“sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love
(all the merry little birds are
flying in the floating in the
very spirits singing in
are winging in the blossoming)
— e.e. cummings
Woke up and felt quite energized and positive about the day. Oh the world of possibilities! I hope you too woke up feeling empowered to carry out your dreams and blessed and in love with your life. Onward, forward, let’s do this!
The Spring/Summer designer collection of 2015 seems to unanimous in their decision (inspiration?) to bring back the Seventies but this time around instead of glitzy glamour from season’s past what’s quite apparent is the down-to-earth vibe that you that you get from the collections. While trusty espadrilles will never go out of style, it’s great to spice up your shoe game with a fresh update on the season’s hottest styles. I’ve pared down a list of must have shoes to throw in together with your warm weather ensemble:
Lug Sole Platforms
Have fun stylin’ this summer!
Do you realize how much you are worth? No matter what mistakes you have made, the amount of money you have in your bank or no matter what you have reached at this point in your life — you are worthy of anything you want to accomplish in your life no matter what anyone tells you. You are special. You are one of a kind. Your value isn’t diminished based on someone’s inability to see your worth. But no one else can show your own significance but you. You are the only one who can be you. You are the only who can live the life that you’ve always dreamed of. You are the only person who has what it takes to reach your dreams.
A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked. “Who would like this $20 bill?”
Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you – but first, let me do this.”
He proceeded to crumple the 20 dollar note up. He then asked. “Who still wants it?” Still the hands were up in the air.
“Well,” he replied, “what if I do this?” He dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty. “Now, who still wants it?”
Still the hands went into the air.
“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.
Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless; but no matter what happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value.
Dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to those who love you. The worth of our lives comes, not in what we do or who we know, but by …WHO WE ARE.
You are special – don’t ever forget it.”
You better believe it.
In a recent interview with Forbes, the Italian shoe designer Giuseppe Zanotti revealed that he’s collaborating with Beyonce for one very special pair of shoes. This isn’t first time the they’ve worked together, the pair have known each other since the Queen B’s Destiny’s Child days. And not too long ago for the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, joined minds to create all those fierce footwear we all saw she wore.
Zanotti added, ” “Beyoncé has very clear ideas – she knows exactly what she wants,” Zanotti told Forbes. “The thing which she then also has over other celebrities, is that she has an amazing voice. She’s incredibly talented and she’s an amazing dancer – she’s complete. Few are like Beyoncé. I’m working on finalising the shoe with her stylist right now. And Beyoncé will then say what she likes and what she doesn’t like. It will be one shoe only.”
The shoe will likely be an “ultra thick platform with a stilleto heel” and according to Forbes is scheduled to drop in the next week or two.
Beyhives, get ready!
Iconic fashion designers, icons and tastemakers share their thoughts on style, fashion and dressing rules to live by:
If you can’t be better than your competition, just dress better. –Anna Wintour
You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It’s a way of life. Without it, you’re a nobody. — Diana Vreeeland
Make it simple but significant. — Don Draper
The joy of dressing is an art. — John Galliano
Trendy is the last stage before tacky. — Karl Lagerfeld
Buy less, choose well. — Vivienne Westwood
What’s your fave fashion rule to live by?
Cinderella ups her shoe game.
Talk about fairytale dreams coming true! In honor of the new Cinderella live-action film hitting the theatres soon in spring, nine luxury shoe brand designers have teamed up with Disney to create their own reimagination of Cinderella’s famous glass slippers.
Check out all the designers designs below:
The stroke of midnight is a wonderful element of the Cinderella fairytale, it adds tension and intensity to the story. I was inspired by that when I designed this style for Cinderella and the result is a dramatic midnight-blue glitter sandal on a sky-high heel. The clear strap is reminiscent of the crystal slipper, while the refined gold and silver trims add the right amount of whimsy to the design. I wanted to create something that, if left behind, the Prince would feel even more captivated by Cinderella’s allure. — Jerome C. Rousseau
My vision of the glass slipper was inspired by the timeless and feminine beauty that I believe Cinderella and the Alexandre Birman brand both share. I reinterpreted our classic Johanna pump, this time giving it a fashionable and romantic twist with satin and Swarovski crystals. It’s a shoe I imagine a modern princess would wear. — Alexandre Birman
This transparent platform shoe made with my signature PVC perspex materials is adorned with star and crystal detailing as befits any princess. — Charlotte Olympia
I think every girl desires a Cinderella moment in their lives. This story ignites a love affair and fascination with shoes that never dies. The power they have to transform is instilled from a young age and the fantasy remains alive forever. I wanted to create a shoe that felt magical, with alluring sparkle and a feminine, timeless silhouette evoking those childhood emotions. – Sandra Choi, Creative Director at Jimmy Choo
Cinderella has both delicate and strong qualities as a character. The moment of transformation emphasizes both and gave me the design inspiration to create a piece that spoke to the film’s magic. — Nicholas Kirkwood
Cinderella’s glass slipper represents every woman’s dream shoe. The story, being a classic, inspired me to use my iconic pointed toe silhouette, which I embellished with an array of hand encrusted Swarovski crystals to create the ultimate fantasy shoe. I used transparent PVC to create a ‘glass’ effect and ivory suede for luxurious texture and dimension. — Paul Andrew
Works of arts called shoes [can] grant wishes and raise emotions. Passion and never ending research don’t draw the line at fantasy and creativity. This is how dreams come true in our fairy tale. — Rene Caovilla
The magic of a shoe that turns a woman into a princess and gives her the feeling of walking on clouds is a universal dream. A modern Cinderella fairy tale of rediscovering a soft sensuality and a powerful femininity. A shoe made of transparency and light: the cage heel, an iconic symbol of Salvatore Ferragamo, is covered with Swarovski crystals and is transformed by sparkling impalpability. — Massimiliano Giornetti of Salvatore Ferragamo
Cinderella in 2015 has a timeless appeal. The diamond and translucent bootie enhance the vision I have of her. – Stuart Weitzman
The Swarovski-encrusted creations will be available for order around the world, from Saks Fifth Avenue in New York and Beverly Hills, Harrods in London to the Shoe District in the Dubai Mall in Dubai in March.
Which of these designs are you most looking forward to? ♥
Valentines Day is just around the corner! No matter how you feel about the day or whatever plans you have.. date or no date, it’s a perfect occasion to pull out all the stops and look knockout gorgeous.
If you are in dire need of some outfit inspiration, here are a couple of looks that will seamlessly go well with any plans you might have. Bonus: They all look perfect with Heather Hightower heels. *wink*
Look sweet and flirty with this white halter neck dress. I totally adore that the floral print is bold and not all over the place (READ: Laura Ashley floral print territory) so that the overall look is sweet but with a liberal dose of sass. Shrug off the chill with the textured collarless coat and sparkle wherever you go with an iridiscent silver diamantes-encrusted Milk Carton purse. Amp up the luxe with a pair of snakeskin, silver toe-capped Candy Luxe pumps.
Chanel Milk Carton Bag | Oahu Dream Dress | White Jacquared Textured Collarless Coat | Candy Luxe Heels
If the look you’re going for is femine and edgy, then look no further. First up, a good bodysuit to keep the curves in their right places *wink* Ease down the overt sexiness of a body-con dress with the cool nonchalance of a good-fitting moto jacket. A medium-sized gold chain strap bag slung across the shoulders because girl can’t be bothered with lugging big bag that can fit an Olsen twin. Put on the reddest lipstick you have in your beauty arsenal plus a spritz here and there of Marc Jacobs Daisy’s fresh and feminine scent. Keep the toes toasty warm in a pair of tights, slip on a pair Heather Hightower architectural wedge heels and you’re all set to run the world.
Striped Bodycon Dress | Black Classic Biker Jacket | High-Waisted Tight-End Tights | Lace Slimming Teddy | Saint Laurent Monogram Bag | Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Parfum | Heather Hightower Heels Coming Soon
Mint Blue Chiffon Pleated Skirt | MYA Wrapfront Bodysuit | Marni Sequin Clutch | Blessed Pendant Bezel Diamond Necklace | TOM FORD Velvet Orchid Eau de Parfum | Glam Sugar Heels
At once demure and alluring, this look is very versatile. It’s great at the office buttoned up with a tailored blazer and sophisticated enough for a fun night out. Pair this drapey bodysuit with a breezy pleated chiffon skirt. Bring out the delicate gold bling and wear your attitude of gratitude on your neck. A spritz or two of Tom Ford Black Orchid’s sultry blend of rich fruit accords and spices. Tuck a trusty bejeweled clutch and complete the whole fab ensemble with Glam Sugar heels. Hair toss optional. *wink*
Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
In this video, Oprah talks about her success, her interviews with notable guests like JK Rowling, Ralph Lauren and Jim Carey and the power of visualizing what you want to happen and manifesting your dreams.
I hope that super-charged your motivation to accomplish your goals!
Well, that is, according to Vogue.
The glossy magazine’s editors Laura Weir and Julia Hobbs has even likened the Uggs’ resurgence to that of 2014’s #BasicGirl’s staple the Birkenstock:
Last summer marked our reintroduction to the ugly shoe — the Birkenstock, the heavyweight flatform, and the cumbersome trainer all made their wicked way into our wardrobes and offered a devil-may-care kind of glamour. Perhaps, then, it is only natural that the Ugg boot make a return.
What say you? Do you think the Uggs ever left? Are you happy it’s cool again?
Here’s to us putting in our very best efforts and knowing with confidence that our efforts will be richly rewarded. Here’s to us living our lives with purpose, doing what we love to do. Life is too precious to be always asking permissions. Here’s to us having trust in doing what we do as right and sticking to what we believe is energizing and empowering. Here’s to us greeting each new day with confidence and unshakeable faith!
All things will work out fine when we decide that they will!