On The Radar…Footwear Designers

Episode 8 Here

Dear diary, 

Is this what being in love truly feels like or am I just being overly emotional?.. I can't even put my thoughts and feelings into writing, I'd be back later... Good night!!!

Less than a week to my birthday and none of my friends was back in town. And no, they wouldn't be making it down in time... I felt so empty and lonely. Ivie had sent me an early birthday present through one of her cousins. As much as I loved my new season Gucci princeton slippers, they could not fill the void I felt knowing i would be spending my birthday alone. A sudden fear gripped me at the thought of being alone forever.. I literally panicked. "Shally too cute, abi what's that your Whatsapp name?" My mum cut into my thoughts as she joined me on the dining table where I was having dinner.

In between changing diapers and sterilizing feeding bottles in addition to two toddlers and a husband, it's been a slow past couple of days here on the blog. Yesterday was International Women's Day and i had started drafting this post in my head but it never made it out of there. If idol worshiping wasn't a sin, women all over should be idolized. With the many hats we have to wear, it's amazing to see those who are achieving and breaking boundaries beyond the norm. This post is in recognition of successful women who in the midst of the chaos that comes with their career and family life also make it a point of duty to give back to society. The next big deal for me is their love for shoes which made them release their own collections/designs, some alone and others in collaboration with popular footwear designers.

Episode 7 here Dear Diary, I can't get over the lunch date i had today. This mumu Gbenga must really think highly of himself o. Very shallow thinker as well. I don't know how i managed 45 minutes with him and didn't hit his head with the bottle of red wine on the table. Imagine him saying no matter how accomplished a woman is, she must take her place in life as the second class citizen she is...

From tax evasion accusations to controversial ad campaigns, the duo of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have one thing in common, overflowing creative juices!! Thinking of what brand to spotlight this morning, as I didn't have any prepared post, I came across a pair of D & G sandals and I was totally smitten. Looking further at the pieces that were on retail, going from page to page, I couldn't stop. How did I miss the 2017 Spring/Summer collection in the first place? Not to bore you any further with how detailed and heart pumping the collection is, take a look at all the gorgeousness that is Dolce & Gabbana in Shoes, bags and clothes from the 2017 collection and a few old ones.

Episode 6 Here

Dear Diary, 

"These days, the new school say marriage is over rated and should not be high on anybody's priority list or be a do or die affair. As much as I quite agree with that thought with reason, I say marriage can be a beautiful thing and I desire to get married....*sigh* From Benin to Dubai, Ivie's nuptials were absolutely beautiful. Pure, true and natural, you could see the connection between her and Eddy. They've had their fair share of issues, Ai and I have had to intervene a few times in the past, but isn't that what they say makes a solid foundation? I'm wondering if i may have found my happily ever after, but only time will tell. Anyway, party is over, time to continue life where I stopped...Good night Diary..."

I don't know if it's the Bulls head we both share as Taurean women or just sheer admiration for being driven by her passion, but my love for Bukky Karibi Whyte, founder of the Bobby Taylor Company has grown since 2013 when she was a judge on the Mo's search TV program on Ebony Life TV. From luxury and lifestyle to the corporate sector and then music and entertainment, she has been able to bridge the gap between her clients and their targeted audience with her expertise, making her the no 1 go to girl in the world of Public Relations.

I love Amina Muaddi, simple. She's a footwear designer (obviously... Lol!) with Arabian descents but grew up in Italy. She has the Cliche growing up wearing her mum's shoes tales and had always known her passion lay in that line. Of course she took the plunge and followed her dreams to the end living her life intentionally. 

Episode 5 here...

Dear Diary,

*Sigh*... Shame will not even let me clock in here. I have really been humbled. The other night at Ai's house, i got an E-mail alert from my bank, turns out my account balance could not buy me a one way ticket to Abuja, and payday was still about 20 days away. I couldn't mention it to the girls. Going through my statement, it turns out all my money had been going recklessly on shoes. To think i still had debts to pay. I have no savings, no investments, no back up and i work so hard and earn so well. My parents must not know about this, they wouldn't let me hear the last of it. My dad would be so so disappointed. Damn, i bet you are too.

Thank God for Hakeem whose advice redeemed me. I have a lot of work to do on my finances. A whole lot of work. Meanwhile, plans for Ivie's wedding is underway, her dad wants to get it done as soon as possible. Surprisingly, they agreed on something small both for the bride price payment and the church wedding. It will be my first time in Benin and i'm looking forward to it.

After seeing my account balance in black and white, i literally went into freeze mode. I had less than N25,000 in heaven and on earth plus debts that were way over that amount which i had incurred sub-consciously buying this and that and most especially footwear.

Just in case your Valentine's day did not go as planned or maybe you didn't have any at all, the blue fashion pieces on this post today are guaranteed to take all the blues away. I know i said green is my favorite color, yes it still is, but there's something about the color blue - in shoes, bags and accessories that give me a high. It's Want It Wednesday and i can bet you will want all these blues in your closet. Going from mid night blue shades to the lighter real shades, at the border line of green, blue is one versatile color every shoe closet should boast of. Check these out

In the past few weeks I've seen so much love from Gucci with all the personal shoppers I follow on the gram from their bags to their shoes. The great thing about being a personal shopper especially a luxury personal shopper is that you get to see all the amazing designs in all their glory, feel them and even wear them. [caption id="attachment_5299" align="aligncenter" width="432"] A fun way to wear espadrilles[/caption] Imagine if work is having to wake up and go to Saks or Barneys all day everyday picking out items for your clients... *sigh*. [caption id="attachment_5300" align="aligncenter" width="481"] Gucci[/caption] Anyway, I resigned myself to my online option of ogling the Gucci brand last night and knew I had to give those shoes a feature today. I'm not so much a bag person but I did see a few that got me like that. Enjoy...