for the love of vogs

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This is me as a toddler showing off my absolute best Wonder Woman.

As an adult, I can now say that I miss being a kid. There’s something about that uninhibited nature that kids have that I definitely miss. One of my mom’s favorite memories is of me is spinning like Wonder Woman with reckless abandon. I would spin until dizzily falling to the floor. Amused, my mom would convince me that I really would turn into the fearless Wonder if I just got up and spun harder. My youth’s trusting nature believed her and I would get up, spin, get dizzy, fall, rest, and repeat. While getting dizzy is technically no picnic in the park, I do miss that feeling of complete euphoria and elation that kids often experience without really meaning to. As an adult, I don’t get to feel this way very often.

Fluephoria: a feeling of happiness, confidence, or well-being that is associated when experiencing Fluevogs; can sometimes be mistaken for extreme enthusiasm or insanity.

I’d like to give some credit to Miss Gladys for today’s FluevAlabra. She suggested a word that encapsulated that euphoric feeling when one finds that perfect Vog or drools over the new line. The best way I can possibly describe Fluephoria is to share what happened when I introduced Fluevogs to Miss Gladys. She was visiting the bay area from Southern Cali. Before her trip, I kept raving about Vogs. When we were in her hotel room, I urged her to try my Mini: Dollface on. Mind you, my foot is significantly larger than hers. However, I just wanted Gladys to get a sense of what  a Fluevog felt like. When she put her tiny 5.5 feet into my comparatively gargantuan 9.5 Dollface, she face totally lit up. Little did I know what would happen two years and 30+ pairs later (I’m sure husband still hates me). Needless to say, when Gladys’s feet caressed the wonder of Fluevog, she experienced total Fluephoria (and a Fluegasm; not to worry, I’m sure Miss Gladys did not exhibit premature Fluejaculation… Yes. I enjoy creating these silly words for personal amusement).

Personally, when I haven’t visited the dealers in a long time, that first trip back always prompts that feeling of Fluephoria. I get so happy that I almost get dizzy – kinda like I did when I was a kid hoping I’d turn into Wonder Woman! Sometimes, when I sport my Vogs, I really do feel like I am the fearless Wonder:)

So… care to share any Fluephoric moments? Please post to comments:)

For the love of Fluegasms,



Author: jlrondilla

Joanne L. Rondilla, is a scholar, writer, and educator (not necessarily in that order). She received her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and her B.A. in Art Studio and Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on beauty, race, gender, the body, and colonialism. She is the co-author of "Is Lighter Better? Skin Tone Discrimination Among Asian Americans" (with Paul Spickard) and the co-editor of "Pacific Diaspora: Island Peoples in the United States and Across the Pacific" (with Paul Spickard and Debbie Hippolite-Wright). Born and raised in Dededo, Guam, Joanne considers the San Francisco Bay area home. Outside of the academy, she has more than twelve years of work experience in the cosmetics industry as a skincare specialist and make-up artist. While she's not an Imelda Marcos fan, Joanne does love her Fluevogs!

13 thoughts on “Fluephoria

  1. this post is bringing back the memories! by the way, you don’t wear your dollfaces nearly enough. swoon-worthy shoes if there were ever any in history. if they had been made in size 5, i’d be scouring ebay to see if someone was selling their pair!

    my second fluephoric moment happened at my first visit to the melrose store, just several months after i put my feet in your charmed shoes. it was when i tried on the red/burgundy giulia boots. O.M.G. that was a fluegasm! but i didn’t listen to my feelings and instead bought the malibrans “for work.” suffice it to say, i exchanged them a week later. i couldn’t stop thinking about the giulias!

    • Actually, I wear the Dollface quite a bit. Unfortunately, I’m never around a camera when I do. I’ll fix that this summer:) Ah yes, memories. Um, the DH doesn’t really hate me, does he? Haha!

      • nah, he doesn’t. he was simply bemused at first — is this the woman i married?? haha — then it amused him, then he got his own pairs of vogs and he understood somewhat, then he started to regularly accompany me to try on shoes and just enjoyed how happy it made me. (things in our home run well when i’m happy. just the way it is. 😉 )

        yes, please, more of those dollfaces (including yours) in pix.

  2. Ha ha. Cute. I LOVE this story.

    As for my fluphoric moment…it had to be when I got my Wickeds. I love all my Vogs but I find that Fluevog boots just do it for me. I can’t imagine myself in any other boots. Wearing the Malibus around the store and people watching me strut in them is pretty nice too but I don’t know if that would be called fluphoric?!

  3. Flu euphoria Is experienced when you visit your favorite dealers to see the new spring, or fall collection. You are giddy with excitement to feel, admire, try on all the fresh ponies that have just come inn. And then there is that special moment when your dealer entices you to try on something special. Just out of your comfort zone, and lo and behold. Those shoes u never would have picked –end up being magnificent, drop dead gorgeous, and super hot! Heck they even make your legs look thin and sexy! Case in point, the super hot zebra booties I tried on yesterday! Must have them now and soon…

    • I need to see a pic of you in the zebra booties! If memory serves me correctly, Dorothy may have tried on the same ones. While I can’t quite pull off animal print, I totally love how it looks on other people:) Alas, I’m trying to make peace with animal print. I just bought some animal print textured tights from here: I’ll give you a full report on my animal print progress:)

      • yes, marisol and dorothy love the same booties. (daily miracles, right?) very sexy indeed.

        and whoa, j-ro, animal print tights are serious commitment! i personally would probably start with a scarf or belt … or the partial cheetah print on the davis pumps for more commitment. 🙂

      • ooh, just looked at the animal print tights on Silkies, and it’s actually nice and subtle. which color did you get?

        • I bought a mix of black, grey, and plum tights in various textures – animal print, zebra, leopard, lattice, maze. Textures is as daring as I’ll go. These colors are pretty much what I would wear (there wasn’t anything in chocolate brown that was calling my name). Boring, I know. However, I’m not big on tights because they’re generally uncomfortable for me. (Okay. I’m lying. They just take extra time for me to put on and I’m lazy. There. I said it.) Who knows? Maybe these textures will change my mind about tights:)

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