Sunday, March 30, 2014

Shoe Shew

It’s not my intent to enable. But if any of you are in *need* of a pair of ankle boots, ballet flats, espadrilles, flip flops, high tops, low tops, moccasins or mules, pumps, sandals or slippers, may I recommend where I’ll likely buy all my shoes for the rest of my life: yoox.com. It’s an Italian online shopping site with offices and operations in the United States, Europe, Japan, China and Hong Kong. yoox.com ships to 100+ countries and offers free shipping on orders of $150+.  

DODO' LE PARISIENNE
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
In addition to fashion, yoox offers home furnishings/accessories, gifts and art but I’m stuck on the shoes. It’s a little sad to expose my shallow soul as almost every pair of shoes I’ve received from the splendid source has made me deliriously happy (such as the purple brogues above or the four pairs below).  
INK
now sold out, sorry!
HUNTER
now sold out, sorry!
GIORGIO ARMANI
now sold out, sorry!
DANIELE ANCARANI
now sold out, sorry!
Most are Italian of delicious leather and lovely workmanship. I haven’t returned much and from a couple experiences, I’d vouch that “returns are fast and easy and customer care is best-in-class.” Though you only have 20 days to make your returns so you can't dither for too long.
PRETTY NANÃ
these are fun

MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA 22
these are weird

JOHN BAKERY
DUCCIO VENTURI BOTTIER

PATRIZIA PEPE
now in size 8 only but only $69 before the discount!
From now until March 31, you get another 10% off on fashion (and that means shoes too!) by using WINTERSPRING10 in the yooxcode box when checking out. Plus, ebates is offering 9% right now for yoox.com!  
MARC JACOBS
I think I can understand how Imelda ended up with all her shoes.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Marching Forth

I've always thought March Fourth a commanding day: Go forth ... and step to it! So it seemed a good day to make a return to blogland after an unintentional break (let's just say the trail took a bad turn and let's just say it didn't make for a good look lol).

Though not the Shrimp Creole/Pork Chop Tchoupitoulas/Bread Pudding Soufflé with Whiskey Sauce
I had at Commander's Palace more than two decades ago, it's today's colorful lunch. Yummy.
It's also Mardi Gras, a day for celebration a day for a people party a day for purple so why not a post? (And I'm not masquerading to keep you in the dark about why I've been MIA, I'm only protecting the worry stones of someone very dear. It'd serve no positive purpose for him to know. Even if things turned out OK.)
Getting back to purple, and posts.

These are full brogues aka wingtips. They are pretty perfect.
One could easily post on what makes perfect shoes or why brogues are brogues
and what makes them full, semi, quarter or longwing ...
It was cool enough today to wear a sweater, so a purple one was in order (the colors are more intense IRL). I love the pattern and it's of good cashmere. {sigh I know I am so very very ovdue on that cashmere exposé I've promised, yet another post to come} It's way oversized as this is XXS, think it's an intended look. {another post idea: what is TTS?} I liked it and the look is better IRL even if I couldn't get a good OOTD selfie.
If the reverse side of a sweater looks anything like the above, be very gentle when pulling it on or off. Especially if over a shirt and for heaven's sake don't be wearing rings or bracelets while doing so. The yarns can easily catch on a button or a piece of jewelry and break if you continue the process. Speaking from experience.

Speaking of experience, 100% attention 100% of the time when driving (dad was is right, don't take anything for granted).
 
Give me another P ... some patience. It will take a little time to catch up with all of you. I've missed you, my friends.

Friday, January 10, 2014

If It Ain't Baroque

Don't fix it. So we repeated having dinner here.
A quiet moment here before the theater.
And once again it was a wonderful evening.
Notice all the curls and swirls at every stop?
http://www.beautyandthebeastontour.com/
Except for Gaston, who'd be obnoxious IRL but hilarious in the show. Well ... maybe his rippling biceps fit the theme too.
There were quite a few dressed as Belle in the audience.
But I wore my trousers in fabric fit for lavish drapes or upholstery.
And though we gave a standing ovation, we were suprised the cast didn't appear for a curtain call (slaps knee for Gigi).
 
So how goes it, has the first week of 2014 been a beauty or a beast?

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry (and Warm) Christmas

From my most recent business trip ... the hotel's charming greeting.
Pretty and festive by the elevators.
Not during the most recent but from the February visit with my dad.
I thought it a lovely image for Christmas time.
A snow surprise made pretty of his leafless tree.
That was then and I dreamt of this ...
http://atrailofsequins.blogspot.com/2013/01/critter-transmitter.html
Or this ...
http://atrailofsequins.blogspot.com/2012/12/merry-christmas.html
Or this ...
http://atrailofsequins.blogspot.com/2012/01/irl-update-cafe-capri-in-wool-plaid.html
Or even this for today.
http://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/sleepwear/PRDOVR~29246/29246.jsp
But it was hot.
It felt much warmer than what the temperatures said.
So this is what I wore.
Nope I did not take a pic of me in jammies.
No chance for that visual to go viral.
 
I hope you all had a cozy and wonderful day with your loved ones.
Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I ♥ These

As I promised to show Jennifer, here's the face care kit I now happily pack when I travel. The kit could be my favorite purchase for cleaning/hydrating/moisturizing. Ever.
As you can see with the credit card size hotel room key for scale, the sample size products are tiny but I've already used them on several trips and I estimate them good for at least three more.
They smell good, they feel good, they make me feel like a princess. :)
Have you been watching The X Factor? Do you love Alex and Sierra? They're so talented and it's easy to fall in love with love watching the two perform. I'm rooting for them.
And it's really easy to fall in love with our weather ... 
look at the forecast for the next five days.
I wish I could share the warmth with folks like xoxo.
 
What would you love to share?


Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Dither

 With more couth I would've worn this outfit for Thanksgiving: 
the Collection café capri in antiqued floral, a cambridge crewneck from 2008 and the antique gold mary jane heels so wonderful I no longer pine for the spencer patent trimmed crackle metallic mary janes 
I think the antique floral print is rich and splendid. The fabric, 76% silk and 33% cotton, is quite substantial. It feels like two layers woven together. Could very well be since the reverse side barely shows any print show-through and has a different texture.
Highly recommended if you like crazy fancy pants.
Showing the shoes snapped up from Yoox but they are no more there.
Is it wrong to be in love with a pair of shoes?
 As threatened promised, here's what I wore for Thanksgiving:
This year's was a wonderful confluence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah that I was completely unaware of since I'd been buried in work.
But look what we saw as we're fixin' the candied yams.
Is this one of those signs Jody talked about?
What the weatherman tells us for today.
And what it looks like.
But I'll be planning and packing for a week-long trip to places where the weather is difficult for me to imagine.
This (washable? faux fur) is likely the foundation for my trip.
With apologies in advance to ruth, Naomi, Heidi and anyone else I will likely offend, I will likely wear this on travel days:
With any luck, I may see some ...
That's a surprise snow storm the last time I visited my dad. 
Spending time with him will be the very best part of my trip. :)
 
Stay safe and warm and don't let the stresses take over.
Let me know what you're up to and I'll try to keep up.
See y'all in about a week.