I've spent almost three of the past four weeks in California which means I've worn pretty much nothing but old Levi cut-offs, white James Perse tees and my red Saltwater sandals. It's been wonderful. But yesterday it was back to reality, which means gearing up for fall, for fashion week, for September issues etc. and while dicking around online, I changed my mind. Now, I want, need, must have a pair of thigh high boots. The problem is a) which pair and b) will anyone make a pair for under $1000 that don't scream Pretty Woman and then of course c) what do I wear them with? The thing is, while they were on almost every runway, I half expected them to elude the actual market given the state of the economy, as if fashion would pay attention to a reality other than its own. Sure enough, the boots are everywhere. Ideally, of course, I'd have a spare $1,470 for the Brian Atwoods which I'm tempted to call the originals. And if those didn't fit over my slightly-larger-than-LSD-thighs I could always go for a flat version from Chloe for $1,235. But I'm barely 5'4" so I'd probably do better in something like these Pradas. In my dreams though, I'm wearing the Louboutin-meets-Catwoman version (though they might me higher than thigh) because I don't know if the Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte masterpieces are even being made. The only high street ones I've spotted are suede, Topshop, and called the Brittany - a sign? Maybe, but as of this morning they've already disappeared. What's a girl to do?