WIW: Trying to pretend it's spring, and Israel shopping reveal

Hi, all -- I am safely home and trying to adjust to Canadian temperatures again. (Brrrr!!!) It wasn't as warm as we'd expected in Israel but it was certainly warmer than it is here, and bonus -- no snow! Alas, here the stuff continues to fall. But Saturday dawned fresh and sunny and I was commuting on my errands by car, not foot -- so I risked an outfit starring my Tel Aviv purchase, a new pair of bone coloured booties! 

These are beauties, leather and leather lined, handmade in Israel and very comfortable. Better yet, they were on sale because in Isreal, of course, these count as "winter" boots. (HA!!!!!) And for Israelis, it is "end of season." 

Whereas, as I explained to the lovely, thoughtful, warm, and just plain FUN Shevia (meet this woman if you get a chance; she's brilliant), here in Canada, I should have two more good months of wear from these babies before I need to retire them until autumn. I am so grateful to Shevia for taking me shopping and showing me the sights! I had wanted a pair of light coloured booties for a long time, and these are the perfect pair. 

So. I have put the puffer coat away, and I'm starting to wash and put away the cashmere. But this sweater remained in the "wear" pile because of its fresh spring colour. I can trick myself into thinking it is spring even if it is not, no? Ditto for the creamy flannel shirt, the jeans, and now, the booties. 

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46 Comments

  • Missey replied 5 years ago

    Oooh!  I love the new booties!  Is the piping silver?  They look divine.  I would love to see them with faded denim and pastels or a mod black and white or navy and white outfit.  What a great find! 

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Welcome back. I love those bone booties! But where is the yellow bag reveal? Photo 3 is not visible

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Those booties are BEAUTIFUL Suz! Oh my...and what a wonderful memory of meeting Shevia for you every time you wear them :)

    We've had more snow too but then it all melted. I've washed and put away my puffer coats and winter boots. Let's hope we don't have to dig them back out any time soon!

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    Althought I didn't guessed well (tought the yellow bag will carry home a bootie sandal for a matter:-)) they are certainly beautiful! Wellcome back, Suz, hope spring followed you home:-) 

  • lyn67 replied 5 years ago

    Althought I didn't guessed well (thought the yellow bag will carry home a bootie sandal for a matter:-)) they are certainly beautiful! Wellcome back, Suz, hope spring followed you home:-) 

  • AM replied 5 years ago

    Great booties. Love the shape and the piping! And your time with Shevia sounds magical.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Oh, sorry I was not clear. The yellow bag was a shopping bag from the shoe store. So the boots represent my single purchase in Israel. And yes, the piping is silver! 

    Well, apart from some pottery we bought as gifts and then DH dropped in the airport and it broke. :( 

  • Janet replied 5 years ago

    Oh, what a treat that you got to meet Shevia! I'm thrilled for both of you. 

    I'm curious to see the yellow bag, but those booties are perfect for you. You look like a breath of fresh spring air. :-)

  • merwoman replied 5 years ago

    Gorgeous find!!!! The leather looks butter soft, and what a lovely memory you will have of your time with Shevia.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Very pretty!  And what courage you had in wearing them outside :)  Lilac cashmere can certainly go the distance for quite awhile yet - in fact I think I should wear mine today too !  Sorry to hear about dropping the bag and breaking the gifts - sounds like something that I'd do.  

  • replied 5 years ago

    What lovely booties, and such a good way to remember your trip!

  • Tanya replied 5 years ago

    Welcome back Suz, how fun that you got to meet Shevia.  The booties are gorgeous, and your outfit does look very springy.

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Aw shucks Suz! What you forgot to mention is that I walked right by the shoe store where you found those gorgeous booties and it was your fashion eye that spotted it. The silver piping really pops with the white jeans! Better than on the shoe itself if that makes sense.
    It was a true pleasure spending time with you Suz - you are every bit as stylish in person as on the forum and then some. Hope we are on the same continent again soon!

  • Daria replied 5 years ago

    What is the brand of these booties? They are gorgeous!

  • Sterling replied 5 years ago

    They are lovely!!!  You can just see how well they are made in the pictures.  Great purchase.  

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    KILLER booties. I am SOOOO stealing them. 

    You look wonderful as always, Suz. 

    Welcome back, and I'm thrilled you had great time with family and Jaime. 

    (Okay. I'm off the forum before I get into trouble. Had to say how much I love your booties though. ENJOY). 

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Oh, the silver piping makes these so special!  What a find, and lucky you to have met Shevia (and lucky her, too!).

  • Diana replied 5 years ago

    Those shoes are incredible. I want them! This may sound weird, but what I find most appealing about them is how they fit your foot like a glove. You can tell the leather is super soft and high quality. Maybe because I have such low volume and yet fussy feet, I don't know, but this to me is the ideal fit for a bootie (conforms to foot but doesn't pinch or rub) and I can never, ever find it. The Israelis make the best shoes.

    Welcome home.

  • Ingunn replied 5 years ago

    Ooohh! Gorgeous booties! And you got to meet Shevia, too? I'm envious of both. We play that "spring in winter"-game in Norway, too. Lighter colors go a long way in making spring happen in lower temps. You look so fresh and fab, as usual.

  • thimblelina replied 5 years ago

    Wonderful boots!

  • AviaMariah replied 5 years ago

    Those boots are beauties!  How fun that you have them as a reminder of your trip.

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    I forgot that those glorious booties were hidden in a yellow shopping bag on Shevia's post. I want a pair!

  • Karie replied 5 years ago

    Gorgeous booties! Your blue sweater is fab too. Sorry to hear about the broken pottery! Lucky you to be able to put away the puffer coat. Saturday it was 28 F and snowing, so mine remains out *insert big heavy sigh here.*

  • Marley replied 5 years ago

    Wow - killer booties!  And, such a great memory of being with Shevia.  I too, hope that someday I get to meet her in person - as well as meet you in person Suz!
    I'm glad that you kept that sweater out of your 'winter storage' pile because the color is lovely on you and it truly does look like a spring top.

  • AJ replied 5 years ago

    Yes, please wear that sweater and keep the spring vibes going!

    Those booties are FAB!  I knew Angie would risk some typing to tell you so! :)  The bit of metallic trim makes it extra special and a must buy! 

    So great that you and Shevia could spend some time together.  Fabber get-togethers can't be beat!

  • Mona replied 5 years ago

    The booties look divine. The silver lining is such a pretty extra touch. They will go with a lot of things in your wardrobe. I hear you about the weather :(

  • carter replied 5 years ago

    Love the booties! Brilliant color for you.

  • Ginkgo replied 5 years ago

    Love these gorgeous soft booties, and I'm also curious about the brand. I have one pair of Naot shoes and could happily buy more. Anyway, good for you for pouncing on these beauties and bringing them home.

  • frannieb replied 5 years ago

    beautiful shoes and love the silver on top.

  • Gaylene replied 5 years ago

    Love the booties and the spring outfit! End of March and first part of April is such a tricky time in Canada. The weather can warm up enough to make you want to pack away all the winter gear--and then you get stuck trying to dig it all back out of the closet when the snow starts falling again. But I have to applaud your courage in wearing white on the bottom at this time of the year, even if running errands by car!

  • columbine(erin) replied 5 years ago

    Awesome booties!

  • shedev replied 5 years ago

    Lovely booties.

  • Inge replied 5 years ago

    The new booties are fantastic, Suz!! And with all those beautiful memories attached to them, I bet they'll make you smile each time you wear them.

    Such a wonderful Spring outfit too.That shade of blue is gorgeous on you (and I love the pattern on that shirt as well).

  • viva replied 5 years ago

    Such beautiful booties

  • Windchime replied 5 years ago

    Gorgeous booties! They look so soft and comfortable. And very you. What a great "souvenir" from your trip to Israel. And your outfit definitely hints of spring.

  • Runcarla replied 5 years ago

    Gorgeous booties and a happy transitional season outfit. Nicely done!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Thanks, everyone, and especially Angie for popping on when I know your arm can't stand it. (Now go back to resting, and that's an order!) 

    These booties are just what Diana says; they fit perfectly. Here is the brand: 
    http://www.imeldashoestlv.com/#!about/c786

    They are hand-made shoes. I could not have afforded the full prices shoes. (I really had my eye on a beautiful ankle strap pair for summer but they were way too much money.) But on sale, they were a steal. So I am delighted with them. 

    And, guess what? It looks like you can get them on Etsy. I would say these shoes fit TTS in a Euro size. I got a 37, my usual Euro size. I have to say, I might be awfully tempted by this option for new shoes next time I am looking, because as Diana says, the Israelis make fantastic footwear. 

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Oh -- here's the shoe I was lusting after....but you can see from the price why I left it alone...

  • Daria replied 5 years ago

    Suz - thanks for the links. :) Israelis make great leather goods in general - wallets etc, not only footware.

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 5 years ago

    I haven't read the other responses but I am sure they were all rave reviews.  Those booties are like the unicorn - hard to find but gorgeous when you do.  I love the bone color and the silver piping and the shape looks like it won't be dated EVER.  I can tell just from the pics that they are supple leather.  Great find.  

  • sarah replied 5 years ago

    Brilliant, Suz!

    Off topic, but I\'m in the middle of \"The Lemon Tree\". Have you read it? Such a great in-depth history of the Israeli-Palestian situation.

  • anne replied 5 years ago

    The booties look like a real find!!  Lovely blue in your jumper too!

  • Sal replied 5 years ago

    Stunning Suz and the best type of travelling present.  I love buying useful items when travelling - the more I use them the more I think about my wonderful trip.  You can certainly tell these are good quality leather!!  Yay.

  • Dee replied 5 years ago

    I was wondering what was in the yellow bag! :) Those booties look amazing and it sounds like you'll get excellent use out of them. And on sale too.

    I've also started the process of washing and putting away all of my natural fiber sweaters. I've never owned more than a couple before this year so it's a new experience for me. Good luck with the whole process.

  • Keturah replied 5 years ago

    Those boots and spending time with Shevia: the silver lining to your winter, right? :D (Silver piping on your booies=silver lining, get it? hehe :) )


    I love the creamy flannel, white, and blue cashmere paired together. The blue and cream definitely say "Spring is almost here" to me! And what a lovely, perfect momento from your trip.

    I would love to hang out with Shevia!! And you! Honestly, if I could afford it, I would spend a year traveling around the world meeting and shopping and sipping tea/wine/coffee with all you lovely Fabbers! 

  • dakotacheryl replied 5 years ago

    Love your boots and the story of your trip!

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