Monday, June 30, 2008

Strap me down (In a good way)

I love the strappy sandal. They're sexy, beautiful, and edgy all at once. These beauties that are featured today will pull any summer suit, sun dress, or capri pants outfit totally together.

Presenting, some of my favorite indulgences of summer...

Neutral Strappy Sandal
Camilla Skovgaard

Dolce & Gabbana
strappy grosgrain sandal
Neiman Marcus

Strappy Sandal
Neiman Marcus

Leatherette strappy heel
Go Jane

Strappy reptile razor heel
Go Jane

Strappy Snake Mirrored Platform
Go Jane

Saturday, June 28, 2008

All in the Family...

The Lovely Lady Melbourne

I love the world of fashion blogging. Since I started, I have communicated with a whole host of wonderful, young, fashionable women who clearly know their stuff. Brave, the whole lot of them, for putting themselves in the public eye and showcasing their keen fashion sense for all the blog-o-sphere to see. I feel privileged to know these women, even if it is just in cyberspace.

I don't know how normal a practice it is to showcase your fashion blogging peers on your own blog, but this week I really don't have a choice in the matter. Lady Melbourne is the epitome of grace and style, and her posts are always fashion savvy. But this particular post of June 26th, she really stopped the show with this amazing outfit coupled with the most spectacular shoes. So I am showcasing Lady Melbourne today as my first Shoemaven of the Week. Thank you Lady Melbourne, and all my other stylish Bellas for opening the floodgates of glamour.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Take Care, Mon Ami

Photo courtesy of shinyshoes on

Hello my Bellas!

After careful consideration, I realized that I would be remiss if I didn't talk about the care of the beautiful fashion footwear I feature here on FA'SHOE'NISTA! There has been many a day that I have encountered women who walk on worn down heels. Oh the humanity! To this I say, ladies, pleeaase, take a few dollars, a little time out of your busy schedule, go to a reputable shoe shop and get the lifts replaced on your heels.

There is nothing more detrimental to your cute factor, or more importantly to your back and ankles, than a shoe that is leaning outward, or inward, or whatever the case may be. This is especially true with stilettos. And there is nothing more repulsive than the clickity-clack of the metal part of the heel hitting the floor or pavement, causing a nosey passer-by, such as myself, to look down a the rising, frayed material hovering over the bottom of the heel. My Lover-lees, we are already dealing with the 600lb elephant theory, we don't need the the additional pressure on our feet and legs.

Whether its discount knock-offs or the real McCoy (or Manolos, as it were), if you take care of your floor knockers, they will take care of your lovely little tootsies. I promise.

So ladies, at the slightest inkling of a leaning, worn down, or as it's called on the street, a run-over heel, and for the health of your feet, legs, and back, not to mention for the sake of a well pulled together ensemble, get those heels repaired!

Ciao, me Lover-lees!

Prada, Part Deux

Hello my Lover-lees! Happy Friday!

Well, as you can see, I'm stuck in Prada mode. The fall collection is very interesting, with cut-out booties, ruching, squared toes, and criss-cross straps. Here are a few more members of the fall committee...

Asymmetrical Square Toe Pump
Neiman Marcus

Criss-cross Bootie
Neiman Marcus

Ruched Ankle Boot
Neiman Marcus

Gauffre Flat Boot
Neiman Marcus

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Look of the week: PRADA

Hello my Bellas! Fall is coming and the looks are already in full swing.
Fall is my favorite season. The weather is just starting to cool down (with the exception of Indian Summer) and you can still get away with an open toe shoe. It's the perfect time of the year for the open toe w/tights trend.

I fell in love, love, love with this peep-toe bootie from Prada's Fall Collection. Hey, it's Prada, need I say more?

peep-toe bootie
Neiman Marcus

Monday, June 23, 2008


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I've been tagged again by the lovely and beautiful, Laurel.
Here are the rules of the game...

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now, shaping your summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they're listening to.

These are the songs that will keep me company for the summer. Most are from my Pastor's new CD (1-4) and the rest are from his sister's CD. Interesting, huh?

1. I Still Believe, Marvin Winans, Alone But Not Alone
2. Alone But Not Alone, Title song, Marvin Winans.
3. My Story, Marvin Winans
4. Sinner's Prayer, Marvin Winans
5. Pray, Purified, CeCe Winans
6. Just Like That, Purified, CeCe Winans
7. Purified, Title Song, CeCe Winans

Tag ya'll! Flat Broke and Fabulous, Fashion Addict, Sober Shopper, Dressed up Like a Lady, Economy of Style, That's Chic, and Lady Melbourne
Have fun, my Bellas!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Ms. Dressup

Okay, in case you haven't noticed, I'm basically just a church girl at heart. For me, it not only gives me the strength I need one or two times a week to be in the community of the saints, praising our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Church also gives me numerous opportunities to dress up.

I know, I know, the trend now is come as you are, stay as you are. God doesn't care what you wear, its your heart that counts, right? Yes, this is true, God doesn't care as much about what's on the outside as what's on the inside, but I am of a different generation. I believe that if I could give my best to the clubs, and when I went out on dates with fellas, when I was club hopping, how much more should I give to the One who died to give me abundant and eternal life? I believe in giving God my best in every facet of my life, including the way I dress. Mind you, this doesn't mean being shallow, or merely concentrating on the outside appearance while treating people like garbage, or harboring unforgiveness in my heart. It simply means that my life has been dedicated to my Savior, this includes what I wear, what I eat, how I live, love, and treat my fellow human being.

Before I move on to the shoes, I just want to say to all my Bellas out there, thank you for being some of the most glamorous, trendy and unabashed sophisticates that I've encountered in a long time. In an age of sagging pants, belly tops (revealing waaayyy too much belly), and jeans cut so low as to give new meaning to the term "crack epidemic," it's refreshing to see young women with such style and flair. Your blog posts and comments on my blog have been such a great help to a fledgling fashion writer such as myself and I appreciate each and every one of you. Love and kisses forever.

That said, now that my nine-to-five is officially over (at least for the time being) I no longer have a daily occasion to dress up. So my post today showcases what is for me the ultimate dress me up for Sunday Service shoe. This lovely number by my new best friend, Giuseppe Zanotti, makes my eyes water with deep longing.

Enjoy, my Bellas. Until next time.

Giuseppe Zanotti
Photo courtesy of

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Okay, I've been on a bags binge lately. But bags and shoes do accentuate one another, do they not? So, today I have two lucious bags from designer Jane Mayle, and two lucious bags from my own closet.

Designer, Jane Mayle is a transported Londoner who moved to the US as a child. She's a graduate of Columbia University with a literature degree. Clearly her lyrcism translated beautifully into her romantic designs, n'est-ce pas?

Enjoy, my Bellas.

Diamond patterned woven
Jeanne handbag by Jane Mayle
La Garconne

Jane Mayle
Toro Baby Billie Bag
La Garconne

I purchased this cute little "canoe" bag years ago from
a shoe store in my local mall called 'Sole'
Unfortunately, the store has since closed and made me
very sad...

This purse is near and dear to my heart.
It belonged to my late mother. I remember her carrying
this bag to church when purses were called "pocketbooks" and
I was yet a wee little Fa'Shoe'Nista.
I'm pushing 50 this year, that should give you some
idea as to just how "vintage" this bag really is...LOL

My heirloom Church Pocketbook.


Good Saturday Morning, my Bellas!

I have a request. Yesterday's post featured shoe styles from the shopping website, Go Jane. My question is, has anyone purchased shoes from them, and if so, how was the overall shopping experience?

Let me know, my lover-lees. I look forward to your replies.

Friday, June 20, 2008


Here we go...
The bags have it. These two sweeties are sure to catch the eye of any fashion savvy Bella.

Isnt' this a lovely, rich color?

Cole Haan
Village Soft Collection Tote

Whoever thought geometry could be so beautiful?

Cole Haan
Triangle Tote
Genevieve Collection


Hello, my darling FA'SHOE'NISTAS!

Hope this lovely day is finding you fiending for footwear once again!
Thanks to my new found Sweetie Pie, Caroline @ Pensare Ancora (if you're new to me, please visit this lovely's blog)via my other Sweetie Pie, Laurel @ It's Her Factory, I have today's finds at lovely, affordable prices from

Color Block Crocodile Print
Pointed toe pump

A close family resemblance to the open toe oxford. Loving it!

Lace up peep toe ankle boot

This colorful palette is beautiful. Don't you agree, my lover-lees?

Multi Animal Print Pump

Buckles, buckles, and straps! Oh My!

Strappy Gladiator Sandal

I simply love, love, love the color of this
reminiscent 1940's Betty Davis look, ala Now Voyager

Suede Blade Peep toe Maryjane

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Okay, I know it’s three days away from the first day of summer, but as is customary, I am looking to the fall shoe designs for 2008. Why? Because I need something to do, it’s my last day on my J-O-B, I’m embarking on a new freelance career and I'm feeling positively giddy and scared at the same time.

So my little FA’SHOE’NISTAS, here are my finds for today’s post. Some are from Gucci’s fall collection of which I am extremely intrigued. The buckle, stud, phenomenon is raging with multi-straps and open weaves, even for the fall, when one would expect their little tootsies to be closed in (although there are the traditional boots for that). Many of the booties have gladiator tendencies which makes for an interesting mixture of style, strong design, and texture.

Just for a touch of variety, Gucci is joined by peers, BCBG and a feminine little pink number by Dolce & Gabbana (another open cage look).

I seem to be enamored with this style. It’s fierce and glamorous on or off the runways. Suits (skirts or pants), dresses tights, or no tights, this look is sure to be a versatile asset to any wardrobe. All that aside, the shoes rank high on FA’SHOE’NISTA’s Drool-o-meter!

So, ladies, take your pick. Who do you prefer? I’ll tell you who’s on my wish list if you tell me who’s on yours…

So scrumptuous I had to show it in two colors!

My Wish List...

Canary Yellow Satin and Gold Patent Snakeskin

Cambridge Moccasin
Neiman Marcus

Babouska Studded Sandal
Neiman Marcus

Oh, I'm feelin' kind of frisky with this number...

Gucci (Wish List II)
Marion Studded Sandal
Neiman Marcus

Here's a boot for good measure...

Devendra Fringe Bootie
Neiman Marcus

How about some variety?

Dolce and Gabbana
Cage Toe Pump
Neiman Marcus

Monday, June 16, 2008

What goes with...

I am a shoe fanatic. Of course, I'm sure you all know that by now. Nothing new here, right? However, since FA'SHOE'NISTA! is a blog about designer shoes AND the accessories that enhance them, I think I'm safe adding a little handbag action to the mix.

This little dittie by Valentino caught my eyes...and made them water with lust...

Petale Dome Bag
Neiman Marcus

LOOK OF THE WEEK: Designer Showcase-Giuseppe Zanotti

Okay my Bellas!

Here are my pics for look of the week which doubles as my Designer Showcase.

Today, I'm postively drooling, foaming at the mouth, even, over the stylings of former DJ and man about music, Giuseppe Zanotti. I don't really know how he got into the record spinning business (nor do I care at this point). I'm just eternally grateful that he recognized his TRUE CALLING!

That said, FA'SHOE'NISTAS, commence drooling...

Giseppe Zanotti
buckled patent pump
Neiman Marcus

I thought this beauty needed two angles to be appreciated.
Giuseppe Zanotti
Jeweled Fish sandal
Neiman Marcus

In keeping with the floral theme...
Giuseppe Zanotti
Satin Slide w/flower
Neiman Marcus

Here are some lovely flats for the less daring, or
for those who like a change in height every now and then...
Giuseppe Zanotti
Leopard Print Ballerina
Neiman Marcus

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Good golly, Ms. Molly! I've been tagged!
What exactly does this mean, you might ask (I know I did).
Well, here are the rules...

--Post rules at the beginning of the post.
--Answer all the questions.
--Tag 6 people and go to their blogs and leave a comment to
inform them that they've been tagged and ask them to read your
blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you've posted
your answers.

1. What were you doing 10 years ago?

Taking care of my elderly parents, trying to lose weight,
and emotionally readying myself for my up coming 40th birthday

2. What are 5 things on your to-do list today?

i. Finish the files on my desk at work.
ii. Formulate questions for my next interview.
iii. Cash my paycheck.
iv. Pay bills.
v. Apply for writing gigs.

3. Snacks you enjoy.

a. A cold pepsi
b. hagen daz butter peacan ice cream
c. sour cream & cheddar ruffles potato chips
d. chocolate chip cookies
e. lorna doones
f. and too many others to mention...

4. Places you have lived.

Florida and Detroit (for the greater part of my life). I'm looking to
add somewhere infinitely more exciting in the future...

5. Things you would do if you were a billionaire

i. Finish building our new church
ii. Support any children's charity
iii. Live out of the country at least part of the year
iv. Buy real estate
v. Write for the rest of my life (which I intend to do anyway,
it would just be on a much grander scale).

6. People you want to know more about

Anyone artistic, Melchesidec, King of Salem in the old testament
book of Genesis.

Now the tagging honour goes to:
Lady Melbourne, Flat Broke Fabulous, Maven Society, Mud on my Teadress, J'aimetamere, & Fashion Addict

Friday, June 6, 2008


These beautiful red numbers are seriously calling my name. Now if they could just contact a few of my relatives and ask for the moolah to pay for them...

Christian Loubitin
Red Satin open-toed pump with black Passementerie detail
Neiman Marcus

Thursday, June 5, 2008

ARCHITECTURE OF BEAUTY: The "Elegant Cool" Shoe designs of Camilla Skovgaard

Photo courtesy of

When most people think of beauty, they usually refer to something tangible, something that raises the adrenaline, tantalizes the senses or something that's pleasing to our psyches at a particular moment in time. Simply put—beauty in its purist form means "order." It is evident that creative order is the driving force behind the masterful designs of Camilla Skovgaard.

The Denmark born Skovgaard is no stranger to detail and precision. One thinks of a beautifully "built" shoe; the result of a cosmic pairing of artist and architect. Obviously, Skovgaard manages to be both: "I am primarily concerned with form and material, design rather than decoration," states the designer in an AW08-09 press release. Staying power is the ultimate goal of Skovgaard, who is determined for her designs to remain on the high fashion horizon long after, as she so eloquently puts it, "short-lived fashion gimmicks have disappeared into oblivion." One must agree; "oblivion" is certainly not a term that comes to mind when contemplating the long-term impact of Skovgaard's creative vision on the future of shoe design. Neither is lack of training.

In her late teens, Skovgaard relocated to Paris to study couture and at the tender age of 20, a French-owned fashion house transported her to Dubai to create designs for none other than the Gulf Sheikh's wives and daughters. This experience soon led her to shoe design.

After spending seven years in Dubai, she moved to London in 2000 to complete her BA, with honors, at Cordwainers shoe-college. During her studies at the Royal College of Art in London, from which she received her Masters in 2006, Skovgaard's signature design and provocative style began to manifest through her contacts with Italian members of the high-end shoe manufacturing industry.

Open-air patterns of star-crossed weave and interlacing permeate the AW08-09 collection. The sexy woven designs layered across the naked foot served as the origin of the collection. In Skovgaard's own words, such terms as "rock and roll grunge element, hardware, and high-tech leather" describe her creations.

Camilla Skovgaard

Skovgaard's rising star was spotted by US fashion retail giant, Saks Fifth Avenue, who quickly snapped up the talented designer's first collection. Numerous awards and collaborations fill Skovgaard's résumé: in 2005 she was appointed shoe designer for British fashion house, Matthew Williams, with whom she has an ongoing collaboration. The latest addition to her long list of partnerships is Emilio Pucci, (AW08-09, Milan Fashion Week). Other notable achievements include an invitation to Membership in The Guild of Master Craftsmen, November 2003, and winner of the Queen Elizabeth Scholar Award for excellence in British Craftsmanship, June 2007.

Camilla Skovgaard's designs are as strong as they are innovative, empowering the wearer with confidence, beauty, and style, and aspiring to a sense of what the designer calls “elegant cool”(I hope she doesn’t mind, but I intend to use this phrase from now on). Like well-constructed housing for the feet, Skovgaard’s designs strike one as being much more than 'mere footwear.'

FA'SHOE'NISTAS take note: the era of "elegant cool" has arrived.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

LOOK OF THE WEEK: Fashionable Feet on the Horizon

Okay, my fellow shoemavens. I thought it time to grace you with my picks for Look of the Week.

I know the trend for summer is color, color, and more color, especially since the release of the fashion hyped Sex and the City movie, but for me, black remains the staple of every Fashionista.

Chloe and Chanel are on point with these surreal numbers.

Chanel's multi-buckled, black and silver quilted heel pump (Mary Jane on steroids)is wonderful with both bare legs or a great pair of tights. Chloe's patent leather sandal manages to add a dash of color (check out the heel) to spice things up. Follow the links for more info.

Chloe Patent Leather
Photo courtesy of Jildor

Chanel Pump
photo courtesy of

Monday, June 2, 2008

THE CULTURE OF FASHION: Haute Couture Powerhouse, Yves Saint Laurent, Dies at 71

Yves Saint Laurent-Photo courtesy of

Innovative, fashion pioneer, Yves Saint Laurent died Sunday night at his Paris home of a brain tumor. He was 71.

Sharing the spotlight with other legendary designers Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, Saint Laurent was considered to have dominated 20th century fashion as designer, artist, and creative genius. Ironically, it was Dior who gave St. Laurent his start, advised by then Paris Vogue editor, Michel de Brunhoff, to hire St. Laurent. The young designer was quickly thrust into the limelight following the untimely death of Dior three years later.

YSL-Nicole, Patent leather-Photo courtesy of

Frail and sickly most of his life, St. Laurent's health struggles did nothing to dim the designers passion nor staunch his prolific career; a career that spanned 4 decades and clothed the likes of fashion icons Paloma Picasso and Bianca Jagger.

YSL-2008 Fall collection-photo courtesy of

St. Laurent, born Yves Henri Donat Mathieu Saint Laurent, referred to his method of design as "the total silence of clothing" according to an Agence France Presse article. He created an ethereal connection between his clothing and the human form.

The iconic designer was also known and admired for a series of "firsts," having pioneered the masculine look for women, dressing them in pantsuits and tuxedos. Forever pushing the envelope, St. Laurent was the first to recognize the beauty of the black model, readily gracing his design house as well as his runway shows with women of color.

Tribute Sandal-Photo courtesy of

Never one to be pigeonholed, St. Laurent remained one step ahead in the latest trends, often setting them himself. His YSL logo was recognizable to even the most fashion illiterate. Highlights of his career were the creation of the Rive Gauche ready-to-wear label and his controversial fragrance, Opium, which he launched in the mid 1970s.

When I remember the many photo spreads of St. Laurent's clothing, shoes, and accessories, I realize that what I admired most about him as a designer was his uncanny ability to perfectly dress both men and women. Though many of his women's fashions harbored a masculine theme, they never lost their sophistication and never ceased to drape the female form in pure glamour. His menswear line was just that, a line that any man could feel comfortable wearing. I would not hesitate to purchase a St. Laurent suit for the important man in my life.

YSL Fall 2008 Collection-Photo courtesy of

There's no doubt the fashion industry has suffered a great loss. Designer, Artist, Genius. Yves Saint Laurent. You shall be missed.