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my life in pumps...

Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated by the classic black pump. I can't think of anything else more singularly feminine that screams woman as a flattering pair of pumps. My mother would wear them in the 60's as almost all women did as the basic shoe of choice. It was not until Audrey Hepburn came along with her cute little ballerina flats that the almighty pump was challenged.

The popularity of flats is very much with us today and as a tall woman I am glad for it but my 2 inch heels hold a special place in my heart. Add to that a pair of pearl earrings and a little black dress and you have a classic winning combo for any formal occasion.

I am looking forward to attending a wedding or other formal affair as Joanna so I can put together that combo or variation thereof...

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