shorts and tank top

Freshly squeezed Florida orange

colourful beach side umbrellassummer outfits: shorts and wedges

One of the things I love about Florida – and about holidays in general, actually – is the way an ordinary little café can suddenly feel like the Best! Place! Ever! just because it’s sunny, and just because it’s next to the water.

These photos were taken at one such place in Clearwater, where we stopped to have breakfast en route to Tampa one morning. In light of my last post, about the packing fail, you might be thinking this is one of the few non-stripey outfits I mentioned. It isn’t, though: those shorts have a little pinstripe on them, and, more importantly for the purposes of this story, the lining of the shoes is also stripey, with a blue and white pattern. It is a SECRIT STRIPE, basically. It’s how we stripe addicts identify each other on days when we’re not dressed as sailors.

Now, I didn’t think twice about that pattern and its implications for my feet when I put the shoes on that morning. Why would I, after all? I’ve worn the shoes plenty of times before, and nothing untoward has ever happened, so it came as a bit of a shock when I slipped them off in the changing room of a store, and instantly noticed that my feet were BRIGHT BLUE.

I have to admit, I freaked out ever so slightly. Either my circulation had been cut off to the extent that my feet had turned blue, and were probably about to drop off or something, or I’d somehow managed to severely bruise both of them, without remembering how I did it. Which would mean I was probably losing my memory, as well as my feet. Neither scenario was one I really wanted to deal with (especially the “feet dropping off” one), so I was actually quite relieved when I realised it was just the blue dye from the inside of the shoes. I looked like I had Smurf Feet, though, for a while there. There’s a first time for everything.

(Oh, and this boring shorts-n-tank-top outfit also marks the point in the trip at which I realised I had only brought semi-fancy dresses and a bunch of bikinis with me. When I wasn’t wearing either of those, I was wearing something a lot like this. Or, you know, actually this. In fact, I wore this a lot. That tank top didn’t make it home, though: every time I go on holiday, there’s always at least one top which gets ruined with sunscreen, and this was that top. It’s weird that I still found it quite hard to throw it away, isn’t it? And that I feel a bit sad looking at it now, and realising that it is no more? On second thoughts, don’t answer that…)

Clearwater, FloridaYou can all call me “Bluefoot” now. Bluefoot the Great. OK, Bluefoot the Terrible, then. I’ve always wanted a nickname…

(Most of these photos are by my mum; the two of me are by Terry: thanks, guys!)

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  • Sandy


    I think it’s the blue…I have a couple of pairs of shoes with blue innards and both dye my feet.

    Now, for a really funny “Smurf” story I can tell you about my friend who went to a Madness gig in a field somewhere and on leaving (a bit tipsy shall we say) she needed the loo. She went to the portaloo thingys and it was dark….very dark. Being a bit tipsy, the floor a bit soggy (don’t think about it) she slipped and sort of half fell into the loo. Nice.

    Thinking nothing of it, she cleared herself up and wobbled off to her hotel. The next morning in the shower (Obv she told me all this…I wasn’t there…that’s just pervy! LOL!) she saw thar she had acquired a blue bum!
    I don’t know if she got it all off or whether it lasted for a few days…I’ll have to ask. LOL!

    Oh..and one more Smurf tale..her b/f wanted to go as a Nosferatu type for Halloween one year but he got carried away with his blue face paint and he ended up looking like an angry Smurf. Hahaha!

    OK..sorry…that’s if for Smurf tales.

    July 6, 2012
  • This happened to me a few weeks ago, with a new pair of black suede shoes. I took them off, and my toes were blue, not black, but dark blue…
    Really nice photos though! You’re so beautiful and photogenic!

    July 6, 2012
  • Stacey


    The same thing happened to me a couple of weeks ago. I got a new pair of black sandals and after I got home noticed that the bottoms of my feet and my toes were black. I scrubbed my feet with every kind of body scrub I could find, and parts of my feet were still black. It looked like I hadn’t bathed in weeks!
    It seriously took about a week for all the dye to wear off my feet, it was so gross and embarrassing to walk around with spotty black feet.

    July 6, 2012
  • Panthera


    Love the little shorts, I’ve been looking for shorts just like that lately, I love those on you!

    I was wearing my new pink suede ballerinas to the town when we got trapped in monsoonal rain (the weather forecast said no rain!) and my poor new shoes got soaked. 🙁

    When I got to our destination and changed to my emergency “purse flats” I found that my feet had turned bright pink!
    Had to try washing my feet in the bathroom there since my emergency flat was a lot lower edged and I didn’t want to go around the convention (It was the second day of a game convention) with pink feet, but didn’t achieve much besides muting it a bit.
    So for a full day I was showing everybody my purple/pink feet! 😉

    The weather has been really weird this season, Norway does have a lot of rain, but it normally rains for a day or two, and not that heavily. This summer we’ve had several short, really heavy showers where you could be drenched in 1 minute. It almost seems like we’ve ended up in a tropical country, but without the warmth and sun..

    July 7, 2012
  • Oooh the rainbow spoon! Super cute 🙂 I hate it when shoes colour my toes (happens with ballerina flats a lot), so yeah I’m right there with you.

    July 9, 2012