An Ode to my Jeffrey Campbell Shoes

Perhaps you remember my blog post,
about how I had discovered the most,
Muchy shoes on a website,
that made my heart delight,
J. Campbell of my town you’re the toast.

The shoes are gold and pretty,
with platforms that are witty.
Sarcastically high,
with stripes to the sky,
Increasing my view of the city!

The box, it was too big for flats,
with a cool chic who’s shirt sported cats.
I took them out and I cried,
these are cooler than I
had envisioned from pictures and stats!

I slid my feet inside,
and nervously I tried,
to tell myself
they fit so well.
But the truth is that I lied.

They kinda pinched my toes,
and that ankle strap, who knows?
I worry that it’s not secure,
and running for the  bus I’m sure,
my foot will twist,
I’ll lose my cool,
I’ll hit the ground,
feel like a fool.

If I’m going to return them,
I can’t test them out outside,
to see if on the pavement,
I’d fall upon on my hide.

I wonder if it’s a mistake
to keep these shoes–
but they look so great!

I also bought these others,
and they were much less pricey,
but it’s not the same,
though they’re far from lame,
they’re also much less dicey.

And so…

My question, dear reader, Do you think I should keep,
these shoes though they aren’t great friends with my feet?
You know how I love a Jeffrey Campbell shoe,
They make me feel fierce, I don’t know what to do!
Will I ever get used to the height of these stems,
As I did with these others, My makeover gems?

I’m not much of a poet,
just been reading Seuss,
to my daughter who certainly
loves all my shoes!

Let me hear what you think,
I look forward to know,
If in fact I should keep them,
Or if they must go.

Much or too much?


I’m thinking I seriously want these. Thoughts? (look- they’re gold! That practically makes them a neutral! I can wear them with practically anything!! I’m thinking they might be among the most practical pieces I will buy this summer. The arch is only 3.75″ which is totally commutable for me. My other Jeffery Campbell Much or Too Much shoes were the same and they were shockingly comfortable. Seriously. Help me justify this before they’re sold out…)

Forget Platform in Shoes at Nasty Gal.

Much or too much?

Sunday I had an event to go to. I put on the outfit I was thinking and I was happy with it, but I felt sorta gray. And the weather was gray. And I needed a boost. So, I muchified it!
But then I felt a little overdressed so I swapped out the fuschia  booties for the black ones.
I’m pretty sure I was still overdressed for a 4 year olds birthday party. hahahahaha

I think I might have to start looking for some Muchy sneakers. Or maybe I’ll DIY. Like  these:


Today is a particularly drab day. It’s been dark and rainy… the kind of day that just makes your bones ache. It’s also the first day and FOREVER that I am not wearing something Muchy. (Besides my Muchness band, duh. But its on my head so I cant even see it… I should move it to my wrist… I think that will help….)

I was up late last night, overslept his morning and… well, I don’t know. I dressed to match my morning mood, instead of dressing to set my mood. And now my mood is blllllaaaaaahhhhh.

So I decided to go Muchness Hunting online and I came up with a site I think I may be in love with. At first glance, there is definitely a strong resemblance between my favorite new Muchness Hunting site and this sexy sex-pot stripper site. (Which, for what it’s worth, carries some awesome Muchness itself, you just have to use a more discerning eye.)

I mean, sure- the models have hair as blond as my moustache after a 20 minute session with Jolen Cream Bleach, and they’ve got enough make-up to make a Mary-Kay sales rep curl into a ball in the corner and weep shameless tears of jealousy, BUT,  upon closer examination of the actual products they sell, it appears there is quite a bit of socially appropriate Muchness- and it’s well priced!

Take, for example, this dress:


Slap on a pair of leggings or jeans and it’s totally a real-world wearable dress! And it’s $26.99. Really. I’ve seen more expensive Muchness at Target.

Or this—OK. So I KNOW this is a little extra body conscious and quirky, but I LOVE it:


Black Long sleeve tee, Black Tights and Knee Hi black boots, and you’re ready to go!! And it’s $22. For real. I’ve eaten lunches at my desk that cost more than that.

And this look is perfect for the girl who likes neutrals! (I think of everything in the brown family as a neutral. I can’t help it. Even the leopard print wall-to-wall carpet in my family room is a neutral to me. It matches EVERYTHING!!!!)


Ok- I know you’re thinking, Um, really Tova? Really? When in gods name am I going to wear that? And I say, “Whenever!!!” It’s all lose and drape-y at the hips and belly, making it the PERFECT choice for casual sunday afternoons after a big lunch of pizza and pasta!!! Throw on a denim jacket (Or, better yet, a leopard fur shrug) to protect you from drafty air, and kick up your heels to watch the latest Lifetime Movie of the Week!

…Speaking of heels….. Um, I’m gonna have to save that post for another day. Because they have So . Friggin . Many . Muchtastic . Shoes, I’m simply overwhelmed and scared I’ll buy them and they will break my feet.

Until then, I leave you with this Gem from their Halloween Department:

It’s called Daisy Bug. And she’s holding a Sunflower.  😉 You get me…



WooooHoooo!!!! It’s picture time!!!! Molly’s at the age where she likes projects. And she likes doing stuff in the kitchen. I too like projects. And cookies. I like cookies. So I created a fun and (I’m sure) terribly unique project to do with Molly!!

We start with the basics. Cookies:

Mmmmm sugar

What? You didn’t think I actually baked, did you??

Next, Pour Edible Muchness into a bowl:

Now, pour other edible Muchnesses into other bowls:


Variety is the spice of life:

I think you can see where I’m going here….

Ok. Then we each got our own tray:

Ok. Stop focussing on the mess behind us and start focussing on my MUCHTASTIC RAINBOW LEOPARD PRINT ONE-PIECE FOOTSIE PAJAMAS!!! (Uh. I can’t. I seriously need to devote a whole post to the awesomeness of footsie pajamas. People just do not understand!!! They’re the best!!!)

OK! now get busy decorating!!! That’s the fun part! Get creative! Get silly! Get Nuts! (Unless you’re allergic to nuts. Then I suggest you skip the nuts.)

Decorations are complete and they are very avant-gard:

Here are some pretty close-ups ‘cuz my new ‘how to blog‘ book says people like pretty close-ups. So go on, enjoy. I like pretty close-ups too:


Mine were pretty meticulous:

Molly’s were more freestyle:

Then, we put them in the oven…

and waited…

and waited…

and waited…

NEVER has 11 to 13 minutes taken this long!

DING!!!!  FINALLY they were done!!!! look how Yummy!

Some more pretty close-ups on my pretty blue plate:

But are they any good? It looks like……. YES!!! SUCCESS!!!! WOOOOHOOOO!

And because I’m so devoted to The MUCHNESS…. for your viewing pleasure:

Yeah- see it?! It’s subtle but ya can’t stop me!!! wooohoo! It’s a MUCHNESS MADNESS Post too!!!!!


MUCHNESS MEALS – Subject: Mashed potatoes

Molly is a picky eater. What? Almost all three and half year olds are picky eaters? Well, good for them. Molly, if she knew how picky a standard picky eater was, she’d be twice as picky. On purpose. Just to test what would happen. Like most kids, she’ll eat yogurt (but only from the sippy cup, mixed with milk – no- not THAT sippy cup, the pink one. With the other lid. NO! The OTHER lid!!) and she’ll eat macaroni and cheese (except that piece- NO! THAT PIECE!!! the one that looks hard and crispy after it was baked!) and she’ll eat string cheese (NO! I want to open it!!) and she’ll eat chicken  (except that piece- NO! THAT PIECE!!! the one that looks hard and crispy after it was baked!) and that’s about it. Oh, wait. She eats lox. As in, pickled, smoked, greasy disgusting lox. She’ll just devour that stuff like it’s ice cream. Oh, she’ll also eat ice cream.

Fruit and veggies? No how. No way. I don’t know how she got it in her head that she hates fruit. I mean ANY fruit, except bananas. No berries. No melon. No apples, No grapes. No oranges, No watermelon. No mango (unless it’s dried. and hard and crispy. Go figure.)

And Veggies? Maybe corn. Elie can coax her into eating a couple of peas every now and then. And sweet potato soup (that’s not even a veggie- but it’s the closest we get)

I had a brainstorm. I’m gonna Muchify Mashed potatoes!!! This is NOT about getting her to eat potatoes. It is about getting her to eat the secret muchifier.

The ingredients:

Potatoes. Beets. (GOOD FOR YOU AND FUCHSIA TOO!!!) and some boxed veggie broth.

Those fella’s stain like nobodies business.

peel ‘em

Add salt to the boiling water. Oh? Did I forget to mention that? Boil water. You’re making mashed potatoes. Dur. Oh, and get the kid involved. They like that.

Oh. Chop those suckers into pieces before dumping them into the water. Cut the beets smaller than the potatoes. They like to take their sweet time waiting to get soft.

I decided to dump an ear of corn in my pot. Because, ya know, it was there. I thought maybe the corn would turn pink too!

I yiyi!!! That corn’s not pink!!!

…but it sure is tasty!!

Time to mash the potatoes and beets! The moment of truth!!!

I’m thinking, perhaps, disaster. The potatoes were yellow, not white. The sign at the supermarket said they were good for mashing. I’m no expert. I listen to the signs at the supermarket. Next time I’ll go with the ones they said were good for baking. Those looked white. Besides, what do the signs at the supermarket know? They can’t tell the difference between all those other green leafy things either. Need parsley, come home with cilantro. Need cilantro, come home with dill. Need dill, come home with curly parsley. Wait. Is that just me? Whatever. Moving right along…  So, this stuff I’m mashing, is this what they use on CSI when someone’s guts explode? Oh, no- it looks just like that disgusting bloody fat they suck out of people’s thighs when they get liposuction. On TV. For real. Yick. So, it seems, beets turn red when you cook them. Lesson learned.

meanwhile, across the room … “hello? hello? is someone there???” Why isn’t anyone answering me???”

When fully mixed, they start to resemble cherry snow cones. With bits of brain mixed in. This might not work. Not even in the pink princess bowl.

But wait! What’s this!?! SHE LIKES IT!!! She doesn’t think it looks like brains!!! It’s pink! It’s Muchtastic! It tastes like plain old mashed potatoes with the healing powers of beets!! WooooHoooo! SUCCESS!!!!

Next time, maybe I’ll add HOMEMADE GLITTER to sprinkle on top!

PS- When it cools, it actually turns back to fuchsia again! That makes it Magic color changing Muchy Mashed Potatoes!!! Yahoooo!

****Please note, The Beet Growers Association of America has not provided me with any compensation for writing this post. In case you were worried my opinions were paid for. I wish.****


My aunt Nina is a world traveler, seeing our planet by way of cruise ship. What a joy that would be (for someone who never gets motion sickness…. 🙂
Nina writes:

I was in Rio on a cruise about 6 months ago.. and we were wandering
the designer shops on the fashionable street (equivalent to Madison
Ave) and came across this bag designer.. I snapped this thinking of

I think these are awesome. Quirky and unique, those bags with the scenes are magnificent.
Thanks for sharing!!!!