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Ra Ra Shish Kum Bah

28 Dec

Take the shish kum bah out and add the Avis.  What do you get?  RARA AVIS.  Lately, I’ve been coming across things that don’t necessarily make sense but that we accept and deem fashionable.  I have to remind myself that not all things fashion, makes sense.  So to the eyes that see weird, strange and ugly, others see beautiful, trendy and for lack of a better word, cool.  Who better to represent the Rara Avis phenomenon than the rare bird herself, Iris Apfel.  Anyone who knows anything about Iris, knows she is a prevailing innovator that has put her mark on the fashion world as we know it.  Pretty remarkable to do if you ask me.  With her ever growing empire of make-up, jewelry and handbags, she is now launching a shoe line with HSN.  We as fashion forward goers/thinkers have ways to influence each other in our own right.  Some might not realize, that (as we virtually tweet, instagram, Facebook, pinterest, style tag, etc) we put our mark on the fashion world.  We give and take from others sense of fashion/style to create interpretations we see fit to oneself.  It is inspiring even thinking about it let alone actually doing.  Iris Apfel created an avenue that would lead every fashion conscious consumer to be a little more daring, to be a little more out-of-the-box and that much more fearless in risk taking.  So, I dedicate this post to Ms. Iris Apfel because if it wasn’t for her, the word ECCENTRIC, would have no substance within its terminology, now would it?


“When you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t think like everyone else.” – Iris Apfel


[Rara Avis Collection: Blue and White Beaded Stretch Bracelet]


[Rara Avis Collection: “Gator Glamour” Bypass Ring]


[Rara Avis Collection: “Owl on Branch” Goldtone Ring]


[Rara Avis Collection: Crystal Black Matte Bird-Design Ring]


[Rara Avis Collection: Crystal Heart Goldtone Cutout Pin]


[Rara Avis Collection: Geometric Wood and Gold-Color Foil Beaded Drape Necklace]


[Rara Avis Collection: Gold-Color Foil Sculpted Bangle Bracelet]


[Rara Avis Collection: Resin “Bug” Bangle Bracelet]


[Rara Avis Collection: Smoking Loafer with Sequined Bird]


[Rara Avis Collection: Pointy Toe Flat]


[Rara Avis Collection: Snake Moccasin]


[Rara Avis Collection: Suede Sequined Smoking Loafer]


[Rara Avis Collection: Suede Cone Heel]


[MAC make up collection by Iris Apfel]
Iris Apfel Handbag Collection Extinction at Henri Bendel

[“Extinctions” Collection by Iris Apfel]


“There Will Be Blood.”

5 Dec

Oxblood that is.  Does any shade of red truly go “out of season”?  Move aside generic browns, tans, greens and (even) blacks.  Oxblood is playing hard ball this season.  I’m glad the emphasis is on the deeper reds this winter.  As much as I love bright and colorful things, I also LOVE dark rich colors.  Although, I suppose I am biased toward the color since my hair and eyes are on the darker side.  Darker tones always seems to compliment those features more so than the lighter one’s do…in my opinion anyway. 



I love baggy knits.  It’s so forgiving and comfortable all while appearing effortlessly stylish.


Ooh, a gel nail in red/black.  Don’t get your hands too dirty!


Don’t be threatened, it’s only a leather jacket ;).  And can we please note the drop chandelier earrings! A-dor-ABLE.


What a bootie!  That’s all I have to say.

Low Heel? More like NO HEEL!

3 Dec

As I started thinking about what to write for this blog post, I was truly at a loss for words. My thoughts were beyond scattered and I just wanted to word vomit all over the monitor. All I wanted to do was scream, UGLY UGLY UGLY! But let me put some substance behind my feelings towards these – excuse me when I say – chode-like-heels. What I am not understanding (especially for us 5 foot 5 or shorter ladies) is why you would jam on a heel that does NOTHING to elongate your legs or amp up your height. Isn’t that the point of a heel? I understand that some women (and men) don’t prefer to wear such high of heels, so I suggest if you can’t/refuse to wear high heels then stick to a cute flat or comfy wedge. Otherwise, isn’t it just defeating the point? A heel is suppose to not only make an obnoxious clicking noise to make your presence known but to also create the illusion of a taller version of you. I think it’s safe to say that when a woman wears heels, it illustrates confidence and power. So to have these low heels come into play seems to be a 180* of why we wear HIGH heels at all.


Ok – lets not focus on the off-putting leggings/sock duo and the fact that this model’s foot is hanging off the edge, but focus on the heel itself. Did I say heel? Where? This heel couldn’t be any bigger than my pinky finger. The shoe has potential, we can all see that. However, with a stub for a heel…just makes no sense.

[Designer: Chloe]

How awe-inspiring could this shoe be? I see a definite wedge shoe with a flowing dress or skirt. To have constructed such a fanciful shoe only to then tac on a (what looks like) wood chip heel, will never make sense to me.

Blister Free – Guaranteed.

14 Nov

Every female has a pair of heels that she is in love with, that never leave the shelf.  Why do these shoes never leave?  Pain in the…ankle!  Fret no more, girlfriends.  The socks are here! What a relief.  I’m hoping this little trend rides out until summer 2013 for the sake of my little ankles and toesies.  The ultimate combo of rocking the heel while your foot is thanking you for doing so.  There is really no restriction on the type of sock that should be matched with your preferred heel, platform, flat, etc.  Whatever your shoe of choice is, don’t be afraid to go a little cray with the choice of your sock :).


[Marc by Marc Jacobs – Fall 2012]

Mixed it up!  Go balls-to-the-wall with all the possibilities of mixing and matching.


[Victoria Beckham – Fall 2012 RTW]

Who Needs Weapons, When You Have Shoes?

3 Nov

Talk about killer heels!  These bad boys are unreal!  If this isn’t GAGA status, I don’t know what is.  If you’re feeling tough, wear these.  If your feeling B.A., wear these.  Or if you’re feeling not so pretty, DEFINITELY wear these.  I’ve never seen a more fun and wearable shoe, before now.  Can these spikes be just a trend?  I hope not!  I want them in the classic category along with my little black dress and red Jimmy Choo’s.


Ah, the bootie shoe.  By far the most comfortable heels ever worn.  If they didn’t stand out before then they sure do now.  These spikes are quickly beginning to take over all shoe types and I’m SHhhhhlikin’ it!  I think I’ll deck myself out in black and go for a stroll in a dark ally somewhere.  No one would dare mess with me…would they?


What’s wrong with this picture? Ooooh ooh, I know, I know! THE HEEL.  Where’d ya go, my two little height projectors?  Looks like the souls or going solo this time.  If you can’t do the 5” heel, I don’t recommend doing an infinity” heel while preforming a balancing act.  CONSUMERS BE WARNED.


These shoes should come with a warning sign themselves; “Caution: Be careful when crossing legs or you’ll end up with a peg-leg.”


Taking the combat boot to a whole new level!  Please hand me my light grey acid washed skinny jeans with my ripped Pink Floyd (off the should) tee and lets call it a day, shall we?  I can’t get enough of these shoes.

           [Steve Maddens…and they are all mine :).  Best purchase of the season…so far]