Shoesday Tuesday – Patriotic Thursday

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Everything you need for July 4th – feet related, anyway.

Get it: (top left heading clockwise) White and Blue Striped Pumps: $770 colette.fr, Thin Stripe Mules – $123 joie.com, Blue Ankle Strap Sandal – $50 zara.com, Red and White Striped Loafer – $272 mytheresa.com, Red and White Dotted Ballet Flat – $50 heels.com, Patent Leather Blue Bow Flat – $68 couture.zappos.com, White Ankle Strap Sandal – $109 macys.com, Red Wedge Sandal – $115 heels.com

<33Mal

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Shoesday Tuesday – Spring Forward with Love

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It’s officially spring. And although it doesn’t feel like it yet – I am optimistic. But I’m not only referring to the weather.

Today – as the Supreme Court hashed out a conversation about Marriage Equality – I was uplifted and inspired by the amount of love and positivity I came upon throughout the day via the interwebs. I knew I chose my friends for a reason.

In the spirit of social equality, happiness, Springtime, and love – here’s some shoe eye candy from every color in the rainbow.

 

rainbowshoes

 

Get it: Roy G. Biv style – Red Patent Leather Double Strap T-Straps – $725 net-a-porter.com, Two Toned Orange Pumps – $116 topshop.com, Yellow Pointed Ballet Flat – $42 asos.com, Green Patent Pumps – $495 shoerate.com, Blue Strappy Sandals – $40 target.com, Indigo T-Strap Peep Toes – $90 zara.com, Violet Snakeskin Ankle Strap – $? dvf.com

 

“I might not be the same but that’s not important. No freedom til we’re equal; damn right I support it.” Same Love. – Macklemore

 

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – Pantone Powers That Be

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In fashion land – trends are predetermined by the chosen ones and we all jump on the boat. Some designers even pay forecasting companies to give them their inspirational mood boards.

Included in those forecasts is always: Color. And the color bible is the almighty Pantone book. Each year Pantone chooses a color of the year – last year’s being Tangerine Tango. (That insane name has haunted me for the past 365 days.)

With 2013 comes a new Pantone of the year and the lucky winner is Emerald. However, we can’t all go around only wearing green – so we’ve been blessed with other options that are sure to be in all the stores very soon.

Let’s take a look at the 2013’s approved colors – and the shoe options that follow suit.

Emerald

Emerald

Get it: (upper left, heading clockwise) Cut Out Platform Sandals – $120 heels.com, Gold Platform Pumps – $945 forwardforward.com, Mesh Panel Pumps – $175 piperlime.gap.com, Thick Velcro Ankle Strap Kitten Heels – $40 chicnova.com, Studded Loafers – $65 heels.com, Kate Spade Cut Out Crocs – $328 katespade.com, Bow Front Suede Pump – $117 heels.com

Monaco Blue

Monaco Blue

Get it: (upper left, heading clockwise) Suede Bow Fronts – $26 office.co.uk, Platform Wedge Buckled Sling Backs – $72 zappos.com, Suede and Patent Peep Toes – $820 farfetch.com, Sheer Polka Dot Ankle Straps – $298 shop.nordstrom.com, Gold Toe Cap Flats – $45 dsw.com, Patent Leather Wedges – $61 wallisfashion.com, Lanvin Crystal Sandals – $2,800 net-a-porter.com

Lemon Zest

LemonZest

 

Get it: (top, bottom, right, left) Bow Peep Toe Jellies – $35 chineselaundry.com, T-Strap Patent Leather Wedges – $675 net-a-porter.com, McQueen Curved Satin Heels – $795 bergdorfgoodman.com, Platform Bow Ankle Strap Peep Toes – $90 bakersshoes.com, Snakeskin Cut Out Pumps – $600 the corner.com, Tassle Tie Ups – $198 footcandyshoes.com

Poppy Red

Poppy Red

Get it: (top, bottom, right, left) Peep Toe Ankle Straps – $695 giuseppezanottidesign.com, Rain Proof Bow Jelly Flats – $48 zalando.co.uk, Vintage Pointed Kitten Heels – Sold Out! etsy.com, Peep Toe Platforms – $50 zara.com, Suede Slashed T-Straps – $1,045 flannelsfashion.com, Patent Leather Brogues – $175 kimazabete.com

Linen

Linen

Get it: (left, right, top, bottom) Two Toned Lace Up Oxfords – $388 simplysoles.com,  Satin and Suede Peep Toes – $99 karenmillen.com, Rose Gold Toe Capped Pumps – $89 zappos.com, Strappy Platform Sandals – $1,606 boutique1.com, Bow Back Platform Pumps – $150 betseyjohnson.com, Round Toe Mary Janes – $278 the outnet.com

Since we are talking Spring – time to start my birthday wish list.

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – Electoral Escapism

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Tonight, I’ll be blogging about two very American concepts – voting and escapism.

Today is election day. As a woman – who 100 years ago wouldn’t have been able to vote – I don’t take this day lightly. And while NYC has let me down twice throughout this Presidential race – I’m remaining hopeful and feeling patriotic.

Always the one to express myself via clothing – I opted for a bit of red, white, and blue today. (IRL proof to come) As I type, there are only 30 minutes left to vote on the East Coast – so here’s some American inspired shoe candy to keep you hopeful for your candidate.

Get it: (upper left corner heading clockwise) Blue Cut Outs – $910 avenue32.com, Red Toe Capped Pumps – $40 hm.com, White Wedges – $190 costumenational.com, Blue Lattice Heels – $thesebelongtotheinterweb ,White Ruffle Ankle Boot – $524 fashion.ebay.com, Red Patent Leather Bootie – $1,155 lanvin.com, Studded Heeled Bootie – $64 newlook.com, American Flag Pumps – $32 ebay.co.uk

And just in case your candidate doesn’t win tonight – you can take part in America’s other past time – escapism.

Being a fashion designer, artist, and teacher – I look at art
(and fashion) from many different angles. No matter what your background or profession might be – art is often used as an escape from reality. To me – fashion has always been art and in that vein, has also always been an escape.

I will never stop looking into every single shoe store I walk by. I’m even drawn to pairs of shoes you couldn’t pay me to put on my own feet. All forms of expression are artistic to me and I can find beauty in almost all things. A special kind of beauty. The kind that just makes me light up from the inside. And that might sound trivial or silly – but it’s better than finding the ugly in everything you see, everywhere you go.

So take a look at some beauty. Some pieces of art I was instantly drawn to – possibly for no reason. I might not want to own all of these things. (And I definitely wouldn’t spend money on them all..) But at those times where I need to escape – this is where I find it.

Get it: (row by row – left to right) Buckled Up Open Toe Bootie – $560 youngbritishdesigners.com, Gold Embellished Front Boots – $1,833 mytheresa.com, Studs and Chains Wedges – $60 makemechic.com, Blue and Black Leather Ankle Boot – $845 intermixonline.com, Embellished Toe Mary Jane – $1,695 net-a-porter.com, Alexander McQueen Grey Studded Heel – $1,365 couture.zappos.com, Alexander McQueen Zipped and Studded Bootie – $1,435 couture.zappos.com, Royal Blue Studded Pumps – $100 heels.com, Balenciaga Patent Leather Mary Jane Pumps – $945 balenciaga.com, Criss-Cross Front Ankle Boot – $875 lyst.com, Balenciaga Color Blocked Pump – $725 balenciaga.com, Red T-Straps – $1,095 matchesfashion.com, Wooden Heel Platform Pumps – $355 forzieri.com, Glitter Stella McCartney Loafer Heels – $600 mytheresa.com, Bronze Peep Toes – $795 rupertsanderson.com, Valentino Studded Bootie – $1,155 stylebop.com, Yves Saint Laurent Striped Ankle Strap – $1,195 ysl.com, Side Bow Ankle Boot – $297 endless.com

Back to Patriotism. Here’s our IRL shoe of the day.

Yours truly bringing America to the workplace.

Time to hold tight for the rest of the evening waiting for the results. If things don’t go my way – I plan on escaping to France. Feel free to meet me there. I’ll be standing outside a shoe store.

<33Mal

Top Ten: Things We Love about the Fourth!!

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Top Ten: Things We Love about the Fourth!!

1. Red Lips!

2. BBQ!

Photo: Dana Tarr

3. Fireworks

4. Jeffrey Campbell’s American Flag Lita Boots!

5. Patriotic Nail Art

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Clip in or Clip not

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Clip in or Clip not

I have a client that was growing her hair out for her wedding. She wanted long, luscious hair that could be styled into an up-do. After a year of growing, her hair did not get to the length she needed. I suggested we get her clip in extensions so that she could have the hair she always dreamed of for her big day. Clip in’s are a wonderful way to transform your look without having to commit to a big change. Say you want to add a fun color to your hair like blue, pink or purple. Don’t put your hair thru the hair color change, just buy clip in’s. Or for a fun night out get a clip in bang and completely change your look. For the guys out there that want to add a little lift or dimension to their hair get a small clip in and take your style to the next level.

When buying clip in’s there are three things that you need to remember:
1. If you aren’t purposely trying to use funky colors try and find clip in’s that are a good match to your hair color.
2. Buy real human hair or remy hair. While these are pricier then using synthetic the advantage of using human hair is that you can dye it, curl it, flat iron it and the hair will not have the waxy look that synthetic hair does.
3. Make sure your hair is long enough to cover the clip ins and that your hair in a way that the extensions look like they are part of your hair. Nothing is uglier then when you see a girls track.

This entry is going to be part of a series called “If You Can’t Achieve It Weave It”. There are so many ways now that women and men can enhance their hair with extensions, clip ins, fusions and weaves. Check out next week when I talk about fusions….thanks!

Jessina