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February Obsessions

February Obsessions

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There's nothing better than the idea that spring is just around the corner (well..... almost... OK), with the new season greeting you everywhere. I appreciate this to the max by diving into all the new arrivals that delight us with color, new textures and shapes. Almost died over Burberry's spring collection (bright metallics wherever you look), and in the event you should hear about a robbery on TV the upcoming days: that might have been me ensuring I have sufficient funds to afford that utterly beautiful bag. *sigh* Oh! And since I've become a (not very secret) stalker of Ruthie Davis' footwear, I'd totally invest that money in her heels too. In ALL of them actually.

If you prefer to act economically rather than be remote-controlled by pre-spring hormones (and still dive into fashion): I recommend watching Bill Cunningham's beautiful documentary "New York". A homage to fashion and glamour, spotted by the most humble man in fashion there is. Oldie (not you Bill!) but goodie!!! Or do as I do whenever I need to be cheered up on one of the hopefully last days of winter grey: a visit to favorite gallery - I could spend HOURS at Reflex in Amsterdam, glued to the work of Harland Miller (well, maybe robbing that bank wasn't such a bad idea after all), or visit my friend Melanie Brown's studio for a spring fashion splurge. If non of the above suits you: I bet flowers will. The tulips are out baby, bye bye January and hello new season!

xxx

Today's shoes are Ideal

Dress and blouse: Melanie Brown

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Long live Photoshop!

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If I hadn’t been down with the flu I totally would have told you sooner that I was approached with the request to do an interview for a Dutch magazine called (translated) “Shoe Vision” at the beginning of this week. This came completely out of the blue and utterly flattered and excited I accepted.

I do now find myself freaking out a little at the request to include a “portrait picture” in the article though. I mean, hell yeah, the legs are in shape. Shaved, polished, rubbed with baby oil every day, caressed with Dr. Scholl feet lotion and spoiled with attention. The face: not so much (I wouldn’t recommend Dr. Scholl as a facial treatment anyway).

This is quite the dilemma. Botox will only show after a couple of days (the interview is scheduled for tomorrow), a chemical peel will make me look like a baboon’s butt, and I totally forgot about my (self-fabricated) haircut which only works in combination with a rubber band and a pot of fudge. In a panic I focus on outfit (lovely Ellen Benders dress today) and shoes, but I’m afraid this won’t do the job.

However, after having photoshopped today’s picture (at least one form of shopping after two days of illness, I did get a little swept away :-)…. I am pretty confident there must be a Photoshop app that can retouch my (still) red nose and the odd wrinkle for my portrait. Problem solved, Shoe Vision, here I come!

xxx

Today’s shoes are Tiffi and available exclusively at Daniele Dentici

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.

Someday, baby

Someday, baby

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Although it’s not even May yet, wedding fever is definitely in the air.

Having already told you about the most romantic proposal that our friend Alex pulled off earlier this year (will have to send boyfriend to him for a briefing once he starts showing signs he’s considering popping THE question …), the sweet married-couple-to-be (with their Master of Ceremonies in tow)  are at our place for the first brainstorm for the big event. Or, as Alex used to say: “Someday, baby…”

Having offered to help with ideas for styling (my area of expertise: dresses and shoes) and to design the invitation, I find myself surrounded by a pile of bridal magazines, flipping through pages and pages of “perfect wedding cake” recipes, “maid of honor dress codes” (isn’t one matching color for all just so 2004?), and “seating etiquette musts to prevent family drama”.
Like, seriously?

I simply propose a fantastic looking bride (Jimmy Choo sandals and designer tailored dress), a good setting, wonderful friends, the best DJ in the world (Armin van Buuren is yesterday, it’s boyfriend now). Then just forget about the manners and Rock ‘n Roll!

Now if you would excuse me, I have seating arrangements to make and a perfect cake to bake for tonight. Kim and Alex’s “Someday, baby” planning has started… just now.
xxx

P.S.: Today’s shoes are Apepazza

Trend fever: Jazz

Trend fever: Jazz

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It’s my last day of hunting the streets for this year’s spring trends (shoe wise, my dear ladies, and all for you) and I find myself a little exhausted. Having run crisscross through town this week (in- and for affordable heels), today’s theme is as daunting to me as its origin.

Jazz freaks me out. And rather makes me want to run away (quickly, so it would have to be in flats). But I suppose if today’s brief would be renamed “Roaring 20’s” or “Art Deco” or…. let’s just say “Gucci”: I am all in.

Keen on finding some fringe, sequins and glamour, I enter (carefully looking left and right: I may be on a bitch-on-a-budget-mission, but I still have a reputation to lose…) a Moroccan store in my own hood (next to Bakery “Hicrit 1” and Döner “Masoma”). The “SALE” signs and cheap boot shelves on the street make me shudder every day when I pass by while doing grocery shopping, but having learned from my past week I thought I would give it a shot.

Turns out the shop is VERY Jazz. Worse than I thought (best intentions) and while I try to get through the pain and just find my way out: One chord, one right tune, ONE RIGHT SHOE. Something I can work with. Something that (with a little work) will do. Isn’t that very Jazz? Interpreting? Give me some sequins, I will stitch them onto this find myself! And then marry the night… It is Friday after all.

xxx

Today’s shoes are…ergh… made in Japan (they are not even labeled).

Trend fever: Flowers

Trend fever: Flowers

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There are a couple of themes in fashion which come back every year.
For winter that would be the continuous reinterpretation of black, grey and off white,
and for summer something that, unsurprisingly, makes us ladies cheerful (especially when it comes from Fleurop and carries a card): flowers.

Since the runway is going crazy with floral elements (I reckon the designers either spent a night locked in at a botanic garden or got high on some “floral ingredients” themselves), my inspiration for today will be the absolutely stunning Blumarine Flower on Spandex Sandal.
As I can only afford a 50 EUR dent in my Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Cherry Blossom Wallet, I head to another bitches-on-a-budget-paradise: the Jan Evertsenstraat (my favorite when it comes to redeeming lottery wins for plants anyway ;-).
And yeah: apparently this is not only the place to stock up for your balcony, but your shoe closet as well. I find a great pair which satisfies my floral hunger, and the best thing: I won’t have to cut them, water them or see them withered after a couple of days.

So guys, listen up: next time you think about pleasing your lady with a huge bouquet (isn’t it about time???), consider the options, and head to a shoe dealer instead: we also love our gifts in a box instead of cellophane.
Regardless of season.
Just saying.

xxx

P.S.: Today’s shoes are La Strada

Trend Fever: Ultra Prada

Trend Fever: Ultra Prada

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There are a few things in the world that make (no doubt) every gal happy:

Good sex, yummy food, fun with friends, an honest compliment, a “Sale” sign,
and of course: PRADA.
So none other than the genius Miuccia will be my inspiration for today.

She may have designed the most discussed and controversial heel of this season: the Jewel-Toe Flame Sandal, which is exactly why it MUST be in my collection.
Or, well……… at least in my trend-collection on this very blog, since 1.100 EUR is not really something you will quickly spend during a lunch break.

And today a lunch break is all the time I have to score an ultra girly, ultra playful and ultra “budget bitch” stiletto that will make me look ultra Prada.

Arriving at the Albert Cuyp market (ultra chic indeed…), I head straight into (ultra embarrassing): an Indian shop full of blingbling and razzledazzle.
Once inside, I almost have a heart attack when I see the prices of the shoes (so ridiculously cheap that I must say “a bitch never tells” or I will simply die of shame).

But seriously, I am super excited and buy (Italian leather) stilettos and two of the blingbling brooches (after all, it is Jewel-Toe Sandal, right?)
As for the flames though…. hmmmmmm, they will have to go after the shooting…
sorry Miuccia!

xxx

P.S.: Today’s shoes are Ti Amo.

That’s at least as ultra Italian as Prada