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Walking A Mile In My Shoes

Updated: 2018-03-02T11:10:04.593-05:00


Out Damned Spot


Ink and leather!  They do not mix.  I have been fairly lucky.  I have had only one pen to actually explode in a purse and stain the leather.  Luckily the ink was on the purse bottom and was barely visible.  I just pretended it was not there.  The thing I have had issue with are the gel pens I use.  From time to time I have accidently marked the front or side of my bags while carrying the pen.

So far I have had no solution to getting these marks out.  The only thing to change it is to try a gel marker the same color of the purse and try to go over the mark...kind of like painting over it.  I've marked about 3 bags.  Two were coach bags!  Dang!!!! Double dang!!  One was a black gel line on a tan suede coach bag and the other mark was a black gel like on a white leather coach bag!  I was so mad at me! 

If you have any good solutions to getting ink off leather please let me know!  I am looking for solutions!  Thanks!
What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Clark Thongs


It's summer and finally my UGG flip-flops are just about done.   I have been wearing them for the past 5 years. They lasted a very long time.  I contribute that to the UGG brand and all the leather and wool on them.  When I bought them, they were one of the most comfortable casual shoes I had for summer.  Whatever support there was in them, it is gone now.  After I wear them for about 30 minutes my feet begin to hurt.  They still look very good!  They just don't feel good.  I still have them for short jaunts back and forth to the kitchen but I did get some new ones for long time walking. 

I was at my local discount shoe store and found a pair by Clarks that I love.  It was surprising because I have bought 2 pairs of Clarks in the past and they and my feet do not get along.  They are hard and not comfortable.  After looking at various pairs of sandals I tried them on a whim.  They were like heaven on my feet.  The prior two pairs were semi dress shoes for work.

I'm in love.  These are comfortable and even have a little flair.  They re actually just a little dressy! I'm set for summer now!  Well....can a woman ever be set with shoes?  No!  Let's just say I'm set with summer casual shoes.....for now!

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Bobbi Kristina Brown: Dead at 22


The news is just now starting to circulate.  Bobbi Kristina Brown has passed away.  She was gone long ago.  Just her body remained.  I know she will be at peace now. She is with her mother.  I never really liked Bobby Brown or Whitney Houston.  They were just too ghetto for me, regardless of their singing talent.  It has been a very sad sequence of events for that entire family.  I hope that Bobby Brown will get himself and KEEP himself together. 

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

My Summer Shoes!


I was in Belk recently and they were having a sale!  What could be better?  I found these by Kenneth Cole Reaction.  I love them. Love the cork heel AND...AND...the foam layer on the cork.  It makes for extra cushion and comfort.  Since I am having some sort of foot pain now, these are a dream.  I have not been able to wear my skinny heeled shoes for a few months now, so I have been buying wedges and some flats until the issue is resolved. 

Normally these were $69.  I got them for $21 last weekend.  SCORE! Another attractive feature is the bling on the top.  These dress up any casual summer dress.  I have worn then to work and church. They are great.  Check the out!  You might want to get a pair too!

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Late on the Reebok Recall


I was looking up this shoe on line because I have a pair.  I got them about 2 years ago fro T J Maxx.  I thought they were great except for one thing...they seemed a little off balance due to the high cushion on the bottom.  I thought it was just me not having ever worn a shoe like this before.  It is the Reebok Simplytone.  It is the one that was part of the recall and class action suit back in 2009. After finding this out I was shocked.  All claims were paid out by 2011 and Reebok had to pay millions.  I totally missed out on this.  The thing I wonder most is why was this shoe still being sold AFTER the class action?  I know that the discount outlet stores like Marshalls and TJ Maxx sell things that are past season.  I guess these were sitting around in their wharehouse AFTER the lawsuit was over. 
The shoes have been okay.  I have adjusted to the feeling the high cushion on the sole gives.  I have found my balance.  I was having some sore leg and foot issues about 5 months ago and they were the most comfortable shoe I have that is soft an cushy.  They felt the best when I wore shoes.  Now I am not sure what to do with them.
The class action says the shoes are not made properly and actually cause knee and hip issues. I wear them so infrequently that I had not noticed any issues with mine.  I guess I will keep them BUT  I will be looking for  a new pair of athletic shoes in the next two weeks. You just never know! I paid $40 for these shoes.  If I had know I could have gotten a voucher for  new pair of Reeboks.

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Baby Shoes!


(image) It is official!  Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have had a baby!  My man!  The babies name is Silas Randall Timberlake!  That is a great name!  I am glad that all is well with that family.  I do love his music.  Ever since he came out with Bringing Sexy Back, he has been my MCE.  You crush everyday!   
What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Ready for the Beach!


Last year I only made it to the beach once the entire year.  I live on the coast so that is just ridiculous.  We have beautiful beaches all around.  My intent this year is to do better.  I only took a staycation last year and I really did not do anything.  I plan to go to the water as many weekends as I can.  I love the beach and our beaches here are beautiful. My favorites are Sullivan's Island, Folly Beach and Kiawah. 

I always feel renewed when I can go to the ocean.  The roar of the waves just take me to another place.  Timeless.  The ebb and flow are mesmerizing. This picture is of Folly Beach, taken a few weeks ago in February. This year I may not have the funds for a big trip, but I will still put on my traveling shoes and head to the beach. 

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

May You Have Irish Luck Today


Happy St. Patrick's Day! I am started the day with my  Celtic Woman CD. When I get to work I will be listening to my Celtic Pandora station. Yep! My coworkers will love that!  Not! No matter. They need the culture. I saw  Celtic Woman perform on PBS several years ago and I was blown away. They were fantastic!     They did 2 of songs that are also on my Lord of the Dance CD. You know how I love all things Celtic!   frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="<1=_blank&lc1=0000ff&bc1=000000&bg1=ffffff&f=ifr" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;"> |||||| frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="<1=_blank&lc1=0000ff&bc1=000000&bg1=ffffff&f=ifr" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;">Thinking of doing some Irish dancing tonight? Make sure you have the correct shoes. All available at Corrs Irish Shoes.James Roy Highland Ghillie: $40Fully-padded in-sock, and extra double paddingunder the ball of the foot area. It has a soft anddurable leather upper leather upper and a full blacksuede sole.Irish Hard Shoes: $155The 'Champion' Split-Sole Hard Shoe is for dancersof high proficiency and is an advanced dancersshoe. Latex padding throughout, adjustable straps,heel counter to help protect against blisters,breathable inside lining, and the softest, mostflexible, yet durable, leather.Irish Soft Shoes: Split Sole Ghillie: $55Performance ghillie has a gloss version black leatherupper and comes complete with double padding atthe ball of the foot, padded in-socks for extracomfort, and elasticized side loops at the ankle.Irish Dance Sneakers : $135Soft and flexible upper and split-sole design of adance sneaker with elements of its hard shoes. Michael Flatley and Celtic Tiger Michael Flatley's Shoes!Irish Drinking ToastWhen we drink, we get drunk.When we get drunk, we fall asleep.When we fall asleep, we commit no sin.When we commit no sin, we go to heaven.So, let's all get drunk, and go to heaven!Irish BlessingMay you always have work for your hands to do.May your pockets hold always a coin or two.May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.May the hand of a friend always be near you.And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheeryou.Irish CurseMay those who love us love us.And those that don't love us,May God turn their hearts.And if He doesn't turn their hearts,May he turn their ankles,So we'll know them by their limping.What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond [...]

Madonna and Tupac? Who Knew?


 Why is it the world is just finding out that Madonna and Tupac dated? What kind of hell shoes are those?  Why are we all just finding this out now?  And now there are news briefs from Rosie Perez that she was the one who set them up! 

In the world of music where all eyes have been on Madonna and Tupac, it seems impossible that their relationship was a secret for all of this time!  I see that since Madonna was on the Howard Stern show that all sorts of pictures of the two of them from way back then are now finding their way to the web.  Gosh. This one is with my main man Sting! Love him. 

I have always loved Madonna's music but I never listened to any of Tupacs' music when he was alive.  Or even after he died.  Now, here in 2015 I am about to jump on the Tupac train and go back and listen to his music.  I need to see what the world saw in him  because clearly I missed out on  his era. 

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Careful What You Wish For


 I bought the lovely bag back in December.  Actually I saw it in TJ Maxx and debated for three weeks before putting it on layaway.  I was in love.  It had all things I liked.  It was black, roomy and I loved the fur.  Real!  I had researched the brand, Aqua Madonna and liked what I saw so, I decided to get it. 

Weeks later I was thrilled to get out of  layaway.  It was $129.00.  I got it home and wrapped it and put it under the tree for  Christmas. A gift from me to me.  Well, early January I swapped out my purses and voila!  I was using my new purse.  I just know I looked just like all those skinny girls on pinterest carrying the big tote with the leggings, boots and slouchy sweaters on .  you couldn't tell me nothing.  I took it to work and it looked beautiful on my purse hook at my desk.

What is it about that purse? That thing is damned heavy.  It is all leather trim. suede inside and covered with fur.  It is extremely heavy just like lugging around a side of a cow on your arm.  OMG!  It is so frigging heavy.  It is the heaviest purse I have ever had.  My daughter was even telling me I needed to take it back, it was so heavy.  I wish I had listened to her.  The time to make a Christmas return is long past and I have a purse that is as heavy as the side of a cow to carry around.

At least it is still pretty!
What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Kim goes Platinum


Kim Kardashian has a new look. Check out the new hair.  I think she has had that color before.  She  is a trend setter, regardless of what people say about her.  It all started with a sex tape but she has risen far above that.  She just needs to keep it classy.   Love the fur!
What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Disclosure is the Key!


Have you ever thought about a disclosure policy for your blog? I had not, but I have seen similar things or manifestos on other blogs. I think it is a good thing. Check out mine! There is a link to it in my blogroll in the sidebar.

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What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

The Purple Shoes


I saw these shoes at my local Steinmart and they screamed at me to buy them.  Why?  Purple!  I thought they were beautiful and they are a great brand. Bandolino.  I have been buying Bandolino shoes my whole life!  I tried them on in the store and they fit well.  This was about mid November.  I totally forgot about them until today.  I have a fashion event I am attending this week and I am trying to put together my outfit down to the shoes.  I just remembered I bought them. 

That also means that I have 2 days to wear them around the house and break them in.  They are suede with just a little faux crocodile trim.  In my wardrobe, purple goes with any color.  Any!  I can wear these shoes with any dress I have.  They will be the contrast. Most def!  I just hope that the weather will be good this week. I won't wear suede in the rain! 

Most likely people wear suede in the winter only.  Not me!  I wear suede shoes all year.  Plus: “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.”  Alice Walker, The Color Purple.

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Back with a Bang: Madonna!!!



Wow!  Hey!  It has been a minute but sometimes life gets in the way.  Back with a bang!  Me and Madonna! Madonna has always been a favorite of mine!  The original bad girl!  I have loved her music since the 80's. She has a new CD out.  Check it out!  It's great!  She is great.  She is well up there in age now and still looks great.  She has maintained.  You can tell she has had some work done but who in Hollywood hasn't? I heard a recent interview with her and she was talking about the stressors of motherhood..having a teen daughter in college.  Glad to know she is a real mom dealing with SOME of the normal things the rest of us do. Go Madonna!  You still have it.  Her new Cd is Rebel Heart.

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What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Long Toe Nails are a Fail!


I was out about a week or so ago and saw a distant acquaintance with sandals on.  From a distance everything looked good.  Toes were polished and the sandals were cute.  As I got closer to say hello in passing I looked at her toes and was most unpleasantly surprised!  OMG! Her toe nails were very long and hung over her shoes.  They were painted and even decorated.  After  seeing  that I wondered how she wore closed-in shoes all winter!!!  How did all of that fit into shoes or pumps!  She often wears very high heels! All I could think of is that was a serious FAIL! 

OMG!  Really???  If your toe nails look like something that could scoop up a fish from the river, please do something about that.  Polish and decorations cannot make that pretty up close! 
What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

The Fall Heels! High VS Low


For the past year I have been unable to wear my really high heels.  They just don't feel as comfortable as they used to.  Am I getting older?  Is that the issue?  Not too sure or is it just a time when I feel unstable on those higher heels.  Now slightly lower heels are much more comfortable.  I am thinking I will go with those for now.  Maybe!  The awful thing is that I have a closet full of heels.  Most of them high. So I have a closet full of shoes that I mostly just look at now.  Sad!   I really think that of you do not wear the high heels for a while you get out of practice teetering in them and being comfortable. I have gotten out of practice!   I am going to have to change that.  I have so many beautiful shoes that I need to be wearing.  They cost lots of money.  So.  I will be donning some of them when the fall really gets here.  Most of my higher heels do go with all my winter styles.  So higher heels, I will be heading your way soon.  For now its still flip flops and sandals during these lazy days of summer.
What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Working in a NEW Pair of Shoes


Last week I wore these shoes to work for the very first time!  It was a struggle.  Very cute and I got them on sale at my local Steinmart.  They are cork and painted to boot with a little sparkle.  I love them and I think they will eventually get broken in but they were hurting after the first hour.  When I got back to my desk and was going to be there for awhile I slipped them off and put on the flip flops.   I love these for summer.  They will go with many things since they are on the neutral side.  Happy summer!  Do you have all your summer shoes lined up?  I have several other pairs I have not pulled out of the closet yet!  So more to come.
What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Steadier Shoes


Sometimes life throws us for a loop and we become dependent upon the wrong things.  Things that only make us feel good for the moment.  In those moments of brief bliss we feel great but when we come down reality hits us like a ton of bricks and the world can come crashing down.  At times total control is lost and friends and family will need to step in to help us make the change that we cannot make ourselves.  It is the change that can save our life.  It seems that our lifestyles today make us more prone to making the wrong choices when it comes to dependency upon alcohol or drugs.  Luckily there are places that can provide a place for us to rest, get help and eventually find our way back.  Back to steadier shoes.  Back to better choices and a life without dependency.

If you or a loved one needs healing and recovery, consider Orange County Alcohol Rehab.  It is a private facility staffed with licensed therapists and counselors,  located in California.  It actually bridges the gap between primary care and independent care treatment centers.  In regards to care, the staff there realizes that one mode of treatment will not work for everyone, so they offer several modalities  of treatment to meet the varied needs of the clients in the program.  As you progress in treatment you walk through three different phases that range from stabling and centering to self awareness to re-entry into the community. 

Orange County Alcohol Rehab  offers comprehensive services.  Not only to they offer alcohol and drug treatment but also food addition treatments also.  Interventions, employee assistance programs and even alternative sentencing are offered.  That is great. That will save someone from jail time and get them into immediate treatment.  Coaching and relapse prevention are also offered. I know that coaching and relapse prevention will be a life long thing for those recovering from addition.  They live one day at a time and fight their battle daily.

While  you are at Orange County Alcohol Rehab you will have all your basic needs taken care of so patients are able to focus just on themselves and getting better.  You will be housed in a beautiful home in a private or semiprivate room complete with 24 hour on site managers, gym, laundry facilities and free transportation to AA meetings.  Those are just a few of the services provided.  Consider this facility.  It offers structured, individual, continual care that will allow progression from active drug use to reintegration into mainstream society.  With successful outcomes, steadier shoes will follow.
What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Spring Shoe Assessment


Spring is here and I have been looking in the closet seeing what I have to match the clothes I have. With it being spring I am just about ready to move all the dark clothes to the back side of the closet and move the spring and summer up front.   Well, upon looking at my shoes I now realize that it may be time to go shoe shopping. The shoes I wore all last spring and summer are just about worn out.  The support is gone and some are missing design items .They really are worn.  I think now is time to go shoe shopping.  Serious shoe shopping.  All my shoes....well not all....need replacement.  The vast majority of my shoes are all heels. I still have a lot of those heels which will wear well this spring and summer but I think I am going for diversity. I think I will be buying some lower heels and wedges.  I might even have to break down and buy flats.  I have not had a pair of dress flats in my closet for at least 10 years.   I am excited.  Shoes!  Shopping!  What can be better! I find now that shopping on the weekdays are better.  I can avoid the crowds (which I hate)  and the selection is better because the trucks are unloaded during the week.  First choice on the styles.  My size is a bigger size, so most of the time only one or two pairs will come.  So I need to get there first.  Shopping is on the agenda for this Friday.  I am planning to go after cleaning and doing some laundry.  Gotta get those mundane things done first.  Shoes always does a mind and a body good.  Especially the body. If the shoes do not fit, it will be a terrible day!    
What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Whiz, Amber and Baby Makes Three


You know, I have a teen and I try to keep up with what is  happening in her world.  That is a way that we can stay connected.  I know all about the generation gap that my parents and I had. When I was still single and thinking about a family I vowed to try to keep that gap at bay with my own children.  I think I have done that for the majority of the time.  I keep up with the shows the kids are watching on tv, the music, fashions.  I think that any good parent has to in order to keep the bad things that draw young people in away.

For the most part when it comes to music that has been easy.  I am a fan of all sorts of music.  The explicit rap...not so much. Well at Christmas time, my child told me she wanted me to take her to the  coliseum so that she could by concert tickets to see Whiz.  Well, he was one person I had not heard of.  My daughter is apparently a big fan of him and Amber.  Since then I have of course investigated and found out all about him.  She even has a poster of him on her wall.  Well, can we say enough tattoos? 

Well, after hearing that my child followed them both on twitter, I then  had to find out who Amber was.  Well joy to them both.  They just had a new baby! 
Amber Rose has said that she and Wiz Khalifa fell for each other hard and fast, and that's been evident over the past couple of years. The pair officially began dating in 2011, and since then, they've been inseparable. They got engaged last spring, sharing the moment with fans on Twitter, and they welcomed their first child, Sebastian Thomaz, into the world Thursday — but it's been a memorable ride throughout.
Congratulations to Whiz and Amber.  I still only know the surface things but the fact that they are a family unit goes a long way with me.

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond



Scottish shoes is what i will be needing in about a year or so.  I have the opportunity to go there with our choir.  We will be singing at St. Andrews.  In addition we will be touring several other areas as well...London and Ireland.  I cannot wait! It will be my first trip to Europe.  While we will be going to sing, we will have a chance to explore.  My camera will not be leaving my hands!
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I have just checked out the BBC series from the library:  The History of Scotland.  It has been amazing so far.  What a brutal time it was in the early history.  It is a great series.  No stone unturned and well done in great detail.  There seems to be a lot of information on the Visit Scotland site as well.  From the videos and pictures it is a beautiful but forlorn looking place.  The wide open spaces are amazing.

It will be a once in a lifetime trip and I am going.  I missed out on the last one when the choir went to Australia and New Zealand.  I am determined not to miss any more trips like this.  My daughter is going to.  It will be her first trip to Europe as well.  I am excited for her to be going.  And for the two of us to go together.  I cannot wait!  Scotland here we come in the early fall of 2013!!!

I know that I will be able to see Nessie when I come..She will show herself to me!

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Now Wearing Matching Outfits


Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Now Wearing Matching Outfits
I have never been a Kanye fan.  He has always been just a little too over the top and ghetto for me.  I don;t know...something about him just turns me off.  i do not listen to his music either.  As for Kim Kardashian, well I did not know who she was until a "minute" ago.  It was well after RayJ that I realized who she was.  These two as a couple just do not seem well fitted for each other.

How many men can Kim go through?  Apparently many.  Way too many for me to keep up with.  Maybe I am jaded.  I just cannot get excited about celebrities and their drama.  Celebrity life seems way too trite.  All their money and opportunity does not really help them.  They get caught up in drugs and drama just because they have nothing else to do....too little time and too much fun and excess.  So, Kim and Kanye....who cares if your outfits match? Most of America wonder how they can afford a decent outfit!

Slippery Tax Shoes


Nothing can be as slippery as taxes.  They can be quite a tangled web.  In years past I have done my own and have also had others do them for me.  A few years ago I had considered taking a few tax courses , thinking that if I had the proper knowledge I could do my own and be sure I was doing them the correct way.  I never did follow up on it and make an actual move in that direction but, if you are interested in that, there are courses and classes that will get you prepared to do so.

Under the IRS rules in order to prepare taxes for money you must be qualified and even certified.  FastForward Academy has a course that includes practice exams and questions that will most likely be on the IRS Special Enrollment Exam.  They have a bank of online questions that are taken from past exams to get you ready for the real test.  The questions are current and span several testing seasons.  There is even a money back guarantee. If you do not pass the test on the first time, per request, they will analyze your test results, coach you in the areas you are weakest and provide course materials for the next testing season, at no cost to you.

You cannot get a better class because the results are in the pudding.  There is a 94% pass rate for the majority of people who take this tax class the first time. The course also includes enough information to assist with continuing education hours that are required each year.  Real world examples are used throughout the entire course to give you the focus you need to meet every tax challenge.

If you are inclined to move into the world of taxes, enroll.  The tax season has just recently ended, but you  will have more than enough time to get ready for next year.  FastForward Academy has many happy students.  Be sure to check out some of the testimonials from satisfied students.

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

Dirty Pirate Popsicles


Here is a great way to beat the heat!  I could use one of these right now!

Dirty Pirate Popsicles

Dirty pirate popsicles 

2 1/2 cups Coke
1/3 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
1/3 cup Kahlua


1.Place all ingredients in a large glass and stir to combine. Pour mixture into popsicles mold.
2. Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.
*Slightly flat Coke will produce a popsicle that stays frozen longer. To quickly and manually flatten out the carbonation, empty out enough Coke from a 2-liter bottle to leave a 3-inch space from top of bottle to top of coke. Place cap back on and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Set aside to leave bubbles to subside.

What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond

A New Purse...Ivanka


(image) I do not need another purse.  I have many and they are all very nice!  Most of them are designer bags as well.  Coach, Dooney and Burke, Brahmin, Louis Vuitton and other really nice designer bags.  I was window shopping this past weekend and saw a few of the Ivanka Trump bags for the very first time!  They were very well done.  She has designed some very cute satchel bags.  If any of mine ever wear out and it looks like they will not...I may consider getting one of hers.  Cute and well made they are!


What do women want? Shoes! ~~Mimi Pond