Daily Covet: Joan & David Cicilee Pump

Shoes.

One of my all-time biggest passions.  I collect them and can remember every bad decision I’ve made to finally let go of a certain pair.  It’s never failed that at some point, I’ve needed or wanted that exact pair of shoes for some reason.

…brings me to these shoes!  These Joan & David Cicilee pumps that would’ve been perfect for my “Gatsby” soirée early last month.

I had a similar pair of these shoes once upon a time.  I loved the cut-outs and the ribbon.  And now, I am particularly into “cage-y” style shoes, which I guess these could be classified as… in the most demure context anyway.

And they aren’t $700 like my other coveted footwear!

Joan___David_'Cicilee'_Pump_|_Nordstrom

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Nicole Richie… best dressed

While I’ve been sucked into another season of The Voice, I have also managed to catch a few of the shows following its Monday and Tuesday night time slots.  And Fashion Star is the object of my affection from 9 – 10pm CST, Tuesday nights.

The primary reason I love this show is because of my love for fashion and my super secret dream to create my own line of…. something.

But the cherry on top is watching Nicole Richie.  She has come a long way from her show… whatever that was with Paris Hilton… and I have to say she’s quite possibly one of the best dressed celebrities.  She’s got fabulous taste and I love the direction that she takes with the designers on the show.

So here’s a little summer inspiration from the bathing beauty herself.

Daily Covet: Snakeskin + Platform Loafers = Must have!

Women's Authentic Original Covered Pump by Jeffrey, Sperrytopsider.com $250

I know shoes are probably featured on the Daily Covet more often than not but it’s the easiest and the most fun thing to shop for.

Your shoes always fit (save during pregnancy.)  And those days of the month when your clothes don’t fit or you’re feeling a bit frumpy for whatever reason – slipping into a gorgeous pair of shoes can make you feel as good as new again!

And these adorable platform loafers from Sperry Top Sider are no exception.  I’m also making the assumption that are outrageously comfortable and heavenly to wear.  A great multi-season pair of shoes, these are a must-have to wear with jeans, pencil skirts, twin sets and anything else that needs an edge!

Daily Covet: The Perfect 10

It’s time to think about fall and winter style, you know…

After all, it is the dead of summer.  With a bad case of the global warmings.

Alas, I cannot be shopping for stuff to wear this summer… unless it’s on a major sale and I’m planning ahead.

But I’m so right now.  And right now, I’m shoe shopping.  I have come up with quite possibly the perfect shoe wardrobe to take me through fall and winter, holidays included.

Let’s start with the basics.  While I don’t particularly love working out – I’m glad once it’s done and I’m even more glad to have perfect running shoes while I’m working out.  I have now owned 4 pairs of these Nike Zoom Vomeros and they make running – even for me – not so much like hell on earth.  Too bad the 6th Generation comes in such ugly salt water taffy colors…

Zoom Vomero 6, nike.com $130

Zoom Vomero 6, nike.com $130

Because I am a stay-at-home mom most days and work from the comfort of my own home the others, I pretty much live in jeans most of the time.  That means my uniform generally includes ballet flats and this fall, some cute penny loafers, jeans and layered tees or turtleneck sweaters.  Black, red and the leopard print pair (because I’m not big on brown), should solve any color combo conundrum I’d have.

Reva patent leather, ToryBurch $195

Red Penny Loafer, Tory Burch $250

Giuseppe Zanotti Leopard Haircalf Skull Ballet Flats, Saks Fifth Avenue $595

And because I live in jeans and because they are usually long – even my favorite petite length Joe’s Provocoteaurs – I generally need heels.  Especially when the weather starts getting sloppy.  That’s why shoes, boots or “shooties” are perfect for dressing up, dressing down and just seeing the world from a higher vantage point.

Elizabeth and James Open-Toe Platform Pump, Bergdorf Goodman $325

La Canadienne Ivana, Zappos $325

La Canadienne Korey, Zappos.com $305

On the rare occasion I have to dress up – hopefully, all my dressing up occasions won’t be funerals like last year – I would love to have the perfect pair of black pumps.  In my former life, black pumps were always on hand, yet,  somehow I’ve managed to go several seasons without the perfect pumps.  Perhaps, I’m holding out for the mother (or father?) of all pumps – Louboutins!

Christian Louboutin Platform Pump, Bergdorf Goodman $695.00

Let’s not forget the most important footwear I own, my Uggs.  With jeans, yoga pants, my pajamas or anything else I happen to be wearing, these throw-on, cozy boots that grace my breezeway from October to April, are pretty much a daily occurence… even perfect for throwing on to get the paper, putting the out-going mail out, running to the store for ice cream at 10pm… you get the picture.

Grey Ugg Classic Tall, Nordstrom $180

And lastly, the holidays.  We usually have several holiday events to attend.  What better way to spruce up a little black dress than with these electric pink pumps.  And hey, I just happen to have a matching handbag already, which means all I have to spring for are the shoes!

Manolo Blahnik Jeweled Pump, Nordstrom $945.00

So, here is my “Perfect 10” for fall.  Don’t do the math.  Just let me live in this dream world a little longer!