Friday, May 14, 2010

Shoes, GLORIOUS Shoes! by Judy Alexander

Well, there are shoes and there are shoes – and it takes a special kind of girl to spot the difference.

I mean anyone can throw on a pair of pumps or high heels but only a girl switched on to image and fashion knows that choosing the right kind of shoes takes a special kind of skill, a skill that can takes years to hone. Shoes make the person. Forget all that rubbish of ‘eyebrows make the face’ or ‘the dress forms the figure’, believe me, nothing is going to get you more noticed than stepping out with a “wow” pair of shoes. Wonderful shoes really make a statement - bold underlined and in block letters.

And it’s only right that as a shoe aficionado you pour as much love into owning shoes, as did the designer did when he or she first put pen to drawing paper.
 Consider Jimmy Choo, who compares himself to an architect when designing a pair of shoes. The foundations have to be right on a building; a woman is only balanced on a perfectly fitted pair of shoes. He measures every crook, cranny and angle of a foot to make sure that a girl has a solid foundation.

Christian Louboutin was inspired to design shoes at an early age. From the age of 12, he used to sneak in and watch the showgirls in Paris nightclubs fascinated by their costumes and their high heels. He says the heels are all about how women carry themselves, and the ultimate high heel is all about the legs. He brought the stiletto back onto the fashion page, and his special slant on them – the shiny red sole.

Danny Sullivan launched his line Irregular Choice because he wanted us to look at shoes with a completely different eye and state of mind. He didn’t want us just to throw on any pair of red shoes but a pair of red shoes that were fun and different. Danny was influenced by his years of travel and regularly incorporates the traditional Japanese split-toe look in his collections.

Outrageous Vivienne Westwood found her early inspiration from bikers, fetishists and hookers as well as Alice in Wonderland.

If you refuse to be a sheep in the herd, then indulge yourself and buy a pair of beautifully designed and original shoes, they’ll be worth it. Jimmy Choo says that women keep his shoes for a lifetime.

Judy Alexander is a freelance writer who has had her articles published in a range of media. She enjoys researching and surfs the web checking different websites, everything from travel to history to gambling websites. Judy loves reading and enjoys playing online poker and word games with her friends across the world.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Christian Siriano for Payless Fall 2010

Excuse me while I finish drooling....

Introducing Christian Siriano for Payless, the Fall 2010 Collection! Full of features various croc and python patent, oversize ruffles, and gold filigree detailing on platform pumps and boots...HAUTE!

According to Payless, Christian was inspired by 18th and 19th century furniture, and the drama of Parisian women getting dressed. All priced at under $50, I can't wait to place these hotties in my shoe closet.

Smooches & Quick Claps

I like my money right where I can see it... hanging in my closet. -Carrie Bradshaw

Passion For Pretty™ occasionally receives cosmetic products for review, with no obligation to positively promote or cover said brand. Receiving products has absolutely no influence over my recommendation of any particular product.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Taking Beauty to New Heights


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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Summer Dresses on My Radar!

As we move into the Spring/Summer seasons, the time has come for us to refresh our wardrobe ladies starting with my favorite - dresses.(yes, you should click here!)

The right summer dress can make a bold style statement! There's no better feeling than slipping into a fabulous new dress and embracing the sexy feeling that arises when you see yourself in the mirror. My motto has always been, "A new dress is good for the soul"! *blink*

I know, I know...with this economy many of us have become Reccessionistas. Have no, I have found the best selection of styles for affordable prices. (GET EXCITED!) Above are the dresses that currently have me drooling:

1. Crafter Vintage Burlesque Dress - This dress happens to be my FAV of the collection! I love the vintage feel and I have always been a lover of t-shirt dresses. ($27 US)

2. Miso Broiderie Dress - So pretty and super feminine! ($40 US)

3. Miso Belted Sweet Flower Dress - I LOVE the corseted look of the top of the dress and the skinny, black, patent belt will accentuate your waitline! ($33 US)

4. Miso Maxi Stripe Dress - Every woman needs a long maxi dress in her wardrobe...the color and cut of this dress make it a winner! ($40 US)

5. Miso Ruffle Corsage Dress - This dress is SO channeling Carrie Bradshaw ladies, what more needs to be said other than HAUTE?!? ($40 US)

6. Crafted Jersey Print Dress - The style, the fabric, the design - love it all! You can kick it up a notch with a pair of red, yellow, or pink shoes/sandals. ($27 US)

Click and shop...thank me later!

Smooches & Republic Quick Claps

I like my money right where I can see it... hanging in my closet. -Carrie Bradshaw

Passion For Pretty™ occasionally receives cosmetic products for review, with no obligation to positively promote or cover said brand. Receiving products has absolutely no influence over my recommendation of any particular product.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I've Got a Crush on You!

I am normally not a wedge heel kinda girl but these Bonnie Stamped Croc Wedges from Dior are SICK! *I'm drooling ladies, I'm drooling* I accidently ran across these and it literally took my breath away! These are sure to bring exoticness to your wardrobe.

The perforations make this look in the vogue for the spring and summer, yet coming in a croc-embossed leather material makes it wearable for every season there is. (GET EXCITED) It has multiple shaped straps across the front with zigzag trimming and tonal topstitching. A back zip fastening then makes this easy to wear on and off and adds a touch of sexiness....I LOVE a back zipper! The leather straps are atop a croc-embossed leather platform and wedge; while its five inches heel, which is also attached to the wedge, is covered in patent leather.

What more can a girl ask for?!?


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I like my right . -Carrie Bradshaw

Monday, March 29, 2010

Not Your Grandmother's Pastels!

Essie (clockwise): Pop Art Pink, Lilacism, Neo Whimsical,
 Van D'go, Tart Deco, Red Nouveau

Essie’s The Art of Spring Collection is a pretty-in-pastel six shade launch. They’re a nice bunch of colors that give you some color on your nails without being too bold, so they may work nicely for those who need to have more office-appropriate nails.

Essie (left to right): Pop Art Pink, Lilacism, Neo Whimsical, Van D’go, Tart Deco, Red Nouveau

Pop Art Pink is a milky, jelly baby pink. This shade is exceptional because you can layer it with three coats for a near opaque finish! One coat will get you that softly pink-tinted look that’s cute and feminine without being bold.

Lilacism is a cool-toned lilac cream with blue undertones. This gave fairly opaque color with two coats.

Neo Whimsical is a light lavender cream with a pink tint. Three coats are needed to get an opaque look.

Van D’go is a lightened, milky pink with a peach cream finish. Two coats to get an opaque look.

Tart Deco is a peached coral cream. Two coats for an opaque finish with NO streaks.

Red Nouveau is a brightened red cream. (similar to ones we've seen before) It applies beautifully - very smooth, even, and nearly opaque in just one coat.


Smooches & Art of Spring Quick Claps

I like my money right where I can see it... hanging in my closet. -Carrie Bradshaw