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For a while now I have had my eye on Sophia Webster and everything she is about. Granted, her designs can be weird and wacky, but they are also very unique, creative, quirky and fun. Plus, you need a bit of weird and wacky for that statement shoe!

Based on how different Webster is as a shoe designer, together with originality that comes through season after season, I always thought I’d go Sophia Webster when I went for that statement pair of designer shoes. And I think that specific time is fast approaching!

The above design is not so weird and wacky per se, however they are certainly different and quite the statement piece. The khaki geometric aztec pattern is pretty cool (finished in calf hair might I add) and made all the more interesting with the clear insert placed just before the metallic pink pointed toe. The cylinder shaped 4″ heel is also perfect; its not too typically stiletto nor is it your classic “thick heel”; its the perfect combination of both, and at just the right height too! The entire ensemble is the epitome of unique when it comes to the style of female footwear- and I love love love it!

#SophiaWebster

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When its time to invest in some Manolos, this is where I’ll start!

Where shoes are concerned, I love love love suede. Also, the structure is cool and quirky yet simple and elegant at the same time- right up my street! The red colour pop is fabulous too. All in all, these will be the perfect addition to my designer shoe collection! #WishList

Admittedly, as much as I love designer shoes, Manolo Blahniks were never my first choice. However, having watched Carrie Bradshaw and shoe obsession (Manolo Blahniks in particular) for years; I have slowly yet surely been convinced. Thus, several re-runs of Sex and the City later; I decided I wanted a pair and now I’ve found that pair, so WILL eventually invest! And hey, as a fashion enthusiast, its only right to own such. So whether they’re a staple or statement, classic or seasonal; a pair of Manolo Blahniks (heels of course!) are a wardrobe must. #WatchThisSpace

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Admittedly, I am a lover of all things Minion and naturally; as a fashion enthusiast; i’m obsessed with shoes. Particularly those with a heel and designer label-guilty. However, ironically these Rupert Sanderson Limited edition, Minion inspired court shoes, are not doing it for me. Yes, they are quirky and cool, just not the statement piece for me. I’m all for a good statement piece, and whilst that may consist of a colour pop and the weird and wonderful; I reckon these are just a step too far for me.

With that said, if money was not object and I had a few trendy/edgy places to go to, I could make it work. I can see them being pulled off, with either a black or white knee length shift dress, or an equally mono-chrome ensemble of skinny jeans, a crop top and long sleeveless blazer. Having just visualised the above, i’m kind of, sort of, maybe changing my mind about these bazaar shoes! With the right outfit and of course the right place to go; they’re not half bad. #MinionNation.

…Dolce and Gabbana are quite literally opening doors in the fashion world this season, through footwear and what I can only assume was inspired by art. This black Dolce & Gabbana pump features a T-bar black jacquard body with a captivating hinged heel which opens to reveal a sacred heart adorned with pearls and beading [Moda Operandi]. They certainly are an interesting pair of shoes. They look like they were designed in reflection of a fairytale or some sort of fantasy, nevertheless for that unique and quirky statement piece this Spring, they definitely do justice. So heres to the weird and wonderful heel, brought to us this SS15 by a pair of Italy’s finest; D&G!

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pick of the day

Pick of the day

Just because. Just because its different. Just because its original and just because I think its cool. From your typical supermarket shopping trolley to your not so typical, probably not so comfortable chair; comes what i can only assume is a piece of art.

As unique and as fun as this novelty is, i can’t imagine a less comfortable seat, therefore it has to be art. The product design is rather clever but the function is not-not without a cushion (or three) anyway. Nevertheless, the transformation process is quite obvious, making it more aesthetically pleasing to look at -if nothing else.

Within an hour of crossing the Brazilian boarder into Argentina; not even checked in yet and just about got some of the national currency; we came across these authentic buys.

These finely crafted handmade leather luxuries are far from the fast fashion culture back home. Yes, some bags can last a life time, especially those well made (and well looked after)- usually labelled kind of bags. But when such love and precision is put into making these unique bags; where no two are the same; and made by the very person selling them, they deserved to be kept forever.

As soon as you step over the threshold to browse the independent little store, you can smell the (real) leather in the air. Personally, I’ve never really been a fan of that smell or these particular type of leather bag, but I know a good purchase when I see one. The fine detail and fragility of each design is what gets one spotted and snapped for ‘street fashion’ purposes. They are different from each other, never mind every other bag out there. Not sold in bulk or mass made, they are defiantly a statement piece. As “alternative” as they are, when caught hanging on ones shoulder, it will more likely “make” and outfit, than it will “break” it. Still, as much as I adore them, admire the craftsmanship and am intrigued by there delicate designs, they are not me. Mainly because I just don’t think I could pull it off.

On the other hand, they are so cheap. Stepping over the boarder, anything and everything is cheaper here than in Brazil, but for what they are, how genuine they are, the love put into them and how much they would probably sell for at home; they are cheap! The type of merchandise sold “down the Bella” or a quirky little stall in Spitalfeilds market. I could make a killing with that profit margin, I could be one of those cheeky salesmen not budging on the price even though I know I bought it for less than half of its retail label. However, let’s just call that “plan B “. For now I’m enjoying the freedom and exploring the world (well South America that is) and plus I’m not even half way through my “Eat. Pray. Love” journey, so who knows what else I’ll embark on and what business ventures are yet to evolve.

Pick of the day

Pick of the day

Forgot ‘pic of the day’ this is the bag of the day, or is it a jacket? what is it? Posted this morning by Vogue, via Instagram, I came across this. I don’t really know what to call it do be honest. But, it is in fact a bag. A classic red, Moschino handbag. Its interesting, pretty cool, but admittedly it does look more like a novelty cake.

 

More often than not, fashion enables us to read people; often like a book, sometimes like Vogue but most of the time like a free newspaper. I know they say you must not "judge a book by its cover" , but When it comes to fashion, its too easy to make assumptions and pass judgement. Whether you're eyeing up some one's bag, shoes, entire outfit or just their general sense of style; there is always a question, remark, comment or compliment in mind. I am definitely guilty of this. Guilty of starring at someone's bag; either trying to figure out who designed it, how much it cost and why they have it instead of me. Guilty of seeking out the perfect Chanel bag; hanging on the arms of strangers. Guilty of looking at people from head-to-toe when I think an outfit is either hideous or fabulous.  As much as we shouldn't judge people and as wrong as it is; its something we are all guilty of. Lets face it, when it comes to fashion, it just can't be helped. Check out these kool homemade clutch bags, that look like books. As cute, quirky and unique as these clutches are, they also come with a unique and not so cute price tag. But hey, if you got it, flaunt it. I know I'd rather have a book for a bag, rather than a book in my bag. Looks over books eh?!

FIT, NYC

FIT, NYC

On a recent trip to the Big Apple, I realised how much I love that city and now all i want to do is go back. If not for the shopping, fabulous fashion and glamorous lifestyle then take me back to the buzz in Time Square, Brooklyn’s finest restaurants, the unique finds of Soho, and the city’s character through, art and culture! This trip also hit a harsh reality; discovering all the Beautiful bags and shoes I yearn for but can not afford YET! Admittedly watching the ‘Sex and the City’ box set is not helping, nor is the constant flicking through my photos; But hey, whats a girl to do, but dream?

Anyways here is a well overdue, overview of Seventh Ave’s “Shoe Obsession” exhibition at New York City’s Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology). If I can’t have fabulous footwear (Minus my Louboutins), then I’ll just look!

So we were not exactly allowed to take photos, but i got a couple of sneaky pics 🙂

“Shoe Obsession is not a new phenomenon. But over the past decade, extraordinary designer shoes with extremely high heels have become increasingly central to fashion. Why are we so obsessed with shoes? and why are shoes so important now?”

[FIT 2013]

A summary

A summary

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