My shoes died on me in NYC…

Before I get into this glorious story I’d like to mention I’m working on a Costa Rica page for my blog with some useful resources/information and I’ll be posting more content related to that trip so I can link it on that page. Sorry, I know you’re probably sick of it by now: “We get it, you went to Costa Rica!” Ahhhh. 

A picture of some random NYC buildings. 

Anyway, I went to New York City for my friend’s birthday weekend (shoutout to her lovely mother for taking me along). Not everything went according to plan. The hotel we were supposed to stay at didn’t have our reservation, so we had to carry our stuff with us the rest of the day. Also, we had to get ready to see a Broadway show in the lobby bathroom – which was two stalls and a small mirror. I had chosen a cute velvet a-line dress, stockings, my favorite necklace, a black cropped denim jacket, and these amazing (or so I thought) studded wedges. 

Black velvet dress, black necklace, black tights. I have no outfit photos of me wearing these shoes.

I had picked up these “bad boys” at a thrift shop a few years prior, but I had never worn them. That’s right, I never wore these. Not once. As you can tell from the title, that wouldn’t make much of a difference. Immediately after we exited the lobby I started hearing “click, flap, click, flap” when I walked. I looked down and noticed the sole of the shoe was coming apart! But I was able to tuck it underneath the heel protector, and I figured I could manage the rest of the night. I was wrong. 

Accessible caption: My studded wedges. They had circular, triangle, and pyramid shaped studs on eight different straps. These straps were coming undone. 

We took an Uber to the broadway show and as soon as we exited the car I felt this strange sensation. Apparently, the straps were glued underneath the sole, and when the sole starting coming off, the toe straps came undone. I couldn’t walk in them, they were *LITERALLY* falling apart on my feet, but I had no time to slow down because we were late for the show. 

At this point I was pissed that these shoes fell apart on me. When intermission came into the garbage they went! These shoes erected extremely petty hatred that filled every fiber of my being. Hence the following photo. 

Accessible caption: My friend’s mother holding up the shoes while I hold up a middle finger to them. How dare you fall apart on me, ungrateful foot-holders! 

Now, remember how we had to carry around our stuff? THANK GOD. I was able to change into a pair of boots I had brought. I guess the moral of the story is that if your hotel doesn’t have your reservation, it’s fine because your shoes are about to fall apart. And that concludes today’s installment of life lessons with Knurly.

See you soon,

Knurly 

How I hunt down sold out items

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It’s a familiar first-world problem: we see an item online and it’s love at first sight. I need that! Forgoing our fiscal responsibility we click onto the store page, fully prepared to shrink our bank accounts just a little more in order to score an amazing piece. But our journey are cut short by two devastating words: “Sold Out.” However, when you’re a sentimental shopaholic like I am, “sout” is more of a challenge than a defeat. Somewhere in this vast cyberspace there is or will be a listing of the particular item I am looking for.

I’m sure many of you are familiar with these tactics, but for anybody who isn’t, I just wanted to give you the rundown. I’m always hunting for items online. Even if I’m in a physical store or thrift store I may opt to hunt for the item online due to size or price.

In this case, it happens to be these F21 boots that I first saw on The Curvy Alt-Girl’s blog.  I don’t typically shop at Forever 21 but I was going to make an exception for these babies. Alas, they are sold out in every size except 6. I’d prefer a size 8 for comfort.

So what’s the first step? Well, obviously, click the “Sold out in your size?” button, so you can receive an email IF the item is restocked, and that’s an IF. But that’s not good enough for me, so I had to take it a couple steps further.

The first place I turned to was eBay. Now, the issue stores such as Forever 21, H&M, Zara, etc, is that specific pieces they are harder to find than smaller brands! There will be an abundance of items in which you are not looking for, and to increase your chances you need to do multiple searches.

Take cues from the original listing. Start out by copy-pasting the original title into the search, as long as it isn’t too long. Maybe throw in the brand name as well. That didn’t work well for me. Continue reading How I hunt down sold out items