Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Hot off the runway the Louis Vuttion "Spicy" sandal. Dubbed by fashion editors as the shoe of the season and worn by everyone from Posh to Carine Roitfeld. I say this will be the most knocked off shoe of the year. Bebe all ready has a knockoff in their catalog. Not a fan of knock offs, but it does indicate popularity with the ladies. Let's see what our boy on the Hill thought. . .
"That shoe is crazy! And not cool crazy, just nutty weird crazy. When it is on her feet it looks like the shoe is decorated with some sort of hard candy food item. Which is gross and slightly nauseating. Food and feet not a good combo. . .On the other hand, alone it looks kind of like a work of art, folk art or something. . .remarkable and interesting. But on the feet its just nasty gross."
"I don't know. . she is pretty. I like her hair. But the pattern or whatever is weird. . don't know how many people could carry it off. Classy old Hollywood mixed with borderline way too Plain Jane. The hair and the body save the Plain Jane look, but not by much."
So there you have it folks, what a guy thinks of things we love. I guess we've learned why we dress for other women. But let's try to keep the men's thoughts in mind, because they are thinking SOMETHING about how you dress.
X to the O!!
But I am back and I have some wonderful things to share and show you.
So sit back, relax, and enjoy the blog. I promise never to abandon you again.
See you soon!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Whether you agree with that statement or not, I happen to think men's opinions of fashion are usually funny, irreverent, and sometimes spot on. Ever want to make a decision on the latest coolest trendiest item, I say ask a guy. A man will usually give a succinct statement that will possibly make you laugh and more then likely clarify your stance of yay or nay on said item.
So if your dressing for yourself, or to impress the Mean Girls at the local club, or even to catch a guy check back here for a monthly feature where the men of Washington tell you what they think.
Because men may not be able to spot the difference between Prada and Forever 21, but they know what they like and now we can know as well.
See you soon kittens. . .
Want a taste of what they think about high end edgy runway shoes? I asked a Hill Staffer what he thought of the Nicholas Kirkwood shoes pictured below. He said "they look like Alice in Wonderland got caught up with that guy in the basement from Silence of the Lambs. . .and Alice isn't having a good time."
Sunday, March 15, 2009
One of The Chicks has never met a ruffle she doesn't love. She is drawn to ruffles on shirts, sweaters, and the edges of ladylike skirts. I believe the ruffly aesthetic of anthropologie was made just for her. If it is prim, slightly sweet, and of course ruffled you can count on it being in her closet.
So in her honor below are the high and the low priced ruffle handbags out there, because a bit of girly ruffles always adds a touch of charm to any outfit. Keep them from being ridiculously girly by sticking to a darker color palliate of grays, blacks, and an unexpected teal.
Now kittens got get your glass of boxed wine and enjoy the list.
x to the o!
Offically the champagne dream, and in champagne leather as well. Sigh...drool...ahhhhh....
Prada, $2450 bergdorfgoodman.com
Steve Madden, $66, stevemadden.com
Friday, March 13, 2009
One of The Chicks just started wearing 3" - 3.5" heels, comfortably and regularly. On a recent shopping trip to NYC she was appalled to find that 3" are no longer stylish, it is 4.5" - 5" that count. Counts, at least in fashionable circles. So, while tottering around the Saks department wearing the latest Louboutin stunner she realized. . .bigger is NOT better, it could kill you in a hellish death by high heel accident.
She immediately called me and screamed into the phone, "How am I going to Wear 5" heels." After calming her down, I said "Well my pet, you wear them only occasionally, with dignity, attitude, and a MINIMUM of swinging hips. Natch."
Seriously kittens, the question is, are those extra inches just TOO much to justify? Are they really needed? Do they actually DO anything for you? Or is it like men say. . . it isn't the size of the boat but the motion in the ocean. . .oh god this metaphor is awful and I am ending it RIGHT NOW.
Look, it just has to be taken on a case by case basis.
First, is it appropriate? Those of you lucky enough to own Balenciaga booties, you PROBABLY don't wear them to the law office. However, heading to the restaurant Mio, then definitely do wear them.
The second thing to consider, as the saying goes, safety first kittens. . .will you break your ankle? I say, practice makes perfect. Wear them at home for at least a week before endangering yourself in public. Planning on being in Georgetown with those cobblestone streets, don't risk it. Many a girl has fallen booty over boobie on those charming, but dangerous cobblestone streets. However, going to Dupont, then try them out.
Some shoes are worth the torture of the towering heights and potential death, others are just silly. Personally I like the 4" - 5" range. Those extra inches make me feel. . .something good.
Enjoy images below of people on the streets wearing the highest of heels. Take comfort in the fact the if the Europeans shown in these images walk on GRAVEL, for gods sake we can surely do it on cobblestones and pavement.
So, go forth and buy that infamous YSL Tribute or the latest Nicholas Kirkwood beauty. Find a comfort zone with the highest heels you can stand.
And if it is only 3" . . . well then the motion in your ocean is all that matters. One step at a time ladies. . .
As always. . .xoxo.
So we have talked about statement shoes, a la Sea of Shoes blog style influence, but now let's discuss practicalities. . .The Work Shoe.
How can you avoid the sad, boxy, little 2" clunker heels I see between 8 - 6 pm on K Street? What are the best options for working on Capitol Hill, but still looking like you have a clue as to who Louboutin is?
Well kittens, below is a list of fantastic options to make a gal (I really do sound like I am 70 and living in Boca Raton, what IS that all about. . .) feel stylish, while still maintaining a career path.
All the shoes below are ones I suggest you purchase. But if you can't purchase them or they just don't strike your fancy (there is that old lady word usage again. . .) then try to remember the following:
When in doubt, heel height should be absolutely flat or 3" and above, nothing in between, especially if it is chunky and square.
Peep toe is always cute, but make sure to keep it classy, you are at work and I assume you want a promotion.
Not if, but when, you do a colored heel tone it down with simple neutral outfit.
Don't get crazy and buy something from Comfort One, or god help us, Clarks, because your feet hurt. Just pop a Dr. Scholl's gel pad in the shoe and walk the pain off. Or keep a pair of FANTASTIC flats handy to slip into.
So enjoy the list and let me know what you think. I'd love to hear your comments.
Look for something charming and fem. This kicky heel from payless is just the ticket. And at the lowest price imaginable, why not just buy them.
Payless, $38, payless.com
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
First, the obvious element of Sea of Shoes style. . .shoes, and not just any shoes. . .no this Texas based blog is all about wowza statement shoes.
As much as I love Sea of Shoes, riddle me this, do we really think in DC you could flash Emanuel Ungaro branch heels for work? I mean, could you wear them to a client meeting at Deloitte and Touche? I think not, the client would not be impressed and your boss would think this person is obviously not a part of our corporate culture.
That being said, let's operate under the theory that not EVERY shoe in your closet needs to be BOTH work appropriate and playtime ready.
So with that theory in mind, buy one or two statement shoes a season and wear them when you go out. Washington's life's blood is evening events and after work mixers (Yes, I said mixers like an old lady living in Boca. . . stay tuned for the use of words like shindig and cats meow.)
That means wear your statement shoes to go out for store openings, drinks, dates, dinners, local events, charity functions, all those cocktail parties, and etc. Be courageous and pair your multitude of Little Black Dresses or classic boot cut Seven Jeans with something more interesting then the expected black Tory Burch heel or Kate Spade strappy.
For those lucky few who work in offices a bit more open in regards to style; try wearing some of the less extreme statement shoes below with classic, clean items. Keep it clean and pair them with black slacks, simple trousers, or well tailored pencil skirts.
So without further ado, my spring/fall picks for statement shoes for women of DC. The price range is broad, the styles are fantastic, and Sea of Shoes would be proud of you. Go forth kittens and buy!
These whisper . . .statement shoe, versus the more bold choices at Sea of Shoes. These shoes, however, become more and more detailed as you review them further. Who needs a YSL Tribute at 5" inches when Prada has done 5" inches with a tongue in cheek lady like demure. Made by the queen of statement shoes, Miuccia Prada, it is almost as if she knew exactly what a woman of DC would like to wear.
Prada, $590, saksfifthavenue.com
Fancy, funky, and amazingly sexy. By far the best version of a bootie. . .ever. Obviously a major splurge, but sometimes you just gotta invest in something this beautiful.
Givenchy, $979, couture.zappos.com
Multi-colored magic. from one of my favorite shoe designers. You could pair these with more then you think.
Giuseppe Zanotti, $653, couture.zappos.com
Tribal influenced items are big this year. Graphic and bold, these strappys are perfect for the DC lifestyle.
Michael by Michael Kors, $149, nordstrom.com
Charles David, $165, endless.com
Michael by Michael Kors, $150, nordstrom.com
Ninewest, $89, ninewest.com
Promiscuous, $99, zappos.com
Payless, $38, payless.com