Monday, May 28, 2007
Lately I've Been Lemming These Pointy Red Shoes
Friday Night - Window Shopping
I don't usually go shoe-shopping (or shall I say shoe window shopping?) on Friday. But I did so this Friday becasue of the Fluevog sample sale! These are the shoes I tried yesterday night at the sample sale at Fluevog's. Despite the pinty toes, they are so comfortable, the leather is buttery soft on your skin... Now I can't stop thinking of them!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Here I am wearing my new ballerina sockies (these are not shoes!) with lycra leggings and relaxing my feet on the piano after a long salsa dance class! They have the most adorable tie-up laces with a flower at the tip. They are so going to be the next hot trend, but only few people know it at the moment... You are now one of them!
They call for a layered look for the feet: adding an extra touch or colour, nicely combined with different ballet flats or high heels or layered on top of colourful tights (you can go wild with the colour combinations!). They can make the most simple pair of shoes look fabulous. I will demonstrate later with more pics...
Made by Hue, they are available in this soft brown, off-white and basic black (see below). They can be had for $10 at The Bay.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Kenzi Wedge Sandals
I went window shoe-shopping today at The Bay. Haven't been there for a loooong time, although I can't count the number of sexy and classy shoes I've found there and am still enjoying (usually for a tremendous discount, too!).
These wedge sandals form Kenzie caught my eye immediately. they do a lot of wedges and have fun and funky designs and prints. But I am yet to find a pair that is also comfortable enough (or, alternatively, a design that distracts one from the pain caused by its ergonomic flaws). I love the way they look though, even though they are a size too big (they were a 9 and I'm usually a 7.5 or 8 at the most).
Painfully High Heel Leopard Sandals by Franco Sarto
These sandals caught my eye with their simple design and the funky leopard print. The heel must be more than 3 inches tall, cause I simply could walk in them at all. I tried to bring the first pair I tried (Kenzis wedge fabric sandals) to the shelf about 3 meters away and it was a via dolorosa for my ankles with that terrible arch! So little space between the toe and the heels to carry the weight of the body simply calls for some defying-gravity pills or something...
The Impossible - Found It!
This is the first pair ever of Franco Sarto shoes that is actually comfortable. A friend of mine and I has already agreed that this shoe designer is a sadist. Seriously. All the shoes I've ever got tempted to buy by this designer has proved to be the most painful shoes you could possibly wear. Tight on the toes or rough on the foot cushion. A nightmare. For some reason, these ones aren't!
These low but graceful heeled brown sandals have a sassy wrap-around ankle strap and a soft, pliable sole undernead the toes and foot cushion, making them utterly comfortable. It was only because of the tacky gold buckles that I did not get these sandals today. They were for 30% off at The Bay!
Friday, May 18, 2007
Trendspotting: Sorta 80's Shiny Pointy Flats
1) It make you remember your crappy adolescence
2) It make you realize that you are probably considered old right now, because you were adolescent when all this yucky stuff came out, and you are the only one to be embarrassed when being reminded of those days...
Now, those bright neon leggings, mismatched colourful leather jackets, huge loop earrings and patent leather pointy boots might be cool if you've never seen them before (except for in Pretty in Pink and Wall Street); but if you worn that inferior trashy style when you were 13 and got your first pimple and was depressed because you mom didn't get why you want to dress like that, you won't find this whole 80's thing going on now to be quite a demeaning experience.
In the light of all of the above, it is quite refreshing to find things that could, theoretically, appear in the 80's and match that vulgar fashion phase, yet are just ever so slightly different, contemporarily graceful and elegant, and utterly wearable.
Such is the new "Shoe Family" from Fluevog - The 11th Hour. These shiny pointy flats are just so adorable you want to purchase them by the bulk, in all colours. They are made of an interesting hybrid between suede and patent leather, giving them the best of both worlds: the buttery softness of suede along the glamorous futuristic shine of patent leather. The patent leather treatment was applied to little diamonds on the suede, therefore retaining the flexibility and softness of that particular leather breed. They come in two designs - Tardy (balerina flat) and Lately (Mary Jane), ad in three appropriately bold colours: black, red and yellow.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Blue & Orange
Shoes: Diesel ballerina flat sneakers of satin and suede
I love these in the summer - I often wear them like sandals, with no socks, or with sheer , shimmering nylons. The satin makes them look fancy, and the design is a bit futuristic. If it was possible to just hang out on a spaceship, these would be my slippers... Today I wore them with my orange corduroy recyled pants skirt. I also love wearing these with beige or cream clothes, to add a little of colour accent but still maintain the summery beige look (which helps me tremendously in maintaining my aloofness against the heat).
Almost Stepping on My Chewed Gum Heart
*Note the chewed gum heart which I am almost stepping on. Isn't it fantastic?
Here is a detail of the special chewed gum:
And here is the bigger picture of what I've worn yesterday:
Leggings: Brown with lacy finish, from Mintage
Socks: Seamless nude footlets (AKA peds) from Secret
Tunic: brown with semi-floral white pattern, by Salt and Pepper (you can't see it in the picture but you can find more photos on Flickr) - got it at True Value Vintage
These really look better with a skirt and leggings, but the tunic is much better with a wide belt on...
Shoes: Brown V-Strap Sneakers by Sketchers
I love the look of these shoes. The design, however, is far from being flawless: the sole design is so lacking arch support that your arch pratcically sinks to the ground. This never happened to me with any other shoes :( This I could have forgiven if only the straps prove to be more reliable. But they're not: the scotch closure is so narrow that it looses its functionality very fast. I almost gave up on these, but I like how they look too much for letting them go, yet...
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Legs for Sale $3.95
Shoes: Yellow ballerina bird shoes with bird embroidery from Rocketdog
Socks: Pink nylon knee-highs from Shoppers Drug Mart (two summers ago and still rockin'!) with a floral pattern.
Skirt: DIY recycled Levi's Jeans-pants skirt.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
d'Orsay Ankle Strap Pumps by Aldo (the only ones I ever found there that I wanted!). These don't only have my favourite contrasting colours and cubism-inspired design, they also have the most fantastic shiny and smooth and lickinviting heel. It sorta looks like patent leather (but it ain't) and the most sexy and subtle toe cleavage I've ever seen. I never thought toe cleavage is even cool until I tried these!
P.s. Uh-oh, it looks like I got a run in my nylons, again... It always happens so fast and quietly...
Here you get a view of the nylon stay-ups that used to be my utmost favourite until I fell for the garter belt... They are from Secret, and can be found in most drugstores for a decent price, though they always get runs in them in no time...
These have lines of silicone underneath the lace, and it holds them up pretty well... I now prefer the garter belt, as I said. It looks way more classy, and also the hose is not as irritating (if you don't use ones with silicone, that is...).
Monday, May 14, 2007
Pink Slipper Sockies
Last but not least - the sockies I wore today, which are super fun and compfy. You actually could wear them as slippers if you wanted to. To me they are just the perfect thing for summer sneakers. Hardly anything shows out of the shoe, and whatever it is looks always in the right colour somehow (I had them in pink, blue, green, yellow and even white). They are from Payless ShoeSource, but I don't think you can't find them there this year...
Track Suit and Shoes for my Casual Monday
I worn this track suit of black suede velour, from Calvin Klein. It was on sale so it wasn't so bad. I usually don't give my money to this company because they encourage girls to be anorexic to judge by their campaigns...
It's sooo cozy you can't believe it. I worn it for a flight for about 24 hours and it was just purrfect!
The shoes are from Spring and were cheap beyond belief. Somehting like $40 I think. They are not the best but they are comfortable enough to wear for a day without worrying about them. They are almost but just almost as good as favourite Diesel bowling shoes I worn on Saturday, but are probably going to fall apart wayyyy faster. They go well with everything though, and that's what I like about them. I've got tons of beige and cream clothes that I love to wear in the summer. And this goes perfect with pants, skirts and even dressier dresses, and I mean it!
80's Shirt for my Casual Monday!
I didn't feel like dressing up too much this morning, and I had Pilates class. But I didn't want to wear just anything, I wanted something fun. So I put on this T which I got in a kids' section at The Bay (Love that print!). and the little fishnet-like pink trim is fabu too. I usually wear this paired with pink knee-high fishnets and a skirt. Today I went for a different look (you'll see in a minute)...
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Trying to make a point...
I'm trying to make a point of Being strong. Being happy. Being beautiful.
This is what I wore today, and I hope my point is clear. I am enjoying life for what it is:
Patent leather kitten heel Mary Janes: Bronx
Fishnets: can't remember the brand...
Wool Coat: The Gap
Umbrella: The Umbrella Shop (hand made)
Little Black Dress: Jessica (I got it from a thrift shop ages ago and it's good as new and valid as ever).
The fabric here, although synthetic I suspect, has the fantastic texture of brushed silk. It's thick and it's fabulous, feels classy and solid). I usually would prefer to pair it with these shoes actually - the suede works better with it than the patent leather. I will tell you more about the suede wedges later, they really deserve a full entry onto themselves!
Here are some photos to give you an idea:
P.s. I was playing lots of dress up today, but decided to go with the patent leather shoes for a practical reason: I went for Salsa dancing tonight, and the wedges could not work for that!
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Back of the knee..
Boots de Jour: my thigh-high adjustables from Stephane de Raucourt. That's as far as they would go... Worn them today with a recycled denim skirt and nude, sheer nylon tights (as usual, they started running and ripping off on the first time I put them on).
Thursday, May 10, 2007
My Pink Flower Socks
What can I say? I just lurve these socks! Transparent pink with the large floral motif, they are just made for me. The shoes are surprisingly comfortable despite the stiletto heel, and they have a pink flower to match!
These just lift up my mood, which happened to be rather peachy today anyways. And they were fun walking in on my evening stroll around town.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Shoes de Jour
Today I was wearing these shoes. I've been savouring them for a long time, because I can't get them anymore and they are one of my favourite shoe ever. I was wore them today with black lycra ankle socks and black pants. This photo is from the good days when I didn't need to take photos of my own feet... Someone was really digging these feet and socks and just couldn't wait for me to take my shoes off.
I should wear them more often instead of worrying about how much longer they would last. It's best to just enjoy what you love instead of storing it away. Everything is temporary anyways...
Monday, May 07, 2007
Alone by the Fireplace
Another friend just added me to her Facebook.
It's a late night. I'm all by myself at the fire place. The flames are the only lively thing to keep me company.
I long for your warm hand stroking my face.
I long for your observant eyes reflecting the beauty that's within me.
It's all became virtual so long ago.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
The Vicious Cycle of Shopaholism
He is too busy with work
He is too busy to talk
She is too lonely to walk
away, so she's out to window shop
Which ends up with a lot of bills
Bank account needs to be refilled
Work is piling on his desk
Crunching numbers even after dusk
She's now got all this time to kill
She's out again, but not for work
She's out again to window shop*.
* In the 21st Century, the term Window Shopping referred to buying everything that was on display in the shop's window.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Mood Indigo (part 1)
Bouquet of purple tulips, and a pair of peep toe mock-alligator patent leather in purple. Trying Brown's shoes at B2. These were one size too big, and a tad too stiff. So I didn't bother ordering the right size... I love the way they look though!
Thursday, May 03, 2007
In With The New!
Was this too fast?!
Here are my new basic black & white sandals for this summer. A good comfy pair of black & white sandals is a must. Every single summer. For me anyways. I have some that are too fancy to be worn on an every day basis. But I obviously have a thing for black and white sandals...
These are completely flat and absolutely comfortable and adorable all at once. I love them with my sundresses (also usually in black and white or in beige or other neutral tones), but also with pants and with more contrasting or dramatic looks.
The little embroidered "f" stands for Fluevog - an original, funky shoe house originally from Vancouver. Unfortunately, the shoes are manufactured in Portugal. Seems to be the case with lots of shoe houses (like Gazith, who manufacture their shoes in Spain; there must be something about Spanish leather!). But at least I'm trying to buy local designs, right?
Out With The Old...
I absolutely LURVE these semi-platform sandals from MAG. I got them three years ago, and just loved everything about them - the perfect black and white sandals that go with absolutely everything and are comfortable AND beautiful (some designers seem to think the two don't go together, but I'm a firm believer it should be otherwise!).
I was so hoping they would come out again and again every single year. But like in many other cases, my hopes were failed, and they did not come back :(
Now they are too worn out and it's time to get new black & white sandals!