Trend Watch: Heavy Metals

www.pinterest.comWhat better way to polish off an outfit this season than with trendy metallic accessories? You can start off small – add a bronze purse or some classic boat shoes to compliment your look. You can even snag some oxfords and pair them with dark denim or leggings while you await the warmer weather. A casual lunch date with mom can be done in style in a pair of beautiful rose gold sandals. Mix and match with denim, florals or neutral palettes to get the perfect balance of casual and dressy. For date night pair your favorite LBD (little black dress) with some Franco Sarto heels.  Look out for chrome, copper and your favorite shades of gold to do it big this Spring – and never be outshined.

Trend Watch Metallics

1. Franco Sarto Vanna Sandals

2. Dr. Martens 1461 Eye Oxfords

3. Franco Sarto Baroque Pumps

4. Parinda Leah Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

5. Sebago Skimmer Boat Shoes

6. Bass Margie Sandals

The Shoes Make The Costume

Shopping Blitz and Pleaser’s Funtasma line are once again excited
to showcase all the amazing options we have for Halloween!
The perfect costume will never get off the ground without the perfect footwear.
Whether you are looking to recreate the ultimate Alice in Wonderland costume
or are lookingfor a more historic perspective such as a Victorian lady,
a Gladiator, a Native American warrior or a Renaissance man,
Funtasma has you covered! From sexy to scary, we have the shoes
that will make or break your costume. Shopping Blitz is here to protect
youfrom the ultimate scary scenario, a fashion disaster!
The Shoes Make the Costume

Jazz Age Glamour

With movies like Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby in the wings, we felt it was time to honor the real star of the upcoming film, the fashion! The Jazz Age was one of the most exciting eras for style, when the norm was suddenly outdated and the avant-garde was what even your mother was wearing.

Cole Porter summed up the phenomenon best with his lyrics, “In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking, but now, God knows, Anything Goes!” It was the dawn of fashion as we know it, ushering in shorter hemlines, gender-bending styles and above all a flair for fun. This collection is a modern twist on the classic looks of the day. A time when oxfords were king, champagne flowed and freedom, glam and femininity rained supreme.Jazz Age Glamour

Featuring styles from Bass, Hush Puppies, Durea, & Dirty Laundry, brands that have perfected the art of modernizing classic looks without sacrificing integrity or comfort. At Shopping Blitz we vehemently believe in the importance of individual style. Never wear what’s popular just because someone else tells you to. Wear what you love and exude what the Roaring 20’s were really all about, the freedom to be yourself!

Shop This Look:
(Clockwise from the Top)

Dirty Laundry Field Day Oxfords

Hush Puppies Tyro Pumps

Durea Caroline Lace Up Oxfords

Hush Puppies Pennant Oxfords

Bass Eloise Saddle Oxfords

The Other Me

Everyone who knows me would say the same, that I am a girly girl. That means that I choose feminine clothes and wear pink and red as much as any other color. In fact, if presented with the choice, I usually choose pinkish hues, as they compliment my fair skin and blonde hair. Kickers Roxanne Oxfords

I understand that most of us who are approaching our third decade on this Earth, and especially those who are older than that, have been raised as boys or girls, and little attention was given to gender specific or unspecific upbringing. That’s why I choose pink and my brother chooses blue, without giving it a second thought.

But, in these more enlightened times, where gender roles are continuously challenged,  I enjoy dressing like ‘the other me’. I put my high heels in the closet, hang the form fitting dress with frills on the hanger, and put on a strictly cut tweed pant, with a crisp white shirt.  And I adorn my feet with my favorite classic oxfords, Kickers Roxanne, in Dark Beige to make my point. I am as soft or as tough as I want to be, and I am a girl and I am a person. The ‘other me’ loves the cushion-like feel of the oxfords, and I feel strangely free.

Do you enjoy ‘breaking’ the rules when it comes to dressing? Please comment and tell us how!

Romantic Spring: Starring the Bass Eloise Saddle Oxford

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It’s that time of year again. When the light returns, birds begin to chirp, flowers began to sprout and we fashionistas begin a different kind of spring cleaning, in our closet. Ever since we sprang ahead I have been itching to pack away my winter wear and prepare for my favorite season. Not only is it a season of rebirth and renewal for Mother Nature, it is time to revamp old wardrobes and find inspiration for a new look. I don’t know about you but I am tired of bundling up!

I want to wear pretty, girly things that have no other function than to make me smile. Enter the Bass Eloise Saddle Oxford and her glorious self. As soon as I saw this stunner came across our showroom floor I was sold. All of a sudden I was bombarded with visions of twirly skirts, twinkling lights and warm breezes. Romantic spring nights with my honey on rooftop bars, garden parties, ballrooms, you name it. This shoe could take us anywhere.

The perfect shoe need not have any other purpose in your life than to fulfill a fantasy, make you feel beautiful and take you places you would otherwise never go. Create an outfit around the perfect shoe and than let it lead the way.

Comfort & Style for the Holidays

The Halloween costumes are put away and Thanksgiving dinner has been served. It’s official – The Holidays are here! No matter what event you will be observing this year, I’m pretty sure that a bit of shopping – and the ever so lovely waiting in line – will be involved. If you’re23503229274913751_lejfPUQL_c like me, all that standing and walking around can become quite painful. You start off with the stamina of a five-year old but after a few hours all you’re looking for is the closest bench.

Comfort is the name of the game around this time, especially when it comes to your choice of footwear.  I always assumed that any added height to my shoes would elevate the pain along with my stature.  That is not always the case.  In a mere two months at ShoppingBlitz, I’ve learned that a well-made shoe can not only up the ante on comfort, but achieve it without compromising on style or quality.

For staSBPKL_801-8004rters, I present to you the latest addition to my ‘happy feet’  family, the ever-so-chic Pikolinos Bruja Buckle Boots , shown here in chocolate. With a low 4-cm heel, they add just a touch of height, but oh are they comfy!  The secret is in the gel and foam padded midsole for which Pikolinos is known for. Get yourself a pair of these and your feet will thank you. Then you can thank me later.

Or how about these Sofft Colorado boots?  Belt buckles over SBSFS_1416240smooth, buttery leather are indisputably in for the season. Though they pack a higher 3-inch heel, don’t despair.  These boots are kind to your soles, with extra padding added to the arch, foot and heel. You will come to appreciate the perforated foot bed, allowing airflow, so you won’t be bringing home stinky, tired feet along with your presents.

SBPKL_865-9270For those not-so-chilly fall days, you can trade up the boots for some oxfords by Pikolinos or even these adorable flats by Henry Ferrera.  Padded with gel and foam on the midsole for added comfort, the oxfords are just fun to dress up and you won’t even feel the slight 4cm heel. The Henry Ferrera flats will get yoSBHF_WILD-BLUGLDu through a day of shuffling bags and kids in and out of the car.  The contrast between the wintry blue and the eternally in season cheetah print will bring a lot of attention to your feet. I can’t say enough how much I love these shoes!

Let’s not forget to take care of ourselves in the midst of taking care of others. Be kind to your feet this season, and every other season, and they will take you happily wherever you need to go. And remember, if you can’t make it to the stores, or if you truly are too sore, grab a cup of hot cocoa, curl up on the couch and shop for your loved ones while barefoot and in your pajamas – online!

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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.