Thursday, August 28, 2008

What A Girl Wants...

I have been thinking a lot recently about keeping a really great versatile pair of heels in my car (or office) - so that where ever I go, I can get dressed up in a jiffy if need be. You know those times, when you unexpectedly end up going to an event where you want to look extra cute - but your comfy flats just aren't cutting it.

So this go-to pair would have to be really wearable, with possibilities to match almost any outfit and provide elegance for a fairly formal function or an extra pop on a blah errand-running ensemble.

I still haven't really found a perfect pair - but I am considering a few different criteria. These shoes must be a neutral color to go with anything. It seems to me that a nude, metallic, grey, or bold color (like bright green or yellow!) would be the best choices. I feel like a classic shape would be best - maybe a nice peep-toe pump? Although this could limit things if you were in dire need of a pedi... hmm... I guess I'll just have to make sure I keep my tootsies in good shape ;) The shoes would also have to be made of a fairly wearable material - no satin or suede in case there is inclimate weather. The heel would have to not be too TOO high, in case a bit a walking was involved.

So I have hunted down the best styles and this is what I've come up with:

Boutique 9 Unika, $149.99,

Paris Hilton (I KNOW!) Catalina, $78.88,

L.A.M.B. Daran, $334.99,

Marciano Lila, $194.99,

Boutique 9 Narcissa 4, $135.00, piperlime

Oh Deer Blair, $139.99,

Dolce Vita Madison, $150.00, shopbop

Forever 21 Jelena, $19.80,

L.A.M.B. Kochi (it's a gorgeous purple - hard to tell in the picture), $319.99,

Which ones are your favorites? Do you have any other suggestions?

beautiful photo from the sartorialist

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

What Would You Spend More On? Flats vs Heels

Well it has been quite a while hasn't it!

However, I'm back and plan on blogging much more regularly.

Recently I have fallen head over heels - well not exactly heels - in love with Mo, a super cute flat sandal from Claudia Ciuti. Bows get me every time!

As a little preface, I'm a true high heel lover and I firmly believe in the policy that higher is always better. But in real life things just don't work out that way because its impossible to wear 4 inchers all the time! Long ago I began looking for more practical footwear options and I've found a plethora of fabulous ballet flats - but then winter turned to summer and once again I need some sensible, yet summery options. I'm not a big fan of flip-flops and I wanted something a bit dressier...

I believe Mo is the answer! However, there is one outstanding problem... Mo is a little pricey for a girl on a budget!

I know I would get much more wear out of this shoe than almost all of my sky-high heels because they are so practical, but somewhere in my silly mind I am much more inclined to spend a lot on the ultimate, sexy pair of heels than a pair of sandal flats.

What do you think? Would you spend more on a practical and cute pair of flats that you would get a ton of wear out of or a fun, flawless high heel that you could only wear a few times a month?

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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!