A Pair of Shoes For Everyday

A Hawaii Style and Fashion Blog

Shoe Tips: Learning Your Shoe Anatomy

We’re examining shoes today. We often go through life not knowing the one outfit accessory that covers our feet, the foundation of our outfits. Today, we are going to take a closer look at shoes.

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Shoes can be divided into two major areas: the upper, the part that covers the foot and the outsole or outersole, the section that touches the ground (As seen in the figure below.)

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Most shoes have similar parts depending on the style. The upper part of the shoe consist of two sections, the vamp which is the section of the shoe that covers the front of the foot and extends to the middle of the shoe. Within the vamp area is the toe cap, the area nearest the tip of the shoe and the throat, the area of the shoe before the toe cap.  The quarter is the back portion of the upper, it covers the back of the shoe and extends to the middle of the upper meeting the vamp. The top edge of the shoe is called a topline. At the heel of the upper is the counter, it is usually a firm piece that strengthens the heel area of the shoe and helps it to maintain its shape.

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Where the upper and the outsole meet at the heel is called a seat. This is often more prominent in high heeled shoes. It is where your heel rests. The heel is the part of the shoe that raises the heel. The part of the heel that faces forward is called the heel breast and is located opposite the arch, curvature of the sole. The bottom of the heel is often called a top heel or top piece, most people know it as a heel tip or heel head. This is the piece of the heel that comes in contact with the ground. The pitch, is the height of the heel and often helps to determine the comfort level and walkability of a pair of high heels.

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The sole of the shoe is the area between the upper and the outsole. It consists of the waist which has two parts the in-step the front of the sole and the arch  which is supported by the shank which is a piece of metal that helps to support the middle area of the shoe.Outsole

In the inside of the shoe is the shoe lining which covers all of the vamp and the quarter of the shoe. It helps to create comfort as well as increase the durability of the shoe. Insole or the sock of the shoe is the layer that covers the sole of the shoe and often hides extra padding and provides added comfort while hiding the sole of the shoe. Also in the inside of the shoe under the vamp is the toe box.

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By knowing all the components of the shoe, it will help you understand how to shop for shoes as well as converse with your cobbler. I hope you learned a lot about your shoes and let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

Off The Shoulder

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Summer days calls for lots of breathable cotton and off the shoulder tops. I’ve been spending some time just enjoying the outdoors and breathing in fresh air and enjoying summer flower in bloom.

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I paired this blue pin striped off the shoulder top with a comfortable pair of jeans and some neutral accessories.

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Thanks and  take care.

XOXO,

Elle

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SUNGLASSES cole haan
TOP zara
BOTTOM Old Navy
SHOES dr scholl’s
BAG tribeca
LIPS colourpop

Summer Plaid

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For the summer, I like to brighten up the wardrobe color palette with oranges and brighter blue hues.  I love the way they play together on this plaid top. I’ve been playing with pieces from my closet recently, trying to figure out the best way to wear them with various combinations.

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I’ve also been loving this Eartha Bag from Zac Posen. It’s been my bag of choice as of late with enough room for everything I need.

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Thanks again for reading. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

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TOP zara
BOTTOM Eden in Love
SHOES christian louboutin
BAG zac posen
MAKEUP colourpop cosmetics

Encapsulate: Starting Out

 

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The picture above is about 6 months old. A lot can happen in six months. It feels like life happened in fast forward. A new adventure started, so many goals came into fruition, new perspectives and a lot of changes. I’ll be sharing some of them with you in the next couple of posts.

While life was happening, my wardrobe for the past six months can be described as simplified. I’m so use to working with a closet full of clothes and I’m finding myself working with the few clothes I packed for the big move. No, I’m not  going anywhere different, just a few life changes, a new chapter and  a new apartment with very little space.

Space is definitely an issue, especially in Hawaii. It’s a small island with limited space and not a whole lot of room for houses and apartments. This got me thinking about Capsule Wardrobes and their utilitarian minimalism. I’ve been drawn to them lately and Pinterest is helping me figure it out somehow. I like the idea that less means more style.

It is said that the average women’s wardrobe about a hundred years ago consisted of about 35 pieces, 35 quality investment pieces. The advent of mass production and cheaper materials led to changes in our access to clothing and our wardrobes became larger and more cluttered. We live in such a surplus world that we never really think we can do so much with so little.  Surprisingly, I thought that 35 pieces was such a small amount until I started to see what I could do with it. It is simple math really, it’s something we learned in grade school, it’s all about combinations and permutations.

The French know it as the 5 piece wardrobe,  we call it the Capsule Wardrobe, some people want the feeling of a simplified life, others want to declutter and reorganize, while others want it to be packable for a journey.  Whatever the reason, it’s definitely something to consider.

Everyone is going to have their own reason. I’ve been intrigued by the idea for a long time, but the most important thing is to begin somewhere. Caroline from Un-Fancy did it in 2014.  I don’t want to re-invent the wheel so just click on the link above and you can check out her blog. Other bloggers have done it or are doing it. I’m not jumping on the bandwagon. I’m here just to share my story and my journey. I hope you join me.

So where do you begin exactly? First things first, don’t feel like you have to go through your whole closet and start donating everything you own. It’s not feasible, this is  a process that you just can’t jump into and go cold turkey, your just trying to live a clutter-free life filled with style so take your time and work through the process.

I CHALLENGE YOU to take this journey with me. Try it out and see where we all end up. We all need support groups and friends to help us along the way, why not do it together and create a space to share. I just want for you and me to help each other learn how to work with our wardrobes and live a stylish clutter free life.

I’ve starting this blog feature to hear from you and to share ideas as we go through this process.  I hope you join me in this journey.

XOXO,

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TOP forever 21
BOTTOM forever 21
SHOES christian louboutin
JEWELRY jcrew

Shoe Tips: Adding Buckle Holes

Hey Everyone,

After several conversations with friends, I decided do a feature on my blog about how to take care of your shoes and sandals. It is actually inspired by my friends Melissa and Balbino while we were doing the photoshoot back in March.  The conversation was about shoes and shoe care and with their encouragement, I’ve been in the process of developing this new feature on my blog.

Let’s start with something simple like adding buckle holes to sandals, belts, and bags. Being petite, sometimes regular sizing does not work with my measurements.  As a kid, I would get my dad to punch holes into my sandals, shoes, and belts so that they would fit. My dad usually used a awl but the finish was never as clean as the rest of the holes on my sandals or belts. In college, while walking around the craft store I found a leather hole punch.

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It was a godsend. One, it made punching extra holes in leather so much more easier. Two, the finish was much more neater than an awl.

Below is a tutorial on how to add buckle holes. I purchased these sandals from Asos about a month ago. I really loved their single strap construction but when I tried it on, the ankle strap was a little loose. It needed a simple fix, so I’m using them to show you up to add buckle holes on belts and straps.

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SANDALS asos finlay or a belt
a leather hole punch
Pencil
Measuring Tape

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First measure the space between two holes on your sandal strap or your belt. For this sandal the space between holes is half a centimeter.

Place the measuring tape on the last existing hole and measure out the space for the next hole using the measurement taken earlier.

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Mark the measurement with a pencil.

adjustSet the leather punch to the size of the hole needed to make the hole.

leatherpunchPlace the leather punch on the pencil mark on the strap. Make sure that  it is aligned with the rest of the holes on the strap.

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And Voila! Extra buckle holes with a nice finish.

Hope this was helpful. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

Lace, Satin, and Mohawks

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Hello All,

Hope you are doing great. This is a bit of  a late post, I’ve been sporting a purple mohawk. I needed a break from my long locks and decided it was time for something new. I’ve been meaning to get a mohawk for a year now and I decided to finally take the plunge. It’s definitely a lot more breezier and easier to manage.

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Played with some old pieces in my closet to get that lingerie inspired look that’s trendy this spring. I layered a light mocha satin camisole under a lace shell. I really like the results of the pairing.

What trends are you trying out this Spring? Let me know.

Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Elle

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TOP guess
BOTTOM gap
SHOES kate spade
HAT wish

 

 

 

Spring Flowers

 

Hello all,

Spring is in full swing, sun and showers and everything in between. I love to just chill under the canopy of big trees on a picnic day at the park. This was a nice day to sit by the pond and watch the ducks. It’s nice to be near nature.

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I found this dress as a local boutique. I instantly fell in love with the print. It’s made from upcycled vintage materials. I’d loved to pair this someday with a big floppy hat and some cute strappy sandals but for now it’s great for sitting out in the sun.

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Thanks again for reading. I hope you have a great weekend.

XOXO,

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Birthday Wishes: Polka Dots and Pencil Skirts

Hello Everyone,

Another year older and another year wiser. I’ve learn so much about life and fashion in the past year and I hope that I can continue to share this journey with you.

This is the third installment of the collaboration with Vivid Foto.  This particular set is my favorite, it reminds me of old Hollywood Glamour and that true style, never goes out of style, we just update it often.

 

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Thanks again for reading, and here’s to more amazing years of style with you.

XOXO,

Michelle

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TOP forever 21
BOTTOM old navy
SHOES christian louboutin
NECKLACE pearls
BRACELETS j crew
NAILS by  manoa nail salon

Photography Balbino and Melissa Canoy from Vivid Fotos

Victorian Elements

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Hello All,

I’m restyling old pieces that I found in my closet this past weekend. Every season before I go to purchase any must have styles, I peruse my closet to see what I already have that work with this season’s trends. I found this chiffon piece that I bought a while back. It has the puffy sleeves, ruffles and the ribbon tie closing at the neck, elements of the Victorian trend that was found on the runway for Spring season. I also found a mermaid skirt that reflects  early and late Victorian skirts styles. I kept  the colors dark in this outfit and I played with cloth textures and weaves.

Thanks for reading.

XOXO,

Elle

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TOP papaya clothing (old)
BOTTOM forever 21 (old)
SHOES  christian louboutin (old)
PEARLS flea market find

 

Classic Elegance: Vintage Finds

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Hello All,

Hope you are having a great day. I’ve always had a love for vintage clothing;  the structure, the fabric and the details on vintage pieces are not often found in pieces today. Last summer, I popped into Barrio Vintage to browse their amazing collection of vintage pieces. I stumbled about this gorgeous vintage high low skirt made of taffeta with flock. I could not pass up such an amazing find.

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It is perfect for dressier events. In honesty, I bought the skirt mainly for the beautiful fabric.

I paired the skirt with a bustier top that I thrifted a couple of years back. The pairing looked so amazing together. The perfect outfit for a formal or a ball.

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Thanks agains for reading. Let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

TOP bcbgmaxazria (thrifted)
SKIRT vintage find at barrio vintage
SHOES christian louboutin
NECKLACE tj maxx find

Photography by Balbino and Melissa from VIVIDFoto

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