Tuesday, January 27, 2009

BCBG Works For Me

BCBG MAXAZRIA is fastly becoming my favorite bestest designer friend. Cutting edge design and bold colors keep the look fresh, reaching beyond the norms of fashion and style.

The spring shoe line offers something for the stylish “everywoman,” from lavish snake embossed gladiators, to geometric (cone-shaped heeled) suede/patent peep toes, and strappy, lace-up stilettos with soft cork lining.

Though his designs may vary from season to season, one thing is constant: MAX AZRIA owns the ability to turn heads with bold statements of sophisticated style. With a mixture of textures (patent leather and suede), bright colors, exotic skins, and the infusion of menswear tailoring with soft silhouettes that caress the body like satin sheets, BCBG is sure to keep Fashionistas and FA’SHOE’NISTAS in wanton anticipation of future designs!


BCBGMAXAZRIA
Embellished Leather Bootie
175.00*
Neiman Marcus



BCBGMAXAZRIA
Leather Bootie
325.00
Neiman Marcus


BCBGMAXAZRIA
Nole Suede Peep Toe Pump
147.00
Neiman Marcus



BCBGMAXAZRIA
Gianni Lace-up Strappy Sandal
168.00
Neiman Marcus



BCBGMAXAZRIA
Ivanka Color Blocked Sandals
168.00
Neiman Marcus



BCBGMAXAZRIA
Morena Snake Embossed Gladiator heel
276.50
Neiman Marcus


*all styles are at reduced prices specifically for Neiman Marcus

Monday, January 26, 2009

Shoe of the Week-Designer Yves Saint Laurent shows us that less is still more

Hello, my Bellas! Hope your beginning of the week is going well.

Okay, it's time once again for FA'SHOE'NISTA's pick for Shoe of the Week.
Oh, how I just loooooovvvve a NAKED shoe. Leave it to Yves Saint Laurent to make one that's both provocative and classy. What a feast for the eyes. The vixen who wears this number has got it going on--on so many levels. No wonder her name is Lola... Clearly, I'm smitten.


Yves Saint Laurent
Lola Platform
895.00
Neiman Marcus

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Launch of new Ebook on Style

Hello, my Loverlees. Hope your weekend is going great. It's still pretty cold here in Metro Detroit, with temperatures slightly bearable last week (above zero). We're in for another plummet to the minuses on tomorrow so, here we go again.

Anywho, it makes for good writing weather because it's too cold to go out.

For some of my Bellas, you already know about my forthcoming ebook on style entitled "How to Add Style to Your Everyday Life with Little or No Money. "I've enlisted the contributions of some of Blogdom's finest style makers to help inform our public on how to look and feel great about themselves.

So today, I'm giving the public a sneak peek of what's to come. Here's an excerpt. Enjoy!


Chapter 2 - Why You Got That On?

A woman should be two things: classy and fabulous. Coco Chanel

Just because it fits, doesn't mean You should wear it!

When you go on that shopping spree to purchase that important ensemble, please remember one basic truth: Just because it's your size, doesn't mean You should wear it!

What is this crazy woman talking about? You might ask. Size and fit are too different animals. The "number" does not determine the cut, form, length, etc. that is best for the wearer. It's merely an average assessment, or a general idea of how large the garment should be. It doesn't necessarily take into account your body type or unique measurements. You can purchase two pairs of slacks in different colors that appear to be of the same "size," and there will always be a difference (however slight) in how they fit. But aren’t they both a size 10 or 12? That's what the number says...

Dressing rooms are there for a reason. Use them. Use the all around mirror to see how you look from every angle. Does the dress pucker? Does the jacket hang properly? Is it the right length for your body type? These are questions you can and should answer before you leave the sales clerk your weekly paycheck. If it's too tight, leave it in the store. You know that dress is too short. Put it back! Don't wear something that you have to pull and tug on every time you sit, stand, turn, or breathe. Poorly fitting, too tight jeans are NOT, I repeat, are NOT SEXY. Why you got that on? Butt crack is not a fashion statement! Ladies, please, I am not Cisco. I DON'T WANT TO SEE YOUR THONG!!!! Stop watching Maury Povitch and Jerry Springer for fashion tips! Whew…

Looking good does not have to be a major undertaking. It also doesn't have to cost a second mortgage on the house. Even if you do need a major style renovation, do a little at a time, making subtle lifestyle changes. Polish your fingernails a lighter or darker shade. Style your hair differently (hairstyle mags are a must-have if you want to know what cut best suits the shape of your face). Take advantage of a free department store makeover and learn what makeup is best for your skin tone. Exercise—get strong, and healthy. Learn to love who you are right now. Remember, you are a work of art, made in the image of a Loving God. Enjoy yourself and make sure your life is filled with love and balance. You can't just work all the time. If you feel better about you, looking better will come naturally. You'll do it because you want people to get to know the best you, the real you, the confident you. The Stylish You. Develop good habits and learn how to entertain yourself and lift your spirits on a budget (more about that in the Stylish Pick-Me-Ups section).

From upcoming ebook: "How to Add Style to Your Everyday Life with Little or No Money."

Monday, January 19, 2009

First Lady Fashion


Michelle Obama
Photo Courtesy essence.com

It's finally here. The Inaugural Celebration has arrived as the first African-American President, President-Elect Barak Obama will be sworn in as our 44th President of the United States. How befitting that today is the celebration of Martin Luther King's Birthday. Two milestones at once. How wonderful.

And unless you've been in a box or on another planet, you know that all eyes are on the incoming first lady, Michelle Obama. Many designers are vying for the opportunity to design her gown for the Inaugural Ball and Essence.com has seen fit to give us a first hand look at the beautiful sketches for these designs.

I have a few favorites. If you want to see the rest of the designs for the incoming First Family, go to essence.com for the latest in Presidential Pageantry.

Ciao and enjoy.


Designer Edward Wilkerson
Photo courtesy essence.com


Designer Edward Wilkerson
Photo Courtesy essence.com


Designer Korto Momolu
Photo courtesy of essence.com



Designer Marc Jacobs
Photo courtesy of essence.com


Designer Nicole Miller
Photo courtesy of essence.com

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Celebrity Showcase: New Hollywood Embraces Old Hollywood Glamor

Hello, my Bellas. Hope you all are having a wonderful (and much warmer) weekend.

One of my favorite things to write about (other than shoes, of course) is the return of Old Hollywood Glamor. I love the likes of Betty Davis, Joan Crawford, Lena Horne, Veronica Lake, and Audrey Hepburn showing up on 21st Century runways and red carpets. So after watching the Fashion Police oooh and aaah over red carpet successes, and slice and dice red carpet disasters at the Golden Globes, I decided to see who else had a best dressed list. Wonderful for me, I get regular email alerts from Essence.com. I immediately narrowed down their Best Dressed Women of 2008 to my favorites. These beauties reminded me the most of Old Hollywood Glamor with an edge. Beautiful, sultry, sophisticated and Gla-Mor-ous! Take a gander and see if you agree with Essence's Winner for last year's best dressed as much as I do.

Enjoy!

Elegant and ethereal!

Selita Ebanks
Photo courtesy of essence.com

I think Thandie Newton is positively adorable.

Thandie Newton
Photo courtesy of essence.com

A Picture is worth a thousand words. Nuff said.

Halle Berry
Photo courtesy of essence.com

Simply Stunning!

Jurnee Smollett
Photo courtesy of essence.com

Finally, the right way to wear a sequined gown.
When the dress is the thing,
leave off the bling. Fantastic!

Kerry Washington
Photo courtesy of essence.com

Wow! So this is what happens when you embrace
those curves. Instant head turner!

Queen Latifah
Photo courtesy of essence.com

Sophisticated elegance and a fresh look for
the White House.

Michelle Obama
Photo courtesy of essence.com

AND THE WINNER IS...

Words cannot describe...but I'll try anyway.
This look is amazing. For such a youngun' this talented
songstress has truly channeled Old Hollywood Glamor.
Fashion foward color, 40's Hollywood hair, and beautifully
constructed design, this ensemble can't be beat.
Kudos to Rihanna, winner of Esssence's Best Dressed
Women of 2008. I concur!

Rihanna
Photo courtesy of essence.com

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Color of Spring


Photo-www.meteogroup.com

I know it's there. Underneath all of this cold, snow, and ice, somewhere lies the Springtime, when life, love, new infatuations, and color comes to life. I can't wait for warmer temperatures, lighter coats, and the ability to wear new and colorful stilettos without risking salt damage.

The forecast for Spring 2009 is color, color, and more color. Yaaaay! Get ready ladies to strut your springtime stuff and take a gander at these beauties from our favorite stiletto king, Manolo Blahnik.

Enjoy!


Manolo Blahnik
Criss Cross ankle wrap sandal
675.00
Neiman Marcus


Manolo Blahnik
Half d'Orsay
745.00
Neiman Marcus



Manolo Blahnik
Jeweled Slingback Saldal
1190.00
Neiman Marcus



Manolo Blahnik
Leopard Mary Jane
645.00
Neiman Marcus


Manolo Blahnik
Patchwork d'Orsay
825.00
Neiman Marcus



Manolo Blahnik
Patent d'Orsay, Orange
665.00
Neiman Marcus



Manolo Blahnik
Patent Sandal
675.00
Neiman Marcus



Manolo Blahnik
Snakeskin Pointed toe Mary Jane
895.00
Neiman Marcus

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Off to a Great Start


Artwork by Me

Hello, my Loverlees! Hope every one of you is having a wonderful start to an exciting New Year. Please forgive me for being away for so long, but things have been pretty hectic for me lately. I've been writing more in other venues and I am very excited about what 2009 has in store for me.

I look forward to bringing you more great designer shoes, more fashion and style, and a more personal window into my own stylish endeavors. In the meantime, stay glamorous, my Bellas, and keep shopping!