For many of us, TOMS shoes are nothing really new. Founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie after discovering the substantial lack of shoes provided for children in Argentina, TOMS has been on my fashion radar for a while. You've probably heard of the TOMS club at CNU (or anywhere else it may be available) or One Day Without Shoes (on April 5 this year) where people take their shoes off for one day to raise awareness of the impact shoes can make on a child who needs them. But for those who don't know, the main message of the TOMS movement is that for every pair of shoes you purchase there, TOMS will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. This is known as the One for One movement. While I heard of the TOMS shoes and had seen some cute shoes from them before, their latest concoction really got my attention recently. Lately I have seen the TOMS glitters shoes on the feet of many a fashionista on campus and adding sparkle to many fabulous outfits. I first noticed these comfy slip-ons in silver and pink(by far my favorite), but they also come in black and gold for women, and some department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom sell them in other colors as well and even offer these shoes for kids and men. The shoes ring up at $54-not exactly the cheapest pair in the world-but for the comfort/glamour factor the shoes possess, and of course the long-term reward you will give back to someone else, these shoes will give you more than enough bang for your buck. In fact, I may even look into the pink glitters shoes for myself! So by all means fashionistas, invest in giving to make an impact on a child's well-being and shine on!
For more information on TOMS shoes and their One for One movement, please check out www.toms.com
Here's another post for the fabulous jewelry. Yes, there was too much fabulousness for just one post..I wonder what Christian Siriano would say about fashion circa 1860? Would it be fierce? A hot mess? Or tick-tack-toe? I'm going with fierce, but let me know what you think. :)
Someone once said that inspiration can be found in the least expected places. After my trip to the First White House of the Confederacy in Montgomery,Alabama while on Christmas vacation with my boyfriend, I can say that whoever said that certainly wasn't kidding. Who knew that fashion and jewelry from the 1860s-for both women and men-could be so inspiring and relevant today? From the dapper men's jackets and demure women's rosaries, jewelry and dresses to a gown that Scarlett O'Hara would definitely covet, there was always something to take in, so I'll go ahead and let the pictures speak for themselves.
Happy 2011 everyone!! It's a brand new year, but before I could ring in 2011, my mom, sister and I decided to have one last shopping trip to end 2010. I didn't need to buy much, but I knew that I could use a new black handbag since the one I had before was falling apart. In fact, my bag wouldn't even zip up because it carried so much stuff in it (my boyfriend likes to tease me on the regular for my "bag of goodies). I wasn't sure what to expect of my new handbag, but I knew I wanted it bigger, and initially I wanted to spend more money on it so it wouldn't fall apart as easily. While we were at the mall, my sister convinced me to go into New York and Company just for fun. I didn't expect to leave the store with anything....until I saw this gorgeous bag. It was exactly what I wanted and more: big, black, and with a huge dramatic flower covering the front of the bag. Better yet, I didn't have to shell out too much money for my new bag, as it was on sale for 60% off, and I only had to pay $11! Along with a pair of fabulous pearl earrings from NY &Co and two button-down shirts from H&M, this new handbag was the perfect last purchase of 2010 and the best way to ring in 2011. Two weeks later I am still absolutely in love with my bag, and there's nothing like a dramatic statement bag, even in simple and always stylish black, to inject new life into everyday wardrobe.
"In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different."-Coco Chanel
""A woman must always be two things: classy and fabulous."-Coco Chanel
"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful."-Sophia Loren
"If I were a diva I would be called Ferocia Coutura and I would spray girls in the eyes with hairspray." -Christian Siriano.