Feeling Like An Old Hippie and #SpreadTheKindness Link Up #16

There is a story behind this outfit and how it came to be be. On Saturday, I smashed my toe on the little trampoline that has made its home in the middle of my living room. It was a toe stubbing that made witnesses cringe. However, after about 60 seconds of eeking and owwwing, the toe was fine. Then on Sunday, I stubbed the same toe on some flattened moving boxes that were propped against the couch. This time the stubbing was not so bad. However, after about 10 minutes the pain began to worsen and the thought crept into my head, “Hmmm…this toe feels broken.” About an hour later, when my poor toe turned an unsavory shade of gray and purple, I was convinced that it was indeed broken. Who would have thought that a tiny little bone such as a toe bone could cause so much pain when broken!

When it came time to get dressed on Monday, I realized that I was not going to be able to wear shoes. Like actual shoes that would put pressure on my swollen toe. So it would have to be sandals of some sort with lots of foot bed support. But alas, it is still much too cold where I live to go outside with exposed toes (and my poor winterized, unpedicured toes would cause onlookers to cringe). So I had to find a way to rock the socks with sandals look in the way that only Shelbee on the Edge can!

The socks with foot bed sandals felt a little old hippie style to me so I figured I would work the outfit around the socks and shoes. I grabbed this giant oversized sack of dress from New Chic. I ordered it a bit too big (I could probably go down about 3 sizes), but I figured layering it over a long sleeve tee and leggings would work just fine. And then I added a denim jacket, a scarf, and a boho hat to complete the look. If I was going to wear socks with sandals, I figured I might as well wear the most obnoxious sandals to draw attention to this crazy little detail. So I went for my fave metallic Fauxenstocks (I stole that term from the fabulous Anne M. Bray)!

Once I had the whole thing on, I kind of loved it! Much, much different from my outfit posted yesterday when I went all Merida-inspired in a corset with The Fab 40’s, but much more me, I have admit! Very much within my comfort zone, in fact. But then I thought, “Too bad I have to wear the sandals because I have the cutest purple booties which would look so stinking adorable with this outfit!” But, I have a broken toe and the booties are a tad too snug to begin with. But look how cute they are!

*I was gifted these booties from DressLily for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

*For size reference, I am generally a US Size 10 in shoes. I ordered the US Size 11 in these booties to be on the safe side, yet they are still quite narrow and a bit too tight. I may be able to wear them with just stockings, but certainly never with socks. However, by the time my broken toe heals and the swelling goes down enough for me to even attempt to put these on, we will be fully in the swing of Spring weather and the boots will be put away until the Fall.

Outfit Details
Booties: Suede Faux Fur Low Heel Ankle Boots (c/o DressLily).
Sandals: Circus by Sam Edelman (Old).
Dress: O-Newe Ethnic Style Strap Floral Printed Lantern Maxi Sundress from New Chic.
Hat: Burlington Coat Factory.
Jacket and Scarf: Very Old.

By the way, if you do ever break a toe, wearing a sturdy foot bed sandal definitely eases a lot of the pain. That and stabilizing the break with some medical tape and lots of ibuprofen!

And in more exciting news, I am heading to the airport in 3 hours to pick up my husband! Finally, the 78 days of separation have come to an end and my little family will be complete again. All will be right in my world!

And now it’s link up time…and I apologize for not sharing your favorites this week, but I need to get myself all dolled up for the big reunion! Hopefully, I will have pictures to share this week!  Have fun linking and keep #SpreadingTheKindness!

Keeping it on the edge,


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56 Responses

  1. That dress and those booties are gorgeous! I love the purple color! Hope your toe heels quickly and you can wear those booties soon!

    • Thank you, Laura! This dress is so comfy, too! I think the booties are going away until the Fall! It is finally starting to warm up around here and wearing fur boots just doesn’t feel right! But you will see them again in a few months…hopefully on my feet!


  2. Ouch, sorry to hear about your toe, but you have such an amazing attitude towards these things that is worth imitating Shelbee. Glad to hear your hubs is home!

    • Wow, Lorena! Thank you for this fabulous comment! I strive to always maintain a positive attitude through all the tribulations in this life! I really appreciate that.


  3. Those purple boots are so, so cute! I love the fur on the top! Oh my goodness, I have broken my pinky toe before and it is just awful!!! Awful! You really can’t wear normal shoes, it is so painful! I hope your toe heals SOON! I love the color of that dress, green is such a perfect color for when it starts to warm up for the Spring!


    • Thanks so much, Carrie! When I saw these boots, I knew I had to have them. I am so sad that I can’t wear them right now with the broken toe. So they will have to be put away until the fall, I think! It is finally starting to warm up around here. And fur boots just won’t do.


  4. Oh, what a bad luck, that toe! But I’m so happy for you that you and your husband are almost joined again! Yeah!!!

  5. love your scarf and those colors!

  6. such a cute outfit SHelbee! I bet you are overjoyed to see him again! 🙂

  7. What a series of unfortunate events, Shelbee!! But seeing your husband will be worth any discomfort and annoyances, yes??

    • Ha! Yes, indeed, Jodie! And yesterday’s arrival plan went all awry due to flight delays and I had to kill 3 hours at a mall with my two rambunctious boys. Not good for a broken toe at all! But all is much more harmonious in my household now that the boys have their daddy back. Time for the transition period!


  8. Green + purple is such a fun combo- I don’t wear these colors often enough!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  9. You look fine. That is normal in the Haight or on Telegraph.

    • Thank you, Patrick! You have references the Haight before on one of my outfit posts…I think I need to live there! I visited that area once and it may have been one of my favorite places on earth!


  10. Love these sandals and I’m so glad you didn’t break your toe! I don’t know what it is about your toe but it always hurts 10 times worse!

    • Thanks, Laura! It really is quite painful. Then you walk funny because of it which creates leg cramps adding insult to injury! But the bright side of it…I did have cute supportive shoes which helped and they are shiny! Hahaha.


  11. So sorry to hear about your toe, Shelbee! At least those are cute little silver slides to help you in the meantime! Have a great week!

  12. Shelbee, those booties would have been perfect with that outfit! I’m sorry that you messed up your toe. I work at a college bookstore and last year dropped a heavy book on my foot and broke something in there. I never had it examined. So I wrapped it and couldn’t wear anything tight fitting. Ha, ha. But it healed up just fine and now I’m back to wearing pretty much whatever. I think your outfit is cute and hippy-ish! Perfect colors too. – Amy

    • Aw, thanks so much, Amy! I was surprised at how much I liked this outfit once it was all on. But the booties would have been so good with it, too! I am doing the same with my toe as you did. I have it taped up and am trying to take it as easy as I can (which means not at all). No doctor’s visit for this girl either.


  13. Oh my … I hope your toe heals quickly … loving the green and purple colour combo!! and those booties girl they are gorgeous!! Glad that your hubby is back – absolutely when your family is together – all is well in the world!

    • Thank you, Celia! It is so good to have him back but now we have to transition back into life together which presents its own challenges…along with the broken toe. Ha!


  14. I love the fun pop of purple in your scarf with that flowy green dress. And you’re right. Those booties are adorable. Hope your toe heals quickly!

  15. Ouch, your poor toe! I hope it heals quickly. Those purple boots are fabulous, but I do like the silver sandals and the whole hippy boho vibe. I had an auto immune response to some medication once which left me with joint pain in my feet, so I had to wear big sturdy mules for months. Luckily they were kinda fashionable at the time, but boy was I glad to wear fancy shoes again when it wore off!

    Emma xxx

    • Thanks so much, Emma! These were fun sandals to wear even with my socks! I am already able to wear shoes that cover my toes just nothing too narrow or with a heel. But I really want/need a pedicure and I am afraid that may hurt too much! And what a strange and awful response to have to medication. I am so glad it didn’t cause permanent issues for you.


  16. Ha. That looks like one of my getups! Sorry about your toe. The booties WOULD have been perfect. Save that thought for next fall!

  17. You look so cute! The hat is the perfect touch.


  18. Aw I’m so happy for you that your husband is back!!! I’m also over here feeling your broken toe pain. I’ve never broken my toe, but whenever I stub it, it’s like the worst pain ever! Hope it heals quickly.

    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • Thanks so much, Brooke! It is great to have the hubby home and the broken toe is feeling much better although it is still broken! I am going to try for a pedicure today. I hope it isn’t too painful!


  19. Those boots are so beautiful and look so cosy!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  20. Another fabulous look that you can pull off! You just have your own signature on so many types of looks! I feel kind of bad now that when you showed me the dress on the hanger, I said something along the lines of “it is interesting, like kind of a sack type of dress material. Not sure how one would wear that?”.

    Ok then. Touché. It was super cute and looked so comfy. And every single accessory was needed and worked. Except for the broken toe. It’s burr-o-ken!!!!!! And yay, he’s home! Prop your feet up and relax while giving orders lol. (Yea right).

    • You are too funny, Aimee! You were astonished by the dress on a hanger! I have to admit that it doesn’t look like much more than a sack on the hanger, but it is so freaking adorable on my person! Ha! Broken toe, broken toe, oh no! I am going to get a pedicure today. I hope it doesn’t hurt!


  21. I definitely am feeling the hippie vibe in this look. I love that hat too! It’s so fab!

    Thanks so much for linking up with us on the Wearable Wednesday link up!

  22. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style

  23. I’ve broken toes before and while it’s been extremely painful to get my skates on, it’s one time that standing on the ice coaching for hours has actually helped my feet feel better – the pressure and the cold would make the pain go away – at least until I had to try and get the skate off! :/

    • Oh no, Lisa! I have no idea how you would even get a skate on a broken toe! But imagine a nice frozen surface beneath you would feel good. I got a pedicure yesterday and it hurt a little bit. Today I am back to normal shoes, but we will see how long that lasts! Have a fabulous weekend.


  24. Ouch, oh no Shelbee, hope your toe is Ok now 🙁 Lovely dress, I have something like this but a little shorter.

  25. Ouch! I hope your toe feels better soon. Those fur lined purple booties are really cute. Thanks so much for joining the Fabulous Friday Link Up.

    Daily Style Finds

  26. Your story reminds me of the episode of the Cosby Show when she has to wear a cast to a fancy party and she ends up adding a bunch of bling to make it stylish. I would have wrapped my foot and made it obvious I was hurting to get some sympathy but not you – you make it something stylish.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us on #FridayFrivolity.

  27. Those purple booties are so great! Your purple toe, not so great – hope you are healing quickly. Thanks for linking up, xox


  28. Oh no hope your toe heals quickly! I haven’t broken my toe but my hubby did and it was painful!


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