So I did a little bit of damage recently…
1. Valentino SS14 Rockstuds Cage Flats in Patent Fluo Orange
Valentino has me hooked on its Fluo Orange color this season. I already have it in the 100mm heel version (non-patent kid leather, see here) and was just waiting for these flats to go on sale. Sizing is inconsistent as with most Valentino’s shoes imo. In the Rockstud 100mm heels – I prefer 35.5; kitten heels 65mm – either 35.5 or 36; ballet flats – 36; and I thought I would be safe with 36 for these cage flats, but they ended up being at least a full size too large. You can see the big heel gap in the last pic below. At least the multi-straps help to keep my feet in, and in a way I guess it’s a good thing because there’s less friction and blisters.
Side rant: I remember going to New York City and running around everywhere downtown in my new fuschia Rockstud ballet flats which absolutely killed my feet! I almost swore that Valentino’s flats aren’t made for me! That day was also incredibly cold and somehow I was in shorts… then it started raining getting my new Céline python Micro all wet, plus I was stuck in traffic for 9 HOURS – yes NINE on my way to Cornell University only to have a major wardrobe disaster with my Roland Mouret dress… /End Rant! I think my point for the rant is that Val’s flats can be killer blister formers! lol It was all worth it in the end to be present for your family on such a glorious day after all that hard work!! I know I have my usual p!ssed off look here, but I swear, I was super happy! haha 😀
H&M blazer jacket
Femme wrap dress
Chanel 2.55 Reissue bag
Manolo Blahnik BB heels
Sorry I digressed, back to pix of Valentino’s Orange Fluo Cage flats lol:
Equipment – Classic Silk Blouse
Elie Tahari – Leather Panel Jacket
H&M – High Waist Shorts
Jewelry – Akoya pearls and costume necklace
2. Elie Tahari Cropped Blazer Jacket with Lambskin Side Panels
See above mod pix for how the jacket looks when worn, which unfortunately does not show the leather details very well. It’s a great staple updated with some edginess. If you’re petite like me, try cropped jackets which do not overwhelm our small frame. They still look sleek and professional. You can wear them casually or in any work place environment.
Personal tip: Tailor clothing is best when the fabric is 100% polyester so that you avoid all that ironing. It’s easy maintenance so that you don’t need to take them to the dryer’s everytime. Use Perm-dry and when the clothing is about 80-90% dry, take it out and hang to dry. It will look perfectly ironed!
3. Vince Chiffon Silk Overlay Cashmere Knit Sweater
I love Vince’s sweaters!!! They’re so comfy but really pricey… The good thing is that most of them go on sale so I was able to snatch this up at a great deal. The silk layer on top is an interesting addition. I really like pieces that have some sort of unexpected texture or pattern: Mix up that heavy knit with something soft and flowy! A great item for chilly summer days!
Picture credit: Forward by Elyse Walker
4. Rag & Bone Labyrinth Legging Jeans in Blackout
I love the mesh and lambskin leather details!!! I already have a dozen pairs of jeans, so I really was not planning to get these, but when I tried on the size 25 – it looked amazing, but slightly too tight. So I had a major dilemma, to buy or not to buy, that is the question? lol So I asked Saks to order the 26 for me to try and they fit perfect! R&B never fails to impress with their designer jeans, comfy, well tailored, excellent quality, and they always keep you looking chic!
Picture credit: Rag & Bone Online
5. Free People Peekaboo Lace Dress Slip
I saw Candice Swanepoel in this Lovers‘ lace dress and Christian Louboutin So Kate heels earlier this year and she looked absolutely stunning. So for a while, I was looking for a soft, light pink/red, romantic lace dress – think purely Valentino – to pair with of course my Valentino Rockstuds! I was ready to deem myself incapable of wearing lace dresses after I tried on a gazillion from high to low end – they all looked terrible! I dunno, maybe cuz my body ain’t fit for them or I just prefer raw edgy leather pieces? Then along came this dress that I actually placed an order for in red ~3 months ago when I saw good reviews, but they contacted me afterward saying that it was sold out! Ughh… the hunt continued until recently I got a chance to try it on in black… Ooohhh… Now I love black if you haven’t noticed from all my above purchases already, so it was fabulous! In retrospect, what was I thinking?!?! Red/pink?! Ewww… that is so not me… lol Ok I shouldn’t say that, but red is reserved for Roland Mouret!
Picture credit: Free People Online
Lastly, a pic of Candice Swanepoel looking gorgeous as always…