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A Fab Blog about the Life & Style of Footwear Designer Heather Hightower

Hardware Chic: Miu Miu’s Fall 2014 Shoe Collection

Practicality meets pretty was the order of the day at Miucca Prada’s Fall RTW 2014 show, sending out model after model in candy-colored PVC jackets, pastel anoraks and flirty frocks. What was quite noteworthy in this collection, was the delicate balance of lady-like charm and badassery as shown on Miu Miu’s cheeky use of nuts and bolts (and a door-stopper!) on the footwear collection’s heels.

Hardware for heels — is it a yay or a nay?

 

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Live in the Moment

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photo credit: Oprah.com

 

The oft-quoted phrase of “living in the moment” may seem like such an easy thing to say but in reality takes a lot of will and practice. But when you learn how to be mindful of the present, you will find out that worry less, your health is better,  and an even deeper appreciation and understanding of what is happening every second of your life. Here are some exercises to get you started practicing the habit of staying grounded in the moment:

Dance with abandon

Let go of your preconceived notions and fears about not looking good while dancing.  Let go and let your body move freely to the music. Enjoy the freedom. By lessening self-conscious thoughts, you are more inclined to enjoy what you are doing.

Savor life using your senses

Relish and enjoy anything you are doing in the moment. It could be from savoring the taste of your morning coffee, the warmth of the sun or the sound of the ocean waves. We’re often worrying about what the past has wrought or what the future holds that we often to savor much less enjoy the goodness unfolding in the present. By letting yourself savor and stay in the moment, you are letting yourself veer away from negative thoughts that have already happened and can’t be undone as well as things that have not happened.

Be still, do nothing

Dedicate at least a few minutes each day doing absolutely nothing.  Put down your smartphone, disconnect, and sit still in silence. Focus on your breathing. When you concentrate on your breath, you ground yourself in the moment  as well the abundance of experience the present is giving you and away from distracting thoughts that drive you to feel restless, anxious and upset.

How do you manage to stay in the moment? I would love to hear from you!

 

Outfit Inspiration: Beyoncé for CR Fashion Book

As you may have already heard of, Beyoncé recently came out as the cover of Carine Roitifeld’s fifth magazine issue for the CR Fashion Book. Shot by well-known photographer Pierre Debusschere and directed by Givenchy’s Richard Tisci, the feature also marks as Beyoncé’s first collaboration with Roitifeld, the former French Vogue editor. In one of the spread, the floral cape stood out for me and I was really drawn by the vibrancy and the powerful confidence Beyoncé carried the haute couture piece. The outfit ensemble is inspired by that particular photograph and also pays homage to the strong woman style of our leader of the universe Beyoncé. Also because this is real life (drats!) and not everyone can dare to prance around (seriously, where do you really wear it?! LOL) in a Yohji Yamamoto cape all day.

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Blue Floral Print 1/2 Sleeve Tunic Dress / B Brian Atwood pointy toe pumps / Flaska Laverne metallic purse / Blue earrings 
Have you been inspired by Queen B’s recent fashion spread?
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Hard not to Fall in Love With Reed Krakoff’s Shoes for Fall

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There’s a lot to love about Reef Krakoff’s shoes — they’re sleek and spare but the attention to detail won’t leave you yawning.  From the the cobalt blue sandals with the back of the heels  lined with shearling and the side panels with suede down to the restrained pops of metal piping around the heels on the booties and pumps. Scroll down and drool with me:

 

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Color Blocking Like A Pro

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If you’ve been wanting to dip your toes in the color blocking trend but find the prospect of combining colors a little daunting, fear not! Just follow my easy-peasy guide to mixing and matching colors in your wardrobe and wear them with ease and confidence:

The Color Wheel is your Best Friend

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Colors opposite each other in the color wheel are called complementary colors. Violets and yellows, for instance, are complementary colors. You know what they say about polar opposites.. They luuurve each other! A complementary color combo is quite the show-stopper so better choose the one color that flatters your skin tone and go from there. Colors that are next to each other in the wheel (ex: yellow-orange-red) are called analogous colors.  This color scheme is more harmonious and less-jarring to the eye.

Start out Small

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A maximum of four color combinations usually works best. Start out with mixing two color combinations and add more colors as you go along when you feel more comfortable and confident with your color mix.

Keep it in the Family

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Simply put — jewel tones with jewel tones, pastels with pastels, earth tones with earth tones, neons with neons,  etc.

Complete the look with a Neutral Color

 

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Add one or two pieces of beautiful yet unobstrusive accessory that will anchor the whole look. A  purse or shoes, for instance, in solid neutral colors will work great.

Have Fun!

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Color is one of those joyous things in life so have fun mixing and matching colors with your clothes and you’ll find yourself receiving just as much joy (that you radiate from the experience) from those around you.

Now go forth and wear color with abandon! :)

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Dress Up, Dress Down Your White Shirt

They don’t call it classic for nothing! The ubiqitous white shirt is the perfect canvas to build on a look and offers infinite styling possibilities. Here are 2 of the many ways you can dress up or down your good ‘ole white button-down shirt:

Dress Up a White Shirt
White Button Down Shirt ($24.90) | Colorful Print Empire-waist A-line Skirt ($34.99) | Voyager Statement Necklace ($149) | J’adore Clutch Bag ($28) | Black Faux Suede Pump ($22.99)
Dress Down a White Shirt

 

Boy Shirt in Classic White ($69.50) | Light Wash Ripped Eva Girlfriend Jeans ($80)| Arlen Camel Leopard Loafer ($98) | Handmade Vegan leather clutch ($65) | Kate Spade New York Sailor’s Knot Hinge Bangle ($78)

What’s your favorite way of styling your white shirt? Tell me about it!

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Casadei’s Stomp-worthy Fall 2014 Shoe Collection

Casadei’s shoe collection for Fall/Winter 2014 is described as an unlikely mingling of two of inspirations — that of the gilded age of Venice when Cole Porter held his wild and hyper-extravagant parties during the roaring Twenties and the retro funky yet contemporary vibe of Daft Punk’s music and it’s appeal to the current generation. Now, we already know how these overwrought shoe concepts turn out sometimes, right? It can either be downright unflattering and bizaare or could be totally be fab. As one can expect from an Italian powerhouse that has been creating footwear for half a century, Casadei took out all the charming things from the two inspirations — the sass and Art-deco romance of the Twenties with the glamour from Daft Punk’s music — and made something really, really good.

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Monday Motivation: Never Give Up

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If you’re disillusioned with life, get up and get to work. Do something useful, get yourself busy making a difference, and you’ll soon feel your faith in life being renewed.

If you’re frustrated or angry about something, get to work. Before long, you’ll find your focus shifting from the problems and frustrations to the possibilities and opportunities.

If you’re tired and weary, stop and rest for a little while, but not too long. Then get back up, get yourself working on something meaningful, and you’ll feel a renewed sense of energy.

It’s natural to feel lousy when you’re not making a contribution to life, but the answer is not to curse the lousy feeling. The answer is to get yourself doing something that will truly matter.

No matter how young or old or strong or infirm you may be, there’s good and useful work you can do in your own special way. Assume that there’s something valuable you can do, and from that perspective you’ll discover new and energizing ways to lift up life.

If life is troubling you or even if it’s not, get up and get to work. Make a difference with your efforts, and you’ll make your own life immensely better.

— Ralph Marston

 

 

 

Rosa Regale #Paint the Town Red” with Estelle

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the Rosa Regale “Paint the Town Red” event in Miami featuring music artist Estelle (@estelledarlings).  As soon as I heard bout the event I immediately wanted to go and I’m so happy I made the trek from my side of town to Paint the Town Rosa.  The event was very laid back and had a great ambience, it was held at Blu Martini Brickell, if you are familiar with the Blu Martini franchise than you know this venue provided a chic luscious backdrop for this type of event.  Rosa Regale was pouring along with speciality cocktails after walking down the red carpet and having your picture snapped in front of the backdrop ( still looking for my proffessional pics online??) .  Estelle darling herself was very friendly and nice,  she sashayed her sweet spirit around the room and spoke to and interacted with a good number of ladies.  She was very approachable and just lovely to meet in person.  I did end up getting a quick selfie as she was leaving which I think is my best picture from the event ( I may be biased though..lol).  Hair services sponsored by Shea Moisture products were being rendered along with nails and makeup.  I managed to get in a hair appointment right at 3:45 as the event was over at 4:00, I was very happy with the big flowy curls I left with (follow me on Instagram to see that pic @Heather_HightowerMiami).  All in all it was a great day party, with a relaxed vibe that made me want to stick around much longer.  Did you attend any day parties this summer?  Speak!

 

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