Short on shoes

While Carrie and company made their big screen debut last night, I was out in search of the perfect shoe to complete my Sunday afternoon outfit. I know, I know. But even Carrie would agree: Shoes first.

Shopping under pressure is never fun. Shoe shopping, in particular, is best when savored. But when time is tight, having the right people in place is half the battle. Suzy at Neiman’s understands this. Clients have her cell on speed dial so she can help even on her day off, which has saved me more than once. Then there’s Maggie, who has been in shoes at Nordstrom for 20 years. She can work miracles.

Yesterday, I found a sassy Weitzman patent pump that was the perfect shade for my Sunday suit, but too tight in the instep. With a single glance, Maggie accurately diagnosed the condition, taking the offending shoe behind the magic curtain. Moments later she reappeared, having rolled the unruly edge smoothly into place, salvaging an otherwise doomed match. And, while I was there, the soles of the retro Candies I was wearing decided to come loose. It’s almost as if they knew she would be there to save them. Maggie whisked them away to the back room, secured them with some rubber cement, and returned them with a smile. Bag in hand, I left her happier than I had arrived.

Shoes procured, I made it to the movie the following day, accompanied by five gal pals. Laughs aplenty, and good scenery, but in the end we all wished there had been more shoes.

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Moon glow

Photo: ©2008 Visuelle Medien, www.visuelle-medien.deThere’s something undeniably romantic about moonlight.

Now you can capture the moment with some moonlight of your own, thanks to a German company called—what else?—Moonlight.

You may have seen their glowing orbs gracing properties in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, where they lend their luminosity as sculptural interior design pieces, illuminate outdoor paths, or even bob gracefully in swimming pools. Exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Moonlight USA, these gorgeous globes range in size from 10 to 30 inches in diameter and can weather temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Their energy source? Rechargeable batteries or household current.

Now if they could only find a way to make them lunar powered.

Photo: 2008 Visuelle Medien,