Shoesday Tuesday – Love Your Spots

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Today’s Shoesday Tuesday is inspired by a multitude of things that all converge around my general fashion and life philosophy – “To thine ownself be true.” – which is also my first (and most likely favorite) tattoo.

Between all the recent “blame the victim” rape trials circulating lately and an overwhelming appreciation I have for the love and support coming my way currently in my personal life – this quote and philosophy have never seemed more important to bring back into the light.

To quote an article on fashionista.com pertaining to the fashion world’s move towards the so called “modesty trend” – and one writer’s (Faran Krentcil – http://fashionista.com/2013/04/the-issue-with-t-magazines-slut-clothes/ ) particular opinion on it’s implications – “With fashion, we have the opportunity to create, explore, and celebrate the complex creatures we are, and those we want to be.”

Let us remember that women all around our world don’t always have this freedom. Let us use fashion as a way to create confidence, garner respect from others, and express ourselves creatively all at the same time. Let us uplift and enlighten those around us instead of shaming people for their personal choices.

Not everyone you come upon is going to appreciate you for the unique creature that you are – if you are lucky enough to find people that do (and you will be) – hold onto them tightly. If you want to be bold and loud – be bold and loud, if you want to be understated and quietly strong – be understated and quietly strong. But make those choices for yourself – do what feels right for you personally – and be steadfast.

To round this back to shoes – I present some eye candy relatable to a personal aesthetic of mine that I’ve been rockin’ proudly since junior high.

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Get it (left to right, top to bottom): Metallic and Leopard Pointed Flats – $56 oasap.com, Cut Out L.A.M.B Pumps – $295 zappos.com, T-Strap Leopard Sandal – $600 flannelsfashion.com, Chunky Leopard Pump – $117 zappos.com, Ankle Strap Flat Sandal – $50 nelly.com, T-Strap Cap Toe Flat – $129 theoutnet.com

Love yourself and find someone who loves the you that you love.

And remember:

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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..

 

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