“Another shoe book, really?” you might be thinking.
Not another shoe book…
THE Shoe Book.
This book is one of the most fabulous gifts you can get that is actually affordable from the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. The Shoe Book “explores the history and technologies that have shaped the designs and styles that continue to evolve.”
And the best part? The contributors include Manolo Blahnik, Bruno Fissoni, Christian Louboutin and Sarah Jessica Parker. It’s like the Beatles of the shoe world!
The two things you can count on when it comes to fashion – it comes and it goes. Sadly, some trends don’t end soon enough. If you would’ve told me in elementary school that someday I’d be wearing wide leg jeans (and now yummy flares!) I wouldn’t have believed you. But I absolutely embraced the denim awesomeness that wide legs are – especially for this girl with some bass, if you know what I mean.
But there are three trends I can’t get my head around. In fact, I actually DE-TEST them and wish they would die sooner (read NOW!) than later.
One of the trends I hate the most? White plastic sunglasses on dudes. I mean, I’m not super into white sunglasses on anyone, but on men especially. I can’t pinpoint why, but they remind me of some guys that went to my high school in the 90’s. They drove equally-white, plastic Camaros and hung out in our school parking lot – hence the clever name we gave them, “Parking Lot People.” They wore Z Cavariccis, shiney shirts and too much gel. See for yourself. Am I right?
Why did so many people not get the “less is more” memo? Dark jeans? Yes. Sequins? Yes. Visible stitching? Sometimes.
All three at once? Never.
Bedazzled nightmares like this scream rodeo. I’ve seen pageant dresses with less bling than this. Why won’t these jeans go away? And why oh why do so many middle-aged men wear them? I promise this is not a fashion statement you will look back on fondly.
Since we’re on the subject of jeans, how about these jeans that Kim Kardashian likes to wear… everywhere according to a recent google image search. I get the deconstructed look. In fact, I have a pair of jeans with a few, little strategically placed holes that I like to wear with a gold, sequined sweater to dress it down. But what’s the point of these jeans… er shorts? Why not just wear shorts – you can find them virtually anywhere!
I’d pair it with knee boots and jeans or or a wool mini skirt. I’d totally wear it to the pumpkin patch with my kiddos or to run errands in high style. It’s such an easy piece, I could throw it on to get the mail or pick the kids up from school. And it comes in gray and olive – the first I have loved always and the second is my new favorite neutral.
Yesterday saw the opening of Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe at the Brooklyn Museum. With over 160 beautifully designed pairs of high-heels, the show is a trip through every iconic shoe imaginable alongside many important historical pairs, dating back as far as the seventeenth century.
There’s the famous purple Vivienne Westwood sky-high-heeled shoes that had Naomi Campbell trip most graciously on the runway during the designer’s show in the 90s, a pair of silver Chanel boots with a pearl sole that might be the most beautiful pair of boots we’ve ever seen, as well as recent designs such as the fabulous Prada lipstick heels. For die-hard fans of more recent designs, there’s just about every pair of infamous Louboutin shoes, Céline fur pumps from last season and United Nude’s Lady Gaga boots.
Brooklyn Museum. 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Tel: 718 638 5000. On Show until…
Is it fall yet? I mean, no one loves summer more than I do, but if we can’t be sleeping in, playing at the pool or going on vacation – bring on the cooler temps already!
I’d also like to pull out my fall wardrobe and start picking out some nice investment pieces to get me through the year, if not the next few. These J.Crew Barrett suede ankle boots are totally gorgeous and the fact that they come in navy (black and grey too!) was super exciting for me.
Navy is the new black, after all! (Follow me and get shopping info on lilblacksweats on Polyvore.com)