Meet my newest Fidjis


By ElleAbby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & Design

I first discovered Fidji shoes when I was in Germany a few years ago and ever since then, they consume 90 percent of my shoe budget, even though they’re definitely not vegan.

(Quick side note: Although I discovered them in Germany, Fidji shoes are actually made in Portugal. I’ve yet to visit Portugal, but look out when I do, Fidji Shoe Factory.) Continue reading

Are handbags on the way out?


Abby and Elle Upstairs Fashion

One of Elle’s fave handbags: a vintage 50s/60s box purse, grey with paisley interior and lucite handle

By Abby

Are handbags on the way out? Neither of us has bought a purse in a long, long time, and the handbags we do own have been sitting quietly in our closets, just waiting for the word to make a public appearance.

So here’s our confession: We both carry around the same bag every day, regardless of whether or not it matches what we’re wearing. (We try to change it up if we have somewhere extra-special to go, but even then….) Continue reading

A fall trend to get ruffled about


By Abby and Elle

As we work on this 200th or so blog post, we’re acknowledging that life is too dang busy. Sometimes we’re too busy to write (and more time passes between posts than we’d like), and we know you’re sometimes too busy to read, especially if you’re using all your reading time to keep up with that minor matter called the Presidential Election.

Maybe that’s why we’re feeling so overwhelmed…. Continue reading

How to dress cool under the heat dome


By Abby and Elle

Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion & DesignWith half of the U.S. under a dangerous heat dome this weekend, it’s going to be hard to stay comfortable unless you get naked and stay indoors with the AC blasting (not such a bad gig).

But if you must leave the house, stay as cool as possible by wearing natural fibers. For example, silk is a great breathable, lightweight fabric that helps keep you cool even when the temp is rising. Continue reading

Bath/shower reno — and an eleventh-hour upgrade


IMG_2069By Elle

Whoa, it’s been a busy few weeks, and this week I’m babysitting the three-year-old Human Wrecking Ball. She looks innocent enough, with her big blue cow eyes and red curls, but look out. I finally scolded her after she sat on my coffee table and knocked over my flower arrangement for the third time in so many days. She walked into the next room with her head down, and I was all too happy to have a few moments of peace.

After a few minutes, however, I knew I better find out what she was up to. She was quiet for too long. She appeared in the doorway after I called her, holding out her finger. “Oh, crap,” I thought. I called her over and asked, “What happened to your finger?” Continue reading