Saturday, February 28, 2009

City Sandals Debuts at a Birthday Party

We were invited to a distant relative/family friend's daughter's first birthday and Christening today. I really wanted to wear something comfy since the weather was enjoyably warm so I decided to debut my new City sandals. Most comfortable CLs I own, hands down. I'm so glad I bought these shoes.

Top - People's Liberation
Shorts - Necessary Objects
Leather Jacket - S.W.O.R.D. (only worn for about 10 minutes)
Shoes - Christian Louboutin City Sandals

Marie Antoinette Debuts at SCP

Last February 24th, at the CL Boutique at Shouth Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA culminated the North American début of the Marie Antoinette, a limited edition shoe (only 36 pairs were made) from world renowned shoe designer, Christian Louboutin. The Marie Antoinette is a collaboration between Msr. CL and master embroiderer Jean Francois Lesage. It is meant to capture the essence of its namesake Queen of France.

And what's a début without an appearance (coupled with shoe signing) from Msr. CL himself?

Of course, as a semi-rabid fan of CLs, I heard about this event sometime last year. I knew I had to be there since I missed his BNY and Saks appearances last year. There were speculations going around about the signing that I decided to contact SCP. I wanted a shoe anyway so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone. This was the most painful part. The SAs kept changing their stories of which shoes are allowed to be signed. The first version I got was when I picked up my Watersnake New Simples. I was told it was ok for me to bring it on the day of the signing since I bought it 2 weeks ahead. A few days later, I got an email telling me that I need to return the shoes if I wanted them signed. That weekend I go back to SCP and was told that I didn't need to return them after all. I ended up picking up 2 more pairs of shoes. On the day of the signing, I brought my Watersnakes and was told that they were giving priority to people who bought shoes that day. Mind you, I had already been in line for about 2 hours when this announcement was made. I was towards the front of the line and they're telling me I had to go to the back of the line? F* that. What's a girl to do to keep her place in line, why buy another pair of course. Yes, 4 pairs (all regular price) in the course of about 2.5 weeks. Anyway, after that whole fiasco, I was a happy camper getting to meet my shoe hero.

showing him my shoe, looking oh so giddy

getting ready to sign my shoe

tpf-ers in line

my signed shoes

future CL-aholic

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Oscars Red Carpet Do's and Don'ts

...look amazing.

...look stunning.

...look sophisticated.

...look like Angelina Jolie.

...look like a Christmas tree.

...look like you're wearing drapes.

...look like you're wearing curtains.

...whack people with your gown.

Los Angeles Cobbler Resource

A trusty cobbler is a shoe aficionado's best friend. Good ones are hard to come by. You don't want to have to go through a trial and error period with a new cobbler especially if you are sending him some of your prized possessions. Thankfully, the LA times came out with an article listing 4 of LA's best cobblers.

These cobblers can do anything from resoling a pair, to dyeing leathers and even giving your shoe a whole new look! So ladies, take out those shoes that are gathering dust in the back of your closets and head straight to these shoe masters to give new life to your shoes!

1. Pasquale Shoe Repair
5616 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 936-6883. 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.

2. Arturo's Shoe Fix
9643 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 278-9585. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, closed Sunday.

3. Shoe Wiz 22
Beverly Connection, 100 N. La Cienega Blvd., Suite 106, Los Angeles. (310) 657-5010. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

4. Eddie's Shoe Repair
13716 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 789-1972. 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.

**Note: When I used to work retail, we sent our shoes to Shoe Wiz.

For full article, click here.

Hmmm, that's a little off...

I just finished watching last Thursday's episode of Ugly Betty that I Tivo-ed. Danny is dating Molly, who is an elementary school teacher. This week's episode is all about Fashion Week and Danny invites Molly as her date. She shows up in this dress:

Derek Lam Self Tie Ruffle Dress, $1890 at Shopbop

I actually think the dress is quite cute. It totally reflects Molly's sweet sensibility. Probably not appropriate for Fashion Week, but it definitely caught my eye. Now imagine my surprise when browsing through Shopbop, I actually came across said dress and the price tag is a whopping $1,890. Now, I know it's just a TV show, but how is this school teacher affording $2,000 dresses???? Yes, she is dating a rich man but she wore the dress before he gave her a makeover. Anyway, I just wanted to rant...carry on...

Saturday, February 21, 2009

What Shopping Ban?

Um, what was that? Shopping ban? What's that? HAHAHA... Seriously, I think the more I restrict myself when it comes to shopping, the worse it is for my wallet. Considering that the last time I really shopped was back in December, I've been really good. So, for my good behavior, I opted to treat myself to a few goodies.

First, my first exotic CL - Watersnake New Simples. I really wanted my first exotics to be python but it's kinda hard to go around the python ban in CA. I will find a way to get those pythons to me...maybe for my birthday (or hopefully sooner!).

My first BRIGHT CLs - Turquoise Suede Ron Rons. Talk about a statement shoe, these shoes are BRIGHT.

My first metallic CLs - Gold Laminato Rolandos. I was a little afraid of this shoe but they hurt less than my declics. Go figure.

William Rast & People's Liberation Warehouse Sale - I really don't need another pair of jeans so I bought 2 black pairs!!!! Haha, I figure since they're black they're not REALLY jeans (it makes sense in my head). I also bought a tshirt and a funky looking top.

I'm also waiting for a few more packages to arrive. Hopefully they arrive by the end of the week. Hmmm, I don't know if I should enforce another ban. It seems to have the opposite effect. Oh well.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Madewell + Shopbop = LOVE

Love, as in EYELOVETT!!!! I'm a big fan of Shopbop. I've mentioned that site quite a few times here. I think I might have mentioned my love for Madewell a couple times too. Now I can mention both in the same sentence. YES!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Humble CL Collection

I may not have as much as others (yet), but I like my current collection. I'd love a few more, no surprises there, but for now this is what I have and I love each and every one of them. Enjoy.

Family Pic

L to R - Grey Suede Declic, Beige Watersnake New Simple, Turquoise Suede Ron Ron

L to R - Purple Suede Scissor Girls, Tortoise Patent Very Prive, Black Kid Scissor Girls, Black Patent Activa

Monday, February 09, 2009

Spring Wedding

My aunt is getting married in May (CONGRATS!!!) and because it's a Spring wedding, she wants the guests to wear yellows, pinks, greens or champagne colors (per the request of the bride - no black please). Of course, not only am I excited for her, I'm also excited about what I'm wearing. I'm trying to work around my shoes and if money was no object, I'd love to wear any of these:

Christian Lacroix Asymmetric Puff Dress, $4,895
I love the whimsical details of this dress. It looks like such a happy dress. That said, it's perfect for a Spring wedding.

Stella McCartney Asymmetric Mini Dress, $1,395
This minimalist dress is what a sophisticated wedding guest would wear. Chic but not over-the-top with details, flirty but not overtly sexy.

Thread Social One Shoulder Dress, $495
The cute dress in the perfect Spring shade of coral is sure to turn heads. I love the details to show off that toned back. Also, it's not a bank-breaker so it's even more perfect!

Note: I just noticed that all three dresses are asymmetrical.

All dresses available at NAP.

Broke my Ban

Yeah, as expected, I broke my ban. I'll update with my purchase later. It's SO worth it though (at least that's what I think).

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Shopping Quotable Quotes

To break up the monotony of shoe posts, I've decided to post some funny quotes about shopping.

1.) I like my money where I can see my closet.

2.) Cinderella proved that a shoe can change a life. (I'm still searching for that shoe.)

3.) Too much of a good thing can be splendid.

4.) I'm shopping to help the economy.

5.) Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to shop.

6.) The difference between men and women? When women are depressed, they go shopping. When men are depressed, they invade another country.

7.) Shopping is better than sex. If you're not satisfied after shopping you can make an exchange for something you really like.

8.) I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.

9.) I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.

A bargain is something you can't use at a price you can't resist.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Nicholas Kirkwood

I have been in lust with Nicholas Kirkwood shoes since I first saw them. One thing's for sure, he is NOT shy about his designs. Most of them are a little out there but still very interesting, almost like art pieces. His shoes are definitely eye-catching, but not everyone can pull them off. I love the edginess of his shoes. I think my favorite part has to be the platform. Many are touting Nicholas Kirkwood as the next Christian Louboutin. If the statement implies that Kirkwood's shoes are going to be the next big thing, then yes, I definitely see that happening.

On a side note, Kirkwood's shoes are a bit hard to find. I had to track them down in Las Vegas when I was last there. Someday, I'll own a pair.

Images from NK's website and Browns Fashion.

Rick Owens Fold Over Buckle Boot

These boots are pretty interesting. I'd love to see them on. I bet they look pretty awesome. Well, anything Rick Owens is awesome so I guess that goes without saying but still I'd love to see these on.

Available at Browns for GBP 855.

Monday, February 02, 2009

YSL Tribtoo Platform Slingbacks

Apart from CLs, my other shoe love has got to be YSLs. Yes, I only have a pair but that one pair is enough for me to forever be enamored with YSL shoes.

I definitely need more closed toe shoes. I don't have any slingbacks currently. These shoes are practically calling out my name. Yes, the heel height is a little on the insane side but the platform makes up for part of it. It's also really comfy (or I think they'd be comfy especially since it looks like it has the same heel height and platform as my Tribute sandals).

I told a couple of my friends that I am limiting myself to 3 pairs of designer shoes this year. This is already pair number 2 and it's only the 2nd day of February. I think I'm in trouble.

Proenza Schouler Cutout Sandals

Looks like the cutout trend is here for at least another season. These Proenza Schouler sandals are not my cup of tea but I appreciate the intent. The architectural heel parallels the cutout design of the sandals perfectly. I'd love to see these on someone. They look fun.

Available at Saks for $875.