Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thanks so Much

My friend, the lovely and colorfully stylish Seeker has given me this wonderful award, The Valued Follower Award.
This prestigious award was created by Sallymandy from the blue kimono and its sentiment is right on point.

The text reads:

“This award is given especially to these readers. Your visits and comments make me happy to be a blogger. I learn from you, your comments, and your blogs more than I can say.

In the words of Voltaire, ‘Appreciation is a wonderful thing: it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.’”

It's so important to get comments on our blogs for inspiration and encouragement. For many of us, me included, blogging is an outlet after a hectic and/or boring day at the office, or other little foxes that spoil your vine with frustration.

So I am very thankful for this gracious award from the very beautiful Seeker and I pass it on to a few of my new and deserving friends:

Bella Sinclair Doodlespot
Vanessa Brantley Newton at the fantastically happy and beautiful Ooh la la design studio
The lovely Lenya Jones at The Fashion Loving Stylist
The Magnificent and fashionable Marian Kihogo, (also awarded by The Seeker)
and the effervescent Shell at Swan of Dreamers

You lovely ladies make blogging worthwhile and fun! Love you all!

Monday, May 25, 2009

My Guilty Pleasure

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

I'm sorry, I love the movie "Hitman." I watched it again today for what has to be the bazillionth, gillianth, time and I can't seem to get enough of it.

First, let me say, I've never even seen the video game that the movie is based on. I'm not a video game movie buff, so to speak. I didn't particularly care for Laura Croft, Tomb Raider. But there's something about the mindless style of Hitman.

Timothy Olyphant is Agent 47, a man with no name and a questionable past. He is identified only by a tattoo of a barcode on the back of his bald head. Orphaned as a child, Agent 47 was kidnapped by a group called the Organization and trained to become the ultimate assassin--cold, unfeeling and relentless in his pursuit of his targets. He eventually ends up working for a segment of the government called the Agency. Of course, as these stories usually turn out, Agent 47 is suddenly faced with his own conscience, wanting to get out of the life. Throw in a beautiful, sexy, damsel in distress and you have the makings of a stylish, albeit low budget version of every espionage film ever made.

Timothy Olyphant
Photo courtesy

So what is it that intrigues me about this particular style over substance flick? The operative word here is Style. Anyone who has read or reads my blog knows that I'm a sucker for sleek, cool, elegant style. Olyphant is brilliant as his straightforward, almost numbingly dry persona. His voice never changes, even when he is obviously smitten by his beautiful nemesis and property of the Russian villain, Belicoff. Olyphant, as Agent 47, manages to secrete just the right amount of sweat and to twitch oh so subtly as he attempts to keep his cool and maintain his calculated repression. And it doesn't hurt that they threw in one of the most beautiful supermodels turned actress from the Eastern Block. Olga Kurylenko is stunning as Nika. She even manages to bring a little lively humor to the film during her unsuccessful attempts to corrupt our hero.

Olga Kurylenko
Photo courtesy of

I know, I know, the movie, like the video game, is extremely violent. But I can't help it, I've always been intrigued with movies about secret agents, hitmen and assassins, male or female. My favorite television show during it's short run was Alias. Sydney was my all time favorite femme fatale (literally, the girl could kill a brick). And when she joined forces with her Dad, and her Mom, well, I was just in espionage heaven. Talk about a family affair! And let's not forget the many stylish looks that Sydney pulled off from week to week. She was amazing to say the least.

So there you have it. I'm guilty. I admit it. Maybe I'll try my hand at script writing and create my own femme, or homme fatale a la spy flick. I mean, hey, I've seen enough of them to at least give it a good assassin's shot...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Staying Power: The "Power" House of Lanvin

Pre-fall 2009

I am amazed at how many of my favorite designers are still around and going strong after decades of creative prowess. I remember, as a budding fashionista, looking through the latest issues of all the top fashion mags, drooling over the beautiful clothes and shoes of powerhouses such as Sonia Rykiel, Halston, Givenchy, and my personal favorite, Diane von Furstenburg (I loved her name almost as much as her designs).

Last week's featured Shoe of the Week prompted me to take a closer look at the House of Lanvin. I visited the website, saw a wonderful runway fashion video on and was instantly smitten by the House's timeless style, sophistication, and impeccable design.

Founded in 1889 by Jeanne Lanvin, it is the oldest French couture house and is a clear marker for the Parisian Luxury industry. It includes fashion (women's and men's pret-a-porter), accessories, and perfumes.

Jeanne Lanvin
1867 - 1946
Photo courtesy of tifdb

Rumeur Fragrance

Mirror metal and crystal cuff

Now an independent company since 2001, the owners are seeking to re-establish the early prestige of this great French fashion house. The reputation of Lanvin is known world over and includes such major world markets as the USA, Asia-Japan, Hong-Kong and Taiwan, and the Middle-East where it remains a leader in the men's products and perfumes industries.

Fall RTW 2009

Pre-fall 2009

Jeanne Lanvin understood the importance of cross-cultural creativity and infused her own creative genius by surrounding herself with artists and all manner of young talent. Today, a cache of over 300 men and women use their artistic expertise to infuse their passion for the industry and creative talent to propel the Lanvin name into the 21st century and beyond. Beauty, sophistication, and a keen eye for what appeals to today's fashionable women and men, ensures that the brainchild of Jeanne Lanvin will continue to be a major industry player. The House of Lanvin is clearly here to stay.

Crocodile mule w/metallic heel

Lizard short boot w/metallic heel

Metallic python sandal

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Shoe of the Week: Lanvin

A combination of femininity and space-age design, this beautiful pump from Lanvin is sure to cause heavy salivating and lustful desire. So for Shoe of the Week, FA'SHOE'NISTA features this Satin pump with inflated cone heel. Proof positive that the house of Lanvin remains a master of innovation, elegant style, and intricately detailed design.

Satin Pump
with inflated cone heel

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A New Look

Hello, my fellow FA'SHOE'NISTAS! Hope the beginning of your week is going well.

The change of seasons usually brings with it a new you. Whether it's a new do, new spring/summer footwear, or an even littler black dress, we fashionistas love to experiment with a new look. Having said that, I decided to give FA'SHOE'NISTA! a new banner. I had a great time designing it and the experience has certainly inspired me to get back to my art and illustration. What do you think, my Loverlees?

Speaking of the new and experimental, I think these looks are inspiring in their own right. The boldness of color, shape, and architectural design is sure to satisfy any FA'SHOE'NISTA's craving for this season's new and exciting high fashion footwear.

Sultry, sensuous, urban and uber edgy, these styles are a feast for the style-minded diva of today. Savor the flavor!

Christian Louboutin
Embroidered Specchio d'Orsay
Peep-toe pump

Giuseppe Zanotti
Grommet Bootie
Neiman Marcus

Manolo Blahnik
Giraffe Print Open-toe Bootie

Pierre Hardy
Suede Open-toe pump
w/Rickrack Lurex ribbons

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Even after 8 years, I still get sort of melancholy on Mother's Day. My mom passed away from cancer in 2001. We were extremely close, we went just about everywhere and did many things together. She was literally my first glimpse into the world of style and fashion, for she was a style maven in her own right. My mom believed in dressing the part, no matter what the occasion, whether it be church, a night out for dinner and/or a movie, or just going out shopping. Mom always looked and smelled her best.

Tomorrow is a tribute to all the mothers who taught and are teaching their daughters and sons an sense of pride, responsibility and style. Kudos go out to all the mothers of my Loverlee readers and to all of my readers who are mothers themselves. Enjoy your day!

Me and Elizabeth

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Costume Institute Gala: The Model as Muse

I simply cannot think of anyone who embodies the theme of this year's Costume Institute Gala more than the always sophisticated and elegant Iman. Shown here in this classically beautiful Donna Karan gown, Iman is the epitome of grace, elegance, and looks simply stunning in this ensemble.


The Beautiful Iman
Photo courtesy of

Pierre Cardin Hospitalized, soon to be released.

Pierre Cardin

One of the giants of the fashion world, premier designer Pierre Cardin was hospitalized earlier, but is soon to be released from the hospital. read more...

The Italian-born French fashion designer was born on July 7, 1922 in San Biagio di Callalta. He is most well known for the geometric form of his designs, often forsaking the female form all together.

In the 1960's and 70's Cardin was at the top of the Avant-garde fashion movement, sometimes sacrificing practicality for innovation and experimentation. He was also known for his bold and colorful auto interior designs, collaborating with American Motors (AMC) in 1972-73.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Still a favorite: The designs of Denmark's Camilla Skovgaard

Okay, I know I've written about her and recently featured her shoes in an earlier blog, but I just can't get enough of the strong, sleek, and innovative designs of Camilla Skovgaard. She is an amazing designer and I am hard pressed to find anything like her footwear.

Always on the lookout for the newest in footwear, I sometimes have to go back to designers I've already covered to see what their latest collections have to offer. When it comes to the ultimate in design ingenuity and structure, the "Architectural" creations of Camilla remain unrivaled in the realm of designer shoedom.

So once again, I share with my Loverlees the innovative and "Elegant Cool" designs of Camilla Skovgaard. Enjoy!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Wish List: My Own Personal Fashion Week

I have never been as eager to get to the summer months as I am now. After such an incredibly hard winter, I can't wait to get my little tootsies pedicured and ready for the latest "naked" shoe designs that are out for S/S 2009.

I love a good naked shoe. Not only is it sexy, but it tends to make you feel more womanly, or pretty, or whatever feminine adjective that comes to mind. They are a great asset to a beautiful suit, a tailored cropped pant, or a feminine empire waist dress.

So ladies, do I have any witnesses?

Camilla Skovgaard

Jeweled Platform Sandal
Neiman Marcus

Giuseppe Zanotti
Jeweled Strappy Sandal
Neiman Marcus

Miu Miu
Crystal Heel Sandal
Neiman Marcus

Pigalle Metallic Sandal
Neiman Marcus

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Fall Ready to Wear 2009 Designer Footwear: From the Beautiful to the Bizarre

Hello and happy May my Loverlees. Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend so far. Fall Ready to Wear 2009 is exploding on the scene with bold new designs in footwear that run the gamut from the mind bogglingly beautiful to the extremely edgy and bizarre. Gaudy embellishments, lots of suede, reptile and serpent skins mixed with satin, knit jersey (and stingray?) make for a very interesting Fall season to say the least.

Many designers have taken the fusion of art and design to new levels with looks that challenge the height of any Fa'shoe'nista's imagination. From platform sandals to cut-out booties, clearly there is no limit to the creativity of fashion's biggest names as well as the new kids on the block.

Take a gander and enjoy!

Alejandro Ingelmo
Clone platform peep toe bottie

Alejandro Ingelmo
Ring 120 shoe
vitello leather

Knit Jersey Bootie

Stingray and suede sandal

Suede cage bootie with suede sash

Bottega Veneta
suede and karung boot

Louis Vuitton
Biseta bag

Narciso Rodriguez
Silk nylon camouflage sheen boot

More of the beautiful and the bizarre in the near future. Ciao my Bellas!