Red shoes

17 Oct

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aqua cardigan over sky blue tank top and multi-colored patterned skirt

I just inherited my sister’s shoes. We three sisters referred to each other as hippie, stylish and punk. To refer to me exclusively as stylish in not quite accurate, both my sisters have always been incredibly stylish in their own way. Frederique is The Punk. Ingrid was The Hippie. She was a beautiful, tree-hugging, animal-rescuing, plant-loving woman who’s face lit up every time she saw one of us sisters. She died a few weeks ago and all her clothes, shoes and accessories are in my spare bedroom for sorting. I believe I’ve met my match, this woman had a lot of clothes and shoes.

Before she died, I told her I wanted her shoes. I didn’t ask, I pulled the sister card and put it a direct request. I wasn’t leaving anything up to chance. We have the same feet. I wanted to have her with me all the time, her death has been my biggest heartbreak to date and it’s comforting to carry her spirit with me when I can’t call her up whenever I feel like it any more.

red flat maryjane style

But let’s talk shoes because that woman seriously loved shoes. I call them hippie shoes and in doing so I’ve practically guaranteed my other sister won’t want anything to do with them. I’m a little sneaky that way, although, they really are hippie shoes and that’s what makes them so appealing to me. I love shoes, too. They don’t, however, love me back. Except hers. Of course they do. She would be pleased to know they’re keeping my feet happy.

yellow beaded layered necklace

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Aqua cashmere cardigan/Bloomingdale’s, sky blue tank top/thrifted, multi-colored pattern skirt/Target, layered yellow bead necklace/thrifted, red shoes/gifted, red cuff watch/The Clymb.



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  1. Gracey at Fashion for Giants

    October 17, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Oh, Fabienne, I am so sorry to hear about your sister. I can’t even imagine.

    Hugs to you,

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  2. Cyndi

    October 17, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Sweetie, I’m so sorry to hear about your sister. Like you, I’m one of three. Like you, I also lost a sister this year. You are in my deepest heart of hearts. Love


    October 17, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I haven´t seen you for such a long time.
    it is good.
    Looking fabulous.

  4. Rose

    October 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    What a lovely and heart-wrenching story Fa! So Sorry for your Loss and happy for you to be able to walk in your sister’s shoes!!

    May you AND your Sister always Walk In Beauty….


  5. josep-maria

    October 18, 2013 at 8:32 am

    First, I’m sorry your sister’s death, courage. Her shoes are beautiful, so cute, and also will find that she is always with you. You look beautiful with this look, the skirt is very nice and the shoes are perfect.
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  6. Ana Maria

    October 18, 2013 at 9:57 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss, Fa. Lots of love and hugs my friend. Miss you loads, Ana

  7. Cloud of Secrets

    October 19, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I am very sorry, Fabienne. What a heartbreak. May you glide soon from sadness to the warmth of happy and funny memories. Those shoes are beautiful in a vibrant, happily used, fairytale sort of way. They make me think of Snow White in the forest, or a triumphant Red Riding Hood.
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