Heelz Stay High

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

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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black jewelled heels

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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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The Enchanted Sicily Collection by Dolce and Gabbana

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Set against a backdrop of a dark enchanted forest,  it was a fairy tale extravaganza for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s Fall 2014 show that was teeming with themes and literary references to knights and storybook characters.  The collection featured accessories intricately encrusted with gems, charming animal appliques and gorgeously cut dresses. Texture and embellishment was evident in the shoe collection and that too brilliantly translated the whole fantastical narrative of knights and fairies in Sicily that Dolce and Gabbana had aimed for.

What gorgeous witchery is this?!

green metallic gold flats

green metallic gold flats

metallic black silver flats

metallic black silver flats

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pastel burgundy pink high heels

pastel burgundy pink high heels

pastel pink metallic gold flats

pastel pink metallic gold flats

red metallic gold flats boots+booties

red metallic gold flat booties

silver burgundy metallic flats

silver burgundy metallic flats

silver metallic flat boots

silver metallic flat boots

yellow metallic silver flats

yellow metallic silver flats

yellow metallic silver high heels

yellow metallic silver high heels

black flat knee-high boots

black flat knee-high boots

black flat booties

black flat booties

black metallic gold flats

black metallic gold flats

blue floral high heels

blue floral high heels

burgundy flats

burgundy flats

clear metallic gold flats

clear metallic gold flats

 

Tell me your favorites!

 

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Monday Motivation: Surround Yourself with Positive People

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Surround yourself with positive people  who support your goals and keep you motivated. People who belittle your dreams can bring you down and keep you from staying motivated. Pick the people you want to be with wisely, the people who share similar values and aspirations and those who see your potential no matter when you don’t see it yourself.

Culottes Are Back and and Some Tips on How to Wear Them

Spotted resurging on the runways as early as last year’s resort season with Celine, Acne and Louis Vuitton featuring them in their collections, the culottes are making a comeback full force albeit with a modern spin. I say modern because it hasn’t been that long since we threw out those flimsy, stretchy calf-length wonders with waistbands that you can roll down (mmmm, remember those..hello muffin top)  and we called them culottes then. Tricky as they may seem to wear, the culottes of the season are much more streamlined and sharply tailored so with the right styling it can turn out to be one of the most versatile transitional piece to wear from season to season and easily the most flattering item to wear in your wardrobe. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind to make this trend work for you:

Proportions, Proportions, Proportions

Throw on a crop top over your high-waisted ones or a shirt with a hem that sits closer to your waistband. Contrast a billowy pair with a fitted top. Tuck in your shirt to show off your waist. To avoid looking stumpy, mid-calf is the most flattering length as it gives the illusion of a swingy circle skirt. For petite girls, a pant length hitting below the knee works much better.

Show off Your Shoes

But choose them well. The right shoes can spell a difference between dowdy and chic. Anything that shows off your lovely ankles or with delicate heels is the easiest way to make the look work.

Stick to Neutrals 

When in doubt, stick to a neutral color scheme. It’s the safest and easiest way to look polished without looking like you’re trying too hard to wear the trend.

Now,  let’s take a cue from these savvy fashionistas on how they wear their culottes:

 

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Cool in pinstripes.

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A laidback but chic alternative to the usual shirt and pencil skirt combo.

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Relaxed and still put together worn with a well-fitted shirt

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Or bold with a matchy-matchy bright floral

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High-waisted and matched with a cropped top.

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Knee-length and preppy.

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Noveau power-suit.

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With a pop of color.

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Neon shirt and pair of minimalist high-heels.

 

What do you think of culottes? Yay or Nay? Would to hear from you!

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The Hottest Shoe Trends this Fall

Straight off the Fall 2014 runway shows, here are the hottest shoe trends hitting the the store shelves pretty soon. Which fall trend will you be trying on?

Strappy Happy

Don't throw away your ankle straps yet (L-R) Valentino, Reef Krakoff, DSquared2, Roberto Cavalli

Don’t throw away your ankle straps yet (L-R) Valentino, Reef Krakoff, DSquared2, Roberto Cavalli

Super strappy! (L-R): Marchesa, Marissa Webb, Emilio Pucci, House of Holland, Prabal Gurung

Super strappy! (L-R): Marchesa, Marissa Webb, Emilio Pucci, House of Holland, Prabal Gurung

 

One of the Boys

Bust out your brogues and loafers, and give your heels a rest. (L-R): Stella McCartney, Prouenza Schouler, Marni, Lanvin

Bust out your brogues and creepers, and give your heels a rest. (L-R): Stella McCartney, Prouenza Schouler, Marni, Lanvin

Metallics

Fall will anything be but drab with a pair of metallic kicks (L-R): Marni, Prada, Dries Van Noten,  Rebecca Taylor

Fall will be anything but drab with a pair of metallic kicks (L-R): Marni, Prada, Dries Van Noten, Rebecca Taylor

Cutouts

Proof that the cutout trend is bigger than ever -- it's all over footwear now. (L-R): Christian Siriano, DVF, Donna Karan, Bottega Veneta

Proof that the cutout trend is bigger than ever — it’s all over footwear now. (L-R): Christian Siriano, DVF, Donna Karan, Bottega Veneta

Geometric Patterns

Retro 60's patterns on modern heels (L-R): Stella Jean, DVF, Valentino

Retro 60′s patterns on modern heels (L-R): Stella Jean, DVF, Valentino

Knee-highs

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Wear one with flair (L-R): Valentino, Dolce& Gabbana Saint Laurent

Go minimal (L-R): Maison Martin Margiela, Emilio Pucci, Alexander Wang

Or go minimal (L-R): Maison Martin Margiela, Emilio Pucci, Alexander Wang

Eclectic

Take your pick from shearling lined booties, athletic-soled high heels to kneehigh trainers (L-R): Christian Dior, Rag & Bone, Chanel, Chloe

Take your pick from shearling lined booties, athletic-soled high heels to kneehigh trainers (L-R): Christian Dior, Rag & Bone, Chanel, Chloe

90′s Redux

Essentially a tribute to the rugged chicness that is Doc Martens! (L-R): Celine, Calvin Klein, Giles

Essentially a tribute to the epitome of rugged, punkass chicness that is Doc Martens! (L-R): Celine, Calvin Klein, Giles

Ladies Who Lunch

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Impeccable is the word (L-R): Rouland Mouret, Jill Stuart, Dolce & Gabbana

L-R: Marni, Bottega Veneta, Dries Van Noten

L-R: Marni, Bottega Veneta, Dries Van Noten

Interesting Heels

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Chunky heels, nuts and bolts and when athletic kicks meets sexy librarian shoes and have babies together (L-R): Givenchy, Christian Dior, 3.1 Philip Lim, Miu Miu

 

What are your favorites?

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Prada Shoes for Fall 2014

Prada’s Fall 2014 RTW collection drew it’s inspiration heavily on the 1972 Rainer Werner Fassbinder-helmed film The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. Dark and moody, the collection hints of a bygone golden Weimar era from the wispy silk shifts, shearling coats, delicate scarves down to the well-thought Art-deco prints used. And the shoes! The shoes are absolutely stunning. Those wedge heels with Art-deco geometric carvings on them had I WANT written all over them .

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Monday Motivation: Finding Your Voice

Here’s a beautiful animated film from Vimeo to inspire you to take courage, celebrate your own uniqueness and to stay true to yourself.  Finding your own voice can be scary, sometimes lonely but ultimately is liberating and freeing when you can live your life without any pretense or worries. The film is described as “the story of a boy struggling to find his voice in the world. His determination for change leads him on an exploratory journey to regain his courage and overcome his greatest fear. ”

Voice from Charles Schwab on Vimeo.

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#BeHappy

Helloooooo lovelies!! Just wanted to stop by and drop you a quick note to remind yourself that happiness is really a journey in your life.  Learn to live in the moment and be happy about all your current blessings.  Don’t take one day or any small goal or trial for granted.  Stay on your path to happiness each and everyday…and always take a few moments to stop and smell the roses, breath in and out and take in your surroundings.  Learn to love the life you have and make an active decision to Be Happy!!

 

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