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Cool, Light, & Throwbacks

I am a child of the 80’s. A kid who grew up latchkey and dreaming.  I grew up on PBS educational shows, afternoon cartoons, fruits and butter sugar sandwiches.

I looked forward to Jem and the Holograms. The music made me want to sing, the fashion made me want to draw. I finally saw the updated Hollywood take on a childhood favorite. I was disappointed because it was not what I was accustomed to but I get it. My version of Jem was full of adventure, fashion, and it was not so much the fame that made me interested, it was her character, her true self, and most of all, the shows talked about charity, family, and belief is self. The movie had all of that but I was taken a back by the update.  The movie needed more time, more character development and to stay true to its 80’s roots. For me,  Jem was epic, it was a story that allowed dreams to flourish— colored hair, fashion, and changing the world. That was Jem, for my childhood self, she was inspiring.

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Speaking of fashion, I have been shopping my closet and building my basics capsule. I found this light knit sweater dress from my closet clean out last week and thought that it was perfect to pair with an open front light summer cardigan.  I like knit dresses for easy dressy mornings.

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I paired it with some espadrilles I picked up years ago from Diesel. I love how the raffia is brought all the way to the ankle of the sandal. It’s a great mix of leather and raffia. I added a pop of color with some gradient tassle earrings which I’m currently obssessing over.

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Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Elle

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DRESS forever21 (old)
CARDIGAN  old navy
SANDALS diesel (old)
EARRINGS forever 21

 

Simplifying

 

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It’s June of 2018 and I have not posted on my blog for about half a year. Before that it seemed that I gave up posting outfits entirely.  My Instagram is a little bit more active but still very sporadic.

How does one explain changes in life and perspective? I have always loved fashion and loved the ability to put together outfits. It’s been two years since I really started to look into capsule wardrobes. I’m not new to them. I used capsule wardrobes a lot when I traveled in the past but honestly, I have been feeling  drawn to the idea of a much simpler wardrobe. The question is: Where do I begin? I love the pieces I purchase and I loved color, textures and prints. How does one create a capsule that really fits their personality? These are the questions that I have been reflecting on and perhaps this is the essential starting point.

Besides reflecting on capsule wardrobes, my shopping habits have changed in the past couple of years.  I shopped less and I try to wear what’s in my closet. Budgeting became important with getting married, getting an apartment and going back to school, so it was one of the most essential components of my process. Additionally, I am truly bothered with the idea of consumption and the impacts of fast fashion around the world. I shop less now because of it and I really think about my purchases a lot more than I use to. I believe every little bit counts. For two years, I have taught students in my classroom about the impact of fashion on their environment, on people, and on their lives. I needed to live the example and be the role model when it comes to how I interact with fashion.

It seems like a lot to think about but in all honesty, I have been thinking about these a lot for a very long time. But thinking about something and actually doing something about it are two different things. If I am going to change anything, actions have a far greater impact than just speaking about it.  It’s time to make these actions real.

As a result, my blog is transforming with these goals in mind.

NEW GOALS FOR THIS BLOG:

  1.  Style Diary: This blog has been my style diary. I hope to posts more frequently showing a personal style that reflects me right now.
  2.  Shop less, Style more:  I have always loved styling and putting pieces together. I love the thought process behind my outfits. I hope to share that with you.
  3.  Fashion History and Influence  I have a passion of history and would like to incorporate that into writing this blog.
  4. Environmentally Conscious and Sustainable. I am continually striving to do this.

 

Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Michelle

2017 Shoe Additions

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Hey Everyone,

This year’s Shoe Collections Additions were well thought out and curated. As you all know, at the beginning of this year, I decided to stop shopping for clothes and to be mindful of what I purchase in the clothing department. With that said, in this year’s shoe shopping, I tried to stick with as many wishlist items for this year and past years as possible.   As a result, this year, I did not purchase any shoes that I did not feel was well made, I kept to my wish list for the most part, and I was good with sticking to my rule of never paying for price for shoes.  I will show you the shoes in order of purchase.

 

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Alexander Wang Studded Antonias in Clay and Black [EU 35]

I’ve been wanting this pair for years. It is one of Alexander Wang’s simplest styles and with the studded detail, they have a bit of edge and modern take on a simple sandal. This shoe was one my wish list a few years ago.

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Balenciaga Glove Sandal in White [EU 35]

I’ve been loving these shoes since 2013 and when Alexander Wang announced that he was leaving as Creative Director of the fashion house, I knew that this style would be harder and harder to find. I initially wanted a red or a black shoe but the color combinations were quick to sell out. In March, when I went into the boutique one of the Sales Associates told me that this style was going to be discontinued. Initially, I put the Aqua blue version on hold when it went on sale at the boutique and completely missed out on the pair because it quickly sold out. In May, while perusing MyTheresa.com, I found a white version in 35’s. It was not black or red but it is still a great color that I’ll be able to match with many  different pieces in my closet.

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Christian Louboutin Madame Menodo in Multi Color Print [EU 34.5]

I tried this pair on last year when it first came out in this color way. I tried it on a whim while talking to my Sales Associate at Neiman’s. It was just a fun day trying on shoes and I was not really thinking that I would like the pair. When I tried it on I instantly fell in love with the uniqueness of the pair and the details of the shoe. It is definitely a conversation starter and a stand out pair. I waited until the price of the shoe dropped to a reasonable price in Last Call before pulling the trigger.

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Sophia Webster Calico in Nude [EU 35]

I am a new fan of Sophia Webster shoes. Her designs are very avande garde and have a lot of personality. While other styles may not be for me, the Calico shoe is very reminiscent of my love for nature inspired shoes with its leather sculpted flowers. I love the dainty look of this shoe and its perfect for Spring, Summer, and weddings. I opted for a more neutral color for versatility and seasonal staying power.

 

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Valentino Rockstud Ballet Flats in Pink and Nude Trim [EU 35]

I have been a big fan of the Valentino Rockstud family for years. I know they come in different colors depending on the season. I found these new ballet flats in the ending of September and the beginning of October. The mauve color was closer to a neutral and the patent leather was said to be more durable than the matte leather versions. The shoe is still a little stiff and I realized that Valentinos run big to size. These 35’s fit more like a 35.5. I suggest sizing down for this particular style just because they run bigger and the toe box area is wider than normal. I have a quick fix for that and I’ll share it with you in an upcoming post.

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Chloe Kingsley Leather platform Sandal in Bordeaux [EU 35]

I have admired Chloe shoes for years but have never owned a pair of tried on a pair until I saw these Kingsley Leather Platforms. They are extremely comfortable and light. I also absolutely adore the bordeaux color of the pair.

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Saint Laurent Patent Leather Tribute Sandals in Cream [EU 34]

I must have tried on these shoes multiple times in the past five years and it has been on my wish list for the past six years. Because of my size and its popularity, it has been difficult for me to get this shoe. I wanted it in black, nude, or a textured color. When I saw these in pristine condition on TheRealReal.com for a very reasonable price within my price point, I decided to get it. I was thoroughly surprised by the preloved quality of this pair of shoes. The patent leather was still taut and not stretched out, the shoe was already resoled. After inspecting the shoe, there were no scuffs of marks. The emblem of the shoe was not rubbed off in the insole.

 

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post. What were some of your 2017 shoe additions. Let me know if in the comments below.

 

XOXO,

Michelle

 

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Unboxing Favorite Finds and YouTube

A few weeks ago… I decided to attempt a YouTube video unboxing and sharing a few of my favorite finds this month. Enjoy this and let me know what you think.

Take a view and let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Michelle

Secrets to Shopping for Christian Louboutin and Other Luxury Shoes

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I guess it’s about time I share my methods in acquiring the shoes that I have in my shoe collection. I’ve been an avid shoe collector since high school and I’m going to be candid with you about the things that I have learn throughout the years. I am one of those people that never shop outside of my means. Let’s keep this real, I do not make a ton of money to blog, the reality is this blog has been a work in progress and the market is flooded with people who have their own style and want to share it with the world. I have a REAL career and I have an affinity to wearing expensive shoes.  I know that this blog is called A Pair of Shoes for Everyday. I have a lot of shoes but I do not have a pair for every day of the year nor do I have room for them. The blog name alludes to the fact that I have pairs of shoes that are used a lot in my wardrobe and therefore they are worth the investment I put into them.

So how exactly do I go about purchasing these shoes. I make a shoe list of my favorite shoes styles on the runway that season. Next, I go through my shoe wardrobe first to find shoes that I already fit current trends.  I look for styles that will last a few seasons, have very classic silhouettes and fit my personal style for example spikes and industrial details.

I  visit stores and boutiques that carry the shoes that are on my wish list. I try on a few styles, checking for fit, noting the pitch, and the comfort of the shoe. This is important because you have to be relatively comfortable in the shoes that you are in. Some pairs of shoes no matter how sexy or gorgeous they maybe on other people may not be the pair for you.  Then the waiting game begins.

Shoe seasons are quarterly and shoe sales are bi-annual. Sales tend to be from June to August and from November to December. It’s important to get to know associates at the boutiques in your area and establish a rapport with them. These associates will give you a heads up on what styles will go on sale at the end of the season and when special events happen in store. Retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and other luxury retail stores have the tendency to have sales during this time. And stores tend to drop prices the later you go, always fight the need to purchase at the beginning of the sale as prices drop often. If you wait long enough and if the shoe is still there, prices will drop to a price point that is easier on the pocketbook. I have found several pairs of shoes what went well over a $1000 and bought them for a fifth of that price but you have to be willing to wait it out.

Sometimes, I check online discount websites: The Outnet, Barney’s Warehouse, Off Saks 5th Avenue, etc. I also scour Ebay and consignment shops (The Real Real, Yoogi’s Closet, etc.)  on the styles that I would like to add to my collection. Always ask the seller questions and read up on the shoe brands and authenticity. There are great people out there who have created resources that you can use to figure out authenticity or ask about authenticity. I personally use the Purse Blog Purse Forum . When in doubt always find a second opinion, there are authentication places out there that can help you authenticate a shoe for a small fee. The great thing about shopping with consignment shops, they have an authenticity expert in house that check the items they sell.  silklace4a

On top of researching and doing some ground work, I also have a separate account for shoe purchases. The real goal is to get the shoe you want for a price that is reasonable for your budget. I always set a price point for shoes that I want to purchase. Truthfully,  I’ve have only bought one pair of designer shoes full price and they were for my wedding day. I do not shop for shoes impulsively, it’s too big of an investment and designer shoes will always go on sale or can always be found for less than market value if your are willing to wait.

Thanks so much for making it through this long blog post. I wanted to make sure I gave you enough tips on how to shop for luxury shoes. If you have any questions or additional tips please feel free to comment and let me know.

XOXO,

Michelle

 

 

 

 

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