SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Christian Louboutin

Christian Louboutin‘s aesthetic is primarily sexy, classy, and luxurious.  Many of his designs are indeed quirky, yet maintain the timeless quality, and, of course, bright red soles.

That being said, the man has a sense of humor, as is apparent in these Jolly Patent Squiggle-Heels.  It’s impossible to read that and not smile.  Interestingly enough, these heels are absolutely fitting to such a name.

Christian Louboutin  Jolly Patent Squiggle-Heel Red Sole Pump, $795

Christian Louboutin
Jolly Patent Squiggle-Heel Red Sole Pump, $795

Christian Louboutin Jolly Patent Squiggle-Heel Red Sole Pump, also available in white, $795

Christian Louboutin
Jolly Patent Squiggle-Heel Red Sole Pump, also available in white, $795

What do you think of these unique pumps?

This Season’s Hottest Swimwear Trends For Every Body Type

Swimwear Trends for the Upcoming Season

Choosing the right bikini or one-piece is often a lifelong struggle for women.  On one hand, there’s all those “rules” that tell you which body type you have and which swim suit suits you best.  On the other hand, there are always such amazing fashion trends that don’t exactly work for your body type.  It’s a difficult process, but there is something for every body type to choose from with the range of different cuts, designs, and products.

Cuts

When it comes to the design of all types of swimsuits, it is easy to forget all that you know about them or you think you know. One thing is for sure, the one-piece swimsuits will be big this year, just as they were the previous season.

Lisa Marie Fernandez: Neoprene Satin Lisa Marie Swimsuit, $385

Lisa Marie Fernandez: Neoprene Satin Lisa Marie Swimsuit, $385

What makes them even more interesting are the alterations to the classical one piece swimsuits, like cut-outs.  Also, don’t be surprised if you see some one piece swimsuits with leg openings that reach all the way over your hips, or those with collars or G-strings.

Jean Paul Gaultier Butterfly-Print Sporty Two-Piece Tankini Swimsuit, $795

Jean Paul Gaultier Butterfly-Print Sporty Two-Piece Tankini Swimsuit, $795

It seems that this year, the designers have attempted to reinvent the look of the swimsuits and break down all the rules. Two-piece swimsuits with long sleeves and those with many straps and ribbons will definitely leave some interesting tan lines on the beaches this year.

Patterns

via Trend Council

via Trend Council

If you thought that the cuts will go nuts this season, you should definitely check out the colors and patterns. This season, you just cannot go wrong. The very colorful and complex patterns are a real hit this season. If they are on a two-piece swim suit they can be only on one piece while the other one can be single colored. Or it doesn’t have to be.

Cynthia Rowley Pink Embellished Floral Wetsuit, $295

Cynthia Rowley Pink Embellished Floral Wetsuit, $295

There are also some really nice, simple, one piece swimsuits with bright colors that resemble those of the ‘90s and even a whole trend of entirely black swimwear that combines some interesting materials and bring some classy elegance to the beach. While this extravaganza is in this year, there is also entirely different stream in trends this year, with very simple and sporty designs which go with those bright and simple colors and straight lines.

Famous Designs

All these conclusions about the swim suits for the year to come are taken by analyzing and watching what the designers have come up with. To name the few: Department stores had some fun experimenting with new styles.  Their choices for this season include straps, straps, and more straps which make one-piece suits look like two pieces connected with interesting cuts and designs.

Mikoh Swimwear Top, $101

Mikoh Swimwear Top, $101

Besides that, they used some crochet in their designs and focused their main colors on yellow and bright pink.  On the other hand, Planet Blue has taken an entirely different direction with the colors. They are all for muted, earthy and skin tones and their prints are all scenery-like. The cuts and styles put the efficiency and sporty look as a priority. Alene Too wanted to make the swimwear something that will be worn outside the beach as well. Interesting cuts that resemble tops more than swim suits can be used as regular clothes as well.

via Trend Council

via Trend Council

What to expect to see in stores this Spring

All these ideas that come from the designers are interesting and fun, but once you go out in search of your go-to swimwear for this year, you can expect to see brands like Victoria Secret to have more universal versions of these design ideas, along with the classical cuts from past seasons.

via Trend Council

via Trend Council

Therefore, this year, it is very hard to go wrong. Perhaps, the best bet is to choose the suit according to your body type but go trendy with the choice of colors and patterns. The best thing about this trend is that if you cannot decide if you want a one color or patterned swimsuit, you can choose both!

via Tokyo Turq

via Tokyo Turq

 

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SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Alejandro Ingelmo

Alejandro Inglemo is known for his modern silhouettes and delicate craftsmanship.  These Metallic Mesh Watersnake heels are right on trend with this season’s futuristic shapes and colors.  The snakeskin, mesh, and suede textures give a unique look, while the metallic nude color is universally flattering on legs.  Mules are proving to continue in style for 2015, making this shoe a beautiful addition to any wardrobe.

Alejandro Ingelmo Metallic Mesh Watersnake High Heel Slide, $925

Alejandro Ingelmo Metallic Mesh Watersnake High Heel Slide, $925

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What do you think of these heels?

Footwear Designers Recreate Cinderella’s Glass Slippers

via Pinterest

via Pinterest

Disney recently asked nine various designers, such as Charlotte Olympia, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Jimmy Choo, to recreate the Cinderella glass slipper with their own unique style in anticipation of the Cinderella film set to debut.  The best part?  In March, the designs will be sold in shops throughout the world, such as Saks Fifth Avenue in New York & Beverly Hills, Harrods in London, and Galeries Lafayette in Paris.  Click through to see all the beautiful designs and what the designers had to say about ‘em, courtesy of BusinessWire.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

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SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Gianmarco Lorenzi

Donald Trump boasts he makes the best hotels in the world, and I have to agree.  I boast that I make the best ceviche in the world, and, quite frankly, I do.  Gianmarco Lorenzi boasts he makes the most perfect heel in the world, and I’m inclined to agree, as I don’t see why he’d say it if it wasn’t true…

Over the last 30 years, Gianmarco Lorenzi has been creating feminine designs that blend the lines between shoes and art.  These sandals, using geometric shapes, are unbelievably sexy and uber-fashionable.

Gianmarco Lorenzi, $530

Gianmarco Lorenzi, $530

Wear ‘em with a red hot mini, or a textured dress (think tweed) in cobalt blue or green.

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What do you think of these sandals?

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SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Dolce & Gabbana

I have to hand it to Dolce & Gabbana for their unbelievable detailed shoes, always on trend with the theme for their season’s collection.  Who could forget their wood & leather sandals or their African-inspired wedges?  And, of course, there’s no beating Italian shoes.  

Check out these Sicilian folklore pumps.  Their elegant and classic design brings out the amazing piece of art covering the shoe.  Wear these shoes with a white or cream pantsuit for work, or with a feminine A-line dress for play.

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Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian Folklore Print Pumps, $1,095

 

Funny side note on Dolce & Gabbana: When my wonderful parents came to visit me in New York, we walked down Madison Avenue.  As we were walking past the Dolce & Gabbana store, my dad said, “I know Dolce means ‘candy’ or ‘sweet’ in Spanish, so what does ‘Gabbana’ mean?”  So adorable.

Dolce &Gabbana Sicilian Folklore Print Pumps

 

What do you think of these artful pumps?

February’s Most Coveted: Angel Wings

Romeo climbs into the garden of his beloved and tells Juliet ‘With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls, for stony limits cannot hold love out.’ 

FarFetch

FarFetch

Most females (and men) out there are in awe of the beauty of the Victoria’s Secret angels, as well as the creativity shown in each of their annual fashion shows.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2014

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2014

Taking some fashion inspiration from them, along with the genius known as Sophia Webster, angel wings are a beautiful complement to the season’s ethereal mood.  From earrings to vests to heels, and from angel to butterfly to dragonfly wings, these romantic details add a subtle feminine touch to any outfit.

SOPHIA WEBSTER 'Evangeline' sandals, $560

SOPHIA WEBSTER ‘Evangeline’ sandals, $560

 

Roberto Cavalli 'Hera Wings' chain shoulder bag, $1,937.96 now $1,356.57

Roberto Cavalli ‘Hera Wings’ chain shoulder bag, $1,937.96 now $1,356.57

 

CristinaOrtiz 9-karat rose gold diamond large ear cuff, $9,500

CristinaOrtiz 9-karat rose gold diamond large ear cuff, $9,500

 

Etro Silk-embroidered cotton-twill vest, $2,610

Etro Silk-embroidered cotton-twill vest, $2,610

 

Garrard Yellow Gold & Black Diamonds Ailes Necklace, 15000 €

Garrard Yellow Gold & Black Diamonds Ailes Necklace, 15000 €

 

Honor Dragonfly wings-print silk skirt, $1,995 Now $598

Honor Dragonfly wings-print silk skirt, $1,995 Now $598

 

Elise Dray Rose Gold & Diamond Pavé Phalanx Wings Ring, $5,442.11

Elise Dray Rose Gold & Diamond Pavé Phalanx Wings Ring, $5,442.11

What do you think of the wing-inspired accessories and apparel?  Which are your favorite pieces?

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SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Fendi

Fendi has some truly innovative and unique shoes.  These kicks in particular totally remind me of Star Wars (in the best way possible).  The strappy cage detailing is made of metal, which contrasts against the leather upper paneling to create a fantastically industrial looking heel, worthy of the likes of street style starlets, such as Miroslava Duma or Anna Dello Russo, at NYFW.

Pair ‘em with a super structured dress, like this one from Proenza Schouler, and a funky visor, like this Missoni one, for the ultimate cool-girl outfit.

       Fendi Cage-Front Metal-Heel Sandal, $1,350


Fendi Cage-Front Metal-Heel Sandal, $1,350

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What To Wear: The Only 15 Pieces You Need to Pack On Your Next Vacation

It seems as though everyone is always perpetually trying to get packing right.  No matter how many times I travel, I never seem to do it exactly perfect.  It’s either too much or too little.  Thanks to the lovely ladies at College Fashion, they found the perfect 15 items that are versatile enough to interchange for however long your vacation is.

Bonus: You’ll still have room left for shopping!

Trends & Tribulations

A few other tips for packing:

1. Pack in advance.  Add things to your suitcase as soon as you get your travel dates arranged.  This way, you won’t be frantically throwing unnecessary items in your luggage the night before in an attempt to get some sleep before your 4 AM flight…. (Yes, I have been there before, and far too often).

2. Make a checklist.  If you’re one of those people that know you will forget to pack socks for your hiking trip in Ecuador, make a checklist to remind yourself of those essentials.

3. Choose basics.  Although it may seem a bit boring to pack basics, it will save you space to shop for all those unique items you’ll find along your trip.  Plus, basics are easy to mix and match, thus creating a functional and minimalistic wardrobe.

4. Check the weather.  If the weather forecast shows highs in the mid-50’s throughout your trip, it probably won’t be necessary to pack those amazing new striped high-waisted shorts (even though you’re dying to wear ‘em).

The 15 Travel Essentials

The 15 Travel Essentials

Product Info (all under $100!): Trench Coat – H&M, Hooded Jacket – Blackfive, Chunky Sweater – Blackfive, Long Tee – Abercrombie & Fitch, Leggings – New Look, Jeans – Blackfive, Chambray Shirt – American Eagle,  Short Sleeve Blouse – H&M, Short Tee – Athleta, Dress – Abercrombie & Fitch, Sneakers – Adidas, Flats – ModCloth, Booties – ModCloth, Satchel – ModCloth, Infinity Scarf – Nordstrom

Here are a four sample outfits made from the above 15:

The Fabulous 4

The Fabulous 4

Do you have any other essentials to add to the list?

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