In the never say never category:

Less than a week ago, I responded to Angie's western trend blog post with a "not really for me" type of comment.

Two days later, I found myself purchasing a western-style belt.

True, belts have been on my HEWI list for over a year. Most of my old belts don't fit with higher waist trousers and jeans and since belts are an important accessory group for me, I need to replenish my belt capsule. Still, I suspect Angie is a master of subliminal suggestion.

Having purchased the belt (at The Bay -- links are not working for me well -- sorry!) I walked into Nordstrom's. (Side note: what a thrill to be able to walk into actual stores whenever I feel like it!! Hurray for my new, more urban life!)

Ten steps in and I came face to face with the mildly Western-influenced Blondo Elvina. (Looks less Western in the photo -- toe is pointy western shape IRL.)

Now, I wasn't exactly in need of a black bootie. True, I just retired my beloved Stuart Weitzman chelsea boots. But I do own tall black waterproof boots. Also, I now have several pairs of waterproof blue booties, which I adore.

Add to that, Blondo boots often don't fit me terribly well. But something was calling me to try these. They are very lightweight and flexible with skid proof rubberized soles. They have a mid-height shaft, whereas most of my current booties are sock style with quite a high shaft. And that toe...

You know the rest. Such a great fit. So practical for my wet climate and lifestyle. Reviewers say they run small. My best size is EU 37; I took these in a 7 vs. a 6.5 but I do that for Aquatalia boots also. I'd say they'd be too narrow for a wider foot/ ankle. Best on a regular volume or slightly narrow foot. Some reviewers said the ankle is too tight. On me, there's a bit of an ankle gap, but the shape of the boot makes it unnoticeable/ not bothersome.

Next I headed over to handbags. What I really wanted was a structured handbag. Subject for another post. Suffice it to say I have been looking, looking, looking to no avail for one that combines the features I want. Meanwhile, here sat this Minkoff backpack in putty. I adore my Minkoff hobo but often feel the yen for a lighter coloured bag. And I love carrying backpacks. It was half price. Out came the credit card again.

Saturday's lunch with Mr. Suz outfit combines a few trends:

Nod to the Western with belt, and booties.
Tartan jacket (BR, last year)
Maximalism my way (fringe, texture, pattern)

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