I have always wanted a really good pair of ballet flats. The basic black ones I currently own (I have two pairs) are comfy to a point, but ultimately start to pinch in the back and eventually tighten up front. I remember first seeing Tieks by Gavrieli ballet flats on Keiko Lynn and thought they were not only adorable, but looked incredibly comfy. So recently I ordered my first pair, and I’m so very glad I did! Firstly, the customer service I received from their company was outstanding (I love the handwritten note accompanying my package). Secondly, the highly anticipated shoes arrived quickly and quite beautifully in the signature “Tiek Blue” box, topped with an adorable flower. Thirdly, they fold into their own carrying case for the ultimate in convenience, and they come with an additional tote to carry your heels when your feet are in dire need of rest.
My California Navy Tieks are far and away THE most comfortable ballet flats I own, and I wish I had them on my London trip back in 2012. The backs of the shoes are cushioned rather than elasticized, which make them so easy on my heel. The leather is soft and supple, and because of the split-sole design, I carry them everywhere I go (if I’m not already wearing them). I chose the California Navy because I wanted to stay away from another pair of black shoes, but I wanted a versatile pair that I could still wear them with most everything I own. As you can see in the pictures below (and upcoming outfit post later this week), I’m wearing them all the time. I’m now plotting for my next pair (it’s a toss-up between the Metallic Pewter or the Metallic Gold). What’s the most comfortable pair of shoes you own?
The first time I wore my Tieks. Love how they stand out against black textured tights!
I’ve always wanted to own a proper pair of creepers. For me, they’re just so reminiscent of Duckie Dale from Pretty in Pink (“I remain now, and will always be, a Duckman”). When I was a teen in the 80’s, creepers were a bit out of reach on a minimum wage budget. Then I sort of forgot about them in the 90’s and early 2000’s. With my 80’s nostalgia in very high gear lately, imagine my luck when I found a pair of classic black suede ones by T.U.K. on sale at Hot Topic. I knew the perfect outfit to wear with them, blending a couple of 80’s trends, wearing a bright neon shirt with a checked headband and badges. I wore this outfit to the office for a little bit of a dress down Friday, and also for my mom’s surprise birthday party. It’s quite the casual, yet put together outfit.
Outfit: T.U.K. Black Suede Original Creepers and Union Jack pin from Hot Topic; Topshop black denim pinafore dress (old, but here’s one similar from ASOS); Unknown brand neon shirt, checked headband and tights; The English Beat pin from their 2013 concert at the Belly Up (post here); Vintage tie; Rebecca Minkoff Jody “C” leather pouch; Eva glasses in sepia c/o Bonlook
Our families during my mom’s surprise birthday on January 25, 2014. My mom is holding a picture of my father.
As many of you already know by now, I’m a big fan of Miista shoes. They have a great contest called WHERE’S YOUR MIISTA, and the winner receives free shoes. You can enter as many times as you wish, just make sure you’re creative. The competition is quite stiff out there, and there are SO many great pictures! Here are my humble little additions, which prompted me to get some kind of 80’s music reference in there (yes, I had to include Depeche Mode, too). That’s right, I’d tumble, somersault, cart-wheel and backflip for Miista!
“To submit your entry: (1) open Instagram (2) search @miistashoes (3) follow @miistashoes (4) upload photo (5a) write awesome caption (5b) tag @miistashoes and #WHERESYOURMIISTA (6) get all your friends to like it, we could possibly be swayed by your popularity — but if you’re TOO popular we might think we need to give it to a needier, less loved follower, gotta find the sweet spot (7) wait patiently and pray every night to the patron saint of statement shoes (From Miista’s blog)”
I have developed a few clothing habits lately while I was on my work “hiatus”: t-shirts, jeans and fantastic shoes. It’s a great combination that I know I can wear to any concert and still feel edgy while being comfortable. But these Miista booties are truly the star with the gold capped toes and studded heels. This will now have to be my weekend wear because I recently (and finally) am back as a part of the gainfully employed. I am now a Customer Service Supervisor in billing for a laboratory in San Diego. It was nice to be at home with my boy for the last four months, but it’s nicer to be a part of the work force again. I will have to say, relaxing was definitely a hard habit to break!
Outfit – XTaren sheer moto-style shirt and unknown brand studded clutch from M’s Clothing; Joy Division t-shirt by Hometown; Old Navy boyfriend jeans; Gabriela shoes by Miista; Hot Topic studded belt; Union Jack belt buckle was a gift from a friend; Honeybadger glasses from BonLook; Suki Bijoux rings
(The title of this post is from the song “Digital” by Joy Division)
It’s so hard to think of fall when the weather is still incredibly warm here in San Diego, but I think I’ve got the infusion of shoes that I need to end my summer and begin the cooler fall weather. It began with the Topshop studded flats that I bought while I was in London, but I also bought a couple of pairs of shoes from Labor Day sales. I’m also trying to embrace flats, lower heels and lower wedged heels as part of my fall office wardrobe, so you’ll see a bit of a trend with my most recent acquisitions. I again included prices because I think anyone can really get a good deal if you sign up for special mailing lists, or get the shoes you want at a better price if you time your purchase with a good sale.
Matiko “Monaco” in nude from Ashbury Skies (On sale for $59 from $179.95. Received email for $20 off during Labor Day. Final price with free shipping: $29!)
Ego and Greed “Bowler” in grey printed python from Solestruck. I LOVE the Shoe Addict bandage that came in my package. (On sale for $59.95 from $119.95. Received notification for exclusive Facebook discount. Final price with free shipping: $35.97!)
VECTRA4 Canvas Studded Slippers from Topshop (£28 when I purchased them in London, which converted to $45.)
Bamboo “Alive 04” penny loafers in navy blue from Lulu*s ($25)
Steve Madden “Frankie” studded engineer booties from Macy’s (Originally $149, but I got them for $130 with free shipping because of a discount during a Labor Day sale.)
I was in that mode again to hunt for that perfect shoe that would satisfy all of my cravings for something new and fresh for my wardrobe. I’m falling in love with leopard again, and I found the shoe that literally made my heart skip a beat when I saw it. It’s called Jovanna by Matiko, and I purchased them from a new favorite shoe shopping site called Ashbury Skies (recently launched in 2011, based out of San Francisco). Immediately I fell for the all-over leopard print and wedged heel. But what I truly love is that it is asymmetrical, giving it a little bit of edge. Beware that this leopard will appear in quite a few outfit posts to come. Have a great weekend!
(Post title is a quote from television series “Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”)
I have my favorite brands, and Dolce Vita is one of them. They have great styles at mid-range prices. But every now and again, one can find a style at an even greater steal. I saw this pair at Zappos for $158.95. I like the unusual shape of the platform heel.
Note: Click the pictures for the links to each featured shoe
Dolce Vita Hayword Platform Pump in Grey
A friend of mine directed me to a site called Lulus.com and I found a shoe that is very similar, but at a value price of $32! This deal was just too good to pass up, so I got a pair.
Bamboo Recap 01 Faux Suede Platform Wedge in Taupe
Lulus.com has been featured in dozens of magazines and not only do they have fantastic prices on great brands (like Jeffery Campbell), but they have a vintage section, too. Since it’s a nice Friday evening, I’m going to explore everything this fabulous site has to offer. I have a feeling I’ll find a deal or two, or three.