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AQUAZZURA SS15 Belgravia Flats in Black Suede and Gold Metal Heels

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When I love something, I really LOVE it and can get somewhat carried away… lol Just a little… The Belgravia style is perfect for spring and summer this season when we’re bound to expect lots of lace-up shoes as the latest trend. I could not decide whether I wanted the Belgravia kitten heels or flats, so of course, I bought both!!! I explained about my issue with the kitten heels being smooth calfskin to my surprise, instead of black suede that I had ordered. However, one of the reasons for why I decided to keep them in the end is that I ordered the flats in black suede as well. So having a different texture gives my Aquazzura collection a bit more variety since every pair so far has been black suede lol.

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^Notice the pineapple logo is stamped and not a plaque as found on Aquazzura‘s heels. This makes sense as the plaque will get worn down with wear. I should also mention that the gold heel is a real piece of metal (bronze?) and not laminated leather, which would easily show scratches. The fit is again true to size and very comfortable with the soft leather. For those who are worried about the ties, I found it quite easy to get in/out of the shoes and not time-consuming at all to do the lace-up.

Outfit Pix:
Vince silk tank top
Helmut Lang modal bra
BCBG nylon mini-skirt
Jewelry: Aldo, J Crew, Cartier

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Other pictures and celebrities:

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Lifestyle Asia featuring Aquazzura event at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong
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Brooklyn Decker spotted in these beige suede flats last year.
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Saks Fifth Avenue
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Net-a-Porter had these gorgeous grey elaphe snakeskin flats available last season
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The Effortless Cool…

Aquazzura SS15 Sloane 105 in Black Suede Leather

Woohhhooooo my 3rd pair!!! 😀

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These heels are simply the most effortlessly cool shoes that I own at the moment. They are “simple” but the cut-outs add a whole lot of chic and edge. Did I mention that they are just so comfortable? The suede is incredibly soft and mould to your feet’s curves. I don’t know how it will fit for those with high arches… I imagine the suede will likely stretch and accommodate to your feet, but they’re definitely a perfect fit for me. I like to tie the laces twice around my ankles to give it more of that “wrapped” look, rather than doing a big butterfly knot in the back. Since these are suede, I will only be wearing them on relatively good weather days. So I can’t wait for spring and summer to come! We are unfortunately still buried in snow where I live here…  Anyhow, I’m super pleased with this purchase as they’re not my usual kind of go-to heels, but I’m glad to have gone out of my comfort zone and discover a new style.

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^Detailed shot shows the metallic tips which are black on this pair, compared to my other Aquazzura heels which have gold tips.

Modeling Pictures:
Guess sheer cotton top
Helmut Lang asymmetric bra
Topshop see through skirt
Rings by H&M, Aldo, J Crew, and Cartier

I had some fun with these mod pix and did a “walk” shot to capture the flowy movement of the skirt and shoes peaking through. Enjoy the pix!

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Celebrities and Other Pix:

Aquazzura’s FW13 Campaign
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An Unexpected Surprise?

Aquazzura SS15 Belgravia 75 in Black Smooth Calfskin

Please welcome my 2nd pair of Aquazzura heels! This style was actually the first pair that had caught my attention when I saw them being worn by Kate Bosworth in The Edit from Net-a-Porter December 2014. The photography was beautiful and background scenery could not have been more charming. This style appears to be also one of the brand’s most popular and I was really ecstatic to receive it last week.

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However when I opened the parcel, my heart actually stopped for a second as a wave of shock and unexpected feelings washed over me. I usually like to be well prepared for everything, so when I saw the shoes in smooth calfskin, I was initially really upset. The pictures and descriptions featured on Lane Crawford where I had made the purchase were all for black SUEDE. I then contemplated for a long time as to whether or not I should keep them because I would prefer the lush suede material but then the smooth leather is more practical, less likely to show wear/dust, and I can wear them out in the rain. In the end I did decide to keep them.

I did contact Lane Crawford about the inaccuracy in their product description, but no one responded back for like 2 weeks. I was pretty appalled by the misrepresentation of their products and actually wrote about it here on my blog… Then the next day, a customer representative had contacted me… I don’t know maybe someone from the company is reading my blog here cuz I wrote “BUYERS BEWARE” lol, but in the end they were quite apologetic about the entire thing and explained that they had actually sold out the ones in black suede. They had just received new stock in for these smooth calfskin Belgravias instead and decided to ship out the new inventory without informing me. They also didn’t have time to take pictures of the new inventory or update their online items… Ok… very interesting… This would never happen in North America… Anyhow they did offer me a 30% credit back so I guess that was a generous gesture. Nonetheless, I would still be cautious of buying from them again…

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The shoes are very comfy but narrow at the toe box. I would say so far with my experience, Aquazzura’s run true to size. If you have wide feet, I would recommend going half size up to accommodate for the front. I love the dustbag which is very useful and is a real bag to carry your shoes around rather than the typical felt bag. I like all the attention to detail in this pair like the gold lace tips, pineapple logo, and the stitching is really well done.

Modeling pictures:
J Crew necklace
Elie Tahari leather blazer
H&M stripe shirt
Roland Mouret for Banana Republic skirt

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Celebrities and other pictures:

The gorgeous Olivia Palermo, campaign for FW14 collaboration.image article-2405152-1B824B22000005DC-302_634x929 Olivia-Palermo-NYC

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Aquazzura’s cocktail party at Hotel Le Marois in Paris, September 2014
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Falling In Love With Aquazzura This Valentine’s Day

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There’s a new kid on the block that I’ve been eyeing over the last month. There’s always the initial fears of approaching something new and exciting, but at the same time feeling guilty for cheating on your current loves. I could not resist and fell hard. There’s such novelty to the Latin flair with a bit of edginess that further intrigues my curiosity. So I gathered up all my courage to say, “Hello Lover – I need you in my life!”

Please allow me to introduce my first gorgeous pair of shoes from,

Aquazzura – SS15 Hello Lover 105 in Black Suede and Gold Leather Straps

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The creative director Edgardo Osorio is the inspirational source of this up and coming premiere designer, which has graced the feet of many recent celebrities with a collaboration with Olivia Palermo last season. His shoes are known for their quality, attention to details, and most importantly comfort. I love the sassiness and fun styles of his SS15 collection, with this pair that really pushed the trigger for me to grab my wallet. I just had to have them! I can see them as a very classic pair of heels that can go with my outfits and will still be wearable for decades.

Details:
Love the golden pineapple logo!!!
The royal blue packaging is delish as well, and the “dustbag” is actually a nylon bag. Perfect to carry your shoes everywhere!

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Outfit Pix:
Free People lace dress
Christian Louboutin Sweetie Charity bag

Makeup tips: Usually for Valentine’s day I try to wear a red dress, but since there are already several stand-out pieces, I really just wanted to keep the outfit (and accessories) more on the simple side and let the shoes shine. However, a red lipstick is a must! Again, just like your outfit if there’s something very bold, keep the rest to a minimal. So my eye makeup is really easy with just a swash of brown shadow and some mascara. I didn’t do my nails, but a splash of red polish can also really glam up your look!

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Finally I said, “I can’t promise that you’ll be my one and only love, but for now let’s dance the night away!”

Happy Valentine’s day this Saturday everyone! 😀

Other pix:

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^Hello Lover designer sketch

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^Edgardo Osorio with model wearing Hello Lover in Elle Spain January 2015 magazine.

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^The designer again posing for My Theresa.

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^Picture credit: Neiman Marcus

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^Picture credit: Net-a-Porter

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^Aquazzura boutique SS15 selection in Florence

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Celebrities:

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^Alice Naylor-Leyland wearing Hello Lover in beige suede.

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^Kelly Talamas wearing Hello Lover in white nappa leather.

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