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 – Hunting

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Shoesday Tuesday - Hunting

Someone please find me these Isabel Toledo for Payless shoes from 2011. I borrowed them from a friend once when my shoes literally broke in half mid-step, and have been obsessed since. They are the perfect height, adorable, and so comfortable. Ebay only has them in a size 6 and I’m dying at the reality that my feet are 3 whole sizes bigger than that.

I will not give up.

Shoesday Tuesday – Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

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I’ve never really had too much of a prejudice against a specific type of shoe – except maybe sneakers – but, I must say that I’ve always been a little luke warm about mules.

Recently, my best friend purchased a pair for her new burlesque venture and I thought to myself – cute, pin up inspired little shoe – am I missing out?

Fast forward a couple weeks to a day of online window shopping when I stumbled upon these beauties – I had to have them.

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(With any luck they’ll be delivered to my office tomorrow.)

So let’s explore, open our minds, and step into a new pair of shoes.

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Get it: (left to right, top to bottom) Pink Suede Open Toe Mule – $540 barneys.com, Patent Leather Black and White Mule Sandal – $75 theiconic.com.au, Faux Reptile Peep Toe Bootie Mule – $41 asos.com, Vivienne Westwood Patent Leather Red Mule – $100 nonnon.co.uk, Classic Mule – $59 victoriassecret.com

Happy Branching Out!

<33Mal

Shoesday Tuesday – Wishful Thinking

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With 50 degree temperatures a fond memory of the past couple weeks and slushy, snowy wintry mixes an unfortunate reality of the present – I still haven’t taken my new red (beautiful) strappy heels for a spin.

I tried to cheer myself up with a thigh high stocking/sock double layer combo today – but alas, I am really just tired of wearing my winter coat.

As Spring officially begins in two days – let’s all close our eyes, wait for 11:11 and wish for warmer weather.

Here’s what you should be picturing:

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Get it: The shoes – $80 zara.com, The High Waist Tuxedo Short – $52 forevernew.com.au, The Peplum Blazer – $550 sassandbide.com, The Crop Top – $45 topshop.com, The Bag –  $45 stylistpick.com, The Stacking Rings – $5 wallisfashion.com, The Shield Ring – $15 mango.com

<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: Savoring Summer

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So it’s officially almost the end of summer and the countdown begins to September 22nd and falling leaves. The fashion rule of thumb says “No white after labor day,” but supposedly rules were meant to be broken. But, in case you are a stickler for rules – maybe the following eye candy will sway you.

Get it: (from top left, going clockwise) White Studded Gladiator Sandal – $16 desireclothing.co.uk, Eyelet Courts in White and Tan – $100 youngbritishdesigners.com, Christian Louboutin Ankle Strap Pumps – $waytoomuch glamazonsblog.com, White Studded Ankle Boots – $50 newlook.com, Stud Slippers – $64 topshop.com, Alice + Olivia Strappy Heel – $207 aliceandolivia.com, White Sling Back – $80 vincecamuto.com, Lundberg Ankle Boot – $79 nelly.com, Metal Cap Mary Janes – $77asos.com, Studded Wedge Sandal – $43 pilotfashion.com, Saddle Shoes – $60 lebunnybleu.com, Phillip Lim Pumps – $450 shopbop.com


And just in case you insist on keeping with tradition – check out some pre fall favorites to make you forget about the beach and look forward to thigh high socks!

Get it: (from top left, going clockwise) Ace Brown Ankle Boot – $750 acnestudios.com, Leather Lace Up Boots – $79 indressme.com, Cut Out Bootie – $don’tevenlook barneys.com, Zara Studded Ankle Boot – $129 zara.com, Givenchy Lace Up Boot – $don’tevenlookpart2 kirnazabete.com, Leopard Open Toe Bootie – $whydoIkeeppickingsuchexpensiveshoes giuseppezanottidesign.com, Jessica Simpson Patched Leather Ankle Boot – $140 heels.com, Alexander McQueen Cut Out Bootie – $seriouslyI’msorry alexandermcqueen.com, Alice + Olivia Suede Ankle Boot – $395saksfifthavenue.com, Alaia Suede and Mesh Bootie – $nextpostwillbebargainshoes! stylemetv.com, Front Strap Wooden Platforms – $okaylastone openingceremony.com

For a cheaper option – today’s IRL shoe again comes from yours truly. These babies are my favorite all-year-round-started-out-comfortable-but-now-they-kind-of-hurt amazing shoe for a night on the town. And I got them on sale! Even better. TopShop, ladies.

Seriously – next week – bargain shoes. Get ready because I’m really good at it!!

 

<3Mal

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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