Parenting• Style Matching Metallic Oxfords Yep, we did it. We’re totally dressing like twinsies. Minus the ribbon laces for me. On me: Tights, Missoni for Target; Shoes, c/o Fossil. On Eleanor: Shoes, Nordstrom; Leggings, Children’s Place On September 20, 2011 15 You Might Also Like... Six Months Old (August’s Monthly Photo) August 8, 2011 Dragon March 27, 2012 Ride it Out April 23, 2010 Previous Post Let's Put Together a Nook Next Post The "I'm a Giant!" Challenge Andrea Howe September 20, 2011 at 11:59 pm Gah! I die!!!! Aryn September 21, 2011 at 12:17 am So cute! Love the shoes, but so far haven’t been able to convince myself to take the plunge. reb September 21, 2011 at 12:46 am TOO CUTE. As a side note, did you end up getting the gold or silver? Making it Lovely September 21, 2011 at 12:55 am Oh, it is a little hard to tell in that photo, isn’t it? I have the shoes in silver. And Eleanor’s are silvery pink. myhonestanswer September 21, 2011 at 5:53 am Does ‘c/o Fossil’ mean ‘courtesy of’? If it does, I think you ought to be more transparent about it. If it doesn’t, you might want to steer clear of abbreviations because people (like me) will jump to conclusions! riley September 21, 2011 at 7:50 am but why do you care? They’re just shoes… myhonestanswer September 21, 2011 at 8:18 am Because I like to know whether Nicole is just mentioning something she likes for the fun of it, or if she is being rewarded for doing so. There is an inherent difference, even though I have no problem whatsoever with sponsored posts or freebies. I would just prefer to know. She mentioned these shoes a while ago. If she was given them on the condition that she would post about them, then this update is not just a little snapshot of her life (although it is that as well), it’s also an advertisment. I think this should be made clear. Because, like you say, it’s just a pair of shoes, so people who don’t care won’t mind. But people who do care would prefer an upfont approach. It increases the trust we have in bloggers, and it shows that they don’t take that trust for granted. But as I said, this might all be moot, because I’m not sure what is meant by ‘c/o’. Making it Lovely September 21, 2011 at 9:52 am Yes, “c/o” means “courtesy of”. It’s pretty standard among fashion bloggers to denote gifts this way, so I was borrowing from their terminology. I don’t think that I should have to explain why I put a post up, but since you’re questioning my motives and my integrity, and claiming a lack of transparency, here’s further explanation. I originally wrote about these shoes here because I liked them and they were a cute match for Eleanor’s fall shoes. Someone at Fossil (who has a baby girl and is looking forward to the day that she can be twinsies with her too) reads my blog, and wrote to me offering to send me a pair. I liked the shoes (obviously, since I wrote about them) and had considered purchasing them, so I took her up on the offer. I’ve had them for a few weeks and I like them, but I hadn’t planned on a specific post to feature them. Then when I was dancing in the kitchen with Eleanor (and August too), I took this picture and thought it was cute, so I wanted to share it. Because any time I post something people ask “where did you get ___?”, I credited the outfit, and since I was crediting the outfit, I posted the shoes as “c/o” to let people know that the shoes were a gift from the company (transparency). The post wasn’t intended as an advertisement, nor was it (or the first mention of the shoes) required in any way. It is indeed just a snapshot of my life, which is why the crediting information is in small print — it wasn’t the focus. myhonestanswer September 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm OK, that makes sense. I wasn’t questioning your integrity though – I was just asking if c/o meant courtesty of, and suggesting that abbreviations can lead to confusion. I don’t really read any fashion blogs so hadn’t heard of this before, I was just guessing. I was explaining the difference between scenarios for the benefit of riley. My only suggestion for making it lovely is to not use abbreviations, which is totally your choice. The other stuff was a way of explaining why I care, and why it would make a difference if you were paid in goods to post about the shoes, which I understand you were not. Rebecca September 21, 2011 at 9:51 am Way cute!! Evelyn September 21, 2011 at 10:35 am I was hoping you got a pair for free! Best job ever, you love someone’s stuff and you get to show it off for them. Now I want a pair of my own! Tempted to visit Nordie’s today… Very cute! (btw-saw you with Hollie at Anthro!) Brittany G. September 21, 2011 at 12:37 pm So cute! I saw some oxfords at target like Eleanor’s and wished I could fit my foot into them! I wish you would have posted your whole outfit because I’d like to see what you paired those tights with. I saw them at target (i’m more than sure they are gone by now) and wanted to buy them but couldnt figure out what to pair them with. Tiffany September 22, 2011 at 12:06 am http://www.dsw.com/shoe/naya+jasper+oxford+bootie?prodId=221158&productRef=SEARCH These seem to be your style and they have ribbons! Shashi September 23, 2011 at 7:09 pm I love the shoes, are they comfy? looking for something along those lines and love the happy feel of the colors. elissa @ faucethead September 25, 2011 at 10:44 am very cute! i’ve been debating getting some similar kicks. i’m just not sure i can pull them off.