Styling And Shoe Review

Beauty and Fashion Entrepreneur, Veronica Odeka of Vane style and CEO of Nigeria's leading nail polish brand Vane Polish knows her onions when it comes to styling. IMG_4994   Stylist to Genevieve Nnaji and other high profile Nigerian celebrities, she has been in the game for years. A former model, her sense of style is a breath of fresh air as she knows how to incorporate her colors and textures be it for a red carpet, corporate or casual look.

Dear Diary,

I had a good day today. Work happened smoothly, i turned in the project report just in time to meet up with my deadline. Mr Deinde commended me, yes the Mr Deinde. On my way home, i passed by Sole Divas Store sha... *Sigh*, i know i promised not to buy any shoes till March, but the shoes on display, Lord have mercy, the perfect  color and the price was just right. I couldn't resist jo, besides how would i reward myself for my hard work. i even think i may get a raise, so that will compensate. Anyway, that was the highlight of my day. Let me go and try on my new shoes, i must rock them tomorrow biko. Good night!

My name is Salewa Oni and i am a hopeless, irredeemable shoe lover. When i left home for work this morning, I had exactly 253 pairs of shoes. My latest Kurt Geiger bow pumps now brings the count to 254 pairs. Welcome to my world.

   In honor of her recent Golden Globe Awards, my Woman Crush this beautiful Wednesday is Tracee Ellis Ross.

fullsizerender-74 You all remember her from the popular sitcom Girlfriends?. I still have my DVD set of the series. She played the successful career chic but very clumsy Joan Clayton. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="553"]Image result for tracee ellis ross girlfriends Second from left with the other cast members of Girlfriends[/caption] She's also currently on ABC's Blackish for which she won the Golden Globe awards a few days ago. She was in Reed Between The Lines, Daddy's Little Girls, Hanging Up and I see you.com. You must at least have watched one of these.

It's been a long year for many of us. And especially here in Nigeria, we can't deny the fact that the recession is biting hard. There's been a lot of shoe reviews on the blog and so many foot candy released through the year. Of course many shoe lovers have had to break bank just to get a pair or 2 of their favorite designers. And with the less expensive pairs, it's still been a struggle with the sky rocketing exchange rates. [caption id="attachment_3273" align="aligncenter" width="424"]4337990_14333709288193398230997503787222154872345n_jpg3573147a9026e69c5b8478684069db29 I found this really funny...[/caption]

Whoop whoop, it's December, one of my favorite months of the year. I'm in the holiday mood right now and wrapping up the year to better focus on the year to come. It will be a bit slow on the blog but remember to follow us on all our social media pages.  It's Christmas party season. What better reason to think shoesssss.... As usual there'd be a lot of events this holiday - from house parties to pool parties, end of year office gigs, fashion shows, concerts and anything you can think of. So I drew up a wish list of some of my favorite luxury shoes that scream Christmas. Here we go, [caption id="attachment_3252" align="aligncenter" width="650"]b7aebd27bb648bf13d726011884f3545 These Sophia Websters scream pool side fun paired with an all white outfit and over size sunglasses with a tall glass of Pina Colada....[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_3257" align="aligncenter" width="407"]nmx2wp0_mu Sophia Webster[/caption]

Think Pearls, Precious Stones, Swarovski Crystals, Studs and Spikes, I'm your ultimate embellishment shoe lover. Image result for rene caovilla ankle wrap embellished sandals I like all types of details, from embroidery to prints to paints and all forms of motifs, heel structures, textures everything in between. But today, I'd focus on foot candy from both luxury and high street brands and share some of my favorite ornamented footwear to adorn your feet.

In a bid to keep you entertained, each episode of In Her Closet comes with another fashionista, people we love to see on TV or read about. This week I have sultry Actress and Model, Adunni Ade. [caption id="attachment_3142" align="aligncenter" width="408"]adunni-ade The beautiful and sultry Adunni Ade[/caption] The beautiful actress and mother of 2 is Half Nigerian and Half German. While she spent a part of her growing years in New York, she got into runway modeling and was on Tyra Banks' America Next Top Model.

As much as i'm a shoe lover, a pointed toe pump lover and more importantly a louboutin lover, I knew thoughts of me were not anywhere on his mind when he created the "So Kate" pumps. He must have been thinking 50kg body weight, lean and slender. And no Christian, I ain't even mad at you. I understand totally. The So Kates would forever remain one of my absolutely favorite pumps, but from the first time I got the chance to put my feet in them, I knew they weren't for me. I used to be that girl that could rock 5" heels and wouldn't mind the discomfort. [caption width="453" id="attachment_3123" align="aligncenter"] 5" gladiator sandals in 2009[/caption]  Yea, my body weight and lifestyle those years could accommodate it. 7 years later with 3 kids and a shift in weight, i'm learning to embrace my reality till I can work my way back to yesteryears.  [caption width="2448" id="attachment_3124" align="aligncenter"] Mid heel sandals[/caption]  And this is why i'm here today.  It's one thing to buy a gorgeous pair of shoes, it's another thing to enjoy wearing them and thereby get your money's worth. I'd be sharing practical tips in this two part post on how to shop for shoes, online and in store.  Let's start with in store shopping which gives more room to make better decisions. [caption width="635" id="attachment_3102" align="aligncenter"] Shopping In store[/caption]  I can spend a whole week from store to store shoe shopping and I wouldn't complain for one minute. [caption width="625" id="attachment_3090" align="aligncenter"] The excitement[/caption] The fact that I can try on the shoes and see how they fit always gets me high (if you know what I mean). [caption width="450" id="attachment_3088" align="aligncenter"] Typical shoe lover[/caption] Essentially, these are things to look out for when shopping in store. COMFORT: The moment you put your feet in a pair of shoes, you know whether you can last an hour in them or not, trust me we always know, but sometimes because the shoes are too beautiful, we make excuses to accommodate the discomfort.  From experience Make sure you're wearing both pairs ( Most stores should give you a pair of clean nylon socks, if not, be sure your feet are clean) Walk around the store space allowed to see if the heels would carry your weight gracefully ,paying attention to pressure on your back, knees and the soles of your feet. And if your feet fit nicely and comfortably to the arch and width of the shoes. With this, you can tell the level of comfort you'd be getting and what you can or cannot manage.  If the heel is too thin, there are cone heels, platform heels, block heels e.t.c that are more comfortable.  No matter how tempting the thin heels maybe, you're better off admiring them. Your pocket and your feet would thank you later. [caption width="636" id="attachment_3094" align="aligncenter"] Painfully thin, most likely uncomfortable[/caption] I used to love pencil heels, I still do, I find them dainty and elegant, but I no longer go for them as they are not as comfortable as they used to be. I have found equally elegant heel styles that are way more comfortable. I love my heels, I just look out for what works best for me. [caption width="548" id="attachment_3096" align="aligncenter"] Cone heels for the win...