Archive for the ‘shoes’ Category

Hi-ho, hi-ho…

November 28, 2007

It’s off to work we go!

It’s winter here in America and if you live in any type of urban or metropolitan area, chances are good that you, or someone you know, use public transportation. I have a very good friend who buses to the middle of Seattle, then walks blocks and blocks to her high-rise office building. It all sounds well and good until you hear her ultimate downfall: she’s obsessed with hot shoes.

Why is this a problem? Well, no one in their self-loving right mind would feel comfortable (literally!) with walking 6 blocks in 3.5″ heels… So what’s a shoe-phile to do? The ultimate goal is either to a) find cute flats that are just as walkable as the are adorable, or b) wear sneakers with a skirt (EW!) and store your cute shoes in your bag until you hit the office.

No one who reads this blog should think B is a good option. If you do, you just learned something! 😉
American Eagle Mary Jane Flat

The American Eagle Mary Jane Flat would easily take you from the bus, to the streets, to the office. Especially since they’ll only set you back Stick them at the bottoms of grey tights and a cotton dress – it might sound like you’ll feel four years old, but trust me – it’s better! They’d also be just as cute beneath some slim trousers or straight leg jeans!

Lela Rose for Payless Addle Hill Flat

Are you into the menswear craze sweeping the world? Check out the Lela Rose for Payless Addle Hill Flat
which, with it’s pointed toe and patent ribbon, add some charm to these unique flats. Unless you’re daring, or some kind of genius – I’d just stick to wearing these with full-length pants… But the cut/color/style is up to you! God a wild streak? These come in fire-engine red, too! Why not grab both – they’re only $25! If you catch ’em on sale, you only pay $17!

There are some ideas to get you started. Also, if you are the heels-in-the-bag type of girl… Maybe you can get a pair of those flats for a steal, then hide these in your bag!:

Runner Up - Black Bootie


Runner Up – Black Bootie

for only $50!!!

So many options, so little feet!

xoxo.

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Hot to [Fox]trot!

November 19, 2007

So I’ve just returned from a beacoup exciting trip to Portland, Oregon to see one of my favorite bands, Cold War Kids. Just so you know, they were FANTASTIC. An absolute must-see/hear.

But while I was in Portland (PDX, as the kids say…) I was absolutely humbled by the street fashion there. It ranged from Chan Marshall-esque folk vintage to absolutely Beckham-chic. I, personally, can’t pull off the folky-vintage romance, but the Upper Manhattan housewife look, I adore. Unfortunately, my balance sheets feel differently.

My beautiful friends over at FlyJane feel my pain. They’re one of my FAVORITE resources for “OMG looks exactly like enter gorgeous designer here‘s pumps!” at absolutely eye-gouging low prices. Let me illustrate…

This is Christian Louboutin’s newest hot-shoe in Hollywood/NYC/everywhere, the FoxTrot:

Foxy as hell, right? Right. Christian Louboutin is, and will be forever notorious for the hottest shoes… Whew. So hot. And so is my accountant after I spend $710 on them. *choke!*

Alright, so you’ve seen the original, check out FlyJane’s shoe:
Um, spitting image, n’est-ce pas? I know, there are some bargain-haters out there that’d get all bent out of shape because “omg it’s a knock off. they’re stealing, omg.” Well, guess what – style isn’t about the brand that’s on the shoe, it’s about the look you’re projecting and how it makes you feel. So if that’s your outlook – “you should check yourself, forced ye wreck yourself”, as my Mooninite friends like to say. 😉 And the damage on these shoes? $42.90. Pick up your jaws, girls… Because they come in silver, too.

It gives me such great little chills when I get compliments on my shoes… And I get to say “Yeah, $43, sugar. Eat ya’ heart out.”

Go check these shoes out at FlyJane! I just peeped their site this morning (it’s a Monday ritual) and they’ve got a boatload of new shoes in! So go see! Git!

xoxo.

EMERGENCY.

October 29, 2007

Okay, I know how karma works. Yesterday, I admitted I sacrificed comfort for hotness…

…Then today, I missed my downtown bus [which usually picks me up about 40 yards off my doorstep] and had to walk a mile to the next one in some of the CUTEST shoes I own…
I know. The heel is super low, too! What the heck?!

But I digress… The Gods have shunned me for being so unattentive to my comfort zone. Literally. So this post is all about the best shoes for the inner-city, public-transportation, school-walkin’, trail-blazin’ girl.

Knock-Out Knockoffs!

These beauties are knockoffs of the famous Louis Vuitton Balmoral Flat ($600+), which features pleated upper with ribbon detail and the cutest 1/4″ heel. But don’t expect to pay massive prices, because Mandee has these puppies for the pocket change sized price of $26.00. These would have made my bus extravaganza a piece of beautiful, pleated cake.

Steal the Chanel classic look with these patent-toe quilted flats. Not quite spats, but the same class level, that’s for sure. Good under jeans or a skirt – or almost anything else! Find them at Charlotte Russe for $18.99.

Super-Sex Suede

A little sexier, with an ankle strap, these are beautiful winter-hot gray and the mini-heel on these (1 inch) won’t kill your feetsies. The soft suede is easily cleaned by wiping with a damp rag – so they’re not even high maintenance! Your wallet will thank you, with a price of $29.99 at Urban Outfitters.

Looking for something with a little more pizazz? Try these…

Hot to Trot

Hello! Velvet flats? In TEAL? Lace trim? These are so hot, it’s nearly unfathomable. Pair these with ANYTHING gray, or anything that you want to really POP, and you’re good to go! Find them at Alloy for $32.50.

OR… If you’re the kind of girl who catches the bus in sneaks, then brings the shoes along for the ride, you’ll need a fabulous bag that’ll allow you style AND massive function.

Paging Dr. Sexybag! Found at Urban Outfitters for $48.99 – $58.00.

xoxo.

Oops, I did it again…

October 29, 2007

I know, I know. I have a bad habit of abandoning you, poor cheap vixens!

It’s for a good cause, however, because I landed a job as the Arts & Entertainment director of a news publication! Go me!

I’m so ready to get back on the prowl… for cheap deals, that is. I’ve got some new tricks up my sleeve, new secret contacts, and lots of good finds in store for you!

I’ll give you a teaser tonight, as I’ve got much work to do and not much time before 6am tomorrow – boo! But here you go:

Last week, one of my fashion diva companions and I hit the *cringe* mall for some massive bargains… We hopped into Wet Seal because we saw the big, red words “LOTS OF SHOES” painted on their wall… I snagged these:

I know, I know. For how much? $26.50. Are they name-brand? No. Are they the most comfortable ever? No. But they’re HOT. Being a photographer, things that aren’t perfectly comfortable don’t bother me because I know I can slap ’em on a model for a quick shoot. I usually swarm towards comfort and style, but this time, I buckled. Shoot me.

I’m going nuts for shoes, girls. Absolutely bonkers. The sales cascading from fall to winter are immense, and delicious. Here are some of my favorites, tugging on the strings of my bank account.

These embellished flats are EVERYWHERE. The mini-wedge on these gives you the littlest bit of height, while the price stays NICE and low at $11.99. You can find them at GoJane.

Yum, yum, yum. Think of how great these would look under some slim, black trousers or jeans. Put on ANY silver-based sequin top, and you can go out on the town. Stick to black & white, you’re on your way to work! What could be better for $26.00? Find them at Mandee.


BOOTS. BOOTS SEASON, LADIES. These are gray micro-suede (translation: extra fancy) boots, and they are hot, hot, hot. Wear them over jeans, over knit tights, over nothing, over everything! They’re actually available in brown, black or gray – but gray is the color of the season, so snap ’em up for $47.99 at FlyJane.

You’ve got the deets! Now hit the streets.

xoxo.

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SECRET TRICK TIME!

August 20, 2007

It’s secret trick time here at H&C. That’s right, I’m about to release an amazing secret that will make you feel like a million bucks while ACTUALLY making you LOOK like it, too!

FOR CHEAP. AS USUAL.

Okay, so. What’s the secret to making li’l shorties look like they’ve got legs a million miles long?

Shoes.

Okay. But what kind of shoes?

Heels.

…Oookay, but what kind of heels?!

NUDE HEELS!

That’s right! All it takes is a pair of creamy nude-colored heels to make anyone’s legs look slim and long. You can pair them with a mini-dress for maximum length. Here are some examples of these sexy shoes in action:


What’s the secret?! How do they do it?! Well, the taupe-y, skin color makes legs look like they just keep going all the way to the ground! The additional pointed-toe on Cameron Diaz’s pair further extent the leg (as if it were necessary for her) and add even more sex appeal.

Check these great deals out!

Two Lips “Tatiana”; Shoes.com – $39.99


Unisa “Estella” Shoe; Shoes.com – $74.99

Nina “Grazyna” Sandal; Nordstrom – $78.95

Another tip: the slimmer or more basic the shoe, the slimmer your legs will look!

xoxo.

What do I wear with…

August 10, 2007

So my dear friend, Jen, was talking with me today and mentioned that she had a dilemma. She bought these fabulous shoes at the Nordstrom Half Yearly sale and (while they’re sexy as all get-out) she has NO CLUE what to wear with them, except black & jeans. The source of the dilemma? They’re orange. Hot, orange, cap-toe pumps. So we got to talking…

A really, really hot fall trend is brightly colored shoes – but what the heck are you supposed to wear them with? I’ve debunked this mystery and have a few examples of how to highlight and flaunt your hottest hued shoes.

Enzo Angiolini “Katlyn”; Nordstrom.com – $98.95

Contrary to the “tan”-ness of the photo, these puppies are bright praline-orange. These are, in fact, the shoes my comrade was referring to. But oh, there is so much more than jeans and a black top in these shoes’ future… Let’s start with the basics.


Because these shoes are cap-toed beauties – you’re kind of roped into being classy. This sweater dress [Splendor Cable Sweater Dress; UrbanOutfitters.com – $78.00] upholds the “classy” requirement while still being a bit edge and sassy at the same time. Pair this with opaque tights and those candy-colored shoes for instant head-turns. As far as accessories, stick to the theme and go with a long necklace that ends just below the bust. If it’s metal, go for gold, or stick with a neutral color like black or creme if it’s got enamel/charms on it.

Not into dresses? That’s fine. Herringbone wide-leg pants [Wide-Leg Herringbone Trousers; Old Navy – $25.00] are just as flattering (if not more, for your body type) and will work just as well with the brightly-colored shoe of your choice. Pair it with a neutral sweater in creme, or black to make the shoes really pop.

If you’re feeling saucy and plan to take your loud shoes out for a night on the town, don’t worry; there’s more out there than work-appropriate attire to compliment your shoes. The trick is to stay neutral; allow your shoes to be the focal point of your outfit. Too much color, or too MANY DIFFERENT colors will send you from smoldering to clowny in record time.

However… Pay attention to the hue and value of your bold statement shoes. Are they a muted color? Saturated? Neon or electric? Pastel? Also, pay attention to the palattes: nature-colors, water-colors, flower-colors, or cold/warm colors. You can play around with the colors that fit bot the value and palatte of your shoes. For instance, a night on the town dress would work as…

…This green dress [Patrick Robinson Drop-Waist Dress; Target – $12.49] in a sage green color. Why? Because the color is muted (looks like it’s been mixed with a grey or a brown) and is a solid color, as to not take the focus off your hot, hot shoes. It was tempting to go for a brown dress with that rusty orange – but remember that the shoe has a BLACK cap-toe. Bye, bye, brown. You will be missed.

Add to this dress a long gold necklace – plain and simple. You’ll add the rest of the glitz just by wearing it.

xoxo.