Dotty for BB

Manolo Blahnik’s BB style is fast becoming one of my favorites.  Not only is the design and heel shape perfection, but he’s mixing it up with different fabrics and embellishments.  There’s a gorgeous black lace version, leopard print and now a playful Italian canvas with bouncy black and red polka dots.

The BB has a great classic shape and, when combined with crisp dots, you get a perfect show to wear for work and into the evening.

Manolo Blahnik BB in dots – $654 at Saks Fifth Avenue

5 Years of Thanks

This year is going to be our 5th year having a vegan Thanksgiving.  And I’m thankful for that every single day!

Turkeys are such wonderful, sweet, compassionate animals.  It’s so horrible to think of the abuses they go through – not only through genetic manipulation but how they are forced to live, that they are killed early and the actual gross physical abuse they are subjected to at the facilities.

I’m so glad we have our beautiful boy Jake with us.  He is a great reason to be thankful too!

Each year about 45 MILLION turkeys will be killed for this “holiday”. That’s a lot of violence on a day when we are meant to be expressing peace and gratitude.

The great thing about traditions is that they are so easy to change and/or create. Do something more than once and you have a new tradition!

We’ve had a compassionate, no-turkeys-or-other-animals-killed meal for going on 5 years now. Our

 meal includes: stuffing, root veggie mash or mashed potatoes (or both!), asparagus, Brussels sprouts, salad, pumpkin-herb rolls, gravy, fresh orange cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, apple pie and ice cream. Our “centerpiece” food have been Field Roast’s Celebration Roast and their Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute. This year we are going to add stuffed, maple-glazed roasted acorn squashes.

Just sub out a few ingredients and 1 item and your celebration becomes thankful, caring and compassionate. A TRUE celebration for the season.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Silver Slippers

After getting black oxfords and gold loafers, I decided I had to have a pair of silver oxfords too. And this picture from Loeffler Randall convinced me it was their Joannas that I needed to have.

Shiny.  Sleek. Casually grounded.  Love them!

I actually waited so long to get these that they sold out on the LF site and I had to go to  I hope the are as stunning in person as they seem here.

Nope, still not feeling it.

I miss the days when I loved everything Jimmy Choo had.

 Now it’s just too “Vegas-y” and I can’t get into it.

Is it me or are they really as flashy as I think they are?

Especially the Cruise 2013 collection.  I can only picture these with too tight mini-dresses.  They just don’t appeal to me at all.

Maybe I’m just too old for Jimmy Choo now.  What do you think?  Is Jimmy Choo targeting the 20-something bombshell market or have they just lost their way?

Cooling My Heels

I have to admit that I’ve been making goo-goo eyes at the mesh and dotty Kate Spade heels since July.

But I know that they I had other shoes in the same color and that I really should hold off.

As the months passed I would stop by the site every so often to look at them and would see that most of the sizes were still available.  After a while I began to hope that they might possibly go on sale and I could snatch them up.

So last Friday, I popped onto the site and saw they had gone down by 25%.  Very very tempting, but I held out.  And literally the next day, there went another 25%.  Sadly, I couldn’t get onto the site until Sunday so I ended up with a slight larger size than I would have preferred, but I got them!

Love the navy Lisa pump.   The color is awesome, the dots are fuzzy and the bow is perfection.

And the candy pink Mildred kitten heel is the sweet sister, with its patent cap toe and flirty color.

When they arrived they were even more adorable in person. In fact, all the girls in the office were equally smitten.

Can you blame them?

Flutter into my Dreams

The borders between whimsical, quirky and odd can be pretty thin. Especially when you are dealing with concept work.  But I love that Alberto Guardiani and i-D Magazine are open to exploring in that region.

Last year their Cinderthriller design contest brought us the lipstick heel.  I especially love the mesh version with the crystal embellished tube.

And this year’s judges made a great selection in the Flutterby pump created by Lady San Pedro.

These heels are adorable and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!

Now take my money!