. Sorry for the wonky alignment, the low photo quality and the wrinkly pants, but you get the idea.