Shoe Porn

Each season during fashion week, I take part in a shameless, yet addictive practice I like to call shoe porn.

And I’m here on the blog today to share my fun with you. Step 1: Get a fabulous pedicure so you can properly imagine how you will look in your new shoes. Step 2: Apply an under-eye mask because dark circles do not go with Prada slingbacks. Step 3: Pour yourself a glass of pinot noir and raise it high to all the designers crafting shoes you’ll never be able to afford.

Disclaimer: Using your rent money to buy expensive shoes is a very bad idea. Let the record show that I encouraged you to give your wallet to a good friend while having this experience.

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Best Looks From the 2018 Met Gala

All my life I’ve waited for the American fashion elite to make tiaras publicly acceptable. Now, not only do I consider tiaras acceptable in every day life, I also apply this logic to halos and papal headdresses. The 2018 theme for the first Monday in May, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” (or as I like to call it, “name that religious figure or artifact”) is far more straightforward than the themes of Met Balls passed. Some left little to the imagination, and some missed the mark by a mile: The Gucci crew (which includes Jared Leto and Lana Del Rey) came as the father, son and Mother Mary, Lena Waithe came as a flag, Katy Perry wore angel wings, Evan Rachel Wood came dressed as wings, Ariana Grande wore the Sistine Chapel, Selena Gomez wore essentially the same look she wore last year (while I did appreciate and admire the added bible verses), the Kardashians might as well have been wearing paper bags, Blake Lively ordered a party bus for her Versace mega masterpiece, and Rihanna unseated the pope. Read More

The 10 Most Stunning Ensembles From the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai

A conversation needs to be had about the thigh-high boot parade that flooded this runway.

Boots first, Balmain later. The shoe collection this year—which, by the way, took six months to design, per designer Brian Atwood—felt like a bigger deal than the lingerie. From the distressed denim wonder boots on Lily Aldridge, to the sleek yellow-green PINK thigh-highs on Alanna Arrington, to the sexy lace-up lady assassin-style killers on Adriana Lima, the Angels took the boot trend to an entirely new height—pun intended. (If I start seeing 5-inch heel boots at DSW, Angels, I blame you. Not everyone has wings to break the fall when they trip on a pavement crack.)

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Mom Jeans 101

As much as I’d like to say I’ve always been uniquely me when it comes to clothes, I did in fact spend much of my early teen years in Hollister beach huts, begging my mother for those precious low-rise skinny jeans while she suffocated from the perfume stench. (Tell your children to shop vintage, ladies.) I wanted them, not just because it was the thing to do, but because I believed the misconception that not all jeans work for all women.  Read More

Frill Seekers

This summer, think cotton candy pink, snow cone stained lips and greased lightening. Because the only thing more important than carnival food is the way your skirt falls across the Ferris wheel seat.

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Best Looks From the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival

With 60 meters of red carpet to cover over two weeks, the Cannes Film Festival is a glamorous showcase unlike any other. It’s a favorite annual event of mine, right up there next to the Met Gala and the Academy Awards. The Festival de Cannes was founded in 1946 and is currently in its 70th season. As is tradition, it was held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres.

Festivals like this one, that are steep in tradition and prestige create a vacuum for business within the film industry. It’s the perfect trade agreement: Designers sell their work on A-list stars who are on the carpet to promote their films with their film executives who are there to sell distribution agreements for said films and hopefully secure credit for future projects, while their sponsors gain world-wide exposure. Everyone gets a piece of the pie. Read More

Best Looks From the 2017 Met Gala

Whether the fashion industry had a sudden burst of adrenaline or the “avant-garde” theme opened up the floodgates of innovation, fashion’s favorite designers have made a stunning comeback from the 2016 Met Gala; the chrome robot army of yesteryear has blossomed into a chic flock of risk-takers. The challenge? Out-innovate Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons—the first living designer to be honored by the The Costume Institute in a monographic show since Yves Saint Laurent in 1983, according to an Institute press release. Read More

Desert Bloom

The desert is always consistent. You can always expect the same dry heat, sun and to-die-for scenic views made of mountains, cacti and palm trees. Let it envelop you in its beauty and you’ll never want to leave. Read More

9 Runway Worthy Evil Queen Costumes from ABC’s ‘Once Upon A Time’

This post is for my own guilty pleasure. My favorite fairytale drama, which first aired 2011, is mid season six, with its seventh season yet to be confirmed. A steady slip in ratings post season three, likely attributing to unfinished arcs, inconsistent character motives and an odd, seemingly necessary death near the end of season five leave audiences fearful that the show’s end will parallel that of “Lost” (show bosses Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis’s last project, renowned for its anticlimactic and disappointing end). Read More

How to Style Your Skirts in the Winter

We Chicagoans are kicking off 2017 with a series of whopping 17-degree days. Considering that it’s far above last year’s icy -2, we’re simply beside ourselves. As someone who has endured now five Chicago winters I feel as though I am in a position of authority to discuss skirts in January. It is a truth not universally acknowledged that locking your skirts away for the winter is not only a sad excuse to buy clothes you don’t need, but also a terrible misuse of beautiful fabric.  Read More