Tuesday Shoesday!

My go-to Coach sandals

My go-to Coach sandals

Yesterday was Tuesday Shoesday! This wave of warm weather is enticing me to expose my toes and find that pair of sandals that I can wear well into the sumer. I love these; super-simple but chic, with a bit of a heel that isn’t too high. I will be pulling them out often. I encourage you to do the same! #FavoriteThings

Sandals: Coach

Photo: Sophie MacMillan

 

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Are you prepared to save your soles?

Photo Credit: DoubleTake Consignment Shop

Photo Credit: DoubleTake Consignment Boutique

We love our shoes. We covet them and admire them from afar. And if we are actually lucky enough to purchase them, we begin the love affair in earnest. But, to do that, we must truly be prepared to save our soles; from the elements and from ourselves. Do you know about shoe cobblers? They are the matchmakers of the shoe love affair; they are the ones who keep us and our shoes together, living happily ever after, or at least for as long as possible. I went to the experts at Rago Brothers Shoe and Leather Repair, and spoke with Tom Rago. Tom, and his brother, Tony, are the third generation of Rago Brothers to own and operate this unique shop in Morristown, NJ. I asked Tom what we can be doing to save our soles … Continue reading

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I feel like such a heel!

IMGP0533IMGP0526IMGP0520IMGP0524Have I got a shoe for you! At 5’4 1/2″ I am always looking for added height. But heels often present a painful problem for me. In fact, I have left events barefoot because the pain is so severe. Perhaps you, too? My new best friend has become the wedge heel, because it provides the lift – without the pain. Wedges are also versatile; you can wear them with skirts, dresses and trousers and they look just as chic as any other high heel. If you feel as I do, treat yourself to a pair of wedge heels and stand tall again! Because there is no gain with pain and going barefoot is only fun when you want to not because you you have to!

Photos by Alexandra, wedge heels are BCBGeneration

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“I’m not buying that!”

P1000049 3When Kate Moss shares styling tips I want to listen; she has been in the fashion world a long time and certainly knows style. But on this point, I must disagree. According to Kate Moss, there are times that call for heels, discomfort, and suffering for fashion. Says Kate: “I prefer to be comfortable, and sometimes fancy wearing flat shoes, but there are definitely occasions where you’ve just got to go with heels. There are some comfortable heels that you can run around in, but, sometimes, it’s more important to be well-presented than to be comfortable.” Kate Moss, Irish Independent

There have been too many times when I have had to take off my (really cute) shoes because I am in so much pain that it is excruciating. Nothing is worth that kind of pain. It takes a lot for me to say this, but “I’m not buying that!”

Girls, anyone with me?

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Shoe polish

GetInline-4Here is something about me: When I was growing up, I used to polish my Dad’s leather shoes. I would gather the shoes – how many, I have no idea – grab the black, brown and cordovan KIWI Shoe Polish, a few cloths, some newspaper, and polish away. I remember bringing everything to the family room where I could turn on the television for company. I didn’t get paid; it was just something I did to help my Dad. All these years later, I remember this ritual fondly: the feeling of accomplishment and purpose, the look of the shiny leather as I buffed the shoes, even the smells. And I still love to say the name – CORDOVAN! Who uses that word??!

Autumn is in full swing and it’s time for me to pull out my KIWI Shoe Polish Continue reading

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Consignment treasures

My consignment treasures: a Hazel sundress and Tory Burch gladiator-style sandals with gold detail

My consignment treasures: a Hazel sundress and Tory Burch gladiator-style sandals with gold detail

Change is here – welcome to Turning Fashion Inside Out! New name, new weekly podcast (launching soon). I made the name change because … fashion is not always for those on the inside. Many of us feel left out of the fashion industry if we don’t look a certain way or purchase certain clothes or travel in the fashion circles … what’s inside is expressed by our fashion choices on the outside … and because some feedback from participants have noted that “your blog is really helpful to understand that fashion and confidence go together and always involve change.” What will never change, however, are my guiding principles and who I am. On to consignment treasures …

For my birthday, my mom treated me to some treasures from a new consignment shop in her town. I was reminded once again of the value of consignment shopping. In today’s world of ‘cookie-cutter’ department store fashions where so many stores carry the same look, adding a consignment shop to your shopping repertoire is a must. You can find one-of-a-kind things that simply aren’t available anywhere else and if you happen to love labels this is the most cost-effective way to buy a specific brand. You can get luxury goods at a fraction of their original cost. In the past I have purchased beautiful handbags that I could never have afforded otherwise, including a classic black Prada, shoes, and several high-end designer brand named items, including Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino (seen here), Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, and Theory. Continue reading

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Pops of color!

IMGP9545IMGP9553-1This season is all about adding pops of color! Find them in nature, find them in fashion; there is a bright world of accents waiting for you. My new favorite color is yellow and celadon (somewhere between a yellow and a green). Another favorite are Prabal Gurung for Target dresses; the one I wore to Sardi’s seen here and this celadon-colored dress, now on clearance for $14!! Paired with a neutral color shoe, my tried-and-true Sigerson Morrison gold wedges, the color pops even more.

By the way, I love mixing old and new; I have owned these shoes for 12 years and am inspired to pull them out of my closet and wear them as often as I can since hearing the news about the talented designers Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison. I added red lipstick and the roses of course – and I’m on my way!

**Photos and roses by Alexandra**

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Sad news for Sigerson and Morrison

Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison, namesakes of Designer Shoes, Sigerson Morrison Photo Credit:

Kari Sigerson (left) and Miranda Morrison, namesakes of designer shoe brand Sigerson Morrison                                                                                                                                                            Photo Credit: WWD/Conde Nast/Corbis

My heart broke a little today. I heard a sad (not new, but true) story about my favorite designer shoe label Sigerson Morrison: the brand is no longer run by its namesakes and founders, Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison. Not only were they fired from the company they created but they have been embroiled in a lawsuit with the company who became their ‘angel investor’ in a deal that went bad. Very bad for Sigerson and Morrison. Now these women are searching for what to do next as the lawsuit continues. Continue reading

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Prom: Now/Samantha …

Samantha's original dress choices

Samantha’s original dress choices  – black and silver vintage and mint green contemporary

Samantha's second choice/second dress - strapless, deep purple with silver embellishment

Samantha’s second choice/second dress – strapless, deep purple with silver embellishment

Samantha is a junior in high school and she is my friend Karen’s daughter. I have known her for her entire life. In fact, I have known her since she was in her mother’s womb. After speaking with Samantha today I find it hard to believe that she is the same age that her mom and I were when we met. Here is Samantha on prepping for the prom …

I will be going to two proms this year: my boyfriend’s school prom is this Thursday and my school prom is May 17th. Almost from the minute I was invited, I started to feel pressure to find a dress, about two months ago. I began my search at the malls but found nothing and then searched on-line and didn’t find anything there either. Fortunately, I finally discovered two dresses at a local consignment shop, each for under $50! I know some girls who are spending up to $600 for just one dress, so two for $100 is quite a find for me. One is a mint green, contemporary style; the other is a black and silver vintage dress. They both fit well which is important to me. I needed to make a few slight adjustments to the mint green and I took it to a tailor. I have a pair of silver shoes that are a fine back up but I am hoping to find another pair before the proms. Recently, I wasn’t as sure about the black dress (I think because I’m not as comfortable wearing black in the spring). My boyfriend took me to the mall where I found a deep purple strapless dress with silver embellishment. I love it! I used gift cards to purchase the dress, so again, I was lucky …

I did feel pressure to purchase two dresses, partly because of the pictures that we will be taking, but mostly because my friends will be wearing two dresses. If they were wearing one dress for both of their proms I would probably do the same …

I decided to post my dresses to a Facebook page made for my school that exhibits every girls’ dresses. But I didn’t do the same for my boyfriend’s school. I found out that someone else will be wearing my dress at his prom but I’m okay with that because there will be many people. I will be getting a mani-pedi this week as well as having a spray-tan. I had an appointment to do my hair professionally at a salon but I think I will do it myself and save the money …

I think the biggest differences between going to the prom then, when you and my mom went, and today, are: the dresses are more outrageously priced, the preparation for the prom is more intense, and there is much more pressure from your friends to prepare in a certain way …

I am excited to go to the prom. Right now, though, I am thinking more about the preparation than the actual prom. I think that many girls feel the way I do and enjoy the preparation more than anything else.” ~ Samantha

I think that Samantha shows us that pressure from friends continues to be a big deal in high school. And no one should underestimate the power of the image in today’s world.

What do you think?

to be continued …

 

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Shoewow!

Shoe Obsession Exhibit at The Museum at FIT

Shoe Obsession Exhibit at The Museum at FIT

Meeting costume designer Alexandra reminded me that there are wonderful opportunities to be inspired by fashion – if you just look for them. The Museum at FIT, in the heart of the New York’s fashion district, is a surprising spot for exhibits, information, showcases  … and inspiration. There are only a few days left to see the exhibit, Shoe Obsession (now through April 13th), and if you have the opportunity – go! It is worth it!

Shoe Obsession features over 150 examples of shoes as showstopping art: from the outrageous to the exquisite and the sublime. The shoes are still visions in my mind long after leaving the museum. There are two that stand out: Maison Martin Margiela’s Glass Slipper (2009) that reminded me of the romance and intrigue of Cinderella, the original fairytale that started it all, and Manolo Blahnik’s silver shoe (2003) that Carrie Bradshaw wore on Sex and The City, in the episode featuring Tatum O’Neal. Carrie loses her shoe at a baby shower hosted by O’Neal and finally gets compensated with new shoes by signing herself up for her very own bridal registry. Of course Carrie wore and coveted countless Manolo Blahnik’s in her life on Sex and the City, but this particular shoe and story was memorable!

The average American woman has about twenty pairs of shoes – nearly double what she owned in the late 1990s,” according to Valerie Steele (director and chief curator) and Colleen Hill (associate curator of accessories) at The Museum at FIT.  Are we obsessed? What do you think?

Manolo Blahnik's shoe that Carrie Bradshaw wore on Sex and the City

Manolo Blahnik’s shoe that character Carrie Bradshaw wore on Sex and the City

Shoe Obsession - Nicholas Kirkwood

Shoe Obsession – Nicholas Kirkwood

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