So a girl loses ONE shoe and bang – more important than one prince charming, 9 designers rush to the rescue…
It does look like the weather is changing in the UK. So sad to say this in August still…
I do however, still have a few outfits to remind me of summer!
Here are my latest:
Flowery skirt and bralet coordinate from Forever 21, white jacket from H&M, beige peep-toes from Jimmy Choo, white bag from New Look.
Shoes. I just love them. Maybe love is not the right word. I am just obsessed with them. Maybe I should’ve been more clear – this little project is not about any old shoes. It is about heels – needle, chunky, comma, spiky, curvy, platform, wedges, block, straight. Heels are the actual object of my infatuation.
May be I am opening myself to being called a crazy shoe lady and I couldn’t care less – to quote Imelda Marcos, “they went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes”. So there you go.
First of all, I love the way they make me feel. Well, tall, to start with and those 5 foot almost nothing ladies will certainly understand. But they make me feel as if nothing is impossible – you know the “give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world” say? That is right. Nothing is scary in heels – ok, maybe a wet field, going down a mountain, but you know where I am going with this, right? They make me feel happy and more confident. And that’s just on the inside.
My legs look nicer, my posture looks better (ok, orthopedists out there, I know what you are thinking, and frankly, save it!).
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel ugly or insecure in flats. I fell comfortable, alright. In heels, I feel amazing. There is, for me, a weird satisfaction on wearing a fabulous pair of shoes. That’s the reason I decided to document my heels. Most of them, at least. Also, I love looking at them – they are beautiful.
And it gave me and excuse to finally count them. These 90 odd are part of more then 140 pairs of shoes which include flats and boots. Amongst this selection, there are many special ones, like my first pair of Louboutins. Some carry numerous memories. Others, sentimental value; they are more than 12 years old and although I don’t wear them anymore, they are a part of me that came over from Brazil to the UK, and like me, they survived. A few tell tales of boys, usually followed by tales of a heartbreak. It is also a little reminder of pain that we all carry in our live (honestly, there are pairs I only wore once as they butchered my feet!)
Yet, they all tell tales of my life and the person I am – I feel this mosaic is a little patch from a huge patchwork quilt that is me.
I haven’t posted one of these for a while – a month to be precise, so have a huge backlog of outfits crying to be published…. going back in time, I can still spot a few hints of summer in my outfits. Now, my wardrobe has completely morphed into autumn…
Cherry dress from Louche at Joy, white cardigan from Primark, black and white court shoes from Viviana shoes.
Dark denim skirt dungarees from Primark, blue and grey leopard print top from H&M, ankle boots from New Look, necklace from H&M, rings from Primark, H&M, Topshop and Forever21.
Pink, white and black leather look panels top from Primark, black leggings from American Apparel, black court shoes from Christian Louboutin, necklace from New Look, rings from Accessorize (big grey stone), H&M, Disney Couture and Forever21.
Pretty yellow with cream dots dress from Primark, nude peep toes from Jimmy Choo, rings from H&M and Forever21.
Holiday clubbing look! Yay! Black off the shoulder crop top from Miss Selfridge, red and black tartan skirt from H&M, black strappy sandals from New Look, black clutch from H&M, neckalce and bracelet from New Look, rings from H&M, Topshop, New Look (but you can’t see them!)
My wardrobe is quickly morphing into a more sober autumn selection, and although I am very excited about the new season collections, I am really upset I have barely put my legs out and they already need to go back into tights… sad…
Here is my latest outfits selection:Royal blue crop top from New Look, midi full skirt from Topshop, nude peeptoes from Jimmy Choo, necklace from Forever 21, rings from Forever 21 and H&M.
Black crop top from Topshop, beqach print skirt from a little shop in Stratford (bargain alert!), white block heel sandals from Topshop, necklace from Forever 21 and rings from H&M and Forever 21. Black, white and grey tartan blouse from Primark, black skater skirt from H&M, black patent court shoes from River Island, rings and bracelet from New Look. Black and white carton print crop top from primark, black trousers from H&M, white stilettos from River Island, necklace from Primark, bracelet from Miss Selfridge and rings from H&M, Primark and Forever 21.
What about you? What have you been wearing? Are you also feeling thorn about the weather change?
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It took me a while to go through the Elle accessories report, out a few weeks ago. There are so many choices that I decided to concentrate on my favourite types and created picture gallery with my heel, bag and jewellery picks.
Just as I would with an outfit, I am starting with the high heel shoes: it might come as a shock but I haven’t fallen *madly* in love with any number in particular – none made me want to cash my shoe fund immediately.
Having said that, I could easily see Lara Bohinc’s Tatjana courts in leopard print gracing my footsies – definitely my favourites, these amazing shoes have a somewhat art-deco brass circles sitting on the leopard print calf and at the top of the heel, giving them an amazing texture. I really love the metal details on the shoes upper – Bohinc’s Tatjana collection is definitely worth checking!
A self confessed heel lover, I am fascinated by their architecture, thickness, material and texture so I was immediately drawn to the heel shape in some selections, special attention to Miu Miu and Prada, with very exquisite heels (I had to go to Selfridge’s Shoe Galleries to actually touch the Miu Miu’s – they are amazing!). Their shape was almost remitting to historical/costume footwear, with the back of the heel quite prominent and the high heel itself quite chunky and arched outwards, almost like a “C” at the back of the shoe.
Designer until then unknown to me, Chrissie Moriss stood out – amongst my favourites are the Liliana peeptoe shoe boots, the Metropolis and the Dakota – they play beautifully with geometrical shapes on the body and the black Liliana has very sexy heels with a “precious” stone at the end. Fierce!
Other favourites are Giuseppe Zannoti Design’s orange suede sandals, Jimmy Choo’s Kerfield, Flaxley and Kemp, Camilla Skovgaard’s grey peeptoe and grey and silver with zips stilettos, Charlote Olympia’s Cordelia tall boots, Alejandro Ingelmo’s Nighthawk (what a cool name, I am glad the shoes live up to the expectation!) and Pierre Hardy’s leopard print circle cut out sling back sandal.
Style wise, lots of sparkle, multicolour compositions and loafers seem very strong. Platforms are still present.
Now, the bags – I noticed that there are many clutches featured, especially box clutches. Amongst my favourite are the Prada python, Miss Dior jacquard, Valentino snakeskin box bag, Jimmy Choo Candy and “Lanvin Evening”.
Satchels and totes also appear quite a bit, as well as fur/pony skin. Other picks are Chloé’s Aurore, Celine Trapeze, Versace Metallic bag (with the iconic Versace Medusa head made in gold metallic mesh, with long-ish straps, lush!) and also from Versace, an embossed number with tassel, very pretty.
Victoria Beckham‘s bags appear a few times, with their clean, sharp cut, straight lines design, and my personal bag obsession, the Mulberry Bayswater, appears as a fox-riveted haircalf incarnation. I did miss Chanel, only one pick for Coco’s brand and that didn’t blow me away.
As far as jewellery go, big, bold cuffs are everywhere, chunky collars and chokers too. Among my favourites are a Louis Vuitton collar, a BOSS Black red feather brass cuff (gorgeous!), a Cavalli shell gold cuff and an owl ring, a Vionett gold cuff and a D&G star necklace.
Needless to say, the shoes are my favourite part – and I don’t see them as merely accessories! I enjoyed going through the report, and overall, it does provide me with plenty inspiration when looking at accessories to buy.
Last year, when I got lovely Louboutins for my birthday, an idea struck me: the shoe fund.
I am not earning bucket loads, and although I could make room to afford a spontaneous buy of a £500 pair of shoes, this could affect my budget in a way I wouldn’t like.
So I thought I would, every month on getting paid, put a very small amount of money (currently at £30) into my ISA savings account, so I could treat myself to fabulous shoes on my birthday – and The Shoe Fund was born. At that rate, the amount over 12 months would buy me basic Jimmy Choo courts or I could add some money on top of it to go for something wilder.
This has been going very well, even though this year I won’t have a full 12 months savings ( I started it in March 2011, and supplemented with a refund and a mobile phone sale!) , I will be able to buy another great pair.
I just found out by Googling it, there is something similar from Independent Women, but their shoe fund is more a financial service directed to savings for any occasion – “build or raid a fund that is set aside for those days when a little retail therapy is the best remedy. Whether that is a holiday, home improvements, a new outfit or even just a lipstick or two is irrelevant “.
My shoe fund has made me happier and I cannot help but wonder how many women out there could benefit from this – and if luxury shoe makers could get on board, offering a small discount if the purchase from the money in the shoe fund was used to buy their shoes… Just a thought!