Footwear Company Offers Customized, Hand-Painted Shoes

Nike Zoom Stefan Janoski Galaxy Sneakers, $169.00

We’ve all been there. We spend hours changing our outfit so that we look our very best, walk into an event, and there stands someone one wearing the exact same thing. The great thing about fashion is that it allows you to celebrate your own uniqueness; however, this can get a little difficult sometimes when you have items that hundreds of other people own because of mass reproduction of retailers. This is why I love the idea of B Street Shoes, an artist collective led by Blake Barash featuring one-of-a-kind hand-painted custom shoes.

“ I came up with the name B Street Shoes after feeling like the people wearing my custom shoes were connected to me, like we all live in the same neighborhood, even the same street,” says Blake on his website. “Whether you live in the UK or USA, if you’re wearing B Street Shoes, you’re a unique individual expressing your love for custom fashion.”

As the demand for custom designs has grown, so has the company which now boasts over 200 unique designs and a full team of professional artists. Consumers can visit and shop a collection of Nikes, Toms and Vans. The company will also customize any type of shoe with the design of your dreams.

B Street Shoes is sold exclusively online with shoes shipping out of Costa Mesa, CA. Prices start at $149. Click here to learn more.

Katty Xiomara Fashion Week S/S 2015 Runway Show

On Tuesday September 8th, I attended the Spring/Summer 2015 runway show of Portuguese designer Katty Xiomara at Nolcha Fashion Week in New York City. The award-wining designer presented a collection that features asymmetrical cuts, geometrical patters, and an overall organic aesthetic. Some of the garments had a tomboy look with attached white collars and pieces that resemble an over-sized man’s suit shirt. Simultaneously, Ximara created pieces that allow a woman to feel exceptionally feminine with thigh-high cuts, v-shaped necklines, and a midriff bearing top.

The show ended with the unveiling of the OtterBox® Dress, a collaboration with mobile accessories company, OtterBox® and their Alpha Glass™ technology, an all-new fortified glass screen protector for cellular phones.

“Creating an ensemble from glass screen protectors provides a unique challenge for me as it is something that has never been done,” said Xiomara in a recent press release. “Alpha Glass compliments my style perfectly, blending elegant and refined taste with an understated strength.”

Check out some of the photos from the event below.

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Shop To Impact A Life – “Impact GLObal Shop loCAL!”

As part of Nolcha Fashion Week, held a couple of weeks ago, I attended the event’s annual brunch at Yotel in midtown Manhattan. At the brunch many different vendors were on hand including Msglocal by Glocal Connection, a company started by two friends to provide an e-commerce platform for global artisans and micro-producers, allowing them to make an income. The company curates beautiful handcrafted accessories by locals in communities across the country, and gives them the opportunity to sell their creations to a global audience.  Additionally, Msglocal  provides them with business coaching. The goal of the company is to achieve positive social impact via economic development: Impact GLObal Shop loCAL!

Check out some of the photos below to see just a few of the gorgeous creations by some of their artisans, and visit to learn more.

Glocal Connection

Glocal Connection


Mad For The Manbag?

The manbag: once a most unfairly maligned accessory that was reserved for the more, let’s say, sartorially serious gent. ‘Real men’, of the kind of butch masculinity heralded by Yorkie chocolate bars and McCoy crisps, would never be seen with anything so fey and useful , instead preferring to stock their pockets or maybe condescend to use a natty skate backpack, at a push.

Burberry AW13 collection for men

But that would be me showing my age, for in recent years, the manbag has undergone a reputation overhaul and now is the accepted accessory of nary a man, regardless of personal style or degrees of butch, with everything from satchels to duffle bags thrown over shoulders.

Personally, I’m all for a good man bag: why should men be so heartlessly deprived of life’s greatest pastime (namely, bag shopping) while simultaneously forced to ruin the line of their trousers with overstuffed pockets? Tsk, this is an age of equality we live in and it is only right and proper that men should be able to enjoy the finer aspects of life just as we women do. But just as the most unyielding have come round to this way of thinking and begrudgingly accept that it’s possible for something other than the briefcase to be carried, Burberry have challenged us anew with the latest update to the manbag: the man clutch. I see those questioning looks on your faces; this isn’t a return of the murse, but rather streamlined bags to be carried much in the way you might your iPad, which can no doubt be handily stored inside. Burberry’s offerings included those in brightly coloured metallics (which could work with this season’s skater boy trend, in theory) but the early adopters of the trend on the street often tend to favour oversized, slouchy leather versions in simple black or brown leather, which are more ideal for those wishing to ease themselves in. There are even some to be found that come with a slim chain, so, when you tire of carrying it, you may causally adorn your shoulder. But I see I’m losing you again.

Now, this isn’t going to be for everyone, I grant you, and it may take a few more seasons for the majority to come round, but if you can pull this one off with aplomb, why you’ll look the height of sartorial elegance.

And if anyone questions your choice of accessory, simply throw them a withering look of pity, deprived as they are of the wonder of the manbag. Or failing that, pretend like it’s your girlfriend’s…

Amy Lavelle is a journalist from UK fashion comparison site Style in View. She’s contributed to a number of publications including Spindle magazine.

Spring Floral 3-D Nails

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that floras are in this Spring. My sister recently got her nails done, and her nail artist came up with the below design. I love the different colors, patterns and materials used to create the look. What do you think about it?


Alli’s Everlasting Arrangements & Accessories Blogger Contest

A few weeks ago I was approached by a representative of Alli’s Everlasting Arrangements & Accessories asking me to take part in a fun contest to style one of the company’s floral pins in friendly competition with other bloggers. After hearing the story behind the company, I couldn’t say no. Alli’s Everlasting Arrangements & Accessories, is a floral arrangements and accessories line designed by Renee Heyden, in memory of her daughter Allison (Alli) Emilie Heyden, who passed away at the age of 24 last summer. Alli was an up-and-coming fashion designer, had her own clothing line, and won numerous awards. Renee makes everything in the collection from fabrics she found in Alli’s room, and a portion of the proceeds from sales go towards the Alli Heyden Passion for Fashion Scholarship Fund at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Alli’s alma mater.

I received a pink suede floral pin embellished with sparkling rhinestones. It’s the perfect accessory to that can be used to jazz up any outfit. In the pictures below, you can see just how versatile the pins can be. I used it as a hair accessory, two different ways; attached it to a crystal belt; and, adored a solid shirt with the pin for a pop of color. Which one do you like best? The contest is bein hosted on Alli’s Everlasting’s Facebook Page.

Here is the direct link to vote:

Special thanks to Ramola Poonai nd Erin Angarola for thier help with this project. xoxo

Brooklyn Fashion Weekend Spring/Summer 2012 – Part 2

This post is a continuation of Brooklyn Fashion Weekend Spring/Summer 212 – Part I ( October 1st shows).

Das Komitee

German-based designer Nina Athansiou presented the Spring/Summer collection from her fashion label, Das Komitee. Models slowly emerged like porcelain dolls against a soft melody; comparable to the kind of song you hear when you open a music box. Bright colors, short skirts, and free-flowing materials were distinct of the new collection, as well as pattern trimmings.

Ms Chalane

Ms Chalane’s line was introduced to us a plus-sized collection, but her Spring/Summer 2011 collection included pieces for all shapes and sizes. Soft fabrics, vibrant colors, jewel embellishments were major characteristics of this line.


The J.Angelique Clothing line was the perfect way to end the show. Launched by designer Janelle Forde, the Caribbean -inspired women’s clothing line presented its Spring/Summer 2011, which was full of vibrant, chic and sexy pieces ranging from swimsuits, mini-dresses and jumpsuits. Interesting cuts, lace, and tropical colors filled the room. Models paid homage to the Caribbean by waving various flags from the tropical countries at the conclusion of the show.