Archive for the ‘Footwear’ Category

Style Tips: Peep This

May 22, 2010

Peep-toe pumps, how do I love thee, let me count the ways. Peep-toe pumps are far sexier than their sister pumps because flashing that little bit of toe, is sexy! Pair them with a dress, skinny jeans, or even a short-suit. For a change of pace, go for an ankle strap peep-toe, snakeskin, metallic, even shiny patent leather. Peep-toe pumps are great complement to any outfit.

Peep ThisFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Peep This by chocfashblog featuring French Connection shoes

Shoes: Go Glam with Summer’s Metallic Wedges

May 16, 2010
Bebe gold metallic lace-up wedges, $149

Super glam for those cool summer days and bliss filled nights, metallic wedges are the perfect complement to a brightly colored maxi-dress or a cute neutral short set. Standing in wedges makes your legs look long and sleek. Cover legs with a smoothing bronzer for a nice glow that will linger long after the sun sets.

BCBG Max Azria, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs



Style Tips: A is for Accessories

May 14, 2010
Can’t Live Without Them

 No fashionistas wardrobe is complete without accessories. Accessories are like the icing on a cake; you have to have them to make and outfit complete!

How do you choose accessories? Go for what you know and love. Buying what works for you is the key to successful accessorizing. Just because someone else is doing it doesn’t mean that you should do it too. You have to consider your individual style and personality to pull off an accessory appropriately.

For example, a classicist wouldn’t be caught dead in a pair of feather earrings a la bohemian style. She’s likely to stick to he classic pearls, diamond studs, or simple gold jewelry. What do you need in your accessory wardrobe? Here’s our list:

1. Shoes. From pumps to boots to flats to sandals. not wardrobe is complete without a nice assortment of footwear. For work and evening, make sure you have plenty of pumps. Peep-toe, square toe, round, and pointy. Pumps can make any outfit complete and they’re versatile. You can wear them with pants or dresses. 

2. Jewelry. First off, diamond studs. No fashionista goes without them. They’re perfect for formal events or casual affairs. And of course if you can’t get the real thing, an acceptable faux pair is just as chic. No one is really going to know the difference. Second, the statement necklace. Why? Because it’s a conversation piece and perfect when you don’t feel like making a lot of fuss over your accessories. the statement necklace will suffice.  Next there’s the cocktail ring. No longer just for cocktail hour, the cocktail ring is the accessory. Wear one and you’ll subject yourself to accessory envy. The bigger the better, with huge stones, bling, or intricate design, cocktail rings definitely make a statement.  For those lady like occasions, a strand of pearls says a lot without saying too much. Pearl necklaces are always elegant and give you a refined look. Very Diahann Carroll circa 1960s.  Lastly, no fuss cuffs. Slip them on your arm and you’re out the door. And you don’t even need help.
Brands we like: Amrita Singh, Tiffany & Co., Avelle @ Nordstrom, Aldo Accessories,

3. Belts. Our friends, the waist thinner and curve accentuates, belts can make ordinary extraordinary. Belts are great accents for those days when you want to go from frumpy to fabulous. I own animal print belts, sash’s, belts with hardware and bling. If your outfit is simple, a belt can give it can alter the look for the better. Invest in a thin, medium, and wide belt.
Brands we like: Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Fossil, and Calvin Klein.

4. Handbags. The must-have accessory for every woman. Handbags are the topping on a perfect outfit. Two great bags to have? A structured bag, not to big not too small, but one that can carry you from work and on to a flight for a quick getaway.  I love Francesco Biasia bags, they come in a ton of styles and colors. The clutch is is the sassy sister of the structured bag. She comes out to play women less is definitely more. Right now I’m loving those Tory Burch clutches. Clutches are very chic and you can find them in almost every color.
Other brands we like: Hype, Louis Vuitton, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Kooba, Burberry, and Aldo.

5. A timeless watch. Go for a high-quality classic metal in gold or stainless steel.
Brands we like: Anne Klein, Guess, Michael Kors, Rolex, Locman, and Seiko.

Just as fashion changes, your accessories should change as well. Trends are fine but avoid falling into the trend trap. Select accessories that will last for more than a season. Invest in quality pieces that can take your wardrobe to the next level. Don’t be afraid to splurge on quality or spend a couple of dollars on some fun pieces. Variety is the key to great accessories!

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Fashion & Style News: Mob Mania for Choos at H&M

November 17, 2009
H&M Paris

In Milan, Italy more than a thousand people stood in line (enduring the rain) at H&M to get their hands on the new Jimmy Choo for H&M collection. In Tokyo, more than 800 people stood outside a H&M store for 24-hours, and about 500 people lined up in New York on West 51st Street as early as 8PM on Friday to get their pick of the litter.

Inside the Paris store.

While I am a self-professed shop-a-holic, I have yet to stand in line to grab a garment or accessory. I trekked through the Beverly Center in Los Angeles yesterday and visited H&M,to find a peaceful setting, shoppers going about their daily business and a few Choos still on the shelves.

Apparently the Los Angeles fashionistas hit the Beverly Center store while I was cruising through my other favorite store (Loehmann’s) this past weekend. More than 600 people stood in line to get a hold of the shoes in those bright blue Jimmy Choo boxes that were piled neatly on shelves. Few were left after the massive crowds hit and other area stores experienced the same thing.

A wristband for access.

In Manhattan, five stores carried the Jimmy Choo collection. The expensive items were the first to go, including the above-the-knee leather boots that retail $299 and a leather and a suede one-shoulder dress that sells for $249, which has been deemed company-wide as a best-seller. I’m sure the ad campaign contributed to that. I have yet to get my first pair of Choos, but as always, I’ll keep you posted.

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Discount & Designer Shopping: Christian Louboutin Sample Sale in NYC!!!

November 11, 2009
This just in…

What: Christian Louboutin Sample Sale
When:Thursday, November 12th 9AM-6PM
Friday, November 13, 9AM-3PM
Where: 306 West 38th Street 14th Floor (Between 8th & 9th Streets) 
New York City

Why: Because everybody loves the red bottoms! 

I am officially jealous that I am not in new York right now! 

Accessories: Burberry for Fall

November 3, 2009
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Overdyed vintage check tote with barb belt.
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Tangled chain necklace.
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Braided-strap rubber-soled platform sandal.
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Check dévoré Woolf bag.
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Overdyed vintage check tote with alligator belt. 
www.Burberry.com

Parties & Events: Roger Vivier Event at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills

October 31, 2009
Me with Roger Vivier Creative Director Roopal Patel and Neiman Marcus’ Bruno Frisoni.

Friday I had the pleasure to attend the Roger Vivier Event at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills. Fans of the brand, fashion who’s who and lookers on turned out for the fabulous event, which included a preview, a lunch, and of course shopping. The event included a meet and greet with Roger Vivier Creative director Roopal Patel and Neiman MarcusWomen’s Fashion Accessory Senior market Editor, Bruno Frisoni.Actress Tichina Arnold even dropped by.

Credited with creating the first stiletto in 1954, Roger Vivier was widely criticized and admired for his elaborate shoe designs. He used silks, appliqué, pearls, beads, lace, and jewels. his designs were often considered sculptures with their extraordinary design and adornments. The brand also produces haute couture footwear as well.

What’s exciting about Roger Vivier collections is that you never know what to expect. Creativity is abundant behind the scenes and each design is truly unique. The fall collection is bursting with color and enchanting embellishments. Brand lovers can expect more of the same for spring. Many thanks to Meghan Mino and the Neiman Marcus staff for helping me give CFB readers the inside scoop!

A model with the Belle Lucie from the fall collection.
The Go Boom bootie on display.
The Oh Hell shoe. (Hot!) 

Roger Vivier shoes are serious eye candy.

 
Absolutely delicious! Oh yeah, them too. 
The signature buckle with bling. 

Play your cards right.

Shop the Roger Vivier collections at 
Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills 
Level One
9700 Wilshire Boulevard

Beverly Hills, California 90212

NeimanMarcus.com
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Fashion & Style News: Jimmy Choo to Hit H&M Stores Soon

October 29, 2009

November marks the debut of the Jimmy Choo for H&M collection. Tamara Mellon, founder and designer of the Jimmy Choo brand confessed to having a tough time designer a lower-end collection for H&M customers. Jimmy Choo is hardly a brand associated with affordability, but it remains a favorite among shoe fashionistas and influential people like Michelle Obama.

Jimmy Choo for H&M will not only include shoes and accessories but clothes as well. At the urging of H&M execus, Mellon agreed to create an apparel collection for H&M customers, giving the fashion-conscious on a budget a chance to experience the brand.

Sequin-covered dresses with plunging necklines, one-shoulder suede mini-dresses and faux-fur vests and boxy zipped cardigans are sure to delight the party girls while the equally edgy shoes are high-heeled, over the knee (boots) and gladiator worthy.

The collection hits more than 200 H&M stores on November 14th.

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Fashion & Style News: Barbie Canoodles with Christian Louboutin

October 19, 2009

The original fashionista Barbie turned 50 this year and what better way to celebrate fifty years of fabulouslessness than to do it in a pair of Christian Louboutins? The “red-bottoms” as my male friends call them, are the mark of perfection for shoe lovers. Mattel, makers of Barbie partnered with Louboutin to commemorate the doll’s birthday in style.

The commemorative project includes a customized Barbie doll and accessories collection by the designer and a diary filled with images of Louboutin and his muse is perhaps the most exciting part of the project. Included in the collection Barbie’s pink Christian Louboutin shoe made its debut during her birthday runway show in February during New York Fashion Week.

The three dolls come in Louboutin shoes boxes with four pairs of Barbie-sized Louboutin heels. In December the Louboutin jewel-thief themed Barbie will debut, followed by safari-themed Barbie in February, and a Louboutin designed Barbie for the Cannes Film Festival.

The dolls will be sold through BarbieCollector.com and Net-a-Porter.com, which is Mattel’s exclusive partner. Both sites will also offer a Christian Louboutin Barbie shoe collection for $40 a set.

The diary, My Year in Paris With Christian Louboutin is also sold separately for $40. Unfortunately, Ken is missing in action in the photos and Barbie refuses to comment on their personal life.

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Fashion & Style News: Badgley Mischka Coming to HSN

October 12, 2009

High-end designer label Badgley Mischka will hit the tube in a partnership with HSN. The luxury brand will present the American Glamour Collection featuring apparel, footwear, and jewelry. The items will be priced from $39 to $499.

Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka will host the two-hour live show, November 17th at 9 PM.

(Photo: A handbag from the American Glamour Collection, courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily.)

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