Excuse Me While I Vomit

The comments you've left the last few days have been fantastic.  I'm sorry I haven't been able to get back individually to each one of you, but I've loved them!  What a great conversation we've got going on a very important topic.

I don't mean to overwhelm you with posts about the superficiality of Orange County, but it's difficult not to write about it this week.  I promise I'll mix in some other topics before the end of the week.
  

By the way, my sister called yesterday.  She lives in Colorado where natural beauty is prized more highly than it is here in Orange County.  She's about 5 years older than me. She hasn't had any cosmetic surgery.  In my opinion, she looks great.

We talked about my experience with the Cosmetic Dermatologist.  My sister told me about a cream she started using on her neck awhile back called Elastiderm.  Have you heard of it? She buys it through a dermatologist, but it's now available online.  It's not cheap, but it's a lot cheaper than plastic surgery.  She swears it's made a remarkable difference in her neck. I can't swear by it personally, but I thought I'd pass on the recommendation for those of you who are interested.  I might try it myself.  (If I do, I'll let you know what I think.)

Maybe it's a magical cream?

Moving on ….

I was reading the Orange County Register yesterday and I was completely, utterly, appalled by one of the local stories.  I found myself questioning why I live here.  Then I shut my eyes for a moment, thought about the beach, the ocean, and the mountains in my backyard.

The story was titled, Shoes Fit for a Queen, and it was written by a reporter named Candice Shih.  Do you know who Christian Louboutin is?  He's a famous shoe designer.  His shoes have a signature red leather sole and are worn by celebrities worldwide.  

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Christian Louboutin visited Orange County recently to promote his exclusive line of shoes. To say Louboutin's shoes are expensive is an understatement.  He was specifically here to introduce his new limited edition shoe, the Marie Antoinette, which is priced at $6,295.

Here's a look at this $6,000+ ultra-extravagant shoe:

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I don't know if it's possible to love shoes more than I do.  I have the potential to develop a serious shoe-aholic addiction.  I don't, however, find the Marie Antoinette even remotely attractive.

Not to mention, spending $6,782.86 with tax on one pair of shoes is one of the most wasteful things I can imagine.

Wake up Orange County, the world is in a serious recession!  Excessive consumption is grossly out of style.  Even if you aren't hurting financially, most people are.  Why not use your money to help someone in need instead of buying a pair of shoes you will only wear once in a great while, if at all?  (Louboutin shoes are not made for comfort!)  If you are too self-centered to think about other people, than at least realize you're making yourself look like an ass with your exorbitance. 

Christian Louboutin came and autographed the red soles of his shoes for women who clamored to buy them.  Only three pairs of the Marie Antoinette were available that day (all three sold), but Louboutin has plenty of other, pricey, styles to choose from.  Women were lining up to spend thousands of dollars on a single pair of shoes.

The most nauseating part of the article was reading about a woman who successfully begged her father to buy her a pair of the $6,295 Marie Antoinette's for her 25th birthday. Why did she think she needs them?  Who is she trying to impress?  And does she think having her daddy buy her $6,000+ shoes impresses anyone?  Why did her father buy them for her?  What in the hell was he thinking?

What's wrong with these people?

87 Responses to “Excuse Me While I Vomit”

  1. SSG

    totally agree with you- how much did those shoes actualyl cost to make? $6,000 is way too much to spend on shoes, recession or not. When you think of many people who can’t afford shoes and others can “throw away” $6,000 on shoes they’ll wear once. $6,000 could make a real difference to someone or some people’s lives. It’s the wealth gap, though, and it’s always been there. This reminds me of the Emperor’s new clothes, is the same sort of trickery!

  2. SSG

    totally agree with you- how much did those shoes actualyl cost to make? $6,000 is way too much to spend on shoes, recession or not. When you think of many people who can’t afford shoes and others can “throw away” $6,000 on shoes they’ll wear once. $6,000 could make a real difference to someone or some people’s lives. It’s the wealth gap, though, and it’s always been there. This reminds me of the Emperor’s new clothes, is the same sort of trickery!

  3. SSG

    totally agree with you- how much did those shoes actualyl cost to make? $6,000 is way too much to spend on shoes, recession or not. When you think of many people who can’t afford shoes and others can “throw away” $6,000 on shoes they’ll wear once. $6,000 could make a real difference to someone or some people’s lives. It’s the wealth gap, though, and it’s always been there. This reminds me of the Emperor’s new clothes, is the same sort of trickery!

  4. sometimessophia

    It’s regrettable that our society supports such frivolity. Talk about setting our priorities straight… If Christian Louboutin were sending the proceeds to Appalachia or Darfur (although sadly that’s not an option right now) perhaps the prohibitive cost of these shoes could be justified. Wealthy people feeding their sick egos… disgusting.

  5. sometimessophia

    It’s regrettable that our society supports such frivolity. Talk about setting our priorities straight… If Christian Louboutin were sending the proceeds to Appalachia or Darfur (although sadly that’s not an option right now) perhaps the prohibitive cost of these shoes could be justified. Wealthy people feeding their sick egos… disgusting.

  6. sometimessophia

    It’s regrettable that our society supports such frivolity. Talk about setting our priorities straight… If Christian Louboutin were sending the proceeds to Appalachia or Darfur (although sadly that’s not an option right now) perhaps the prohibitive cost of these shoes could be justified. Wealthy people feeding their sick egos… disgusting.

  7. Gina

    it makes me sick, i could pay for a whole YEAR of college tuition with that money!!

  8. Gina

    it makes me sick, i could pay for a whole YEAR of college tuition with that money!!

  9. Gina

    it makes me sick, i could pay for a whole YEAR of college tuition with that money!!

  10. Erin

    alas…
    i cringe(d) at spending even $200-300 for a pair of my favs when i lived in california. i love ferragamo and bruno maglia. i will say where i live now people would not even have a clue about the shoes i wear.
    yes, oc women have the forever young and dress-to-impress syndromes to say the least. in all my years living there (40) i can say i never jumped on the bandwagon. if you can’t be comfortable in your own skin and style… hmmm
    good posts….thanks.
    erin

  11. Erin

    alas…
    i cringe(d) at spending even $200-300 for a pair of my favs when i lived in california. i love ferragamo and bruno maglia. i will say where i live now people would not even have a clue about the shoes i wear.
    yes, oc women have the forever young and dress-to-impress syndromes to say the least. in all my years living there (40) i can say i never jumped on the bandwagon. if you can’t be comfortable in your own skin and style… hmmm
    good posts….thanks.
    erin

  12. Erin

    alas…
    i cringe(d) at spending even $200-300 for a pair of my favs when i lived in california. i love ferragamo and bruno maglia. i will say where i live now people would not even have a clue about the shoes i wear.
    yes, oc women have the forever young and dress-to-impress syndromes to say the least. in all my years living there (40) i can say i never jumped on the bandwagon. if you can’t be comfortable in your own skin and style… hmmm
    good posts….thanks.
    erin

  13. Jan

    Who the hell is on this guy’s design team? I’ve hung artwork by a first grader on my refrigerator that is more attractive than those shoes.
    Now that I think about it, it looks as if he broke out the glitter glue and pipe cleaners for those hideous things, doesn’t it?

  14. Jan

    Who the hell is on this guy’s design team? I’ve hung artwork by a first grader on my refrigerator that is more attractive than those shoes.
    Now that I think about it, it looks as if he broke out the glitter glue and pipe cleaners for those hideous things, doesn’t it?

  15. Jan

    Who the hell is on this guy’s design team? I’ve hung artwork by a first grader on my refrigerator that is more attractive than those shoes.
    Now that I think about it, it looks as if he broke out the glitter glue and pipe cleaners for those hideous things, doesn’t it?

  16. Helena

    It’s ridiculous! I still can’t afford to rent a flat in London and some people waste that sort of money on shoes. It’s seriously annoying (I was going to swear here but didn’t want to in your comments box). 🙂

  17. Helena

    It’s ridiculous! I still can’t afford to rent a flat in London and some people waste that sort of money on shoes. It’s seriously annoying (I was going to swear here but didn’t want to in your comments box). 🙂

  18. Helena

    It’s ridiculous! I still can’t afford to rent a flat in London and some people waste that sort of money on shoes. It’s seriously annoying (I was going to swear here but didn’t want to in your comments box). 🙂

  19. di

    Well, they are almost the ugliest pair of shoes I’ve seen in this lifetime. Spending that amount of money on ANY pair of shoes is just not normal, no matter how much money you have in your bank account. But then wealth and sanity do not always go hand in hand.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  20. di

    Well, they are almost the ugliest pair of shoes I’ve seen in this lifetime. Spending that amount of money on ANY pair of shoes is just not normal, no matter how much money you have in your bank account. But then wealth and sanity do not always go hand in hand.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  21. di

    Well, they are almost the ugliest pair of shoes I’ve seen in this lifetime. Spending that amount of money on ANY pair of shoes is just not normal, no matter how much money you have in your bank account. But then wealth and sanity do not always go hand in hand.
    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  22. Linda

    6Grand for shoes??!!?? Do you know howmany pairs of shoes that would buy for people in need? How many meals that would buy for the hungry? You are a stronger woman than I 24. I would never leave my back porch if it were me.

  23. Linda

    6Grand for shoes??!!?? Do you know howmany pairs of shoes that would buy for people in need? How many meals that would buy for the hungry? You are a stronger woman than I 24. I would never leave my back porch if it were me.

  24. Linda

    6Grand for shoes??!!?? Do you know howmany pairs of shoes that would buy for people in need? How many meals that would buy for the hungry? You are a stronger woman than I 24. I would never leave my back porch if it were me.

  25. Kristan

    Whoa… from a design perspective, I can appreciate the work that went into taking the inspirational style and applying it to footwear, but (a) I’ve seen those shoes before and totally thought they were for an exhibit, NOT REALLY FOR WEAR, and (b) they’re still kinda ugly.
    I figure (c) they cost 1/3 of my annual salary, doesn’t really need to be said.

  26. Kristan

    Whoa… from a design perspective, I can appreciate the work that went into taking the inspirational style and applying it to footwear, but (a) I’ve seen those shoes before and totally thought they were for an exhibit, NOT REALLY FOR WEAR, and (b) they’re still kinda ugly.
    I figure (c) they cost 1/3 of my annual salary, doesn’t really need to be said.

  27. Kristan

    Whoa… from a design perspective, I can appreciate the work that went into taking the inspirational style and applying it to footwear, but (a) I’ve seen those shoes before and totally thought they were for an exhibit, NOT REALLY FOR WEAR, and (b) they’re still kinda ugly.
    I figure (c) they cost 1/3 of my annual salary, doesn’t really need to be said.

  28. wunderwoman

    Wow that is incredible…that much money would pay for a degree for me, but I would not buy those ugly shoes!

  29. wunderwoman

    Wow that is incredible…that much money would pay for a degree for me, but I would not buy those ugly shoes!

  30. wunderwoman

    Wow that is incredible…that much money would pay for a degree for me, but I would not buy those ugly shoes!

  31. Lo

    yep, vicki beckham is gonna be sportin these stupid things by the end of the week. with her 50,000k handbag. what, you didn’t realize that we all need to wear millions of dollars just to be cool? pfft. where have YOU been?
    appalling, stupid, wasteful. and stupid. did i say stupid? pathetically stupid.
    and i love his shoes. i will say that. but… would never, ever buy a pair. even IF i were vicki beckham. but then again, that ain’t gonna happen, i tend to like to eat.

  32. Lo

    yep, vicki beckham is gonna be sportin these stupid things by the end of the week. with her 50,000k handbag. what, you didn’t realize that we all need to wear millions of dollars just to be cool? pfft. where have YOU been?
    appalling, stupid, wasteful. and stupid. did i say stupid? pathetically stupid.
    and i love his shoes. i will say that. but… would never, ever buy a pair. even IF i were vicki beckham. but then again, that ain’t gonna happen, i tend to like to eat.

  33. Lo

    yep, vicki beckham is gonna be sportin these stupid things by the end of the week. with her 50,000k handbag. what, you didn’t realize that we all need to wear millions of dollars just to be cool? pfft. where have YOU been?
    appalling, stupid, wasteful. and stupid. did i say stupid? pathetically stupid.
    and i love his shoes. i will say that. but… would never, ever buy a pair. even IF i were vicki beckham. but then again, that ain’t gonna happen, i tend to like to eat.

  34. Donna in VA

    It has totally amazed me lately with the economy the way it is how vastly different people are in the way they think. . . meaning people WITH money and those in hard times. Values change completely. I’ve also been surprised by a total lack of empathy from those WITH money. Your example of people spending that kind of money on a pair of shoes is a perfect case in point. That kind of money could SAVE some families from economic disaster, and they’re off spending it on a pair of shoes to sit in their closet. . . just because they can.
    In a perfect world, we would all be helping each other. But then I guess that’s just crazy talk.

  35. Donna in VA

    It has totally amazed me lately with the economy the way it is how vastly different people are in the way they think. . . meaning people WITH money and those in hard times. Values change completely. I’ve also been surprised by a total lack of empathy from those WITH money. Your example of people spending that kind of money on a pair of shoes is a perfect case in point. That kind of money could SAVE some families from economic disaster, and they’re off spending it on a pair of shoes to sit in their closet. . . just because they can.
    In a perfect world, we would all be helping each other. But then I guess that’s just crazy talk.

  36. Donna in VA

    It has totally amazed me lately with the economy the way it is how vastly different people are in the way they think. . . meaning people WITH money and those in hard times. Values change completely. I’ve also been surprised by a total lack of empathy from those WITH money. Your example of people spending that kind of money on a pair of shoes is a perfect case in point. That kind of money could SAVE some families from economic disaster, and they’re off spending it on a pair of shoes to sit in their closet. . . just because they can.
    In a perfect world, we would all be helping each other. But then I guess that’s just crazy talk.

  37. Elixa

    Amen!
    Those shoes look uncomfortable & ugly. My parents would lock me up in the looney bin if I ever begged for something soooooooooo expensive. What a waste of money.

  38. Elixa

    Amen!
    Those shoes look uncomfortable & ugly. My parents would lock me up in the looney bin if I ever begged for something soooooooooo expensive. What a waste of money.

  39. Elixa

    Amen!
    Those shoes look uncomfortable & ugly. My parents would lock me up in the looney bin if I ever begged for something soooooooooo expensive. What a waste of money.

  40. Margie

    That is really just sad. I can’t even talk myself into paying almost $100 to get my hair highlighted/styled when I know there are people with no utilities and kids to feed. And they aren’t the homeless (yet) either.

  41. Margie

    That is really just sad. I can’t even talk myself into paying almost $100 to get my hair highlighted/styled when I know there are people with no utilities and kids to feed. And they aren’t the homeless (yet) either.

  42. Margie

    That is really just sad. I can’t even talk myself into paying almost $100 to get my hair highlighted/styled when I know there are people with no utilities and kids to feed. And they aren’t the homeless (yet) either.

  43. Beth

    The shoes? Dear god, no.
    The neck cream? Maybe…
    Gotta admit, I’m vulnerable and suggestive to fighting gravity with creams and lotions but not via cosmetic enhancement/surgery.
    Have you read Nora Ephron’s book I Feel Bad About My Neck? A great, amusing read.

  44. Beth

    The shoes? Dear god, no.
    The neck cream? Maybe…
    Gotta admit, I’m vulnerable and suggestive to fighting gravity with creams and lotions but not via cosmetic enhancement/surgery.
    Have you read Nora Ephron’s book I Feel Bad About My Neck? A great, amusing read.

  45. Beth

    The shoes? Dear god, no.
    The neck cream? Maybe…
    Gotta admit, I’m vulnerable and suggestive to fighting gravity with creams and lotions but not via cosmetic enhancement/surgery.
    Have you read Nora Ephron’s book I Feel Bad About My Neck? A great, amusing read.

  46. Lump

    you know, if I were a celebrity, he’d just give them to me for free. because it’s not like celebrities can’t buy them with their billions of dollars. that shit pisses me off.

  47. Lump

    you know, if I were a celebrity, he’d just give them to me for free. because it’s not like celebrities can’t buy them with their billions of dollars. that shit pisses me off.

  48. Lump

    you know, if I were a celebrity, he’d just give them to me for free. because it’s not like celebrities can’t buy them with their billions of dollars. that shit pisses me off.

  49. kelly

    ahhh! i love shoes just as much as the next gal… & christian’s are especially pretty. i’ve tried on a pair or two & have to admit i’ve even considered buying a pair that were REALLY on sale. but $6000? that’s absurd!think of how many other pairs of shoes i could get with that kind of money!

  50. kelly

    ahhh! i love shoes just as much as the next gal… & christian’s are especially pretty. i’ve tried on a pair or two & have to admit i’ve even considered buying a pair that were REALLY on sale. but $6000? that’s absurd!think of how many other pairs of shoes i could get with that kind of money!

  51. kelly

    ahhh! i love shoes just as much as the next gal… & christian’s are especially pretty. i’ve tried on a pair or two & have to admit i’ve even considered buying a pair that were REALLY on sale. but $6000? that’s absurd!think of how many other pairs of shoes i could get with that kind of money!

  52. Sarah

    He was thinking that he royally sucked as a father and had to buy his daughters love? Just a guess. ; )

  53. Sarah

    He was thinking that he royally sucked as a father and had to buy his daughters love? Just a guess. ; )

  54. Sarah

    He was thinking that he royally sucked as a father and had to buy his daughters love? Just a guess. ; )

  55. Amy

    I didn’t know who Christian Louboutin was, so I had to look it up.
    I agree with you completely, no one should spent $6k+ on one pair of shoes. My most expensive pair of shoes ever were £65. They only made it through one season and I will never spend that much again.
    I prefer my Doc Martens; they’re affordable, they last for ages, they’re comfortably and I think rather cute.

  56. Amy

    I didn’t know who Christian Louboutin was, so I had to look it up.
    I agree with you completely, no one should spent $6k+ on one pair of shoes. My most expensive pair of shoes ever were £65. They only made it through one season and I will never spend that much again.
    I prefer my Doc Martens; they’re affordable, they last for ages, they’re comfortably and I think rather cute.

  57. Amy

    I didn’t know who Christian Louboutin was, so I had to look it up.
    I agree with you completely, no one should spent $6k+ on one pair of shoes. My most expensive pair of shoes ever were £65. They only made it through one season and I will never spend that much again.
    I prefer my Doc Martens; they’re affordable, they last for ages, they’re comfortably and I think rather cute.

  58. nuckingfutsmama

    Wow! Those are some pretty fugly and ridiculously overpriced shoes! I think if I gave my 5 year old twins some paint, sequins, and glitter glue, they could make a way more attractive shoe.

  59. nuckingfutsmama

    Wow! Those are some pretty fugly and ridiculously overpriced shoes! I think if I gave my 5 year old twins some paint, sequins, and glitter glue, they could make a way more attractive shoe.

  60. nuckingfutsmama

    Wow! Those are some pretty fugly and ridiculously overpriced shoes! I think if I gave my 5 year old twins some paint, sequins, and glitter glue, they could make a way more attractive shoe.

  61. Megatonlove

    Just goes to show there will always be people who have more money than sense, or, for that matter, taste.

  62. Megatonlove

    Just goes to show there will always be people who have more money than sense, or, for that matter, taste.

  63. Megatonlove

    Just goes to show there will always be people who have more money than sense, or, for that matter, taste.

  64. shaunna

    that’s a lot of moola to spend on something that might step into shit (and, by the way, they are WAY FUGLY)

  65. shaunna

    that’s a lot of moola to spend on something that might step into shit (and, by the way, they are WAY FUGLY)

  66. shaunna

    that’s a lot of moola to spend on something that might step into shit (and, by the way, they are WAY FUGLY)

  67. Mama Dawg

    That money could have paid for my rent for almost 2 years.
    It could have paid off my car.
    It could have paid off all my debts.
    It could have house a family for a year.
    Makes me want to hurl.

  68. Mama Dawg

    That money could have paid for my rent for almost 2 years.
    It could have paid off my car.
    It could have paid off all my debts.
    It could have house a family for a year.
    Makes me want to hurl.

  69. Mama Dawg

    That money could have paid for my rent for almost 2 years.
    It could have paid off my car.
    It could have paid off all my debts.
    It could have house a family for a year.
    Makes me want to hurl.

  70. ByJane

    I am so sick of those flippin’ red soles. Now every cobbler in China and Mexico is painting the soles of their shoes red. Okay, if they’re cobblers, then maybe no. Maybe they’re making huaraches and [what are the Chinese equivalent?]. Actually, I think it’s Walmart that is painting all the soles of shoes red…and people are buying them!

  71. ByJane

    I am so sick of those flippin’ red soles. Now every cobbler in China and Mexico is painting the soles of their shoes red. Okay, if they’re cobblers, then maybe no. Maybe they’re making huaraches and [what are the Chinese equivalent?]. Actually, I think it’s Walmart that is painting all the soles of shoes red…and people are buying them!

  72. ByJane

    I am so sick of those flippin’ red soles. Now every cobbler in China and Mexico is painting the soles of their shoes red. Okay, if they’re cobblers, then maybe no. Maybe they’re making huaraches and [what are the Chinese equivalent?]. Actually, I think it’s Walmart that is painting all the soles of shoes red…and people are buying them!

  73. Joanne

    how come nobody saw the most obvious thing about those shoes??
    HOOKER SHOES (except for the price)Yep, looks like something Mac Daddy would buy for his best Bi-otch

  74. Joanne

    how come nobody saw the most obvious thing about those shoes??
    HOOKER SHOES (except for the price)Yep, looks like something Mac Daddy would buy for his best Bi-otch

  75. Joanne

    how come nobody saw the most obvious thing about those shoes??
    HOOKER SHOES (except for the price)Yep, looks like something Mac Daddy would buy for his best Bi-otch

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