This is the second interview of what I hope will be a continuing series in which I introduce influential fashion bloggers and their takes on shoes.
Today, we have Laura Coronado of Lollie Shopping. Laura started the blog Lollie Shopping in October of 2007. Lollie Shopping is a state of mind – a genuine appreciation for savvy fashion, style and shopping. And I think you’ll agree with that statement after reading the interview below that Laura has an amazing sense of style when it comes to shoes! (Just look at the fabulous pink boots she’s wearing!)
Anna: When did you become interested in fashion?
Laura: I think I became interested in fashion the moment I discovered pretty things. I played with dolls, not pretending to be a mommy, but because I enjoyed dressing them in various outfits. Of course I owned several Barbies, all of whom worked as models or actresses in my little imaginary fashion world.
Anna: How would you describe your fashion/shopping expertise?
Laura: Much of my knowledge and skills either came naturally or were self taught. I’m a voracious reader and I study fashion and retail articles much in the way business folks read the Wall Street Journal. In addition, I worked as a fashion copy and content writer for a well-known Internet retailer for a couple of years. I think that experience helped take me to the next level.
Anna: Do you remember your first pair of heels?
Laura: I do! To this day I still think of those shoes. I wish I still had them as a memento. I was in the second grade, and my mother surprised me with a pair of rope wedges with red fabric upper. I may have only been six years old, and the wedges were all of two inches high, but I felt like a complete woman.
Anna: Dare I ask, how many pairs of shoes do you own right now?
Laura: I hate when people ask me this. Sixty pairs give or take a couple.
Anna: Favorite shoe designer? Why?
Laura: Just one? I’ve met a few designers, too, so that makes it especially difficult. Once you know their personalities, you love them that much more. Honestly, for me, it depends on the occasion and mood. Some designers are perfect for when I’m feeling capricious – think John Fluevog or Marc Jacobs. Other designers know how to make a woman feel like a woman, like Stuart Weitzman, Donald J. Pliner and of course, Christian Louboutin. Then there are those who make art, such as Giuseppe Zanotti. So, I can’t name just one. Sorry. But, I will tell you I have the biggest crush on Mark Nason. He is way sexy.
Anna: What shoe trends are you loving/hating this season?
Laura: I love the color purple, lace-up oxfords and peep toes. For me, the perfect shoe this season is a purple, peep toe oxford. I hate anything higher than a five-inch heel. Anything higher than that is just mean.
Anna: And what are a few of your favorite shoe stores?
Laura: Aldo, Steve Madden, Heels.com, Onlineshoes.com, Piperlime.com and Endless.com.
Anna: Are you a heel, flat, or sneaker kind of girl?
Laura: Heels. Definitely.
Anna: If you could design a new shoe, what would it look like? What would you call your collection?
Laura: First of all, it would have to be a black leather boot. I know that doesn’t sound original, but I have a thing for black leather boots. It would be knee high, with a four-inch heel and a platform with a silver metal plate on the front – just to toughen it up. It would have to be made in Italy and lined in hot pink with a hot pink sole. It zips up, and while the shaft would be smooth, there would be a quilted leather cuff at the top. My collection would be called “Picosa” which means spicy in Spanish.
Anna: What is your favorite pair of shoes that you own?
Laura: That’s like asking a mother to choose her favorite child. Right now I can’t seem to stop wearing my Anne Klein New York black leather ankle boots with a braiding detail. But I just bought them, so I think that’s why.
Anna: Besides blogging about fashion and shopping, what else do you enjoy?
Laura: I have a fabulous job as a marketing copywriter/editor, I live in glamorous Las Vegas and I have the best husband in the world (also a writer), so when I’m not blogging or shopping, I’m enjoying those three things. I also enjoy creative writing and abstract photography. In addition to all that, I am also enjoying working on my new upcoming website: GoShopVegas.com. It’s not live yet, but it will be very soon.
Anna: Thank you, Laura! You truly live a shoe smitten-kind of life. I can’t wait to see your new site.
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