Monthly Archives: July 2011

And The Giveaway Winner Is…

Thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes and great styling suggestions over the weekend!  I had a great night out in my Charles Jourdan pumps.  As much as I wanted to wear the red Kandee heels, my Betsey Johnson dress never arrived and so I had to go with a more sophisticated little black dress, and thought the Jourdans were perfect.

I wish I could give you all a gift card for helping me choose my birthday shoes, but alas there is only one winner this time…

Congratulations, Adriana!  I chose your entry at random!  I’ll be in touch via email so I can send you your $50 Famous Footwear gift card.  Adriana said:

“I like the Charles Jourdan platform pumps. The dress, while all black, has a lot of detail and fabric. It would look great with simple, black heels…All options would look fabulous, however. Happy bday!!”

Thanks to all who entered, and stay tuned for more!

Choose My Birthday Shoes (Giveaway, Now Closed)

Giveaway Update: Congratulations, Adriana!  You’ve won this giveaway!  I’ll be in touch via email to get you your gift card.  Thanks for all of your opinions, and stay tuned for the next giveaway!

With my birthday coming up on Saturday (ohmigosh, that’s tomorrow), I wanted to bring you in on the fun and run a quick giveaway!  Help me choose what shoes to wear for the night out, and you could win this $50 gift card to Famous Footwear.

The boyfriend is taking me to dinner and drinks on Saturday night, and I’ve already got the dress (Betsey Johnson’s cutesy black cocktail dress, snagged on ideeli for just $12), so I really just need to choose the shoes and accessories.  I was going to wear the Christian Louboutin New Simple pumps I ordered, but they arrived and are too big!  No worries – I’m sending them back to get the right size – but that leaves me without designated birthday shoes.  So here’s where you come in…

How To Enter The Giveaway

  1. Subscribe to Shoe Smitten, either via email or RSS.
  2. Leave me a comment below (including your email) saying which shoes you think I should wear, and what accessories you’d put with the look.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with! 

The Dress…by Betsey Johnson

The Shoes…

#1: Charles Jourdan Platform Pumps

#2: FH Floral Pumps

 #3: Kandee ‘Cherry Glace’ Pumps

 Rules: Giveaway ends July 9th at 12PM ET.  Winner will be chosen at random and notified by July 11th.  Only one entry per person.  U.S. Residents Only.

How I Chose My First Pair of Louboutins: The New Simple Pump

Remember how last week I wished for my first pair of Christian Louboutins to celebrate my upcoming 25th birthday?  On Friday I took a trip to Saks to try on a few pairs to get a feel for the fit, and I left with a huge smile on my face.  My red solemates are on their way!

I had been eyeing three styles in particular – the Lady Peep in nude, Bibi in nude or black, and Simple in black.  Knowing whatever pair I chose was going to be my first pair (and only pair for a while), I was set on finding a style I would actually wear, and for years to come.

After about an hour looking in the mirror and debating over styles and colors, I ended up ordering a pair of the New Simple Pump 120mm in black patent leather.

I chose the New Simple pump for a few main reasons…

  1. It felt really comfortable compared with the Bibi, and knowing Louboutins are notorious for being painful, how could I pass up such a great pair?
  2. Knowing after this splurge it’ll be some time before I buy another pair, I chose a classic pump to wear anywhere, from the office to a night out.
  3. The platform gives me the height I want without putting me on my tippy-toes.
  4. I originally wanted black nappa leather but I’m actually happier I chose glossy black patent.  When I wear my red bottoms I want people to notice them!

I’m not going to lie – my heart did race when the salesman pulled out the discoball Bibi platform heels.  But I still chose the more “practical” New Simple pumps.  Do you think I made a good choice going with a classic, or should I have gone all-out festive with a louder Louboutin?

Weekend Open Thread: Happy 4th of July Weekend!

photo from Solestruck

Irregular Choice Chica Chola Flag Wedges, $199.95

What do you have planned to celebrate the 4th of July?  We’re going to just hang out by the pool, barbecue some burgers, make some slaw and maybe light a few firecrackers.  I’m probably going to wear my Nine West espadrilles tomorrow, but on the 4th I’ll opt for one of my red pairs of shoes! TBD…But right now I’m wrapping up any work projects I need to today before the holiday weekend kicks off!

I am excited to share with you one of my work projects: I am working as part of the community management team for Monster’s new Facebook app, BeKnown.  If you or someone you know is looking for a job, actively or passively, you should start using this app!  I’ve written a dedicated post on annabassham.com titled Six Reasons To BeKnown on Facebook, but here are some of the key takeaways.  With BeKnown, you can:

  • Connect with coworkers and companies inside Facebook without revealing your personal stuff.  No more worrying your boss or a potential employer might see that photo album from Spring Break…
  • Network with 750 million people, vs. LinkedIn’s 100 million.
  • Refer connections to job postings, and earn rewards for helping friends find jobs.
  • Search for jobs without leaving Facebook (powered by Monster’s job board)

So, I’d encourage you to leave me a comment below with any concerns, questions or feedback you have about BeKnown, and I’ll be happy to address them.  Or just leave me a random comment, I love hearing from my lovely readers :)

Have a great, LONG weekend!

xo, Anna

Go ahead and BeKnown!

Giuseppe Zanotti Shoe Sale at RueLaLa Today!

Happy Friday!  Just a quick post today because I need to prepare my credit card and trigger finger for this Giuseppe Zanotti sale at RueLaLa!

Ladies, any size 39 shoes are mine!  Just kidding, but seriously, this is the first Giuseppe Zanotti private sale I’ve seen, and it’s not something a shoe lover should miss.  Sale starts at 11AM, don’t be late!  I’ve been a Zanotti fan for years, I own two pairs of his shoes and I’m planning on adding to that number today.

You have to be a RueLaLa member to shop.  Need an invite?  I’ve got you covered -> http://www.ruelala.com/invite/shoesmitten