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Fabushoe Friday: Orange You Going to Like My New Shoes?

Shoes and Champagne
Shoes and Champagne at Cincy Designer Shoes

As you know, my beloved store, Cincy Designer Shoes is closing at the end of the month. (Actually, the owner said she might close sooner because she is running out of inventory faster than she anticipated.)

So, I’ve been in stocking up three times in the past week. I think they’re going to set up a cot in the back there for me to just sleep over.

But I really am sad to see it go. Last Friday, I sat in there with Carrie the owner and just talked with her some more. She had a leftover bottle of champagne from her Thursday Champagne & Shoes event she does, so we shared that and chatted.

And can I just say… I kind of had a euphoric moment there, sipping on a glass of champagne (my faaaavorite drink) surrounded in a sea of spectacular shoes I had just tried on. I felt like a glorious, gluttonous Princess of Pretty Shoeland. : )

Believe it or not, I’m usually very frugal and cautious about money and shopping. Each purchase is calculated and well thought out. But there was something about the beautiful shoes, something about the sale, something about soaking in as much of the store before it closed for good… that made me lose my freaking mind.

Like I told you last week, I left with four pairs of shoes and a handbag. Here’s Pair #1 from last week. Pair #2 are the orange leather, flower embellished, Martinez Valero ‘Corona’ Sandals pictured to the left. I actually couldn’t decide if I wanted the yellow or the orange, so I posted it to my twitter and facebook page asking for votes.

I was thinking yellow would win. But as you can see, orange won by a landslide. I’m glad though, because Practical Amy is now thinking that yellow would have gotten dirty a lot quicker.

They seem very Sex and the City to me. Very eye catching. And they’re actually really comfortable. As Carrie puts it, the leather “is like butta.” These sandals came in yellow, orange and a really pretty turquoise (only smaller sizes were left in the turquoise though).

Since I got them, I’ve been “harvesting” a lot of orange jokes.

Knock knock
Who’s there?
Orange.
Orange who?
Orange you going to open the door?

Then I found myself on the Annoying Orange YouTube page my husband is now addicted to.

But citrus and comedy aside… You need to peel and get your rind to Cincy Designer Shoes and get in on this sale. haha! Oh, the orange jokes don’t get old. Even if you “concentrate.” : )

Fabushoe Saturday: Patent Peeps, Houndstooth Toes

Patent Leather Pumps and Houndstooth Toes
Patent Leather Pumps and Houndstooth Toes (click to enlarge)

I was ambitious this week and was working ahead on my blog. So, I had this post planned for yesterday until I found out last minute that Cincy Designer Shoes was going out of business. I wanted to let everyone know about the sales CDS was having, so I wrote about that yesterday instead. But here’s what I had planned to write about yesterday. It explains all the houndstooth toes you’re going to see for the next several weeks of Fabushoe Friday posts!

Usually, Fridays are all about the shoes. And yes, I am wearing some saucy slingback peeptoes in patent leather. But my houndstooth toes are stealing the show!

I’ve only had them done for a few days and I get stopped every where I go getting asked how the heck I got my toes to look like that. Some think it’s airbrushed, others think it’s a stencil. But, no. I got Minxed.

Back in October, I told you about Minx. It’s kind of like nail polish, but it’s actually a thin polymer that molds to your nails. There’s no dry-time and you can choose from 170+ fun, funky designs, colors and patterns.

Patent Leather Pumps and Houndstooth Toes
Minx Houndstooth Pattern (click to enlarge)

I chose houndstooth because it hit the runways last fall in a big way, which means it’ll be hitting “real life” this fall.

For the past three years, I’ve worn nothing but French Pedicure because I like how neutral it looks. This houndstooth is quite the opposite, so it shocks me every time I look down. But it’s good. Something different and fun!

Veniece, the “minxanista” who did my Minx pedicure says this will last me six weeks. And it’s not really that much more expensive than a regular pedi either. It was $65, and she does $5 off for new clients. Manis are $45 but she says they only last about a week. I’ll let you know how well they last!

But for now, I need to find some houndstooth clothing to match my new tres chic toes! : )

Fabushoe Friday: Cincy Designer Shoes Closing

Cincy Designer Shoes Closing
Cincy Designer Shoes Closing

It’s a solemn Fab-u-shoe Friday today… Cincy Designer Shoes, my favorite shoe store in Cincinnati, announced that it’s closing at the end of the month (Sept. 30, 2010).

But there is a silver lining to this sad news: There are great sales on their remaining inventory! If you haven’t been in, they carry shoes (obviously), really great handbags (no one ever thinks of them for handbags, but they actually have a ton of them), tights/leggings, and shoe repair/do-dads (like foot support/comfort insoles, etc).

They sent out the below email on Wednesday this week which said they’re still getting in shipments, so it’s not like their “remaining inventory” is just the bottom of the barrel picked-over stuff.

Zipper Bow Peep Toe Pumps from Cincy Designer Shoes
Zipper Bow Peep Toe Pumps from Cincy Designer Shoes

So, I went to make my final fab-u-shoe selections and take advantage of the sales.

It was, admittedly, a sad experience. I talked with Carrie the owner – who we’ve written stories about and done lots of events with at Cincy Chic – and you could see the sadness in her eyes about this whole ordeal. I know personally and professionally that she’s put her everything into the store. And as a fellow entrepreneur, my heart goes out to her.

But she seems to be hopeful about her future endeavors and aspirations. Before she opened the shoe store, she had an IT consulting company. She sold her stock in the company and started the store. But then the recession put a squeeze on her clients’ budgets. And then Nordstrom coming in (specializing in shoes btw) squeezed even more. It just was too much to take. So, Carrie decided to close up shop and go back to the IT world.

Zipper Bow Peep Toe Pumps from Cincy Designer Shoes
Zipper Bow Peep Toe Pumps from Cincy Designer Shoes

She is also a competitive dancer (ballroom, I think). She said she hasn’t danced in so long because she’s been working at the store so much, so she lit up when I asked her if she was excited to get back to dancing… “YES!” she said!

I’m looking forward to watching her start her next chapter! But this chapter isn’t officially over, yet, ladies. There are still shoes – DELICIOUS designer shoes – on serious sale. And if you want to treat your feet to a little taste of the good life at a deep discount, this is your chance.

Because of the awesome sale, I was able to get four pairs (literally for one of the pair’s retail price). Oh and I might have gotten a big green handbag. To remind me of all the green I saved! haha! If you’re a shoeoholic (or just like good deals), I encourage you to check out the sale!

I’m so excited to share with you all of my new purchases! But for today, I’m just showing this one pair of zippy zipper peep toe pumps I got yesterday. How fun are they? I’ve never seen anything like them! (BTW, I’ll explain my houndstooth toes tomorrow! haha! It’s a very random story!)

For the next three weeks, I’ll blog about my other new fab-u-shoes on Friday from this fab-u-store, which I will miss very much. Please support them, and take advantage of the sales, in their last month of business!

Fabushoe Friday: Lovely in Lace

Last night my Cincy Chic team and I hosted a big fall fashion ladies night at Eddie Merlots. We had a fall fashion show and Paris J Boutique did all the clothing. The show featured a bunch of fall clothes that haven’t even hit their shelves yet, so it was neat to see it all (I’ll update this post with a link to event photos when I get them, so check back!)

It was a great event. Fab fashion. Yummy food. Delicious drinks. About 100 people came… including my husband, Pete, who usually has to be on the early news in Dayton, but he had off today so he came last night!

Teresa, the owner of Paris J Boutique, was very happy with the turnout and with Cincy Chic as a whole. So much so, she said she had a surprise for me and to visit her boutique today. Hmmmm… the wheels got turning… what could it be???

Sherlock Storer-Scalia was on the case. I thought back and I had just commented on a few items of new arrivals she posted to Paris J’s facebook page. I remember “liking” and commenting on a couple dresses and shoes she had posted.

Also, Teresa had sent me a random email the day prior asking me what shoe size I wore. But I thought it was because I post pics of my shoes all the time, and I kind of have big feet, so I thought she was wondering exactly how big they were! haha! (I wear a 9 and am 5’4… but my mom wears an 11, so I shouldn’t complain… It could be worse!)

I literally lost sleep wondering what the surprise would be… visions of sugar plums and stilettos dancing in my head… I get to her store today and she had a gift bag all made up for me. Inside that bag… I FOUND THIS FABULOUSITY!

(click to enlarge)

Aren’t they gorgeous? I love them!!!! And she got me another gift but it’s an accessory, which I will wait to tell you about on Monday for Marvy Accessory Monday! I’m so in love with my new items and I can’t thank Teresa enough for them! A girl after my own heart, giving me shoes! : )

Have a great weekend! Enjoy this gorgeous weather!

Madeira Summer Sidewalk Sale

Madeira Summer Sidewalk Sale (click to enlarge)

I drove through Madeira yesterday afternoon to stop in Monkee’s of Madeira, a store I wrote about months ago but just got around to visiting.

Quiet little Madeira was hustling and bustling with life! Balloons out front of every store and lots of shoppers out and about. Not the norm for a random Thursday afternoon.

So, I go into Monkee’s and start chatting with Liz the owner. She said it’s Madeira’s Summer Sidewalk Sale this weekend. Now through Sunday, the sidewalks of Maderia will host this annual sale.

Wow. Talk about a great weekend for a sidewalk sale, seriously! So, get out and enjoy the sunshine with your family or girlfriends. From the looks of it, sales were ranging around 50-70%. So the discounts are not too shabby – will definitely make it worth your while!

Here are the dates and times: Friday 10:00am – 7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am- 5:00pm
For more information, visit the Madeira Chamber (www.madeirachamber.com).

And just backtracking a little here… I absolutely ADORED Monkee’s of Madeira. I didn’t realize this, but apparently Monkee’s is a chain. But sort of the best kind of chain, where they are still rare enough (and Liz says her corporate is relaxed enough) to be considered pseudo-independent, but they’re big enough to get purchasing power for big name brands.

I kind of fell in love with some gold peep toes, a belt and an asymmetrical gemstone necklace (pics below), but due to a variety of reasons (namely me dropping my Macbook last week and having to buy an entirely new computer… but I don’t want to talk about that right now because I might cry) I didn’t buy anything.

I will be back though. Mark my Monkee-marveling words. Even if I have to bubble wrap all my expensive electronics for the rest of my life. I will be back. And I will buy things. Lots and lots of pretty things.

But until then…  watch and weep as I post the items I am absolutely lusting after.

Peep toes were $149 on sale (they’re my Fabushoe Friday for today BTW!), I didn’t check to see how much the belt was (I was too enamored with the wooden clasp… but she did say she can’t keep them on the shelves they sell so fast), and the necklace is by a local designer!

Gold peep toe pumps... mmmm yummy
Wooden clasp belt, hand-beaded mustard band
Asymmetrical necklace, designed by a local lady!

Fab-u-Shoe Friday: Shoe Clips

We had a Cincy Chic event called “Handbag Heaven” this week and one of our vendors had these cute little shoe clips. They completely transformed the look of my boring black pump! I ended up getting two pair… one for black shoes and the other for brown. I also realized, you can put the clip in your hair, on a blouse or on a handbag to spice up your look too! I got these at Buenos Aires Mercado, and they were only $15 for two!
clips

Fab-u-shoe Friday: Zipper Ruffles

I met a really great gal in my Bikini Bootcamp class (which I need to go to more often btw), Michelle Matson, who shares my love of saucy shoes. Turns out she’s a financial investment guru, author of a book called “Rich Chick,” and her personal and professional motto is to “get dressed to invest.”

I started to follow her on twitter, and noticed that every Friday she would post a picture of the shoes she was wearing. They were always fabulous, face-fan-inducing shoes. Some times they were her shoes, some times they were ones she saw when shopping, some times they were other people’s shoes she admired. One requirement: they had to be fabulous. I loved the idea so I told her I was stealing it for my own facebook and twitter account.fabushoes

So for the past couple of months, I’ve been sharing with my friends my Fab-u-shoe Friday pick of the week. Unfortunately, I ran out of my own shoes worth posting rather quickly (ugh, I really need to go shopping but I’m trying to be good and save $), so for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been posting my friends’ shoes that I like.

I decided to start posting Fab-u-shoe Friday here on my blog because my friends seem to love it! This week’s FF post is courtesy of local makeup artist Chenese Bean. She posted these last week and I loved them! I’m seeing this trend of zipper ruffles everywhere! Jacket lapels, shoes, jewelry… and now fab-u-shoes! : ) Enjoy!