Monday, December 31, 2012

Tips for New Years Shoes

Today I read that what you do on New Years is indicative of how you will spend the rest of the year. For most of the people I know that means they'll spend the whole year drunk, or spend it at home. Or both.

Totally predictable but you can't go wrong
Regardless of whether you're  going to a house party or a night out on the town, New Years gives way to outfits that people plan for all year and the perfect shoes are really important. Not ending up looking like an ass in your perfect shoes is even more important.

Glitter sparkles and rhinestones are always the perfect thing to ring in the New Year. They're also perfectly obvious.

Another suggestion I got via Twitter was that as long as you're wearing your highest heels, nothing else matters.

I'm not even sure what my highest heels are. I guess I could measure all my heels and figure it out, but then I'd have to plan outfits around the heels, and transportation. Depending on what you're doing in the evening it's possible that the highest heels are not a good idea.

Then again I've never been much of one for logic.

Don't wear these and carelessly swing your legs.
Spikes are always a good idea too, and I don't mean spike heels, I mean heels with spikes. Just be careful if you're dancing, or if you fall, or if you're drunkenly swinging your legs around large groups of people.

If you're going to spend the evening dancing, a little baby powder in your shoes before you slide them on for the evening will help absorb the sweat and eliminate chafing and blusters.

Finally, be careful when you're walking and don't fall off your heels. I've totally done it before and broke the strap on my shoe and had to walk like an asshole the rest of the night. Other horrible things can happen as well, including breaking a heel, or breaking you ankle.

Good luck tonight, and have fun no matter what you do. Just remember not to accidentally stab anyone with your heel and don't break anything. All other stupid circumstances are still on the table though. I'm expecting some great stories and would like to see pics of some fabulous shoes.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Charlotte Olympia does Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner (like a matter of hours now) and as we all start to get ready for the various holiday parties we have to go to, whether good or bad, there is inevitably a lot of stressing out about what to wear.

Christmas stuff I would love to wear! 
My immediate family sits in the living room and gorges themselves on food for hour after hour, and we still dress up. As if my mom, dad and sisters haven't seen me at my worst, yet on Christmas we all dress up.

I'm not much of one for holiday clothes either. The day you see me in a reindeer sweater is the day Hell has frozen over or I lost a very large bet.

Shoes, on the other hand can be a different story, especially when they're like the ones done by the always brilliant Charlotte Olympia.

An entire line of Christmas shoes and accessories, includes heels, flats and handbags, and they're all to die for.

The Holly flat
The Jingle Bell Dolly is my personal favorite in red velvet with the island platform and jingle bell ankle strap. Sure, it may be loud, but they look amazing. And if you want to get a little use out of them after the holidays you can remove the jingle bell strap and just have a fab pair of red velvet pumps.

There's also the super cute Kiss Me Dolly with the mistletoe on the toe. This is one that can get you into all kinds of trouble.

If you're into flats there's two different colors of her famous kitty flats, appropriately named the Glitter Kitty.  And if you want a Christmas specific pair of flats, Holly is the way to go.

Charlotte Olympia has you covered with handbags too. The amazing Pandora has been redesigned just for Christmas with a mistletoe or gold ribbon clasp, and comes with three different color inserts so you have three Christmas colors to choose from (and a way to match any outfit). There's also the adorable Christmas Pudding Pouch and Frostie (the snowman, duh).

How cute and perfect are these for the holidays?!
Top it all off with a pair of Charlotte Olympia stockings in her signature spider web print (goth and literary) with a crystal spider at the top. Perfect for those cold nights that need a little added heat.

With shoes and accessories this sexy and adorable, donning a little Christmas spirit suddenly doesn't look so bad. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Shoes for the Apocalypse

Today I had a rare day off, and I found it somewhat fitting that today (the 21st) is also the end of the world.

At least according to some people who decided that they know what the ancient Mayans were thinking.

So as I got ready to leave the house, I wasn't sure what kind of shoes I should wear for the end of the world. I mean, if they had explained how it would end that would be helpful, but they didn't so what;s a girl to do?

Ready for the zombie apocalypse. 
I mean is this going to be a Walking Dead zombie style end of the world? Are we talking Mad Max where I have to wear leather and chain mail and fight? Or will everything just explode and that will be the end of it.

All of these scenarios involve very different footwear needs.

I asked my Facebook and Twitter peeps what they thought would be appropriate footwear for the end of the world, and the responses were amazing (and varied).

My mom's suggestion was that I wear something I could run in. But that may have been aimed at the comment about going to the dentist today. I'm pretty sure she is more afraid of the dentist than the end of the world.

My sister responded that I should wear my favorite heels. But really, that's like choosing my favorite child. I could do it, but I wouldn't be happy about it. (Obviously I don't have kids).

Other responses included anything by Iron Fist (so covered for any kind of apocalypse), matte black six inch heels, anything worthy of Thunderdome, and a very specific pair of silver studded heels from Nordstrom.

I like any and all of those options.

I don't know what kind of shoes they're wearing, but I
love the feather shoulder pads. 
I didn't really believe it was the end of the world though, and I hate carrying groceries in stilettos, so I settled on my studded Vince Camuto Motorcycle boots and a pair of jeans. Luckily, the world didn't end, so what kind of shoes I was wearing mattered for nothing other than my personal comfort.

Then again, I guess there's still a couple hours left in my time zone, so I guess the world still could end, but I'm going to go ahead and assume that tomorrow I can pick another pair of shoes, and move right past where the Mayans stopped writing their calendar.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Self Control and Christmas Shopping

The holidays are the best and worst time to go shopping.

This is why I shop online - too many people. 
Sales are in abundance, new product has been released just for the holiday season, and you get the chance to see it all with the perfect excuse to roam the mall endlessly. 

It's also the time of year you're supposed to shop for everyone except yourself. 


Sure, you can play the one-for-you one-for-me game, but suddenly you're eating Ramen for 2 weeks and negotiating with the electric company to keep your lights on. Or you can have a little self control and only buy yourself one thing per shopping trip. This isn't really that bad a plan, until you realize you're buying a scented candle for your favorite aunt because you had to buy that amazing coat on sale at Banana.

If this dress is still available, I'm getting it.
And I'll wear better shoes and jewlery.
I really can't say I'm that much better. I have forced myself to do most of my shopping online so I'm not tempted. I create strict lists and only go in certain stores, which helps. Gap Kids is awesome for my niece and nephew, and they don't have anything in my size.

Total win.

I also make a list of stuff I want for after the holidays. So when that payout of my vacation days comes in (and only taking a few days off this year pays off), I'm totally buying that orange sweater dress from Loft. And probably a pair of shoes. Maybe shoes to go with that dress. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wearing Barbie's Shoes

People send me shoe things all the time. Pictures, links, art, and most recently, jewelry.

I am obsessed with this necklace
Yep shoe jewelry. And the best part  - the jewelry is made of Barbie shoes. And I love Barbie.

The artist's name is Sara Gallo, and she makes necklaces, earrings and bracelets from doll shoes. And it's amazing.

Sara Gallo doesn't just string a couple pairs of plastic shoes onto a piece of jewelry wire, she turns them into wearable art. She twists and turns the shoes into intricate designs, adding jeweled and beaded accents and creating really unique jewelry.

With these shoes aren't just for your feet. 
Necklaces contain up to 500 tiny little doll shoes, and they come in a full rainbow of colors, and all different style of heels.

Pointed toes, open toe sandals, heels with little bows on them, strappy sandals. It's like being able to wear Barbie's shoe closet.

Of course the other jewelry by Sara Gallo is fantastic and artful. Gorgeous pieces any woman would be happy to add to her collection, but it's the doll shoes that are truly unique and like nothing I have seen before.

Plus there's something fun about the idea of being able to bridge the gap between my childhood love and my adult obsession in a wearable piece of art.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Jimmy Choo Victims to Vandals and Thieves

A couple days ago my brother-in-law texted me and asked where I was at 2:00 that morning.

I replied that I had just gotten into bed around then because my flight got in late, and why was he asking.

Broken glass and a lone flat at Jimmy Choo after the break-in.
Because the Jimmy Choo store on Oak Street in Chicago's high-end Gold Coast neighborhood was robbed and $20,000 in merchandise was stolen.

He joked that I was his first suspect.

I would love a pair of Jimmy Choo's but I'll save my money and buy them honestly.

In reality it was three men. Two to bust open the door and one to drive the getaway car.

I haven't read any news reports that noted exactly what was stolen, but since shoes start at around $300 and can go over $3,000, they got a good amount of stuff. Handbags also range into the thousands of dollars.

So today my condolences go out to the Jimmy Choo store in Chicago. At least no one was hurt, and I'm sure the store has insurance that will cover the losses. And hopefully Chicago can manage to find the dirt-bags who broke into the store, because vandals don't deserve something as amazing as Jimmy Choo.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Shopping in San Fran - Part 2

I just got back from a business trip to San Francisco that culminated in a shopping spree of epic proportions. I wrote about the beginning in Shopping in San Fran - Part 1. Now the story continues....

As Esther and I headed out we both had that adrenaline rush that can only come from knowing you're going to find something amazing. That rush when you're determined to find something amazing.

We burst into Ross and headed straight for the shoes. Within in a matter of minutes Esther's arms were full of heels and we had to hunt down a basket.

Every aisle we went into held a new and more wonderful heeled surprise. Vince Camuto, Jessica Simpson, Chinese Laundry, Sam Edelman, Dollhouse, Carlos, Dolce Vita, and the list goes on. When we were done looking in her size we looked in mine, and back to hers, and back to mine, and then into handbags and dresses.

A basket full of heels
"How many pairs of shoes do you think we have in here?" Esther asked as the basket overflowed with treasures.

Her guess was ten, mine was less. As we checked out and sorted wants and needs and we had nine pairs in the basket, eight of which were purchased between the two of us. Plus there was the one pair I bought myself, and the Steve Madden's bought for Esther. Then there were also a couple of handbags and a dress.

From there we went to Macy's, which just happened to be having a shoe sale. We tore through the racks, trying on different shoes. Esther finally settled on another three or four pair (I lost count by then) and I found a great pair of hot pink pony hair heels by I.N.C.

We finally checked out and brought our haul back to the hotel, where we laid everything out in my room and surveyed the damage.

In total we had gotten two handbags, fifteen pairs of shoes (most of which weren't mine), and one dress in a span of two hours.

Not too bad for a day's work.

I was totally jealous of this find.
The next morning Esther had to run out again to buy a second suitcase to fit all her new treasures so she could get them back home. I somehow managed to fit all of my purchases, which included some Christmas gifts, into the suitcase I brought, and considering I travel with a briefcase and a carry on, that was one hell of a trick.

For once I was out-shopped and out-shoed, but the bargains we found were pretty freaking amazing. So we celebrated in the best way we knew how.  Drinks.

Because there's no better way to unwind after a shopping spree than a few vodka drinks, fresh seafood, and a few more drinks.
This is what two girls can do in two hours. 

Shopping in San Fran - Part 1

Sometimes when I'm out shopping I see something that triggers a memory of a conversation I had with someone or makes me think of a friend or family member. Sometimes that feeling is so great I'll snap a photo and send it to them.

This week I escaped the confines of the hotel in San Francisco long enough to wander out into Union Square and find Ross, a discount superstore akin to TJ Maxx and Marshalls (which I love). As I wandered through the shoe section (because where else would I start) I saw a pair of black glitter with black spikes, Steve Madden Andiie heels, that made me think of my friend Esther (who was at the conference with me) and a conversation we had over sushi that day at lunch.

It can be summed up by this: We both love spikes on shoes.

The rack of perfect shoes.
Since I have an insane number of shoes (with and without spikes), I sent Esther a photo of the shoes, letting her know that she obviously needed them, and what size should I pick up.

She replied a 9 1/2, and I stared at the rack of shoes, quickly realizing we have a problem. They didn't have her size.

How is that even possible, the perfect shoe, and they don't have her size?! But they did have a 10. A half size larger. Which can work. Sometimes. And sometimes it's a disaster.

I grabbed the half size up and asked her about them. She said agreed that it could work. Or not.

I scoured the racks, every size to see if a 9 1/2 had somehow been misplaced in one of the other sizes. After about 20 minutes of searching I gave up and headed back to the hotel, shoes in hand (literally because they charge for bags in San Fran), and called her when I arrived at my room.

She came bursting in a few minutes later, and we both held our breath as she slid the heels on.

They fit.

She literally started jumping and shrieking because they were so amazing, and they fit. And that was a hell of a feat because they have a five inch heel with a platform and probably weigh five pounds because of the glitter and spikes.

Who need ankle weights when you wear platforms?

We took pictures, fawned over the shoes a little more, and then came up with a brilliant idea. Let's both go to Ross and review the shoes again, and see what else they have in her size.

There's no way that can go wrong, right?