Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Gwen Dazzles with GX at ShoeDazzle

Gwen Stefani spent the last decade going from rock star to style icon and rock star. Plus she married Gavin Rossdale and had a couple of cute kids, including the one she's currently pregnant with.

I'm obsessed with the red boots. 
I'm trying to figure out how we can become friends so we can have playdates with her new baby and my twins. Then we can talk fashion and diapers, and with the new line she has just launched with ShoeDazzle, Gwen sure has a lot going on.

GX is the first collaboration between ShoeDazzle and Gwen Stefani, and features shoes and handbags in black, red, white and cobalt blue. This works out really well for me because those four colors make up 90% of my wardrobe.

The shoes have some great diversity between sleek pumps with small island platforms and single soles, sky high wedge sandals, and some great bootie styles.

When it comes to handbags, there are more square, structured styles, and the same basic but bold colors. They're all pretty freaking amazing.
Punk rock and old Hollywood combined.

The best part about all of these, is that they're actually totally affordable. With heels and handbags under $100 (some even under $50!) this is a great collection to get your hands on. I have already started creating a list of heels and handbags (all of them) that I want as soon as my feet are back to their normal, non-swollen pregnancy size.

Honestly, I hope that Stefani and ShoeDazzle keep working together. I think a Fall/Winter collection would be fabulous. Affordability and style are two of my favorite things.

I just have to hope that they'll all still be available in a month when my feet are back to normal. Then I can start working on booking that play date.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Self Lacing Technology is Coming

Apparently in the 1980s, our present seemed so far away they felt they could wildly speculate about what the future would hold. Now here we are in the Back to the Future II years and totally lacking in hover boards, flying cars and my trash an doesn't talk to me.

Probably a good thing on the talking trash can. 

Now with self lacing technology.
One thing that has been coveted by many all these years are Marty McFly's gym shoes from 2015. A
couple years ago Nike actually made that happen, and sold a 1,500 pairs they made to people with lots of money who were also gym shoe fanatics and Back to the Future fans. One disappointment was that the shoes didn't self lace and you actually had to do it yourself.

Now Nike announced they are fixing that and will have a self lacing shoe out by 2015. 

I have to wonder how long they've been sitting on his patent, hoping they can make it work. 

While I personally don't care about gym shoes all that much, I have to admit that's self lacing technology could be more than a little awesome. 

Sure, it could be because I'm really, really pregnant right now (twins) and gave up on anything with laces due to my inability to reach my feet without making lots of grunting noises, but I also have to think of the other, more practical applications. 

Seriously, these would be so much easier to
put on and off if they laced themselves. 
Think of the possibility of a self lacing knee-high boot. Suddenly you wouldn't need to include the 10 minutes of lacing into your getting ready time, and then sleep in them when you come home too drunk to figure out how to unlace your damn boots.  

Yes, I speak from experience on that one. 

Then you can also apply the self lacing technology to other things. Jackets, corsets, sleeves (I've owned some crazy clothes), really the possibilities are endless. Self lacing could not only be a great thing for gym shoes and complicated boots, but it could change fashion. 

Then again, we would also have to hope that our shoes don't have some kind of malfunction where they lace too tight or won't unlace and we're stuck in them for days. But I'll leave that to the scientists working on the idea in the first place. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Wearing Your Heart on Your Foot

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and that means that you have to quick run out and buy all the red and pink and heart covered things you can and wear them all at once. Right?

Or not because that's annoying as hell and Valentine's Day isn't really something worth getting uber
Sophia Webster
worked up about unless you're in a new relationship or you consider it a high holiday. Most years I don't celebrate at all, but Husband and I opted to make dinner reservations this year simply because with the babies on the way we're probably never having a meal out again.

I will not be getting a special dress or shoes for the occasion due to my current size, but if you're going to be celebrating, there are some amazing Valentine's inspired options out there that are sure to look amazing and make your honey swoon. If you don't have a honey, then you can still buy some amazing shoes just because you're awesome and every woman deserves shoes.

Sophia Webster has a great pair of heart covered peep toe heels that are sweet not only for a little romance, but any day of the year. You can also get them in a wedge, with a sweet contrasting bow, giving it a little something extra.
Charlotte Olympia

Alice + Olivia also have a great pair of peep toes, available at Saks, in a classic cream with red hearts.

Then of course there is Charlotte Olympia, who makes a shoe for every occasion, including (of course) Valentine's Day. You can get the Delphine, with their island platform and peep toe topped by a heart, or you can get the Love Me heels, which are available in pink, beige or red and are literally made of hearts. The shape, not the organ.

The best part about all these shoes is that after wearing them to celebrate Valentine's Day, they're still wearable any other day of the year as simply a sweet shoe.