July 29, 2013

Jelly Beans

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Jelly Beans but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #JellysAreBack http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

A little over a year ago, I started running more than I ever had in my life (including this moment of my life where I'm running approximately once a month and even then, I run for about 1 block and then go back to walking).

I bought some new running shoes. They were hot pink and gray, and they were awesome.

Except for actual running. Without going into gory details, I'll tell you that I lost first one and then the other of my big toenails (be grateful if you don't follow me on Twitter. There were more gory details about it).

I spent a good eight months waiting for my feet to look someone what normal again.  Finally, FINALLY, in March or so, I had ten regular-length, correctly-colored toenails.

And then, THAT WEEK, I went to my friend Allisa's house, and she was babysitting another little girl. Who had brought along a full-size iPad housed in the largest, heaviest leather protective case I had ever encountered.

(You know where this is going, don't you? Of course you do. You're very bright).

She and Ella took turns playing with it on the couch next to me and then they both got grabby. There was some pulling and tugging and then the iPad dropped, right on its edge (meaning all the weight concentrated on a 1/4 inch edge), directly onto my toe.

For a full ten minutes, I could not even talk. It was, no kidding and no exaggeration, more painful than giving birth to Ani. No one offered to call an anesthesiologist, though. If I'd been at my own house, I would have just laid on the floor and cried.

For two days, I wondered if it was possibly broken - I could barely walk on it (be even more glad you don't follow me on Twitter. I talked about it for days). Eventually the pain went away, but my toenail was so bruised that I knew what was coming.

And yes, indeed, last week, my toenail finally came off completely. (No one has sent sympathy cards).

It's bad enough to walk around your house and see your disfigured toes. It's worse to know that sandals are basically off limits for the rest of the summer, unless you wish to blind innocent passerbys.

There are a lot of reasons to love Jelly Beans. Free shipping (my favorite thing of all time). A little bag of jelly beans that comes in the package. The way they smell exactly like the pair I had when I was 5. All the fun colors they come in.

But probably my favorite thing about them is that they are the only pair of sandals I own that don't show off the fact I only have nine toenails. 

Dress: Forever 21 // Sweater: Downeast Basics (hand-me-down from Ralphie)
Belt: Forever 21 // Shoes: c/o JellyBeans (visit them on Pinterest!)


And, this has nothing to do with toenails (I know, thank goodness!), but Ella, for the first time, let me do her hair in french braids. And it was only the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life.

(Also, I've lost some of my skill over the past fifteen years. Time to start practicing again). 


  1. I'm glad you've found some good footwear for the rest of the summer. Should you ever decide to try running again and should you want to do so without losing toenails, I would recommend that you get shoes a size larger than normal. This gives room for your toes (which need more room during running) and usually prevents that problem. And it is much more comfortable, too.

  2. I always coveted those. I remember I won a pair online in the early days of such things. They ran big and my feet never did grow into the pair and I never got to wear them. It was a tragedy.

  3. Omgsh this is so sad! =( I can some what feel your pain! Those sandals do look super cute on you though! And I truly love this outfit.

  4. Losing toenails. Lame. I hate it. May you recover quickly.

    Ella's face is priceless in the first shot of her. I love her hair in French braids. It's adorable!

  5. Oh, that toenail story... No card, but I promise I sympathize. Ouch ouch ouch. You look so lovely in these pictures... and Ella's braids! Stop. Too cute.

  6. I can't do plastic shoes--they make my feet sweat.
    But they're cute on you, and I think you ought to wear your disfigured toe like a badge of honor. That's what I tell my kids when they find a gray hair and try to pluck it out.
    I've earned every one!
    Hope your toe is feeling better...

  7. do me a favor and wear that dress and belt every day? you look SO GOOD!

  8. Cute! You, the shoes, the french braids, Ella, all of it!

  9. I love the nostalgia factor, but I'm going to be honest and say that those shoes are possibly the most hideous shoes I have ever seen.

    I hope we can still be friends. (You are always cute, though.)

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  11. is it soft?

  12. Aw, I remember having jellies in every color when I was little. They are so fun! I am going through the same thing, only I just lost half of my big toenail after something got dropped on it (I can't even remember what it was) and I'm very sad about not being able to wear sandals (especially since I live in Florida and the majority of my shoes are sandals). So, I feel ya girl, and I might just have to order some jellies for myself!

  13. Do they have a men's version? Because Bryan is in a near-constant state of toenail-less.

  14. I vividly remember getting a pair of pink jelly shoes for my eighth birthday, and I am SO excited that they're back in style! Also, I bruised my big toenail after hiking once and eventually lost it, so I feel your pain! It took months to grow back. I'm crossing my fingers that yours will come back soon.

  15. Does that mean T is about 5 months away from letting me braid her hair!?!? I hope so.... Ella is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO adorable. T asked me to paint her nails because i was painting mine. I told her she would have to sit really still so i could paint them and they would have to dry. She told me no she wasn't interested anymore.


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