Monthly Archives: June 2011

Thrifty Thursday: Nine West 60% Off Sale, ‘Jaxson’ Wedges

As a part of Shoe Smitten‘s revamp, I’m working on a new editorial calendar.  Today I’m kicking off the weekly Thrifty Thursday, because I believe we all love a good shoe deal!  Please leave a comment with any feedback about this segment, or any of the blog changes because ultimately I’m here for you!

And now…Thrifty Thursday

Nine West ‘Jaxson‘, $79.00 now $31.60

Today I’m spotlighting one of my favorite budget-friendly shoe brands, Nine West and one of my favorite summer espadrilles, the Jaxson!  I wear these comfy, cheery wedges everywhere, and I would recommend you pick up a pair (in brown, black or pink) while they’re still available and at this low price!

Nine West Sale

All sale items at Nine West have been marked up to 60% off, plus you’ll receive $20 off when you add $100 worth of shoes to your cart!  This offer ends July 4, 2011 so shop the sale now: www.ninewest.com

‘Jaxson’ Style Inspiration

Fashionistas rocking the Nine West ‘Jaxson’ wedge espadrilles:

Trop Rouge, wearing ‘Jaxson’ in black, with men’s shirt and black jeans
Chasing Davies, wearing ‘Jaxson’ in pink, with Anthro Skirt, Gap White Ruffle-Bow Blouse & Stripe Loft Blazer

Fashion Forward Summer Wedges Under $100

Wedges, particularly espadrilles and cork wedges are the best thing about Summer. Check out the video above in which Sears Shoe Fashion Expert Francesca Mills highlights some of the season’s trendiest wedge styles. Below I’ve suggested a few of my own wedge picks that feature a few of my favorite things – bold shapes, neon and texture.  Tell me, which fits your style best?

Wood: Two Lips Ditto Slingback Sandal, $62.81 at Endless

Cork: Michael Antonio Globe Wedge Sandal, $45 at Endless

Espadrille: Rosegold Cali Raffia Wedge Sandals, $97.50 at Shopbop

Also check out my recent post about my 5 favorite espadrilles under $50!

Birthday Wish List: Christian Louboutin Lady Peep Pumps

On July 9 I turn 25, and I am just dying to add my first pair of Christian Louboutin shoes to my collection!  I would take any pair really, but if I could have my way it would be a pair of Lady Peep patent leather platform pumps ($895 at Saks).  They have everything I look for in a high heel - sleek sex appeal, graceful stiletto heel with that trademark red sole, substantial platform…and in nude I could (and probably would) wear them with everything.

Which pair of Louboutins would you nab if you could right now?

Unique Small Shoes for a Wedding Big On Style (Guest Post)

Today’s brides are often looking for something special; a wedding that truly reflects their personalities and interests. Distinctive theme weddings and unusual wedding locations are becoming increasingly popular. Here is a look at a few unique wedding options along with the women’s shoes size 2+ that would be most appropriate for the occasion.

Medieval or Renaissance Fairytale Wedding

There are castle venues throughout the UK and Europe that are the perfect backdrop for a fantasy wedding. Invite your guests to come in costume. As for bridal wear, a colorful silk or velvet dress with flowing bell-shaped sleeves and a dropped waist, or tight corsets and a full skirt would be ideal. A perfect compliment to the dress would be a romantic little moccasin-style open-toe sandal exquisitely fashioned from fine leather. These unique shoes are made by Renaissance Moccasins. You’ll be able to dance the night away in this comfortable footwear.

Saddle Up!

If you’ve always longed to be a cowgirl, why not have a western-style country wedding.  A barn makes the perfect venue for the wedding and reception, decked out with bales of hay, wagon wheels, old farm implements, and garlands of greenery and wildflowers. For the bride, a frilly waltz-length gown or sundress would show off a gorgeous pair of beautifully embroidered cowboy boots.

Daredevil Bungy-Jumping Wedding

If you are really ready to take the plunge, a bungy-jumping wedding will give you a major adrenalin rush. After you and your intended take your vows in front of your guests, the two of you, bound together at the ankles, will step off into a heart-stopping free fall. Many couples make the leap in full wedding regalia. Savvy Sneaks custom bridal sneakers are the perfect choice for bungy-jumping nuptials. These white sneakers are customized to order with elegant sheer ribbon, satin roses, pearl beads or crystal rhinestones.

Ice Chapel Wedding

For those who don’t mind the cold and are looking for a truly unique place to wed, the Ice Hotels in Sweden or in the French Canadian province of Quebec both have an Ice Chapel that is a popular wedding venue. The hotels are constructed completely from ice and welcome guests each year for a three month period during the winter. This is the perfect place for an all-white wedding and the ideal shoes to complement a flowing white gown are a pair of cozy, fur trimmed pumps by Bebe. The newlyweds can spend their wedding night in the crystalline wonder of the hotel, where all of the furniture, including the fur covered beds, is made of ice.

Beach Wedding

Beach weddings are a great summertime alternative. Whether you opt for a tropical isle or white sands of Scotland’s breathtaking Camusdarroch Beach, the sea breezes and the sound of the waves always create a romantic backdrop for your special day. The perfect shoes for a wedding on the beach are these Toga crystal-embellished sandals.

So have some fun and ignore tradition.  Make your wedding day a special experience that you will always treasure.

Guest Post by Nisha Sharma, editor of www.pretty-small-shoes.com, an online store featuring a great selection of women’s shoes size 2+.
k2o at 3-D Art Book Launch 4.29.11

Fashion Fatale: k2o Ankle Cuffs by Karen Ko

A friend of mine recently introduced me to these fierce spiked ankle cuffs that are designed by NYC jewelry designer Karen Ko.  Add them to any drab pair of heels you have sitting in your closet and you’ll stand out from the crowd like Lady Gaga in an old folks’ home!  I think I need to get my paws on a pair…

Get your own Avant Rock ankle cuffs for $100-275 at ModernMix.com.

About Karen Ko

Karen grew up surrounded by her parents’ fine jewelry business, but couldn’t quite find the right niche for herself in the fashion world. After studying finance and working in the industry for several years, Karen left her successful job to launch k2o by Karen Ko: a line of high-end avant-garde jewelry ranging from body jewelry to more reserved pieces. Karen’s vision for the pieces came from the void in her own wardrobe she was seeking to fill.  Thus, k2o by Karen Ko is designed for highly stylish and fiercely independent women who like a rock star edge!

One Shoe, Five Ways GIVEAWAY at ideeli

It’s hard to believe that the Shoetopia week at ideeli is nearing an end!  But don’t despair, because ideeli is hosting an exciting giveaway today curated by yours truly, Shoe Smitten!  The winner of this giveaway will take home a $500 ideeli gift card to inspire them to create their own looks around these stylish and endlessly wearable Furrtile heels from Charles by Charles David!

Last Thursday, I was invited to the ideeli offices in Soho to curate and model five styled looks around one versatile pair of shoes using a $500 budget. My favorite part of the experience was shopping the ideeli closet for my curated looks to match the shoes.  With some creative thinking and lots of trial-and-error, I found that leopard can look great with florals and all sorts of color palettes, and can be styled for any type of occasion.

I had a blast putting together the looks pictured below with the ideeli team and talking with Sindy, ideeli’s shoe buyer, about why she chose this shoe.  Turns out we both love a good challenge!  Not only is Eduardo, ideeli’s makeup artist, talented, but he also fed me compliments and made me feel amazing.  It was the perfect confidence boost I needed to start shooting the campaign while surrounded by models.  When it was time for me to face the camera, Chris, the photographer, was patient with me and helped me laugh off a few less-than-flattering poses I struck.  All in all, it was a great experience and I believe the photos turned out fabulous! I hope you enjoy them and feel inspired to create your own five looks with one pair of shoes, too!

Tell me in the comments section, how would you style these Furrtile heels?

Look #1: Sunday Brunch

Who would have thought leopard and floral print could fit together so well? I paired this silk vintage top (a gift from Mom) with a pair of RACHEL Rachel Roy floral print shorts.  After raiding the ideeli closet I found the perfect accessories to compliment the look – a skinny black belt and a chunky necklace and earrings to tie the look together.

Look #2: Trip To The Park

A little white dress by French Connection is a summer must-have, it’s great for any occasion and incredibly comfortable!  I topped it off with a cropped denim jacket in case it gets chilly, a small cross-body bag to carry my necessities around while I’m enjoying the outdoors, and a couple of wood bangles for a nature-inspired touch. Shop the dress on ideeli today!

Look #3: Casual Friday

I chose this black jumper from the ideeli closet because it can take you from a meeting to cocktail hour in seconds.  I used a neon yellow belt for a day lift.  Simply throw off the white blazer after work and you’re ready for a night out!  You could easily add some statement jewelry to up the glamour.

Look #4: Shopping With Friends

A large tote is a must for a day of shopping, and I chose to wear my skinny black zippered jeans and a billowy blouse from the ideeli closet so it’s easy to change while trying on clothes.

Look #5: Cocktail Party

When you’re wearing a spicy little red cocktail dress, you need little more than one great accessory to set it off.  I let the Furrtile sandals do the talking and the walking, and threw in a cuff bracelet and classic pearl earrings all from the ideeli closet. This BCBG dress is available on the site today – hurry up and snag one in your size!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY NOW!

The “One Shoe, Five Ways” Giveaway kicks off at 2PM ET and lasts 24 hours, ending tomorrow (6/25) at 2PM.

I hope you’ve had as much fun as I have with this week’s footwear frenzy at ideeli. But there’s no need for it to stop!  Keep the shoe groove going by checking out the new shoe-centric ideeli Facebook tab for polls, style tips and much more.

5 Budget-Friendly Summer Espadrilles Under $50

Espadrilles are summer’s go-to footwear style, and they also happen to be my personal favorite.

A couple of my favorites

Espadrilles are available in every shape and height, and the jute rope soles lend a laid-back feel to everything from capris to maxi skirts and sun dresses.  The wonderful thing about jute is that it is one of the most affordable natural fibers, meaning you don’t have to break the bank to buy a good pair.  Need another reason to love espadrilles?  They are extremely lightweight, so they travel well and are easy to walk in.

 

Here are my top five summer espadrille picks, all under $50!

Nine West Vintage America Collection Jaxson

$47.40 at Nine West

I own these Nine West wedges, and love to wear them with summer whites for a POP of color.  The elastic straps and lightweight materials make them super-comfy to wear, as well.

Keds Champion Jute

$39.95 at Infinity Shoes

Striped flat espadrilles are a quirky way to add nautical appeal to your summer look.  Add a white tee and red capris and you’re ready for Fourth of July festivities!

Very Volatile Majorca

$29.99 at Piperlime

This ankle tie wrap sandal is super-flattering in this nude hue.  It is the perfect sole-mate for your favorite white maxi!

Michael Antonio Galena

$45.00 at Amazon

A black espadrille wedge is a fun choice for a night out on the town.  The rope look will add interest, and you’ll be able to dance all night long!  The same can’t be said for your favorite black stilettos.

CL by Laundry Charlotte

$39.99 at Chinese Laundry

Charlotte

A classic silhouette for spring, this dainty slingback espadrille wedge will show off your pedi while taking you from Sunday brunch to an outdoor barbecue.

What Is Your Summer Shoe Budget?

Today is the longest day of the year, which means summer is officially here! If the weather’s been playing tricks on you, too, you barely had time to store away those fur boots before whipping out your flip flops! What ever happened to spring?!  With summer comes my birthday, so perhaps I could wish upon a star for these Sergio Rossi peep-toes. Nothing screams summer quite like red-hot platform pumps!

But, we’re all on some sort of a shoe budget, and so I’m doing a little blog research – what is your summer shoe budget?  How much, on average, do you spend over the course of one summer? Do you splurge on one pair, or do you stock up on bargain sandals and shoes? This poll will help me see what we’re working with as we shop for the perfect summer shoes. :)  Also feel free to leave comments below!

Want to leave an answer other than the poll options?  Looking for a certain pair of shoes?  Feel free to leave a comment!

FN Shoe Star Finale Episode & Twitter Party

Congratulations again to Rachel for becoming the next FN Shoe Star and landing a job with Brown Shoe. Rachel along with the other designers from the Fashion Institute of Technology have shown incredible skill and passion and will no doubt be successful in the industry.

And now, a recap of the FN Shoe Star competition…

A special thanks to Fairchild Fashion Group and Brown Shoe for inviting me to be a part of the FN Shoe Star blogger panel.  I’m looking forward to next season.

JOIN THE TWITTER PARTY & WIN $100

FN Shoe Star is hosting a party Today (June 21) from 7-8PM with fellow FN Shoe Star blogger Manolo Shoe Blogger and yours truly @ShoeSmitten!  Simply follow @FNShoeStar and use the special hashtag #FNTweetParty for your chance to win $100 to spend at shoes.com.

VOTE & WIN $500 WORTH OF SHOES

Vote for your favorite designer of this season’s FN Shoe Star and you could win $500 worth of shoes! Enter as many times as you like to increase your chances of winning. The search for the “Fan Favorite” ends June 26.

Fergie Women’s Kaper Too Platform Dress Sandal, $109.95 at Endless.com

Giveaway: Win a $500 ideeli Gift Card!

**Updated June 21, 2011 – Giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations, Kristen!  Subscribe to Shoe Smitten to stay informed about future giveaways!

To kick off “Shoetopia”, ideeli is offering one lucky Shoe Smitten reader a $500 ideeli gift card to spend during this shoe sale-filled week or any other time!  Giveaway begins at 2PM ET today, and ends at 2PM ET tomorrow, so enter now!

How To Enter:

Simply leave a comment including your email address below telling me why you need the $500 Ideeli gift card.

To earn an extra entry, follow @ideeli and @ShoeSmitten on Twitter, then tweet the following message (fill in the blank):

I want to win the $500 @ideeli gift card on @ShoeSmitten, because ____ ! #Shoetopia

Make sure you come back and leave a separate comment telling me you tweeted!

Rules: Only one tweet per person, please.  One winner will be chosen at random from the comments section. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize before a different winner will be chosen.  The ideeli Gift Card is valid for one year, and membership is required for redemption.  Giveaway lasts 24 hours ending 6/21 at 2PM ET.

Optional: Subscribe to Shoe Smitten by Email and stop by ideeli’s blog!

ideeli Shoes Facebook Tab Launch:

Today also marks the launch of the new ideeli Shoes Facebook tab*.  Make sure to “like” ideeli on Facebook for exclusive access to all things shoes on ideeli, including:
  • Toe-to-Toe: The ultimate shoe style face-off!  ideeli puts two shoes in the ring, you vote on your favorite.
  • Shoe Candy: A series of editorial features that showcase what’s hot – and what’s not! – in shoes.  From fall trends to celebrity shoe looks-for-less, ideeli’s editorial team will cover it all.
  • ideeli Shoe Sale RSS Feed: Stay on top of the latest shoe sales with the ideeli RSS shoe sale feed, featuring up to the minute deals from the site.  Click on “Buy Now” and go direct from browsing to buying.
  • The Shoe 1-1: Your daily shoe snapshot, highlighting fun tips, trend updates,  and some favorite shoe maven style quotes.

*Facebook tab launches at 2PM today.

Shop ideeli:

If you’re not already a member of ideeli, signup via this invite link and start shopping today: http://idee.li/Shoetopia_ShoeSmitten.  Today’s sales include: Bloch, DKNY Jeans, Bandolino, Calvin Klein Women’s Shoes, Steve Madden, Cienta Kids’ Shoes, Tarina Tarantino.