I was writing copy for some amazing, super funky Dries Van Noten shoes yesterday (that will soon be up on Barneys.com) and I can’t stop thinking about them. There was such a wide variety of styles, but each style was unique in its’ own way and I’m already picturing the outfits I would wear with each one (if only I could afford them). These amazing shoes will be available to purchase at Barneys and Barneys.com soon, but for now, it inspired me to use a pair of Dries Van Noten shoes for my shoe crush saturday. I love a good pair of oxfords – they’re comfy, they’re practical, and strangely, they go with almost anything. Oxfords are kind of an androgynous shoe and that’s part of what makes them appealing to me. I feel like both men’s and women’s styles can be worn by either gender and that they can be worn with the likes of a slouchy tee and jeans or with a flirty pleated summer dress. These red snakeskin Dries Van Noten oxfords are a showstopper. These may not be quite as versatile as a solid leather pair, but the colors are so vibrant and exciting that I can’t imagine the feet inside them wouldn’t be happy. I can imagine them now with a pair of black cutoff skinny jeans, an oversize sweater and a pair of wayfarers. Some gold jewelry and you’ve got yourself a sleek, New York chic outfit.
One of the highlights of my trip to Capri a few years ago was going to the historic sandal-maker that made Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ original ‘Capri sandals’ at Canfora. He customs fits the sole to the size of your foot and cuts, straps, and hammers the leather straps of your choice (design and color) right there while you wait. They also happened to give us limoncello and chocolate samplings while we waited (that was just an added bonus). I chose these rose gold leather strappy “gladiator” sandals. I rarely wear them as I have to tie them so tight so that they don’t slide down. These sandals really add some flair to this black romper. I think they lengthen out my legs, yet they’re a completely flat sandals. They also work well with a midi skirt as seen on Who What Wear.
Romper: French Connection – similar & similar Sandals: Canfora Necklace: Anarchy Street Sunnies: Coach (old) – similar Bag: H by Halston – similar
I’ve always been incredibly into photography. Not just as a hobby or like everyone who has a DSLR and uses it on auto, but really truly into film photography and the magic of the darkroom. I started working in the darkroom and with film in high school and continued to be a photography major in college. I lost interest in digital photography because it just didn’t hit me like film. There’s a real feeling of pride and magic the first time you develop your own film, hang it up to dry and all your memories appear. Then, the first time you make a print and drop the paper in the developer and your image appears, it’s really magic. I’ve recently been going through my old film and want to get back into photography. These shoes are surprisingly inspiring. I know they’re just shoes, but they really appeal to my inner photophile. Charlotte Olympia’s vinyl film “Take 85” sandals are a pretty realistic-looking depiction of film and while these shoes are so artsy and edgy, they’re also simple and have a very sleek, popular silhouette. I’m not normally a fan of suede shoes in spring and summer because it feels like a winter fabric, but I love how subtle it is in contrast to the film straps.
I don’t know about you, but I always think of Louboutin’s as sky-high heels with the signature red leather soles. Louboutin’s shoes range from sleek, simple and elegant to decadent, detailed and a little over-the-top. These Christian Louboutin Costa Nada Flat Sandals are a happy mix between the two and a perfect example of the variety of his shoes that, to most of us, get lost amidst the stilettos. These slingback leather sandals are on par with this spring’s shoe trends; they have dainty perforated fringes at the toe with a bow at the vamp, a black and white twisted trim and a silver chain around the sole. What would a Louboutin be without the signature red leather sole.
Imagine my excitement when Loehmanns.com finally went live again! I’m not completely thrilled with their e-tail layout, but I’m sure it’s just a work in progress. Of course I had to scour the entire site to see what’s in store for my favorite store. Holding to their wide range of designers at low prices, they have this adorable pair of Brian Atwood espadrilles. They’re made of a standard navy textile fabric with a woven sole and covered leather sole and are adorned with symmetrical colorful studs. The studs really take these espadrilles from average to awesome. In typical Loehmann’s fashion, these espadrilles normally costing $295 are only $127. Thank the shopping gods that Loehmann’s is back!
If you’re going to buy one pair of sandals for the summer that will work for any occasion and go with any outfit, these Acne Studios powder blue sandals are your answer. They look like they’d be great for sitting poolside, walking in the city, or any casual event you may be going to. They are chunky, with a semi-concealed black wedge and large buckled straps, but in this shade of blue, they’re transformed into the feminine version of a sandal doc marten. The pointed toe and weaving leather straps add this sexy, trendy appeal that your typical leather sandals don’t have. I haven’t seen many pointed toe strappy sandals, so these are truly a unique must-have.
Now that it’s sort of, maybe, almost time to let my barbie pink pedicure see the light of day, I’ve been on a quest to find a camel leather sandal with a modest 2-3 inch heel. Most of the things I’ve fallen in love with are out of my price range, but the little fashionable devil on my shoulder would never let me buy anything faux leather that actually falls in my budget. I like quality items and even though sometimes I can’t afford them, they’re worth the investment and giving up getting something else that you might want. It’s just a fact: real leather will last longer. I recently discovered that there’s an H&M a mere 2 blocks from my office and when I’m in need of a snack I run over to H&M for a quick no calorie fix. (Shopping instead of eating when I want to nibble is obviously a sure fire way to lose weight… and my entire bank account). I had seen these strappy leather camel sandals at multiple H&M stores, but never in my size. They said 8.5 and 9.5 and their ecommerce site also lacked a 9 and I never bothered to try on either size. I finally tried them on and it was as if the heavens shone through. My quest was over. They fit perfectly, they’re strappy enough that my feet down slide around in them, the heel is chunky enough that I can walk and stand comfortably, and most importantly, they’re affordable on any budget! Expect to see these in upcoming posts.
The other day one of my coworkers had on a really cute outfit. Being the fashion crazy person I am, I had to check her out from head to toe; she was wearing a pink moto jacket, a black tank, dark wash skinny jeans, and, my favorite part of her outfit, soft, delicate, girly floral pumps. I would have never thought to buy or wear floral pumps because they seem really limited as to what you can wear them with, but seeing them actually as part of an outfit, made me think otherwise. My new mission is to find a pair of cute, comfortable floral pumps. I found these gorgeous MSGM floral pumps and have been daydreaming about them ever since. I’m super into the color Mandarin right now and I’m picturing these with a mid-length mandarin dress or even with a pair of skinny jeans. They’re girly and sweet, but not über feminine. I love the contrasting colors and the hints of peachy flowers throughout. They’re made of canvas, which adds for a softer, more springy look.