~ By Alana Albertson

I just returned from a glorious weekend in my favorite town – Carmel-by-the-Sea.

An artist’s enclave, I was charmed by the storybook cottages, many galleries, and dog friendly shops and restaurants.

But the highlight of my trip – the ultimate chick lit lover’s souvenir.

A high heel shoes permit! Though many people think it’s a myth, Carmel-by-the-Sea bans ladies from wearing high heels. So to strut in your Louboutins, you must get a permit. I strolled into City Hall and the lovely City Clerk took my driver’s license.

I think I’ll frame it!

Alana Albertson is the President of RWA’s Chick Lit Writers Chapter and the founder of Academe Advantage, a college admissions & test preparation company. A recovering Chick Lit author, Alana currently writes contemporary romance and young adult fiction. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, seven-month old baby boy, and a menagerie of rescue pets. When she’s not spending her time needlepointing, dancing or playing the drums, she can be found watching episodes of House Hunters, Big Love, or Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team. Keep up with her at alanaalbertson.com.