Lovely, Soft Feet

feet free stock photoEven though the summer is over (and it flew by so fast!), that’s no reason to neglect taking care of your feet. You might not be showing them off in sandals or flip flops for a few months, but I think we can all agree there’s nothing worse than rough skin rubbing against  your tights and socks. Also ugly feet are definite romance killers, if you know what I mean!

That said, it is, of course, easiest to go to the nearest salon and get a pedicure. However,  if money is tight or you just don’t feel like going out, let me tell you a little secret: you can do it yourself, for a few pennies and with just a wee bit of work.

The first thing you want to do is to make your very own, luscious scrub. It is easier than frying an egg or making lemonade! Just take a small bowl and mix together 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar (or regular if that’s all you have) and 1 tablespoon of oil (if you want it extra luscious, use olive oil).

When done, take a good book, get a washbowl and fill it with warm soapy water and dunk your feet in. Enjoy this for 15 to 20 minutes, then wipe your feet with a towel and apply the home made scrub generously. Massage your feet in small circular motions for a few minutes. Rinse well, apply lotion and voila – lovely, soft feet!

This scrub can be used on elbows and knees too, but too harsh for face and softer body skin. Hope you enjoy!

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.