Shopping trips, no matter the goal, inevitably turn into another leg of my neverending quest for the perfect pair of jeans. My biggest denim issue has always been length - it seems like every pair is made for the Elle McPhersons of the world, while I hover just above the 5'0" mark. Oh, just get them hemmed, you say? Well, that wouldn't be such a pain if it didn't: 1. Automatically add $25 to the pair of already way-too-expensive pants. 2. Put my purchase at risk of butchery (I once had a pair of very expensive jeans ruined by someone who took them up just 1 inch too high - yes, that's all it takes.) 3. Make me feel like life is so incredibly unfair for all the short people, unless you're an Olsen. But after an unusually successful department store trip this past MLK day, consider me satisfied (at least for now.) I finally got around to trying out the petite line from Paige Jeans (owned by Fred Kayne, father to Jenni), and I have to say, they're amazing. Not only are they subtly flattering (which is really all we want from jeans), but the second I slid them on - and could feel only the floor beneath my feet - I knew I was going to walk out of a store with wear-ready jeans for the first time ever. Now if I could only convince shoe designers that 5.5 is a worthwhile size to include in their normal lines, I'd be all set.