Before we end this month with the Elina Wedges, let's take a look at the alternatives. It was a bit difficult for me to find something similar. I felt like the wedges stood out because of it's beautiful burnt sienna color. However, you can find something pretty close to it and here are my top picks.
$198 Ann Taylor Buckle Leather Wedge Bootie
$62.99 Chinese Laundry Very Best Bootie @ Zappos
Liz & Co.® Basil Wedge Booties $47 @ JcPenny
On Sale $40.00 Jennifer Lopez Platform Wedge Booties @ Kohl's
On Sale $13.65 Faux Leather Wedge Booties @ Forever21
I went ahead and bought a pair of the Forever21 booties. They were on sale and looked like they would be pretty similar in coloring. Turns out the picture was quite false. The boots ended up being more of a taupe color. The fit is a bit too opened around the ankles, of course I have a very small ankle so it might just be my fault.
The comfort on these are incredible. They walk nicely and feel extremely light in comparison to the Elina Wedges. There is a couple of reasons why these are a tad bit more comfortable. These wedges are not made out of a heavy cork/wood like the Torys. Also, it's made out of faux leather vs. genuine leather. But comfort is comfort.
If you compare the two side by side, the Elina wedges are a bit higher in the heel. This is another reason why the forever21 wedges are a bit more comfortable. Also, the leather on the Tory wedges is a bit thicker and stiffer. This gives forever21 the edge on comfort. It also make the fit on the the Torys a bit smaller.
Aside from the logo and a couple of seams, the shoes are quite similar in shape, fit, and style. There is no way, a couple of seams and even a logo can be the difference between a $13.00 shoe and almost a $300.00 shoe. Yes, quality and maybe materials might factor in a difference of $100 bucks or so, but still, the Torys are drastically much more expensive. I have this theory that a good pair of shoe, with comfort, great materials, and style should cost around $80-$100. If you are paying more than $100 on a pair of shoes, you are JUST paying for the logo/brand. For example, Steve Madden, Nine West, Rock Ports makes GREAT quality shoes hitting the $80-$100 price range. Why not buy those shoes? Simple, the brand is what make a mark on us. The notion that the more something costs does not always mean the better the quality. Quality plateau's at a certain price point. After that price mark, you are just paying for a brand. A little bit of food for thought!Anyways! I'm hosting a give away for the Forever21 wedges. This is in celebration of the first month of shoe blogging and not giving up on it yet. The shoes are a size 6, each month I'll try to host a giveaway for the alternative pair. I'll keep in mind with buying them in different sizes.
Rules:1) You must follow me either on instagram/twitter
and a subscriber on my YouTube channel
. 2) You must leave a comment down below answering the question "What would you wear with these boots?" 3) In the comment you must leave me your twitter/instagram user name so I can later contact you if you win the shoes.4) Must me older than 18 yo or have guardian permission.5) Opened internationally. Best of Luck! I will announce the winner on this blog two weeks from now. ~°K.L°~
Is it me? Or do you guys have extremely expensive taste? When I said I was setting a budget of $300 each month for shoes, it doesn't mean get as close as possible to that price. This is the second pair on the blog where you guys have voted for a pair that is a hairline short of $300. LOL I'm just teasing you all. Even though I set budget for myself, I usually keep my eyes on the lower end of the budget. I did the same when we went house hunting and some how we ended up on the higher side of our budget. Sometimes, things are just too perfect right?
So the winning pair won with 129 votes and the Bottega Veneta Patent d'Orsay Pump in second at 110 votes. I would have to say that this kind of shocked me a bit. I was surprised when the Bottegas started to catch up with the Ola sandals. I thought it would be a bit too plain for most of you guys. I guess a classic never gets old right?
I'm really happy that the Ola sandals won! It was listed as one of my favorites and because I love lace, leather, and anything laser cut...it pretty much excites me on so many different levels.
With tax I ended up paying $297.69 for the shoes. Thank goodness shipping is free with shopbop.com. By the way, they have really fast shipping!
If you guys are interested, the shoes also comes in mint green. I personally think it's a little weird to have it in Mint, but to each their own. However, both of these shoes are PERFECT for spring. It's great for the Valentine's day look, and isn't too lovey dovey for everyday wear during the Spring season.
I can't wait for them to arrive this Friday! Hopefully we won't have another heel catastrophe like we did with the Elina Wedges.
I've been working none stop on my skirt line. I have already ordered fabrics for my dresses, but that is just something I'll take orders for up until I launch my "brand". I call it a brand because it's something that represents me as a "designer" (I put things into quotations because I'm still second guessing myself).
Think of it this way. The 50s/60s dresses is a DIY I made, and I got a lot of requests to sell them so I am taking orders. Simple as that! Now my skirt line is my baby. I've been head-aching and sending out emails like a crazy business woman. I am NOT a business woman. I am one of those artists that cannot handle numbers or deadlines. However, I do try...and the only reason why I am trying is because I can't afford it. I can't afford the time nor the financial backing to get help.
I am tired.
I feel like all of these business like things is taking me away from the actual design. So sad that these little minute things are the things that makes me want to quit.
Anyways, the mock and samples for the skirts are made and they are WONDERFUL! I'm so excited. I just need to narrow down my fabric choices and work on the more technical things.
So this is where the contest comes in. It's more of uhhh I scratch yo' back, you scratch mah back kind of deal.
I need graphics/logos made for my line of clothing.
For now let's use the pretend brand called Purple Dust.
*I need business card templates made
*Hanging Tags for the Clothes
*Sewn in Labels for the Garments
*Graphics for Stickers/Labels
-I need you to incorporate a Pear into these templates. Either in text, the actual fruit..or whatever you think would work.
-My favorite color is yellow..any shades would work for me.
-I like it to be cute, edgy and not too girly.
-If my clothing line does succeed, your work will be on all of my stuff. Of course, you will sign your rights over to me, but you will be credited for your work
-You will receive two skirts from my line or a $50.00 gift card to store of choice.
Please send entries to Klpigmentshop@gmail.com with subject: Purple Dust.
Deadline: February 27,2013.
Good Luck Everyone!
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It's that time of the month again! Not the disgusting time of the month where we all turn into Satan. It's that time where I host a poll for the next pair of shoes I will be loving for the month of February.
I am going to start selecting shoes for a specific theme. This way, it will help you guys help me narrow down my results.
I am sticking to the winning shoe even if it's not my favorite. I get to explore the new pair and maybe even love them. I was deeply surprised by the Tory Burch Elina Wedges. I ended up really loving them, and even with the broken heel fiasco...it's remains a favorite in my closet.
Theme: I'm looking for a shoe that works for Valentine's Day. Something for dinner, for dancing, walkable and can be worn after the date.
YOOX Chloé Pumps With Open Toe $215.00
OutNet Diane Von Furstenberg Indigo Suede Sandals $145.01
OutNet Camilla SkovGard Lizard-Effect Sandals $256.50
Net-A-Porter Tory Burch Sally Wedge Pumps $265
ShopBop Belle By Sigerson Morrison Ola Cut Sandals $275.00
ShopBop Camilla SkovGard Panel Stiletto $287.50
DSW Bottega Veneta Patent d'Orsay Pump $199.95
With this shoe blog, I have learned more about shoe designers and not designers that have a shoe line. Sigerson Morrison and Camilla Skovgard are currently two of my favorite shoe designers so far. You can easily see why. Their shoes are truly unique and one of a kind.
My top three favorites!
Camilla Skovgard Lizard Sandals
Belle by Sigerson Morrison Ola Laser Cut Sandals
Camilla Skovgard Panel Stilleto.
You tell me...which one should be on my feet for next month?
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My lips looks huge here!!!! Normally they are pretty flat and not so plump. I didn't do anything special to them (collagen injections galore!! hehe just fooling). I decided to use a really shimmery gold gloss at the highest points on my lips (the shine) and it looks pretty darn make-out-a-ble. I think people stop "making out" at 18 right?