Pedro Garcia – Albany Ballet Flat

Last time I checked, which was a minute ago, just so I could say that, Albany was the capital of New York. It’s not a particularly pleasant place to be, I mean, even NY’s Attorney General keeps a second office in Manhattan where he spends most of his time. So why did Pedro Garcia name this beautiful, dainty ballet flat after such a dismal place?

But wait, who’s Pedro Garcia? Why haven’t I heard of him before? According to Google, he’s either a famous Pastor, a football player, or a mysterious fashion designer. I’m gonna go with the third door. I do like this shoe though, even if I know nothing about the designer other than his first and last names.

Nice, pale pink, ruffle on the toe, pointed.  I’m in heaven.  I still don’t get why it’s called the Albany, though.

Marc Jacobs – Mouse

Marc Jacobs is an interesting shoe designer. That’s putting it politely. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Marc Jacobs (seriously, if you were to check out my closet, you’d see). Dude has his own line, two actually, but let’s not forget he’s also the Louis Vuitton Creative Director. And batshit crazy.

For years and years Marc Jacobs has been coming out with mouse shoes. They’re always the same basic structure: ballet flats that adorn an adorable face with eyes, a cute nose, ears, and whiskers. Do people wear them? I don’t know, but my guess is yes since he keeps making them.

This is how I see it: for them to work they have to be ridiculous. Go Big or Go Home. These are BIG. It’s a mouse, but it is so much more than that also. 1. Black Suede – Yummy 2. SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS IN RAINBOW COLORS 3. They’re bound to be as helpful as the mice were to Cinderella in the famous Disney movie (except I don’t think these shoes talk…)

The one warning is that MJ shoes tend to need to be worn in which may be discouraging, but don’t cave! These are worth the pain. Pain is beauty. I hate that phrase.

Beauty is painless.

Irregular Choice

I was walking around the Village on Tuesday with my mom and sister and we stumbled upon a store called Irregular Choices.  It seems to be exclusively a shoe store but let me tell you, as the name indicates, it is not your regular store.  The thing is, though, as bizarre as these shoes are, and trust me – they are, they’re bizarrely cute.  I want a pair, even if I only have the courage to wear them around my house (that’s pathetic, I won’t do that – shoes deserve to be worn in the real world) (I also just argued with myself. Cool.)

I wanted to find out more about the store, who designs, what they make, their history, so I peeked at the About Us page from the site and here’s what I found:

“Recapture your freedom which eloped with your youth’’

Creator and Designer, Dan Sullivan

Irregular Philosophy

Irregular Choice is known for maintaining creativity and individuality in a world of conformity. It is more than just the name of a brand. It’s a state of mind, a way of being. A supply of something fresh and fun that maintains imagination and originality above all else.

(If you want a full history, check this out).

Anyway, check out the pictures and the store’s website – it’s all goofy, colorful, and potentially inspirational.

Enjoy and enjoy this beautiful weather!

Elie Tahari – Annie

1. Elie Tahari, a Persian Jew born in Jerusalem, is, despite the common belief, a MAN. I was shocked to learn that it was Mr. Tahari, not Miss that is behind these incredible designs.

2. Mr. Tahari moved to the US in 1971 and worked as an electrician. THIS MAN IS SO MYSTERIOUS!

3. There’s no doubt that he knows what he’s doing with it comes to fashion. While no designer is infallible when it comes to designing, I can only think of one designer who might be a little closer to perfection than Tahari (you guessed it, Miu Miu, my fav, DUH).

4. Does anyone else find themselves reaching for the nearest tissue, towel, or sleeve to wipe away the drool salavating from their mouthes at the sight of these shoes? That was graphic, I’m sorry, and I’m sorry I always equating shoes with food (I don’t eat shoes, I promise, I’m not that weird). Anyway, I digress (Catcher in the Rye reference right there, RIP JD Sal). This Annie wedge comes in two other colors: black and a grey-ish color, but neither has the snakeskin heel that this version of the shoe has, and I honestly don’t like the shoe as much as a solid.  While I personally am a little wary of the height of this heel, I think this is the perfect summer shoe: light colors and definitely sexy but not garish and bright like summer shoes tend to be.

Hope you enjoyed the list.

Miu Miu – Glitter Ankle Strap Wedge Sandals

So I find myself in New York again, just in time for a nice storm. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good storm now and then – there’s nothing like sleeping when it’s thundering outside, really soothing. But my feelings about this particular storm changed when a tree fell on my house. No damage ensued, thank goodness, but it looks like a warzone or a clip from the remake of War of the Worlds.

Anyway, I figured that while I’m stuck inside today, I may as well pick out a stormy shoe to write about.  Mind you, this isn’t the shoe you’d wear during a storm, but it’s one that glistens like a puddle on 5th Avenue anyway. Since Miu Miu is my favorite shoe designer (that’s a bold statement coming from me, but yes, I am serious, I simply love her shoes and think they’re the best thing since backup cameras in cars (those things are friggen unbelievable).  But this Miu Miu shoe is particularly stunning: midnight blue, peep-toe, just enough razzle dazzle to make them glisten but not gaudy.  And don’t even get me started on the high-ankle strap – it’s too adorable I can’t take it. I need a pair!

So whether you are reading this on your computer or your cellphone or some internet cafe somewhere becuase your home has no power, I wish you a safe recovery from this storm, and long live the shoes!

Barbara Bui – Notched Platform Pumps

It has been exactly one week since my last post. Why have I been missing in action, some of you have been asking? There are a couple of reasons, and so I have decided to list them for you:

1 – Last Wednesday, as you may recall, was my best friend’s birthday, and so Wednesday was quite occupied with various forms of celebration (and one of the best meals I’ve had in a while).

2 – on Friday I coordinated and hosted a surprise party for that very same friend. Planning the event was time consuming to say the least. With close to 50 guests and the trouble of keeping the event a surprise, I had to get creative, and fast. I told Ali (my BFF) that there was a party on Friday night hosted by a group of my friends and, seeing as I’m currently single and ready to mingle, I was taking her as my plus one. Before the party, though, I suggested that we go shopping in Boston and grab a nice dinner together. She was down like Toyota stock. I organized drinks, food, and decorations ahead of time and with the help of my fabulous friends, everything was set up and organized while I took Ali on her decoy trip. We returned at around 8:30, she showered and got ready for the party she thought she was going to, and in the meantime, guests arrived at the party spot by 9:30. Just after 10, I dragged Ali up to where the party was being held, and she was surprised, to say the least. Overall, the party was a hit, but unfortunately it kept me away from shoes and for that I apologize.

3 – By Sunday I had fully recovered from the surprise party only to realize that I had three papers to write for this week. Knowing that tomorrow (Thursday) morning I find out where I am going to live next year (it’s a much bigger deal than I am making it sound), I had to slave away and get everything done by today so I can party and celebrate guilt-free.

I know I’m a horrible person for depriving all of my wonderful readers of shoe news and I can assure you that I feel the guilt and I hope you will forgive me!

And now for today’s shoe. Barbara Bui is a fairly established designer, known best for her shoes and handbags. And I have to say, if she were running for President of the Fashion World, she’d have my vote. Now I’m partially biased because purple is my favorite color and eggplant purple especially, but I can say with almost absolute certainty that I would love this shoe in almost any other color also. It’s pretty much just a straight up pointed-toe pump, I know, but it’s the little embellishments that make it really dazzle. Like the little slit on the side, for example, or the silver heel. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind owning a pair…

Valentino – Rose Flat Sandal

Today is my best friend’s birthday. She is nineteen years old today, and so, on this day of her birth I have selected a shoe that I know she would love. Her favorite things in life are pink with flowers. I think Valentino has hit the nail right on the head with these rose flat sandals.

I love them too, obviously. I mean, it is only natural that my best friend and I would have similar taste – and we do. We don’t have identical taste, but I love these shoes and I know she will too.

So I’m sorry for a short post today, and maybe I’ll write another one later if I’m not too busy celebrating!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALI!