Top Shoe Styles On Sales From New Look For N10,000 and Under.

Top Shoe Styles On Sales From New Look For N10,000 and Under.

Not many people may know or have heard about the brand New Look, but if you know, you certainly know. I have worn the brand since my days in University and when i need some high street love that is friendly to my pocket, i still look to them. With as little (or as much) as N10,000, you can have a pair too. For those who don’t know New Look is a South African-owned British global fashion retailer, founded in 1969, with a chain of high street shops all around the world. Over the years, i have mastered (in every sense of the word) the art of picking their best pieces. I have retailed their shoes too and so can tell a bad choice almost as soon as i see it. I’d always consider them as one of my favorite go to high street brands when my budget would not let me splurge and i’m in need of some retail therapy… What girl doesn’t always need one? RELATED POST: SHOE THRIFTING IN THE HEART OF LAGOS WITH NIMIDE I have shoes from New Look that have lasted me 6 years with little or no damages. And i have been unlucky to have copped some that didn’t last more than a few wears. But now i know the difference and have a smarter way of choosing them and so i no longer fall prey to bad choices. Best part is they go on sale every now and then and you can catch sales on there for up to 70% off sometimes. And because it’s Tuesday and it’s Shoes day, i will be sharing some...
Three Generations Of Creative Genii – The Rene Caovilla Brand

Three Generations Of Creative Genii – The Rene Caovilla Brand

I remember so clearly the first pair of Rene Caovilla shoes i ever came across online. They were from Net-A-Porter, i was, as always, feeding my eyes on their new arrivals when these mules jumped at me. It screamed everything Jay’s style. They weren’t too loud and so in your face but you couldn’t help but notice them.   It didn’t take more than a second to click on the brand name and i was let into the world of Rene Caovilla – Lots of Precious stones, Court style, Sling backs, Mules, Flats and the signature silver sparkly outsoles. Of course i was sold in my heart and nothing could stop me from looking at shoe after shoe, with the next pair was something that made me want to see the next. I have not for one time been bored with any of their designs, because every pair comes with just another WOW element. Knowing the creative genius behind the brand became priority and i didn’t stop digging till i was satisfied with the all the information i got. Three generations of the Caovilla family have run the brand from 1923 till date. It all started with the visionary fore father Edoardo Caovilla who opened a workshop to handcraft luxury shoes in Venice.  In the 50s, his son René established the brand and having being born and brought up in aristocratic Venice, in the 60s,  he started to conceive, and then designed and created the iconic pieces of the line: the “Snake” sandals, which is the trademark of the label,  and the thong sandals embellished with pearls. Rene’s Son, named after his grand father, the 3rd generation of...
From Imagination To Paper and On Your Feet: It All starts With A Sketch!!!

From Imagination To Paper and On Your Feet: It All starts With A Sketch!!!

In recent times i have been trying my hands on shoe sketching. I would say i generally suck when it comes to drawing, so i’ve had to go back to the basics. I’m not perfect yet, it doesn’t necessarily have to be perfect, but there’s an amazing feeling that comes with being able to interpret those ideas in your head on paper with a sketch. RELATED POST: THE AMAZING ARTWORK OF SOPHIA WEBSTER For every time i go into a stationery store now, i am collecting colored pencils and sketch pads and drawing pencils, it’s my new obsession. Of course I’ve had to look up to some of my favorite footwear designers for inspiration and guidance and it’s great to see that many of these shoes start with a sketch. You own it when you can add this and take that out and adjust this till you get just what it is you’re looking to create. Manolo Blahnik by far has the most collection of sketches and this book Manolo Blahnik Drawings is up on my next “To Buy” list. (Hint Hint – Christmas never can come too early) From Giuseppe Zanotti to Paul Andrew, Blahnik and Jimmy Choo, here are a few of the sketches from which their shoes came to life.         And some more…               Whether they do it themselves or pay people to do it for them, seeing these designs on paper brings some measure of excitment. Manolo Blahnik is by far the God Father of soles, his originality and creativity cannot be rivaled. Let me go back...
Bride To Be On A Budget? Create Your Own Fairy Tale.

Bride To Be On A Budget? Create Your Own Fairy Tale.

We see all these pictures of brides in their $1,000 plus shoes, sometimes 2 to 3 pairs, one for every outfit totaling almost $3,000 to $4,000 on the whole. Not everyone has that fairy tale lifestyle, not everyone is there yet! So yea, we have brides to be on a budget (Sometimes a very strict one), who love their shoes and want to get the best their money can buy. If you’re one of them or know one of them, this post is certainly for you. With the current exchange rate of about N370 to 1$ and N474 to a Pound, it’s almost discouraging to want to buy anything. I have been able to come up with shoes from between N10,000 to N100,000 from a few very good brands. In this post, there’s something for everyone. From Kurt Geiger to Badgley Mischka, Ted Baker, MENBUR and Kate Spade, check out these affordable beauties for your special day. For those on the lower end of the spectrum, here are shoes between N10,000 and N50,000: Miss KG pumps for 20 pounds at Kurt Geiger DKNY sandals at $75  Carvela Sandals at 69 Pounds     Carvela Kurt Geiger Peep toe Pumps at 70 PoundsVince Camuto Pumps at $120 Miss KG Sandals at 30 pounds Miss KG Sandals at 29 Pounds     Jessica Wright Sandals at 15pounds   Miss KG Sandals for 25 Pounds And taking it higher on the spectrum (N50,000 – N100,000) Vince Camuto Pumps at $150 Via Nordstrom Badgley Mischka Sandals at $225 via Bloomingdale Schuts Sandals for 110 Pounds via Outnet. Kenneth Cole Reaction at $99 Via Lord...
Classic Shoes To Build Your Luxury Collection.

Classic Shoes To Build Your Luxury Collection.

I was chatting with a friend yesterday and she mentioned she was looking into investing in a few luxury shoes but didn’t know which ones to look out for. It’d be a shame to part with hundreds or even thousands of dollars for shoes you would end up not wearing. After loads and loads of reviews and experiences, here are a few classic shoes you cannot go wrong with. I like that they are timeless and so would work with every season year in year out. You can build your luxury collection with these ones and many if not all of them are wide feet friendly. The Valentino Rockstud Pumps – Comes in a wide variety of heel heights, colors and textures and there’s something for EVERYONE. It’s top on my list and costs from $950 upwards at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Net A Porter.     Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Sandals – Are another timeless pair that comes with a mid heel option. Also in a wide variety of colors and textures, they are suitable for almost any outfit choice. They cost about $925 at Neiman Marcus     Christian Louboutin Pigalle Pumps – A lot of people hear Loboutin and automatically attach it to pain. No, in recent times, there have been a lot of comfortable, wide feet friendly Louboutin shoes and these Pigalle Pumps are one of them. Also spotting an 85MM heel option for those that find the 120MM too high. It costs about $550 upwards. Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Flats – Would never go out fashion. If you’re team no heels, these are the shoes for you....
Outside My Obsession With Shoes, These Are My Other Favorite Things!!!

Outside My Obsession With Shoes, These Are My Other Favorite Things!!!

I have been accused of being selfish on the blog because all i talk about is shoes… but that’s what happens when you’re obsessed…Lol! So today, i’d shift my focus away from shoes for a minute. If you’ve wondered what else it is that gets my attention outside shoes, then they’d be…   Dresses – I like that they are a one piece and very feminine, i have a few favorite styles for my body type and would fill my future closet with 70% dresses. Jeans Trousers – Bring them on in anyway, as long as they have a good fit, i’m in. Sunglasses – I like them really dramatic and detailed.. Bags – Classic handbags are my favorite, i would invest in classic ones but won’t necessarily go over board. In that particular order, every other thing considered a fashion accessory is not exactly so important as long as i have a decent amount of them as i need them. Anyway, today will be dedicated to BAGS. 70% of the non shoe lovers i have met are obsessed with their bags, 85% of the shoe lovers i have met have bags as their second obsession. I won’t really go out of my way to ogle bags (save for these days when i’m styling a client), but i can’t deny they are a real fashion statement. For the purpose of this post, i have come up with a collection of bags from luxury brands that will legit make my wish list (Here’s hoping Santa is reading this post). Luxury hand bags are an investment piece, i mean the fact that...