Whenever In Doubt …

Most days I love to dress up for the office and take care with my appearance by incorporating fashion into my everyday life.  On those perfect days I love to wear makeup and my hair is as close to perfect looking as humanly possible.Columbia Super Bonehead Dress

But then, there are days when I really do not feel like it, when I am a bit blue, or just tired, most likely from staying up late reading, which is my other passion. On mornings like that, I am late getting up and my mind is not ready to think happy thoughts of closet wonders and putting together the perfect outfit.

Luckily, some time ago I have found a perfect, hassle-free solution to those morning doubts. I just reach into my closet and pull out my wonderful Columbia dress, which I have in both Ocean and Black. I just squeeze myself into a pair of black skinny jeans, put on the first flats I see and throw my hair into a ponytail. For chilly mornings I put a cropped jacket over it, and I am ready to go. In other words, I have more time to drink coffee in peace, and read one more chapter of my latest book…

Let It Be: Neon

One of the many fashion musts this spring is neon. This means any style maven out there who has yet to get over the Eighties is going to have a ball! If you are a bit more conservative however with your outfit colors,
or your career simply Fila Pullover Hoody Shirtwouldn’t survive an electric pink dress worn to the office, their is still a way to jump on the neon bandwagon and show that you’re in with the trends!

For everyday wear let neon be the go-to color for accessories; be it a bag, a pump or a scarf. But you can, without suffering any consequence, go all out on exercise wear. Because who would ever judge you for wearing this oh-so-cute hoodie while running by the river, going to the gym or riding a bike? If I met you, I would probably be wearing the same (I have my eye on the blue one!), and would greet my fellow fashionista with a knowing nod.

My Forever Boots: A Dr. Marten’s Love Story

No matter how many pairs of shoes I own, or how many more I’ll get my hands on and feet in, one pair is going to be with me forever. My original Dr Martens 1460 boots in cherry red. Dr. Martens 1460 Lace UP Boots

I got them in high school, as a present from my parent’s for doing well in school. Even though my parents couldn’t really afford such luxuries, they splurged on me and to this day it is the best present I have ever gotten. Many years have passed since, more than I’m comfortable to admit, but the Dr Martens are still with me. Though bruised here and there, the shoe is in wonderful shape altogether, without any leeks, lost eyelets or broken stitching. I had to replace the laces a couple of times, but that’s all there was to it, a part from cleaning the boots, giving them all-weather protection and a good polish once or twice a year.

The boots and I have done so much stuff together it would be too much to write here, but what is interesting is that that one pair of boots has been my go-to footwear for over a decade now. If it’s raining or snowing, sunny or “meh,” if I do not feel like thinking about what to wear, I simply lace those on and I’m good to go. Doc Martens are perfectly suited for shopping, walking with the dog or alone, going to the movies, dancing and anything you can think of! They are not the warmest boot though so I do put another pair of socks on if I’m going to the shop in a blizzard, but they do keep my feet dry. (As a side note, I had a car literary drive over my foot once (don’t ask), and thanks to the steel toe cap in the shoe, my toes went undamaged.)

To finish this story off, it makes my heart beat a little faster when I see someone buying the red 1460’s from us. I imagine a girl just like me, with all the adventures to come, and wish her all the best. I want her to go places and see things, to experience the joy of life I have experienced.

And then I look at my own feet and remember where my own 1460’s got this scratch, where I bought those crazy black but glow in the dark laces, how my pup tried to chew on them… It feels like one buys much more than a boot with Dr Martens, you know?

What is your go-to shoe? And the story behind it?

The Point of It: A Fascination with Winter Toes

There is much to be said about the foot fetish, as well as its more specialized cousin, the love of toes. From ancient China and the once popular practice of foot binding, the human fascination with women’s toes is timeless.

In summer, there are many ways to show off your wonderfully pedicured feet and their luscious nail polish; from flip-flops to gladiators and classic sandals to peep-toes. Salons all over the country offer French pedicures, while nail artists are able to create beautiful pieces of art on even the smallest of surfaces.

But what to do when the days become to cold to show off our footsies? Do we completely hide our feet from the elements? The simple answer is no. The longer one is to keep them warm and dry but continue to hint to the fact that you have more to show off than can be seen.

Wear your peep-toes in the autumn and winter by pairing them with a thick pair of opaque tights, provided it is not raining, you can pull it off without no problem. I myself adore the Betsey Johnson Sitan Pumps. Not only are they reasonably priced but they have the ability to bring some joy and fun into the dreary everyday of the cold weather months. Teal or yellow, both sport a lace-up detail on the heel and the back.

That said, in the fashion Metropolis of New York we have seen the streets overflowing with another kind of toe highlight, only packed a bit differently. Dear ladies, it’s called a toe cap and it is all the rage in fashionista circles at the moment. Flats, pumps, boots and oxfords are adorned with contrasting colors or metal caps, and as always Shoppingblitz has stock in what’s hot.

The simple and classic Henry Ferrera 200-Paloma Pump highlights the toe in either orange, blue or pink. Sporting a 3.5 inch heel, they are a wonderful option for those of us who have to juggle work and grocery shopping while running from the subway to the office!

For the bad girls there are the Steve Madden Bolddd Pumps, which are a fetish in of itself, but perfect for a wild night on the town. Pair it with skinny leather pants for maximum rebel appeal.

If you are a lover of all things romantic, steer clear of the above mentioned, and opt for the Funtasma Victorian 45 Boots. With only a 2-inch heel, these beauties offer a sexy twist on classic attire, the lace-up design is made easy by a hidden zipper. Gold and black will go well with any pair of jeans, and will give you an excuse to wear 100 golden bracelets into the winter too.

The classic oxford is revived in the Bass Jolene Oxford. Quality made, leather all over, these will let your feet breathe and feel comfortable all day long. Pair with a pant suit or a pencil skirt for a Mad Men work experience.

Last but not least, Funtasma Mouse 16 Cute Flats, which are, above all, cute. Perfect for the days when you are feeling carefree and a bit silly. Leather, polka dots, and a bow… a bit much if not dressed down with simple black pants. When done right the whole ensemble can become a wonderful and humorous outfit.

Fall Darkness is Upon Us

Each new season brings with it exciting new color pallets and cuts, accessories and must haves. Here is our take on the designer catwalks, which we hope will advise you on the styles to come for the upcoming Fall season.

One of the most important trends seen on the runways is the overall use of dark colors. The designers have fallen in love with the goth look, and given us the darkest blacks they could muster on both clothes and shoes. For those who think black is a Karl Lagerfeld signature and not to be taken lightly; dark purples, reds and blues are a few more colorful options.

What covers our bodies is foremost, an over-sized coat, jacket or a sweater. As big as you feel comfortable with, in black preferably, but a nice camel tone might be just the thing if you are looking to cheer up the overall look. One other silhouette to keep in mind is the accentuated waist, sometimes exaggerated to the extreme by additional padding of the hip area. If you are naturally curvaceous that might not be necessary, just show off your assets!

The rest of the ensemble should be fitting, with pants cut of above ankle and skirts mini. You should also try to incorporate at least one fall piece made of luscious brocade or satin with embellishment to your wardrobe, and the brave among us may splurge on a nice pantsuit in the luscious fabric. Leather is taking center stage as well, be it real or fake, and get a jacket – or pants, why not? If you are not as bold, you can always add a leather accent to your wardrobe, like a great high boot or an over-sized bag.

Something is to be said about matching ups and downs this fall, as the runways were full of matching pants and shirts, skirts and jackets. We are not talking about color blocking, but pattern mania, that seems to have taken over even the tamest of designers. Tip: Just make sure it matches.

One last thought that was obvious to the fashion-show goers is the fur. Again, fake or real, it’s up to you, but don’t think donning your mother’s fur coat is going to do the trick. Fur is used as an accent, be it a shawl or a cuff on the shirt, some have made their trimmings fur, the others whole sleeves. The same goes for booties and bags, they have been enveloped in fur and are being worn with pride.

Aside from the fur and the leather accents, shoes on the runways tend to be too high-heeled for a working girl to wear, so your better bet would be to get a more reasonable heel – or a flat – with some studs. Booties are also one of the staples of fall, and were seen with wedge heels, which are more comfortable to wear anyhow. If you are a lover of high boots, be our guest, it is only going to add to your fall glamor.