Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Color Study - Creams

When I started doing the Color Study for whites, I new I had a lot of neutral shoes to do as well and that they would be their own category, but as I was setting them all out there were quite a few pairs that didn't seem to fit in either group. To dark for whites but not really nude or neutrals.

So thus the cremes! Or cream. Or off-white. Whatever you prefer.

Not as big a group, only 15 here, but with a few lovely players.

I did get to take some nice shots though...

Okay, Row 1 - left to right:
- Isaac Mizrahi for Target Hannah in tan
- Martinez Valero Adam in stone linen
- Kate Spade Joan in a zebra-y pattern
- Paco Gil Oyat
- Naughty Monky Vishti in gold beaded

Row 2 - left to right:
- Nine West Eriley
- Via Spiga Branny
- Nicole Brundage Sinamon
- Alexandra Neel Coconut
- Ralph Lauren slingbacks

Row 3 - left to right:
- Enzo Angiolini Eamaxino
- Marc Jacobs Fab Rose
- Jimmy Choo Voyage
- Via Spiga Portillo
- Nina Melia

I just love the details in the group...

All images enlarge and there are more on flickr and don't forget to see Color Study - Pink and Color Study - White.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

IFB Links a la Mode

Ice Cold Lemonade

Edited by Clutch 22

Compiling this week's round up of posts hit closer to home for me. I think we can all relate to the times where stress builds up and blocks inspiration. Reading each of these individually was the exact refreshment I needed (hence "lemonade"), especially with my birthday coming up next week - total outfit planning mode.

So what's in the mix?
Alixrose and Decline Designs offer personal style inspirations, Fasshonaburu teaches us how to get our budget-shopping on at high-end boutique sales, hkShoeGeek talks harnesses and Fashion Consciou$ inspires by reviving the culottes trend (so cute on her).

Links à la Mode : June 25th

  • 39th and Broadway: Ever wonder who really determines how your clothes fit? An interview with a technical designer

  • alixrose: You have the perfect outfit, but whats the one thing that can keep it from becoming fabulous?

  • A Typical Atypical: A deep dive into the reasoning behind shoe obsessions

  • Awakened Aesthetic: Affordable ways to bring urban fashion into your decor without getting tacky

  • Bobbins and Bombshells: Fashionable History - A look into 1920's swimwear and bathing suits.

  • Bonne Vie: When Bloggers Unite - The Hotel Max Edition

  • Decline Designs: Defining Your Personal Style - Having "Go-To" Outfits

  • Fasshonaburu: Digging through a high end sales to find purchase-worhty pieces, and tips on how to not go over budget

  • Fashion Consciou$: Fashion Flashback - Return of the culottes

  • Fashion Pulse Daily: The evolution of the gladiator to the "mandiator"

  • Freya: A little gown guide for your summer wedding

  • hkShoeGeek: Harnesses - A collection of favorites for every style and price range

  • Idiosyncratic Style: A guide for casual wedding attire

  • Independent Fashion Bloggers: You just don't compare...

  • Retro Chick : Mary Queen of Charity Shops - Now it's all over, some final thoughts

  • Shoe Daydreams: Are you on board with the latest trend - Over The Knee boots?

  • Tatiana Supports the Arts: Indie Designer Spotlight - ALEX&RA, designed by Alexandra Cipparone

  • The Bare Skinny: Not everything has to be black and white - inspiration for adding color to your wardrobe

  • The Coveted: Shu Uemura's inspired lashes

  • Unfunded: Respect your elders - Rock the vintage!

  • Work Chic: Chic hosiery options if you still have to wear them in the summer heat!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Featured Shoe: Christian Louboutin Very Prive Lace Peep-toe

Today's featured shoe is quite possibly one of the prettiest I own. Let me introduce the Christian Louboutin Very Prive Platform Peep-toe in nude crepe and black lace.

Such a pretty shape - here they are waiting for the Color Study - Neutrals photoshoot.

And from the back they are just sex-ay!

With the red sole they are simply wicked...

It's kind of hard to tell from the photos but they nude crepe fabric is an amazingly delicate pinkish nude that is almost shell-like.

I tend to think they have almost a boudoir feel to them.

I find Louboutins so funny. Almost every pair, even in the same shape, fits differently. These happen to fit but then they get a little loose in the heel in spite of being kind of narrow. Some fit great, some fit loose, some fit tight. Is there no consistency to the lasts they use?

Why such variance?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ensemble du Jour

So I finally wore my new Christian Louboutin Ron Ron glitter pumps. I've been debating about keeping them but in the end my love of the blue glitter was too strong. They had to stay.

I ended up getting these shoes at Barney's when Neiman Marcus didn't feel it was necessary to call me back about getting me the peep-toe version. To heck with them, I like the pump version even better, so ha!

I actually don't wear a lot of navy but I did have the sequin-placket henly from JCrew. To add to the shine factor I wore the silvery Old Navy skirt. It was all about the metallic-y-ness today.

6-23-09 by Princess Poochie featuring Christian Louboutin shoes

But really it was all about the shoes. Blue glitter... sigh!

They have a cute round toe and a great shape. Plus they are more secure to wear than the peep-toes generally are.

I love that these are called, not blue or navy, but Marine.
I want to pair these with black too because they are, in a way, subtle but still noticeable.

I did have an outfit pic to add to this but then my hair looked so crazy I freaked out and was too chicken to add it. I need to learn Photoshop stat!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hey, Sparkler! What's So Great About You?

Sparkler Time!!! Can you feel it?!?!

I so love all of these great Sparklers! I mean, how cool are you!

Today's Sparkler I've know the longest so far! We worked together at the Most Magical Place on Earth. Even if sometimes it wasn't so magical, Emily sitting next to me made it more fun! She has a great passion for music and photography so check out her updates via Twitter and Flickr.

But don't just listen to me! Here's what so great about her in her own words!

* I love NineWest shoes because they always fit me well.

* I believe music can change the world, one person at a time.

* I love hosting parties and planning all the details and small touches that add so much to the party.

* I love Flickr, always a source of inspiration.

* I am a loyal friend.

* I believe in the power of giving one's word.

* I am always striving to be as honest with myself and others as possible, even when it's hard to tell the truth sometimes..

* Music festivals, especially those camping in the woods are food for my soul...

* I love good action movies on the big screen.

* It's hard to let go of old wounds; when I am hurt, I can't let it go easily.

* I dj in public even though I have social anxiety because I have lots of music to share.

* Music changed my life and keeps changing it for the better.

* I believe Life shouldn't be so serious all the time and it's important to play.

* I love Guinness and a lot of other beers; cheese is a close second and chosen over dessert every time.

* I have tried to be a raw foodist, but currently eat lots of veggies, grains and seafood.

* I try to keep lists of everything amazing in my life and review them the moment I get down about something.

* I tend to be brutal on my shoes and small electronic devices.

* I love discovering new outfits from the same old clothes in my closet.

* I believe in the power of love and the power of the human spirit.

I miss ya, Em!

Okay... who's next?!? Come on, Sparkler, Spill it!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Eeeewwww!!!! to the infinite power

As I was looking through the BG site, I came upon these horror shows.

They are the Manolo Blahnik Cava Fur Trim boot.

It's not bad enough that they are ugly and make you look like something out of 1 Million Years B.C. (and not in a good way like Raquel here).

No, the worst part is that the fur element, which is bad enough, is ocelot fur.

Ocelots are endangered species.*

Endangered because of loss of habitat and due to hunting them for their fur. Supposedly they are legally protected. I'm not sure how the Manolo Blahnik company was able to get fur for these boots.

I know I talk a lot about shoes on here most of which are made of leather. This is a transition I am personally working through.

But I put fur on another level altogether. And the fact that this fur comes from a threatened species just makes it all the worse.

I have written a letter to Manolo Blahnik via the contact form on their site addressing my displeasure and disgust at this practice. I also think I will be taking an additional step.

I will be boycotting Manolo Blahnik.

I hope I get some sort of response from the company. I'm not sure if I will or not. I suggested they recall the boots. Will they? I don't know. I'd like to hope so.

I'll let you know what they say.

If you want to write to them, the easiest way is to use the contact form on the site. Let's see if we can reach them!

UPDATE: Ocelots are officially listed as "Near Threatened" with their population trend as "Decreasing" by the IUCN Red List. However, the use of this animal's skin and fur could potentially still violate the Endangered Species Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. It is being looked at by a lawyer, so more info to come.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

What's in Davy Jones' Locker?

I understand that designers are feeling the need to continue to push the boundries of their designs (and consumers), especially in these economic times. By creating more "extreme" or excessive pieces they can continue to justify their higher prices. Heck, I think I've seen prices go up more than down in the Premier Design categories.

But seriously? Over the knee boots? Is this a really a trend that consumers are clamoring for? I find this especially surprising give the fact that there were nine (!!!) different styles of over the knee boots for fall at Bergdorf's alone.

Now I know I'm biased against these. Frankly, I know I am no where near tall enough to ever wear these. They would go up quite a bit higher than my knee. They just seem like such a bother too. I used to ride dressage and had jodphurs and knee-boots and those were a pain sometimes. I can't imagine trying to get these on and off.

Bergdorfs is selling -

Ralph Lauren - $1250

Prada - $1400

Manolo Blahnik - $1795

Henry Beguelin - $1400

Christian Louboutin - $1995

Christian Louboutin - $1995

Chloe - $1295

Stella McCartney - $1595

I do admire the detail on these though...

Besides my very large concern about how I would actually stuff pants into some of these (or are you meant to wear them and just a long shirt ala Lindsey Lohan???) is that I would look like Geena Davis in Cutthroat Island.
No. No. No. No. No!

But maybe I'm being too harsh. Maybe the inspiration came from one very dashing
Errol Flynn, whose birthday is today. Let's just hope that is the case and that we can someday look as good in OTK boots as he does.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Forbidden Fruit

I am seriously in love with these shiny red and gold Dior Serpent heels.

And I really need them too, right?

OMG! Heel detail!

I know that red pumps with gold heels aren't new. And actually I have a pair...

But the Dior ones are totally different and therefore justifiable, right?
1. They are round-toed while the Stuart Weitzman's are pointy
2. They are Diors
3. They have a lot more detail
4. The heel is different
5. They aren't in my closet
6. I love red shoes
7. They are new
8. They are available in my size
9. Their name is Serpent
10. They are fancy shmancy Diors
What do you think? Justifiable????
: )