Styling And Shoe Review

When I started blogging, I remember following practically every style blogger on the gram. And that was quite a lot, my feed was full of them and with time I started to get bored. It was like seeing the same set of looks on different people. So I started to unfollow. It was really easy to just click the unfollow tab and move on to the next till I got to @stylebyada. Her posts always struck me but I never really paid attention. [caption id="attachment_2754" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Ada[/caption] I found myself clicking on her handle to view her page again and ended up going through ALL her posts (trust me she has a lot).

She's an Italian fashion designer born in Rome, Italy. 51 year old Maria Chiuri has made her mark in the fashion industry. [caption width="448" id="attachment_2716" align="aligncenter"]ROME, ITALY - JULY 10: Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri attends Coulture/Sculpture Vernissage Cocktail honoring Azzedine Alaia in the history of fashion at Galleria Borghese at Galleria Borghese on July 10, 2015 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images) Maria Grazia Chiuri , First Female Artistic Director DIOR Fashion House #WomanCrushWednesday[/caption]With over 20 years in the fashion creation business, 17years of which she spent as co- creative director (along side Pierpaolo Piccioli) at VALENTINO, she was recently named Artistic Director at the prestigious DIOR fashion house following the exit of Raf Simons (Former Director).

ZARA is undoubtedly one of the most popular and preferred high street brands. This is not a surprise as they have a premium quality selection of stylish shoes and always keep up with trends and at pocket friendly prices too, making them one of the go to stores for any fashionista on a budget. If you are looking for lower priced options to luxury brands, you're sure to find something with them. So I decided to review what they have this season and no, I wasn't disappointed. Although I wish they played more with colors but hey, it's fall season.  Velvets, Metallics and furs came out to play as is trending and these are a few (more than just a few actually...

From the mid day Oasis on 96.9 Cool FM to the Drive time show on Beats 99.9 FM, Radio host, Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi has made her mark in the broadcasting industry. The CEO of Speakerboxx productions, she's a media consultant and Event MC among other things media related. [caption id="attachment_2614" align="aligncenter" width="543"]vllkyt1f0d0e4op168_37fa9b1b GBEMI OLATERU OLAGBEGI[/caption] Apart from her interactive and interesting radio moments, I was drawn to the fact that she is a shoe lover. I remember driving home from work and listening to her show, she would almost always make a reference to shoes. Following her on social media made her love for shoes even more obvious.

First time I heard anything about Yummie was on "Wardrobe Diaries", a TV show that features fashion forward people. Watching the interview, the first thing that struck me was her unconventional, eccentric style. [caption id="attachment_2525" align="aligncenter" width="371"]fullsizerender-32 Yummie in Brooklyn[/caption] You know those people that only them can own their style? Yes, she's one of those people.

I see some fashion pieces and i'm thinking, who put in so much love and commitment and thought to this? Lately, i've been feeling this type of way about the valentino rockstud pumps but apart from the pumps, I haven't paid so much attention to the brand as a whole. The Maison Valentino footwear brand is exactly why I am here today. I visited the official site and some other luxury outlets and after what I saw, I knew I had to do a post. Naturally, I was interested in knowing the creative director of the brand. There had been Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli as creative directors since 2008 but with the exit of Maria, Pierpaolo became sole Creative Director. This duo created the signature Rockstud Pumps to celebrate 50years of the brand in fall 2010.

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 ...