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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.


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Rain in Style

Open toe booties. Sounds weird right? Mixing two shoe styles into one shoe. But I promise, they are worth it. Honestly, this isn't a new trend, but it's new to me. I used to really dislike the idea of booties...all booties. Once I gave them a try, I quickly changed my mind (we’re women, we can do that). But then, someone was like “let's make an open toe bootie!!” And I was like “say what now?” Of course I bristled at the thought; I even made my “that's weird” face. But they were everywhere!!!! There was no escaping the open toe bootie. So, I tried them. And, now I have all of these...Lol. I can just picture my husband rolling his eyes, but they are all different and yes, I need them.

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They are just so versatile, cute, and comfortable. They can also add a little edge to your outfit, which, for me, is always a plus.

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So, what made me change my mind about them? I had to just jump on the bootie train and give them a try. It might be of no coincidence that I ordered my first pair from Zulily, knowing that I wouldn't be able to try them on, and without being able to return them. So, I either had to wear them and own it, or be out the money. I'm not one to back down from a challenge so, game on. They are the ones in the picture below and I got them last spring.

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I remember being terrified of them. It was worth it though. They quickly became my favorite over last spring and summer. The color is neutral, and the heel is open making them breathable for the heat of summer. Versatile, too - they pair easily with jeans, skirts and dresses. The heel on these is a chunky stacked heel, so they are more casual looking then some of my stiletto heeled booties. The chunkier heel makes them easier to wear for long periods too. If you need a little extra cushioning for your feet, just add an insert. I added extra cusioning to a few of my booties and it helps. Here are a few of my chunky heeled open toe booties. 


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Oh, you must be wondering where my stilletto heeled ones are, and of course I have some.  Who do you think I am? Lol. This nude pair below, have sparkly gems, it's hard to tell in the photo, but they are beautiful. I got them from DSW a few months ago and I have been in love ever since.  I love pairing these lighter colored booties with lighter toned outfits; it helps to make my legs look longer and less bottom heavy. 

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These are probably my favorite stilletto heeled open toed booties. They've been screaming at me to wear them, so I have been, even if it has been a little cold. When the shoes call...I answer. The black pair came from ThredUP and the other two Zulily.

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As the weather gets warmer, I'm planning on wearing more of these open toed booties with my dresses and skirts. I love styling them this way. It's a nice way to vary up the heels and sandals that you'd usually pair with dresses and skirts. And yes, you can wear open toe booties during warmer months; you just might want ones that also have an open heel and you get a bonus for cutouts. Let the air flow, ladies.

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I will caution you. Sometimes I forget that my booties are open toed. Which is fine, normally, unless you have kids. My kids like to huddle around claustrophobically close...and if I don't remember my booties are open toed and ask them for space, they step right on my toes...squishing them. Regular booties, not so bad, but leaving toes open around kids is like a magnet for disaster. Dare I say though, no pain no gain...and it's totally worth it. 

Also, when wearing booties, wether open toe or not, try rolling or cuffing your skinny jeans up to a little above the top of the boot.  You want a little of your ankle to show; it helps elongate your leg.  Pay no attention to my jeans in this photo. I rolled them a little too high; one roll lower would have been perfect.  

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So, what do you think? Are you ready to give them a try? Or do you already have a slight obsession with them, like me? If you don't have any, swing by a shoe store and try some on. If you'd like to look on Zulily, they do have cute ones, but usually you can't return things. So keep that in mind. Don’t be afraid to liberate your toes! They will appreciate the air flow after being stuck inside boots all winter.


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Pouches Visits the Past


If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.