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Happy Shoe Season!
Every once in a while I have the urge to try a new refreshing and fruity drink at one of the local restaurants near my work. Only every once in a while.On Thursdays. Every week. At 3:30. It’s not an addiction! It’s a beautiful tradition! Every Thursday I hop up from my desk, and depending on my current footwear, change into something more street appropriate, or just hit the streets with my wedges, and go to a previously appointed establishment (I may or may not have a spreadsheet) and order my mid afternoon pick-me-up full of unnecessary calories, but filled with très nécessaire joy and mental relief. Plus, it does me good to pass by the simply adorable young security guard outside my building. Eye candy is completely calorie free, so this weekly outing is certainly not a total indulgence.
Well, last week I tried this place that serves up blackberry mango lemonade with crushed ice. Say What?! Oh, it was delish! I thanked the lady behind the counter, and turned to the door when I saw him. Oh he was gorgeous. Perfect hair, possibly chiseled body (I don’t know for sure, I was feeling swoony, so I could be wrong), fabulous aviators, slim fitting deep blue polo (I am a sucker for the preppy look), tan trousers, and eek! Dirty, torn, ratty tennis shoes. Seriously? I had never before seen anything so horrendous! Especially on such a work of art.
I gasped in horror. He took my gasp as a sign of admiration, smiled at me, and said, “Hello.” Normally I would speak, but I had the fresh memory of those terrible shoes still burning my retinas. He took off his sunglasses, and he turned his warm, comforting, brown eyes to mine, melting me on the spot. Sigh…
Remembering my flirting training (never pass up an opportunity!), I looked him in the eye, and shot him what I’m certain was a charming smile. Forgetting my training, I babbled about how delicious the blackberry mango lemonade was, and how I certainly recommend it, when I looked down at my drink and caught sight of those shoes again. Those shoes infuriated me! It was like a personal attack on who I am and everything I stand for! Doesn’t he know about all the other shoe options available? Doesn’t he know how to keep shoes clean, or when to toss them in the trash? I was getting upset. It was time to get out of there! With a somewhat distracted smile I excused myself, and started walking back to the office. In righteous indignation I began listing all the other fabulous shoe choices he could have worn with his outfit. I soon realized I didn’t care so much about men’s shoes,
but more about women’s shoes, and when I got back to the office I pounded out this list of the best shoe fashions for the coming season.
Boots: While I love love LOVE my gladiators as my summer go-to-can-wear-with-practically-every-outfit-shoe, I am very excited to replace my gladiators with boots. Mid-calf boots. Tall boots. Over-the-knee boots. Wedge boots. Low heel boots. High heel boots. I am simply boot crazy when it comes to fall! The fabulous thing about boots is their easy transition into winter. I love a western inspired boot, I love a motorcycle inspired boot, and I love a Pretty Woman inspired boot.
Platforms: Always say yes to a platform. Platforms come in all sorts of styles these days. It allows you to wear a higher heel without the imminent danger, they look fierce, and they suit this season’s flare jean perfectly! I love this one, and also this one.
Menswear Inspired Oxfords, Loafers, and Brogues: Designers are making these shoes more feminine with increased heel heights, shiny finishes, and other sparkly details. I’m really loving a fitted jacket, short flirty skirt, and classy brogues right now. Or pair with a great harem pant and oversized top.
Embellished, D’Orsay, and Nude Heels: When I say embellished heel, I mean embellishment on the actual heel part. Pick up a pair of rockin’ stilettos! So fresh, so fierce, so ready for a night on the town! Pair with last year’s leggings, a fabulous top, and a sleek clutch. I think this would also be an appropriate time to clip a feather into your hair.
The D’Orsay is a fabulous style in and of itself, but try it with texture, colorblocking, and embellishments. Wear them out at night with cuffed shorts until the weather turns colder, and wear a classy pair to the office with a straight leg trouser and fitted button-down. I wouldn’t be opposed if you even decided to pair them with a midi-skirt and tailored blouse.
Have you picked up a pair of nude heels yet? They elongate the leg (and the summer tan) and go with practically every outfit. Here. Buy these. See, wasn’t that easy? And fun? I love shopping!
Flats: Of course! Lest you start to think fall is all about the heel, I am pleased to report that flats are still around, in one form or another. We have done animal print, we have done jewel embellishments, and this fall the focus is on bow embellishments! They are practically everywhere, and I am so happy to see it. I love a good bow. They look so cute peeping out of my bootcut jeans, or paired with my new jeggings. I can just imagine my next Thursday afternoon beverage excursion in a sweet pair of ballet flats!
Textures: Velvet is so hot, it instantly warms any chilled feet! Velvet is so sumptuous, sassy, and sexy I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t immediately buy
themselves a pair of velvet heels. Velvet was made to be seen, so wear them with a stunning dress, stove pipe jeans, or a pencil skirt.
Don’t forget about suede. There is only a short period of the year where a girl can pull off suede. Particularly in the footwear department. With suede we don’t want to be in danger of winter snows, or spring showers, but fall! We are only dealing with leaves and a crisp wind or two, so bring on the suede before it’s too late! Bring on the suede boot, the suede bootie, the suede heel, the suede wedge!
Jewel Tones: The best part of fall is the return to the jewel tones that complement my skin so nicely. I love to wear blouses and jackets in jewel tones, but this year I’m going to expand my jewels to my footwear selection. For some people, fall means a lot of neutrals. What better way to complete and polish off an outfit than with rich accessories? Try a burgundy shoe, a purple bag, or an emerald skinny belt. Interested in really packing a punch? Try this shoe that has the D’Orsay style, a platform, embellished heel, and jewel toned suede! It’s the ultimate!
There! That feels better. See? There is simply no excuse for ugly footwear. It’s fall! It’s happy shoe season!
P.S. I just discovered Sole Society and I am hooked! Amazing shoes chosen especially for you and your own personal style! Check it out - you're gonna love it!
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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DRESS
In her new book praised by Anna Sui, Gael Greene and Diane Johnson, fashion designer Vicky Tiel embodies the idea of living large. Whether designing for Hollywood starlets or the scores of women who have flocked to her Parisian shop and exclusive boutiques in Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, Tiel dresses women with one goal in mind — to make them look and feel great in their curves. In her candid — and, at times, cheeky — memoir, IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DRESS: What I Learned in 40 Years About Men, Women, Sex and Fashion (St. Martin’s Press; August 18, 2011; hardcover), Tiel shares her wild ride to the heights of couture. Might I send a copy your way for consideration?
Part Hollywood tell-all, part fashion how-to, and part lifestyle handbook for achieving that “je ne sais quoi,” the book — like Tiel’s life — is truly one-of-a-kind. Upon graduating from the Parsons School of Design in 1964, she took Paris by storm with Mia Fonssagrives, daughter of model Lisa Fonssagrives and stepdaughter of photographer Irving Penn. The twosome created a craze with Vicky’s lace bustiers, hot pants, and a little something new called the miniskirt. Her sexy designs caught the attention of Woody Allen, who hired her as a costume designer on his first film, What’s New, Pussycat, inviting her into the world of Hollywood royalty. Over the next forty years, Tiel’s dresses have been worn by everyone from her dear friend Elizabeth Taylor to Goldie Hawn, Halle Berry and Kim Kardashian.
“Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, I remember reading an article in Life Magazine about two girls who graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York and moved to Paris, where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton opened a boutique for them. This fantasy fueled my dream. Vicky Tiel was my original inspiration!”
—Anna Sui, designer
“Not even the most resolutely stern reader will be able to resist this feast of Hollywood gossip, fashion advice and racy recollection by the noted designer Vicky Tiel, who knew Marilyn and Marlon, was the inventor of notable trends like miniskirts and jumpsuits, and is a natural and funny writer who tells all. Delicious!”
—Diane Johnson, author of Le Divorce
"A naughty girl when that was the best a girl could be, inventor of the mini, Paris couturier at 18, Vicky Tiel tells spicy tales from dressing Kim, Ursula and Miles Davis, teasing Woody Allen, staying up late with Princess Grace and more intimate than you thought you'd want to know from her years in the entourage of Liz and Dick. Comes complete with tricks you need: bedroom advice, supermodels' diet guide, how to get men to give jewelry and the recipe for a perfect pink tunafish sandwich."
—Gael Greene, author of Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess
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