Thursday, June 27, 2013

Heels Meet Lipstick

Suede lips and suede heels
The one thing that I have almost as many of as shoes is lipstick. I have all kinds of colors and shades, most of them with matching liners, and then there's a rather significant number of glosses as well.

Obsession with shoes and lipstick must go together. And I'm not the only one who thinks so. 

Sophia Webster has teamed up with Revlon and created a line of lipstick-inspired heels. 

How awesome is this? 

The collection goes with Revlon Color Stay Ultimate Suede lipstick, and is all reds and pinks with slick and suede textures. Some of the heels even have lip marks all over them. 

My personal favorite shade
Pretty sure I need all of these. Then I can buy the matching lipstick and look like the most put together person ever. Which will be a great because usually I'm halfway between put together and hot mess. 

How can you go wrong?
Matching shoes and lipstick. This is brilliant. I hope every designer starts doing this. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Heels and Sports (and some flats)

If you were in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs last night (or anywhere in Boston) you know that the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.

For the record, my dog was not very happy with the neighbor’s celebration when they won. Luckily,
Knicks fans need these. 

everyone else was and the city, suburbs and my Facebook feed became full of people talking about their love of hockey, the Blackhawks, and saying mean things about Boston.

Never much of a sports fan, I actually enjoy watching hockey, but with a whole house to put together, I was hanging shelves and not watching the game. Still, I have to be happy when one of my home-town Chicago teams wins, and I posted a pair of Blackhawk heels to show my support.

Facebook loves sports, and shoes, and my messages were blowing up with people wondering where I found them.

Cowboys can wear flats
Etsy my friends. You can find just about anything there, and if you can’t find it chances are you can find someone to make it for you (or it’s illegal). Some of the fun ones I found include Glitter Me Badd, Made by Bunny, Salvatore Style and Chelsie Dey Designs.

In addition to a fab pair of red suede Blackhawks heels (who is getting them shipped here in time for the parade?) there are other teams available too. And other sports. Which is good since hockey is generally something 99% of people don’t care about.

There’s heels for colleges, basketball, baseball, and they’re made of jewels, painted, decoupage, and any combination of the above. There are even a few pair of flats available if you search long enough.

In reviewing them, I didn’t even know what half the teams played, or where they’re from, so I’ll spare you all my ignorance in trying to mention it all, and instead you can check
Bedazzled by Bunny
them out yourselves.

Some of my personal favorites include the Celtics because I like green and the Knicks, because it’s a boot and that was cool. And for those of you who love football, but don’t want to wear your team on your feet, there’s a pair of football inspired heels that keep it nice a neutral on game day.  

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ladies Night Out (in fab shoes)

This weekend (yeah, I'm falling behind) was a girlfriend's bachelorette party, and I headed back downtown after work for drinks, dinner (with drinks) and some drinks, and I was stunned by the great shoes everyone had on.
The heels of the night. 

Of course mine were fabulous. I finally got a chance to wear those black Colin Stuart heels with the fringe on the heels, but there were enough amazing shoes to cause some serious shoe-envy.

There were the classic Gucci sandal, a fab pair of studded heels (which, I consulted on for the bride-to-be) the classic black pump, and a sandal with an ankle strap.

Pretty sure we represented every major trend all in one evening.

Dinner was at Hub 51, and we all sipped cocktails and wine, and caught a glimpse of Scottie Pippen and his wife, who was wearing what looked like a pair of classic Stewart Weitzman pumps.

The evening ended early for me because I had to get up early for a graduation the next morning, but it was great to have a night out with such stylish ladies.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

SJP Takes the Step into Shoes

I would like to be a celebrity because they get to do whatever they want.

I don't mean that in an Amanda Bynes, bad wigs and bong tossing kind of way (though that
If this is what we can expect, I'm sold.
doesn't seem to be working out well for her), or even the more philanthropic Angelina Jolie saving babies kind of way (because seriously, what would I do with that many kids?). I mean it in the "why can't I team up with an established company and be a designer?" kind of way.

Sarah Jessica Parker is the most recent celebrity to announce she is launching her own line of shoes, bags and coats. She's teaming up with George Malkemu, CEO of Manolo Blahnik, and launching the collection, appropriately named "SJP."

The collection will be available exclusively at Nordstrom (because apparently Macy's is for Madonna's stuff), and will also include bags and a few coats.

The price points will be the higher end of affordable, with single-sole pumps and flats will range from around $200 to $300, and bags will likely sell for under $700.

Of course she has discussed color and says that the shoes will be everything you always wanted in your closet. And if you didn't know you wanted it, after seeing the shoes and having her name on them, you will suddenly realize it's a shoe you always wanted and needed.

Happens to me every freaking time I shop. Especially at Nordstrom.

Admittedly, I am more intrigued by this collection than many other celebrity collections. I
Fabulously simple
mean, do we really think that Madonna approves every shoe for her Truth or Dare line, or that Carlos Santana has anything to do with designing the shoes for his line, Carlos?

That doesn't make them bad, and I love (and own) shoes from both those celebrity lines, but the fact that SJP actually has a hand in designing the shoes makes them that much more intriguing, and desirable, to me.

The fact that she's always amazingly dressed doesn't really hurt either.

SJP admitted that Carrie Bradshaw and all her shoes had something to do with this as well. After all, it was announced on the 15 year anniversary of the airing of Sex and the City, and there was nothing Carrie loved more than a good pair of shoes.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Ankle High

There's something so sexy about a shoe with an ankle strap. I'm not talking about gladiator sandals or lace up espadrilles, but the classic style pump.  They remind me of old Betty Page photos and are vaguely BDSM.
Steve Madden Faymuss and Whitneyy

They're also everywhere now. 

Now on every kind of shoe from wedges to stilletos, ankle straps are the shoe this spring and will
certainly continue into fall. 

Some of my favorites in my own collection are courtesy of Charles David. The fig colored heels are suede with a leather snakeskin heel and ankle strap. They're perfect with a pair of ankle length cigarette pants or a pencil skirt. 

There's also the far less logical pair by Wild Pair that I bought at Bakers last year on some kind of stress induced shopping spree. Dubbed my "dinosaur heels" because of the spikes down the back of the heels, the red and black suede sandals may not be work appropriate with their six inch heels and giant platform, but they sure do garner attention. 

One pair that has made my covet list is the Steve Madden Faymuss heels. The metallic heel sandal has an ankle strap more reminiscent of a cuff, which only makes it cooler. 
Michael Antonio for ShoeDazzle

ShoeDazzle has also embraced the trend in their June showroom. One of my personal favorites is the Tamaya by Michael Antonio with its sexy double strap, slim heel and two-tone color. 

Sometimes ankle straps can be tricky. There's a fine line between trendy and something that's too sexy for work, a barbecue or family party. Pair ankle strap heels with cropped, fitted pants or longer skirts. 

If you're rocking them at the office, I don't suggest wearing them with anything that goes above the knee. While they can look classy and trendy with a knee length pencil skirt, they can start to look a little too daring with something that hits mid thigh. 

Ruthie Davis does it right. 
Of course if you're going out to dinner, drinks or any other kind of evening out, a shorter skirt is completely appropriate. 

The only other problem with ankle straps, is that sometimes the straps are a bit short, or can squeeze slightly swollen ankles on hot days. If you're going to be wearing this trend mayor sure you stay well hydrated and make sure that the straps don't strangle your ankles. There's nothing trendy about fat looking ankles (despite Kim Kardashian's recent footwear). 

So go ahead and .embrace the look, buy a few pairs and wear the hell out of them. They're a classic, sexy shoe and a style that will be here to stay a while. 

You can click here to shop the look in both heels and flats.