Walk a mile in those shoes

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world” ~ Marilyn Monroe

The best thing about going into the new year is that you can look forward to some really creative new styles, especially shoes.  I love shoes. Talk about a shoe fanatic….. Oooo we Chile (lol) I love shoes.  I would buy a pair of shoes over dinner…. well maybe not dinner because I love food too…(hahahaha).  More like a pair of shoes over some fabric and sewing is my passion!!

When the new year came in I was ready for all ideas that designers have cooking up.  I had been looking forward to adding to my shoe collection with something that would make a statement.  Stand out!  Make heads turn! Ooooo’s and aaahhhhh’s.  I love shoes that are innovative and creative.  Recently, I was looking at a calendar that was dedicated to shoes.  Each day showed a new shoe going as far back as when the concept of a foot covering began to 2014.  Looking at the calendar once again reminded how history repeats itself.  Did you know that the idea for a heel was created during ancient Egyptian period? Do you know how they distinguished a male from a female?   History lesson for the day—–A point was extended from the bottom of the foot to symbolize a female during mummification. 
Not only were the shoes in the calender creative, but they were very fun.  I saw a pair that were called double stacked.  They were 2 wedge heels stacked on top of each other then the shoe part for the foot. It was a shoe for runway only, but it was still sooo super cool.

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similar to the double stacked heel. Picture courtesy of http://www.google.com

Now imagine trying to strut down the street in these without breaking your neck.  I love how different they are and are so reminiscent of a shoe that a Geisha would wear combined with a wedge.  Hot!!

With 2015 showing up and the designers are showing out.  The shoe trend for this year is on fleek ( that slang term again).  I found 8 different style shoes that will definitely be making it’s way from the runway to the streets. 

Pointy Flats

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2 Lace ups

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3 Flat forms

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2013 flatforms

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2015 flatforms. Picture courtesy of http://www.popsugar.com

4 Embellished Sandals

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5 Gladiator

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2013 Gladiator. Picture courtesy of http://www.google.com

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2015 Gladiator. Picture courtesy of http://www.popsugar.com

6 Cowgirl Inspired

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Picture courtesy of http://www.popsugar.com

7 Mule kicks

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Picture courtesy of http://www.popsugar.com

8 Block heels

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2013 block heel Picture courtesy of http://www.google.com

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2015 block heels Picture courtesy of http://www.popsugar.com

And then as I was browsing I found one more to add to the collection (drum roll)

9 Color Block

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2013 color blocking

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2015 color blocking Picture courtesy of http://www.google.com

I also wanted to show you that we were being led into these trends of 2015 when they started making an appearance in 2013.  The great thing about it all that none of the design ideas were just fads.  They were simply history with a twist. 

Living the Golden Life

I missed the Golden Globes, but I have been carousing the net to catch up on what I have missed.  My favorite part of any large award show is the red carpet. Getting the chance to see whose hot and whose not. I love how each celebrity owns the red carpet as if they are the only one there.nbsp;

On the red carpet there will be a plethora of design choices.  Some will be hot and make the best dressed list or will be a major not and hit the worst dressed list.  Either way the red carpet is where you showcase it all.

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Taylor Swift. Picture courtesy of http://www.instyle.com

Rita Ora and Taylor Swift seem to be at the top of the list.  They are in every article, headline and spotlight for the Golden Globes 2015 red carpet. I happen to love the yellow dress against Taylor Swifts skin.  It fit her perfectly and was absolutely perfect for the occasion.  I liked Rita Ora’s dress, but not my favorite.  I would not have put her in that particular dress. It seemed a bit stiff!  Loved the red.nbsp; Very sultry and sexy color with the red lip to match.  Killer!   A few other celebrities hit the hot spot with elegant and very chic dresses on.

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Jamie Chung. Picture courtesy of http://www.instyle.com

I am definitely a big fan of the simple black eyelet off the shoulder number.  The accents of red added a bit of spice. 
Over all the hype and excitement to see who has on what, who was whose date and what outrageous thing is going to happen,has the viewers on the edge of their seats. Nominees are elated in honor of being nominated for a particular category and ready to see who they are up against.  Competition most times are stiff and for the audience hard to choose.

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Jessica Chastain. Picture courtesy of http://www.instyle.com

By the end of the night there were drunk acceptance speeches, shoes in hand, hot after parties and instagram pics posted everywhere. 

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Risky Business in 2015

“Style is knowing who you are. What you want to say and not giving a damn” ~ Orson Welles

I am so curious to continue to see what 2015 has in store for us.  Over the last decade we have endured some pretty outrageous styles.  One of the craziest styles yet was the leggings for men.  I was flabbergasted at the very thought of men wearing leggings.  Picture it…… Men being a  constant  walking ad showcasing their “junk”.  In fact I didn’t want to picture it and was glad that it didn’t stick.  However, the leggings were revamped into a tapered leg sweatpants.  It still wasn’t attractive, but 3 times better than leggings.

Earlier today,  I was checking my email and came across an email from Harper’s Bazaar.  The email spoke about 5 different style risk for 2015. 

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I was quite intrigued to say the least about what the article entailed. Previously I had read an article about how a blast from the past was to resurface.  The 70’s that is.  Now I’m not a 70s baby, but I’ve heard it was quite the groovy era. So when I read that the first style risk was color shots I immediately thought of the article I had read. It reminded of when my Uncle told me that fashion is like history…..it always repeats itself.  And sure enough it was, but in a new fashion forward way.  It is on fleek ( a new slang term meaning on point, nice). 

Next on the list was a heel that first made it’s appearance in the 50’s.  Audrey Hepburn to Michelle Obama have been seen wearing this classic style heel.  The kitten heel!

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Picture courtesy of http://www.hapersbazaar.com

The kitten heel is not just for the conservative! It’s a heel with such style and charisma.  It may not be the heel of choice when thinking of being sexy or a night out on the town, but definitely an eye catcher.

The kitten heel became popular under the name of “training heels.” During the 1950s when the kitten heel was becoming the prominent heel, designer Vivier introduced the stiletto. The stiletto was a blatant symbol of sexuality. Most women during this time couldn’t afford this shoe and was a fashion statement that was tried to be subdued. So with the stiletto out of the way the kitten heel hit a widespread popularity in North America and Europe.  The kitten heel became the “must have” shoe amongst young girls that wanted so desperately to immulate their mothers.  This heel that is only 1.25 to 2 in height gave the young girls practice.  Getting them accustomed to the unease of walking in heels. Unfortunately when the 1970s approached, the kitten heel was on a decline.  The block heel and platforms were becoming the “it” heel. The kitten heel resurfaced in the 1980s as well as 2003.  Now here we are some 12 years later revisiting the kitten heel.

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Michelle Obama picture courtesy of http://www.onthisdayinfashion.com

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The revamped kitten heel Picture courtesy of http://www.google.com

With the return of the kitten heel, I have seen it redesigned in some very funky ways.  The picture above shows how something classic can be transformed into something that is playful and flirty.  I wear a size 10 and only stand 5’6″, so I’m not sure if this is the heel for me, but I can see it being worn by a vast majority of women with a sense of style. Women who are jazzy and playful, women who are classic, but flirty. Women who are conservative with an edge. 

Next up is to me a version of a pant suit.  In fact it’s a dress over pants.

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Picture courtesy of http://www.harpersbazaar.com

I love this is idea. The play-up on a pant suit. A very edgy way for a women to be business professional during the day and swank at night. This can very easily go from day to night with some basic accessories, a sexy stiletto and a knuckle ring clutch. This is even a good look for women with then type A body shape ( go to my body type page to find out more about dressing your body type).

We are almost coming to a close. There are two remaining style risk left on the list. Next up we have what Harper’s Bazaar called sneaker chic. This is pairing a colorful or trendy sneaker with a dress

This is undoubtedly a style risk. A risk that I for see going horribly wrong in so many respects. And the critics will be there to critique it all. Not sure if I personally would rock this style in the manner in which it is being showcased, but maybe a cotton summer dress with some converses. The chunky tennis just doesn’t scream chic when speaking of a dress.

And last but certainly not least is wearing lace and sheer materials. Lace and sheer have always been seductive. A way to tap into inner femme fatale. The locked away sex kitten.


I always loved lace and sheer. Something about then two separate or together just screams sexy. Lace can also have an intriguing classic look. What’s funny is throughout this blog I have noticed that the 50’s and 70’s are the eras that are making a come back. I see the lace being made into a dress from the 70’s pair with the flatform

shoe emerging and the peekaboo sheer into a dress from the 1950s with an ankle strap stiletto. Each of these style risk appeal to the senses of a multitude of women. Not just the women who are conservative in her dress, but the women who are a bit eclectic. I for one will be taking some style risk from here and some of my own. 2015 is looking to be a fun year.

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Looting is a Response, Not an Opportunity

This has received such a tremendous response that I wanted to share it with my readers to see what you thought

Scott Woods Makes Lists

We need to reexamine looting.

Regarding its critics, let me start by saying that, at the level of determining solid community building options, critics of looting are right: it’s not productive. What is built from looting? Not much. Certainly nothing in the concrete world. On top of that, looting is illegal. It is against the law to break into a building and take what’s inside of it out. I don’t think anybody is confused about that, or believes that taking things out of a liquor store or burning down a Little Caesars should be confused with an urban renewal initiative. None of this, however, means that looting has no merit as an act.

Looting is a response, not an opportunity. Looting doesn’t randomly happen. Looting is what happens after something else has happened to a group of people that feel disenfranchised. There are not bands of random black people running…

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