Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Spring Lines are in and jewel embellishments don't seem to be going anywhere soon. Big, bold jewels are all over Prada's spring collection giving sparkle to an already alluring shoe design. It appears that you can even spice up the flat thong sandal with a few well placed, large scale jewels in bright colors. Viva La Bling Bling!

To all of my Loverlees, Have a wonderfully Happy and Prosperous New Year.


Prada
Jeweled T-Strap Platform Sandal
1100.00
Neiman Marcus



Prada
Jeweled Thong Sandal
590.00
Neiman Marcus



Prada
Peep Toe jeweled pump
850.00
Neiman Marcus

Thursday, December 25, 2008

HAVE A WONDERFUL ONE

To all of my Loverlees

HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS
AND A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Winter Wonderland

I must say, my darlings, I don't know if I remember it being this cold. Maybe because it went frigid so early in the game. We started having February cold at the beginning of December. Very unusual. Oh well, still looking for ways to stay warm and look cute at the same time (though I have to admit, staying warm has won out as top priority).

Anywho, It's the holidays and these festive numbers are sure to pep you up for strutting your stuff.

Enjoy and MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Sergio Rossi
Patchwork pump
625.00
Neiman Marcus



Christian Louboutin
Nooka Bow Slingback
695.00
Neiman Marcus


Isn't this just a delicious color?

Christian Louboutin
Platform Suede Pump
860.00
Neiman Marcus



Emilio Pucci
Sequined Bootie
750.00
Neiman Marcus



Stuart Weitzman
Peep Toe Platform Pump
355.00
Neiman Marcus

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Dark Horse Revisited: The High Fashion Shoe Designs of Denmark's Camilla Skovgaard

Camilla Skovgaard is a shoe diva’s dream come true. My first encounter with this amazing designer caused me to salivate with lustful glee. My inner glam rocker chick quickly awakened, and I thought, why don’t I own these? No, I’m not just talking about one pair, I want to own ALL of them. In my designer shoe book, Ms. Skovgaard can do no wrong. The woman is amazing and her designs bring to mind phrases such as 'urban edge' and 'glamour punk chic.'

When I contacted the designer through her MySpace page, Camilla was gracious enough to answer me (rather quickly, I might add) and to grant me use of the beautiful pictures of her luscious and delectable shoe collection. I could not believe that a designer of such magnitude (and from Denmark, no less!) would acknowledge little ole’ me. I eventually came to myself, however, picked my chin up off the floor, and commenced to putting pen to paper (or keyboard to screen, as the case may be). I immediately felt it my duty to remind those of you who already knew her and to share with those of you who didn’t, one of the 21st century’s most talented shoe designers.

From the short, woven and rainbow heeled booties, to basket weave golden stilettos, there’s no way you can wear her shoes and not have somebody try to knock you down and take them (more than likely, this would be me). Particularly stunning is the open sandal with the shock of black hair covering the front, a nod to the “dark horse” in us all, says Camilla. An air of mystery and intrigue encompasses every design and is sure to release the passion of your hidden femme fatale. Viva La Film Noir!

In case you’re wondering if she’s all style and no substance, this ├╝ber designer is no slouch when it comes to training and experience. In a very short time, Camilla went to Paris to study Couture in her teens and traveled to the other side of the world (the Arabian Peninsula of Dubai) as designer to the Gulf Sheikh’s wives and daughters at the tender age of 20. She has worked with such notables as Emilio Pucci and the British Fashion House, Matthew Williams. Yet, while her resume is no doubt impressive, the bottom line is simply this: the shoes are flat out, straight up gorgeous.

So once again, FA'SHOE'NISTA! celebrates the "Elegant Cool" styles of Camilla Skovgaard. Salivate and enjoy, my Loverlees!












All photos courtesy of www.camillaskovgaard.com

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Special Sale Event on JBandMe.com

Hello, my Bellas!

Hope your week has gotten off to a fantastic start. Well, Christmas time is upon us and what better time to find good buys on possible gifts for our loved ones, friends and even for ourselves.

So if you're still mulling around in that fashionable brain of yours ideas on what to buy for the holiday season, I suggest you visit Jbandme.com. This eclectic site truly has something for everyone, from beautiful tops and sweaters, a vast array of jeans, and other accessories, to shoes, boots and home decor.

This week, the stylishly savvy online store is extending a huge, they call it the "biggest ever," sale to all of their email subscribers.

Subscribers will be notified by 2 emails, one on Wednesday and one on Thursday in order to reveal the offer and code for this sale.

Though I have yet to purchase anything (I intend to remedy that real soon), I have visited the site many times and have enjoyed browsing through the unique merchandise JbandMe has to offer. The site has also experienced a major renovation and promises to be even more user friendly.

So whether you want to expand your Christmas shopping options or to simply check out a fabulous online store, click on the link below to add yourself to the subscriber list.

https://www.jbandme.com/customer/account/create

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Baby it's cold outside...No really...

Having just arrived home from a hard day at the office that I'd rather not go to, I have been forced (as in wind forced) into admitting that Winter time is indeed upon us. In just a few short weeks, the Great Lakes State of Michigan has seen insurmountable snow in its upper Northern portions and wind chills that are already reaching biting proportions.

As I anticipate my next move regarding a vehicle, I am now relegated to taking the bus to and from work and pretty much any where else I want to go. So being out in the elements as such, it's kind of tough to look cute and stay warm at the same time. This is every Winter-born Fashionista's dilemma. And as much as I adore stiletto heels they are not conducive to walking through snow or on ice. So flat boots it is and these by designer Tory Burch are both fashionable and functional.

Enjoy, my Bellas!


Tory Burch
Marco Flat Boot
$495.00
Neiman Marcus



Tory Burch
Sabina Snake Boot
$495.00
Neiman Marcus



Tory Burch
Winnie Rain Riding Boot
$250.00
Neiman Marcus


What can I say? There had to be at least one pair of high heels.

Tory Burch
Claudia Tall Boot
$495.00
Neiman Marcus

Sunday, November 30, 2008

GOOD SUNDAY MORNING!


"Flowerbabies" by Me

Hello all my Bellas, and Good Sunday Morning. I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. In spite of the economy and everything else that might be hurled our way, we still have a great deal to be Thankful for. Most importantly, I am thankful for the Love of God in my life and the fact that He takes care of me, even during my stubborn times, when I'm all like, "No Lord, I don't feel like walking in my Destiny today!" He just sits back and patiently waits for me to come to my senses. I can hear Him saying something like, "Don't worry, my daughter, I'll be here when you get back."

Oh well,

Have a great SUNDAY and may your week bring you prosperity and peace.

Ciao Bellas!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday, Friday, Friday!

Hello, my Bellas! It's Friday! Yaaaaayyy! I couldn't wait to get away from the regular day job, just to come home and relax. Since I'm not doing anything spectacular tonight because it is so COLD outside, I thought I'd wish everyone a great start to your weekend.

Have a stylish night out (or in as the case may be) and keep the fashion fires burning throughout the Thanksgiving holiday next week.

Here are some stylish floor knockers to pave the way.


Dolce & Gabbana
Lace up Bootie
795.00
Neiman Marucs



Christian Louboutin
Multicolor Bootie
1065.00
Neiman Marcus


Manolo Blahnik
Metal Circle Bootie
1395.00
Neiman Marcus


Stella McCartney
Two-Tone Pump
875.00
Neiman Marcus

Saturday, November 15, 2008

AAAAAAHHHHHHHH, CHOO...

Good Saturday Morning, my Loverlies.

Hope everyone's having a great start to their weekend. It's raining here in the Metro Detroit area and we're expecting the rain to turn to snow by Sunday. Oh, well...

On to the good stuff and the reason why I'm here.

The eclectic designer, Jimmy Choo, has tripped my handbag radar with these amazing designs that can only be described as WHOA, MOMMA!

The Malaysia born Jimmy Choo (birth name Jimmy Choo Yeang Keat) is the offspring of a shoemaker family. He made his first pair of shoes at the tender age of 11 and went on to become one of the fashion worlds most notable designers, able to boast Diana, Princess of Wales, as one of his admirers and patrons. International notoriety soon followed and in 1996, Choo collaborated with and co-founded Jimmy Choo Ltd with then accessories editor of British Vogue, Tamara Mellon. Choo ended up selling his 50% ownership of the business in 2001 for 10 million pounds.

The creative eye of Jimmy Choo Ltd. is Sandra Choi.

Choi came on board in 1991 as an intern for Jimmy Choo, in his couture workshop located in London's East End, while studying a St. Martins School of Art. Choi quickly recognized a once in a lifetime opportunity, abandoned her college career degree, and eventually devoted all of her energies to the business of shoes. As overseer of the workshop, Choi soon mastered the all aspects of shoe making from start to finish--design, pattern cutting, and masterfully fitting a shoe.

Choi's expertise does not stop at shoes. As Jimmy Choo's Creative Director, she has also well proven herself as an accessories designer extraordinaire. The handbag collection is solid proof that Sandra Choi will have Jimmy Choo Ltd. on the style map of fashionistas everywhere for eons to come.


Jimmy Choo
Liquid Patent and Suede Tote
$2095.00
Neiman Marcus



Jimmy Choo
Lola Satchel
$1995.00
Neiman Marcus



Jimmy Choo
Riki Ring Bag
$3095.00
Neiman Marcus



Jimmy Choo
Saba Bracelet Hobo
$2450.00
Neiman Marcus

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Helloooooooooo Everyone!

Hello my Loverlies! So sorry I've been away for so long. It's been pretty hectic in my life lately. I just came off of a house sitting stint for one of my friends who went with our Pastor as one of his team of Ministers to South America. Very busy running back and forth from my house to hers, etc., etc., etc. Also just finished helping to edit a script. I think I'm finally done with that. Now to move on to some of my own projects. Haven't had much time for research or writing but hopefully I'll be back on track very soon.

Anywho...
I ran across these C.L.'s and would like to know what all my Bellas think. I'm not too sure if I like them, but I must admit that I am mesmerized by the sheer uniqueness of them.

Take a gander and tell me what you think.

Love you all!


Christian Louboutin
Fringe Cutout Boot
1795.00
Neiman Marcus

Monday, October 27, 2008

Prayers for Jennifer Hudson


Jennifer Hudson photo courtesy of Yahoo News


When I heard about the brutal slaying of Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother I was more than a little stunned. I was sitting at my computer doing what I do every night, writing, advertising, reading and responding. While checking my email, I noticed the headline in Yahoo News regarding the tragedy and a shiver ran through my body. The pit of my stomach felt like I had just taken a punch. The wind was literally knocked out of me.

One might ask, why such an extreme reaction to the suffering of someone you don't know personally and probably will never meet? Jennifer Hudson is at the pinnacle of her career. A career that began with a stint on American Idol (she was sent home, which turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to launch her career), followed by an Oscar worthy performance in the movie "Dreamgirls," and other mind blowing accomplishments too numerous to mention here. Yet with all of her successes, her celebrity status was not enough to shield her from the harsh reality of bad things happening to good people.

I don't know Jennifer Hudson. What I do know is what it feels like to lose a parent, a mother that you happen to be very close too. I know what it feels like to have a lifelong bond suddenly severed, and to experience the shock, sadness, and deep rooted loneliness that follows such an unwelcome event. I don't know Jennifer Hudson. But I do know what it means to be part of the human family.

So I make no excuses for my tears. I cried. Long and hard.

I cried for this woman who, in the midst of living her dream, is forced to encounter the unthinkable. I prayed and asked God to keep her mind, at a time when no one could blame her for losing it. I vented my anger at the possibility of a family member being at fault, because of yet another domestic squabble. I feared for the life of her nephew, an innocent 7 year old caught in the middle, now gone, like so many innocents before him. And for a moment, I stepped outside of myself, forgot about my own troubles--suddenly the bad day at work didn't seem so bad.

So my prayers are with Jennifer Hudson and her family. I wish her the peace of God that passes all understanding. And I pray that this horrific tragedy only serves to strengthen her faith in the same God of all comfort.

May God Bless and keep you, Jennifer Hudson: daughter, sister, and treasured member of the human family.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

HAPPY WEEKEND

Hello my loverlees. Hope your weekend has gotten off to a great start. Today is kind of unseasonably cold here in the Metro Detroit area. Oh well, all the more reason to pull out my stiletto boots and go high steppin'.

Here are some hot and spicy numbers I thought my fellow FA'SHOE'NISTAS would enjoy.

Take a gander and let the lusting begin.


Loeffler Randall
Emmy Boot
725.00
La Garconne



Cole Haan
Fiona Dress Air Boot
475.00
Neiman Marcus



Christian Louboutin
Suede Ankle Boot
890.00
Neiman Marcus



Dolce & Gabbana
Victoria Wing-Tip Boot
995.00
Neiman Marcus



Chloe
Strapped Bootie
800.00
Neiman Marcus


Can't wear a hot boot without carrying the ultimate hot bag, now can we?
Well, here's my pick.


Kooba
Cameron Python Embossed Tote
775.00
Neiman Marcus

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Shades of Bette Davis

All About Eve is my favorite vintage movie of all time. Of course the reason for this is the beautiful clothes and the magnificent woman who wore them, the indomitable Bette Davis.

When this film came out, La Davis was approximately 40 years of age. The fact that this film was about an aging actress (which she was) dating a younger man and trying to deal the with her own deep seated insecurities made her performance all the more memorable.

Insecurities or not, Bette Davis, aka Margo Channing, looked absolutely fabulous in every sense of the word.

This Prada slingback is reminiscent of those days of true Hollywood glamour and style. As I dream of a more glamorous tinsletown in vintage years long past, I see these shoes through the eyes of Miss Channing.

All about Eve? I think not. Any woman with an inkling of style in her little pinky finger knows. It was clearly all about Margo.


Prada
Patent Platform Slingback
390.00
Neiman Marcus



Photo courtesy of www.bettedavis.com

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Just Because

Okay, I know, you've probably already seen this number by YSL. That said, I don't even know WHY I like this shoe so much. But when I saw it, I just couldn't stop looking at it. So here it is, my pick for shoe of the week.

Enjoy, me Bellas!


YSL
Trooper Platform Pump
$695.00
Neiman Marcus

Monday, September 29, 2008

Shoe News: Designer Manolo Blahnik Honored (Yet again); Models take the plunge on the Catwalk


Photo courtesy of Style.com

Hello all my loverlees. Hope you had a wonderful first of the week.

Well, anyone who is remotely connected to the fashion world probably knows about the mishaps in Paris and Milan during Fashion Week . I'm sure I'm really late with this, but I just couldn't believe some of the shenanigans that occurred on the catwalk.

Stateside: First, the important stuff. The man Manolo Blahnik was honored yet again when he received the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award (interesting in a place where mostly everybody drives). Still talent is talent, and clearly, a career that has lasted over 30 years is proof that Blahnik has it oozing from his pores.

The eclectic shoe designer was honored on Thursday in Beverly Hills where Two Rodeo Drive was alive with the likes of such celebrities as Nicky Hilton, Lucy Liu and China Chow, daughter of famed restauranteur, Michael (Mr.) Chow and the late, iconoclastic model/designer, Tina Chow.

Adding to the celebration will be a special outdoor exhibit, running through October 5th, of the designer's sketches and images of his shoes on Rodeo Drive and it's neighboring streets. Kudos to the man of many decades, Manolo Blahnik, Sultan of Style.

Now, on to the preposterous.

Over there: Shoes that doubled as calisthenic balancing acts made the trip down the catwalk a circus to remember during Fashion Week in Milan. Prada's latest fashion extravaganza will forever remain a staple in many a fashionista's subconscious, not necessarily because of the clothing, but because the shoes beared a stark resemblance to steroidal stilt walking at Caribbean Carnival.


Style.com


One of the culprits

Don't get me wrong, I am all for the innovative talents of Prada and her peers, and I love a torture stiletto as much as the next gal, but come on, these shoes were no less than ridiculous, not to mention dangerous. Especially to a model trying to carry a shoe that must have felt like an anchor at the end of such a needle thin leg.


Style.com

Adding insult to injury (no pun intended, well maybe just a little) is the YouTube video of the laughing reporters who could barely catch their breath as a model went down just before her exit from the Catwalk during Fashion Week in Paris. Not only did she fall once, but twice, the latter being the worst, with the wobbling and caving in of the ankles before the final plummet to the floor.



FA'SHOE'NISTA loves the interesting, the strange, and the extraordinary. Forgive us for stopping short of embracing the ridiculously dangerous heights of what is passing for fashionable shoes on the runways. While the Art of building the perfect shoe is a noble endeavor, I prefer not to wear anything that could cause a nose bleed from the altitude.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Designer Showcase: Samanta Shoes


Photo courtesy of Samanta Shoes

Hello, my Loverlees! Hope you all had a wonderful week and are anticipating an even wonderful-er weekend.

It's been a challenge keeping the news on FA'SHOE'NISTA! fresh since I've been back to the work grind but I want to thank all of my faithful blogging Bellas for keeping up with me and patiently awaiting my next post. I promise to get back to a much more frequent schedule and to catch up on my comments on all your lovely blogs.

Now to the meat of the matter. This month's designer showcase features a very talented Guyanese designer, Samanta Joseph.

I first learned about Samanta Shoes through one of the free local about town magazines you pick up from the grocery store. Thumbing through it's pages without much interest, I came upon a full color ad featuring a beautiful and fashionably dressed young woman, surrounded by the most gorgeous shoes and boots. I immediately went to her website and was very pleased with what I'd discovered.

The South American born Samanta Joseph has been passionate about shoes since the days of her youth, and her background is parallel to that of another well-known designer of spectacular shoes, Manolo Blahnik. Just as Blahnik's early childhood memories involved the making of colorful espadrilles at the hands of his mother, so too are Samanta's earliest shoe memories those of helping her mother design sandals at the tender age of 6. Blahnik's parents wanted him to be a diplomat and enrolled him at the University of Geneva to study law and politics. Samanta was also encouraged by her more traditional Guyanese family to pursue a more stable means of employment, resulting in Samanta's graduating with a degree in Computer Information Systems. I don't know about you, but I am very happy that these two fabulous designers decided to pursue their creative passions.

Samanta Shoes has received recognition in numerous magazines including Black Enterprise, Essence, Latina, and Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under the age of 30. Her high quality shoes have graced the feet of more than a few celebrities, including Tyra Banks, Rihanna, and Geena Davis.

I wanted to spread the word about a unique, online shoe store that caters to a segment of the fashionable population traditionally ignored by other designers.


FA'SHOE'NISTA: Samanta shoes is said to have unique comfort features. Tell us a little about that.

Samanta: Each shoe is first carefully constructed using a special shoe mold that is a hybrid of a flat foot, and a high instep. This ingenuity provides comfort on both ends of the spectrum, and all areas in between. Great thought is put into the arch support, heel height, and leather lining of each shoe.

FA'SHOE'NISTA: When did you decide to be a fashion designer and why shoes?

Samanta: You can’t learn creativity. You are born with it. I had a love for shoes and a knack for design, stemming back to my youth. Women have trouble finding stylish shoes with comfort, there are limited fashion options in larger sizes, and retailers are searching for new brands to create excitement. I knew that I could satisfy these gaps in the market.


Samanta Shoes
Kimberlee Tall boot



FA'SHOE'NISTA: You are from South America, a region that is quickly establishing itself as a fashionable force to be reckoned with. When you were growing up, who was your inspiration fashion-wise?

Samanta: My mother was my inspiration. Her sophistication and unique style is timeless.

FA'SHOE'NISTA: Your story is like so many young designers of today who, after a less than fulfilling experience with the corporate machine, are making the risky decision to pursue their creative dreams. How long did it take you after pursuit of a more traditional career, to finally focus on your passion?

Samanta: I rejected many lucrative corporate opportunities in New York City, and decided to pursue my passion immediately after I graduated from college.


Samanta Shoes
KRISTI Taratuga Sand peeptoe
175.00


FA'SHOE'NISTA: You have developed an impressive track record in the global press. What are some of your marketing techniques?

Samanta: Many new companies make the mistake of chasing the fashion press. The highest priority for me is to make sure that I offer superior products, and then the press seems to find me.

FA'SHOE'NISTA: What does the design process entail from inception to finished product?

Samanta: It starts with the creative process (my secret), samples are developed in my factories in Brazil, marketed to top retailers in the US, and then I do a final edit of the line.


Samanta Shoes
VIV Red Pump
175.00


FA'SHOE'NISTA: The fashion industry is known for extreme competition and cutthroat tactics. What are some challenges you face in the business?

Samanta: It is important to maintain your integrity, while working in a very cut throat industry. People will copy your ideas, so you have to establish yourself as an industry leader servicing your niche, and then your customers will not be satisfied with cheap imitations.

FA'SHOE'NISTA: How did you raise capital for your venture?

Samanta: My Start-Up Capital Source: $1000 and a lot of hard work.
Expansion Capital consisted of: Reinvestment of Profits, Outside Employment Income, Real Estate, Savings, Friends, and Family.

FA'SHOE'NISTA: Though there is no one answer to this question, what advice would you give from your personal experience as an entrepreneur to those looking to succeed at their own business, fashion or otherwise.

Samanta: Every business needs a primary niche, and a secondary niche. Women have trouble finding shoes that combine comfort and style. In addition, there are limited fashion options in larger sizes. Samanta Shoes satisfies these needs. Entrepreneurs need to focus on building a brand by satisfying a gap in the market.

Establish good credit, and invest in yourself.

Don’t quit your day job too soon! Samanta Shoes benefits from the fact that my husband kept his job as a CPA at a major fashion retailer. This allows us to recycle our business income back into the business without suffering on a personally level.


FA'SHOE'NISTA thanks Samanta Joseph for her time and for contributing to the culture of glamour!


Samanta Shoes
Torian
135.00


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