Styling And Shoe Review

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...

I'm always excited about awards, foreign or local. I live for all the glamour and pizzaz that come with them. I would stay up all night just to see all the fashion from the red carpet. The Grammys is one of the biggest and most significant music awards of all times and of course with all the A-list Super stars, you expect to see the best from the designers in the fashion industry.. [caption id="attachment_5291" align="aligncenter" width="320"] Beyoncé[/caption] This for me is the highlight. Who wore what? It's like getting to know them personally. I didn't watch this years awards though but going through the rounds on the internet all day, these are some of my favorite footwear from the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Dear Diary,

Last night was magical and that is all. I cannot count how many times i cried. Choi, God needs to send me my own personal bae, not another person's bae o. My own gan gan. My brother scored best lover in the world goals for all that he put together for Sis Moji. The highlight for me was when he was acknowledging all his wrongs, and how he was committed to dedicate the rest of his life to loving her right, and then Timi Dakolo came out of no where singing "The Vow". I wish i could freeze that scene forever. From the corner of my eyes, i saw my mum shed a few tears, it was such a beautiful moment. And did my SIL look beautiful or not, her three looks from the vow renewal, the dinner, down to the after party dress were absolutely breath taking. Yesterday was all forms of magic. *SIGH*

Almost a week after the anniversary, and we couldn't stop talking about it. The girls and i were having an early dinner, the Friday after, at Aisha's place. She had made this really lovely oil-less efo riro with grilled fish and boiled plantain. I was fast adapting to fitfam life and literally in food heaven.

I was looking through luxury online outlet, the outnet, with another ardent shoe lover and Pierre Hardy shoes kept popping up. For each of his design that came up we'd go back and ooh and aah over the piece. Pierre Hardy is a French designer in his 60's who went from dance to footwear design. His profile has risen from being an illustrator at Vogue to being creative director atDior,  Hermes and Balenciaga to owning his own self named label. His designs are such that you'd want to collect just because, well I would! They are rich in color and texture and remind me of a mix of geometry and architecture. I had to do a post and show you some of that footcandy. And yea, they do cost more than just a pretty penny, but trust me worth every figure. It's only respectful to pay the worth of such creative artwork. Here are some of my favorites...

I've liked Toke from a distance, I would open any article that had her name in it and completely forget about her till the next article. Then came her book Onbecoming and I became more intrigued by her. Not because of the dirt she spilled( well part of it, who doesn't like gossip straight from the source) but because I saw her in her elements. Beneath the 'in your face' Toke was a scared, scarred and insecure little girl and she wasn't afraid to show that to us all.        

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Dear Diary,

"The work load is out of this world, i barely get 5 hours of sleep now. I get home really late and come back with work. It's really doing my head in. And as i'm getting really committed to this fitfam life, i have to wake up early to put in my 30 minutes of work out. It's been crazy to be honest. I haven't even been able to do much for Sister Moji as per the anniversary, i'm she understands. My outfit for that one sef, i still can't settle for something and it's in 3 days. I was at Sole Divas 2 days ago, hoping to get gold shoes for the fringe dress. I'd love to wear the skirt tho, but i'm not so sure i'm that comfortable with my stomach yet. It's barely 2 weeks i signed up with April, and even though i can say i feel changes, i'm not so confident to put it out there. Anyway, back to Sole Divas, i don't know if it's the stress from work, but i went on a shoe binge. Gosh, all the Kurt Geiger pairs i had been eyeing were up for sale at up to 60% off , i bought 12 pairs. Sue me, i call it retail therapy. And yes it felt good. Judge me not. As i don't have a lover to whisper sweet nonsense to me, won't i make myself happy?. Meanwhile, Aisha sent me a message, i haven't replied her, let me get to it, it sounded quite urgent."

It's the month of love and I bet a lot of us are planning towards the 14th of February... Foot wear designers don't play when it comes to getting creative. I saw these shoes randomly and all i felt was love. You honestly have no reason not to get up and get dressed. If you have no one to go out with, go out on your own and just have fun with your shoes... After all, shoe love is the best love. A date with the significant other, lunch with your girls, a corporate event or dinner with your family, every female deserves a pair of lovely shoes this season.

I've been doing a lot of searching since i finally came out with my opinions as regards Look for less shoes, it's quite a task though trying not to fall for copy cat designs. Quite a number of high street brands like Steve Madden, Zara and Mango have their fair share of inspired pieces and i can't even be mad at them as i found some really interesting pieces. So if you have had your eyes on some high end shoes and your pocket is saying no, look out for these posts. If you haven't subscribed for email alerts yet, i wonder why not. Today, i have 4 inspired looks for less to share. Fendi VS Designer Lab Sandals: The Fendi pair spot a T Bar style with metallic heels and a slightly covered back. Of course, they will burn a hole in your pocket and set you about a $1,000 back. The Designer Lab option spots a Sling Back and black heels. So save for the color combination, i think it's a great way to substitute and spend less as they go for less than a $ 100. Manolo Blahnik VS Kurt Geiger: The Manolo Hangisi Pumps are a classic pair and this one was a bit hard for me, but i think the Kurt Geiger look alike isn't such a bad idea as blue satin pumps can be found with other brands too. The embellishment doesn't come close to the Hangisi and the shades of blue are slightly different. Price tags make up to about $800 difference. I'd rather splurge on this one tho...

On the last Episode of In her closet, celebrity stylist Veronica Odeka shared with us her splurge on a pair of Jimmy Choos. This week, Tv Presenter, Compere and Actress, the Desperate Housewives Africa Star, Michelle Dede reveals in this interview that she's not your ultimate Shoe lover but she knows more than a thing or 2 about shoes.   [caption width="537" id="attachment_3770" align="aligncenter"] Michelle Dede[/caption] [caption width="548" align="aligncenter"] Desperate Houswives Africa[/caption]A graduate of fashion design and fashion merchandising, the Co-producer of the Flower Girl movie, has lived in major cities around the world which has influenced her sense of style.  I've been drawn to her  since she started presenting on Ebony Life TV's Moments alongside Bolanle Olukanni and Toke Makinwa. So it was an honor when she obliged me the feature. Let's get to the interview. E INTERVIEW WITH MICHELLE DEDE JAY: If you had to define style in one word, it would be?? MICHELLE: Eclectic JAY: You have lived in over 9cities in the world, in which of these cities have you experienced the most fashion frenzy? MICHELLE: Definitely London. I studied fashion design & fashion merchandising in university, so I was surrounded by fashion as well as gravitated towards all things fashion related. London is the home of unique, edgy, unconventional fashion which I love. JAY: Your sense of style is simple but very chic and captivating, where and when did you become fashion conscious? MICHELLE: At times the pieces I've had to wear for hosting certain TV shows, were a result of a compromise and not what I would have chosen myself. I would never describe my sense of style as simple. My sense of style is eclectic. I dress based on my mood each day, taking inspiration from broad and diverse sources. I've always been interested in fashion, as a kid and in my teens in high-school, I experimented mixing and matching my clothes, to the amusement of my parents and older siblings. JAY: On a scale of 1 - 10, how would you rate your love for shoes? MICHELLE: 4 1/2 [caption width="478" id="attachment_3767" align="aligncenter"] For 41/2 rating, she knows her shoes...