Monday, September 26, 2011


Fur seems to be so on-point for fall, and then there's my love of all things Rene Caovilla (and ostentation), which leads me to this latest eBay find.

The taupe satin meshed with the pop of fur at the toe with little jewels embedded make them spectacular. I still like the Gianvito Rossi pair I posted before, but I think these are pretty wonderful, and more practical for my life.

I'm thinking of making them a bit more showy and either glittering the satin or putting crystals on it, but for now I think I'll leave them as they are and let them shine in their simplicity.

Vintage Rene Caovilla Gold Laminato Leather and fur shoes

Fit on these is small-to-size. These are a 37, and while the heel strap is a bit stretched from the previous owner, the length is just right. I'll add a pair of strappy strips to these shoes to make them fit better and then they'll be perfect!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Outfit of the Night

Dinner last night with my fella, for his birthday. We went to Eleven, but his commentary on dinner was "Red Lobster does it better" (he had the seafood tasting). If you're curious to check out the restaurant, you should sign up for Big Burrito's mailing list. They mail you a $30 off dinner coupon for your birthday when you sign up. I'll admit, I was kind of underwhelmed by my dinner as well (though I've been there a few times before and have always enjoyed it), but the ambiance is nice and getting dressed up is always fun.

This was my first time wearing this dress, and it was tricky to wear. I don't have a good backless bra (or not one that is this backless, anyhow), and I am kicking myself I never ordered that Maidenform one before they took it off the market. If you have any suggestions along those lines that would work for a D cup, let me know.

For last night, I used an "adhesive bra" I found at Target (it was actually glorified masking tape), and I can't help but think there is a better solution out there. It worked for the night but the "lift" was negligible.

Kimberly Ovitz Martin dress in Black

Christian Louboutin Clic Clac pumps in Black Suede with Lace Inset

Fit on the dress is true-to-size (this is a size 8 and fits me well), and the shoes are small-to-size. They are a 37 and are slowly stretching because they were more comfortable last night than previously.

Monday, September 19, 2011

In the name of love

Funny thing about the outfit I wore to a wedding this weekend: a guest at the table I was sitting at, asked if the tights had anything else on them that was "hidden" i.e., "were they more risqué than they seemed." I suppose seamed stockings might seem risqué, but I thought these were cute and appropriate for a wedding? Maybe my "appropriateness" barometer is off.

ASOS love-seamed stockings, vintage dress, Christian Louboutin Charlene in black suede

I got these from ASOS (out of stock), but Pamela Mann makes what appears to be the exact same tights, available at

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Missoni X Target

I had the day off today, so I made a quick trek to Target to check out the Missoni stuff. Boy was it picked over! That's okay, though. I checked out the shoes and clothes, and ended up with the sweater pictured (size medium, though large would have been nice too), a bra/underwear set.

I'm already on the fence about my purchases, because I think I was buying into the hype, but they are cute and out-of-stock so I'm going to wait-it-out to see how I feel over the next few days.

MissoniXTarget sweater

MissoniXTarget Children's Rainboots

MissoniXTarget pumps

Fit on the rainboots is large. Those are the children's size 5, and they fit me perfectly. I did not try on the adult versions because the color selection seemed washed out. I'll admit, if I did not already own rainboots, I would have picked these up. They are super cute.

Fit on the pumps is slightly large as well -- but in line with mass-market sizing (which seems to run much larger for me), these are a 6.5. Personally, these didn't impress me at all.

This line was much-hyped, and well-worth the hype -- but the intense Black Friday feel of the merchandise/shopping experience leaves me loathe to go back and see if they restock/what else I'm interested in.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Vacation window shopping

I've been out-of-town the last two weekends, so I'm still crashing from the tiredness and overactivity, but I did manage to make a stop into Saks in Columbus. I had promised my fella that I would be good and only spend 20 minutes (yeahrite) in the store looking at shoes, so I made it short and sweet only trying on a few pairs I really loved.

As always, I tried to be discreet with the shoe picture-taking, hence the low-quality cell pics. Owell!

First up is a pair of booties I am dying over. I find the ankle cutout very unique and extremely sexy. The salesman who waited on me in the store called them "cute", which I found kind of funny. I'm still pretty shoe-banned, but even if I weren't I would be a little hesitant to buy a pair of booties with such a thin heel. But if money grew on trees....

Christian Louboutin Lisse Bootie in Black Nappa

Fit on these was true-to-size. My feet were quite swollen from walking around all weekend, so the 37 felt a bit tight, but would be perfect sans swollen feet. They were a bit tricky to get on, but felt wonderful after I zipped them up. As I stated above, the heel made me quite nervous. Definitely not "city walking" shoes.

No collection has stunned me more than Prada this season. Lots of luxe suede and vintage throwbacks made me want to gobble up everything. The pictures don't do the shoes justice, but here they are anyhow.

Prada Suede and Calf-hair lace-up Wedges

Prada Suede Slingbacks

Fit on both pairs felt true-to-size. I am wearing the 36 in the slings, and the 36.5 would have been best (my usual open-toe size), and in the wedges I am wearing a 38, while a 37 would have been perfect. Both were uber-comfortable and chic.

All of the above shoes can be found online at Saks, Neiman's, Bergdorf, etc, but I wholeheartedly recommend the wonderful sales associate that waited on me at the Columbus Saks: David. He was polite, not pushy and very knowledgeable.

The shoes I am wearing in the picture are Louboutin "She's Back". They have become one of my favorite, most-worn pairs of shoes. They got me through the last two weekends, and even a makeshift stint volunteer waitressing for charity.

I don't know if I ever blogged about these, I bought awhile back -- as you can tell from the picture, it was still snowing, but they are fabulous! So fabulous a random father shopping with his family stopped to compliment me on my shoes!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The worst kind of sale goggles

So my life has been in flux a lot as of late, hence the length between posting. I did start a job recently I had hoped would turn permanent, but alas, it didn't end up that way. On the bright side, I found a job I'm very excited about in my chosen field (graphic design). I start Tuesday, and as a treat to myself I bought a pair of shoes (surprise!).

I think my love affair with rubber is growing, and I was ecstatic to see these Melissa x Jean Paul Gaultier stilletos on major clearance. The lines on them are so sexy, and the thinness of the heel slays me. From the other pair of Melissa shoes I have, I knew these would be incredibly comfortable, too.

Here comes the caveat. I take them home to try on and get more excited about my great find only to realize the pair are two right shoes. I called the store, they have no more and they are unable to track them down. So bummed. Yoox has them, but for $100 more :/ If you see them for under $100 (in either black or black/grey), let me know!

Melissa x Jean Paul Gaultier Heels

Fit on these is true-to-size to slightly small. These are the 38 or "US 7" and they are a little big in the back. I could have taken probably either a 7 or 6 and been fine. Now I just have to find them!