I am a regular shopper at Shopbop so there is nothing more exciting than the popular Shopbop’s Family and Friend’s Sale (25% off with code INTHEFAM25 – some brand exclusions apply) that is happening now! It is the best time to snatch up some bargains so I thought I’d introduce a really affordable and well-made shoe brand that I’ve been liking lately.
It is quite obvious that I love investing in beautiful designer shoes, and lately I was on the lookout for a pair of nude strappy sandals. I had my eyes set on the Stuart Weitzman Nudist but they looked very average on me after trying them on. So I decided to skimp on a pair of Schutz Cadey Lee Sandals in flesh colored suede (a very popular style from the brand), and I was very impressed with the way they look and the quality of their shoes (all leather and made in Brazil) at such a reasonable price. They look far better than the SW’s on me – more delicate and slimming on my feet which is exactly what I was after! My second pair is the Schutz Yoko Suede Sandals/Booties. It is really hard to come by a pair of olive suede boots and the style reminds me of my all time favorite booties by Alexander Wang that I wore literally everyday. The only flaw about the Yoko is that the opening is quite big for my skinny ankles, so they only look great if I wear them with skinny leggings/jeans.
Introducing a new addition to my ever expanding shoes collection – the Aquazzura Belgravia Suede Pumps. Lace-up shoes are having a major shoe moment, and I like Aquazzura for its original design. Generally speaking their shoes fit me true to size and are relatively comfy for heels. The Belgravia style is seriously sultry and surprisingly cute looking at the same time (reminds me of those little girls ballet shoes!), and extremely versatile. The style is a cross between pumps and ankle length booties, and the best thing about it is that the lace-up front doesn’t cut off your feet so they will help to elongate the legs. As with most “IT” items, they are selling out really fast online. I managed to get myself a pair as soon as they were restocked on NAP (cheapest online for Australian currency). They also come in mid heels as well as a flat version which is absolutely adorable!
styled with Helmut Lang leather pants
I have finally jumped on the Valentino Rockstud bandwagon, and once I started I couldn’t stop so I got myself two pairs. The camel pair comes in patent leather with gold studs, and they look extremely glamorous and lush in real life. I can hardly take my eyes off them every time I have them on, and they add a high-end fashion spin to any casual outfit. I also decided to get the special “Noir Rockstud Version” which comes in matte black leather with silver studs as I think I will get more wear out of these. They are much more low key, and look more punk and edgy so they are more wearable on a day-to-day basis for me. Both pairs are truly exquisite and worthy of splurge if you love collecting beautiful shoes. Size wise they run true for me. If you have wider feet I suggest you to go half a size up.
I purchased them here as they work out to be the cheapest for shipping to Australia. Otherwise they are available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and ForwardForward and each shop tends to stock them in different colors.
I have always been a dress girl. Particularly now that I am on mommy’s duties at all times so there is very little time for me to think how to mix and match. Grabbing a dress in the morning seems to be the easiest as well as fool proof option for me. This Saloni Katie Silk Dress is one of my latest additions to my wardrobe and I love everything about it. The cut is very flattering and makes me want to dance as it’s so light and flowy. Also carrying my beloved YSL Mini Crossbody Bag – I haven’t really talked much about this bag on my blog but it’s such an investment piece based on “cost per wear value” as it just goes with everything and it’s so cute and chic!
Dress – Saloni (bought here but is sold out, also available here)
Bag – YSL (link here)
Sunglasses – Rayban Original 58mm Aviator in Green/Gold (bought here, other colors here)
Shoes – Toni Bianco (similar here)
Necklace – Cartier
It was love at first sight with the Givenchy Bambi Leather Sneaker, and I have been tracking my size everywhere and finally scored a pair! They are cute and edgy – only Givenchy can mix these two most different/opposite elements into a coveted design. The whole bambi range (including clothes and accessories) is cool and effortless, and as for a shoe lover like me, I cannot dismiss them! They are super comfortable and soft as the leather is goatskin, but one thing to note is they run a little large. I went for half a size down and they fit me perfectly.
There are very limited stocks at these shops (here, here and cheapest here) – good luck finding your size if you want a piece of Givenchy Bambi!
Where I stay now is a beautiful and relaxed area that is surrounded by blue water and palm trees, so I have also changed my style to more laid back and resort-ish. My current biggest fashion obsessions include anything with stripes, crossbody bags and loafers, that seem to be perfectly in sync with the warm weather here, and they will also be coming with me on my next vacation which is not far away!
Dress – Splendid (on sale here! also available here)
Bag – Celine (similar here and here for under $150)
Shoes – Stella McCartney (bought here)
Shades – Stella McCartney
Necklace – Tiffany (available here)
Cuff – Amber Sceats (bought here)
Lipstick – Charlotte Tilbury Lost Cherry (bought here, and reviewed here)
Holiday season is just around the corner and I am starting to look for resort wear and travel friendly yet stylish shoes for my coming soon vacation. I had my eyes set on this pair of Stella McCartney Wedge Platform Loafers as soon as they were out, and little did I know they were completely sold out within days across major online stores for my size. I had to add my name on the wishlist for quite a while until they were restocked! They are uber chic luxe loafers with a mannish inspired look. Flatforms can feel chunky but this pair is very flexible as they are quite light and the heels are made of rubber. Perfect as ‘walking shoes’ and I can dress down or up with them.
Shoes – Stella McCartney (bought here, also love this version here)
Tote – Chanel
Jeans – Frame Denim (bought here, also available here)
Ankle booties are my biggest weakness when it comes to shoes – I have them on literally all year round. This year the western boots are the style to look for, and Toga Pulla is an emerging Japanese designer brand with their signature western boots that are trending all over the world. I was tossing between Toga Pulla Buckle Ankle Boots and the famous Chloe Suzanna which are quite similar, I went for the former because I love the unique design with their signature exquisite embellishments such as the leather fringe at the toe and the embossed plate on the heels. Moreover, both of them cut at the ankle but the fact that this pair has heels means that they will not make my legs look stumpy! Price point is not so bad for a designer shoe as they are in the lower spectrum, and I am totally smitten by their quality.
I bought mine here, and there are more styles from Toga Pulla available here.