Saturday, January 12, 2008

A Good Investment

In this day and age of Sex and the City and custom made shoe closets, I found myself motivated to make an investment in a few quality pieces. And yes my friends, that means dug deep into a now empty wallet. I don’t mean to say that I blew money on a few pairs of shoes, because in all actuality I probably spend the same amount of money on several pairs that fall apart after a full season of wear. I simply discovered a few great finds that will last for years and be a great addition to my current wardrobe…
Or (gulp) maybe I just have a shoe addiction. But wait, I’m not alone!! A recent article in Harpers Bazaar magazine reported that one in four women would rather buy another pair of shoes than pay bills. Yikes!

So I just had to face it, and realized that no matter how many self-help books I read and the number of yoga classes I took – I was determined to buy some great shoes!

And I’m here to tell you about my new baby!

My first baby was named Ivana. The actual style name is Ivanas, and is made by BCBGMaxazria – who by the way is my favorite shoe designer. The name itself is chic and sexy! When I first saw this shoe, I was literally speechless. The sheer sex appeal of the metal chain t-strap and the skinny heel was more than I could bear. I had to have this shoe!! The price was over $200, and within my budget this qualified as an “investment piece.” For other people, this is probably everyday fodder. But I knew right away, that I must make it mine.

I quickly grabbed my credit card and got to ordering. Within two days these new found gems were sitting at my doorstep! The unveiling was so intense, it felt like time had stopped. I opened the pretty shoe box, and within moments my new sexy shoes were in my hands. I was so pleased with how they looked in person, that I was ready to propose marriage. Seriously, who is BCBGMaxazria and how can I send him flowers? The delicate metal chains were glorious!!

Needless to say, they live comfortably in their shoe box and come out on special occasions. I have worn them three times since they came to live with me, and I’ve had nothing but standing ovations from anyone in my path. These shoes are stellar, and I couldn’t imagine life in a dress without them.

I am still on the prowl for two or three other shoe babies, that I will love and cherish always. If they each bring me as much happiness as Ivana has, then I’m on the road to some happy feet!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Shiny Little Things

If you have a pulse and own a remote control, you will have noticed that patent leather has exploded this year in the world of shoes, handbags and accessories. Personally I couldn’t be happier with the new shiny surge. Patent leather is so classy, and much cheaper than their leather counterparts. There are so many neat styles that have been created too. This trend has also renewed my belief that designers really do have creative bones in their quirky, rich little bodies.

Take these shoes by Kenneth Cole Tribeca, for instance. As you can plainly see, they are consumed by sheer awesomeness. The d’orsay design is complimented well by a luscious feminine bow – all of which are created in a stunning gray patent leather! There are even pleated details on this shoe – who knew this was even an option with patent leather? This shoe has redefined everything I ever thought was possible, considering patent leather is generally thought to be used in black colors and flat styles only. But now I’m happy to see this is no longer the case! Oh the shimmer and shine that will be mine, and for little to no cost.

Let’s look at another example. This shoe is by one of my favorite brands: BCBGirls. Every shoe I’ve ever bought from them has been a true winner. This particular style is like nothing I’ve seen come from them, and is very interesting. As you can see in this picture, the shoe has a funny shape – and believe it or not, it’s for a good reason. Not only does this style feature a blend of dark red patent leather with a black patent toe, but the shoe is elasticized! That’s right, no more wearing them around them house to try and break them in before you actually have to wear them! They actually conform to your foot, and offer a great fit and flexibility. Now did you ever think that a patent leather shoe would ever offer that capability? I certainly did not. Hooray for cute, comfy, and cheap shoes!!

This goes to show that the latest fashion trends are not always for the birds.. or for crazy rich people who can buy a new monthly wardrobe to stay on top of the latest fads. This patent leather trend is for girls like us, who want to look cool and chic without breaking the bank – or our cute feet!!