Coming off the heels of the WTNW watching party and charity event and coupling that with Father’s Day, let us say it was indeed a long weekend. But, as promised, I’m going to give you an update on how the charity event went, answer a few questions and show you a ton of photos from my week in New York.

First and foremost, thanks to everyone who was able to make it out to Jack’s Backyard for the watching party. With your help, we were able to raise a lot of money for Attitudes & Attire and I couldn’t be happier! They are such an amazing organization, helping far needier women than you could ever imagine. I will continue to work with Attitudes & Attire on my own time and will keep you updated when they have events and clothing drives.

As some of you might have learned from watching the show, I’m a sensitive sort. I cry when I’m happy, sad or angry. I also cry when I’m moved by human kindness…or when I hear story that involves any kind of animal. I’m a softie. That being said, I hope you can understand my reluctance to visit any message boards. However, I heard from friends and family that the response was very nice and that some women want to know about the red shoes and the gray ruffle shoes and others really didn’t like my hair.

For those of you interested, here are my blogs about the experience while I was in New York:

Day One – Texan Takes Manhattan 

Day Two – Apparently I Have Big Boobs

Day Three – No, Please, Call Me Imelda

after that…they wouldn’t let me blog anymore…Now, on to the shoes and crap:

The Red Shoes:
Found at DSW. The brand is MAXSTUDIO. I remember they also came in navy blue. I’ve searched the DSW site and Zappos site to no avail. But I did see them in the Dallas store in the clearance section about a week ago.

The Gray Ruffle Shoes:
Found at DSW on clearance. I was so excited because they ended up being 30% off $39.00. The brand was Steve Madden. These shoes are super comfortable, too.

The Hair:
Though Nick gave me a great cut, he flat ironed it and you know what happens when you have oily skin? Your bangs go from zero to stringy in about 3 seconds. Under the heat of the lights, a truly spot-on simulation of a Texas summer, my hair just fell flat. So, we flipped the ends and hairsprayed the ever lovin’ crud out of it. I kept the cut for about two weeks, but it just didn’t feel like me. So, I consulted with Sarah at Rocket Science Salon, and she gave me a super cute, short haircut that I’m really happy with. P.S. She also cut off all of Joshua’s hair, too!

The Blue Dress with the Belt:
I LOVED that outfit. I still have lust in my heart for that dress and belt combo. But, between you and me, I must confess something: In no way could I ever justify spending over $400 on an outfit that consisted only of a dress made of cotton jersey and one belt. The dress can be found here. The belt has been reduced to $118, which is still $18 more than our family’s budget for groceries and dog food in two weeks. Guh.

Remember Jason? The poor guy stuck with me for a week and a producer on the show? Well sweet, handholding and tissue wielding Jason sent these photos from my time in New York:


11 Responses to “Of Red Shoes, Makeovers and What Not to Wear”
  1. Kelly says:

    Great episode, and I can only imagine that your personality, honesty and vulnerability were that show’s producers DREAM! I dont think I’d be strong enough to endure that process!

  2. Amanda W. says:

    Kelly, no doubt about it, it had its tough moments, hence the tears.

  3. Linc C. says:

    Congrats on your makeover Amanda, both physically and existentially.

    Your episode is easily one of the top 10 in the history of the show. While 99% of the folks that go through the experience change inside, your change felt quite profound because of the vulnerability you allowed. Your style at the end of the process is also more unique than most with that retro-40s feel without turning into Betty Page outright.

    Again, congrats. I don’t know you, but I’m very happy for you.

  4. Amanda W. says:

    Thanks, Linc! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. It wasn’t much fun to confront certain things about myself, but boy did it pay off. It sounds so silly, yet I think one of the biggest lessons I learned on the show is that there is an enormous difference between wanting to let go and actually letting go. And letting go is a hella tough job.

  5. Lance says:

    Where did you get the retro looking orange dress? I dig that one, I think I’d like to get one for the missus.

  6. Amanda W. says:

    Hey Lance!

    Both the orange (CLAREMONT DRESS) and purple (CONCETA DRESS) retro dresses came from Trina Turk. You can order online here: http://www.trinaturk.com

  7. SRJ says:

    Amanda, I loved your show, it was seriously one of the best WNTW’s ever. The red shoes you wore at the very end with the yellow strap were amazing. Are those the MAXSTUDIO ones you mentioned? I must have them! Anyway loved your show and your style. Congrats!

  8. Amanda W. says:

    SRJ, thanks so much. You’re so sweet for stopping by! Yes, those red shoes are the MAXSTUDIO shoes! I found them at DSW, best of luck on your search – if you find them, you won’t have to spend a stupid amount of money on them, either.

  9. Linc C. says:

    The Buddhists would agree with you about letting go.

    As a fellow DFW’er and someone who has been in the bar you owned more times than I can count, I’m damned proud of you.

  10. Amanda W. says:

    Linc, you came back! That bar broke my heart, but it didn’t break my spirit. I learned more about myself during my tenure there than I could ever imagine. Glad you were a patron, hope you still are. Deep Ellum needs all the patrons it can get! Perhaps we’ll run into each other, as I have to assume you’re a music fan.

  11. Brandi says:


    I finally had a chance to watch your episode on our Tivo tonight. I agree that it was one of the best What Not to Wear episodes ever. I have to admit you made me tear up. I think you’re absolutely beautiful, and I love your style. I wanted to tell you (and this may seem weird, so just ignore it if it’s too weird for you!) that I would love to give you/you and your hubby a complementary photo session if you’re interested. I think, based on what I saw on the show, that our styles would mesh well. No hidden agendas, I was just touched by your personality. If you ARE interested, just drop me a line via my site (it should publish in the comments!).

    Best wishes,
    -Brandi Thompson

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