Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Feeling Blue

I get these ideas where I am suddenly convinced that I don’t have a certain kind of shoe. That of course means I immediately need said shoe.

Black, red, floral, it’s all happened, but none more disastrously, or repetitively than blue.

I was in Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago for work and decided to take the last remnants of the day to go out and shop at the limited stores around my office/hotel. Lucky for me one of those happens to be Nine West, which means I get new shoes pretty much every time I’m in DC. Also lucky for me, they were having a sale.

Just a sampling of blue.
Unfortunately, it appears everyone in D.C. who works in that area wears a size 7, because every shoe I asked to see, sale or not, they were out of.

For someone hell bent on buying something, this was an awful position to be in.

Then I saw them. A pair of abandoned blue, pointed toe pumps, size 7. Perfect. Mostly because I don’t have any blue shoes. It turns out I am entirely delusional.

As soon as I returned home and added my new Nine West Boutique 9 pumps to my closet, I realized that this was not my only pair of blue shoes. Not even close.

There’s the blue leopard Iron Fist pumps, the blue and gray peep toe booties I never wear, my navy heeled loafers with the tassels, blue wedges, blue Jeffrey Campbell knee-high boots, blue snakeskin Fergie Footwear heels… Blue is every freaking place in my closet.

Luckily they were on sale and they are a shade of blue and a style I don’t have, so I can totally justify owning them. Plus they’re cute and super comfy.

Hopefully next time I’m in D.C. they have more heels in my size, another great sale, and some shoes that are really unique to my closet.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tom Ford Makeup: A Formspring Q&A

Every so often I get questions through Formspring about shoes, makeup, my feelings on fashion and the world in general. I am going to start posting the questions and answers on the blog so I can share them with all you wonderful readers.

If you have a question for me, feel free to submit them here.

Q from Kelly: LOVE your blog! I have a make-up question for you -- how do you feel about Tom Ford's Cosmetic line?

Answer: Tom Ford's cosmetic line, like most things from Tom Ford is amazing. The colors are great, the packaging is slick, and there's really nothing to not love. I haven't had the chance to try the products, but I've heard they're incredible. Unfortunately, they're also really expensive (which is why I haven't tried them).

This much Tom Ford makeup costs a crap-ton.
As a self proclaimed lipstick junkie, $48 for a tube of lipstick is a little high for me. I wouldn't be able to buy it in mass like I do so many other cosmetics.

When it comes to makeup, I love MAC (their lipstick an eye shadow is great), Clinique foundation is all I use, and I am in love with Tarte's Amazonian Clay Smart Mascara.

I've also recently found a botanical makeup line called Mia Mariu. There's a giveaway going on now, and you can enter at http://catinheels.blogspot.com/2012/09/mia-mariu-makeup-giveaway.html.

Let me know if you've had the chance to try it yet. I'm definitely curious.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Love Letter to My Gym Shoes

Dear Nikes,
I know we don't hang out a lot, and I prefer to do workouts that don't require shoes (yoga and kickboxing), but you were kind of awesome tonight. A 5k with impending rain and you managed to take me all the way through. And before the rain started coming down.

Love these Nikes as much as I can love a gym shoe.
Sure, I was already sore from kickboxing, and I have taken three yoga classes this week, but you managed to absorb the shock so my feet weren't sore.

I almost didn't mind that you're not as beautiful as my heels.

I'm sure I'm going to pay for all this tomorrow and be sore as hell, but at least my feet won't hurt.

So I guess you're ok.

See you for next year's race. Please still be awesome.


Thanks to Nike for the LunarGlide+3 shoes they sent me last year. They're still awesome. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mia Mariu Makeup Giveaway

Granada may be my next color.
Mia Mariu Cosmetics, which I wrote about last week, has teamed up with Cat in Heels and is sponsoring a giveaway.

If you love makeup, or would just like to try some of their amazing mineral and botanical products, now is your chance.

Mia Mariu is giving away a Hydrating Stick Gloss, a loose mineral shadow, and a No. 18 Petite Detail Brush. The best part? You get to pick the colors you receive.

No lousy colors that don't go well with your skin tone or a shadow that you would never wear. No weirdo, leftover from last season colors that no one wanted. Your choice.

Shadow in Mora.
That's pretty freaking amazing.

To enter you have to "Like" Cat in Heels and Mia Mariu on Facebook. Want another entry? Follow us both on Twitter (@catnheels and @Mia_Mariu).

A winner will be chosen on September 18. And sorry, but this is for U.S. residents only.

So start looking at colors, and be sure to like us and follow us to win. Then you'll have some great new makeup to wear out with that killer pair of heels you bought and can't find an excuse for.  Then you just have to find a place to go, but I can't help you with that.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fashion's Night Out- Booze, Shoes and a Cupcake

I love fashion events. They combine two things I love, which is fashion (shoes included) and booze.

Total win.

Apparently handbags were selling well.
Since I have a real job, and I'm not important enough to go to Fashion Week with my little blog (and because there's nothing dedicated to shoes), I was in Chicago for Fashion's Night Out, and again decided to meet up with my sister after work, and we went to the Shops at North Bridge, where they were celebrating in style, and because one of our friends was working an event there for Ulta.

We spent most of our time in Nordstrom, where the sale initially derailed me, and I was lost among shoes and totally didn't see the booze and fashion show going on in Salon Shoes.

Nordstrom was serving pineapple and jalapeno martinis (they were amazing), wine, champagne, appetizers, and all in the company of some amazing shoes.

Cole Haan's new Chelsea pump was being featured, and it was (of course) fabulous. We saw a bunch of different fashions, and had an amazing time figuring out the various types of people who attend events like this.

These boots are softer than my dog.
There are the ones like us who obviously came from work. Dressed conservatively and carrying large bags, we were pretty easy to identify. Then there's the girls who try too hard. Dressed to the nines, they seem not to realize that this is not the real Fashion Week, but rather an event associated with it. And you're in Chicago. Fabulous, but not evening gown fabulous.

The girls who obviously dressed with being photographed by a street style blog were also there, obvious as ever in their Litas and delightfully, purposefully mismatched clothing. Secretly I hope none of them were photographed and they wasted their outfits.

Finally there were the socialites. Easy to spot due to the fact that it looks like they took four hours to get ready, and generally wearing something shiny, it's obvious these people have money. And time. Seriously, no one gets that dressed up for a Thursday night out anywhere. And while lame is cool, and I totally love sparkles, when you're starting to look like an extra from a party scene in Miami Vice, you're overdoing it. For a Thursday anyway.

Latte flavored fabulousness
I'm also pretty sure there was a Housewife of Who-the-Hell-Knows-Where somewhere in the mall, because I heard somebody get all excited about it. All I saw was a herd of over-bleached socialites with unimpressive shoes that probably cost more than anything I own.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the evening though was the fact that I actually didn't buy any shoes. Not necessarily because I didn't want to, but because I'm trying to take stock in my collection and get something really unique that's not like other stuff I own, which is getting harder and harder.

But I did get a Cole Haan cupcake, with the hashtag #DontGoHome. Unfortunately, I had to because the event was over and I'm pretty sure Nordstrom won't let me move in. But if they ever decide to change their mind and keep serving apps, I'm pretty sure they have everything I ever need.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Next Best Thing to Heels

If there’s one thing I am obsessed with other than shoes, it’s makeup. I have an embarrassing amount of it. I mean drag queen amounts of makeup.

I have eyeshadows and lipsticks in every color, am obsessed with glosses, love buying new eyeshadow pallets (usually just for one color) and have a ton of those fabulous little MAC individual shadows in their little black cases floating all over. 

My purse has a pencil case full of lipsticks, matching liners, and coordinating glosses and plumpers. And there’s also the stash at home of the colors that aren’t “everyday wear.”  And all my makeup goes on with brushes, which are kept in a special, roll out case.

So you can only imagine how excited I was then when Mia Mariu approached me and asked me if I wanted to try some of their products. Ummm…what? Cover my face in creams and powders and lipsticks that I haven’t tried? Yes please.

Only one problem. I have horridly sensitive skin that can’t deal with anything crazy artificial. As soon as I put it on I start to get all itchy and blotchy, and it doesn’t go away for days. Lucky for me all their products are botanical and mineral based. 

Mia Mariu cosmetics
I have to say I loved this product from the word go. Or actually from the lipstick, which was a pinkish red called "Tango" that I put on the second I opened the package. It's actually called a Hydrating Stick Gloss, and it lives up to its name. A pop of color that’s not sheer or sticky, but is hydrating and doesn’t bleed or feather.  It’s become a daily color for me, and is the perfect thing to swipe on after a cup of coffee, before a meeting, or any other time you’re looking for a soft, but colorful lip.

The moisturizer was nice because it was thick, but absorbed quickly and didn’t feel greasy. There's nothing worse than a greasy face. 

I also received a little pot of loose shadow/liner and a small eyeshadow brush. The brush was great; soft and controlled. The shadow is called Marino and is a glittery bluish-black that's fantastic and didn’t crease, even after an evening at a nightclub (ironically with drag queens). The fact that it is a loose powder can make it somewhat unwieldy, but I work with loose eyeshadow a lot, so for me it wasn’t a problem. 

Mia Mariu is also a home based business, so women can start selling it themselves. A good way to make a little money on the side if that's what you're looking for. You can also shop online

So it may not be shoes, but makeup is practically the next best thing. Now I just need to decide how many more shades of lipstick I need.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Whoopi Goldberg is a Shoe Whore

Despite the fact that I love fashion, and blog, I am probably one of the least media consuming people. If it’s not on Facebook, Twitter or one of the many news sources I read every day, then I miss it. I don’t watch TV, or listen to the radio. When I do watch TV it’s either movies or The Soup on E!. I feel like then I know what’s going on without actually watching any of it.

Kobi Levi shoes I would love to see on a person. 
That all said it should come as no surprise that I don’t watch The View. In fact I’ve never seen an episode. Mostly because I work, so I'm busy at the time that it’s on, but also because I find it to be trivial and silly, and I’ve never heard a really interesting conversation that started with, “I was watching The View...”

So this afternoon when my friend texted me that I had to Google the shoes Whoopi Goldberg wore on The View today, I was somewhat skeptical. Mostly because of the previously mentioned feelings on the show, but also I’m not sure Whoopi is really considered a fashion plate. Or maybe she is if you watch daytime talk shows and shave off your eyebrows.

I really don’t know what she’s done since Sister Act, and am surprised whenever I remember she’s on TV every day, so what the hell do I know?

When I did get around to Googling “Whoopi Goldberg’s shoes” there was a whole host of articles and images, because it turns out the woman is a total shoe whore.

I’m sure if I watched that show I’d know this already.

Many of her shoes are designed by Kobi Levi, an Israeli designer who is known for some crazy, but fabulous designs (and designs for Lady Gaga). She even wore his often posted "Chewing Gum" shoes to meet the president. When she's not wearing Kobi Levi she's wearing bright colors and crazy designs. I was so surprised by all this because I didn't know the woman was known for her fashion, and I love whenever people take shoe risks.

The best crappy photo of today's shoes (which I love).
So what about today’s shoes made them so amazing? The fact that the heel was turned under across the bottom of the shoe, creating a kind of hollow wedge, and looking like a broken shoe. I'm not sure who made them, but they were pretty fantastic.

The only question that remained was how does she walk in those?

But let’s not forget the legions of fans she has in people who watch lousy daytime TV and care about what she says. They have afforded her enough money that walking in shoes isn’t really an issue. When you’re rich, you can wear crazy, fabulous shoes and have people carry you.