Shoesday Tuesday – Wait For It

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So while online window shopping at Forever21 the other day – I saw something familiar..

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Ombre Heels. Interesting. At the beginning of January, I posted about new styles I was seeing pop up – and posted these beauties from nastygal.com (see below.)

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Also interesting that they are almost 4 times the price.

So then I decided to do some research – where did this trend start and when. Let’s watch as the fashion machine boils products down to mass market level.

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Here they are at the end of January for $235 bucks at unifclothing.com.

But they still must have started higher than that.. which leads me to – McQueen.

November 2012. About $1,200.

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And October 2012.

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With this math – the NYFW eye candy I posted last week should be at Forever21 by June. (and for a measly 3% of the original price) I like those odds.

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – New York Fashion Week of Shoes

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Before I get into discussing the shoe beauty of NYFW Fall 2013, I’d like to extend my apology for missing last week’s Shoesday Tuesday due to a killer sore throat and a memory lapse!

Onto the shoes.

NYFW has come and gone (now it’s London’s turn) and having only attended one show (Costello Tagliapietra – who had some pretty fabulous floral pumps stomping the runway) – I turned to the interwebs to educate myself.

Thanks to shoerazzi.com for giving me everything I needed in one place!

I have immediately fallen in love with the following:


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And my personal favorite:

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Also bringing me eye candy was fabsugar.com. Bows and Shoes – my two favorite things:

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And to wrap it up neatly with a designer I showcased in my last entry – fashionpulsedaily.com shone the spot light on Alejandro Ingelmo.

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All of which I will wait patiently for until Forever 21 knocks them off next year and I can buy ’em for $24.80!

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – Shoes In Your Pocket

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As someone who often finds herself looking at shoes simply for pleasure and not for purchasing – I was pretty amped to have StyleCaster.com’s list of the top 50 fashion apps include a couple seemingly great ones purely geared towards shoes.

As if we didn’t have enough distractions on our smart phones – check out ShopStyle or Bergdorf’s app, Today’s Shoe.

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Unfortunately for me – these apps are of the iPhone persuasion and I, myself, am a Droid user. If you are as well, don’t worry – I did my own investigation and found a great, free app chock full of shoes.

Enter Simply Shoes. Search by season or by designer. You can star selections to favorite them, save pics to your phone, or (of course) share them on a number of social media platforms.

There aren’t direct links to buy these beauties (although I’m sure a quick Google search can solve that for you) – but this isn’t an issue for me – as a designer shoe is 100% out of my budget.

Check out a couple of my favorites below:

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Phillip Lim – Fall 2012.

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Alejandro Ingelmo – Fall 2012.

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Phillip Lim – Fall 2012.

Happy app’ing!

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – Strength, Beauty, Beauty, Strength

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It is sometimes believed that strength, intelligence, and power can not be synonymous with beauty, fashion, or even femininity. I am here to dispute this claim. In my life, my art, my fashion line, and my career choices I try to make it a point that fashion doesn’t always have to be materialistic and frivolous and that strength doesn’t have to come from a dark or masculine place. It, in fact, can come from a pink, flowery, and feminine place. It’s all up to you.

Yves Saint Laurent said “I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence.” And with that confidence – you can take over the world. I – like a lot of women – use my wardrobe as a way to present myself to the world, express myself, and reaffirm my confidence. I can wake up feeling a little off – and with the right outfit – be ready to take on the day. And those outfits can range from dark, edgy, and menswear inspired to light, girly, and 1950’s pin up inspired.

There is no set definition of strength in women’s fashion. The strength comes from inside of you. So put on whatever makes you feel good and take on the day.

On that note – take a peek at some typically girly, frothy, feminine footwear and then some edgy, dark, and heavy footwear that would both give me equal confidence as I stomp around this beautiful city of mine.

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Get it: (upper left hand corner heading clockwise) – Bow Front Lace Bootie – $80 misselfridge.com, Lattice Ankle Boot – $55 newlook.com, Criss Cross Ankle Strap Sandal – $450 barneys.com, Pointed Top Ankle Strap Sandal – $1,055 forwardbyelysewalker.com, McQueen Chain Strappy Sandal – $815 alexandermcqueen.com, White Pointed Metallic Strap Flat – $930 brownsfashion.com, Floral Platform T-Strap – $65 udobuy.com, Peep Toe Open Front Bootie – $700 montaignemarket.com

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Get it: (upper left hand corner heading clockwise – Simple Black Strappy Sandal – $79 jildorshoes.com, Gold Tipped Flats – $59 indressme.com, McQueen Studded Heel Pumps – $795 ssense.com, Two Tone Metallic Lace Up Brogues – $325 avenue32.com, Gold Leaf Front Wedge Sandal – $1,695 luisaviaroma.com, Thin Wrapped Strappy Sandal – $595 giuseppezanottidesign.com, Double Ankle Strap Pump – $935 brownsfashion.com, Lace Cut Out Ankle Tie Pump – $1,535 colette.fr, Side Cut Out Pump – $48 aliexpress.com

And remember – “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – Let’s Hear it for the Gentlemen

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Being a fashion designer – I am frequently asked by the gentlemen in my life to make them clothes. Being a womenswear designer – I always say no. Menswear is a whole different land – one to which I do not subscribe (unless it’s menswear inspired womenswear typically hanging in my own closet). Don’t get me wrong – I’ll hem a pair of pants or patch a hole in jeans like the best of them – but I am no tailor nor do I pretend to be. The closest I ever got to that was switching out the lining in my prom date’s suit jacket to match my dress.

That being said – I certainly appreciate a well dressed man. Who doesn’t? And I’m sure no one will be surprised that one of the first things I notice on a potential life mate is his shoes. I would never rule out a guy based solely on his shoe style (or lack there of). But I do believe you can tell a lot about a man based on his choice of footwear – be it penny loafer, converse, biker boot, or dress shoe.

In that vein – let’s be equal opportunity on this blog for once and check out Mallorie approved footwear for the fellas.

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Get it: (row by row, left to right) Black High Tops – $120 suprafootwear.com, Two Toned Brogues – $178 neimanmarcus.com, Side Buckle Boots – $160 zappos.com, Neutral Sneakers – $495 lagarconne.com, Black Wing Tip Brogues – $130 stevemadden.com, Gray Doc Martens – $175 zappos.com, Burgundy High Tops – $55 zappos.com, Toe Capped Lace Ups – $58 macys.com

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Grey Seude Brogues – $62 asos.com

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Leather and Mesh Black Low Tops – $97 asos.com

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Wine High Tops – $62 asos.com

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Brown Leather Side Zip Boots – $145 urbanoutfitters.com

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Tweed Low Top Sneakers – $85 urbanoutfitters.com

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Color Black Hi Top Vans – $85 urbanoutfitters.com

And just as a sidebar –

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<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday: Irrational Shoe Choices

I’d like to start off this Shoesday Tuesday by pointing out that the high temperature for today in NYC is 60 degrees. Thanks Global Warming Climate Change. I take any temperature over 50 degrees as an invitation to bare legs and open toe shoes – but really – in December? That is irrational.

And so began the theme of today’s entry.

Fashion is very often impractical – especially shoe based fashion.

All too often I pop on a pair of shoes despite their lack of comfort or lack of weather practicality. Sometimes it’s just worth it. And while I prescribe myself to being thrifty at all times – many a Carrie Bradshaw inspired woman will throw an irrational amount of cash (or credit) at a shoe and call it a day.

If mother nature is deciding to be frivolous and not follow the rules – let’s jump on that train with her. Check out the following completely irrational shoe choices below.

It’s December. I should not have peep toe shoes on right now and yet.. Here’s a selection of winter sandals just in case you have no fear of frost bite.

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Get it: (upper left corner, heading clockwise) Color Block Peep Toe – $748 mytheresa.com, Gold Platform Ankle Straps – $924 mytheresa.com, Blue Bow Strappy Sandal – $945 barneys.com, Hot Pink Platform Ankle Straps – $266 ssense.com, Gold Wrap Around Sandal – $325 jildorshoes.com, Gray T-Strap Sandal – $175 piperlime.gap.com, Nude Armani Sandal – $88 armaniexchange.com

My most typical form of shoe frivolity – skyscraper shoes. Forget the fact that I’m 5’9 barefoot. I’ll be the tallest girl in the bar – again. Here’s how:

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Get it: (left, right, heading down) Cut Out Colorblock Platform Pump – $72 udobuy.com, Sheet Music Wedge – $944 boutique1.com, Rhinestone Heel-less Wedge – $1,975 couture.zappos.com, Spiked Heel-less Wedge – $2,243 lindelepalais.com, Split Sole Black and Gold Bootie – $1,095 brownsfashion, Platform Louboutins – $1,395 bergdorfgoodman.com, Chunky Platform Animal Sandals – $760 net-a-porter.com, Lattice Platform Sandals – $170 heels.com

Want to drop a grand on a pair of pumps? Right this way.

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Get it: (right, left, heading down) Bright Blue Suede Bootie – $1,150 forzieri.com, Christian Dior Satin Ankle Strap – $notevenonshelvesyet, Pyramid Stud Sandal – $1,450 net-a-porter.com, Patent and Mesh Lace Up – $1,090 modewalk.com, Colorblock Wedge – $1,150 giuseppezanottidesign.com, Metallic Toe Ankle Strap – $1,250 lanvin.com, YSL Art Deco Heel – $1,040

And in real time, here’s our IRL shoe – on my feet right this moment. Wrong season, wrong color palette, wrong functionality for the rain that occurred this morning. Not worried about it.

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Long live impracticality.

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday (Wednesday) – A Belated Lesson in Thanksgiving Dressing

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After an hour of unsuccessfully trying to get my computer to turn on last night (only after completing the longest day of my professional work life) it’s time for a belated Wednesday version of Shoesday Tuesday.

 

Luckily, I’m thankful for a lot more than just makeshift technology.

 

In the spirit of Thanksgiving – let’s figure out what we should wear this turkey day. Most of the time – I base my outfit around the shoes I’d like to wear. (I’m sure this surprises no one.)

 

So let’s take a look at some basic on trend staples and accessorize them with clothes for a change.

 

The Studded Ankle Boot

Get it: The shoe – $20 dsw.com, the dress – $70 aliexpress.com, The cape – $12 banggood.com, The bag – $36 boohoo.com, The scarf – $16 newlook.com, The glasses – $37mango.com

 

Mid-Calf Leather Boot

 

 

Get it: The shoe – $48 newlook.com, The sweater – $24 welikefashion.com, The skirt – $32 dancinginthestreet.com, The hat – $32, The gloves – $50 mango.com

 

The Animal Loafer

 

 

Get it: The shoe – $30 newlook.com , The dress – $35 oldnavy.gap.com , The cape – $25 gap.com , The belt – $5 forever21.com , The gloves – $22 target.com , The ring – $25 monsoon.co.uk

 

The Glitter Pump

 

 

 

Get it: The shoes – $40 hm.com , The top – $50 misselfridge.com , The pants – $19 kohls.com , The cape – $140 sheinside.com, The bag – $35 dorothyperkins.com , The cuff – $44 josephm.com

 

Apparently I love a cape. Maybe I’ll base my own outfit off of that instead..

 

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – New Standbys

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As a NYC girl – the past two weeks have given us some unpredictable weather to say the least. Between a hurricane, a snow storm, and then some 65 degree sunny days – it’s almost difficult to get dressed in the morning.
Time to go back to basics. Stick to things that will always be in style!
In an effort to stay away from boring – check out these new twists on some good ol’ standbys.
Animal Prints will never go out of style. And we all know how I feel about leopard print.
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Zebra Peep Toe Bootie – $580 yoox.com, Cheetah Strappy Sandal – $50 mango.com, Studded Zebra Wedge Sneaker – $56 bankfashion.co.uk, Studded Heel Leopard Loafers – $63 generalpants.com, Orange Trim Snake Slingback – $795 barneys.com, Multi Print Platforms – $1,106 mytheresa.com, Gold and Leopard Slip Ons – $198 nordstrom.com, Leopard Back Black Booties – $40 bankfashion.co.uk, Zebra Platform Sandals – $48 debenhams.com
 
You can never go wrong with a stripe – be it nautical or rainbow inspired.
Get it: Row by Row – Left to Right –
Multi Color Ankle Strap Wedge – $60 makemechic.com, Black and White Platform Pumps – $990 net-a-porter.com, Teal Stripe Mary Janes – $80 dsw.com, Black and White Loafers – $1,295 neimanmarcus.com, Striped Wedge Black Ankle Boot – $140 topshop.com, Creamsicle Orange Striped Sandal – $90 heels.com, Multi Stripe Ankle Strap Wedge – $239 barneys.com, White and Light Blue Ankle Boot – $475 footcandyshoes.com, Gold and Black Striped Wedge – $520 theoutnet.com, Striped Peep Toe with Pink Ankle Strap – $70 nordstrom.com

 

Florals. Not just for Spring.
Get it: Row by Row – Left to Right –
Paisley Floral Peep Toe Pump – $55 milanoo.com, Neon Floral Lace Up Bootie – $495 bergdorfgoodman.com, Pastel Floral Mary Jane – $62 ninewest.com, Pink Floral Keds – $45 keds.com, Vintage Floral Lace Up Bootie – $49 charlotterusse.com, Purple and Yellow Wedge Platform Boot – $168 shopakira.com, Black and Blue Floral Strappy Wedge – $48 debenhams.com, Orange Floral Pump – $255 asos.com, Nicholas Kirkwood 3D Floral Heeled Pump – $1,495 bergdorfgoodman.com, Black Vintage Floral Boot – $495 ssense.com, Pink Platform Peep  Toe Pump – $50 boohoo.com
 
For this week’s IRL shoe – here’s a real classic of mine from over 4 years ago. Still rocking them just this week. You can’t go wrong with a cut out leopard pump.
Until next week – <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

Shoesday Tuesday – Halloween Eye Candy

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With Hurricane Post Tropical Storm Sandy leaving me stranded at my Brooklyn apartment – I am so very thankful for my electricity that never left me and cable/internet that only flickered for a hot minute. And also for my dog – for keeping me company.

I’m also thankful that tomorrow is Halloween – one of my all time favorite days in this glorious city. And while Sandy has taken down a majority of NYC (including the entire subway system – will I go to work tomorrow? no one knows) she will not keep me from staying in the Halloween spirit. Since staring at various screens of technology is my only available form of entertainment – join me and look at some Halloween themed shoe candy. Maybe you’ll find some inspiration for a last minute costume.

Black Cats. Skeletons. Witches. and Morticia Addams.

Get it: (upper left corner headed clockwise) Mesh Ankle Booties – Spring 2011 Viktor + Rolf, $thesebabiesbelongtotheinterwebs, Sequin Skull Loafers – $675 ultstatus.com.au, Black Strappy Matryoshka Heels – $1,565 bergdorfgoodman.com, Tuxedo Peep Toe – $52 amazon.com, Sequin Skull Pumps – $50 bakersshoes.com, Wavy Black and White Booties – $1,225 colette.fr, Marni Gold Winged Shoes – $720 mytheresa.com, Rose Heels – $50 bakersshoes.com, Gold Pilgrim Bow Platforms – $146 modcloth.com, Spiked Heel Ankle Straps – $1,490 alducadaosta.com, All Over Studded Christian Louboutins – $3,895 christianlouboutin.com

Pumpkin Parade.

Get it: (upper left corner headed clockwise) Kenzo Orange and Black Lace Ups – $595 openingceremony.com, Ombre Fur Boots – $1,960 farfetch.com, Jeffrey Campbell Platforms – $110 solestruck.com, Fringe Tiered Boots – $185 heels.com, Fire Pumps – $895 modaoperandi.com, Flamenco Lace Ups – $150 heels.com, Geometric Works of Art – $1,000 solestruck.com, Contract Cut Out Pumps – $932 matchesfashion.com, Floral Platforms – $68 misski.com, Emilio Pucci Feather Strappy Sandals – $935 stylebop.com, Sequin Heeled Boot – $149 nordstrom.com

Frankenstein’s Monster Green.

Get it: (upper left corner, headed clockwise) Green and Gold Wrap Around Booties – Guillaume Hinfray Spring 2012 – $thesebabiesalsobelongtotheinterwebs, Skull Lace Heel Pump – $50 heels.com, Green and Pink ZigZag Boots – Kandee Spring 2012 $alsobelongingtotheinterwebs, Lime Green Lace Up Wedge – $40 solestruck.com, Zombie Mules – $42 heels.com, Green Studded Combat Boots – $90 heels.com, Lime Green and Black Pumps – $56 amazon.com, Green Snake Sandals – $524 theoutnet.com, Studded Lime Heels – $215 flannelsfashion.com, Furry Monster Feet Slippers – $9.60 carters.com

Blood Red. Vampires. Sirens. and Vixens.

Get it: (upper left corner, headed clockwise) Red and White Rose Bootie – $1,525 ssense.com, Gold Zipper Boot – $42 gojane.com, Silver Mirror Heel Red Pump – $1,295 couture.zappos.com, Cut Out Knee High Boots – $100 heels.com, Red and Black Lace Peep Toes – $89.95 aliexpress.com, Satin Fan Heeled Pumps – $995 net-a-porter.com, Cut Out Red Bootie – $980 stylebop.com, Waved Booties – $1,150 guiseppezanotti.com, Classic Black Sling Back Louboutins – $1,075 christianlouboutin.com, Red Stud Pump – $1,195 net-a-porter.com, Suede Scoop Booties – $880 neimanmarcus.com

Since we are pre-Halloween – I’m coming up short for an IRL option. However – I will clue you into my costume for this year’s festivities.

Happy Halloween! <33Mal