On The Radar…Footwear Designers

Yewande Thorpe is a beauty blogger and consultant and I remember being so addicted to her blog for all my skin care and make up needs, thanks to her for what I know now. I started following her on Instagram and thought 'Oh Wow, she has a great sense of style too'. What I liked the most about her style is how she dresses her body type and always comes out looking fabulous. [caption id="attachment_2420" align="aligncenter" width="640"]fullsizerender-32 Beauty Blogger And Consultant, She Loves The Finer Things[/caption] Drawing up my list of people I had to get on the series, I didn't have to think too hard or look too far, I slid in her mailbox and even though it took a while, she was more than happy to grant the interview which made me even happier (Thank you mama).

Every designer is inspired by one thing or another which makes their designs unique. It is this originality that makes them stand out as a brand. Paul Andrew is one of such designers, whose pieces are inspired by architecture in eclectic places and an interplay of fabric from his background as the son of an upholsterer to the Queen of the Windsor castle. [caption id="attachment_2406" align="aligncenter" width="743"] Paul Andrew[/caption] He was the first to win the Vogue Fashion Fund in 2014 and his vision was spurred by his extensive fashion pedigree cultivated within iconic fashion houses of Donna Karan, Alexander McQueen, Narciso Rodriguez among others. He launched his namesake label in 2013 and there has been no stopping him. His Pre-fall/Autumn Winter 2016 collection is the reason for his feature as my #ManCrushMonday today. The designer has been noted to quote "I believe in a new kind of luxury for shoes where chic and elegance have equal power to form and function" Feed your eyes on these gorgeous collections, each inspired by it's own unique details. STUDS [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="883"] Studs[/caption] A delicate interpretation of brass studs, inspired by ancient Turkish military garments, adds new life to striking cut-out suede pumps. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Manhattan Studs 90[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="587"] Leila[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Sharifa[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="587"] Yasir[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="587"] Manhattan Studs 15[/caption]   CUT-OUT MESH [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="847"] Cut Out Mesh[/caption] Crescents of the signature Zenadia pump have been cut away and replaced with invisible mesh for a sexy reinterpretation of a well loved silhouette. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="607"] Safiya[/caption]   [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="617"] The Signature Zenadia in a cut out mesh design[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="608"] The Hanaa Bootie[/caption] ARABESQUE [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="839"] The Arabesque[/caption] Arabesque architecture inspired this dramatic wedge, which was hand-carved by Italian artisans then metalized with a galvanic finish. This is one of my three favorites of the collections. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="618"] The Kismet Wedge, perfect for an evening out[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="593"] The Iris Sandal, available in other colors[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="612"] The Nadiyya Sandal[/caption] IKAT PRINT [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="819"] The Ikat Print[/caption] This custom print was inspired by an antique scarf that Paul found at a vintage textile vendor at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Such attention to detail in the little everyday things. Who would have thought an antique scarf would bring so much fun to one's feet. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Xiamen 90[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="534"] Xiamen 105[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="523"] Celestine[/caption] TRIPLE-DYED SUEDE Paul Andrew tanneries employ an intensive triple-dying process to ensure that suedes maintain their color without fading or staining. Suede that doesn't fade or stain (well so easily). That is definitely something to splurge on! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="765"] Xiamen 90 Sandals[/caption] CONSTANTINOPLE BROCADE The Constantinople brocade is woven with metallic silk thread to reflect the stunning colors of Istanbul's bazaars. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Adalet Wedge[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Rhea Sandals[/caption] DEVORE VELVET  Italian artisans dissolve layers of velvet to reveal swirling traditional Turkish motfis. Each piece is bonded with suede to create a bold, luxurious textile. So rich and lush! Another favorite from my top 3 [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Shakti Pumps[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Selma Pumps[/caption] BULLION EMBROIDERY Utilizing a time-honored technique, delicate coils of gold bullion thred are hand-embroidered onto printed silk crepe to create a textured passementerie detail. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Topkapi Pumps[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Ibrahim Loafer[/caption]   JEWELED HEEL   Bold, colorful gems are bezel-set into an antiqued metal block heel, adding richness and depth. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Serkan Jewelled Pumps[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Nehir Ankle Bootie[/caption] ANKARA CRYSTAL HEEL  Swarovski crystals are hand-applied to the surface of the Ankara's rounded low heel, lending a subtle sparkle to an evening of dancing. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Passion Jewel Sling backs[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Ankara Jeweled Heel[/caption] THE SIGNATURE ZENADIA PUMPS [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] ZENADIA BROCADE PUMPS[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] ZENADIA SUEDE PUMPS[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] ZENADIA BRIDAL PUMPS[/caption]     THE BRIDAL COLLECTION He also came up with a bridal collection consisting of some his signature designs like the Ankara Jewelled Heel, the Zenadia, the Passion, the Arabesque heel and the Serkan [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Piume Ankle strap sandals[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Serkan Jeweled Heel[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Bursa Arabesque Pump[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Passion Sling Back Pumps[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Hand Embroidered , lucite heel mesh bootie[/caption] THEN COMES [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] LEOPARD HAIRCALF EXCLUSIVE TO THE DESIGNER[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] VELVET MARY JANE PUMPS[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] BALLERINA AUBERGINE CERVO BRAIDED ANKLE STRAPS[/caption] [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="855"] Blush Satin Sandals[/caption] There's velvet, Suede, Satin, Calf hair, motifs, jewels, leather all in one collection. To say i'm blown away by this collection is an understatement, the creativity of this seasons collection is out of this world. Real attention to detail, consumers comfort in mind and the lushness of it all speaks volume of luxury. He's worth every accolade and award he receives and i look forward to future collections. Happy Man Crush Monday.   Peace, Love And More Creativity, XOXO, Jay ...

A graduate of Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto, Fashion Blogger and Stylist Toyosi Clay is nothing short of Beauty and Brains. fullsizerender-16   She loves to travel, loves fashion and has done so many reviews on Nigerian fashion designers. I didn't think twice before concluding I wanted her on an episode of this E-series.

I have always loved boots and booties, in all the styles they come in. I've had a pair or 2 in the past and i know they are one shoe style i'd rock anytime. As a shoe retailer, i have found that it is one of those shoes that most people shy away from. For whatever reason, and I've heard the funniest one, boots weren't made for Nigerian/African weather. WRONG!!! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="590"]Image result for Jennifer le boots Jennifer Le Boots[/caption]

What can be more attractive than a powerful woman in the choicest heels? Owning her style even through everyday challenges. On this weekend's episode is a dedicated mom, a dedicated wife and lover, a doctor and a night club owner all in the heart of New Jersey, U.S.A. She is none other than Dr. Mrs Abimbola Adighije AKA Dr Sim [caption id="attachment_2283" align="aligncenter" width="640"]fullsizerender-9 Bimbola Adighije[/caption]

The name Moses Ebite may not ring a bell to many, but Moashstyling would ring a loud bell to anyone who is in the business of fashion and styling and everything that comes with it. [caption id="attachment_2106" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Moses Ebite[/caption] This was one interview that came so easy and I least expected it. Very down to earth and easy in his responses, Moses certainly made my heart smile. Moses Ebite is a fashion stylist who has worked with the biggest names in the entertainment industry. From Dakore Egbuson to Omotola Ekehinde, Anna Banner, Osas Ighodaro, Toke Makinwa , Eku Edewor, Bovi, Omoni Oboli to mention  a few. [caption id="attachment_2112" align="aligncenter" width="422"] With Omotola[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2110" align="aligncenter" width="419"] Kaylah Oniwo[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2107" align="aligncenter" width="414"] Osas Ighodaro And Mo ASH Styling[/caption] He's also worked with the best photographers Remi Adetiba, Kelechi Amadi Obi, Obi Somto, Moussa Moussa and many others. [caption id="attachment_2118" align="aligncenter" width="414"] Remi Adetiba[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2121" align="aligncenter" width="443"] Obi Somto[/caption] Curiosity did not kill this cat, it gave her exciting answers to his point of view on what he thinks should be in a lady's closet. You can't but enjoy this interview. After the Cut THE INTERVIEW JAY: You have some of the most fashionable women in the entertainment industry as your clients, what is style to you as regards female fashion?? MOSES: Style to me is Comfort. Everybody loves a comfortable woman, a woman wearing only a white male dress shirt and heels is stylish to me. JAY: In putting together a look for your client, how important is their footwear on a scale of 1- 10 and why? MOSES: The footwear is as important as the outfit and that's 10/10 . A pair of good shoes can take an ordinary outfit from 0-100% JAY: Do you have any favorite female footwear brands? Luxury or highstreet? MOSES: Yes Of cos ! I love the Sophia Websters, Aquazurra and Of cos the Christian louboutin nb- every woman on earth must have at least a black pair of the So Kate Christian louboutin because it's tradition and a must. [caption id="attachment_2117" align="aligncenter" width="379"] Aquazzura Disco Thing[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2119" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Sophia Webster Catia Heels[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_2122" align="aligncenter" width="402"] Must Have So Kate Pumps[/caption]     JAY: What's your favorite shoe style? That one style that fits all outfits and you can throw on your client last minute if all else fails. MOSES: That's easy. I will always go for a pair of black pumps. It's easy, fresh and a classic. You can Never go wrong. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="597"] Black Pumps[/caption] JAY: You have quite an impeccable personal style yourself, it's always refreshing to see you step out and yes I do notice your footwear a lot, what's your favorite go to male footwear design? MOSES: LOL, omg . Thank you for that. I love shoes and I have quite a few favorite . But my go to will have to be Gucci. Because there are affordable and easy. JAY: What's the most you've spent on your shoes in a day??? MOSES: Wow that's easy 150k.. .lol JAY: Any advice for women out there when it comes to getting their style right??? MOSES: Well just know you body type and keep it easy and simple .  So we've heard it from a man's point of view, each interview is just as enlightening as the last one. I trust we've learnt a thing or two. Expect to read from the men from different fields too. Until next week, Peace, Love And More Shoes, It's Your Girl, JAY...

 It keeps getting better. I absolutely enjoy doing these interviews because the responses make my heart smile. I mean why would anyone not love shoes life? So this week, I have 2 women with me, they are not celebrities or in the media in anyway and it took quite some to get them to do this episode. What I found intriguing about them is how they still manage to look so fabulous at 40 with such great taste in shoes.  Everyone knows how much I love to be #teamfitfam (Don't judge me by my size), but seeing these women who at 40, with families and businesses to run, manage to burn an average of 500calories a day (at the very least) working out and eating healthy, inspires me to work towards a fitter 40's. Yea, they all say its to be healthy, but with their shoe obsession, I know it's low key for the heels. Let me introduce you to these beautiful women before we get into the interview. Irene Fajana: is the young at heart (and body) mother of 3 kids with a home accessories store who is totally in love with what she does which is being a wife, mom, entrepreneur and fashionista. She loves to travel,is  the ultimate party planner and the perfect soccer mom. Not until I saw pictures from her 40th birthday did I believe her age. [caption id="attachment_1915" align="aligncenter" width="589"]irene 40 year old Irene in Neon pointed pumps[/caption] Helen Anatogu: a mother of 2kids, CEO of a software business incubator and a business lawyer with past corporate counsel at Nokia, Shell and Microsoft. Sugarcraft, gardening, music and art are some of her favorite things but none of these trumps her time spent with her kids and evenings out with her husband. [caption id="attachment_2046" align="aligncenter" width="519"]IMG_0662 Helen on a play date with her kids[/caption] Enjoy the interviews after the cut

I am an unrepentant shoe lover, I love the designs, the materials used in making them, the style they create, the confidence they give, the creativity that goes into making each pair fit, just everything about shoes. It is an art and I find myself going through every footwear designers' collections and taking in the sight of all those beautiful pairs of shoes and building this larger than life closet in my head, then comes the price tags. [caption id="attachment_2033" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo Courtesy www.sdasia.co[/caption] Honestly how many of us can afford these luxury items? Even at the best bargains or sales season, they still drill a hole in your pocket. The average Nigerian job pays about N80,000 - N200,000 a month. I'm sure no one wants to spend alL their earnings on a pair of shoes however tempting it maybe. One of my favorite things to do is look for high street brands that can substitute for the designer brands. That way, it's easier to create a champagne closet on a beer budget. You may not get the actual Swarovski crystals or crocodile leather but you get equally durable faux materials and embellishments, neatly made, gorgeous designs and most importantly, pocket friendly. For the benefit of those that have asked, I'd be doing a weekly splurge versus steal post here on the blog and occasionally on instagram, twitter and facebook, so make sure you're following. For the purpose of this introductory post, I'd highlight some of my favorite go to stores for affordable shoes. New Look: They stock shoes from as low as 5pounds (sales season) to about 40pounds. Their shoes are neat and almost always durable. You can hardly go wrong with them. Their sizes go up to an EUR 43 which makes them all the more amazing and they are true to size. 2. Zara: With outlet stores in Europe and America, they are like next to luxury. Their shoes are more expensive retailing from about 20pounds (sales season) to about 100pounds. They are not always big feet friendly, so the designs you like the most may not run above an EUR 40/41. Kurt Geiger: A UK based store, they carry their own brand, Carvela Kurt Geiger, Miss KG, Lipsy, Nine West and some other brands. Their shoes are gorgeous, very strong but not always true to size, so if you're not used to them, they can be a bit tricky. Shoes retail between 20pounds (sales season) and 300pounds for new designs.   Other brands I'd be featuring are River Island, Shoedazzle, Aldo, Justfab, H n M amongst others. It's quite easy to create a champagne closet if properly guided so you are not penny wise pound foolish. Still itching for those very designer brands?, I'd keep you up to date on where and how to get them at the very best bargains so you can splurge once, twice or even thrice a year to reward yourself for all the hardwork. Till then.. Peace, Love And More Shoes XOXO, JAY...

It's our third episode already and if you missed the last two episodes of this interesting series, be sure to catch up. Today I have all the way from France, Paris based Nigerian Chef, Opeyemi Oyeneyin popularly known as Chef Jess. She is a private chef who focuses on Nigerian Cuisine. So if you happen to be in Paris and need a taste of home, don't hesitate to contact her. [caption id="attachment_1997" align="aligncenter" width="310"]70f59cad-43bf-4864-9d14-5766118c8b37-e1459882056507 Chef Jess, Opeyemi Oyeneyin[/caption] I have known her (from afar), for many years and what always drew me to her was her impeccable style and an even more impeccable taste in shoes. Fast forward to recently, upon finding out she had become a chef, which is not one of those professions that showcases fashion much, I was curious to know if work had changed her fashion sense. Be the judge yourself, read the interview after the cut.

It's Wednesday, surprisingly one of my favorite days of the week after Friday, and no don't ask me why. I've been working on a project that has left me on a constant high, even though it is eating up into the almost no time that I have, but then again, that's content for another day. The end justifies the means (or something like that) and I can bet you guys will be as excited as I am now when it materializes. Everyday is a great day to flaunt a new pair of shoes whether on the runway or the sidewalk, boardroom, classroom or even in your living room. A well fitted, comfortable and elegant pair of shoes on well pedicured feet changes the game. When I came across the OSCAR TIYE AND NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD SPRING 2016 COLLECTION, I thought what's not to share. From the colors to the textures and edgy designs, there's sure to be a spring in your step. Nicholas Kirkwood, celebrating 10years of the designer's brand and known for his sculptural and artistic craftsmanship came out no less with this collection that was a revamp of signature styles using textures, colors, silhouettes and cuts. In addition are heels with form, voluptuous and reminiscent of the pumps of the 50's. [caption id="attachment_1745" align="aligncenter" width="526"] Stella Sandal Mule Black Suede Mesh[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1744" align="aligncenter" width="526"] Outliner Silver White Leather Sandal[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1743" align="aligncenter" width="524"] Outliner Multi color Pump[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1735" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Glitter-Fabric-White-Leather-Sandal[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1736" align="aligncenter" width="518"] Outliner-Silver-White-Leather-Sandal[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1742" align="aligncenter" width="529"] Maya-Printed-Leather-Strappy-Sandal[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1741" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Briona-Chevron-pump-black-white[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1740" align="aligncenter" width="520"] -Maya-Platform-Pearl-Sandal-Orange-Pink-Suede[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1739" align="aligncenter" width="528"] Maya-Platform-Pearl-Sandal-Blue-Black-Suede[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1738" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Maya-Laser-Cut-Black-Leather-Platform-Sandal[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1737" align="aligncenter" width="526"] -Maya-Glitter-Fabric-Platform-Pearl-[/caption] Oscar Tiye, still one of my favorite brands till date, with Egyptian ascents is girl power redefined. From the Kitty to the Afef, Malikah (revamped), Minnie and Mirtha series, Amina Muaddi, creative director outdid herself again making a girl feel like the modern day catwoman. [caption id="attachment_1761" align="aligncenter" width="523"] Isar Safari Satin Sandal[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1762" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Kitty Pink Leather Sandals[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1746" align="aligncenter" width="524"] Kitty Yellow Block Heel Sandal[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1747" align="aligncenter" width="528"] Malikah Orange Block Heel Sandal[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1748" align="aligncenter" width="526"] Maria Tan Suede Mule[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1749" align="aligncenter" width="526"] Minnie Pink Satin Sandal[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1753" align="aligncenter" width="526"] Noor Black Suede Pump[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1754" align="aligncenter" width="527"] Minnie Purple Block Heel Sandal[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1756" align="aligncenter" width="527"] Mirths Yellow Suede Pump[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1758" align="aligncenter" width="527"] Afef Glitter Sandal[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1760" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Afef Suede Bootie[/caption] Which of the designers did it for you and what styles are you craving to covet?  ...