April 8, 2014

Tuesday Shoesday: Summer Sneak Peek

Greetings from the Dominican Republic! My boyfriend and I took a much-deserved vacation and jetted off to enjoy some warm weather. Although it's definitely spring in Philadelphia, it's nothing compared to the gorgeous 80 degree weather down in Puerto Plata. The sun has been shining during our entire trip and my feet are enjoying the sandal weather. The pair above was a birthday gift from my mom (she's guilty of fueling my shoe addiction but I'm not complaining). They're perfect for summer, super comfortable, and I love the laser-cut details!

April 7, 2014

Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Diva

Jimmy Choo Diva
(Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus - sold out)

Most of the the time, I prefer simple shoes with interesting structure and beautiful material that does the speaking. But occasionally I'll come across an embellished pair that I absolutely love. The Diva by Jimmy Choo is flashy, but in a more refined way. I love the pairing of nude suede and silver crystals, which gives the shoes a quiet profile yet while still making them suitable for an elegant evening. The intricate strap structure is also quite beautiful, and would make a great shoe even without the embellishment.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've been spotting many Jimmy Choo double-takes lately. Some of them are pretty good, including this embellished pair by Mix No. 6 that I spotted at DSW. Although the platform is much higher than the Diva (it doesn't look as refined), it looks quite nice in person and it's a great option at a lower price point.

Mix No. 6 Anya (DSW, also in black)

April 5, 2014

Inspired By: Alexander Wang Sandals

It's hard to forget Alexander Wang's Spring 2013 collection; the deconstructed designs with sharp edges and graphic panels are truly breathtaking. And I'm sure everyone is familiar with the modernized white gladiator sandals that made their debut during that season. I couldn't take my eyes off! They perfectly complimented the graphic nature of the clothing. In my opinion, they are definitely a must-have shoe. They transition well even into 2014 and would look great paired with this season's crisp button down shirts, shift blouses, and collarless coats. However, since they are from a past season, it'll be quite difficult to get your hands on the real deal. 

Asos makes it really easy to keep our wardrobes modern and up to date. Although they don't have exact copies of designs, they are really great at providing shoes that are inspired by styles seen on the runways. The Primal pump is a great alternative to the more expensive (and sold out) Alexander Wang Aline.

April 4, 2014

Shoe of the Day: Simply Sharp

A great pump always makes any outfit look sharp and sophisticated. I love these by Kurt Geiger for the slim profile, needle-thin heel, and low vamp. The Ellen reminds me of these gorgeous but elusive Sergio Rossi pumps at DSW. Although I already have a beautiful pair of classic black pumps from Vince Camuto, these are begging to join the others in my closet...I'll be keeping an eye on the price!

April 3, 2014

Double-Take: Saint Laurent Classic Paris

 Saint Laurent Classic Paris

Classic pointed toe pumps will never go away. Although white doesn't seem like a practical shoe color, it's definitely edgy, classic, and sure to stand out. I love pumps by Saint Laurent because they're something about their silhouette that looks more modern and updated than some of the others out there. I found an amazingly similar pump from Jeffrey Campbell, whose shoes are also known for edgy and rebellious looks. The price for the pair below is much easier to accept:

 Jeffrey Campbell Dulce (NastyGal, also in black)

April 1, 2014

Tuesday Shoesday: Glittering Gold

Back in October, I spotted a pair of black Michael Kors Fulton sneakers at Nordstrom Rack. They weren't quite my style, so I let them go. Just recently, I came across the ones above at my local Marshalls, which I love. The tan color, accented with gold lining and silver glitter, works wonderfully as an updated neutral for casual outfits. Although both versions of the Fulton are super cool, it's not surprising that I prefer the suede to the patent. Head over to your closest Marshalls to check them out!

March 31, 2014

Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Fable

Jimmy Choo Fable (Farfetch

They say imitation is a form of flattery. So I guess the amount of Jimmy Choo double-takes I've been spotting lately just means that they are fantastic and people want them at lower prices. While I don't agree that direct copies (or fakes) are a good thing, I do think that close matches and designs "inspired" by the originals still allow shoe lovers with a smaller budget to indulge in their fantasies. That being said, I'm not surprised that Jimmy Choo shoes are some of the most imitated. 

The Fable sandal above is delicate and beautiful, a real lady's shoe. I think they'd be great for a wedding. The delicate lace is wonderfully complimented by the slim, curved straps and subtle platform. Plus, the ankle strap makes them secure enough for a night of dancing and celebration! But weddings are expensive to plan, and $1k shoes might not be in the budget. Luckily, there's an equally refined option from Anne Michelle in gold glitter:

Anne Michelle Rapture-35 (DSW

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