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Well it was certainly an unplanned hiatus from the ol’ blog, but a busy one at that.  One of the projects I took on in my absence was a break room makeover.  It played out like a show on HGTV: “two days!  Two hundred dollars!”  And only falling slightly over budget—$17 dollars to be exact—I would say the makeover was a success.

Now for the obligatory Before and After shots:

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Proposed Design

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If you would like to purchase some of the items seen in the revised break room for your own abode, I have included links and prices: faux leather futon, $129 (it was on sale for $117 when I got it–sorry!); floral rug, $19.99; floral pin board fabric, $7.99/yard; leopard and geometric pin board fabrics, $8.99/yard (only one available on the website.)  Everything else was either donated and/or re-purposed (except for the paint, of course.)

Now, with the fashion weeks being in full swing, do not expect another hiatus anytime soon!

Much love and good shoes,

e

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Ralph Lauren Purple Lable Advertisement, rocking the tuxedo slipper in its traditional form, Image courtesy of Freshwallstreet.com

Banishing these slick slippers to formalwear is a thing of the past, tuxedo slippers are becoming a more versatile part of stylish men’s wardrobes.  And as per usual, like any decent sartorial find enjoyed by men, women are interpreting them for themselves, as well.

Del Toro/Theophilus London Collaboration Black Velvet Slippers. Although relatively new to the slipper market, Del Toro has become a serious contender, Image courtesy of Theurbanprince.com

Alexander McQueen’s Smoking Slippers were a favorite among fashionistas long before the tuxedo slipper trend, Image courtesy of Shefinds.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No matter your gender, the tuxedo slipper offers many style options for the current season and beyond.  Rendered in canvas, the slippers make the perfect casual summer shoe.  Left in the traditional velvet and they are a far more stylish alternative to a certain shearling boot in chilly months.  Finished in patent leather and they add a sophisticated edge to any ensemble.

Apparently these are Mickey Rourke’s Custom George Cleverley Monogram Slippers. I’d say he’s putting that Iron Man money to good use, Image courtesy of Permanentstyle.co.uk

Personally, I am aching for a pair of tuxedo slippers with the full-on old school treatment, maybe even my family crest embroidered on the toe in fine silk.  Whether I sport jeans or trousers with those bad boys, I will be one dapper dame.

These Fox on Sage Needlepoint Loafers are just the right amount of weird, Image courtesy of Bypaige.com

My vintage sweet spot is tingling for these quirky needlepoint loafers.  They come in all kinds of kooky patterns and motifs.  And like their fancy velvet cousins, they can even be monogrammed.

Embroidered Canvas Loafers, a more traditional take, Image courtesy of Gap.com

Leopard Print Calf Hair Loafers, a more wild tone, Image courtesy of Gap.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course we cannot all break the bank over our newfound love of tuxedo slippers, so I have found a solution in Gap’s new offering of loafers for ladies–sorry fellas.  Available in so many lovely textures, colors and patterns, I may need more than just one pair.

Enjoy your new slippers–inside and out.

Much love and good shoes,

e

Jessica Simpson “Oversized Ombre Hat”, Image courtesy of shop.nordstrom.com

With Memorial Day just around the corner, we should all be gearing up for warmer weather and a little time off to soak up some rays.  Of course you may already have some summer essentials in your closet, a breezy sundress, embellished sandals, and a classic denim jacket, but let me share my current obsession for summer 2012 that will not even break the bank:

The pink version of my pick, Image courtesy of Gap.com

Wide-brimmed sun hats are creeping up in retailer’s summer collections all over the place.  Whatever your style, there is a straw sun hat just for you.  They come in stripes, bright colors, dark neutrals, and of course, their natural state, straw.  There are even brands, such as Coolibar, that boast UV protection so you can be stylish and protect your skin.  I picked one up for myself at the Gap in a natural straw and black stripe pattern—trés chic!

Wide-brimmed ombre sun hat featured in Chanel’s 2013 Resort lineup, Image courtesy of Style.com

Wide-brimmed, embellished ombre sun hat featured in Chanel’s 2013 Resort lineup, Image courtesy of Style.com

The sun hat trend seems to be a lasting one; sun hats were spotted on Chanel’s 2013 Resort runway with ombré treated brims and others with feminine embellishments.  So snag a few in bright colors and patterns or splurge on a classic neutral that you can wear poolside year after year—sun hats are here to stay.

Much love and good shoes,

e

Winter is fading away and spring is now upon us.  My dog can feel it in his old rickety bones.  It is time, yet again, to sift through the new spring lines and decide what is essential to add to our new spring wardrobes:

Louis Vuitton pumps, Image courtesy of Style.com

Pointed-toe ladylike pumps: Pack up last year’s stacked stilettos and say hello to a more gravity-friendly pump. They were all over the spring runways in the more classic form, as seen at Louis Vuitton and Prada. The lower heel also manifested itself as a bootie, as seen at Oscar de la Renta and Chanel.  It also took flight as a delicate sandal at Givenchy and Stella McCartney.  Pair these ladylike pumps with flirty feminine dresses and skirts or some cuffed denim to really show them off.

Cropped coat: If you do not have one of these in your closet already, for shame!  They look adorable layered over a tee and jeans or a spring dress.  Go for a bright color, such as red or green, to instantly add a pop of color to a neutral outfit.

1969 Gap Always Skinny Jeans, Image courtesy of Gap.com

Milkshake denim: Once again, it is a free-for all when it comes to denim this season.  Every silhouette and wash will be at your fingertips, however, picking pastels that conjure up thoughts of sipping milkshakes or smoothies is the way to go to stay on-trend for spring.  This brings me to my next pick . . .

Pastels!: Think soft and ladylike this spring.  Take your hue cues from Easter eggs—yep, I went there—just not the hideous ones you dye at home.  But remember, it is all about balance.  Head-to-toe baby blue is not a good choice for anyone—except a baby.  Pair a pastel bottom with a bright or neutral top.

Diane von Furstenberg, photo courtesy of Style.com

Experiment with white: Designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney and Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel) played with white in all kinds of textures, opacities and structures for spring.  So get inspired!  White will look amazing with your pastels and ultra crisp with a cropped pair of skinny jeans and pumps.

Hopefully your closet is now more adequately stocked for spring.  Now go forth, and strut your stuff.

Much love and good shoes,

e

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