Aug

28

Black Platform Sandal; A Shoe Review ….

Last season when Philo presented her collection, I eagerly waited for her fall garments. I didn’t feel that much for the clothes at all, but the shoes…The shoes were good. But just good. In fact they reminded me of shoes I had when I was 12-13, the ankle strap broke and I cried for like, a day.

What stops this shoe from going good to great, is a matter of several factors.

The shoes are good because the strap at the front is exaggerated, note how it is just 2-3 inches away from the ankle. I love that. It adds security from wobbliness. Second, the elevated slope is walkable, the wedge not teetering on a narrow platform, but chunky enough to feel confident that you won’t fall.

Third, the shoe is clunky but not so clunky that it’s embarrassing to wear. At only 4 inches (for a platform addict this is mild) I realized this was perfection. You can’t be too greedy. 5″ teeters on try hard territory.

But why, oh why are there certain elements that may stop you from rushing to the store in a frenzy to buy? I’ve owned several Celine shoes before. I love them but I never wear them. They are uncomfortable. This time, it wasn’t the comfort factor that was stopping me. They were imperfections in these designs that aren’t suitable for modern women today. For one I can’t handle the top stitching. Top stitching is bad enough as it is. But in this shoe below it is yellow. Platforms are already attention grabbing, cloggy, and as Menkes has dubbed herself “like club sandwiches”. I’m wearin’ all black and all of a sudden there’s yellow topstitching poppin’ out? No. No way pal.

The tube like 3-d sculpture on the platform. I get that she looked at some Ferragamo, but those are shoes for street style girls who want attention. Not for women like me that juggle full time jobs, a business of their own, and blog…They aren’t sensible.

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I completely understand that those shoes might be more “design statement” oriented. Maybe the yellow topstitch were there for other reasons than to satiate my “practical needs”…But within the same season Jeffrey Campbell (to my surprise) has designed a shoe that I would have designed myself. They are edited to perfection (Aesthetically) based on the former model of Celine’s. The topstitch is gone, the sandal provides a cushion, and the elevation isn’t so severe.

The gloss on the leather is the same though, as the ones pictured from the runway, and the quality shockingly good. I didn’t want to purchase, but I had to. I just knew that I would regret it some seasons later.

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The shoe features an elevated platform, so that your feet rests inside the shoe, kind of like a little ditch. I loved this detail on the runway and I also appreciate that it’s carried onto the mass market version. You could argue, that this shoe isn’t even mass market. At nearly 170$ USD after taxes and shipping, it is definitely not affordable for every woman.

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These shoes (platform sandals) are the kind that have been on my mind for the longest time. In fact I searched long and hard for years to find these, and I’m happy they are finally on my feet. I’m praying to God they won’t fall apart within a month. If they do I will just take them to the shoe repair.

That said the shoes do have flaws. Right around the ankle (as pictured below) I already have a small cut, from the buckle rubbing against my bone. I wish shoe designers would think 10 times before cutting once. I wish they would re-cut and re-sole shoes until they were designed for comfort first. I always feel they do the opposite, they’re always in a rush to get shoes out into the market right when the trend is hot, and certain design details are ignored. But it’s always stuff like this that motivates me as a designer, the everyday hassle of dealing with a design object. I’m so annoyed right now that after 170$ spent, my ankle bone may start bleeding. I’ll find a way to get used to it as I love the shoe but seriously women shouldn’t have to deal with this nonsense.

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Shoes Available here…

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Aug

27

4 ingredient Steak dinner

I’m playing around with video again, and one of my weekend favorites is a steak dinner. I use Dry aged sirloin strip and I make sure it is always medium rare.

There is another fast paced version of this video, on my instagram (curatedlist) which uses D’angelo instead of Drake. But I like this luxury of not having to edit it down to 15 seconds!! Gives you more room to experiment.

The red sauce is hot sauce. It’s incredibly delicious. It’s hot chili peppers with oil, and mixed with dried scallops. There’s other stuff it in but it’s kind of like a secret hot sauce which you can only get at Chinese supermarkets. I add it from time to time to my steak.

The steak is marinated only lightly for like 20 minutes with Maggi Arome Saveur and Fish sauce. I also used cream of spinach as a side. You would be surprised as what a little Maggi and fish sauce does for a steak. For even more flavor add some soy and melted butter. The trick is to not make it too salty.

Make sure to let the steak rest. You want to really bring this steak down to room temp before grilling or broiling, and then let it rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing it, so the juices redistribute.

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Aug

25

Je voudrais ces Chaussures ….

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Yes I absolutely adore these shoes above … I really really do. Brings me back to the old days. When I used to dress more like….What’s below….

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This was wayyyy back in the day. When I used to wear fur, and everything studded. Remember it was like 80′s craze at this time and that “russian hooker” look was vibing.

Sometimes too much of that chain can be a bit violent looking. You know what I mean? Like too much bondage or whatever…and I’m not into “bdsm” at all but I do like it’s aesthetic language only when done moderately.

These boots below may be a much more “ladylike” option…

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Aug

22

Ringtisserie…..?

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You know the entire industry of fashion and accessories has officially run out of ideas when designers, as featured above (tag them if you like I’ve got no time and don’t care enough to…) are now making hamsters spin. I’m spinning in my head! Who needs a Carnival on their finger? Is this Cirque Du Soleil..or a piece of jewelry…

Some person on instagram said my style was “ugly” and not in a mean or offensive way at all. I just don’t have time to be dressed up (like I had before) and primp myself in front of a camera all day. Unlike other hamsters I choose a profession that requires some kind of brains and expertise. I hardly sleep and that is totally reflected in my style as of late. I guess it’s sort of like half bartender half cleaning lady. But I don’t really care so long as my Mercedez is waiting for me outside..That’s a lie. I care. Ugh.

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Aug

19

Western Goth Trend

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Clip from Lost highway by David Lynch.

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Some goth-y cross jewelry. Sure the trendy D&G cross jewelry is derivative of all this. Filigree, pearl drops, yada yada. All 18-19th century …

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As you know in 2014 there are a bunch of micro trends happening all at once. Skinny jeans and Culottes for example are happening all at the same time. Along with trousers and bell bottoms. It’s strange, these vibes, as it’s never once happened in history. Usually a period like the sixties has a uniform that’s defined.

One trend right now that’s feeling quite nice is this Western Goth vibe. Sure seasons ago Slimane slicked it back and remixed it with Dark Hollywood streets (with a bit of those Lynch nuggets thrown it). He also added that Parisian “stamp of approval”, a legendary house like Saint Laurent with enough of a name to make you part with your twice a month rent money. Messages were simple and uniform, all black, lace and cowboy hats. Except you can’t fool me Slimane! He was a tad early for those western vibes, but right now  I’m crushing hard.

When I say I want uniforms. I mean like hard uniforms. Things people wear in the service industry. More soon.

All images via Pinterest …

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Aug

18

Jewelry Tatts

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Some really cute jewelry ideas here. Tattoo-d wrists and necks. I like it, assuming it’s not permanent. How refreshing for a cool summer night with a floaty dress? This is major instagram worthy material for my fella trolls.

Actually. Upon second thought. I’m already sick of it.

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Aug

18

Eggs with Crushed Chips instead of Salt

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I’m keeping in line with new changes on the blog. Which is like HI-LOW frequency. One minute you might get full on “editorial” style bullshit photos and the next I’m posting things that took me no effort at all. Couldn’t give a damn, really.

In 2014 you might have forgotten to bring salt to the table. You keep forgetting to buy it, but since you have a million things running through your mind, it’s fine. But I suddenly remembered that Salt and Vinegar chips are very salty. A seasoned crunch on top of jelly like eggs? Fine with me.

And some more food for thought (while these eggs were great), I just read Cathy Horyn’s latest article and as usual she gets her point across.

“Susan Sontag described a similar shift in the arts in the mid-60s, noting that “the most interesting and creative art of our time is not open to the generally educated; it demands special effort; it speaks a specialized language.” Today, as high fashion moves closer to mass media — with brand-hosted YouTube channels, films, huge spectacles — there is pressure to simplify. I also wonder whether the surge of new brands — their shows often crammed with weird and banal designs — hasn’t caused elite designers to rethink matters. Hence more straightforward clothes.”

“Whether that is a good development or a bad one is not really the concern of fashion designers, though. Their job is simply to reflect their times in a conscious way. In 1965, the year of the baby dolls, the mood was encapsulated by the words on a popular T-shirt in Paris, also observed by Gloria Emerson. It said, in French, “I am free and I am alive.” Since then the quest to be modern — and that is really what we are talking about — has been complicated by a new set of considerations, none of them less valid than wit and imagination. So, while I may not care for Hedi Slimane’s Saint Laurent, it doesn’t matter. He has grasped modernity in its totality.”

She’s right and all. But what’s she saying? That designers of today should sell out the shameless way bloggers do? I mean should I quickly acquire a new boyfriend and start trolling around 5pm sunlit fields in a bikini and ratty cardigans? Would that be a form of rebelling…I mean I don’t know if I could stomach the prospect. I guess I just couldn’t, even if I had a boyfriend, I’d NEVER subject him to camera wielding while I frolic in the woods….

In terms of business my only point is this. I don’t pay for these “high fashion brands” because these mass market retailers sling cheaper and sometimes better replicas. If everything has been referenced by these top designers within 1 season of another designer doing it before, or if everything is referenced blatantly from the past (as we can all see) then what’s the point of people paying for it? The mass market retailers are swiping these trends, so everyone’s just copying then. I guess the old Warhol Adage is true. We’re all human copying machines. Me? I buy what my taste likes, and I find the cheapest version. That’s 2014 for ya. Unless another Rei Kawakubo comes along to change the game, it’s just what I’ll do for now.

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Aug

18

Pho Sandwich

PHO, pronounced PHUH, or FUH, the go-to hit-the-spot noodle stew for the urbanized folks. You know it doesn’t have to stay that way, you can always take the ingredients inside Pho and turn it into something more “street” friendly.

So PHO is great and all but I have my phases. Sometimes I’m addicted and I go for like 6 months without it and everything is fine. Today I share with you how to do the sandwich version! I’ve already tried this version 2-3 ways. For now this is the “rare” try. The meat here is flavored but not “cooked”. And yes there is a cooked version too but too many photos in one post is overkill right.

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What you’ll find in PHO soup. Basil, jalapeno, limes, bean sprout, onion, cilantro…What you won’t find. Avocado. But it’s avocado. You have to add it!

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Aug

14

Daily Ration: 8/14/14

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This should be more of a throwback as it was an outfit I was wearing two months or so ago. It’s a plain green silky shirt with black accents around the color and buttons with a sequin patch. Actually I love this patch, it’s one of a skull. I’ll take more photos later. Paired with self made jeans and this bag I got from Tokyo ages ago. Keep it simple! Loafers are from “charm foot”.

Okay this loafer I’m wearing, it’s like the one shoe in my closet that I can’t wear in public. Why? Because every chick needs to stop me and be like OMG YOUR SHOES and it’s just like I’m trying to get shit done…Well I could not find the link on Amazon I guess these loafers are sold out but you can check out their other options.

As an honest product reviewer, these shoes were worn so much (the loafers in black and white) that the sole was detaching from the platform within 3 months of purchase. But here’s the thing, I don’t care if it’s cheap quality, the look is what I’m into and I don’t mind taking them to the shoe repair guy to fix it. I could repair it myself actually but I don’t have time and my shoe “oven” is locked away somewhere. So don’t come here crying and yelling at me for a “cheap” shoe that broke within 3-4 months of you wearing them. I am telling you right now you get what you pay for and if you really love the design there are other solutions. The shoes are very comfortable and wearable on a daily basis, for work, for the subway, anything.

Other options by the same brand here…

And no I don’t care if PHOEBE PHILO for CELINE designed shoes like this. I don’t care if she was first or last. The woman swipes everything for herself and ad campaigns from slinging “HELMUT LANG” to “GEOFFREY BEENE”.

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