Wednesday, July 29, 2009

truly fierce shoes

Christian Louboutin for Rodarte.  I think these fierce runway shoes are finally available for purchase at Christian Louboutin boutiques.  They would be my ideal accessory for self defense against rapists, muggers, and creeps.

All above photos from Vogue Italia, June 2008.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Notable Nude Shoe

The architectural form of this Casadei shoe (Sweet Natural Peep Toe Pump) struck me with its ethereal beauty.

Retail $990.  Gilt price $298.  Unattainable for the penniless student.
4.25" heel.  1" platform.  Leather.  Wood.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Most Elusive Suit of 2009

I planned to buy it at my local Atlanta H&M, but it was never there.  It was sold out within minutes at the few H&M stores that were lucky to sell it.  I tried to buy it on eBay, but twelve bidders outbid me in the last 30 seconds of the auction.  I eventually bought both the jacket and the pant, but both were too big for me.  I can't think of a more elusive business suit in 2009 than this electric blue number.  

Matthew Williamson, you should have produced more of these.

Favorite Pant Suit of Spring-Summer 2009

If I could afford it, I would buy this edgy but professional Alexander McQueen pantsuit.  The combination of the perfectly strong shoulders, narrow waist, and slim straight leg provide a sharp, commanding feminine silhouette with a decidely modern elegance.  The button details on the lapel add an element of edginess, and the patent belt (which does not come with the suit) introduces some high shine into this monotone outfit.  It's one of my favorite suits from spring-summer 2009.  I would not wear it for a law associate job interview, but I would definitely wear it to work at a law office (but with a blouse underneath the jacket, unlike the model below).

Sunday, July 19, 2009

More Photos from the Shoot for SAMA

"I wanna live a life like that;
I wanna be just like a king.
Take my picture by the pool,
Cause I'm the next big thing!"

- Weezer,
Beverly Hills

Matthew Williamson for H&M swimsuit, Luella Sunglasses, Amrita Singh earrings, BCBGirls shoes, Devi Kroell purse.

Yeah, I have great skin. Thanks, Clinique and Nivea.

Skincare: Nivea Whitening Foam, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.

Makeup: Clinique Superfit Makeup in Honey, Clinique Freshbloom Allover Colour in Peony, Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara, Clinique Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine in Sugarplump, Sonia Kashuk Brow Definer in Haze, Mac Blot Powder in Medium Dark.

Photographer: Terry Dee

Photo Shoot for Smithe Atlanta Models Agency

Here are some photos from my latest photo shoot for Smithe Atlanta Models Agency. Smithe Atlanta Models Agency is a non-exclusive modeling agency, which allows me to model for projects not affiliated with the agency. Enjoy the pictures!

That wild strand of hair bothers me too. I am wearing a Herve Leger dress (fall 2008 runway collection) and Christian Louboutin shoes (No Prive 120 in Blue Tiger).

Here, I am wearing a more bourgeois outfit - an Express shirt, Rich & Skinny jeans, and Christian Louboutin shoes (Yoyospina 100 in Silver Leopard).

Here, I am wearing a Matthew Williamson for H&M swimsuit, Amrita Singh earrings, and Luella sunglasses.

Yes, I know I am not curvy.

Christian Louboutin scams

As Christian Louboutin shoes increase in popularity and attract the attention of bourgeois women who lust after the fabulous red soles of their favorite female celebrities, international con artists have taken note and set up a proliferation of replica Louboutin online shops.  Be aware of all the websites that are making blatant knockoffs of Louboutins and then claiming either "100% authenticity or your money back" or "top quality replica."  Don't be victimized by these scams, especially when you can get authentic Louboutins at Saks Fifth Avenue or Barneys for less than $270 + tax during the summer and winter sales.

You can buy authentic Louboutins at: (but they are usually sold out within five minutes on Gilt)

eBay sellers of authentic Louboutins:
venee2 (Note: some TPFers reported undisclosed damages in venee2's merchandise.)

If you choose to buy on eBay, definitely get the shoe authenticated at the Purse Forum before bidding because there are a ton of replica items on eBay. Membership on tPF is free of charge.

Sellers of COUNTERFEIT Louboutins:

J. Crew suits

I am a fan of J. Crew's petite pant suits, especially for the ultra-competitive 2L summer job interviews in this recessionist economy. Below, I am wearing a suit from J. Crew's Super 120s line. I get secretly nervous when a skirt rides up my leg during a job interview that does not have a desk safely blocking the view of my bottom half.

It appears that I may have a wedgie.

I am also wearing an Ann Taylor blouse, Luella sunglasses, Kenneth Cole 100 mm high heels, H&M headband, 12 mm baroque freshwater pearls, and carrying a Hello Kitty lunch box.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Valentino bow pump

The fiscally responsible law student who is basically penniless without her student loans should not be shopping at Saks, Neiman Marcus, Net-a-Porter, Nordstrom, or any high-end boutique.  

I'm the law student who is trying to fight her shopping addiction, especially when I am working at a non-paid internship and getting extensive dental treatment for my severe chronic periodontal disease (which came as an unexpected and unwelcome burden).  But it's quite difficult, now that I've seen and tried on the Valentino Bow Patent Leather d'Orsay Pump at Saks.  Luckily for my wallet, the store did not have the shoe in 35.5. I refuse to get the Paris Hilton knockoff, which marries the Valentino-inspired upper to a Louboutin-inspired sole.

I can't wait for these to go on sale. Currently retailing at $745 + tax. I need the red 4" version with the 1/2" platform, so that I can walk in them and look pretty.  I also like the nude and black versions, but the red is my favorite.  Below is the red 5" version with the 1" platform.