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Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Perfect Black Pumps

"[Nervous on TV] You can never have enough hats, gloves, and shoes"--Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous

My plan for this winter is to concentrate primarily on buying wardrobe investment pieces. The items that take the most wear and tear (and simultaneously distinguish your look the most) are coats, bags, and shoes. Any fashionista will tell you: scrimp on small items, spend on the big ones!

First on my list are a pair of sturdy, sharp, sexy black pumps to wear to work, events, what have you. In life, image is half the battle. People's perceptions hinge on what you're wearing. And sophisicated, savvy ladies wear sophisticated shoes.

I woke up one night at 2am (as I always do--am I the only one who repeatedly falls asleep at 11pm then wakes up with a full face of makeup on, TV blaring, every light on?) Am I the only one? Anyway to my relief Oprah was on TV instead of another infomercial...She had the woman from Jimmy Choo on discussing shoes, etc. Call it propaganda but that lady made me want to own a pair of her shoes. So I decided to investigate.

I went to Saks Fifth Avenue today and tried this pair on:

Yes, they're as sexy as they look. I'm normally a size 9 1/2, 10. Mr. Jimmy Choo must live in the land of elves because a 10 wouldn't fit me. I take a size 11 or 41 in those. At $455 I could definitely buy a few pairs of shoes (and a new wardrobe) not to mention pay a chunk of my rent...but I'm talking an investment here. No more scuffs. Hopefully fewer heel replacements. I mean, I wore a pair of Nine Wests in the airport after having them for eight months and the heel fell out. Just fell out. That ain't right.

Back to Saks.

I also tried these stunners by Christian Louboutin on:

These were also comfortable. I took a size 11 in these as well, but at $510, Mr. Louboutin might have some 'xplainin to do.

Also while searching the web, I came across these lovelies at one of my absolute favorite websites and stores, J.Crew.

Now tell me these don't look just like the Jimmy Choo's?!?!? And at $150, I could very well get 3 pairs of these in every color for the price of one pair of Choos.

My question of today is: What is the difference between the $455 shoe and the $158??? Aren't they all just basic pumps?

I talked to an accessories editor friend of mine about this. She said that the difference would mainly be comfort as well as quality. She recommended I check out Cole Haan because they seem to marry fashion, comfort, and quality. Cole Haan's prices are sort of high, but not ridiculous.

This is the closest I could find to 'cute' in Cole Haan's new collection:

At $175 they're an ok price (relatively speaking!)...and I'm sure the Nike cushion would make them comfortable. But these don't look as slick as Jimmy Choo. Sorry!

Anyway the search continues....

Now that I know how Jimmy Choo and Christians run...I plan on haunting ebay to see if my dream pair appears for less than retail. We'll see what I find!


Tuesday, August 29, 2006


" A girl should be two things: Classy and Fabulous" -- Coco Chanel

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my humble, humble blog.

Just to let you know a little about me:

I'm a twenty-something year old in a city and an industry where fabulosity is EXTREMELY important. I love to write (ask my friends who receive my e-mail novellas everday), hang out with my buddies, and...SHOP! I'm absolutely, positively addicted. I'm the type of person who'd rather have a cute dress than a balanced meal, would rather spend a Saturday in Soho stores than sunning, and would take shoes over security. When people are carrying shopping bags full of clothes, all I want to do is ask them 'What'd you buy???' I get excited over fashion magazines like Lucky (just clothes, no talkie), and watch TLC's 'What Not To Wear' religiously (and have written TLC letters many times asking to have reruns during the week, not just Friday nights!). Anyway, I've always been a connoisseur of fashion if I may opine...since the days of my plaid skirt suits, knee highs, and Mary Janes in Junior High to Satin Tops and Bootcut Jeans in High School. I'm also big into designer brands. Why? For the most part, designer brands deliver high quality, durability, and tailored fits.

So many magazines, websites, and catalogues feature items that are beyond the price range of the average working woman. There are tons of stores (brick and mortar and online) that have one of a kind, designer pieces at low prices! You just have to find them!

I'll try to do a little of the legwork for you. Come along with me as I search for bargain cute pieces, investment items, and everything in between!