Posts Tagged ‘Neiman Marcus


eBay Quick Fix: Silver Lining

For anyone who needs a little silver lining now and then. I know I do.

Marc Jacobs peep toe pump, from the boutique AxelUSA. A 25% discount puts these lovelies at $225 (various sizes available too).MJShoes1

Classic, classy, 5″ heels from boutique The Vivid Room are going (in lots of sizes) for about $40; a perfect fit for the budget optimist.Seduce-420SQ-silver

And if you happen to be a lucky size 8 optimist, check out these low-heeled, 60s, vintage Pietro Nieman Marcus round toe pumps, selling for only $13 from Vanities Vintage. Want to thank me? Hug your friends, hang with your family, share your sparkle.318513219_tp


Fashion’s Night Out in DC: Have heels replaced hemlines as economic indicators?

Roaring 20’s economics guru (and perhaps closet fashionista) George Taylor coined the “Hemline Theory” which claimed that the stock market moved up and down in accordance with women’s hemlines. The Hemline Theory did have some logic behind it. In the earlier part of the century, silk stocking were considered a luxury item. When times were prosperous women could afford this little luxury, and so they wanted to show them off by wearing short skirts. However, in an age where maxis and minis both are on trend, I think perhaps we should look to heels as a new economic indicator.

Consider ballet flats, which have been quite popular the last few years. They’re the lowest possible heel, and where has the Dow been hanging out? While short skirts showed off fancy stockings, heel height (or lack thereof) is a practicality issue. If one is saving some money and walking in lieu of hailing a taxicab, 5-inch platforms probably aren’t your best bet. Many have even dubbed these uber stilettos “Limo Heels” implying that one must be able to afford luxury transport as 7-inches hardly makes for a good walking shoe.

Last night as I headed to Neiman’s for Fashion’s Night Out festitivies–stimulating the economy is

Is that a DOUBLE platform?! Photo: NM

Is that a DOUBLE platform?! Photo: NM

our patriotic duty after all–I felt like I didn’t quite measure up. I was wearing one of my fave vintage Pucci dresses, so my ensemble wasn’t the problem. Perhaps my Bert-esque  brows? I immediately headed straight to the PR at Partners stand that did complimentary hair and eyebrows at the event to fix that problem, but I still felt like I fell SHORT. Then it dawned on me: my 3-inch heels just didn’t measure up! I headed to the shoe department to sip some champagne and collect my thoughts–seriously, what is more relaxing than lounging in the Neiman Marcus shoe section sipping some champers? As I sat surrounded by my good buddies Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, and Valentino I noticed that when it comes to footwear this fall everything is looking up Up UP– Boots are over-the-knee, while any stiletto worth its weight in Harry Winston will put you over the moon. Judging by the looks of things, if my heel height theory holds, Fashion’s Night Out has definitley kicked off the start of a very fun and prosperous shopping season.


April Showers Bring… Cute Rain Boots

May flowers will be here soon enough, but in the meantime, it’s hard to feel cute sporting rain-soaked hair and smudged make-up. I’ve become a pro at this look living in Chicago where the weather is both unpredictable and unforgiving. If you’re anything like me, the entire month of April is centered around the frizz action happening on top of your dome. But have no fear, these wacky—and absolutely adorable—rain boots are sure to draw attention south of your noggin and onto your soles.

Hunter BootsPrepare to get eaten walking down the street in these fruit-tastic Hunters available at Zappos—perfect for the gal who loves all things shabby chic. According to reviews, these wellies are surprisingly perfect for long distances and are covered under warranty. Also available in 3 other patterns, all equally charming and girlie.

Paul Smith bootsThese eccentric boots by Paul Smith will having you begging for rain just so you can whip out your “crazy boots.” Don’t worry, the 1 1/4″ heel and pointed toe are just a disguise; these babies are 100 percent rubber and ready to get wet. A matching umbrella is also available for the fashionista who loves to stand out. Available at Neiman Marcus.

chooka bootFor those of you dying to channel the rocker within, look no further than the “Julia Stripe” by Chooka. This Washington-based company has a number of quirky styles, but this pattern just screams Jenny Humphrey from Gossip Girl. Available at the Diane’s Little Lambs store on eBay.


Uggs Out? Discuss.

Just a few weeks ago, I was checking out and stumbled over a Lifestyle entry which brazenly and directly declared that Uggs boots were no longer to be seen on the warm feet of the “in crowd” worldwide. Huffington Post

They were…gasp…out! As in, not cool. Outré. Dorky. Dumb. No longer desirable. About to show up at outlet malls in stores with “Must Go” signs handing across the door in places like Abilene!


Dear lord, is this true? Can these comfortable, cozy Australian exports actually be on their way to exile at the resale shop?

Have the folks declaring them “out” ever slipped a chilly but well pedicured foot into the sheepskin lining then felt the gentle caress Uggs are known for?

Is the name not a subtle way to say ‘hug’ or, gasp…is the name reflective of what some say upon spying them on the gams of a fashionista?

Sigh…keeping up with the latest is sometimes very disheartening. However, I’m going to make a prediction here.

Despite the Huff Post article, and despite the fact Uggs are not waterproof (don’t go there with the ‘boots not waterproof’ thing), Neiman Marcus just days ago emailed a “latest trends” to me, and on the main page was a picture of a certain Uggs.

These were all decorated like a cowboy boot. VERY stylish. Rest easy, ladies. I’ve never known Neimans to steer our tooties in the wrong direction.

So, what do you think? Are Uggs toes up or down?

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July 2020