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Guest Post: Obsessed with Shoes!

Fauxionista is my sibling and I will be contributing sporadically.

It could be genetics, I have been fascinated by shoes since I was a child. With one parent who loves shoes in all colors and forms, it likely encouraged my fascination. The fact that I spent some years working in a retail department store added to my love of shoes … perhaps to a point of obsession.

I decided that today being Friday, is a good day to indulge that obsession. All of us know a good pair of shoes not only keep our feet happy but should be a way of our self expression. The right shoes will compliment your whole look whether for business or leisure.

Shoes make me happyTaken at a mall in Singapore by Fauxionista

Some of you may be bundled up with the cold weather but here is a selection from Spring 2013 which I hope will kick off the weekend on a good note.

Balenciaga Origami Sandals Spring Summer 2013Balenciaga

BCBG Max AzriaBCBG Max Azria

Nicolas KirkwoodNicolas Kirkwood

Rebecca Taylor SandalsRebecca Taylor

Suno sandalsSuno

Badgley Mishka SandalBadgley Mischka

Kate Spade WedgesKate Spade

Rodarte SandalsRodarte

Happy Friday to all!

Neiman Marcus & Target – Holiday 24 Review

**UPDATE: Everything from the collaboration is marked 50% off! Happy Shopping here!**

I made a quick run to Target during lunch on Thursday as my colleague wanted to pick up some clothes from there for an interview. I was finally able to check out the items in person as I had placed my order online as mentioned here.

The store that I went to in Rockville, MD had everything in stock (in all sizes!) and following are some pics of the items.

Alice & Olivia BikeAlice & Olivia Bike $499

Judith Leiber Compact Mirrors Judith Leiber Compact Mirror $59.99

Jason Wu & Rodarte Ornaments, Proenza Schouler iPad CaseJason Wu ($49.99) & Rodarte ($19.99) ornaments, Proenza Schouler iPad Cases ($39.99)

The ornaments looked pretty and seemed well made. I however have no need for them as I do not have a Xmas tree up.

Tracy Reese Dessert Plates, Tory Burch Box, Derek Lam skateboard, Rag & Bone flaskRag & Bone shot glasses ($19.99), Rag & Bone flask $29.99, Tracy Reese plates $39.99, Tory Burch lunch box $19.99, Derek Lam skateboard $99.99

Rag & Bone flaskRag & Bone flask $29.99

Band of Outsiders cookie cutter, Tory Burch thermos, Tory Burch lunch box

Band of Outsiders cookie cutters $29.99, Tory Burch thermos $24.99, Tory Burch lunch box $19.99, Derek Lam skateboard $99.99

Oscar de la RentaOscar de la Renta tote $59.99

I originally thought the tote was faux leather based upon the stock pics but it turns out to be canvas. It’s a steep price to pay for a canvas bag that doesn’t really stand out, in my opinion.

Marchessa Girl Dresses Target Neiman MarcusMarchesa dresses for Girls – Beaded ($99.99) and Floral ($79.99)

Lela Rose lace top and dressLela Rose lace top ($69.99) and printed dress ($99.99)

Of the two items that I ordered, the Lela Rose lace top looked disappointing to me as the lace was only on the front and the underlay of the top was in a much darker beige than pictured. The material for the underlay felt sub-par, a little cheap for the price point. I was put off that I didn’t bother to try on the top in the store.

Robert Rodriguez Target Neiman Marcus lace dress model wornRobert Rodriguez Lace Dress $99.99

Close up of lace on Robert Rodriguez Close up of the lace on the Robert Rodriguez dress

The Robert Rodriguez lace dress looked promising but upon trying it on, there were few issues with it, one being that it was actually loose on me in size 2, the smallest size! 🙁 That aside, as I read from the reviews on Target’s site, the zipper does get stuck near the ribbon and it took a while for me to zip the dress. And last but not least, the area around the hip looks boxy (refer to my modeling pic). If not for those issues, I would gladly keep this dress when it arrives as it is well made with boning and a bra strap to secure the top. The lace is of good quality, and so is the lining. Unfortunately it will have to go back when I receive my package.

Well, all is not lost since I purchased the much raved about Tracy Reese dessert plates instead and was able to do that with a $10 gift card from a coupon that expires Dec 8. The plate is of good quality with substantial weight to it and it is rimmed in 18K gold.

Tracy Reese Neiman Marcus Target Holiday Dessert PlatesPackaging of Tracy Reese dessert plates

Tracy Resse Neiman Marcus Target Dessert Plates Interior of the packaging of Tracy Reese dessert plates

Tracy Reese Dessert Plates Neiman Marcus TargetTracy Reese dessert plates $39.99

Did you get anything from this collaboration?

American Style, Way Up High

MARC JACOBS From left, a fur shell and rounded skirt in a tweed pattern; a wool peacoat over an A-line skirt. A suit in windowpane wool.

Thirty minutes before the start of the Marc Jacobs show, the models were lined up and waiting. Mr. Jacobs, in a formal mood, was wearing a three-piece suit but had removed the jacket. Out front, where the floor and specially built walls were covered with brown cardboard, giving the aura of a giant box, guests milled around. The photographers, without celebrities to snap (none had been invited) were like chickens idly pecking around a barnyard.

And so all was calm at Marc Jacobs, in contrast to previous seasons when the scene was part of the fun, crushing or not. Then, too, Mr. Jacobs was interested in conceptual collections, involving a set, and afterward journalists would troop backstage to unearth the meaning.

On Monday night, though, the music was a remix of “Over the Rainbow,” from “The Wizard of Oz.” That’s only worth mentioning because a number of puff-sleeve dresses, and the low-heeled pumps with anklets, pointed to Dorothy. The rest of the show needed no explanation.

“Did you like it?” Mr. Jacobs asked guests backstage. “It’s beautiful, right?”

Yes, Mr. Jacobs, it was beautiful.

Part of the tug of “Over the Rainbow” is that it’s an American ballad, written by E. Y. Harburg, known as Yip, and that seemed to be Mr. Jacobs’s idea — to create a buoyant American collection.

His timing couldn’t be better. American style is the subject of this year’s major costume exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, opening in May. And by banishing celebrities from his front row, at least for now, Mr. Jacobs has pointedly returned the focus to the clothes. That has been a complaint about American fashion — that it has been sidetracked into celebrity, parties and co-branding deals. What about its great tradition of innovative design?

If the spirit of American fashion is modernism, Mr. Jacobs seemed to approach that ideal in at least two ways — through a neutral palette, with flashes of bitter yellow, that evoke modern interiors free of Old World clutter, and in the modest, relaxed line of the clothes. The majority of the skirts and coats, in wools and double-faced cashmere, were A-line and hemmed below the knee. A sleeveless taupe blouse with a streaming sailor tie appeared with a wool kilt in a slightly warmer tone, the wool cut in window slats and inset with chiffon. By raising the center of a peacoat and pinching the back, he gave the classic shape a new, flattering silhouette.

Probably he has shown pantsuits before, but two in putty gray looked just right. The collection was loaded with fur, piled at wrist and neck and sometimes treated as a top, but it also appeared in a checked pattern for a plain shell and rounded skirt. You’d think it was tweed.

RODARTE Layers of fuzzy wool and fabric, with ankle-wrapped stilettos.

A trip to a Texas border town, seeing factory employees walk to work half asleep, gave Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte the concept of a young woman dressing herself in the dark, using short and long lengths of fabric, washed-out florals and highly textured knits that also looked haphazard.

Yet, while some of the constructions were beautiful, the concept rapidly wore thin, and perhaps it was not developed enough.

*article taken from here*

I was bummed/gutted that I missed the LIVE show online for my incompetent web browser but oh well, I am sure I’ll be able to find the video somewhere, say on youtube. I definitely love the palette of colors used by Marc Jacobs and of course lovin’ most of the handbags that he sent down the runway. Boxy and vintage with the padlock, in exotics no less. Oh Marc, you just know how to steal my heart!

I shall post detail pics of the aforementioned handbags in another post. A week of snowcation has made me productive blogging minus the long weekend that I was away in Long Island for the Lunar New Year. Now that things are back to normal i.e. work, I shall try my best to update whenever possible!