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Guest Post: How to “Love” Your Shoes

Every season as we look forward to Spring, it is a common ritual to change our wardrobe. We begin with sending our cashmere sweaters and coats to the dry cleaners. My obsession with shoes means slowing switching boots with ballets flats and then espadrilles. This seasonal ritual sees me “loving” my boots by sending them to a trusted cobbler.

In this post, I would like to share some tips which I hope will be useful for you.

There is a tendency to just remove our shoes and leave them once we get home. A little care in cleaning upon removal is an important step in caring for our shoes.

Leather Riding BootsLeather Riding Boots (these are Tory Burch Jess Riding Boots)


Let your shoes out in the air for an hour or two after use, as any dampness from sweating will dry out. This is an important step in shoe care, to prevent any dampness.

Shoe cleaning kitShoe Cleaning Kit


For cleaning, wax is the best option for leather boots. Alternatively, liquid polish is another option. A leather conditioner will retain the suppleness of the leather. Wait for the conditioner to dry before you apply the polish on your shoes.

Shoe shapers bootsShoe Tree/Shapers


The way you store your shoes is also important. Ensure that there is no dirt or dampness in your closet, as it will damage your shoes. Quality shoe tree/shapers made from unfinished cedar is a worthy investment in “loving” your shoes. It removes moisture and odors. Constant use of a shoe tree will also maintain your shoes shape while preventing shrinkage and creases.

These are some simple steps I use to care for my shoes. It has kept my favorite shoes with me for a good duration. Well, a trusty cobbler has also helped!

Happy Friday! 🙂

Wishing Wednesday… McQ Alexander Queen Razor Blade Snake-Effect Bracelet

McQ Alexander McQueen Razor Blade Snake-effect leather wrap braceletMcQ Alexander Mcqueen Razor Blade Snake-effect Wrap Bracelet

I have an affinity for exotic skins, be it faux or real, so when I came across this bracelet recently, I fell for it. I love not only the faux exotic leather but also the simplicity of wearing a razor, which is edgy to me (although I’m pretty sure TSA would have a field day with that should anyone be wearing that on their arm to board a plane!). Sadly, I’m always late to the game, as with almost all things fashion, so this is no longer available.

Net-a-porter McQ Alexander McQueen Razor Blade Snake-effect leather wrap bracelet

As always, I would turn to eBay when an item is no longer available and lo and behold, I found one! At that time, bidding was going for $50 (item is in Australia, so it was a bit less in their currency) and I put it on my watch list. I had planned on bidding on it but as luck would have it, I forgot since I fell asleep with my laptop still turned on. I frantically checked the auction page when I woke up, but nope, bidding had ended. I consoled myself that I wouldn’t have won anyway since the bid ended up being more than retail price. (I try to stick to my philosophy of not paying retail for my items whenever possible.) So here’s a post of me wishing that I’d be able to find this McQ Alexander McQueen Razor Blade snake-effect wrap bracelet (what a mouthful!) somehow, somewhere for less than retail! I think it’d go great with my Valentino Noir Rockstud flats. 😉

Should you be interested, the regular leather versions are available here (the lowest price I was able to find) and here for a little more but more colors.

Anja Rubik Off Duty

Yes, I’m substituting my lack of outfit pics with another post of others’ outfits! (It was yet another misty foggy morning when I left the house.) I’ve always have a soft spot for Anja Rubik who enjoys pushing the envelope. Her off duty looks here are relatively classic though.

Anja Rubik Off Duty

Anja Rubik Off Duty

Pictures taken from The Fashion Spot

I’m definitely loving her Burberry leather jacket in the second row. It really makes me want to finally get one for my wardrobe!

Which model’s off duty looks do you adore, if any?

Hermes Bracelets in Leather

Well, thanks to my sis’ prodding yesterday, I went to Hermes to check out their bracelets. Today I had fun play pretend as a snob who can afford luxury goods at retail prices. My first stop was at Cartier to try the Trinity ring for my size followed by Chanel in Neiman Marcus. As I predicted, nothing called to me in Chanel. It was dismal and off I went to Hermes under the same roof.

I had the sales associate who was super patient bring out 3 leather bracelets for me to try. She was on the phone and the only sales associate in the store and there was a mad crowd in the store! She was fantastic and if I could afford luxury goods at retail prices from Hermes, I would totally purchase from her. Two thumbs up for her customer service!

The leather bracelets I tried on are as follows:

Rush bracelet

Rivale bracelet

I actually also tried on the Kelly Dog bracelet which fit perfectly on my tiny wrist but I can’t find proper stock pictures of it like the other two above. Utilize the power of Google if you are curious! Heh.

Of the three that I tried on, I like the Rush and Rivale bracelets. Upon returning home from my adventure, I tried to find other Hermes bracelets and I think I really like the Kelly Double Tour.

Kelly Double Tour bracelet

I think I just found another item to add to my list of classics. What, you ask? Well, none other than the Hermes Kelly Double tour bracelet, of course. *wink* It will be in orange or oak brown (as pictured in the Rush above) with palladium/silver hardware. Heh.

p/s: I have yet to hear back from my bro (I emailed him pics of the Longines watch and Cartier ring) if the items I picked is breaking his bank. If they are, an Hermes bracelet it is!

Celeb spotting: Blake Lively

Blake Lively who plays the character Serena Van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl dresses just as well like her on-screen character. Here she is spotted at the ‘You Know You Want It’ publication celebration in stylishly trendy thigh-high perforated leather boots paired with a simple button-down white shirt and a mandarin collar blazer with slight shoulder poufs. I suspect her watch is a black J12 which goes perfectly with her ensemble.

*photos were taken from here*

I think she looks absolutely fabulous! What do you think?