Loafing Around

I love my new loafers!! (Well, I love the idea of them, they have yet to arrive from ASOS).  My favorite part? The gold buckle is a horse!  Whimsy and structure meet.  Aaaaah-mazing.

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Asos, Bertie Lexi, Donald J. Pliner

I love how femininity meets androgyny with the loafer, as compared to the purely lady-like ballet flat.  It makes a girl look like she knows where she’s going.  They make a guy look determined as well, and I do love a determined man.

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Here in Florida

Top story in Miami?  Thousands of shoes are accidentally dumped from a truck, stopping traffic during morning rush hour.  Talk about a great way to start off the day! 

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Style Options: Lace-Up Boots

Next to bonfires and ice skating, wearing boots is definitely one of my favorite things about winter.  There are lots of options — booties, Minnetonkas, Uggs (if you must) — but lately I’ve been lusting after tall, military-inspired lace-up boots.  They can give edginess to an otherwise feminine outfit, and they can be worn with anything from dresses to skinny jeans.  Plus, they have a built in safety feature — whose going to mess with a girl on the street who is wearing shoes made for punting predators?

Kick up your boots:

Clockwise from top left:

1. Military Boots, 8.15 August Fifteenth ($350)

2. Gingham Flannel Shirt, Forever 21 ($19.80)

3. Demi Boots, Sporto ($59)

4. Geo Tights, Wolford ( £32)

5. The Bard, LD Tuttle ($692)

Let’s Hear It For The Boys!

It never seemed fair to me that girls have always had more options when looking for affordable clothing that also managed to be current and modern.  Although places like Target and Old Navy do have mens sections, they generally are lagging behind in terms of style (think cargo khakis, striped collared tees).  Lately, though, I’ve been seeing more and more stores delivering great menswear at reasonable prices.  Topman, a division of the UK’s Topshop, is my latest discovery.   I wasn’t fully aware that Topshop had a mens line until this weekend, when Michelle and I met up with our friend Kevin Snow of Black Kids. When we looked down and saw his plimsolls, we had to know where they were from.

     

Topman doesn’t stop at stocking just shoes — they have a full range of apparel and accessories, even some very dashing ties.  To give a better idea of what the store is about, I’ve gathered my favorite pieces below.  Look for Topman to open its US flagship store in New York this fall. The store is also debuting a new capsule collection Priceless this October, designed by Anthony Price.

Clockwise from top left:

1. Black and Yellow Check Bowtie, £10.00

2. Indigo Coated Skinny Jeans, £35.00

3.Grey Herringbone Bomber Jacket, £60.00

4. Smart Futurist Analogue Watch, £20.00

5. Grey Canvas Lace Up Plimsolls, £25.00 

 

There’s No Place Like Fashion Week

Beginning September 4th — just in time for Fashion Week! —  Saks Fifth Avenue will be displaying reinvented versions of Dorothy’s ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz in celebration of the film’s 70th anniversary.  The shoes have been created by a variety of ready-to-wear and accessory designers, including Betsey Johnson, Diane von Furstenberg, and Jimmy Choo.  One of the sponsors for the event is Swarovski Crystals, which is why many of the heels are bedazzled beyond belief.  After the showing at Saks and Bryant Park, these red slippers are going on a countrywide tour (including a stop at Art Basel in Miami) before being auctioned off to support the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.  Below are just a few of the pairs I like the most — click here to view more.  I think Dorothy would definitely be jealous.

 

Pictured: Betsey Johnson, Botkier, Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg, Tuleh

Fighting the Good Fight

I see them walking down the street and at festivals, as well as in party photos from Style.com.  The gladiator has been around the block a few times and doesn’t seem to be losing steam either.  They come in every shape and style, from simple to studded, and from beige to metallic.  I’m a little over the trend (although admittedly smitten by them early on), but I better get used to them.

TOMS for Whole Foods

It seems like everyone is collaborating these days, and grocery stores are no exception.  Whole Foods Market and TOMS, a company that donates a pair of shoes to a needy child for every pair sold, are joining forces to sell exclusive green and vegan footwear. So, don’t pass up the opportunity to buy these eco-friendly slip-ons because remember: the more you buy the more they give.

The More the Merrier?

A high-top lace-up buckle-up maryjane loafer for men?  Givenchy is certainly getting creative…if I saw these walking down the street I would not only give them a second look but I would stare, possibly point, and maybe giggle.

 

Photo from VMag

The Trend Game: Too Much of a Good Thing

A flip flop turned into your own portable gym? Not a bad idea.  Trying to make this a trendy gym? Not so cute, but who am I to say considering there is a waiting list thousands long to get these new gladiator Fit Flops from net-a-porter.com.  I still can’t get past the lace up front, and at first glance I saw more of a trainer turned flip flop than a gladiator gone wrong. 

Summer Simplicity with Natalie Portman

 

I saw this photo of Natalie Portman walking her dog around NYC, and the outfit she’s wearing really represents the theme of my ideal summer wardrobe — easy and minimal, with a perfect pair of sandals.  If you wanted to try a similar look, you could make a pair of DIY cutoffs using some old jeans, and  plaid shirts like the one she’s wearing are available at most thrift stores for a few dollars.  Any strappy sandal would look good with this outfit, but I found this great pair by Michael Kors that I especially like:

 

 Now, if you can find yourself a cute dog to walk and an even cuter Devendra Banhart to date, you will have the Natalie Portman look down.

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