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You Don’t Say? The D’Orsay Flat

A kaleidoscope of D'Orsay flats from Jenni Kayne

A kaleidoscope of D’Orsay flats from Jenni Kayne

You know how you see women wearing running shoes en route to work, then changing to high heels?  Promise me, you’ll never be that woman.  God invented ballet flats for a reason.  And this season, the D’Orsay flat is hitting the mainstream.

Bonjour sexy! D'Orsay High Heel in a suede colour block

Bonjour sexy! D’Orsay High Heel in a suede colour block

This style of shoe is named after Count Alfred d’Orsay, a 19th Century gentleman about town and an artist friend of Lord Byron. The cut-out sides were introduced to accommodate wider feet but this style has been widely adopted in women’s footwear.  Made with a vamp that curves around closely to the foot, exposing the instep (ahem shoe porn). While we see this a lot in high heels, last season Jenni Kayne‘s version of the D’Orsay flat has made this one beloved look to watch!

She's a fan: Jessica Alba is often spotted wearing various colours of the JK D'Orsay flat. Jalouse.

She’s a fan: Jessica Alba is often spotted wearing various colours of the JK D’Orsay flat. Jalouse.

I'm partial to the texture of these Jeffrey Campbell In Love Flats

I’m partial to the texture of these Jeffrey Campbell In Love Flats

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May 3, 2014   No Comments

Christian Louboutin @ The Design Exchange

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The Paris-based shoe designer Christian Louboutin and his iconic shoe, known for its red sole

Funny how when I am travelling abroad, I make it a point to see interesting exhibits, visit every museum and immerse myself in local culture.  But at home, I am less inclined to do the same.  I am putting a stop to such madness.  Adding that to my summer TO DO list!

Recently, I had a beautiful al fresco brunch at Origin (107 King St. East).  Try the refreshing lychee mojito – ahem, you can ask them to de-virginize it.  Afterwards, we took a leisurely stroll to Bay Street to catch the Christian Louboutin exhibit (The Design Exchange from June 21st – September 15th, 2013).  Complimentary with your admission is a year-long subscription to Flare.

Here’s an excerpt of what it’s all about…

“Curated by The Design Museum London in conjunction with Christian Louboutin, this exhibition presents iconic French shoe designer Christian Louboutin, celebrating a career that has pushed the boundaries of high fashion shoe design. This exhibition celebrates Louboutin’s twenty years of designs and inspiration, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe design from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejeweled pumps. It is a magical journey of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance.” – DSX website

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Take a break and watch a few short films on Louboutin’s creative process

SPOILER ALERT… some of my highlights. But these images do not do the shoes justice or the interactivity of the exhibit.  You reallyx3 must check it out for yourself.  You promise me?

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Inside the designer’s studio: a smorgasbord of inspiration including Miss Piggy’s glitter platforms

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Let them eat cake: Inspired by Marie Antoinette

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Ruffles! The perfect flamenco shoe in a buttery satin.

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August 10, 2013   No Comments

Rolling In Sequins

Serena loves sequins day and night. Are you watching season 6 of Gossip Girl?

It’s that time of the year again — party time!  Ooh, I am a naughty blogeress.  I blame my blogging blackout on my overstuffed social calendar.  I am quite partial, fond, obsessed with clothing that looks as though I accidentally got slimed on You Can’t Do That On Television, but in lieu of green slime, insert Elmer’s Glue, lost my footing and fell into a giant vat of sequins.  You gotta love a fashionistah for commitment. 

Tell someone your sequins are inspired by Daisy Buchanan as interpreted by Baz Luhrman. Channel Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby. All great outfits should have a back story. Trust.

Let’s not be so predictable this party season with the same old, same old.  Here are some sartorial sequin selections to get the DJ to play your requests, the effects guy to point the spotlight in your direction and kick off the social season.

Ombre sequins – A golden sequin lightly brushed with dye which gives an allover Monet effect.  That, or sequins strategically positionned to give off a gradient ombre (light to dark) appearance. 

I enjoy how the nude and canary yellow of this Alice + Olivia Camille Sequin Dress is understated (well, as understated as sequins go).

Two sided sequins – When you brush your hand in one direction, the sequins are black.  When you brush them in the opposite direction, the sequins are silver.  If someone lays a hand on your assets, proof of SCANDAL!  

Paillettes – Not for the fashionistah wallflower, paillettes are a larger circle sequin typically 1/2″ or bigger in diameter.  The effect is very retro meets giant scale fish.  Makes me want to wear extra thick liquid eyeliner and tease my hair into a giant beehive.

Go big, or go home: Juicy Couture jumbo paillettes. Seriously!

Save The Best For Last – You tell it Whitney!  Are you just happy to see me or are those sequin shoes on your feet.  I bet if sequins were around back then, Cinderella would have sequin stilettos.  I think this is a fun contrast if you are wearing a cocktail dress in a solid bold hue or a flamboyant LBD (little black dress).

Black or Silver? BCBG Two Tone Sequin Pump is a great conversation starter

I'm adoring Ella Henderson from XFactor UK with her winged out eyeliner, 1930's style and classic beauty. Oh and her voice at 16 is ah-mazing.

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November 25, 2012   No Comments

Warm Up With Summer Sandals And Espadrilles

‘Tis a depressing day outside.  But alas, as a cup half full optimist, I foresee the rain giving bloom to a brilliant spring garden.  Even though it’s frigid outside, I still make the effort to keep up a bright pedicure.  The lady at the salon commented on my frequent visits:  “Are you going away?  Do you have a party?”  The answer to which is no and no but if I ever need to remove my socks to try on shoes, you will be enamoured with my China Glaze Ruby Red Slipper toes.  She said most women only come in the warm weather.  Um, Lame-town!  (recently developped cousin of Crazytown

Well, my dearies, I am about to change all that with my Summer preview –  The LC’s Guide to the BEST sandals and espadrilles.

Belle by Sigerson Morrison. Mmm, I've always loved braided things and gilded gladiator too.

Stop Traffic Red: Have women want to murder you for your Dolce Vita Jade Wedges much? An orangey-fire engine red hottt against your tanned stems.

Kick it to the curb: I mean, Sam Edelman Caged Wedge Bootie. Ba-na-nas!

A daring modern take on espadrille: Bettye Muller Caprice wedge, colourful prints on scarves that wrap around your ankles. Magic!

Obviously, you will be wearing Texas OPI on your toesies. I already love 'Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em' & 'Big Hair, Big Nails.' Gingers are cute. I really x 3 like this picture.

Rachel Zoe loves a good laser-cut wedge. Digging her cream boho pregnancy style. Image courtesy Coco Perez

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March 5, 2011   1 Comment

Calling All Fairy Godmothers: Strappy Sandals, Glitzy Stilettos and Satin Peeptoes Needed!

A charity very near and dear to my heart is The Corsage Project. With the generous support of corporate donors, countless volunteers and The Children’s Aid Foundation, we are able to help young women unable to afford the expense of prom celebrate the milestone of graduation in style. 
 
Over the past 11 years, The Corsage Project has outfitted more than  2,000 young women, putting them on equal footing with their peers, and offering them a day to feel pampered and beautiful while they choose a prom dress and accessories for free.
 
This year we are looking for your help collecting donations of new formal shoes. Securing an adequate number of new formal shoes has always been difficult, so this year we are issuing a challenge to women across Toronto – help us collect 500 pairs of formal shoes before April 10. New shoe donations can be dropped off at the Children’s Aid Foundation at 25 Spadina Road, Toronto. This will help ensure that every Corsage Girl can put together the perfect outfit.
 
 Follow The Corsage Project on Twitter and Facebook! Interested in becoming a volunteer?  Please visit www.corsageproject.ca
 
Did you know?

* The average cost of attending a high school prom is more than $500!

* Hundreds of young women across Toronto won’t attend their graduation formal this year because they simply can’t afford to. 

*These students often balance school and part-time jobs to help make ends meet.  For them, attending prom is out of the question.
*The Corsage Project was started in 1999 because we believe that no one should be denied the opportunity to celebrate the important milestone of high school graduation.
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February 18, 2011   No Comments

Indulgences And Other Little Luxuries

Have you ever gone into a fancy specialty boutique to kill time?  Your intention was to peruse.  A simple see-see, no touch.  But after multiple ooh’s and ahhh’s, a few heart pitter-patters later, you found yourself arms loaded with miscellaneous trinkets and eye candy.  This is the Achilles heel of every shopaholic I know.  Fret not, I am ‘that girl.’  And just so we’re clear, I must confess hotel giftshops and trendy boutiques are my Kryptonite.

Gratuitous Chuck Bass. Still sexy when he's aggravated and flaring his nostrils. More of this in 2011.

In an attempt to reform feng-shui my own deviant shopaholic shame spiral ways, I have made a pact with the tiny devil reclining on my left shoulder.  Indulgences such as these should be given as birthday gifts to friends.  How many cocktail rings can a girl own?  I only have ten digits and you know how I feel about pinkie rings.  They’re for Chuck Bass only.  Plus, the same excitement I feel when I find a tiny treasure will be replicated upon gifting the receiver.  Mmmm, selfish yet unselfish.   

On to sparkly things that caught my fancy…

Call me crazy but I'm loving this Wool Topper Hat. When people ask how it stays affixed on your head you can reply in a fake British accent: "It's magic. Isn't it maaaad?"

Deep thought: Teaching friends to save up for new shoes is so much more fun than saving up for a rainy day.

Macaron iPhone case from Plia Designs, proving yet again that macarons are the new cupcake. Um, bakeries are so 2008. It's boulangerie in 2011.

Venetian Blackberry case made by Plia Designs. It's so hard to find a stylish one. (Covering angel's ears) I would maybe keep this.

A Coffee table book for a Kate Moss enthusiast.

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January 6, 2011   No Comments