2016 Golden Globes

So this year’s Golden Globes was definitely one for the books. Our most favorite part of any award show is the fashion! And boy, do the celebs have  a fun time with that. Here are some of our favorites and some… that should’ve stayed in the closet!

Favorites:

Julianne Moore, Kate Hudson, Jenna Tatum

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Our not so favorites:

Jane Fonda, Regina King, Rooney Mara

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What were your thoughts from last night’s award show? We’d love to hear them!

Pursona Girl Kaitlin’s Christmas Wish List

Working in a retail store isn’t always the easiest… ESPECIALLY when you have the cutest new arrivals come in every day. Here are some of Kaitlin’s favorite gifts this holiday season:

Cloverpost makes the easiest layering pieces. This is one of my favorites.

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The “Darcy” is perfect for carrying the essentials like my keys, lip stick, and cellphone.

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The edgy design is what originally caught my eye but the COLOR! It goes with literally everything.

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One thing that I look forward to getting every year is a planner. Nerdy, I know but I have to stay organized!

This is one of my personal favorites found at Rifle Paper Co.

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Thank you for taking the time to look at my wish list. I hope I helped you get a few ideas!

P.S. Anything on this blog post can be found in the store! Don’t be shy, give us a call 706.653.9800.

SJP

It takes very little to excite me these days considering that the girls sitting in their very own high chairs brings a tear to my eye.  No quite literally.  So when I heard that THE Sarah Jessica Parker was returning to the small screen I about had a come apart.  That’s right.  She is returning to HBO and starring in a comedy series called Divorce.  Have the gods smiled upon us yet again?  But then I started thinking.  Am I going to be disappointed?  Am I expecting her to return as Carrie and be invited to her daily lunches with her 3 girlfriends?

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This show is about a middle aged woman being influenced, by her newly single friends, to get a divorced.  DIVORCED?!  FROM BIG?!!  Oh wait.  That’s right.  This is NOT Carrie.  I’m already disappointed.  What will she wear?  Will she bring us those fashion risks that only she could pull off?  I found a picture of “Frances” not Carrie and here goes…

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OUCH!  Like I said.  I’m already disappointed.  THOSE SHOES!!!!!  I CAN’T!  LOL.  Well it’s not the girl we are used to, BUT I have a feeling I’ll still like the show.  It also stars the ever hilarious Molly Shannon and it will be neat to see SJP in a different role.  Am I getting soft?  Maybe MY new role as a mother is changing my views on reality.  Maybe I don’t need Carrie in my life, but a little bit of Frances.

I had you going there for a second.  Ha!  No way guys!  Carrie girl to the core.  Thank God for those Sex and the City marathons to keep myself in check.

Xoxo,

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Shoe of the Week-Josephine

If you haven’t gotten your fringe this season it’s not too late.  Actually you’ll probably be glad you waited because this boot is FRINGE-TASTIC!  It just doesn’t get more divine than these Sam Edelman Josephine.  I know what you’re thinking and get those silly thoughts out of your head.  YOU CAN WEAR THESE.  We had a 50 year old high school principle buy these and she ROCKED them.  The color is so neutral and the fringe gives you enough sass to make you stand a little taller and glide thru the day more confidently.  After a while the leather will give a bit and give them an even more relaxed look.

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Sam Edelman Josephine

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I love pairing them with jeans and a simple solid top or even a dress.  They’ll easily become your favorite boots.  Head over to the site for a closer look or come by the store to try them on.

Xoxo,

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Rachel Zoe

Recently I have felt like I’m floating.  By that I mean I feel like I haven’t found myself yet so I feel like I’m in no man’s land.  Part of the reason is because I feel like my style is changing and not by choice.  All of a sudden I find myself, in my closet, clueless.  Not like on those mornings when you think to yourself I have nothing to wear.  No this is quite different.  I recently told John that I wanted to get rid of everything in my closet and start over.  Sweet guy was very encouraging and confident that I would find fashion self again.  I, however, am not.  One night, after I put the girls to bed, I starting ripping things off the hangers.  I needed to just clear some space and really see the things I have in there that made the cut.  And yes make room for the items that would be more me! Ha!  I started thinking. Who is a mother AND always looks fashionable and put together?  Not only stylish, but comfortable enough to still look like she could play with her kids.  Then it hit me.  RACHEL ZOE!

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How could I have overlooked her.  Her style is easy, breezy and on point.  I felt like I had won the lottery.  I can do this.  I can have the old me and the new me.  I can have the best of both worlds.  With that being said I have pinned a few of her looks that I’m currently inspired by.  Thanks Rachel!  You have given this girl new hope!

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Xoxo,

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Heels Without Pain?

I’ve heard countless women say that they can’t wear heels.  They’re too uncomfortable or they hurt just 10 mins into their wear.  I myself take the Carrie Bradshaw approach and wear them even if they pinch my toes.  I mean as the saying goes.  ” I can’t concentrate in flats”.  Ha!  So what if there were simple at home tricks that you could do, at no cost, to help ease the pain of wearing heels?  Would you give them a try again?  One of the reasons that your feet hurt is because your Achilles tendon is shortened.  This causes weakness or tendonitis.  It can lead to even bigger issues like fractures and sprains.  So what can we do?  We can’t sit the rest of our lives.  Stretch those calves.  That’s right.  Something as basic as stretching our legs can help alleviate pain while wearing heels.  One of the best stretches to do is to take a towel, wrap the bottom of your foot, and pull your toes towards you.  Do this regularly and especially before and after wearing heels.

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Another at home trick that helps is so simple you’ll say to yourself “Why didn’t I think of this”.  Run your feet under cold water and then, while still damp, put lotion on them.  This works because it creates a barrier.  The lotion seals in the moisture and lubricates against sore spots.  I’m definitely going to do this next time I feel like I can’t take another minute in my heels.  Make sure you don’t put your feet in the shoe wet, but damp.

I’d love to hear if these tricks elevated your look.  If you’re feeling like you might want to give heels another go, here’s some drool worthy options.

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Chinese Laundry by Kristin Cavallari Copertina

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Madeline Breathe Easy

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Octavia Heel

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Sam Edelman Ciara Pump

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Seychelles Drum Kit

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10 Years of Shoes

I absolutely cannot believe it’s been 10 years since I opened Pursona.  Where has the time gone?  They say time flies when you’re having fun and boy has it been fun.  I still remember the drive on my way in the very first day I opened.  I was so nervous.  I remember calling John and I started to cry.  What if no one came?  What if it didn’t work?  I had never done anything like this before.  I was 26 years old.  A baby.  I had no clue.  There are so many things I would have done different and so many things that I wouldn’t change.  The store has giving me so many wonderful memories and beyond that it has given me purpose.  It has matured me, cured me, and above all, loved me.  It has given me such satisfaction, but not without cost.  There are countless events I missed because of years of working Saturdays and Sundays.  Even though we were closed didn’t mean there wasn’t work to be done.  So many arguements about putting the store ahead of my relationships and so many vacations or dinners ruined because my mood altered when hearing the daily totals.  I laugh about that now, but the store meant that much to me.  It still does.  When I reflect on the years 2 things stand out the most.

 1.  My Pursona girls.  I have laughed, cried, argued, and most importantly LOVED all of you like my little sisters.  Thank YOU for the countless memories and for making Pursona what it is today.  All of you have had an impact on the success of my first baby.

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2.  My customers.  Without you I wouldn’t be here.  Literally.  You guys gave me the confidence to keep the doors open year after year.  Thank YOU for making Pursona THE place for shoes in Columbus, GA and slowly, but surely, the U.S.  Thank you for becoming my friends and for trusting my advice when it came to putting a pep in your step.  You will all forever be in my heart.

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Here’s to the next 10.  I can’t wait to see what the next decade has in store for all of us!

Xoxo,

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Life Changing

Since becoming a mom all I do during my “downtime” is watch Sex and the City and Law and Order: SVU marathons and by watch I mean have it on in the background while I wash bottles or feed the girls.  The other day I was watching Sex and the City and the episode came on where Samantha got diagnosed with breast cancer.  It took me by surprise, but I started bawling.  You see when I got diagnosed I clammed up and went into a dark, self protected shell.  I didn’t post it on facebook and I didn’t want to talk about it with anyone.  That was how I coped.  I didn’t understand how this could happen to me.  I was 34 years old and, at the time, one of the cleanest eaters around.  I took care of myself.  I exercised daily, I stopped eating meat, and I would drink over a gallon of water a day.  So how in the world did cancer invade my body?  MY body.  I put on a brave front and hid myself in my office.  My Pursona website never looked so good! Ha!  After cancer claimed my boobs and I lived thru the surgery (Yes I thought I was going to die.  I even wrote everyone letters. LOL) I started to somewhat heal.  My first question after I woke up from surgery, surrounded by my husband, parents, and brother, was “did they get it?”  I’ll never forget that moment.  Even as I type this I cannot hold back tears.  It’s something that if I think about I cannot control my emotions.  I never really talk about it.  Like ever.  So when I saw that episode and tears wouldn’t stop flowing I decided maybe it was time to talk about it. Maybe keeping it all to myself wasn’t helping me at all.  So many people are affected by this nasty disease.  I say people because cancer doesn’t only affect the infected it affects everyone who cares for this person.

What people don’t realize is that after you’ve been through such a life changing experience is just because you don’t talk about it doesn’t mean it isn’t always there.  Ever since that day that I heard the words “it’s not good” I always think someone I love is going to die.  It’s so weird and I wish it would get out of my head.  I used to stare at John, in the middle of the night, and make sure he was breathing.  I still live in fear that death will claim someone I love.  I know it someday will, but I am not ready.  No one ever is and just wish I wasn’t so morbid.  Hell, after receiving the news I got in my car and the song playing on the radio was Keisha’s “We’re going to die young”.  People I’m Catholic. I took that as a sign.  Ha!  I still fear that because I had cancer once I will get it again.  Now I have girls.  GIRLS.  I will forever fear the worst.  My hope, like any mother, is that if cancer is to enter our lives again that it will happen to me and not to them.

After 2 years I feel like I needed to get it off my chest. Maybe my story will help someone else.  Help them realize that there is life after cancer.  In a weird way cancer was a blessing.  It never made me want kids more than the moment I found out I had it.  She said “you have cancer” and I said “can I have kids?”  It’s funny how that works.  Now I look at my double blessings and know that I was lucky.  Lucky it didn’t claim my life this time and lucky, that as of now, I’m one of the survivors.  Most of all lucky to have had the support system that I did and do.  My friends and family were and are amazing.  THEY are what got me through that dark time.  The time when I would be blow drying my hair and just start crying.  I look at pictures of before I knew I had cancer, but had cancer, and say I had cancer then.  It’s truly a mind game.

I don’t have any pictures from that time because I wouldn’t allow any.  I do wish I did, but at the time my life stopped.  John did take a few after I woke up from surgery and one where I was on my spin bike with my drains tucked in my shirt.  Sometimes the memory of it all is much more vivid than the actual picture.
Tonight hug your loved ones a little tighter and promise yourself you won’t live in fear.  Promise that you will LIVE your life to the fulliest.  Because life is a gift.  A precious, precious gift from God.  God bless you all.  Much love.

Xoxo,

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Shoe of the Week-Bradley

There are times when you want a shoe to do all the work for you and what I mean by that is you want to go into your closet, pick up a pair of shoes and instantly feel like a million bucks.  That’s how I feel when I wear my pair of Sam Edelman “Bradley” booties.  With my new busy lifestyle I don’t have time to think about what I’m going to wear like I used to.  So I need it to be comfy, and stylish, so that I can still feel like my old self.  I know some of you are looking at the heel and the pointed toe and saying to yourselves, “there’s NO way that bootie is comfortable”.  Trust me it has past the concrete test and I actually feel sturdy when I’m wearing them.

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Sam Edelman Bradley bootie 

At Pursona we only offer this boot in a grey and if you ask me it’s the best color.  Grey goes with both black and brown so if you’re looking for a bootie to cover both ends of the neutral palette you got it.  There’s something so edgy about this boot yet so polished.  I’ve worn it with leggings, dresses and ripped up jeans.  I had a friend wear them at fashion week and swore it was her most comfortable pair of shoes.

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Elevate your look this fall and head over to the site or come by to test drive these killer booties.  I promise you’ll love them.

Xoxo,

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