Sunday, December 28, 2008

MLA Day One: pride goeth before a you-know-what

I've been at MLA for 24 hours now, a sojourn made more pleasant by the fact that my luggage returned from Barcelona full of shoes and other good things--and then I went to DSW and bought a pair of these at 80% off.

So all has been well on the sartorial front, and if you don't consider that a crucial element of the conference experience, you're no friend of mine; I consider the dressing up and playacting part of conference-going one of its distinct pleasures. A good paper is that much better when it's heard in new shoes, while a lovely suit (whether one's own or someone else's) is a welcome diversion during a bad one.

Being well-shod, however, is no defense against native stupidity--nor will pretty clothes distract anyone when you wipe out in the lobby of the main conference hotel. Late to meet someone for dinner last night, I burst out of the elevator the moment the doors opened, taking the marble floors at a gallop. . . and thus treated everyone behind me to the spectacle of my catapulting forward for three long, slow-motion yards before hitting the floor.

Guess I can't wear that outfit again.

9 comments:

squadratomagico said...

The shoes are Fab-u-lous! Good find!

Renaissance Girl said...

I'm glad to know that you're keeping your priorities straight. And O! my heart goes out to your spread-eagled self. Damn those marble floors!

Let me know if you want tips--yes, tips!--for unexpectedly good eats in the area, though my faves aren't exactly walking distance from MLA central....

medieval woman said...

Damn, lady - you got a REALLY good deal on those shoes! And I'm sorry about your fall - looking forward to tomorrow night!

Sisyphus said...

Oooh, pretty! Not what I would choose, but that makes it even more fun to look at on someone else!

And ouch to the spill!

PS a woman recognized the MLA program in my hand and asked the direction to the Hilton today as I was trucking off to the other hotel ... she had a black pencil skirt, sheer black hose, and these slivery strappy platform shoes with an incredible heel. Nice. Thought about shoe-blogging MLA but then promptly forgot. I haven't seen anything to match those silver shoes anyway.

What Now? said...

Ooh, ouch! I hope nothing but your sense of dignity was damaged.

Dr. Virago said...

Oh dear, I feel for your injured pride (and possibly more material parts of you).

But the shoes are awesome!

Like you, I also got in some shopping and got an awesome DKNY skirt, originally about as expensive as your shoes, for 70% off. Even more amazing, it was the *lone* skirt of its kind on the rack and in my size.

RageyOne said...

Yikes! about the fall.

Those shoes, however, are fierce! Very nice and a sweet deal!

G-Fav said...

Your conference and my conference sound so... much... different. I guess instead of heels we wear 3-D glasses.

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phd me said...

Ouch! But damn, those are great shoes!