Friday, December 31, 2010

The End of a Decade

The end of the first decade of the 21st Century is upon us. As we walk through the door of 2010 into 2011, we leave a year filled with excitement, turmoil, change and survival of the human spirit behind.

I thank God for His never leaving me to fend for myself. I've been in that place, and it's not a very pleasant situation. In the past year, I've faced disappointments, triumphs, fear of the unknown, and anticipation of the future. I am thankful to come through it with my mind in tact. God has been there for me every step of the way, and I am most grateful for His faithfulness to me, even when I wasn't my most faithful to Him. I thank Him for loving me, even during my most unlovable times. I thank Him for keeping me, even when I didn't want to be kept. And I thank Him for the unmeasurable gift of the life of His dear Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

This coming year is another chance for me to get it right. To gain momentum in the journey to my destiny. To taste new treats, and to venture into new territory. I'm hoping to leave the country for awhile. My destination of choice is London, England. I hope to make it there either in the summer or fall of 2011. I pray that God will grant me His blessing to sail uncharted waters.

For all of you, my readers and dare I say, my friends, who have stuck with me even when I was abandoned by inspiration, to you I say thank you and I hope you'll continue the journey with me. May 2011 bring you great peace, prosperity, and the realization of your dreams.

God bless you all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Romantic Red

Hello, all! Happy good Sunday after Christmas! Hope you all had a Merry and Blessed day.

The Holidays are festive to say the least, and the color that most expresses the essence of the Christmas season is, of course, Red. Red is vibrant, rich, radiant, and eye-catching. How can you not stand out in a crowd wearing a flirty, fabulous and feisty little red number?

BCBGMAXAZRIA breathes new life into the cocktail/party dress this season with everybody's favorite shade of red. The designs have clean, form fitting lines and are extremely flattering to the female anatomy. Sexy without being trashy, the LRD is sure to make a huge splash this holiday season and beyond.

FA'SHOE'NISTA celebrates the holidays with the fun, fabulous, fashion designs of BCBGMAXAZRIA! Feast and flirt, my dears. Now, let's get Pretty!


ONE-SHOULDER ROSETTE DRESS
$498.00
BCBGMAXAZRIA



STRAPLESS SATIN COCKTAIL DRESS
$368.00
BCBGMAXAZRIA



STRAPLESS SILK PARTY DRESS
$898.00
BCBGMAXAZRIA



Monday, December 20, 2010

Carine Roitfeld leaves French Vogue


Photo courtesy of Style.com

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all had a wonderful and fashionable weekend.

I'm sure many of you have already heard about Carine Roitfeld of French Vogue announcing on last Friday her plans to step down after a decade as Editor-in-Chief of the iconoclastic publication.

Though many in the industry were surprised by what seemed to be a "sudden" move by Ms. Roitfeld, the lady herself gave us a window into her future plans while the subject of a fashion profile featured in New York magazine's spring 2008 fashion issue. According to the self-proclaimed fashion stylist, she has never been too keen on the business aspect of the fashion world and was quoted as saying "my best quality is to be a stylist. I never think about this career, this big job...I never wanted to be what I am today, and I will not die in the position."

Since Roitfeld's arrival ten years ago, French Vogue has experienced uncanny success, both editorially and in garnering top advertisers. In addition, the magazine has seen it's circulation increase at an astounding rate, according to Conde Nast International chief executive, Jonathan Newhouse.

Roitfeld, who will stay on until January 2011, insists that there is no career based motivation behind her leaving. She merely thinks it's time for her to "do something different" and wants to leave while still at the top of her game. At the top, indeed; the style maven has never been one to shun the spotlight and is as much known for her own personal style as she is for her incredible ability to style others.

No doubt, she will be missed by all who had the opportunity to work with such a brilliant personality, and I for one am waiting with bated breath to see what Roitfeld's next move will be. Below are some of my favorite Roitfeld fashion moments in time:



Photo courtesy The Sartorialist


Photo courtesy Style.com


Photo courtesy "I Want to Be a Roitfield"

Quotes and other information courtesy of New York Magazine.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Designer Showcase: The Innovative Designs of Jeffrey Campbell

Jeffrey Campbell is a family owned company that's been around for 10 years and whose origin is the heart of Los Angeles, California. The designs are innovative, young, fresh, and indicative of the ever evolving trends in fashion footwear.

Since it's inception, the Jeffrey Campbell line has expanded to Europe, and can be found in uspcale boutiques throughout all of Asia, Canada, Australia, The UK, New Zealand, and a growing list of countries around the world.

So, join this week's FA'SHOE'NISTA Designer Showcase in celebrating the groundbreaking and edgy designs of Jeffrey Campbell, the hardest working family in designer shoes.

For more information on the Jeffrey Campbell line, visit the Jeffrey Campbell official website.










All images courtesy of Solestruck.com

Thursday, December 9, 2010

I'm a published author!

To all my friends in the blog-o-sphere. I'm a self-published author! Yaaay me! My book is entitled Affirmations: and Other Poems, and is available on my writer's blog The Urban Muse, as well as on Amazon.com in the form of a Kindle book, and on Smashwords.com.



I'm also a guest blogger on Shopaholic.become.co.uk

Check out my word play and tell me what you think. Love y'all!

Donald J. Pliner Fashion Boots

Hello all! Hope you've all been great while I've been away. Things got crazy for me over the summer and it's taken me a while to recoup. I'm slowly but surely getting back in the writing game. It's been hard with more challenges at work and with my health but God is good and I'm not going to give up just yet.

With that said, Winter is indeed here with the cold winds and the drab days. What better way to give a gal a lift than with a pair of snazzy boots to bring out the well dressed diva in us all. Designer Donald J. Pliner's collection for fall/winter 2010/11 is stunning to say the least. Short or tall, these soft supple suedes are sure to add a touch of class to any winter wardrobe.

Feast your eyes and enjoy!

Isn't this color yummy?

Donald J. Pliner
ETTA
Sale price, $245.00
www.donaldjpliner.com


Donald J. Pliner
Eli shearling cuff bootie
$375.00
www.donaldjpliner.com




Thursday, September 30, 2010

I'M BAAAAACK...PART DUEX

Hello, Mon Amis!
It's so good to be back in the swing of things. My internet is back up and, boy, have I missed communicating with you guys. It's been kind of rough financially these past few months, but I'm finally starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel.

Well, Fall is here, and we're moving quickly into the holiday season. Wow, September is over already! Isn't that amazing? While I don't really deal with Halloween at all, I'm looking forward to the coming hoilday season and the tantalizing fashions that come with it.

Let's start with...oh...I don't know...shoes and boots?

A while back, I featured a young British designer by the name of Aruna Seth whose opulent shoes and boots would make any fashionista salivate uncontrollably. Well, this season's collection is no different. From "where the wild things are" animal print wedges, to swarovski crystal and fur embellished ski boots, Aruna Seth lures us in with a luxurious feast for the eyes.

Okay, enough talk. How about I let these luscious designs speak for themselves.

Ciao Mon Amis!


Aruna Seth
Evi Apres Ski Boots with_Swarovski



Aruna Seth
Dita Leopard Calf-hair Wedge



Aruna Seth
Sylvie Black Leather Boots




Aruna Seth
Jessica Black Soft Suede Boot



Monday, August 30, 2010

Away for a While

Hope you all are having a great beginning of the week. Just thought I'd say hello and let all my wonderful readers know that my internet is down at my home. I'm working to get it back up, but of course this is going to interfere with my posting as often as I'd like to, AAARRRRRGGGH! Oh well...

I'll be back soon and in the meantime I'll try to sneak away on my job periodically to come and say hello! Love you all!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Happy Weekend

Just a quickie post to say hello and wish everyone a wonderful rest of the weekend. I return to work on Monday after a nice, long summer vacation. ARRRRRGGGH! Oh well...

Feast your eyes on this little winged beauty bootie by the late, legendary Alexander McQueen.

Caio, Bellas!


Alexander McQueen
Winged Leather Ankle Boots
$1285.00
Net-a-Porter


Etsy

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Art of Murano Glass Gifts Co.

I have always been intrigued by the delicate art of glass blowing. I am amazed by the intricacy and the discipline that is involved in the creation of glass art, both functional and decorative.

Murano Glass Gifts Co. is the source of some of the most beautiful glass art on the planet. They have been in business since 2001 and have shipped thousands of Murano glass around the world. Their website has two categories:
Murano Glass and World Art Glass.

The items in the Murano Glass category are 100% Genuine Murano Glass, hand blown in Venice (which for me is a huge plus), Italy by our master artists, and all pieces come with a certificate of authenticity.

The decorative glass pieces are a definite asset to any interior, and would brighten up any decor with magnificent color, design and form.

I am partial to the beautiful jewelry. The earrings, bracelets and necklaces are positively stunning.

As of this post, I have not purchased any of the products. The pieces are moderately priced, if you consider the high quality and old world Italian craftsmanship.


Murano Glass Gifts Co.
Catena Earrings
Sale Price $66.00



Murano Glass Gifts Co.
Christina Earring, Amber
Sale Price $66.00



Murano Glass Gifts Co.
Ceramic Global Vase, Black
Sale Price: $89.00



Murano Glass Gifts Co.
Ceramic Vase Black Leaf on Black
Sale Price: $144.00



Murano Glass Gifts Co.
Murano Glass Bracelet Brown/Gold
Sales Price: $158.00


Murano Glass Gifts Co. has a huge collection of glass jewelry, vases, figures and much more to add to your private collection or to give as unique gifts.

I was compensated for this post. This is my honest opinion. Your experiences may vary.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Whooga Ugg Boots



I just received my first pair of Ugg Boots in the mail today, courtesy of a very nice gentleman by the name of Michael Hodge. His online store is Whooga.com.

I've never featured Ugg boots on FA'SHOE'NISTA, because unlike celebrities such as Ashley Simpson and Kate Hudson, I don't see them as being particularly stylish. You would never catch me wearing a pair with a mini skirt or a pair of shorts. I see them as strictly functional. They keep your feet incredibly warm. This is my inaugural pair, so since I haven't done much more than try them on, and I don't plan on wearing them until the snow hits the ground, the most I can do is give you a little background on the company. I'll be back to review the boots once I've seen how they hold up in a Michigan winter!

Whooga is an Australian company that uses authentic Australian merino fleece. Manufacturing and shipping are both done in and from China. According to Michael, all major ugg labels, including UGG Australian, are manufactured in China now. One of the things you learn when you visit the website, which is very user friendly, is that there are many alternative brands of ugg boots available. I didn't know that and I find that fact very interesting. Normally you think Ugg boots--Australia--period. I like the fact that the company believes an informed consumer is the best consumer. Whooga not only wants to sell you a pair of boots, but they strive to inform you of the quality you should expect from your purchase. As far as shipping goes, my wait wasn't terribly long--maybe about a week and a half. The longest it should take is 14 days.

I love the feel of the outside of the boots. They are very soft. They slide right on and feel absolutely wonderful! They are so warm that I immediately had to take them off (it's almost 90 degrees today):) I'm sure I'll be ready for the winter!

For more information on Whooga Ugg boots, visit http://www.whooga.com.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Christian Louboutin: Edgy Embellishment

Hello, all.

The fall season is upon us, (well, not yet, but you know what I mean). Suede, leather, fur and the like are permeating the runways as designers show us how to cover up and keep fashionably warm this coming season.

Christian Louboutin's fall collection of boots, booties, and platforms reminds us that warm and fuzzy doesn't have to be boring. Take a peak at the latest in this premier designer's cache. Enjoy my Loverlees!


Christian Louboutin
Pigalle Spiked Ballerina
$995.00
Neiman Marcus



Christian Louboutin
Zip-Back over the knee boot
$2395.00
Neiman Marcus



Christian Louboutin
Egoustina Tall Mc Boot
$1495.00
Neiman Marcus



Christian Louboutin
Jazz Lace-Up Bootie
$995.00
Neiman Marcus



Christian Louboutin
Toundra Booty Fur
$2095.00
Neiman Marcus



Christian Louboutin
Jem Velours Pump
$1195.00
Neiman Marcus



Christian Louboutin
Ambertina Bejeweled Sandal
$2395.00
Neiman Marcus



Christian Louboutin
Marianna Rider Fur Tote
$3,945.00
Neiman Marcus


Friday, July 9, 2010

Inspiration: Jason Wu + TSE

Happy Friday, everyone. Hope you're having a great beginning to your weekend. Can you believe it? It's been a year since the young promising designer, Jason Wu had his historical career altering experience by dressing America's first African-American First Lady, Michelle Obama. The beautiful, one shoulder chiffon evening gown debuted to mix reviews, but no one can deny that the event made Jason Wu a household name and catapulted his career to new heights.

Now, the innovative designer has teamed up with luxury cashmere label, TSE, to form a stylish alliance that's sure to change the face of knitwear.

Jason Wu for TSE is fresh and feminine with the fusion of soft, luxurious cashmere, accents of chiffon, ruffles, and pleats, mixed with chunky knits. The colors are neutral: gray, cream, and beige hues make the pieces versatile and interchangeable.

Beautifully stylish for fall, Jason Wu for TSE is sure to set the stage for fashionable additions to any style maven's closet.


Jason Wu for TSE
Curved-Seam Zip Dress,
Loop-Stitched Cashmere Scarf
& Cashmere Arm-Warmers
275.00-1995.00
Neiman Marcus



Jason Wu for TSE
Tweed-Layered Plisse Dress
& Cashmere Arm-Warmers
275.00-1895.00
Neiman Marcus



Jason Wu for TSE
Structured Merino Dress
& Loop-Stitched Cashmere Scarf
275.00-2280.00
Neiman Marcus



Jason Wu for TSE
Roller-Paint Printed Cashmere Sweater
& Slouchy-Pocket Pants
275.00-680.00
Neiman Marcus



Jason Wu for TSE
Asymmetric Draped Dress
& Flyaway Silk-Cashmere Coat
1480.00-1980.00
Neiman Marcus


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

Hello, all my Loverlees! Please forgive me for not posting here as often as I should, I'm trying to get some things done, like working on my fashion illustration portfolio. POSITIVELY LOVELY is coming along pretty well, I'm just trying to muster up the energy to bring all of these ideas I have to fruition. I'm on vacation now from my job so I'm hoping to be posting here a little more often.

Well, the 4th of July weekend is upon us and boy, is it HOT! Weather reports say we'll have 90 degree temperatures for the next 3 to 4 days! Whew! I think I'll get a lot more posting done since I'll be on the inside. HEE! HEE!

Of course, you can't have a hot summer without hot shoes, so here are some great picks for those smoldering nights out on the town, or those sophisticated days soaking up the sun and the culture in your area. How about lunch at the museum's restaurant with friends? These babies are sure to turn heads and get you noticed by all the right people! Enjoy!


Oscar de la Renta
Lace & Studded Open-Toe Bootie
890.00
Neiman Marcus



Miu Miu
Studded Sandal
650.00
Neiman Marcus



Alexandre Birman
Python Cutout Platform
725.00



Manolo Blahnik
Leather Feather d'Orsay
825.00