Sunday, November 04, 2012

Sometimes, you just must substitute

I have said many times that I'm a sucker for anything with studs or spikes on it. Just a little bit of edge really works for me. Unfortunately, sometimes a (temporary) smaller budget gets in the way of being a complete fashionista, and reality must be taken into consideration.

I really, really want a pair of smoking loafers, as they're called, and my favorite ones are by Christian Louboutin. As luck would have it, they're sold out on the website. On top of that, the price point is, shall we say, unfriendly at $1,295. But one cannot deny the infinite cool factor with these loafers. I found this pic on the Loubtoutin website. The style is called Rolling Spikes.

While I felt I couldn't live without these shoes, I may have come up with a suitable alternative. Granted, what I found isn't exactly Louboutin style and quality, but I'm hoping these will do in the meantime. They're by Steve Madden and they style is called Studlyy (not sure why they insist on this weird spelling). You can see them now at Nordstrom. For those looking for bling, they also come in silver and gold.

For now, I'm hoping I can just break them in. They're just not Louboutins, they're much cheaper, and the materials are a lot less forgiving. The pair I got is missing a spike, but I'm not sure if I'm motivated enough to take them back to the store.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

I refuse to buy a dark colored coat for winter

So many black coats for the winter! As if winter wasn't dark and depressing enough. I can't remember the last time I bought a black winter coat. I just refuse. Years ago the darkest coat I purchased was a forest green wool knee length coat, but that was when I lived in the midwest and a coat like that was necessary. Currently I have a dark brick-colored coat, which is getting a bit old as it was purchased in 2006 (but nevertheless it's a nice coat). I also have a camel colored Tory Burch coat that I purchased either in 2009 or 2010, I can't remember which, for 50% off. It's a beautiful coat and has an exquisite texture. Even at 50% off it was expensive, but has been well worth that expense.

This year a coat caught my eye that is even lighter than I usually prefer. It's Michael by Michael Kors and I saw it in my most recent Victoria's Secret catalogue. It comes in camel and black too, in case winter white is too light for your taste.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Bordering on Christian Grey, only it's Louboutin

I love clothing and accessories with just a little bit of an edge. I like how it keeps people guessing. Anything with a stud or some type of hardware catches my eye, as does anything with a skull on it (in moderation). So what do you get when you put together black leather, buckles, a silver heel and toe? You get these pretties -- the Chelita booties by Christian Louboutin. The toe is a little on the Western boot side, of which I'm not a huge fan, but overall these boots have had me biting my lip since I first laid eyes on them. They're available for pre-order at Saks Fifth Avenue and right now it looks like they're not available anywhere else. I'm very tempted to go in-store and try them on if I can find them.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

When bling needs to go undercover

I've really come to appreciate bling in more places than I have before. Aside from the expected jewelry bling, I've added it recently to my shoes (Jimmy Choo ballet flats). I've purchased boots and handbags with studs. It seems that the more ornamental, the better. I look around my living room and suddenly it seems a bit bland.

I suppose it was only a matter of time before Victoria's Secret picked up on this trend. I had a few coupons burning a hole in my pocket so I decided to see what my newest lingerie options were in-store. That, and my workhorse everyday bra had just gotten tossed into the trash after the underwire broke. (I wondered what was stabbing me in the ribcage for almost an entire day before I figured it out.)

This bra is the prettiest thing I have seen in a long time. It's neutral but has just enough bling to make it, well, pretty. Yes, it's a lot fancier than the bra that was unceremoniously trashed, but what the heck, I was due for an upgrade. I've always been a fan of the Body by Victoria line but they've really outdone themselves this time. And, judging from the new merchandise on the website, it looks as if a lot of interesting, pretty and unique designs are going to be in-store.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Wedged into my shoe collection

It never really gets that hot where I live, and sandals aren't necessary for most of the year. But on those really hot days -- maybe 10 per year -- it's always good to have a cute option.

The wedge is great for height without needing a stiletto. And it offers stability too. Sometimes Calvin Klein is a hit or miss -- their mass-produced shoes aren't always made with the highest quality and as a result comfort and fit can be compromised.

I was pleasantly surprised with these wedges. They are really comfortable, don't rub my feet or toes, and are a welcome addition to my shoe collection. And while I won't be able to wear them a lot, they're unique and were a good purchase.

They're available in two color combinations at Piperlime, although I'm sure they are available elsewhere as well.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Where have Choo been all my life?

I'm a girl who loves my heels. But sometimes, flats are a necessity. And they have to be cute ballet flats. I like to have a lot of variation with my flats, and I'm always on the lookout for chic and comfort combined, which is often not possible. The reputed gold standard of ballet flats, the Tory Burch Reva, does an OK job, but not that great. The same goes for J. Crew and Kate Spade. Banana Republic has pretty good padding but sometimes their fit isn't that great. Lanvin has cachet but their soles are ridiculously thin. Chanel, Gucci, Valentino and Prada are better but not for the wallet, as is Christian Louboutin. Did I miss anyone?

Apparently, I did.

How could I have missed looking at Jimmy Choo? Possibly because I always felt their heels ran a bit narrow, so they were never the most comfortable on me. I assumed their flats would be the same. Then, a few months ago while assaulting the sale rack at Saks, I came across the Jimmy Choo Weber flat (sadly not on sale). I couldn't resist the bling on these flats so I slipped them on my feet. The cushioning was amazing! It was almost like wearing slippers. They were by far the most comfortable ballet flats I had ever tried on. But ... no sale = no going home with me.

I never forgot the lovely sparklies, though, and a few months later managed to score a pair from Bluefly for a really good price. I've seen them on other sites and they also come in a beautiful bronze.

If you are in the market for blingy ballet flats, these are the ones you should try.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The discovery of Chanel Beige hype

I try my best to not buy into hype as much as possible. If a product is great and I need it, I will buy it. But I am not the person who buys the "It" bag unless I love it, and I will absolutely not buy uncomfortable shoes, no matter what color the soles.

Truth be told I am a huge fan of Chanel nail polish. I love the formulations, the color palette, the unspoken swankiness of wearing something -- anything -- Chanel. I realize Chanel is now one of the top brands for young Hollywood starlets, but when I was a teenager, Chanel was worn by old white ladies who lunched at charity events. Someone my age wouldn't be caught dead wearing Chanel. If she was alive and wearing Chanel, she was most likely carrying her octogenarian grandmother's handbag while Granny adjusted her white gloves after fishing for the keys to her Cadillac DeVille.

When Chanel asked me to "discover" their exclusive new color, I was a rapt audience. I waited patiently for the email telling me what exclusivity awaited me, their loyal customer.

They had me discover ... Beige. Wow, Chanel. Really? Was this some type of joke? Where was Ashton Kutcher? Was I being punk'd? I even checked the email address to ensure that it actually came from Chanel. It was like being asked to discover my inner blandness.

But then there was the hook. I found a coupon code for free shipping. And for some reason, even though there is a Chanel boutique in my city, I wasn't going to pay sales tax either. And somehow, I felt sorry for these little boring boxes of Beige.

So I caved. And the blandness arrived today. At the very least, I guess it will be a good safe color for work.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Rockin' a Valentino

Valentino has always been glamour, sophistication and a little bit of haughtiness to me. I never would have thought you could add studs to various Valentino items and give them an edge while still maintaining their sophistication. The one thing that always gives me pause regarding Valentino is its higher price tags. A few seasons ago I was fortunate to nab some hot pink rosette ballet flats on sale at Saks for a killer price of about $240, but I haven't been able to repeat that unbelievable deal.

Now there are some big sales upon us -- specifically Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's -- and I'm wondering if I just might be able to snag my next Valentino item, the Rockstud Dome Satchel. I saw it in person at my local Nordstrom but it was months ago, and I'm not going to count on the fact that it's still in stock. However, given the fact that my office is within walking distance to Nordstrom, I might have to drop by and see if I can press my luck. 

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Praise for Prada ponyhair

I am a sucker for a great deal. I am a sucker for Prada. I am a sucker for shoes. See where this is going?

Every once in a while, I find a screaming (and I mean really screaming) deal on eBay. Usually it's from a seller who is inexperienced, or doesn't necessarily know the value of what they're selling. It happens less often than it did when eBay was in its infancy, but sometimes I am lucky.

Last week I won these shoes. They were a great deal as they only cost me $10.50 (no that's not a typo), and they are Prada, and well, I am a sucker for shoes. I had another Prada lover authenticate them for me so I can wear my new (to me) Prada ponyhair flats with pride.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The perfect party dress

Sometimes life just hands you something amazing when you're least expecting it. A week ago I got a phone call from Palm Springs Life magazine. They were calling to tell me that I had won their grand prize in a sweepstakes. They were flying me plus a guest down to Palm Springs, picking me up in a limo, sending me to a fashion show during their Fashion Week, and then also sending me to the Food & Wine Festival the next day. Unbelievable! I have won things in the past but nothing like an all-expenses paid vacation. What a score!

Since I was going to attend their Fashion Week, I knew I needed a party dress. Something that wasn't all black which is usual fare in San Francisco. I nabbed this adorable magenta 50s-style dress from Banana Republic. It's from their Mad Men collection. It arrived today and fits perfectly. Not only that, but it is made of 100% silk which is rare these days -- most dresses I see are polyester. I can't wait to wear it to Fashion Week!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Just a dot of color

I love cool housewares as much as I love great fashion. It really comes down to things that are a fabulous design. I am into decor, remodeling and renovating, although I am getting to the end of what is doable in my current residence. I'm feeling like I might have to start all over again! At any rate, I don't have room for any more dishes or glassware, but if I did, I would start with these awesome glasses by Jonathan Adler. I saw them online but I'm sure they are also in store. They come in this cool blue and also a sunny orange.