If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you know that champagne and shoes have played a (extra) big role in my life the past week. It was a fun-filled whirlwind helping a client get ready for a night at the Golden Globe awards. The importance of the perfect shoe for a special occasion is still fresh in my mind, so it’s no surprise today’s inspiration spoke to me.
Here’s hoping the week ahead gives you plenty of reasons to indulge in fab footwear and a glass of bubbles or two. Happy Monday, Foxes. xo
P.S. we are planning a best and worst dressed post…it’s coming on Wednesday.
So, imagine you’re jetting off to attend a fashion conference in another city and, when you arrive and unpack your suitcase, you realize you forgot a shoe. Not a pair of shoes, just a single shoe (say the left one) from the perfect pair for the event. It’s enough to ruin your whole day, much less your whole outfit. I know, I did it last week.
If you’re like me, shoes really can make or break your day. And if you’re also like me, they can also make or break your foot–I insist on being able to walk in what I wear. And, when the perfect style combines with the perfect step, you feel like you can (and you often do) conquer the world. Here’s to starting the week off on the right foot (like my shoe that made the trip). Happy Monday, Foxes. xo
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While I was working in LA last week, Anastazja attended the Neiman Marcus Fall Shoe preview– here’s her report from the front lines of footwear. xo – R
I scanned the room and saw the names of the designers: Christian Louboutin, Aquazurra, Tom Ford, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Giuseppe Zanotti, and Jimmy Choo. I grew all to excited to slip my foot into some of these newly created masterpieces. Sadly as it turns out, the store only had visual samples. I did take pictures and made notes of trends to watch out for this fall. I hope you enjoy, Foxes!
Four Fall Footwear Trends to Try
Go Crazy for Animal Prints
Style tip: Animal prints are neutrals and match with any color, as well as are a great choice for pattern mixing. Accessories like shoes are a great choice for adding a pop of pattern or some edge to you look.
Be All About the Details
Style tip: Think of details like this zipper the way you would jewelry. The shine will attract the eye and you can play it up or down as much as you’d like.
Get Sexy with Ankle Straps
Style tip: Ankle straps look best if they fall below or above the ankle. This the the best way to make sure they don’t cut you off in an unflattering way.
Rock a Chunky Heel
Style tip: Chunky heels make a statement. To keep your look in balance, pair with tailored or leg-lengthening styles to avoid “clunky.”
I Couldn’t Leave Without Trying Something On…
As you can see, the shoes were just beautiful! Though I was unable to try on any of the preview shoes, I did try Neiman’s most popular shoe for the summer, CHANEL espadrilles. They were so comfy and this cobalt blue (also comes in tan and black) would add a pop of color to almost any outfit. They’re a splurge, but at around $580, it’s a great shoe at a good designer price.
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Because I’m on my feet so much, I’m always on the lookout for stylish flats. My current faves? Slip-on sneakers. I first fell in love with the look this winter. Now, with warm weather in full swing, I think they’re the perfect shoe for summer fun when sandals just won’t work, or when you’re in need of a fresh pedicure (it happens to the best of us).
Check out some of my fave kicks in the shops and get some inspiration for how to wear them with your favorite summer styles. Click through for extra styling tips or to buy your favorite pieces directly through Keaton Row.
Here’s to a sporty, stylish summer, Foxes. xoxo
Kinda by accident, we’re planning a bit of a footwear extravaganza here at Fawkeshunter this week. So, why not let shoes inspire us to not stress the small stuff and be nice to ourselves this Monday morning?
It’s a lesson I try really hard to remember on overwhelming days– it’s easy to feel guilty taking a break when there’s a lot to do. Today, give yourself permission to enjoy life– take that long lunch, stop and enjoy time with friends and family, or buy the shoes you’ve been eyeing (it IS the last week of Nordy’s Anniversary sale, afterall!).
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These fun, fringey adornments are a great way to add personality to a look. I especially love the idea of layering tasseled accessories to create major impact. Choose silk, leather, metal or mix-and-match materials like I did in these tasseled trios. Are you crushing yet?
Every summer until I was about 13 years old, my mom would take me to pick a new pair of summer sandals and every year I would go home with a shiny new pair of huaraches. Maybe it was my Mexican roots, maybe it was growing up a California girl listening to the Beach Boys, but their intricately braided leather and classic look have always screamed summer to me. So you can imagine how excited I was to discover a huarache sophisticated enough for a grown up, yet full of the fun summertime vibe that drew me to them as a child.
Made from luxe leather by artisans in LA, Soiyl huaraches are designed by Venice-based Dolores Melgoza who drew from her Mexican ancestry and travels in Latin America and Asia to create the colorful collection. With names like Samara and Brasilito the collection conjures visions of exotic south-of-the-border beaches with many designs incorporating traditional Latin textiles for a pop of color.
Each pair flirts with the $100 mark, but show their worth with their made in the USA stamp and substantial upgrades from my childhood shoes like rubberized tread attached to the traditional leather sole, so you won’t slip and slide! Feel good bonus: a portion of the proceeds from each pair sold is donated to RainCatcher, a non-profit organization committed to providing clean water to impoverished regions around the world.
I’m particularly obsessed with Flamingo and was bummed that they had sold out of my size when I saw the shoes at UniqueSF. Hopefully I’ll have chance to snap up a pair before summer 2012 is over, but if not, I can take a lesson from my young-self: huaraches never go out of style. There’s always Summer 2013!