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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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2017 Shoe Wishlist

Hello All,

Sharing with you my 2017 Shoe Wishlist. Some of these are making it back from a few years ago and some are new pairs that I’d love to add to my shoe closet.  These styles have been mainstays in a few of these designer collections but I’ve been eyeing these for a while.

I’m completely in love with two pairs of shoes from Valentino, the Rockstud pumps and sandals. I love the elegant twist on the rock vibe. I’ve always loved spikes and I just love the juxtaposition of an elegant shoe with very masculine details.

I have two pairs of sandals on my wish list. The first is the Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals.  I love the minimalist look of this shoe. The second is the Saint Laurent’s Tribute. It’s been on my wish list for the longest time. I’ve tried both pairs a few times and have been in love with their comfort.

I’ve recently been into two pairs of Manolo Blahnik pumps, the ever so popular BB Pumps and the iconic Hangisi.  I’ve always loved pumps and both of these are classic styles that are collection worthy. It also helps that the Hangisi was popularized by Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe obsession.

Last but not the list is the Gucci Marmont . I love it’s its chunky heel and loafer look. It reminds me a lot of vintage shoes because of its classic cut.

Thank you again for reading. What on your shoe wish list?

XOXO,

Michelle

 

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The Skinnier Shoe Closet: Keeping, Returning, Expunging, and Donating

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One of my initials goals for this blog was to help me manage my ever growing collection of shoes. I started the collection when I was a teenager and it has since ballooned to a significant amount. In many ways the title and namesake of this blog was to celebrate my shoe collection. Initially, I thought about the name and what I really wanted to accomplish. I really deliberated on word usage and syntax before finalizing the name of the blog. If it was called A Pair of Shoes for Every Day, it meant that I had a pair of shoes for every day of the year which honestly I am glad I do not have. I chose to call the blog A Pair of Shoes for Everyday because I wanted to start to par down my collection to pairs of shoes that were wearable for everyday and for many occasions.

Last year, one of my major goals for myself was to par down my shoe collection and just keep the shoes that I love and cannot live without. I started with a large amount of footwear in the beginning of 2012. This number included flip flops, pumps, sneakers, boots and other footwear.  By the end of 2012, the collection got down to a manageable amount, the number did pendulum but nevertheless the amount was still a lot.

At the same time in 2012, I started to review my shoe collection and decided to expunge many of the pairs I no longer wore and no longer felt reflected my personal style. I started throwing away pairs of shoes that could not be saved by a cobbler.  I gave away new and barely worn shoes to friends that wanted them. In the next round of expunging, I set aside shoes that were resell-able. I donated several pairs of shoes at the locale Savers or for pick up by locale charitable organizations as well as posted others on eBay or on re-seller websites such as Poshmark. I also took a few pairs to my local Plato’s Closet to be resold and started to return the items that were fairly new, unused, and bought on a whim before their return deadline. For the pairs that remained, I brought them to my cobbler to be resoled and fixed.

So what are the results? It is now 2014 and my blog is reaching another anniversary in couple of months and my shoe closet has definitely lost some weight. I have learned many lessons throughout the process of maintaining my blog. First and foremost, I have learned to be mindful of my shopping habits. I now look at the quality and fit of each pair I purchase. The shoe reviews that I have been doing really helped me fine tune the art of scrutinizing footwear and becoming more critical of the purchases that I make. I now read shoe reviews and scroll through feedback on shoes to really see if the pair is worth the purchase. After each purchase, I allow the shoes to grow on me and if they do not, I return them. I have started to look at price per wear of each shoe and if it really fits into my wardrobe and lifestyle.

What is in store for this blog in 2014 in regards to shoes? Because I do not plan on purchasing many pairs of shoes this year, I made a short list of possible shoe additions. I have decided to do reviews on my purchases, at least once a month.

If you have any shoes that you would like me to review, please feel free to leave me an email or a comment below. What’s on your shoe wish list this year?

XOXO,

Elle

Thank Yous and My 2014 Wish List

2014 Wish List

This made it to my wish list last year and it makes it again this year. It’s extremely hard to find  a red one in my size since many colors from Balenciaga is seasonal. Last week I found another option but we will see what the year brings.

I tried these at Nordstrom the other week and my calves do not seem to fit in this boot. I’m hoping to add it sometime in the future and perhaps stretch the boot to fit my calves better.

My All Time Favorite Bag. It is makes it on my wishlist again this year.

Kate Spade had a version of this but I really like the look of this cross body and work appropriate style. It’s classic, durable, and a great price.

I love high quality vintage items. I’ve been looking for one of these for a while, not to find it in the right color at the right price point.

I absolutely adore the layers of metal feathers. It is an amazing statement piece that I would love to have in my collection one day. It is also another wishlist item that is making it back on the list this year.

This piece is dainty and rugged at the same time. I love the balance of sparkle and spikes.
Last but not the least, a Celine Micro Luggage in a neutral color. It is a classic that I would like to have in my collection of handbags.

Hello All,
I hope you are having a wonderful week. I am a little early with next year’s wish list but I figured I will post it before I review this year’s wish list.  I am truly very grateful for an extremely amazing year for myself as well as this blog. I definitely would not have done this blog without everyone who has stopped by and read, left comments, and gave me advice. I have a couple of special Thank Yous I would love to send out. I want to thank Kelly from Alterations Needed  for giving me the most valuable advice about branding and blogging. Without her, I do not think I would have taken the step to own my own domain. I also want to thank Ashley from One Fine Day for all the blog advice and support. Many many thank yous also go out to Taryn Reid  Photography, Glenn Andaya Photo, and Adam Levine, my current photographer and marketing consultant for all their wonderful photography. I have truly learned so much from each of you. In addition, I want to thank everyone who has read this blog and took the time to share your lives with me through comments or even emails. Without you this blog would not be where it is today.  2013 was definite a year of surprises and big steps and I truly cannot wait to make more new friends in the blogging world. Thank you for a great 2013 and I’m hoping for an even better 2014.

I’ve definitely learned to appreciate Lists. I found this cool new strategy called Bullet Journals and it takes lists to a different level. I am using it at the moment to organize myself and to be as efficient as possible.  Last year, I created a Wish List of Luxury Fashion Items that I really wanted to add to my wardrobe. This year I am going to do the same. I have a few repeats and deletions from last year but again I am going to say that lists help people realize their goals and I’m going to see if it will work again this year.

What’s on your wishlist for 2014?

XOXO,
Elle

The Art of Shopping Lists

Hey all,

Happy Sunday to you! Hope you are all doing well. I’ve been liking the chillier nights here in Hawaii. It doesn’t get as chilly as the continent but honestly, it’s been welcomed. Summer and early fall here get very warm and humid so cooler weather is always a plus. I’ve been bringing out the light sweaters and jackets recently. I’m loving it.

One of the reasons for this blog was to help me work through my shopping and to fine tune my style. It’s biggest help:

1. I no longer impulse buy
2. I wait and think about my purchases
3. I actually think about pros and cons to shopping for an item
4. I look for quality in the clothing and shoes I purchase
5. Less shopping means, I can enjoy using the items in my closet a lot more
6. It’s allowing me to be creative and play with my style far more than I use to
7. I’m learning to love each piece in my closet and if I don’t love it anymore, I’m definitely allowing someone else to have the opportunity

Such a simple thing but the impact is so great. At least for me, it’s helped a lot.

What’s a closet shrinking trick that you have learned? Let me know.

XOXO,
Elle

Petite Shopping and Shopping Obsessions

Hi All,

Hope you are having a great weekend. As of late, I have been examining my closet and looking at how my clothing fits me. I always wondered why I never thought about petite shopping before or even considered it. After reading inspirational blogs such as Alterations Needed by Kelly and Extra Petite by Jean. I’ve been learning a lot about how to make my clothes fit better. I am inspired to re-look at my closet and really consider each piece and it’s fit on my frame.

Speaking of shopping, recently I’ve been obsessing over J. Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and Zara. I love the way the clothes from these stores fit especially because they are petite friendly and the clothing is made so well. Don’t get me wrong, I still like to occasionally shop at Forever21 but as of late, I’ve been expanding my fashion horizon by shopping at other stores.

On another note, I’m honestly liking the fact that writing about shopping and clothing is teaching me a lot about being a better shopper and understanding the way clothes fit my frame. Wish me luck in my petite fashion journey. It has just started but I think it will be a great one. Thank you for reading. If you do read please leave me a comment or like so I know you were here.

Take care and have a great weekend.

XOXO,

Elle

Black and White Polka Dots with a Touch of Red

Hi All!
Hope you are having an amazing Wednesday. I love polka dots. It is such a classic print. I love the way black and white polka dots go so well with red or other bold colors. Here, I styled the print with an oversized white shirt.

The photos for this particular blog post got me thinking about finding the perfect white button down shirt, a closet staple. In the recent past, I was okay with just purchasing any white button down shirt but as of late, I am particularly in search for one that fits well. I have gone to several places and tried on several. Now, I need to decide on the perfect white button down shirt for me.

Thank you so much for reading. I do ask you that if you do read this blog, please leave me a comment or like my page. I would love to hear from you.

XOXO,
Elle

:: Outfit ::

Top: Forever21
Sweater: Old Navy
Bottom: Old Navy Rock Star Jeans
Shoes: Kate Spade “Licorice”
Bag: Coach

Photo Credit: Taryn Reid Photography

Polkadot Chambray and Red Details

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are enjoying your Monday. I like to add a pop of color when I’m wearing staple pieces like a chambray shirt and a pair of white jeans. I like the way the sunnies, the belt, and the shoes all bring the outfit together and make it just a little bit more complete. Take care and I hope to hear from you soon.
XOXO,

Elle

 

:: Outfit ::

Top: Old Navy Polkadot Chambray
Bottom: Old Navy Rock Star Jeans
Belt: Forever21
Sunnies: Vogue
Shoes: BCBG (Old)

Photo Credit: Taryn Reid Photography

Maroons and Browns

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are having a great start of the week. I have always loved Fighting Eel dresses. They are dresses that are very versatile and wearable for any occasion. I picked up this Fighting Eel dress last year at a sample sale. I love the deep maroon color. Here, I paired this Fighting Eel Dress with a beige blazer, pumped up the neckline with a cluster bib fushia necklace I borrowed from my bestie. I finished the outfit with a brown pleated front peep toe pump from Aldo.   Hope you like it. Take care.

XOXO,

Elle

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Dress: Fighting Eel (Old)
Blazer: Avon
Necklace: Avon
Shoes: Aldo Shoes (Old)

Nuetrals and Blues

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Dress: Eden in Love
Cardigan: Gap
Belt: Obi Belt
Shoes: Aldo Shoes (Old)

 

Hi Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and a great start to the new week. I have been in such a long haitus but hopefully I can get into the rhythm of blogging again. This past month has been really busy for me
especially with summer approaching. There is so much I need to accomplish before summer arrives.

I have been searching for a great camera to photograph my outfits as well as a regular person to help me out. If you know a great camera, let me know.

Blogging in the past couple of months has taught me about the time and effort that is really put into sharing with the rest of the world. I greatly appreciate everyone who has supported, commented, followed, and read my blog posts. All of you help me in improving.

I am currently obsessed with interesting prints. The dress I am wearing above is printed with neutral birds amidst a navy background. I added an obi belt to break up the dress and pulled the outfit together with a favorite Aldo wedges and a comfortable cardigan.

Hope you like it and please comment.

XOXOXO,

Elle

 

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