Good advice from Coach13 regarding boot fit. My boots are two sizes smaller than my street shoes as well. Professional bootfitters will tell you that the number one fitting problem is boots that are too big. If they feel good in the shop, chances are you should go down a size. I have long toes relative to my foot size, and for boots to work well for me, my toes are curled into the toe box. I hate to say this, but I wear a men's size 10 shoe, and my ski boots are size 26.5--same as yours. It is possible your boots are too big, but don't despair until you've given them a good test. On the other hand, many shops will let you exchange the unused boots if you've only walked on carpet.
Coach recommended custom foot beds and again, I agree. But boots that fit well without foot beds may be too big. I have high arches but flexible feet, and my feet are a good half inch shorter when supported on my foot beds. You might think that a tight boot would not have room for a substantial foot bed, but the truth is often the opposite!
Top boot fitters will "shell fit" your boot. That is, they will pull the inner boots out and have you put your bare foot into the boot shell, with your toes touching the fronts. If you have foot beds, they'll put those inside the boots first. Then they'll measure the space behind your heel. A "2-finger fit" is a pretty comfortable boot for recreational skiing. A "1-finger fit" is higher performance, but you'd better get used to having your toes a little cramped.
Of course, there are other things besides length that go into the ideal fit. Width, volume, shape, instep height, and so on are all important too. A really good boot fitter (like Jeff Bergeron, who posts here regularly, although he is pretty busy right now putting the finishing touches on the much-anticipated book he's writing) can look at your foot and recommend a particular brand and model or two that should fit your foot best. Then there are the other set up issues as well--canting, cuff alignment, fore-aft.... Again, a good ski instructor can assess your needs quickly.
You're right that typical "women's boots" are built around the typically lower, heavier calves of many women. If you can't buckle the cuffs snugly around your lower leg, see a boot fitter. They can do several things, including moving the buckles and inserting shims to snug up the fit.
I know it's a little late for these suggestions, since you've already bought the boots. With any luck, your boots are the right size, and a good boot fitter should be able to customize them with foot beds and minor tweaking to make them just right. If not, well, you'll probably be fine with them for a while anyway, if they're comfortable, and you'll know a lot more next time you decide to buy boots.
If they DO work perfectly for you, take good care of those boots! Don't walk on anything but snow, any more than you absolutely have to (the soles wear quickly, and their shape is critical for performance and safety). Buy a set of "Cat Tracks"--inexpensive rubber covers that stretch over the soles--and use them religiously if you have to walk on pavement very much.
As Coach13 says, most shops can give your skis a very quickly. Most are set up to tune skis overnight--drop them off at the end of a ski day and pick them up in the morning (solves the problem of storing them overnight, or slogging them around to and from the parking lot and condo, too!). Learning to tune your own skis can be fun, and you can do it at many levels. The next step beyond the "maintenance tune" with the stone and rub-on wax that I described above might be to learn to hot wax them yourself. Any old iron will work (don't expect to iron clothes with it again), and you'll need a plastic scraper (available at any decent ski shop) and some wax. It's very easy, although it can get a little messy if you don't have a good workshop with a tuning bench. Even so, you should have someone show you the first time, because you can do a lot of damage to a ski with a hot iron, if you aren't careful.
There have also been some good discussions about ski tuning here at EpicSki in the past. There's some good information here
, along with a link to a great discussion in the TGR forums, with pictures. Search the EpicSki archives, and you'll find many more.
Don't worry--it's easy to find someone who can show you the ropes. Skiers, in general, are a pretty friendly lot. Your ski instructor can help a lot. And chances are pretty good that you can find a helpful friend on the ski slopes--practice this word, and use it often in the lift line: "SINGLE!?"
The best idea of all: come to our own EpicSki Academy where, in addition to skiing some of the greatest resorts with other passionate EpicSki skiers and some of the world's most dedicated and talented instructors, we've always offered an evening ski tuning and boot fitting seminar. You'll get your questions answered, have a great time, learn more than you thought possible, and meet some great people!