Roger Vivier S/S17 Love Collection

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IMAGE: ROGER VIVER

Readers of the blog will know that sometime in late-January, the blog will be filled will posts on Love, the colour red, and hearts of pure joy. Yes, Valentine’s Day is coming. The day all you lucky ladies are looking forward to – because it just means flowers, heart-shaped everything, gifts and more!

And because this is the first of the many Valentine’s Day posts I will be waxing lyrical in, I will coin this series #BagaholicboyVDay, which you can click on to search and narrow down the posts and send it over to your boy. Or you can send him the hashtag and take it as a wish-list where he’d scan through and pick the one for you. Sounds pretty much perfect right? P.S. I say, just send him the one you really love above all!

A series featuring two main icons – the word Love in a banner and a red heart with Wings, both of which are presented in tattoo-like illustrations – seemingly a way of saying ‘I will shout out my love for you, and this message will be carried over to you whenever, and wherever, and my love for you will be like a tattoo – it can never be erased away.’

This ‘Wings of Love’ graphical design is featured on two shoes this Spring Summer 2017 season. The Sneaky Viv: Roger’s first ever sneaker (SGD1440), and the Gommette Ballerina in patent leather – another classic must-have for the everyday woman (SGD1030).

And of course, you can’t miss out on the accessories. The graphic extends to the Pilgrim clutch (SGD1960) and a Mini Buckle Pouch (SGD1730) which comes with an extra metal chain strap for you to carry over your shoulder. A lovely cardholder rounds up the 3rd of the series with the cute ‘Heart-with-Wings’ print etched on one side, and the RV logo de-bossed on the other. Available now via Roger Vivier’s flagship at Ngee Ann City, just remember that love comes in many-splendoured things, with this collection taking the lead.

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15 Best Pairs of Fall 2016 Mary Jane Shoes for Any Budget

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A great thing about fashion is how much fun a returning trend can be. One of the fun returning footwear trends for the fall 2016 season is the return of the Mary Jane shoe. Mary Jane shoes are well known and easily identifiable as having a rounded, broad toe box, low heel and a strap that fastens across the top of the foot with either a button or a buckle. Many of us have had at least one pair of Mary Janes as we were growing up. It is an old fashioned shoe that has shown up for a lot of years and now Mary Jane shoes are making a comeback. Here are 15 pairs of fun fall 2016 Mary Jane shoes for any budget, from designer shoes to more affordable options.

Fall 2016 Mary Jane Shoes for Any Budget

1. GUCCI Embellished Mary Jane Pumps

Gucci’s embellished, brightly colored leather Mary Jane pumps feature an outside buckle closure and strategically placed faux pearls, one over the toes and the others around the 1-inch block heel. The scalloped edges add another touch to the overall interesting aesthetic. Both the rear facing pearl on the heel and the center resting pearl over the toes are also adorned with the signature Gucci GG logo. Purchase yours here at Net-A-Porter!

Fall 2016 Mary Jane Shoes for Any Budget

2. Marni Mary Jane Pumps

The signature pointed almond toe that Mary Janes are known to have is here, as well as the center strap (with a twist) work well with the 3.1-inch-high block heel. These white Mary Jane shoes for fall 2016 by Marni offer a slightly updated take on the classic Mary Jane for an adult. You can get yours at Moda Operandi.

3. Rebecca Minkoff Brooke Mary Jane Pumps

These nude colored Mary Jane pumps by Rebecca Minkoff are updated Mary Jane shoes that still have all the classic features of the original shoe. These shoes are patent leather with buckle closures, an almond toe and a covered block heel that is 2.25 inches high. You can buy yours at Shopbop.

4. Miu Miu Crystal-Strap Mary Jane Pumps

Miu Miu typically has a gift for embellishment, and this triple strapped, jewel-embellished set of patent leather Mary Janes has all the expected features of this signature shoe. From the almond shaped toe box to the patent leather covered heel, this shoe is a sparkling take on a classic. These fall 2016 Mary Jane shoes come in black and nude patent leather and are available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Fall 2016 Mary Jane Shoes for Any Budget

5. Lanvin Patent Leather Mary Jane Shoes

These Italian made powder pink colored patent leather pumps are a great Mary Jane shoe with a wide ankle strap and double buckle closure. The rounded block heel is 1.5 inches high. You can get your Lanvin patent leather Mary Janes at FWRD.com.

6. Double-Strap Mary Jane Shoes

These fall 2016 Mary Jane shoes feature faux patent leather and a set of mini ankle straps with tiny buckles. The block heel is considered to be mid height and the rounded toe is comfortable. You can get yours at ASOS.

7. Christian Louboutin Dolly Birdy 30 Mary Jane Pumps

Louboutins are well known for an iconic classy touch and these Mary Janes are updated without losing their classic looks. The low block heel shows off a leopard print and the iconic Louboutin red sole. The shiny polished burgundy patent leather body of the shoe also has the rounded toe and ankle strap with a circle buckle on the side. Buy yours atNet-A-Porter!

Fall 2016 Mary Jane Shoes for Any Budget

8. MIU MIU Crystal-Embellished Mary Jane Shoes

High shine patent leather and crystal-embellished block-shaped heels give these Mary Janes by Miu Miu a standout appearance. The crystals are different sizes and shapes to reflect the light differently from all angles for a more interesting look. The strap that is typically found across the ankle is in this case right behind the toes and very slim. Get your ruby Miu Miu Mary Janes at Net-A-Porter!

9. Marc Jacobs Lexi Glittered Mary Jane Pumps

These Marc Jacobs Lexi Mary Janes are a light catching wonder with a glittery patent leather that also has a high polished shine. These fall 2016 Mary Janes are a shimmering silver and gold and feature the traditional almond shaped toe box, block heel and ankle strap. The heel measures in at 1.5 inches high and is also wrapped in the silver and gold glitter color known as Diamond. You can purchase your Diamond Lexi Mary Janes at Net-A-Porter.

10. New Look Patent Mary Jane Heeled Shoes

The wide fit is more accommodating for certain feet, and the block heel on these Mary Janes is mid height. The patent leather appearance is soft pink with a round toe and an ankle strap fastening that ends in a pin buckle closure. These Mary Janes can be found atASOS.

Fall 2016 Mary Jane Shoes for Any Budget

11. Classic Beige Mary Jane Heeled Shoes

These beige and black patent leather Mary Jane heels are a bit different than other shoes on this list. Rather than having the ankle strap, these have a heel strap and open back. These slip-in shoes have a 2.5-inch-tall block heel and cut outs midway along the foot. Get yours at Zalando!

12. Prada Suede Mary Jane Block-Heel Shoes

Prada’s suede Mary Janes come in black or burgundy with a soft feel thanks the suede that covers the entire shoe including the 2.16-inch block heel. The almond-toe box and strap that make up the classic Mary Jane shoe are here. You can get yours at Saks Fifth Avenue.

13. Gianvito Rossi Suede Mary Janes

These suede pumps feature the great silhouette of a Mary Jane, but rather than the cross ankle strap, there is an almost ballet-shoe-like ankle tie. The suede is elegant, covering the entire shoe and the 2-inch block heel. These suede Gianvito Rossi Mary Jane shoes come in red and black and are available at Net-A-Porter.

Fall 2016 Mary Jane Shoes for Any Budget

14. Isabel Marant Étoile Louanne Mary Jane Pumps

Smooth cream-colored leather works beautifully with a wood-effect-covered block heel. The buckle gleams polished gold on the over ankle strap. The Mary Jane silhouette is easily recognizable and the shoe a comfort to wear and a chic sight to see. These fall 2016 Mary Jane shoes are available at Net-A-Porter.

15. Mary Jane Flats

The Mary-Jayne flat is an everyday Mary Jane that comes in sparkling gold leather or soft, rich blue suede. They are the classic shape and silhouette of a Mary Jane along with an adjustable strap for just the right fit. These are great shoes that are available at Free People.

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Cara Delevingne Has Worn Some Extreme Shoe Looks on the Suicide Squad Promo Tour

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The 10 Pairs of Shoes Every College Girl Should Have in Her Closet

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Photo Credit: Elle
Photo Credit: Elle

Hi everyone! So this post is a bit of a sequel to my last article, 15 Tried-And-True Pieces Every College Woman Should Own. Last time, we talked about clothes, and this time, we're tackling my personal favorite subject - shoes!

When I say shoes are my favorite subject, I'm not lying: I'm a shoe addict andI want everything. And I mean everything, from basics to outrageous styles I could only wear once. Even coming up with JUST ten pairs for this list seemed insane! But after thinking hard about what I - and you - truly need,I finally narrowed it down. 

It's tempting to blow money on all sorts of shoes, but if you have these ten pairs, you shouldn't need more. So without further ado, here are the ten pairs of shoes every college girl needs in her closet:

Everyday Flat Sandals

Products: Brown Thong SandalWhite Lace-Up SandalBlack Plait Sandal

Gone are the days of flip-flops! Leave those for the beach days when you need a simple shoe. Instead, up your game with a pair of strappy sandals -- they're all the rage this summer! 

This shoe is one that you can slip on just like flip-flops, but you'll always look more polished and sophisticated. Strappy sandals go perfectly with your summer dresses or jeans! I bought a cognac pair of Aldo lace-up sandals (the color I have is sold out but you can still get them in white) and they go with every.single.outfit. 

Workout Shoes

Products: Nike PegasusAsics Gel-ContendNike Flex

As we all know from experience, the key to a successful college experience is balance. So don't quit exercising and taking care of your health just because you're swamped in studies! If you need more inspiration to work out, buying a new cute pair of sneaks will definitely do the trick. 

Even if you aren't an avid exerciser, these are essential for those days when you want to rock an athleisure look, or for when your car breaks down and you have to sprint to that meeting (okay that's a bit of a stretch, but you get what I mean)!

PS: The Nike and Adidas Outlets have some great steals!

Casual Sneakers

Products: Adidas Neo CourtsetConverseNike TXT

If you've read my Monthly Favorites and Wishlist column for the month of July, you know that I absolutely raved about my new causal Adidas sneakers. The casual sneaker is the shoe to go-to when you don't know what other shoes to wear. 99% of the time, they will match with whatever you have on at the moment. 

Yes I know what you're thinking. But I have sneakers already, why do I need these too? Because these will actually look good with outfits that don't involve athletic wear. Trust. One pair of sneakers for the gym and one for casual wear. Do it.

Ankle Booties

Products: G by GUESSBlack Galvin BootieNordstrom Stevie Lee 

Booties are important. I repeat: booties are important. I actually prefer booties over heels because they're more comfortable and can be worn in every season. I wear mine for parties and days of class alike. Although they are just a bit more casual than heels, they complement almost any outfit. 

What did I do before booties? Oh yeah. I would come home after a long night out with sore, blister-ridden feet. As I said, ankle booties have served me well. 

Riding Boots

Products: DSW TunisaJC Penney Cody BootNaturalizer Joylynn 

Ah yes. The riding boot. These are perfect for when the weather gets a little chillier, and you want to cover up, but still look fashionable. These are truly anessential to any woman's wardrobe because they're like a blank canvas. There is no debate about them. Let me explain...

Most shoes now have contrasting elements, such as heeled versus flat, pointy versus opened toe, slim versus regular. Riding boots are just simply riding boots and do not have to follow any trends. They're all uniform: tall, flat, and neutral colored. They're classic and forever in style.

Weather-Appropriate Boots 

Products: Bearpaw Snow BootsNordstrom Duck BootChooka Top Solid

Weather-appropriate boots will vary for each one of you, depending on where you live. For example, I go to school in Northern Missouri, and it snows. A lot. So for my 'weather-appropriate boots', I bought a pair of Uggs. If you live in a place where it rains a lot of the days, then your best choice would be rain boots. 

Now I realize that when many people think of snow or rain boots, they think of ugly galoshes. But there are some really cute styles out there!  It's important to have a pair of shoes that are suited for rainy or snowy weather, and it's worth it to pay a little more for something that will function for you.

Black Pumps

Products: Steve Madden PumpsDSW Journee Pump, Aldo Viadien

You knew this one was coming. You can never go wrong with a classic pair of black pumps! Invest in a high quality pair now and you'll have them for thenext decade! These shoes look great with everything and will take you from the office to your night out. 

Throw on your black heels with any outfit to pull your whole look together, giving you a chic vibe. 

 Wedges

Products: Steve Madden 'Wavi'Lulu's Caged WedgeLulu's Toffee Wedge

This shoe is perfect for the warmer months and gives you all the fashion points without all of the wobbling of a stiletto. These are great for the days when you know you'll be walking a lot. Wedges work with everything from flirty skirts during the day to sexy dresses at night! 

Statement Heels 

Products: Pretty Purple HeelsRoyal Blue Heels, Steve Madden Lace Up

Wear your statement heels out anytime you're feeling a little more daring. Statement heels can be anything and everything, and should be tailored to your style: leather, suede, bright, bold, or studded -- anything goes! But one thing they must be is UNIQUE. 

A good pair of statement heels will make even your simplest ensembles lookbrand new. So go ahead, throw your statement heels on, and rock them with confidence!

Ballet Flats

Products: Chinese Laundry FlatLulu's Seline BlackSpotted Flat

Now I will admit that I don't wear ballet flats very often, but still feel as though they are essential. Maybe your feet are tired. Or you want to look more professional. Or you just love that effortless French girl vibe. Ballet flats are your answer.

My favorite trick is to slip my ballet flats in my purse when I go out in my highest heels - instant comfort when I'm ready to head home!

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Best Sneakers of Summer: Kick it Up a Notch

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Best Sneakers of SummerThough I’ve talked a lot about sandals this season (for obvious reasons), sneakers are just as much a necessity for summer, whether you’re sporting them to the gym or just feel like a little extra comfort! And with the convergence of workout wear and street wear at its peak, these are even easier to style than you think…

Valentino Mixed Media Camouflage Sneakers:The high-fashion kick remains trending, and few do it as well as Valentino. Camo paired with color and texture-blocking (and a strip of Rockstuds) make for a shoe as exciting as any pump.

Hogan Rebel Tweed Panel Sneakers:If you longed for the tweed sneakers wandering around the aisles of Chanel’s Fall ’14 supermarket, but couldn’t foot the bill, this tweed panel will give you your fix.

Axel Arigato Ostrich Embossed Leather Low Sneaker: When this Swedish shoe label noticed that women were buying up all of the men’s smallest sizes, they expanded into women’s footwear! 

Adidas x Stella McCartney Diorite Adizero Sneakers:Once again, Stella’s collaboration with Adidas makes working out chic (even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time).

Athletic Propulsion Labs TechLoom Pro Knit Sneakers;This is for those of you who prefer your sneakers to do some work. APL is one of the top brands for runners and other athletes.

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WEEKEND UPDATE

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1. From the responses and messages I received on my Gucci Marmont review, it seems like quite a few of you have been buying Gucci flats and loafers lately. As I stated, I love my Marmonts, and recently added this “Frame” style, in pink suede.

gucci pink loafer

I’m not a pink person usually, and own very few items of pink clothing, but these loafers just seemed so fun and bright for summer.  I promise, the color is even prettier in real life! I think they’ll look great with white shorts, casual denim…quite versatile, and the color makes them young and fun.

2. I thought this article on three days at Baselworld, via The NY Times, was quite interesting (and I’m not even really a watch person!). Lots of good tidbits and the writer has a sense of humor, too. The new Rolex Daytona is pretty fantastic looking, in my opinion.

Italian fashion designer Valentino (born Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani) (center, with red scarf) sits at a table with, from left, his business partner Giancarlo Giammetti, British actress and model Elizabeth Hurley, and German actress and model Claudia Schiffer and her boyfiend, businessman Tim Jeffries, at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York during the Valentino Gala, New York, New York, June 14, 2000. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)

3. I loved this gossipy little article, via The Hollywood Reporter, featuring tales from the Four Seasons restaurantin New York.

4. For those looking for a long but interesting read, I’d like to recommend this update on the Sumner Redstone inheritance battle/saga – Hostage to Fortune, via Vanity Fair. Its truly a fascinating story and it makes you wonder what Sumner truly wants…and whether that’s still the right thing to do. Would 85 year old Sumner want the same thing as 92 year old Sumner now? For a brief primer on the whole situation, I’d first read this piece, Who Controls Sumner Redstone?

5. This week I finished the fascinating, and often hilarious Disrupted, by Dan Lyons.

Disrupted

If you’ve ever watched Office Space, or Silicon Valley the show, you will like this book. My only beef is that sometimes Lyons seems to have too much of a personal vendetta against certain people – he’s plays the victim more than he needs to. Its a shame because he doesn’t need to – the crazy situations and ridiculous people he’s working with are more than enough to elicit sympathy for Lyons. But its a smaller quibble, and Disrupted was still incredibly engaging. I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended – especially if you work in Silicon Valley, and have to deal with some of the types described in the book (the “founder”, the “visionary”, the “VC”).

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