Y’all know I love my shoes. 🙂 But what if those shoes could affect change around the world? It’s possible!
My friends at Baker Chiropractic are participating in program called Soles4Souls to help more than 300 million children world-wide who don’t have a pair of shoes.
Soles4Souls distributes donated shoes to people all over the world and has given out more than 17 million pairs of shoes to people in 128 countries. You can join in by donating shoes you no longer wear the the four Cincinnati-area Baker Chiropractic Clinic locations.
Donation boxes will be at the clinic on Red Bank Road in Cincinnati as well as the Fairfield, West Chester and Madeira clinics now through November 22!
This is such a great cause that will help benefit thousands of people, especially those here in the U.S. that need a new pair of shoes as the weather starts to get colder.
I like tan booties and I cannot lie… Haha! It’s not what you think! I bought these amazing tan booties (Carlos by Carlos Santana, $49.99) at Famous Footwear and I’m in LOVE!!
I’ve seen all the celebs wear booties, but I’ve been hesitant to even try them on because I love my tall boots in fall. Buying booties just felt like cheating on them. 🙂 But I got to thinking… I have a ton of dresses, skirts and pants that would actually look better with a bootie because of the cut/hemline so I did some digging and found this pair that I love to pieces! And they don’t make you look like a short, stumpy elf like I though they would! (Tip: match your leggings to the bootie color to elongate your legs!)
This pair is so great because you can dress them up, down, and everywhere in between. Pair them with skirts, dresses, and pants at work or play.
So, I thought I’d share five of my favorite looks I’ve paired these chic shoes with thus far! Enjoy!
Carrie Bradshaw always had a penchant for pretty pumps on Sex and the City. Well, the style icon star, Sarah Jessica Parker (who grew up in the Cincinnati area might I just add!), can’t escape her character’s love of shoes any more! SJP is teaming up with Manolo Blahnik’s CEO George Malkemus, to create a runway-worthy array of flats, boots, pumps, and sandals. The new “SJP” line will be featured in Nordstrom Stores and Norstrom.com by January 2014!
Bradshaw once said, “Do you know what these are? Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes! I thought these were an urban shoe myth!’ But this new shoe line is no myth! Parker tells vogue.com “In a silly way, I think it’s what people have expected of me most because of Carrie Bradshaw.” Carrie has certainly inspired the star to design shoes at attainable price-points between $200-$400. Expect nothing less than top-notch Italian craftsmanship with luxe material in unexpected color combinations!
It is never too early to start thinking about the right way to bring in the New Year. Start with marking your calendars for a much needed trip to Nordstrom so you can be the trend-setting style icon like Carrie!
Thanks to my intern, Shannon Mahoney for helping me put this blog together!
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!
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.
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!
They are some of the most expensive shoes money can buy. Each one hand-stitched and haute couture. They’re Jimmy Choos.
Normally, you’d have to shell out a good $800 to own a pair of these show stopping shoes. But I just got an email from Cincinnati Saks telling me about a contest where you can win an entire Jimmy Choo shoe wardrobe!
Apparently, here’s how it works: You create any outfit using at least one pair of shoes from the Jimmy Choo 24:7 collection and save it on this Closet Couture site. You can style outfits using Choo handbags, too. Contest ends on April 10th. Jimmy Choo will pick the three winners to receive a shoe wardrobe.
Not sure what they’re basing their decision on (doesn’t even explain this in the contest rules either) but I do know that there are Jimmy Choos at stake so I will be creating lots of outfits on this site to hopefully fit their fancy. Can you believe that? They’re not just giving away one pair. They’re giving away a whole wardrobe of these posh pumps! (I did some digging and it only ends up being three shoes they’re giving away, but still, that’s pretty good!)
After playing with this Closet Couture site to submit my first look, I’ve decided I REALLY like it. You can “follow” certain designers and/or stores, and see what their latest and greatest stuff is. You can style your outfit using the dresses, tops, skirts, pants, belts, blazers, shoes, etc on the site. It looks like you can even upload pics of your own clothing to incorporate those items into the outfits you style on the site. I didn’t try that uploader function out yet, but I love the concept.
I did, however, create a look that I absolutely LOVE! For the past month, I’ve been on the look out for a pretty white dress for our Night in White event this weekend (tickets are almost sold out by the way, get yours today!). I had in my mind that I didn’t want a bright white, I wanted it to be kind of a winter white/cream or even beige-y color. I actually really liked the dress Stacy London was wearing when I interviewed her last week. In that interview, she mentioned that nude, beige, and other muted tones are in for Spring/Summer, so I for sure want to get a dress in one of those colors.
I found the perfect dress and shoe for this week’s big event! (Pictured below – using Closet Couture’s cool outfit sharing tool!) Now, all I need to do is find an extra $1200 laying around to purchase this lush look. :-/ Hey, a girl can dream, right?
And while we’re talking about Choos, we published an interesting article on Cincy Chic a while back about heels raising havoc on foot health – and why Jimmy Choos are an exception to the rule. Click here to read the article and learn why you get what you pay for when you buy Choo’s shoes.
I was a single woman this weekend. Out on the town. And I met someone special.
Okay, let me clarify. My husband got tickets to the Daytime Emmy’s. So, while he was in L.A., I stayed in Cincinnati and got in a little extra girl time.
My friend Aymie and I went to a champagne tasting class at The Party Source’s EQ cooking school (which was really great – I highly recommend it!) then back to her loft for some sushi.
It was at her loft that I met them.
They were shy and humble, just hanging out in the corner of the room. They caught my eye but I didn’t want to stare. I couldn’t help myself. So, I leaned over and asked Aymie about them. “Pretty cute. What’s their story? Are they from around here?” I casually inquire as my heart beats faster.
Aymie proceeds to walk over and pick up these beautiful red leather espadrilles I had been eyeing for the past hour and brings them closer. She puts them on – she just happened to be wearing a perfectly matching red top – and they were even more adorable on! Then she tells me they’re super comfortable. I’m in shock, feeling light-headed and about to start convulsing until I find a pair for myself.
At this point she should have told me to sit down. But she didn’t. She continued and blindsided me with the completely unexpected! She explains that she got them from a friend of a friend who works at Crocs. Yes, these immaculate creations were CROCS!
That night, I rushed home to visit the Crocs Web site and order a pair for myself. Unfortunately, this is the closest thing I could find to the red wonders I had spent such a lovely evening with. (Not quite as cute, so I didn’t make any purchases)
Talking with Aymie later, I found out that the espadrilles were probably prototypes of something Crocs may come out with in Spring 2010. The company is apparently shifting their focus away from the traditional Croc style shoe (Thank God. Sorry if I offend any Croc wearers out there. They’re only attractive on four-year-olds). And they’re expanding into quite a delectable range of young, hip and fashionable lines.
The YOU by Crocs™ is my favorite line, as it features things like cork wedge heels, peep toes and snake skin print on genuine leather. They range from $89 to $99, so in terms of price, they’re right up there with Steve Madden look-a-likes. Aymie as my witness, these new Crocs compete in the style department (SM still has them beat here though) but blow any other fashion-forward shoe away in the comfort department.
Sacrifice for beauty no longer, ladies. Go hunt down some Crocs today and thank me later.