A big thank you to Jahna over at le petit connoisseur de la mode. Because of her tip, I stopped by Opitz and, though I couldn't find any Marc Jacobs mouse flats in my size, I did find a gorgeous pair of black patent leather Cole Haan pumps. They were originally just around $400, but they were marked down to $75. I've been searching for a new perfect pair of black pumps for a couple months now, and these are exactly what I've been looking for. And thankfully, the heavily discounted version was more within my price range.
Look at them! I considered photographing them on my actual feet, but my legs are pale, bordering on fluorescent, and I don't want to be held responsible for any reader's loss of vision. So instead, here they are in my kitchen. Also pictured: the candlesticks I bought at the sorely-missed Minneapolis boutique Store Nico, a pitcher of dried flowers from Ikea, the deer wall hanging I ordered from the lovely day-lab, some ranunculuses in a Store Nico vase, and a clock that I borrowed from the ARH Building at Grinnell College in Iowa. The photo hanging on the wall was a gift from my mother, and sadly confirms my future as a crazy cat lady.