By the time my friend and I finished dinner Friday night, we’d missed all the starting times for the chick flicks we wanted to see. So we read chick magazines in a Barnes & Noble Starbucks instead. All the September issues are on the stands now, and I’m noticing a trend in articles that target our desire for value for our money. There’s a lot of advice on how to avoid making mistakes, what items are classic and worth the cost ($695 for black platform Christian Leboutin pumps*), where you can find less expensive versions of the same thing (e.g., if the style is baggy, look for it in the men’s department–like an actual man’s cardigans vs. the boyfriend cardigan) and how to dress for your body shape. I haven’t seen this much substance in a long time.

I also enjoyed a photo poll (I can’t remember which magazine it was in my stack that night!) of whether celebrities choose what they wear based upon comfort or style. It’s naive, I know, but I always assumed that celebrities were so skinny they could be comfortable in anything. It turns out not to be the case. As one woman put it, “If you want to be comfortable, stay home.” I will continue my quest for comfort and style, although I tend to err on the side of comfort if I must choose.

Finally, I’ve started two books from the library: “Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur” by Pamela Slim, and “Now, Discover Your Strengths” by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton. I’ll probably be sharing from them in future posts.

*How long will platforms stay in style, even if it’s a hidden platform? You can find less expensive, classic-looking, non-platform Leboutin pumps for less at And of course you can find even less expensive, classic-looking, non-Leboutin pumps everywhere else.

Speaking of shoes, I just discovered this site today–a German shoe company that customizes for your foot. If anyone goes to their Red Bank, New Jersey location, I’d love to hear about it!