Friday, October 31, 2008

How To Be A Supermodel


The 90's was the era of the Supermodel. The biggest names were Linda, Christy, Naomi, Claudia, Cindy and Kate. While the rest of us focused on fashion as the anti-style, the Supers wore body conscious dresses that hugged every curve and minimalist statement black super high heels. A mix of denim and heavy black was the perfect recipe for 90's Supermodel style.  

The rest of us were wearing Docs and signature Levi's with our grungy hair and grungy music. The Supers embodied female empowerment, feminity and the 'all woman' aesthetic. The waif look only stood for the amazing Kate; the longevity of her career as one of fashion's top models still today. 

So deck yourself out with a body con dress and don't forget the 90's hit fragrance, Thierry Mugler Angel, and strut your best supermodel self.


From Wittner.




All from Siren Shoes at Sidewalk Soul in Melbourne.


From all good department stores.

xx
Carla


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Literature

In life, art means more than paintings and sculpture. To me it means music, literature, fashion, the beauty of nature. The art of journalism, the art of surgery. Everything to me is art.

I love reading, I always have. When I was a little girl I rode horses and lived and breathed everything to do with horses. My parents instigated a rule that for every 2 horse books I read, I had to read 1 non horse related book.

Reading gives me a great pleasure, it is calming, educational and helps you develop key skills. I particularly like how striking a book can be in the first chapter, but today I found a list of top first liners.

I like:

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. —George Orwell, 1984 (1949)

All this happened, more or less. —Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York. —Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (1963)

Click here to read the 100 best first lines from novels as presented by the American Book Review.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Margarita Madness

Out for dinner tonight with my girls and going to a Margarita Madness themed night atSweatshop, one of my favourite bars in Melbourne.

What I'm wearing - sorry my pics are pretty average!





xx
Carla

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The New America

Come the 5th of November, America will be a new place (hopefully) full of hope and understanding.

The world has shown it's interest, and everyone is encouraging Americans, particularly young Americans to vote. It's important that everyone gets involved.

AMERICANS
If you are in America and haven't registered to Vote - do it here.

NON AMERICANS

We can be involved too. Head to The Economist's Global Electoral College and cast your vote.

And if you want to show your support, buy a pair of Toms Shoes

If you're undecided - buy these
Vote Republican - buy these
Vote Democrat - buy these

Each pair is $US45 and for every pair you purchase, Toms will give a pair of shoes to a child in need.

Hop To It.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Men Love Shoes


Can a man possess an extensive shoe collection without defending his sexuality? Perhaps a little controversial, but surely a topic worth discussing.


This week I’d like to applaud men who take an interest in shoes. According to Grazia this week, 40% of Melbourne women own more shoes than anything else. 60% say high heels make us feel beautiful and 57% of us say we’d be willing to suffer for fashion by wearing incredibly high heels (Grazia October 27, 2008).


For men these numbers would no doubt be very different. In general men fall into two distinct camps; those who are interested in fashion and those who are not. Of course the men who take an interest in fashion vary in their tastes; some possess a classic style, while others embrace the indie or more eccentric aspects of style.


The term ‘metrosexual’ has been bandied about over the past few years and really doesn’t give enough credit to heterosexual men who embrace style and fashion. Relating style to sexuality in men isn’t fair, and as more men become confident in expressing themselves through their clothes and accessories, we need to lose the idea that men’s style = questionable sexuality.


So let’s celebrate men who love style and shoes with this collection of photos taken from Facehunter and The Sartorialist.










And don’t forget the humble brogue. Often referred to as wingtips, as they’re known in the United States. Brogues are low-heeled shoes made of heavy leather originating in Scotland and Ireland. Brogues are considered traditional men’s dress shoes. Women are of course stealing this shoe and the trend has been huge in the past year across the globe.




Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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No.1 Thing I Hate

Posting about things that won't fit me, but it makes me smile when someone emails me to say they've bought that item!!



Get these gorgeous boots if you are a lucky.... SIZE 10!! Click here for the link to EBAY!!

xx
Carla

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Rodarte

Rodarte are fast becoming one of the hottest international labels, but not for the faint hearted. The feathered and almost falling apart hosiery from ... season were such a poignant reminder of how fashion can be so original. It's what good designers strive for, and it's what most designers fail at.

What do I like?
The painstaking detail, the symmetry and the awkwardness. I love the layering of fabrics, the missing parts of the dress, the material that looks almost man made balanced by floaty layers.











One of my favourite ladies, Ms Jane of Sea Of Shoes attended the show recently and took some great pics.






xx
Carla

Monday, October 20, 2008

How To Be An It Shoe

According to The Guardian



"We all remember where we were when Gwyneth Paltrow debuted her new look. It was a great day for legs. It was a great day. Thanks to her sub-ankle apparel (a Givenchy cacophony of straps and inches), it heralded the death of the It Bag and the dawning of the age of the It Shoe. You, shoe, can rise to It Shoe status by spending a second on your name. Literally a second. Some inspiration from Manolo Blahnik's autumn/winter collection: Compulsa, Pimpi, Spart. You'll see how important it is to combine the image of your wealthy customer with the aura of processed cheese. When you're satisfied with your name, work on your appearance (little tip from Prada: a mustard-velvet upper really brings out the hoof in a heel made of hooves). Your aim, as an It Shoe, is to look like you were made by a drunk potter. Think back-to-front heel, open-toed winter boot, sandal with Lurex leg-warmer attached. Take the word 'bunion', shoe, and make it flesh."

click here for the original

If I were a size...

5 - I'd buy these babies



6 - I'd buy these babies







7 - I'd buy these babies



9 - I'd buy these babies





If you are wondering why I didn't include size 8, it's cos that's my size and I'm not sharing!!

Why I hate Natalie Bassingthwaighte



Why does she exist as a 'celebrity'. There is absolutely nothing valuable about her. I can't stand her voice, she sings badly, she's a bad actress, she wears shocking outfits. Shoes should be adored and thought out carefully, not picked for their shock value!

argh my eyes!

My Amazing Friend

My amazing friend Jen makes these gorgeous headbands. Check out her Etsy Store here.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Recent Purchase

These gorgeous wedges are a bargain from Target - they have a big shoe sale on at the moment, picked these up for around $25!!

Art & Shoes

Mark Schwartz has developed a niche in the art world by combining his talent as a shoe designer with drawing and painting. For the past 25 years, he has traveled the world gaining inspiration for his ideas from artists like Andy Warhol, who Schwartz beneficially watched at work and Roger Vivier who he cultivated his talents with for 5 years.

Of his work, which is extensive and can be viewed at High Heeled Art, I particularly like this one. Drawn in ink, the heels float across the page, like a dream.



You can purchase any of his works or commission something special - email him via his website.

And don't forget to visit Mark's blog - High Heeled Art @ Blogspot - some extra special stuff can be found there!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Yesterday I posted this first pic taken my The Sartorialist, but which look do you prefer?




I actually really like both and think I want to try and create them. I'm thinking sheer low denier for the first look and high denier or even cotton leggings for the second...

I will report back with pics once I've tried it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Eat Your Heart Out | Rodarte

Mr Sartorialist took this stunning picture in Paris just recently. I love it.

Let's all be princesses



I've always wanted to be a princess. I love dressing up, wearing headbands, luxurious fabrics and constantly wish I had a driver.



A little bit Blair Waldorf and a little bit Princess Diaries. These shoes from Chanel's Spring 2009 RTW collection are so fitting.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Being A Sustainable Woman

Being sustainable and responsible is tres important at a time like this. Not only are we concerned by the environment but we worry too about the economy. Two 'e-words' that occupy our time. Now worry not too much dears because we can all do something.

Read up on your eco living and how to be green and friendly.
Eco Friend - a great website about environmental issues and eco living.
http://www.ecofriend.org/

Green Is Sexy - informative, easy to digest and best of all, one of my favourite and most inspirational women, Rachel McAdams is involved!
www.greenissexy.org

And for those girls in Melbourne - attend a special event that recycles clothing, supports a sustainable and ethical charity and gives you an opportunity to meet like-minded women.

www.forbetterorpurse.com

For Better Or Purse is a monthly swapping event held in Fitzroy, Melbourne. This month the event is a special event focussing on Spring Racing. Get your outfit for next to nothing and help others out by bringing your old racewear, or racewear you're not wanting to wear this year, and swap, swap, swap!!

Chanel Is My Blood



I need these shoes, I cannot live without them. They are released pretty soon. I hope somewhere in Australia stocks them, otherwise I'll have to buy online at the shitty exchange rate and then that will be even more depressing. Everyone pray for me?

Oh and as an aside, Lagerfield has been immortalised by being added to the dictionary.

In the new edition of Le Petit Larousse Illustré however, (Larousse Small Illustrated Dictionary) an illustrated French Dictionary and reference book, the Kaiser himself appears as an official proper noun.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Friday, I'm in love.

Spring Racing Carnival

Spring Racing is a really fun time to be in Melbourne - getting dressed up, champagne breakfast, drinking all day. Pretty much a top day.

But the outfit can prove to be difficult. Getting a new dress, shoes, fascinator every year is expensive, and also time consuming.

So if you want to save time, come to For Better Or Purse this month and bring your old race wear stuff.We'll have plenty of like-minded women doing the same and you'll be able to get a new outfit, for nothing!!

The more the merrier, please bring your friends and don't forget you can pay online and save yourself $5. Probably the cost of 1/2 a glass of champagne, those events are exxy.

Where: All Of The Above, 109 Victoria ST, Fitzroy.
When: OCTOBER 16th
Time: Arrive between 6.45pm and 7.15pm
Bring: your fascinators, hats, shoes, clothing and jewellery that is RACE WORTHY.We're not talking fashions on the field, but nothing too casual will be accepted.

See you next week!

For Better Or Purse
xoxo

www. forbetterorpurse. com
hello@forbetterorpurse.com

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My Little Pony

Ok so this is totally NOT shoe related, but it's sooo worthy of a mention. Look at these gorgeous My Little Ponies that were auctioned off for charity. See here for more.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Some Inspiration

Since my break up I've changed a bit, we always do, but just in the past few weeks I've become stagnant. I've been sick, so it's harder to keep moving forward, but I need to keep thinking, to keep moving and improving.
So here I find my inspiration.