Paul Warmer

Party Feet

Party Feet

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Last five days have been all sorts of extreme, especially on my really supporting buddies: liver, lungs, legs and most importantly… my feet.

Gained a full (shoe) size due to attempts to “So you think you can dance” (until five in the morning that is) and living out a “Last woman standing” soap, ending in the “Gutter” (read: bar) every night.
Plus am declaring balancing on carpet-covered sand on the way to the next beach bar an art form. Officially.

“Burning feet” is putting the state of emergency mildly, can surely exhibit upper body parts plus heels in the torture museum (Categories “bloated”, “sore” and “might burst”).
But hey: am far from complaining: have invented the perfect Spa-anti-swelling-give-party-feet-some-rest solution. By simply putting them in the fridge. Aaaaaaaaaah!

Almost tempted to dismantle my new life- (or feet) saver from the Cannes apartment and smuggle it through customs, when I realize the weather situation at home.
13 degrees and raining. Sounds like heaven.

xxx

Today’s shoes are Paul Warmer

Mission Possible

Mission Possible

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There is one recurring trend regardless of season, age or size (though mainly in summer): The trend to get married.

Those of you who have ever been involved in this sort of preparation and planning-frenzy know there are a lot of checks to be done before the big event.
The dress check (aka big issue-check), the high-heel check (obviously), the guest list check (how to cut from 200 to 80 without treading on people’s toes), the cake check (hello calories), the wine check (hello headache), and of course: the location check.

This is why today I find myself in the middle of nowhere and since it’s a very secret mission I had no idea what the dress code would be.
Chose something…hmmm rural-urban and so not (!) appropriate for a romantic setting surrounded only by nature (read: muddy puddles).
But hey: Overknees while hopping clumsily from muck into more muck? Absolutely possible, if you don’t mind causing some laughter amongst farmers. And if you include your own mission: rescuing dear leather heels from chunks of rocks and cow dung for hours. Mission ridiculous? So totally “check”.

xxx

P.S.: Today’s shoes are Paul Warmer

Moods

Moods

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The weather is one of the most discussed topics in Amsterdam and buienradar.nl seriously the most visited website nationwide (I am no exception, the site is even ranked higher on my computer than any shoe-outlet site - actually quite scandalous…).

Holland is one of those exceptional countries where you can experience 4 seasons in one day. It can be tricky, annoying, surprising and moody.
I came to the conclusion that this is not so different from us ladies.
And our temper and moods…

Found myself grumpy for no reason yesterday. After an actually perfect (and sunny) day: “bam” all of a sudden, emotional clouds everywhere.
A friend of mine confessed she often goes from rather cool business mood (winter) right into cheery mood after work (“spring” after one drink, “summer” after two…), and who can’t think of at least one situation where a single event can cause an emotional thunderstorm (thunderbolt and heavy rain - aka tears) seemingly out of the blue?

Of all various moods (a bit cloudy this morning) I just checked for the rest of today.
Jipieh, all sunny and blue sky: perfect conditions to grab some summer-inspired sandals and enjoy a lovely day. I hope you do so too!

xxx

Today’s shoes are Paul Warmer
If you somehow find yourself experiencing an “emotional weather dip”, just go there! Sure to cheer you up immediately :)

Iron and vitamins

Iron and vitamins

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As the weather is playing winter again (making healthy outdoor activities such as “walking heels”, “terrace hopping”, and “picnic-blanket-diving” impossible), I am forced to focus on indoor activities or let’s just say: concentrate on (step one to outer beauty): inner health.

The time to prep body for ‘glowing goddess’ emergence when spring finally arrives is NOW. And of course I am fully aware that inner health starts with the right ingredients.

Food to be precise. Taking my new role as a nutritionist very seriously, I strip the contents of fridge to what’s really important.

Vitamins (see grapes in liquid and solid form) are essential, as is it to not detain from saturates (check: olives, aka mayo!). Add to that the fact that we ladies also often suffer from chronic iron deficiency, I know just what to stock up on.

I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise that my compound to battle iron deficiency can be found in a shoe shop rather than a health food store: Shoes in vitamin colors will give your body (well, feet) the boost they need in rough weather times: think orange (vitamin C) and salmon (vitamin D), as shown today. And with the cutest iron studs, I perk up immediately.

Yeah, April you just fool around: I am very much prepared.

xxx

Today’s shoes are Paul Warmer.

The boys are back in town

The boys are back in town

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A shoe-addict’s life is dominated by the constant hunt for the perfect shoe.

It’s not always about the pleasure of buying: sometimes it’s just good to know that something special is out there, available, and you can visit from time to time to say “hi”.
(I say “hi” to a lot of shoes all the time…..). It’s almost like a friendship that you build up gradually, and no doubt you can imagine that the three worst words to hear when you are finally ready to commit (aka say YES, aka purchase) would be: “OUT OF STOCK”.

It is really almost the same with “real” friendships (i.e. with people, not leather).
It’s hard to find good material, that you know will fit, endure, and stay by your side never letting you down. And it might also take time to commit and say yes to this relationship, but hey: when you do, there are also three really bad words: and that’s when your mates are “OUT OF TOWN”.

Having suffered the last two weeks due to the fact that my homies “Schöner Man” and “Ton” decided to leave town to cherish the underwater world of Malaysia (swapping their brouges for flippers), I am utterly happy to announce: the boys are back in town!

To whom this doesn’t sound like the perfect occasion to propose a toast to both friendships: heels and humans, hmmmmmm. Maybe you are reading the wrong blog. 😉

xxx

Today’s shoes are Paul Warmer: beautiful sparkling eye candy, perfect for celebrating: NOT out of stock and available IN town now.

Blind date

Blind date

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I must confess I have had some blind dates in the past.

Back then, internet didn’t really exist (oh my, THAT really makes me look old….),
so I would place a personal ad in the local newspaper (nervous and all), only to be swept over by a ton of letters from… let’s put it mildly…. creepy people.
Since it became a bit of a bore having to come up with excuses why to not (!) meet after the first phone call (“I might not be ready yet”, “I’m really busy at the moment” blabla),
or trying to secretly sneak out of restaurants WHILE (!) actually having the first “get together”, I thought I would be smart this time.

And simply wrote my need on this very blog.

We met in a small café. Sure, they had candles, dimmed light and we had wine, but despite the nice setting we instantly clicked.
Honestly. With whom can you have a conversation about wrinkles and friendship, relations and life before you even asked about any background information?
Who is nodding and really listening when you get into your frizzy hair problem, and even offers tips (did you ever try “Morrocanoil”)?

Who is on your side discussing the “Uggs-trap” and confessing to actually live in them and it doesn’t take away the affection or sympathy?

For sure we will have to work on the Uggs but for now:
Meet my new editor Caroline. She will be my guardian spelling angel for the future of this blog.

xxx

P.S.: Today's shoes are Paul Warmer