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Fashion Trend: Flats

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black leather 'Rena' gold plate pointed toe flats, $114

I remember a time when flats were considered casual. Women wouldn’t dare attend a cocktail party wearing shoes that didn’t contain at least a tiny heel. Flats were the footwear women secretly changed out of before walking into a major event, and then changed back into when the night was over. Now, flats are in, and can look just as stylish as a fabulous pair of heels. Here are some flats that will keep you looking glam while wearing that cocktail dress. Try pointy flats that add a bit of sophistication to the casual flat, or solid colorblocking to spice it up a bit.

 Pour la Victoire Add to My Designers  black leather 'Rena' gold plate pointed toe flats, $114

Pour la Victoire Add to My Designers
black leather ‘Rena’ gold plate pointed toe flats, $114

Nina Pepper Evening Flats, $99

Nina Pepper Evening Flats, $99

MICHAEL Michael Kors Shala Ballet, $78.99

MICHAEL Michael Kors Shala Ballet, $78.99

Matt Bernson Mercer D’Orsay Flats – Black/Rose Gold, $176.00

Matt Bernson Mercer D’Orsay Flats – Black/Rose Gold, $176.00



Sole Socks: The Breathable Sock Alternative

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We’ve all been there, whether it’s the same pair of gym sneakers you wear religiously every time you work out, or those comfy pair of ballerina flats you’ve had for years, it’s inevitable that these footwear will develop funky odors that won’t go away no matter how many times you wash them. Recently, I had the opportunity to learn more about a new product called Sole-Socks, a customizable shoe insole developed to absorb sweat and odor from your feet throughout the day so you can wear the fashionable no-sock look in the summer and have cool, comfortable feet.

The design is simple – a plush terry cloth top that absorbs the moisture and odor is stitched together with a cotton layer of fabric for durability with a breathable base attached to grip the inside of t your shoe and prevent slipping. The base is multifunctional as it is designed in a way that allows your foot to “breathe” while also acting as an extra layer of padding and support for your tootsies.

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The product is currently pending production, as the creators have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds (at least $4500). Interested in learning more? Head over to the company’s Kickstarter page for more information or to pledge to support.


SoleSensations

shoe candy dish Peacock Sequin Platform, $49.00

Have you ever looked at a pair of shoes and thought “I wish I could store my candy, flowers or business cards in them?” Me, neither; but, when I saw these fabulous creations on Esty by SoleSensations I had to share them with you. Check out some of the “Fantasy Shoe Creations” below that are not just works of art, but also function as more than just personality for your home décor.

business card holder- high heel bud vase, $35.00

business card holder- high heel bud vase, $35.00

shoe candy dish Peacock Sequin Platform, $49.00

shoe candy dish Peacock Sequin Platform, $49.00

Tropical Print high heel bud vase, $30.00

Tropical Print high heel bud vase, $30.00


Are Your Feet Grounded?

The Cap Toe, $99.00
The Cap Toe, $99.00

The Cap Toe, $99.00

Walking. It’s something most of us do every day without really thinking too much about it. Juil, an innovative footwear company is trying to change that.  The company, launched in February 2011, creates footwear that aims to recreate the sensation your feet feels when walking barefoot in a concept called grounding.  Advocates of grounding assert that when one’s bare feet comes in direct contact with Mother Earth, toxic electrons that cause medical ailments are absorbed into the ground like a magnet; thus, constant contact to the Earth is vital for our well-being.

Since walking barefoot is not feasible for our everyday lives, and the outsoles of shoes prevent the connection with the Earth, Juil has developed a variety of trendy footwear that not only look fashionable, but allows the electrons to flow between your body and the Earth. All of the footwear contains copper dots which act as a conduit, allowing the connection so that the body may be cleansed of stress and toxins in the form of free radicals.

For a couple of days last week I tested The Cap Toe in Snakeskin (pictured above). The soft insoles are very comfortable and when I am wearing the flats it feels almost as if I am, well, barefoot. Immediately, my feet felt relaxed when I put them on and continued to be at ease as I strutted around the city running errands. I can’t really speak on the grounding proprieties of the shoes, as I am a generally healthy individual; but, I do like feeling like I’m doing something good for my body just by wearing a comfy pair of flats. And, when you buy a pair of snazzy Juil footwear, you will feel good before you even put the shoes on –  for each footwear purchased, the company donates a pair to a person in need in a developing country.

Learn more about Juil and see more of their footwear options by visiting their website here.

FTC Disclosure: The shoes were provided gratis for review.


Celebspiration: What to Wear to a Wedding

Let’s face it. Weddings can seem like celebrity red carpet affairs with everyone decked out to the nines, with the hope of being crowed best dressed. Stand out in the crowd by taking a cue from two stars that know how to wear flattering styles and make heads turn.

The Outdoor Wedding: Celebspiration – Kate Middleton

summerwedding1Kate Middleton stunned in a long lace-chiffon gown at the 2012 “Our Greatest Team Rises -BOA Olympic Concert” in London, England. The chiffon material flows dreamily while keeping you cool, so it’s a great choice for an outdoor special event. Kate accessorized her outfit with strappy silver sandals and a clutch to match her gown. (Source of Kate Middleton Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe)

1. Embellished Lace & Silk Chiffon Gown, $292.80

2. Caparros Zarielle, $62.00

3. Amanda Logo Clutch Bag, Light Blue, $297.00

4. Jody Coyote Sterling Silver Earrings, Glass Teardrop, $18.90

The Black-Tie Wedding: Celebspiration – Jennifer Aniston

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Jennifer Aniston appeared sophisticated and polished in a black and white formal gown at the 26th American Cinematheque Award Gala. She accessorized her look with a white clutch (and handsome man). Take the look up a notch by adding a little sparkle to your neckline. (Source of Jennifer Aniston photo: Source: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America)

1. Black and White Column Long Bridesmaid Dress, $179.00

2. 5 Row V Shaped Estate Freshwater Pearl Bridal Necklace, $49.99

3. French Connection Nina Sandal, $84.00

4. BCBGMAXAZRIA Lizard Envelope Clutch, $78.00


Steeping Out – Bizzarre Shoes

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As a fashion blogger, I like to surf around the web and visit different sites to see whats out there, and let me tell you, what’s out there is a lot. During my hunting trips through the forest of fashion content available online, nothing has perplexed and intrigued me more than odd shoes. Remember this piece I did called “Artistic Footwear” when the blog first started? I realized that I haven’t focused on shoes in a while so behold, dear reader, my end of year round-up of the most breathtaking, jaw dropping, and craziest shoes I could find around the web.

Iris Schieferstein’s stuffed dove shoes

German artist Iris Schieferstein has managed to horrify and mesmerize audiences with these sandals made out of real doves. The artist has used animals as raw materials in her art work for years, and gives a whole new meaning to taxidermy.

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Aphrodite Project GPS Alert Platform Shoes

The slogan of these platforms is “Helping sex workers protect themselves.” The shoes have an alarm clock that will ring to ward off potential attackers, built-in GPS, and an area to store away keys, money, and other items.

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Finn Stone’s LEG-GO Stilettos

Designed for last year’s Affordable Art Fair in London, these completely wearable pumps will run you about $2,600 in debt. Currently the stilettos aren’t available for commercial purposes, but rumor has it that if you contact the artist directly, he is willing to create a custom one for you.

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14DS Clowny Boots

When I was a kid I had a terrible fear of clowns, so I won’t be running out to buy these $1,200.00 Clowny Boots by gasolineglamour.com.
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Cat Footwear Autumn/Winter 2012 collection

A picture of me checking out my new pair of CAT Footwear Corrine boots.

A picture of me checking out my new pair of CAT Footwear Corrine boots.

On Thursday, October 11th, I attended launch of Cat Footwear’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection at their showroom in New York City. The collection features footwear that is just as fashionable as they are comfortable. Bloggers in attendance were given the amazing opportunity to take home a complimentary pair of shoes or boots. Featured styles for women included: the Corinne ($230), the Marin ($210), and the Rita ($170), and featured styles for men included: the Isaac ($150), the Dougald ($140), and the Haverhill ($140).

I chose the Corrine boot, made from full grain leather and canvas material. It reaches a few inches below the knee and will look great over skinny jeans or with a short casual dress. It easily slipped on over my work pants, and was unbelievable comfortable. The boots run a little big; I had to select a pair that were about 1/2 smaller than what I would normally wear, so keep this in mind when ordering. But, once you find your perfect size, you are well on your way to a fashionable rugged style that will amplify any winter outfit.

The A/W 2012 collection is now available in select stores and online.

The Womens Corrine Boot is available in 2 colors: sienna and black

Cat Footwear capsule collection of boots made in collaboration with singer-songwriter Shontelle.


FIRST LOOK: Pour La Victoire’s new Ad Campaign

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I love shoes. No matter how many I own, every time I walk into a shoe store, I can’t help but buy a new pair. I am especially fond of unique styles and fine detailing, which is why I’m excited to share with you the Holiday/Resort 2012 ad campaign for Pour la Victoire, a high-end women’s shoe and accessories line adored by celebrities (I’m currently coveting their Tilda Metallic PVC Pump).  The campaign was shot by famed fashion photographer, Terry Richardson, and features model Jessica Hart. Check out the pictures from the sexy photoshoot below, and you can also see all the behind the scenes action here.

The shoes featured in the ads are available now through the end of December at high-end retailers such as Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales.


Get Custom-Made Shoes this Summer

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes also owns a pair of these!

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Love to show off you personality through shoes? Always dreamed of having something custom-made just for you? Well now you can. For a limited time, you can stop by Henri Bendel, located on the infamous Fifth Avenue in New York City, and have a sandal made-to-order just for you.

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My shoe size is between an 8 1/2 and 9, and sometimes it’s hard to find a shoe that fits, especially a sandal. Sometimes I find that sandals are made to narrow so toes go over, or the slipper can be too big; but, not anymore! Until July 16th, the cobblers of Tuccia Di Capri, a shoe company that molds sandals for any type of feet, will be available at Henri Bendel’s to hand-make sandals to order. There are a variety of gorgeous styles to choose from. I felt like I was in shoe paradise!

First, the shoemaker measured my feet with a sole and measuring tape to ensure my foot fit perfectly on the sandal. This also helps them make sure the straps would not be too loose or tight. Next, I got to pick a shoe from an amazing selection of designs. After that, I just sat back and relaxed. If they do not have anything you like, they can make additions.

I decided to pick the Tuvo sandal style with a gorgeous white leaf belt, that had crystals sounding at the top of the foot. This design is special and screams…BLING BLING! What makes this style so unique is that the only other person with a similar pair is The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Nene Leakes. Who doesn’t want to share something with a celebrity?

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes also owns a pair of these!

The art of cobbling is an old, time-honored craft that comes straight from the shores of Italy and now, to your foot! The cobblers take their time to handcraft your shoe, and if you are willing to wait, they will make it right in front of you! The end result is a perfectly fitted, designed-for-you sandal. Now, you are ready to rock any sandy shore or party this summer with style.

Tuccia Di Capri is based in Miami, FL. Learn more about them here»


Essential Summer Shoes for Every Woman – 2012

Ruthie Davis Women's Punkie Peep-Toe Pump, $1,298.00

Every woman needs to have a go to perennial summer essential shoe collection. This is the time of year when our cute toes get to peek out at the sun after months of being forced into sensible winter boots. In the summer months you get to show off your sexy pedicures without the ubiquitous flip-flop anywhere in sight.

There are five must have types of shows for Summer 2012 –
1- CLASSIC – Light colored ballet flats: for everything from swingy short skirts to skinny leg jeans
2- ELEGANT – Nude colored pumps: can be worn with business suits as well as cocktail dresses
3- TRENDY – Fun colored  wedges: shorts, maxi dresses, short dresses…the possibilities are limitless
4- SEXY – Black high heel boots with a spring twist: do I even need to give examples of what you can wear such boots with? Black high heel boots are the epitome of must have shoes.
5- WILD – Bright colored f**k-me stilettos: to be saved for a night out when you want to leave your mark on everyone you meet.

The ballet flat is basic shoe but does not need to be dowdy. This blush-tone style, in a pale pink hue, lends sweetness to any outfit while the metal cap-toe gives you an edge.

Ballerina Metal Cap-Toe flats, $50 at Zara

Nude colored pumps can be worn either day or night and add a bit of elegance to any type of outfit. Try this one with a comfortable cushioned platform can go directly from the office to a party.

Steve Madden Women’s Beasst Pump, $62.99 – $89.95

A standout wedge shoe can make any outfit pop. Buckles around the ankles are preferable to sling backs and remember to get a platform wedges for extra height.

Fergie Women’s Pacifica Sandal, $99.95

Black heeled boots are a staple in any closet, a must have and can dress up any plain skirt or dress.  For a black boot with a “spring twist” get a boot with peek toes or a cutout at the foot that is not clunky.

Chinese Laundry Women's Jubilee Open-Toe Bootie

Chinese Laundry Women’s Jubilee Open-Toe Bootie, $71.20

Every woman deserves a hot looking stiletto, in a bright spring color, for those nights when she’d like to let her freak flag fly high. For added attention get an extra sexy pair with low-cut vamp for ample toe cleavage, an architectural heel and a peep toe.

Ruthie Davis Women’s Punkie Peep-Toe Pump, $1,298.00

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