Monthly Archives: February 2012

Impractically Pretty . . .

For all it’s understated beauty and classic simplicity, this succulent wedge is probably the most impractical shoe I have posted as of yet. (I am classifying yesterday’s wooden wedge as artwork, not footwork). I love the crispness of this shoe, as well as it’s shape and the beautiful detail of the whipstitching engulfing the heel and toe strap. I can easily picture myself in these wedges wearing a great pair of shorts and a lightweight off-the-shoulder sweater, I’ve chosen to accessorize with a select choice of chunky jewelry. I am holding a delicious mixed drink in my hand and throwing my head back in throaty laughter at a witty remark someone made during a summer evening soirée. Unfortunately, I can just as easily see myself screaming in horror (in slow motion) as said drink is “accidentally” knocked from my hand (in slow motion), causing a very ugly spattering of liquor spots and splash marks on my classically understated, light grey suede, $1,025 Alexander McQueen wedges, that I have become abnormally attached to since time of purchase. I wonder if these shoes come with a lifetime guarantee or a “magical cleaning genie” who pops out of a hidden back door of the wedge specifically for these types of messy encounters. Even if the price of this shoe did not leave a dent in my wallet, I would always be apprehensive while wearing, and might possibly have to request an electric shock fence be installed around my feet for every outing.

Purchase yours here, if you dare . . .

Visual Design: Behind the Scenes with Burberry Prorsum

Most of you know by now that I am a lover of textures, colors and quality craftsmanship. I love everything about the design process. Sketchbooks, fabric swatches, trims and hardware are things of utter beauty to me. I found this video showcasing the behind the scenes craftsmanship of the Burberry Prorsum Spring ’12 line and, of course, I had to share! I wanted to keep this video as a source of inspiration for myself because I love looking at the textures and watching the process of creation, so what better place to keep it than here? I hope you enjoy . . .

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Architect of Style, Curator of Pain . . . The Ultimate Platform Wedge!

I love the art of this shoe! Unfortunately, the longer I look at it, the more I think I can see the model’s foot swelling up and turning red! This looks quite painful and uncomfortable, but how beautiful is the wood pattern and the shape? Even the contrast of the wood and the satin ribbon is intriguing to me. Sadly, I would have to pass on the possibility of obtaining splinters with each step. Never mind the fact that a slightly uncoordinated person, such as myself, is just asking for a very public trip . . . wobble . . . wobble . . . steady . . . steady . . . wait! . . . Oh Noooooooo! . . . slow-mo drop with an accompanying  awkward roll type of catastrophe.

I think I’d rather just keep them on display on my living room shelf, secretly deeming myself a wise curator of style instead of a fashion coward! ☺

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I’m Just Plain Old Obsessed with: ________________________

Emilio Pucci’s multi-stone brass ring. This beautiful conglomeration mixes turquoise, jade green, blue lapiz and smokey quartz for an exotic cocktail of boldness. Definitely not for the faint of heart!

Purchase here.

Instantaneous Obsession: YSL Leather & Stingray Sandals . . . OMG!!!

Okay, so I realize that my “Instantaneous Obsession” posts on shoes, as of late, have ALL been platform heels. I do have a strange obsession for platform heels, although I personally own very few pair. (I battle with the idea of appearing gargantuan to the rest of the world by adding 5″ of shoe to my existing height of 5′ 11″). I LOVE wearing heels, but it seems that lately, many designers are falsely taken with the idea of “the higher, the better.” I agree, higher heels may look sexier on some styles, but at this stage in my life, practicality tends to win out over the appeal of aching arches and sore feet. I refuse to let go of my heels, and the way they make me feel, but I just wish designers would consider making the same fab shoes with about 2″ less heel. Nevertheless, these stingray and leather sandals from Yves Saint Laurent are a platform-lovin’-girl’s-dream-come-true! I think this shoe is a well executed, elegant combination of textures and spot-on classic color. This is a shoe I would endure the pain for.

You can purchase these babies here.

Mood Board Mondays: The Pursuit of Happiness . . .

Happy Monday everyone! This week we will welcome in a new month. I can’t believe March is almost here! The weather forecast for today predicts rain. I love a rainy day, more so when I can stay in and watch it from the coziness of my home/bed (today, however, is not one of those days). I hope the weather wherever you are is pleasing to you. Have a fantastic week, and keep pursuing your passions with fervor and deference!! xo

Thankful Thursdays: Gifts of Love

Nadiya’s Hearts & Reston’s Windmill By the Bay

I can’t believe it’s Thursday again! Time seems to be flying by so quickly! Each day is filled to the brim with phone calls, meal preparations, homework, pick-ups and drop-offs, and luckily, lots of laughter sandwiched in between the sibling bickering that has infiltrated our home ☺. I feel like I have not done a Thankful Thursday post in a while!

Today, I am thankful for the little things. Yesterday my daughter drew, colored and cut out seven hearts for me. When she gave them to me she told me how much she loves me. Although those words are spoken often in our home, I realize it is a blessing to receive them every time they are uttered. The day before, my son drew a really cool picture of a windmill and boat scene. Reston has been fascinated by windmills since he was two years old. He is always drawing them and creating them out of things he finds around the house. He gave me this picture and I keep it on my desk now. It makes me smile.

What are some of the things family members do for you that you are thankful for?

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