Sunday, December 16, 2007

a flip flop worth buying

like many other fashionistas, i don't quite follow the flip flop trend. it's like copping out on your feet. other than the beach or the pool, there is not much room for flip flop wear. if you're wearing a sundress pair it with sandals (jack rogers are a favorite of mine). pants? sandals or flats always work.

but, i must say.. i was pleasantly surprised walking downtown to class the other day when i was stopped in my tracks by a pair of flip flops. yes, flip flops! adorable orange and pink tory burch flip flops with a little gold medallion. of course they didn't have my size. so, frustrated, i left the store and called my mom to tell her about my incredible find. obviously she already saw them on the tory burch web site. priced at $45 they are already sold-out online and clearly hard to find in store. are they worth $45? debateable. they are uber cute, with detailed soles and a gold medallion to spice up the look.. hmm, that may be $45 i am willing to dish out.

they come in a variety of colors as you can see in the picture. while i'm not personally a fan of flip flops in general, i believe that this shoe deserves a second look. call me a brand-whore if you will.. but this is one beach thong i can see myself flipping and flopping in.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

international recognition

to any fashionista that adore shoes as much as the next... you MUST pick up this book.

shoes.. a celebration of pumps, sandals, slippers & more by linda o'keefe

a good friend of mine is studying in egypt and sent it all the way back to america for moi!! i will be picking shoes of the day from this incredible collection. as well as words of wisdom behind the remarkable shoe. there are pieces of history in here with fantastic pictures and descriptions.

so, to start us off.. a personal favorite:
section: the sensible shoe.
description: nonskid driving shoes worn by european sports car aficionados inspired italian desgner diego della valle to create j.p. tod's in 1979. the sole and heel of these quirky unisex moccasins are embedded with rubber pebbles designed to grip car pedals. made in more than 100 colors, tod's have become the status shoe of the '90s, favored by the fit and the fabulous.

although i didn't own my first pair of tod's until the 21st century, i would hardly call my interest dated. tod's has been expanding and growing with a wonderful line of handbags and leather accessories. of course, the driving moc is the staple tod's product and it comes in a variety of colors and fabrics. i highly recommend this uber comfortable shoes both in the car and out.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

who am i

i have been called a northern jersey socialite, but i am a jersey girl at heart.
my favorite cocktail is a bellini, but i'm always down for an ice cold beer.
i think the hamptons are exquisite, but the jersey shore always guarantees a good time.
i buy designer clothes, but i always shop for a bargain.
i play golf & tennis at the country club, but i couldn't make it through the winter without going to a hockey game and seeing a fight.
i am the most optimistic person you will ever meet, but i believe in making realistic decisions.
i am catholic, but i consider myself spiritual and not religious.
i am very tall, but i wear heels almost everyday.

i may seem like a very conflicted person, but i know exactly who i am.

i am driven and goal-oriented.
if there is an opportunity, i do everything in my power to take advantage of it.
i believe in making the most out of things, and getting what you deserve.

i don't like to fit into stereotypes.
and i like to pleasantly surprise people.

i decide on what i am going to drink based on my outfit.
i often laugh at my computer screen and the other people in the room have no idea why.
i have every color sharpie, in three different tips.
i am unusually skilled at announcing wiffle ball games at the beach.
i rearrange letters and numbers on license plates to give them meaning.
if i was a symbol, i would be the fleur-de-lis.
if i was an animal, i would be the panther.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

gold geometric buttons

hey there fashionistas! i hope your holidays went well.

did you watch the macy's parade last week? i got up to watch a bunch of it with the family, and as ashley tisdale came on to sing "last christmas" i couldn't take my eyes off of her attire. whoever dressed her did a great great job! her hat was uber cute, especially the gold chain matching the gold buttons on her trench coat! the louis vuitton cashmere scarf also gave it a nice finished look. but, i must say, i could not take my eyes off of that coat, it was gorgeous!

also, i couldn't tell what designer it was. the buttons were large, with geometric details, not significant of any designer to the best of my knowledge. but..

on black friday i went to the mall for dinner and some shopping, and as i walked into the new barney's co-op store i was struck by this gorgeous marc by marc jacobs wool trench (in hot pink!) with gold buttons. it was the same coat ms. tisdale had worn at the parade. and, let me tell you, it was just as striking in pink as it was in black.

if you can find this online or get your hands on it, i do believe it is worth every fashionista's penny! it's a great find that will never go out of style. gotta love a classic!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

classic festivities for the holidays

there's a turkey in the oven, and it's smelling really fine.
with the little turkey napkins on the table where we dine.
but the thing that i just can't believe in any sort of way
is my mom's in the kitchen making turkey shaped pate`

turkey's in the kitchen
turkey's in the hall
turkey's in the toy room
now i've seen it all

turkey's, turkey's every place
oh, my guess is that it must be thanksgiving day!

that's a little turkey day poem my father and i used to recite to each other this time of year, back in the day when i was a little kiddie.

i love the holidays. everybody is in such a good mood, the winter weather starts coming in. now, i'm not much of a cold fan, but i am a snow fan!! i love the snow.. especially as a proscratination tool when i don't feel like studying for finals.

tonight i had dinner with my best friend and her family. thanksgiving came up and we started talking about where we were going and what we would be doing, etc. and then i explained that i had bought my thanksgiving day outfit in august.

yes, august.

well, i got a few confused looks from across the table. my family usually gets dressed up for holidays. the guys wear sweaters (not the corny holiday kind, but the classy half-zip cashmere kind), the girls wear pumps and skirts, etc. it's like a classy holiday, not a corny holiday, which is fine because it works for us. and whatever festiveness we don't cover in our attire, we make up for with our giddy, excited conversations and holiday traditions.

i cannot wait for thursday evening. i hope that the weather is crisp fall weather, in the high 40's and not windy. (but if old man winter decides to come around, i am all for 15 degrees and 2 feet of snow.. only because i adore snow on holidays!!) still, high 40's are ideal for my outfit..
..aubergine diane von furstenberg dress
..not a wrap dress, just a simple wool dress to the knee, with a v-neck cut in front and back.
..and black patent Burberry pumps with a square toe

it's so classic and sophisticated. i've been waiting a very long time to wear it.

so how does your family spend the holidays? festive -- decked out in red and blinking lights and bells?? or classic -- cashmere sweaters and silk skirts??

Friday, November 2, 2007

sacrifice fashion for warmth?

i think that this video is absolutely hysterical.

even though i do not believe that fashion should ever be sacrificed.. sweats are not a part of my wardrobe, i guarantee.

i must say though, i agree... "stay away from the elastic at the ankles." and, according to christine ebersole "there is a movement of sweatpants into mainstream trousery wear." hahaha

ps--- i highly suggest youtubing "william sledd" ...he's fabulous!

custom costume

"halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it"

...taken from the popular movie, Mean Girls, Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, learns that dressing up as a witch, pumpkin, or anything even slightly related to this holiday is seen as taboo. instead girls conform to the masses and the costumed population is split up (pretty evenly) between nurses, referees, cheerleaders, school girls, and some sort of western cowgirls. pre-packaged costumes generally rule the masses, making each bumble bee you see seem more and more unoriginal.

instead, i say, do something unique and different. why would you want to look everybody else? fashion is an expression of individualism. find an inspiration and go with it. something from pop culture, something that interests you, or just something funny.

some of the more interesting (and usually simple) costumes i have seen include:
--a twister board.. so original and cute!
--a pineapple.. sounds weird, i know, but it was sparkley and adorable
--the devil wears prada.. from last year but very ingenious
--the spice girls.. a great idea because they're back on tour

Thursday, October 18, 2007

hats off to you!!

hey there fashionistas! we are in the heart of fall.. despite those 70 degree days much of the country is still experiencing. i know, it's crazy. but every now and then when autumn peeks its chilly nose out, some of the most adorable fashions appear on campus.

of those, some of my favorites are; pashminas wrapped around the neck, tights, long sweaters, and hats!!

hats are really in right now. and some of my favorites starting showing up in movies (like 'the devil wears prada') and tv shows a while back. my favorite type of hat is the pageboy hat. it comes in a plethora of fabrics and colors. it's very versatile, it works when dressing up and for days that aren't quite as formal and jeans and a t-shirt is what you decide to wear.

These are some really cute courduroy pageboy hats. Cute, right??

i am also a huge huge fan of the beret. okay, so you're probably thinking, 'what has , i had one when i was little and wore it only because my mom forced it on my head. but ever since last winter, i have been on a mission. trying to find that perfect balance between stiff and sloppy. a black beret with form but not so floppy or so stiff that it looks like i'm in the army. berets will soon be hitting the fashion front.. expect to see this in magazines, around campus, and in movies and such.

Friday, October 12, 2007

the accessorizing guru

it's official.. if you need any accessory including shoes, bags, jewelry, i am your person. i have a lot of versatility in my accessories because i feel that it's the signs of a smart shopper if you can work with a few key accessories and come out with a plethora of dressing opportunities..

just last weekend three of my best girlfriends came to visit at school. we were getting ready to go out friday night, and the following words came out of their mouths.. "when i was packing i didn't have to put much thought into my night outfits because i knew that my fashionista friend NYCShopGirl15 would have anything i needed." well, naturally i laughed at this. but it is so true.

the arrows are pointing to the accessories i gave them including; silver drop earrings, black prada bag, gold ralph lauren bracelet, silver charmer bracelets, and pewter Burberry clutch. you girls looked amazing!

i ended up accessorizing all three of my girlfriends and my roommate.. both nights! it was so much fun, i love dressing up people. on the other hand, i allow very very few people to accessorize me. usually because i am stubborn enough to have my decisions set in stone about 24 hours before i actually wear an outfit.

an example of an exception: on my philadelphia trip i let my friend kopal help accessorize! i was wearing one of my favorite lbd's. paired with silver drop earrings, my favorite silver locket necklace, and some silver bangles. "dressed to kill" is the term i believe.. haha

have a great weekend fashionistas! if you need some advice on accessories you know how to reach me!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

high heel heaven

happy sunday fashionistas! i hope your weekends were enjoyable. i got home today from a weekend trip to philadelphia. yep, that's right! patent leather shoes made an appearance in one of america's finest cities. every time i go to philadelphia i am pleasantly surprised by my endeavors. it was nice to enjoy restaurant week there. and the weather was unbelievable, which made walking through the streets even more pleasant.

i sported my navy patent leather pumps to the city, paired with my wide leg trouser jeans by seven, and my short-sleeve white tory burch blouse. also.. i wore my black leather belt. it was a great clashing hit! comfortable for the drive.. and chic for our nice dinner.

if you can believe it, i have never been to king of prussia. yes, the second largest shopping mall in america. i have heard girls gushing over the stores and going on and on about the endless shopping opportunities within this arena of retailers. my girlfriends and i had plans to make a saturday afternoon shopping trip to the mega-center (unfortunately this did not work out.. boo) to buy a pair of heels for my roommate. note.. these would be the only pair of heels she would own. okay, some girls were born in heels (like myself, over here in high heel heaven.. i'm super tall and i still insist on purchasing 4 inch heels) and others favor the flats (which is fine in the summer months, especially at parties on grassy areas).. either way, i think each co-ed needs a bit of assortment. heels and flats to liven things up a bit. i'm very upset this trip didn't go as planned because every girl needs heels.

back to my roommate.. some of my fashionista crazes have rubbed off on her.. i've gotten her to match her hardware, clash colors, and wear a long necklace (it 's fun.. i get to accessorize her night outfits!) now.. once we get her that pair of heels, we will be in 'heaven'.

Friday, September 21, 2007

i am fashion

check it out fashionistas!

it's my claim to fame...

btw... i was not wearing silver flats, i was actually wearing pewter flats. like i have said before, i do not pair silver and gold together.

my legs look kinda short here.. hmm.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

wednesday campus inspirations

wednesday campus inspirations.. a weekly post commenting on trends and styles i see on campus. sit back, relax, and enjoy..

and a special thanks to ms. angeline for providing me with my first weekly review!

channeling some retro styles, combined with a touch preppiness, add in a little school spirit.. and you have angeline's fabulous combination of a youth crew neck sweatshirt paired with a pink polo shirt. when i first got to class this afternoon, i commented on her adorable polo.. white and pink stripes.. it was a great top for this warm weathered day!

afterwards, during our walk downtown together we were discussing the awkwardness of fall weather. how the early morning hours are in the freezing cold forties! while the sun shines and heats up campus into the seventies by early afternoon. well.. this combination of cold and warm does not provide for ideal wardrobe options for any fashionista. nobody wants to walk outside in the cold with short sleeves on.. nor does any collegiate fashionista want to lug around a jacket all afternoon when, after all, their outfit was designed around those adorable tory burch buttons showcased on its front (yes.. i am referring to a specific ivory jacket i have from tb.. and my clothing choices are usually channeled around this one piece when i wear it).

so angeline's solution to the problem this morning was to pair a youth crew school sweatshirt (which she got for sale at work.. yay for saving a few bucks!) over her collared shirt. she was able to fold her sweatshirt away by 3 pm and not worry about wrinkles or distracting others from her adorable polo shirt. well.. i must say angeline.. a job well done! this combination was a hit. navy sweatshirt with a pink collar was uber cute. it was preppy, conservative, school spirited, and fashion-risque all at the same time!

while some of you fashionistas may be frowning at the sound of this combination.. please take a second and absorb it. think about the ever popular spin-off.. t-shirts paired with polos underneath. it provides for a preppy sport look. i know i am a fan of these.. especially at football games.

it's been a while since i've paired a crew neck -- sweatshirt or t-shirt -- with a polo.. but thanks to angeline, i have a feeling that i will be thinking up many combinations in my head for the near future.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

college boys and their mouths...

so my friend frank and i are here drinking merlot and watching the yankee game, and i'm checking all my bloglines updates and he goes.. "you're such a blog queen"

hahaha.. yayy!!

ps-- he wears argyle socks that are so uber cute!

look how cute frank and i are here... we went to a charity ball together and we're dancing like goofs :)
props on your outfit frank.. any guy with a baby blue shirt and pink tie has a good sense of style
ps-- my dress is a "chetta b" black cocktail dress that my mom sent up from home.

to: metrosexual dads from: fashionista daughters

happy sunday blogosphere! i hope your weekends were enjoyable! well, here i am.. 7:30 sunday night, all caught up on my homework.. sipping a glass of merlot.. and waiting for my veggie burger to finish cooking for dinner.

my daddy came to visit me at school this weekend!! yay for parent visits, because you seriously get the best [free] food!!

i have to say, one great thing about my dad is how well he keeps himself together. he is always dressed to the nines.. and groomed meticulously.

he's also very fashion conscious (minus his futuristic sunglasses that we bicker over constantly).. when we went golfing today he was buying a wind breaker. he couldn't decide between the beige or the navy (which actually looked like black in the store.) so.. he asked for moi's advice.. his personal shopper/collegiate fashionista.

daddy wanted to know which was the better purchase.. since he wears black and tan pants paired with a collection of solid colored shirts. he ended up buying both.. but it was still really cool to offer him my trendy fashion advice for his golf attire. i swear, every time i see my dad i am more and more impressed by the trends he notices.. and the designer jeans that he buys!

so this blog is dedicated to all metrosexual dad's out there.. thanks for making your fashionista daughters proud!!

Friday, September 14, 2007

fashion forward friday

buenas tardes fashionistas!

here is my fashion forward friday outfit.

obviously, going trendy. since the minis are phasing out, i thought i'd get this cute jumper in one last time.. especially since it's chilly out today (68* right now! ..brr!)

i paired it with my new navy tights from we love colors.. and my via spiga boots which i am just in love with! i got them for my birthday last year and i wear them all the time. they're so comfortable and chic, the slouching leather is my favorite thing about them. plus, the luggage color goes with my leather Burberry bag that i carry to class.

one of my favorite things about this outfit, is that i can wear my huge navy cocktail ring from express. it's such an adorable accessory and it's very attention grabbing.

plus, check out the dress pattern: navy, black, and brown (clashing colors in for fall!)

classic with a twist is officially documented

happy friday fashionistas! you will never believe what happened to me yesterday afternoon..

so i'm drinking a vanilla soy latte from starbucks, talking on the phone with my friend, about to walk in the door to work (approx 10 feet away).. and these two girls come up to me and tap me on my back.. "i'm sorry to interrupt you, but we're from the style of the week section from the school newspaper, and we loooooove your outfit! can we take your picture and ask you a few quick questions?"

well.. that just made my day!! so next thursday, my trends will be officially documented online and in print. don't worry all.. i will post the article when it comes out!

and in case you were wondering, i was wearing:
--brown juicy couture cashmere sweater dress (i got that at loehmanns!)
--black tights from
--peuter metallic flats from coach (metallic is so in right now!)
--my Burberry leather tote bag with my books
--and some cute gold jewelry

i still can't believe they chose me out of thousands (and i mean thousands!) of other students.. it's a fashionista's dream come true! so my style: trendy (obviously, look what i was wearing).. preppy and conservative. but generally --> classic with a twist!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

manicures are not always an option

when i'm away at school, like most college students.. i don't have much disposible income to play around with. so i have to make due with what i have. this means the manicures i would love to get every week or so are not usually an option. especially when all the salons around here are not so inexpensive.. unfortunately there are no cheap asian nail salons like at home. let me tell you.. those asian ladies know exactly what they are doing!

so once a week or so i like to change up my nail colors. as i'm sure you know, my hue of choice last week was navy (which i love!). but this week i decided to switch over to 'sole mate' by essie. it's a great aubergine (eggplant-like) purple. and they complement my leopard peep toe flats i'm sporting today!

but, my go-to nail combination: 'adore-a-ball' and 'sugar daddy,' both by essie. i love this combination, it's a great pale pink that's subtle enough to go with everything but opaque enough to make a statement.

what's your favorite polish combo?

and, another thought to ponder.. have you tried nude polish? i love it on my fingers with navy toes. and i have only ventured that way once, because i'm still nervous that a beige polish will not work with my skin tone. but, honestly i loved it. so if you happen to come across a shade you favor please let me know!

thanks, and happy tuesday!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

it's raining it's pouring!!

rain drop on roses.. whiskers of kittens.. i'm wearing rain boots.. and everyone's smitten!

ok, bad way to rewrite sound of music.. but it's raining, and you know what that means! i get to wear my new Burberry rain boots.

what do you think??
are the colors too "fall" for mid-september?
since autumn is only 10 days away i thought it would be okay to put this together.. that, and i'm slightly anal and had to wear a top the color of a stripe in my rain boot

ps.. here is a close up of my rain boots (how cute are they?!?!)

Monday, September 10, 2007

my mother.. the professional shopper/style guru/master budgeter

ok, so i mentioned my mom on my prior post, let me just say, somehow she is able to budget her money and get the things most fashionistas only dream about and read about in the pages of vogue and instyle. but this woman can talk her way into a friends and family sample sale, get discounts off designer products for being a familiar face, and knows exactly when to buy which current trend. so this afternoon after a quick 5 minute phone call with her this afternoon i just had to tell you this..

some background info--
so last night i was e-browsing (what i like to consider the online version of window shopping.. you know, looking at christian louboutin booties and prada flats that don't quite fit into the budget of a college student) in between homework assignments and i found myself -- as i commonly do -- missing manhattan.. the hustle and bustle of everything, the sleek black suits worn by wall street men that are just gorgeous to look at, and of course 5th and madison.. every shopaholics dream. and then it hit me.. i have not yet visited sak's shoe department. yes, of course i am referring to 10022-shoe.. the 10,000 square feet home to 100,000 pairs of premier designers. so after e-browsing through their large collection i of course visited because i like to see what one of my favorite top designers is up to. especially since i experienced their incredible sample sale this summer and all of the wonderful, wonderful findings i came across at 75-90% off. well i showed my roommate their adorable little red patent manor bag on their homepage, commenting on the black one my mother recently purchased. although, i couldn't help but notice their complementing shoes, uber cute!

so, it's monday afternoon and i'm walking to class, and i decide to give my mother a ring to see what she is up to. well of course she answers the phone and tells me she and her two close girlfriends are at saks eighth floor shoe department (yep, 10022-shoe).. i couldn't believe it. well.. then she goes on to tell me that she is "trying on the cutest burberry flats, patent leather that.." and i interrupt "..match your patent leather manor bag?!" now that is some powerful fashion esp right there ladies! she said "yes, they are posted..""..on their homepage next to the manor bag," i finished her words again, "i saw it last night!" well we had a quick laugh and i was off to learn about the stock market in economics class. not far from my mind though were the peuter and black patent flats that i had convinced my mother to buy ..because with a shoe that cute you can't miss up on an opportunity of them both being in stock!

so what are your thoughts?? wouldn't you buy both if you could?!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

these boots were made for walking

boots are all over. and with the fall season approaching it's really hard to resist them. so get your toes pedicured one last time, and prep your feet for some indoor coverage. that's right ladies... flip flop season is almost over. and there are plenty (and i mean plenty!) of options to snuggle your feet into this season.

rain boots have been around ever since april showers brought may flowers. but lately they have been seen on every pair of feet and in every retailer. and with so many styles and fabrics available, who wouldn't want to sport this fashionable and functional shoe?!?! for once, it made my father very happy that i bought a shoe that had a "purpose." one of the things i love most about rain boots is their individuality.. anybody can express a mood or a personality through them (this may be why i'm so passionate about shoes). for example, take sperry's rain boot it is stylish with its tweed lining and tailored cuts.. and the wedge heel adds a little bit of height to the wearer. and target has even carried walls and walls of rain boot options from polka dots to animal prints. but above all, the pariah of rain boots.. Burberry.

i own two pairs of rain boots... both Burberry. there is just something about that traditional plaid.. it's so chic and preppy, it goes with everything. i've worn them so often, and with my recently expanded (and expanding...) Burberry collection i have so many things to pair with them. combined with skinny jeans, a white t-shirt, and a black blazer it makes for such an easy, comfortable outfit on rainy days.. and i still get to look cute walking to class! my other pair are also Burberry. but they're novacheck print in pale colors, very cute. especially in warm, rainy weather. i recently got these and haven't had the opportunity to wear them yet.. but i have a few outfits put together in my head for that first rain drop.

so booties have been making quite a commotion on the shoe racks. they have been the talk of many fashion writers and bloggers since last winter. i was anxious for this hybrid-heel, a mix of a pump and a boot.. it's a bootie! but the stores out at school had none last season. i just didn't understand, all i heard was bootie this and bootie that.. but they were nowhere to be found, not because they were sold out, but because these stores didn't have them. well thanks to my fashion conscious mother (i'm still trying to learn her ways and become as shopping savvy as she is) i came home for a weekend and found two pairs of donald j. pliner booties (one black and one brown) waiting for me in my room. i got good use out of them, and they shall be making a return this fall season. but this year, upon my return to school and my browsing through the stores downtown i noticed a selection of booties. not only did this make my happy because i could finally show my friends what booties were but because this fashion item finally found it's way out to non-urban america.

for this season i recommend the via spiga 'alice' bootie ..because the button adds some subtle flair and these will pair great with tights and a pencil skirt. and the christian louboutin goya boot plain booties ..because it features their trademarked hidden platform and every shoe made by this designer is drop dead gorgeous [i am anxiously waiting for the day i buy my first pair!]

Monday, September 3, 2007

navy for fall

so if you are any way in touch with the fashion and style world then you are very much aware that navy is in for fall! it has been making quite an appearance [in many of my fall purchases..] from blazers to pants to shoes and even nail polish. also a bit of fashion 411.. clashing is in. i know it breaks every fashion rule in the book, but try pairing black and navy together.. it's certainly an interesting combination. recently, i took a deep breath and while wearing a navy dress with silver jack rodgers and silver jewelry i carried along a black prada bag. i have to admit my instincts were initially focused on the bag's silver hardware, versus my brown bags with gold hardware (its going to be quite some time before i mix my hardware finishes... no silver jewelry and gold belt buckle on this fashionista) it was even hard for me to put my money and lip gloss in the black bag while wearing navy, but i was glad that i did. it was something new and invigorating for me, be a little daring. check it out.. i urge you all to try it!

and in case you haven't heard, OPI makes a navy nail polish which I am uber excited to try!! last month i went on a hunt for navy polish because i was just dying to paint my toes with it. well i did stumble across one in sally and i, of course, purchased it and went to get a pedicure. it was so cute.. almost black, but when it hit the light it shined and really caught your eye. i wore sandals for a solid two weeks to show off my navy tootsies.. and i was very happy with my purchase, it's a great shiny blue but i believe the OPI is a bit more matte, but i am anxious for it nonetheless.

here's a picture of the polish on my roommates toes (thanks for modeling!)

blazers have been seen all over lately. layering with sweaters and oxfords leans towards a more conservative, preppy look. but pairing with a silky halter and skinny jeans adds class (and warmth) to a cute outfit for a night out this fall. i usually don't pair my jeans with any blue top, so to wear my new tory burch navy blazer i may have to leave the dark denims at home in the closet. but with brown suede trim and fabulously shiny gold buttons i don't think i'll have any hesitations. i'm just waiting for the fall weather to sink in so that i can premiere it on campus.

another navy accessory that i'm looking forward to
premiering shortly are my new navy patent leather pumps! with an almond toe (so in right now) and 3 inch heel they are cute and flirtatious. the navy is a great alternative to a brown or tan heel i would have previously chosen to pair with a neutral-toned outfit. i really can't wait to wear them.. they have been waiting patiently for me in their box since i brought them home last week.

so after a long weekend (thanks labor day) of partying back at school i woke up and thought, 'what better way to cure a morning hangover than with a little bit of shopping?!' well i began missing my loehmanns that i frequent at home, the best department store with the best designer deals, so i did some web surfing and came across the loehmanns web site at that's where i stumbled into this pair of purple oversized gucci sunglasses i have been thinking about for nearly two months so i added them to my shopping cart then i proceeded to the tory burch clothing of their site (because i recently bought some tb clothes at loehmanns at home, and was very happy with their selection and prices, and i also have a slight obsession with the whole tory burch line) and that's where they were... navy wool sailor cut pants. i don't have a pair of navy pants and the wool would be great for those cold winter months that are approaching.. plus they were only $79.99, what a steal! i am very excited for these to come because tory burch pants tend to run really long and fit super well.

so with fashion week approaching and every designer's spring trends premiering on the runway this week keep an eye out for navy.. and i encourage you to pair it with a little bit of black.. take a chance see how it goes. in closing, something to ponder.. now that black and navy can be paired, does this mean we can wear white after labor day??

Monday, July 16, 2007

the patent leather shoe

like any other young girl in America, growing up i had a pair of black, patent leather mary-janes. of course they were my favorite pair of shoes and being the independent kid that i was, i decided that they went with anything (and i mean ANYTHING!).. paired with pajamas for sunday morning pancakes.. with my ball gowns as the quintessential dress-up accessory.. and they put the finishing touches on my favorite preschool outfit: plaid kilt, spandex, and white lacy socks. (i don't know about the socks, but i certainly had something going with the spandex.. a trend-setter at such a young age! too bad i was about 20 years early on that one.. or a few years late, depending on if you compare it to the 80s or today). anyway you look at it.. my black patent mary-janes were my staple shoe and they went everywhere with me. as i've grown older my patent leather shoes have evolved from mary janes to heels and peep toe pumps, and the tales these shoes could tell become more and more interesting.

nowadays i have two patent leather pumps: a pair of Nine West, peep-toe, red patent mary jane heels, and they are absolutely adorable! yet, a bit more sophisticated than mj's those previously mentioned. the other. a standard, BCBG black patent pump that have escorted me to a number of soirées and have quite a few stories to tell. but i doubt there's anybody out there in the land of shoes that didn't start off their collection, at a very young age, with a pair of black patent mary-janes.

i have a shoe fetish/passion/obsession.. anyway you look at it, i love shoes! feel free to tell me about your favorite pair and some stories behind them!