Never before had I been so smitten with what Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has to offer! And to buy 4 pairs of shoes in one week? Lord, have mercy. At least my size 9 feet are certainly happy now to receive so much attention :)
The first pair that I just had to buy is this black knee-high BP boots.
You’d think that my collection of cognac brown knee-high A.P.C. boots, my two mid-thigh boots (black and dark brown — bought during my 2007 Paris trip), black military Dolce Vita for Target boots, and German-bought knee-high lace boots would stop me short from buying this. But no ma’am, perseverance is a dangerous thing, at least for me in this case.
I had been looking for this classic, no-fuss, low-heel black knee-high boots since 2004 (that’s when my beloved black knee-high boots decided to retire). So I just had to get this one pronto! Now this boots have joined the ranks of my boots collection happily. OH! And apparently the overall fit is 1/2 size larger than normal, so if you’re crazy about this boot, you’ve been warned :)
The next one is this beautiful grey flannel Vince Camuto Jerrel booties. I mean, just LOOK AT THAT! (And look at your man, look back at that booties, look at your man again, and look back. Unfortunately, your man isn’t Isaiah Mustafa. But that’s a story for another day.) So gorgeous….so wearable (trust me, ladies who are not that good with high heels —– that’s me, btw) due to the hidden 1″ platform, and perfect for office work fierceness! I just gotta have this one. And lo and behold, they have a solid black one too (that fits 1/2 size smaller than normal). So they’re both are in my wardrobe as well :)
But it doesn’t stop there. I came across this plum Calvin Klein platform pumps. I saw it online and got immediately intrigued. I had to see it in person! And disappointed I was not. It’s as gorgeous, if not better, in reality. The perfect shade of purple (like femme fatale lipstick shade) and the perfect true-to-size fit. It just molds to your feet. Amazing. Classic and fierce :)
Is that all? No, of course not. I still have a wishlist. One of my favorite shoes that lasted the longest happen to be a Franco Sarto, and the brand now offers this lovely “Artist Collection” red flats. So adorable with the right dose of girly. I would’ve bought it if the Nordstrom store I went to had my size :) But for now, I think I’ll stick with painting one of my old shoes with red glitter. Oh joy!
Of course, there’s this what-my-boyfriend-called Indigo dessert boots that I also love.
So, all of this shoes frenzy….what does that mean?
1. I’m really happy to how progressive shoe design has come. Five years ago, it’d be hard for me to find shoes that are both comfortable and sexy. There’s a huge distinction of the Manolos & Jimmy Choos vs. Clark’s. But these shoes; they’re gorgeous, sexy, AND comfortable. Yes, my boss and my boyfriend already complained that I’m tall already and shouldn’t wear heels, but pfft. Girls just wanna have fun :)
2. I need lots of Dr. Scholl’s gel soles. I use Dr. Scholl’s regularly for my everyday oxford shoes, so definitely need more gels if I want to stay fierce all day with those heels. I stick with Dr. Scholl’s because these gels are really worth it. They just work non-stop and very durable. As great investment as your shoes.
3. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will end in 3 days. They say that prices will go up on August 1, but I’d say it’s just a marketing ploy to create temporary sense of urgency. You’ll probably see a sale extension or similar, if not better, sale soon if you miss this one. But if you have a clear idea of what you want to buy and just don’t want to wait any longer like I did, then by all means, take advantage of this sale, ladies!
If you want to know which shoes will be hot this fall season and want to be on-trend, then head over to Refinery29 to investigate. And do you know that Jeffrey Campbell teams up with Berkeley’s own Convert boutique to release an all-vegan line in less than two months?
Don’t be hatin’ on women because of their shoes,
Last weekend, a friend of mine asked me if I have makeup tips. It doesn’t take me long at all to immediately recommend Kevyn Aucoin’s Making Faces.
That book is an amazing resource; if you only want to buy one book about makeup, that’s IT. Comprehensive enough for makeup artists, but simple enough to follow for beginners. Love it. And I let my friend borrow that book for however long she wishes (yes, that’s right, Stefani…take your time :).
So that’s the first step. Aucoin’s technique make up cheat sheet that will get you started. And if you can master at least one of his tricks, you can easily do these three makeup trends. I especially love the red eyeshadow look that I’ve been rocking since 3 months ago :) I bought my red NYC eyeshadow and paired it with Urban Decay primer. No incidents for the whole night. Amazing.
I have to add that Refinery29 has quickly becoming one of my easy-to-go-to daily fashion inspirations (if only they can have their site load faster, that’d be super awesome). This lazy girl’s guide to gorgeous and the list of drugstore beauty things worth investing in are great, especially since they are inexpensive and have good quality.
I am one of those girls who don’t do a lot of makeup in daily life but want to spruce things up now and then for special occasions (and whenever I feel like it), and therefore don’t want to invest a lot in makeup. Those basic things I mentioned above can get me going for miles without ridiculous makeup spending.
Go ahead and try them out if you haven’t already,
Guys, you know the feeling when time seems to stand still and your memories flash before your eyes?
Well, I sure don’t. Because for the past handful of weeks, time was blazing fast and sometimes I don’t even have any idea where I am or who I am. OK, maybe not that severe, but perhaps you get the gist of it. Lo and behold, it’s already Friday, June 17, 2011. Even though I’m bummed looking at how many days passed between my last post and this, I do rejoice the fact that there’s so much hot stuff going on.
Huge thanks for Refinery 29 for the 16 fabulous things happening this weekend.
Two things jump at me for Saturday events: The North Beach Festival at 10 am to 6 pm, as well as the Vacation Vintage Pop-Up Shop from 1 – 5 pm. Will definitely work my way around those two places tomorrow before attending the Art Institute of California – San Francisco’s Annual Spring Fashion Show: “The Fashion Line-Up” at SF Design Center in the evening.
Oh, and do you know that Azalea has $45 for $90 or $100 for $200 deal going on? If you’re like me, who adores what Azalea boutique has to offer, you’ve got to have it!
But life’s not all about your own consumption. Help L.E.S Runway reach its $8,500 goal for the next three days! It’s donating for a great cause, elevating local fashion designers to present their works on catwalk and sell through a pop-up shop in NYC. Isn’t that great? Cheryl Maleh, you go girl.
Have a great weekend guys,
Goodness, it’s June already. What’s that? It’s the 10th already? Wow. If you thought 2010 was fast, then 2011 is blazing! Hope your year has been going great so far.
So , first thing first: if you haven’t signed up to Refinery 29, well, it’s time to do it because they’re now covering San Francisco! Yay!!! So excited, in not-so-Rebecca-Black way.
And if you’re a tofu lover, please do not miss this awesome First Annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival this Saturday, June 11 at Japan Town. I’m sure it’s going to be so fun! Plus, I’ve always loved Japan Town anyway. New People, Kinokuniya, Sophie’s Crepes, and all the food vendors that are going to be there.
AND! Get ready to go to Golden Gate Park on Sunday, June 26 because Alice Summerthing is here! If you like One Republic, Matt Nathanson, Michelle Branch, Parachute, or Andrew Allen, come on down from noon to 4 pm because it’s going to be a perfect summer concert opener.