Tuesday, October 30, 2012

More Shoe Quotes

Amazing shoe quotes we love from the documentary 
"God Save My Shoes"

Some people design shoes, like pieces of art, but we don't know what to wear it with. Except if you wear them with nothing. ~Walter Steiger 

The shoe is like a magic wand. It’s a tool of self-transformation.
~ Bruno Frisoni 

Women continue to be naked even with shoes on.
~Christian Louboutin

When you’re removing your shoes, there’s the possibility you might remove more.
~Dita Von Teese 

When you’re going on that first date, the perfect pair of shoes is so important for you to feel that sensuality. 

It has something to do with you put it on and you walk differently and that provokes the senses in a man
~Manolo Blahnik  

Shoes for Halloween

Halloween is about to arrive once again, and with all the storms and craziness you may be doing some last minute scratching your head for costume ideas.  I’ve always found that I can start with my shoe closet and build a costume from there.  Here are a couple of examples to give you some ideas. 

Ruby Red Slippers: Ok so not everyone has their very own pair of sequined ruby red shoes like I do, but any red pumps will do.  Throw on a pair of blue ankle socks and put them on.  I realize that not everyone has a Dorothy dress in your closet, but a simple dress with an apron over it can work in a pinch.  Add a stuffed dog in any type of basket you may have hanging around the house and you can pass for Dorothy or at least be her cousin! 

Cowboy Boots: Grab a pair of cowboy boots, a pair of jeans, and a western shirt if you have one.  If you don’t have the western shirt wear a t-shirt and a bandanna.  If you prefer you can always go as the sexy cowgirl and dress up the outfit. 

Sneakers: Put on a pair of sneakers, shorts and a t-shirt and go as an Olympic athlete of some sort.  You can grab a tennis racket or write a number on your arm and be a marathon runner. 

Business shoes: Whether you are male or female you can throw on a pair of business shoes and dress up as the opposite sex.  It’s  fun and easy and usually not what people are expecting, although it may require borrowing some clothing from a friend or roommate.  

So what are your ideas for last minute Halloween costumes and what shoes will you wear?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Five Must Have Styles

We all love shoes and want to have lots of them, but we can’t always afford to have a zillion pair.  So here are my five styles of “must have” shoes.
Classics. A great looking pair of classic pumps a staple for every wardrobe.  These are your “go to” interview and business shoes.  Preferably in a dark color such as black, with a medium heel, these shoes will work well with any dress or suit.  They are great for making a positive first impression at a meeting or presentation.  Just be sure you choose a pair that is not only great looking, but comfortable as well.  
Christin Michaels - Elektra Pump (Grey Patent) - Footwear
Casual and comfy! Another must have shoe is one to wear when your feet need a rest.  These can be comfortable boots or even some brands that now make comfort shoes – but you definitely need something that will let your feet feel as good as they look.
Think! Aida 85243 (Women's) - Schoko/Kombi

Sneakers. You still need to exercise and go to the gym. While you will not wear sneakers with your stylish jeans, you still need sneakers for exercising and walking outside. There are lots of different sneakers on the market now - pick the ones that fit you, your personality, and that fit your exercise routine.
New Balance Classics - ML574 (Red Textile) - Footwear
A pair of dressy heels.  Every woman needs a pair of dressy heels to wear for a night out on the town.  These could be a strappy pair of sandals or even a fancy pump, but they are usually a higher a heel which makes a woman taller and feel more sexy and confident.  Sparkles, glitter and rhinestones make a great dressy shoe and in a pinch, a jazzy shoe clip can be added to a classic pump to dress it up.
BCBGeneration Parade (Women's) - Matte Bronze Party Glitter
Color! The last pair of “must have” shoes for every woman is a pair of colorful shoes.  Think about it, what gal wasn’t in love with Dorothy’s ruby red slippers?  Yes, we all love color!  Red, pink, blue, purple, yellow, neon, or pastels, solids or patterns, as long as they make us feel good. They don’t have to match anything or even be a specific style – just be filled with color! Colorful shoes have that special spark that let us think we can click our heels and something magical will happen.  Who knows, maybe something will!
BCBGeneration Cielo (Women's) - Neon Orange Patent
Which of these shoes do you have in your closet? Or what favorite styles of yours did I miss?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

AW12 Style with Designer Shoes

 Claire Hunter, a regular contributor to our blog,
 has some tips for the upcoming season!
Have you seen the latest looks on offer? Checked out all the current collections? Scoured the net for pictures from the AW12 (autumn / winter 2012) catwalk shows? Well then you are one prepared fashionista, just like all the designer stores up and down the country and across the web. Search for any kind of clothing shop and you will come across a plethora of styles and looks that have taken inspiration from the autumn / winter 2012 trends. If you are after updating your wardrobe or fancy having a little splurge on some of the new seasons looks, then go for it. Right now it is a good a time as ever to revitalize your style.

With the colder weather, most of us change our looks anyway. Different makeup looks, nail colors and hair styles all come with the change of the season. Bright pink lips turn red and sultry, black eyeliner is chosen in favor of bold eye shadows and blondes all seem to burn into brunettes and red heads. It’s like instinct, perhaps it is the weather that does it to us, or at least we can blame it on that when we are having a spend up on new styles.

The new season looks are looking beautiful too. Autumn always brings a stunning selection of cozy clothing and comfortable fashion. Which is something we all love don’t we? Footwear has also had an AW12 overhaul, yet with a few summer looks crossing over. The trainer wedges are here to stay for another season as well as the studded boots that have been everywhere the past few months. But of course some new looks have come to the forefront of the fashion scene.

The party heels are in, ready in preparation for the Christmas gatherings and some casual boots which will be ideal for autumn walks and winter strolls. Imagine them teamed with leggings, woolly jumpers, coats, scarves and knitted hats, perfect. Check any womens designer shoes collection and you will come across these looks and many more. Autumn / winter is going to be a great season for style yet again!

Claire Hunter, enjoys writing about everything and anything. Her favourite topic, and one she writes about the most, is fashion but she also likes to write about home wares, gadgets, technology, gift ideas, food and culinary. She hopes you enjoy reading her blog post.  

Friday, October 5, 2012

How To Wear Your Shoes

Knowing how to wear the right shoes with
an outfit is important. Here are some ideas from
a regular contributor to our blog Claire Hunter 

As you know there are many different types of shoes on the market. Heels, boots, slippers, flats, wedges, stilettos, courts, the list is endless. So how do you know which shoes to wear with each of your outfits? Well once you have pulled out all of your clothing, shoes and accessories, you can read here on how to wear each pair and with what type of clothing. 

Now I would consider wedges to be more of a summer shoe. So with these I would choose perhaps a summery dress, denim jacket, perhaps a fedora hat and a small day time clutch bag. Finish with some cute bracelets and you are on to winning summer time outfit. Match the color of your wedges with your dress or bag and you will look even more on trend during those sunny months of the year.

Courts or Pumps
High heeled courts or pumps are perfect for nights out or formal evening occasions. If you are off to a party or just a few clubs and bars for the night, wear with a body con dress in your favorite color. Mixing colors will add a little more fun to your look so be bold with something bright. If you are heading to something a little more formal then perhaps opt for a midi or mid length dress in a subtle shade such as black, navy or dark purple. Choose a clutch bag in a matching color to the shoes and accessorize with small pieces of jewelery.

Ballet Flats
Probably the most comfortable shoes of them all are the ballet flats or pumps as some people like to call them. They will always look stylish during the day worn with a pair of skinny jeans, a simple t shirt and a blazer jacket. Finish with a large oversized tote bag and if it is sunny out, pop some super huge shades on for a touch of glam style. Gabor shoes have some fantastic pairs on offer at the moment that feature in all the latest shades.

Winter was made for boots. From ankle length to knee high, all styles look great worn during the colder months of the year. Wear with a floaty skirt and a fitted top for a day to night look. Accessorize with patterned scarves, tights and cute hats during the day for a casual appearance. For a glam night look add some sparkly jewelery and a small clutch bag. 

Claire Hunter, enjoys writing about everything and anything. Her favourite topic, and one she writes about the most, is fashion but she also likes to write about home wares, gadgets, technology, gift ideas, food and culinary. She hopes you enjoy reading her blog post. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Grace Personified

Maybe as women we love shoes so much because its something that is size neutral; by that I mean we we can wear the coolest, funkiest, sexiest shoes at any weight and still feel good in them.  In fact, an awesome pair of shoes often helps us feel better about ourselves on a bad day. 

But what about those other days, or when the rest of the world creeps into our lives and judges us.  Some people choose to put themselves out there in the public eye, and they expect to get feedback and yes, even judgement, but most of us just put ourselves out in the world through our everyday lives and all we want is approval.  When we put ourselves out in the world each day and we want people to like us, either to like how we look, or what we say, or who we are.  Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn't.  Sometimes its someone who bullies us, other times it is an unintentional hurtful statement - but either way, when we don't get approval or acceptance it hurts.  There's no way around it - it just hurts.  Even if you are a public figure - it still takes a toll.  But how you handle it says a lot about the person you are.  This woman, Jennifer Livingston, a news anchor handled a recent situation with grace.  The best way to understand it is to hear about it from her. 

If only we can all have such confidence and self-esteem.  She took a hurt and used it as a chance to help others.  Thank you! The next time I wonder if I am "enough" thin enough, pretty enough, smart enough, or enough of anything in this life, I hope I am strong enough to stop and think of how strong and inspiring this woman was, and that I, like each of us, is enough.