Monday, August 31, 2009

OMG Shoes!

This past Friday was my birthday and I have to say that totally celebrated with shoes! I realized that I bought/received 4 pairs of shoes last week. Obviously it was a happy birthday ;)

The first pair that I bought was the Steve Madden Cheryl in Midnight blue. I can’t tell you how long I have been on the lookout for the perfect blue shoe and once again SM came through for me. They were included in the Fall Preview Sale so they were already 40% off, but then I had an extra 25% off + Free Shipping birthday coupon so I scooped them up for a great price. These were my birthday treat to myself…

Then came along the great sandal clearance email from Aldo (Thanks M for passing it along). I had been eyeing these great beaded sandals with ankle straps almost all summer but either they had been too expensive (originally $70) or didn’t have my size in the store when they were on sale (only to $30). So when I spied them for $17.95 and in my size you know I jumped all over that! These were just my I-wanted-them-and-they-were-a-great-price buy.

Pair #3 came in the form of Nine West’s Oskari wedge in Ivory. Once again these have been on my wish list for some time but of course I was waiting for the best time to buy. I had another 25% off coupon to that I was planning on using for these shoes but then about a week ago they sold out of my size L Needless to say I was pretty bummed, but then came to my rescue. They dropped the price on the Ivory and I bought those right away because I didn’t want to be disappointed again. These were my “They are actually a present from someone else because they gave me birthday money” shoes…. So thanks T&V!

Last but not least is the gift from my wonderfully fabulous boyfriend. Can I just say that he seriously is the best gift giver ever!!! He bought me my Steve Madden Motorcycle boots that I blogged about earlier! Yay! And I can say they are fabulous… great quality, awesome fit, super comfy. He is such a smarty and bought them during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale so he got a great deal on the price too. What can I say I trained him well ;) Needless to say I made some great additions to my closet (although I am running out of room again) and it was a fantastic birthday!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Trend Alert

This past January I was taking a class entitled Fashion Presentation. One of the projects was to give a PowerPoint presentation to the class predicting a fashion trend that you thought would be coming in the next year. We were required to do some historical research since we all know that trends tend to recycle themselves about every 30 years or so. Well my prediction was that Fringe vests would make there way back into the spotlight… and guess what? I was right! We have been seeing fringe on many accessories the past few seasons and I knew it was only a matter of time before it started showing up on the clothes themselves, and what better place than the oh-so-popular vest! Also, with the 40th anniversary of the infamous Woodstock this year we were bound to see some of those fashion influences pop up somewhere. As the fringe vest is now in the current fashion spotlight there are tons of opportunities to jump on in from all price points. Target currently has an option that is offered at the wallet friendly price of $14.99 and it has good reviews… so go fringe yourself!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Kick Start

It’s that time of year again… Fall. Well it’s not really fall (and won’t be for a long time here in the south) but now is the time when all the fall merchandise is making its way into the stores and magazines. One trend that I am all about is the motorcycle boot. I love the tall shaft with a low, somewhat chunky heel and buckle details around the ankle and top look. Nordstrom featured a Steve Madden boot (the Frenchh) in their Anniversary sale that fit this description perfectly. I almost bought them as boots are the one exception to my (current) rule of not paying over $100 for a pair of shoes, but lucky for me I discovered a look-a-like pair at Endless for half the price! The Mia Liv boot is priced at $48.97 and you can barely tell the difference between the two. Hopefully the Liv will soon call my closet home ;)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bringing Home the Blog

So I have been neglecting my blog… yes I know this, you don’t have to point it out to me, lol. Anyway, I am going to try to get back in the blog groove b/c I actually have a few things that I would like to share. I am going to start off with a book review of Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello. It is a memoir of his adventures as a reseller of all things Hermés, especially the infamous Birkin bag. I have to say that this was the book that I had been waiting to read all summer! Not that I really had to read this exact title, but in the sense that I wanted something intriguing, and funny, and intelligent all wrapped in one. I kept reading these titles that advertised all of this but totally fell flat for me so when I picked up this book I was pleasantly surprised. On top of the previously motioned qualities, it’s EXTREMELY interesting for any fashionista, or for that matter anyone who knows any of the rumors and tales of the exclusivity of the Birkin bag. Tonello effortless leads you through his life and Hermés learning curve with wit, humor, compassion, adventure, and tons of information. Seriously I can’t recommend it enough so just stop by your local library or bookstore and pick up a copy already!