Posts Tagged ‘shoes’

My Hypothesis on FitFlops

July 25, 2009

Fitflop

I’ve been seeing more and more of FitFlops on the streets (yes, surprisingly even in NYC) and I’m not quite sure what I think about them. So I’m going to break it down in this post… If you own a pair- I really want to hear from someone who wears them- please email me or leave a comment!

Evidence/Research: Reviews on the FitFlop website that range from:

  • “After only a couple of weeks of wearing my new oasis fitflops, my hip felt like new!” – Amanda, NY

to…

  • “I can feel my muscles toning and baring bad weather I wear them in and out of the house and i am now pain free” – Kate, London

to…

  • “I went from a size four to a size two and for the first time in years I am wearing shorts!” – Irene, NY

So what I gather solely from these reviews, is that they ARE comfortable, they DO have some toning effects, and customers love them. Even the customer reviews on Amazon.com, (where FitFlop marketing can’t interfere with negative comments) were considerably high.

Croc Boot

Croc Boot

The Results: In contrast to my hatred for Crocs, the style of FitFlops is not that bad if these shoes are comfortable and they really do what they say they do. Afterall, they are flip flops– they aren’t claiming to be a “shoe” or making ugly children’s rain boots just because some people are crazy enough to buy them. In fact, if FitFlops really are working, then I wish MORE people would wear them. The atrocious excuses for shoes that I see on my commute would be much better off if they were replaced with FitFlops.

Conclusion: I’m going to go ahead and say that FitFlops are going to gain a lot of attention and brand awareness (AKA: $$$) by next summer- especially with their Twitter presence and big city Ad Campaigns in New York and London. And to my own surprise- I’m going to tell you that it is not a sin to buy them. If I had any money at all to spend on an extra pair of non-Heels, I would try them myself. These are my top 2 picks:

WalkStar FitFlop in Tokyo Purple

WalkStar FitFlop in Tokyo Purple

Walkstar III  FitFlop in Oyster

Walkstar III FitFlop in Oyster

Launch Party for the Cole Haan Whitney Collection

July 25, 2009

The Madison Avenue Cole Haan store was packed to the brims on Wednesday night when Guest of a Guest hosted the Cole Haan launch party for its new Whitney Collection. The collection is a trendy, urban line with some bright blues and purples in addition to the classic browns, blacks and grays that Cole Haan tends to carry. Blue and grey flats, heels with elastic bands, sporty leather hand bags, and studded accessories were standouts in the collection. These were some of my favorite pieces:

Cole Haan Launch Party for The Whitney Collection

Cole Haan Launch Party for The Whitney Collection

Studded Heel and Belt from The Whitney Collection

Studded Heel and Belt

Totes from The Whitney Collection

Totes from The Whitney Collection

Studded Hobo Bag from The Whitney Collection

Studded Hobo Bag from The Whitney Collection

Sporty Flats with Elastic Bands

Sporty Flats with Elastic Bands

Elastic Band Pumps

Elastic Band Pumps

Business Casual Turns Business Fashionable

April 17, 2009

I’ve worked in offices with professional attire, business attire, and business casual dress codes. By far the most atrocious attire is business casual. 

For some reason, crossing the line from “business” to “business casual,” generally means going from business appropriate to “i just woke up and picked up whatever was on the floor.” I don’t care what the actual dress code is for a business casual environment, if it says “casual,” people tend to forget the “business” part and dress however they like until management sees too many t-shirts or witnesses one too many muffin tops

Of course these assumptions don’t apply to everyone. But regardless, Business Casual Must Turn Business Fashionable. Keep reading to find some Spring 2009 work wardrobe items:
Victoria's Secret Ruffle Front Silk Chiffon Blouse

Victoria's Secret Ruffle Front Silk Chiffon Blouse

TOPS

Ruffles, Patterns & Day-to-Night

Ruffles, layers, patterns, all sorts of colors (and neutrals) are in style this Spring.  All of the tops I have shown here can be worn from day-to-night as well. If you pair any one of these with a cute pair of linen shorts and high wedge heels, you have an outfit for Friday night!

Victoria’s Secret Ruffle Front Blouse– This neutral, feminine top can be paired with any color pant! 
$68 Victoria’s Secret 

 

Express Short Sleeved Shirt - Dot Print

Express Short Sleeved Shirt - Dot Print

     

Express Keyhole Ruffle Top

Express Keyhole Ruffle Top

Express Short Sleeved Shirt  This classic short sleeved button down comes in every color- stock up!$49.50 Express

Express Keyhole Ruffle Top
Can’t go sleeveless in the office? Wear this under your suit jacket! $49.50 Express

Victoria's Secret Christie Flare Pant in Stretch Cotton

Victoria's Secret Christie Flare Pant in Stretch Cotton

Pants
Wear what fits you well
Different styles of pants are “in” this spring. Wide-leg, skinny leg, ankle cut, etc. So if you find a pair that fits you well (length, hip and waist) buy it in a few colors! Victoria’s Secret has some of my favorite pants:
Christie Flare Pant in Stretch Cotton
Available in a dozen colors!
Skirts & Dresses
Black & White, Prints & Versatility
Dresses are so versatile that they are an absolute necessity in a work wardrobe. Adding a simple cardigan to a night-on the town dress can modify a dress so it is work appropriate. The following are some highly versatile dresses I found for just that kind of occasion.
 
    

Milly Sheath Dress

Milly Sheath Dress

Anne Taylor Loft Split Neck Ruffle Dress

Anne Taylor Loft Split Neck Ruffle Dress

 

 

 

 

 

Milly Sheath Dress (above white)
Sheath dresses are classically fit and season-less. This dress is actually backless and gorgeous- so wear a cardigan to work and take it off for that date at an outdoor cafe!
Milly, $375.00  Nordstrom

Hype Strapless Floral Dress

Hype Strapless Floral Dress

Ann Taylor Loft Splitneck Ruffle Dress (above black)
Black and white are hot “colors” this season- so don’t be afraid to wear black (or ruffles). $69 Ann Taylor Loft
Hype Strapless Border Dress (left)
Everyone loves floral prints this season and they aren’t hard to find! This dress comes in the color shown and a turquoise color.
$139.00 at Zappos
     

Belted Skirt

Belted Skirt

 

 

 

 

New York & Company Belted Skirt

This cotton skirt is so simple it can be paired with anything plain or patterned. 
Shoes
Nudes, Prints, and Flats
Nudes extend the leg. Prints dress up a plain/solid outfit, and flats make shorter dresses and skirts more appropriate for work
     

Nine West Fender Peep Toe Pump

Nine West Fender Peep Toe Pump $49.99 @Ninewest.com

Anne Klein Gabay

Anne Klein- $45 @ 6pm.com

Cynthia Vincent Pump

Cynthia Vincent Pump

Cole Haan Air Ballet Flat

Cole Haan Air Ballet Flat

BCBGirls Silver Flats

BCBGirls Silver Flats

 

Style vs. Savings – Spring Shoes

February 10, 2009

THE STUDDED STRAPPY SANDAL

MANOLO BLAHNIK (Style) VS. NINE WEST (Savings)

Manolo Blahnik Studded Strappy Sandal

Manolo Blahnik Studded Strappy Sandal $895

Nine West Kentaro Studded Sandal $89

Nine West Kentaro Studded Sandal $89

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINNER:  The Nine West Kentaro is a great deal – while the studs are not as prominent, both shoes have a 4 inch heel and are in a great neutral color. I choose SAVINGS.

THE RUFFLED T-STRAP SANDAL

NANETTE LEPORE (Style) VS.  STEVE MADDEN LUXE (Savings)

 

Nanette Lepore Savage Lover Stiletto $375

Nanette Lepore Savage Lover Stiletto $375

Steve Madden Luxe Brake Ruffle T-Strap Sandal

Steve Madden Luxe Brake Ruffle T-Strap Sandal $74.94

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINNER: The Nanette Lepore Stiletto offers a more rigid ruffle and more delicate straps while the Steve Madden Luxe Sandal has a rounded ruffle and thicker straps around the ankle and toe. The Nanette Lepore seems dressier and would be perfect to dress up a sun dress and wear to a spring wedding. The Steve Madden sandals have an edgier feel and would be great with a mini. I love… both. TIE.

THE METALLIC CUT OUT PLATFORM

DIOR (Style) VS. NYLA (Savings)

 

Dior Extreme Cutout $780

Dior Extreme Cutout $780

NYLA Shika Cutout Platform $79.95

NYLA Shika Cutout Platform $79.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINNER: While the NYLA has all of the same details- all the way down to the studs placed strategically in the same places- this shoe is just too bulky. The Dior Extreme is just the right balance of rock star and glam- STYLE.

EXOTIC PRINT PLATFORM

PRADA (Style) VS. Nine West- Boutique 9 (Savings)

PRADA Jeweled T-Strap Platform $1100

PRADA Jeweled T-Strap Platform $1100

Voula by Boutique 9 $160

Voula by Boutique 9 $160

 

 

 

 

WINNER: The Prada sandal is full of details that only a designer shoe can offer- a jeweled t-strap, (natural python leather!), and a bamboo heel. But- the Boutique 9 Sandal is gorgeous and while it still isn’t a total steal at $160- I feel like it would be more wearable. This was a toughie but: SAVINGS wins.

Paris Spring Couture 2009

January 28, 2009

Spring is in full swing in Paris and the runways are full of beautiful couture designs! Chanel was showing black and white designs with plenty of lace, sequins, and a tripping model. Armani Privé added in some color, florals and metallics and Christian Dior exhibited all of the above plus voluminous skirts and details inside and out. Trend alert: Head pieces, florals, and structured jackets paired with skirts were shown all around.  Black, white, a mix of metallics and a few bright colors made the cut.

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chanel

Chanel

Chanel Couture 2009

Chanel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armani Prive

Armani Prive

Armani Prive

Armani Prive

Shoe Sale!

September 1, 2008

Visit 6pm.com for some great sale prices on shoes and boots like these:

 

 

Nine West Taglia Ankle Boot

$99.00 $29.94 6pm.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine West Tenant Ankle Boot

$99.00  $29.94 6pm.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

BCBGirls Mondy Pump

$93.00 $54.00 6pm.com

Style on a Budget

July 28, 2008

As I get ready to move to one of the most expensive cities in the world, I am preparing to put my clothing expenses on a tight budget. As I was looking around Target for some things for my upcoming trip, I strolled through the shoe section just to see what they had to offer. To my surprise, I found a few pairs of shoes already on sale that are very fall-fashionable. 

Compare:

 

Women's Mossimo® Vergie Peep-Toe Booties

 

 

Women’s Mossimo® Vergie

Peep-Toe Booties 

Black Patent Leather

$29.99  Target

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine West “Papoose” 

Peep-Toe Pump

$89.00 NineWest

 

 

 

 

 

Mossimo® Valentina

Peep-Toe Booties  

 

Dark Pewter

$26.99  Target

 

 

 

 

 

Nine West “Lovenyc”

Peep-Toe Booties

Metallic Purple

$99.00 Nine West

 

 

 

 

 

I also found a shoe deal on DSW online. This pair of Nicole Miller peep-toe pumps is very similar to a pair of Alexander McQueen shoes- the highlights on the Nicole Miller shoes are black patent leather rather than the gold highlights on the Alexander McQueen pumps, but they are both beautiful pairs of shoes:

Nicole Miller “Oriela”
Satin & Patent Platform
$79.95

 

 

 

 

Alexander McQueen 

Peep-Toe Pump

$879.00 Zappos Couture Online

It’s Fashion Week… Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

February 5, 2008

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC started on Friday morning and dozens of the best designers in the world have already sent their Fall 2008 collections down the runway. While many news outlets have been plugging the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection which was modeled by A-List celebrities to support and promote women’s heart health, there have been countless other newsworthy shows and designs. Here are a few…

5Saturday Morning Abaete got classy with a midnight blue strapless cocktail dress anda beautiful sweetheart neckline. The rest of the collection featured other dark blues, blacks and whites with many skirts (hitting just above the knees) and some three quarter sleeved jackets

 6 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diane Von Furstenberg showcased this beautiful feather dress beneath a more casual blazer, mixing browns and blaks. Both feathers and tailored jackets have made multiple appearances in fall collections this week.

     
9
On Friday, Nicole Miller let us know that we’re in for yet another fall/winter season of tights, patent leather, and ankle boots in 2008. Many designers layered up with jackets and different sleeve lengths.
And finally, my favorite so far this week has been Herve Leger by Max Azria. The collection of  dresses was virtually flawless and 100% wearable. Feathers
 reappeared (with even some of the models bangs set to look like feathers) along with horizontal stripes in a visibly constructed style and some very subtle florals. 10
…….
……..
……..
……….
……….
……….
………..
……..
……..
……..
….
……
……
…..
..
.

Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Zac Posen & many more to come during this excitingfashion week!


stress & online shopping

December 7, 2007

As finals are fast approaching, I have become increasingly stressed along with the rest of the university population nationwide. I do tend to be a bit of a stress case, what with hopes of graduating in May and getting a “real” job, but I know how to forget about all of the stress of school, grades, and the job market predictions for 2008. The best gifttherapy of all requires no movement besides my clicker thumb and a long favorites list of “shopping” websites. That’s right, it’s online shopping, and it’s time to make a Christmas wish list.

I’ve given a Luxury Lust Wish and a Reality Wish for each of the following categories: Handbag, Watch, Dress, & Shoes.

 Wish for… a New Handbag

Luxury Lust: Dooney & Burke’s Limited Edition Hayden BagThe Hayden Bag

Price Tag: $500

Why It’s Lust-Worthy: I usually do not like Dooney & Burke bags or their weak advertising attempts (Lindsey Lohan’s line of heart covered bags in childish colors circa 2005, followed by Mischa Barton & Emma Roberts taking her place as the face of young hollywood) Whenever I see a D&B bag with the colored D&B all over the bag I cringe a little bit because I feel that someone has paid too much for a cheap looking bag. Alas! The Hayden bag has changed my mind. Even though they are still using a young hollywood actress (Heroes star, Hayden Penetierre) to promote the bag, I think this bag could fare just as well without her. The design is modern and classic. A long enough strap to wear around the shoulder and yet the bag is not oversized. The Hayden bag is available in black, brown, red, and white patent leather. All colors but white are currently sold out on dooney.com, but I would recommend the white patent leather as it could last through the summer!

 Reality Wish: Elliott Lucca Genevieve Tote

Price Tag: $268 

Reasoning: Elliott Lucca is an under rated brand. They only use high quality leather and their designs are either classic or trendy. This bag is large enough to use for class or work, and it also comes in black and deep plum. The patent leather will allow you to carry the purse into spring until you find a new purse to love! 

Wish 2… a New Watch

Luxury Lust: Michele “Diamond Deco” Watch with Alligator Band Michele 'Deco Diamond' Alligator WatchMichele 'Deco Diamond' Alligator WatchMichele 'Deco Diamond' Alligator Watch

Price Tag: $1,425

Why it’s Lust-Worthy: Michele is a new luxury watch brand owned by Fossil. They are trying to push selling not only their watches, but their watch bands. They offer a wide selection of colors and materials, from Alligator leather (pictured) to patent leather. They offer many different styles for men & women. I think this watch would definitely be an eye catcher at work or at play. 

Reality Wish: Michael Kors Leather Cuff WatchMICHAEL Michael Kors Leather Cuff Watch

Price Tag: $130

Reasoning: This watch is reasonably priced, and it looks even better in person. The gold detail contrasting with the white band adds a high quality feel, and it can be dressed up or dressed down.

 Wish for…. A New Dress

Luxury Lust: Kay Unger Strapless Dress with Beaded Waist

Kay Unger New York Strapless Dress With Beaded WaistPrice Tag: $450

Why it’s Lust-Worthy: Little black dresses are overdone year round. This red dress is a color that will compliment both fair skinned and dark skinned women and it also falls at a good length for most body types. The dress accentuates the bust with a sweet heart neckline and minimizes the waist with black beaded detail. This would be a stand out at holiday parties or any cocktail occasion throughout the year.

Reality Wish: Max & Cleo Bubble-Sleeve Cocktail Dress

M&C DressPrice Tag: $148

Reasoning: Purple couldn’t be hotter right now and it is another color that compliments most people. Max & Cleo is a division of the BCBG Max Azria Group, hence the beautiful design cut in all the right places and rhinestone detailing across the neckline. This dress may be too hot for a crowded party, but it should suit well otherwise.

Wish for…. A New Pair of Shoes

BCBG Max Azria Marsha

Luxury Lust: BCBG Max Azria Marsha Pump

Price Tag: $215

Why They are Lust-Worthy: Every girl I know (including myself) has way too many black pumps. Finding brown shoes that are as cute as my black shoes is always difficult, but these peep toe pumps with a delicate velvet bow would be great dressed up for work or matched with the right skirt. The foot base is padded, and as an owner of another pair of BCBG pumps with leather padding, they are nicely padded if you do decide to wear them the entire work day.

CARLOS  BY CARLOS SANTANA Women's PounceReality Wish: Carlos by Carlos Santana Pounce pump in Bronze Snake Print

Price Tag: on sale! $79.99

Reasoning: Carlos’ shoes are always eccentric and noteworthy. The bronze color is neutral enough to wear with blacks or browns. The python print plays down the metallic shock and will also make scuffs less noticeable. These shoes will cause double takes in any outfit, even just a nice pair of jeans.