Payless pranks snobbish shoe shoppers

Payless opened a pop-up boutique, where it put out its footwear in a different setting, with fancy backlit displays and a dramatic angel statue greeting customers. Several shoppers, who were duped into thinking ‘Palessi’ (get it?) was a new luxury brand, were willing to spend up to $600 on Payless shoes.

I have a shoe story of my own. I had bought a pair of pumps (between $200 and $300) by L.K. Bennett, best known for Duchess Kate’s Sledge pump. Nordstrom​ sent me Prada by mistake. They were UGLY. I called customer service and told them had the Prada shoes worked for me, it would be a steal.  The customer service rep laughed and said that “And we wouldn’t have known the difference.”

#FashionFriday #fashion stripes

I love stripes. They practically scream summer.

I’m very partial to L.L. Bean‘s French Sailor Shirts, because I like the weight of the cotton. It was disappointing that L.L. Bean no longer sells the notch-collared, short-sleeved top shown below.

The styling was inspired by an & Other Stories ad.   The bandana features hearts in its print: Sweetheart of the Rodeo (which was the title of an album by The Byrds).  Be aware that these items are no longer available.

Below are striped tops with distinct details:

The Lands End shirt features a side knot.  The top from ABLE (lower right) features a drawstring at the hem.  Both are on sale.

Indian Media Pans Ivanka Trump’s Dress

Ivanka in India

Respect would have meant wearing dresses by Indian designers: I have to agree with VOGUE India on this one.  Moreover, it’s fashion diplomacy. Lady Gaga wore a Naeem Khan gown when she was India – and a wig dyed white, orange, and green: the colors of the India flag.

I’m sensitive about cultural appropriation when it comes to India.  It’s shameful that people feel free to trash India and Hinduism while they appropriate yoga and ayurveda for themselves, with little to no credit to the Indian roots.

Ivanka could make wearing a burlap sack look good, but apparently, that’s not good enough.

Source: Indian Media Pans Ivanka Trump’s Dress: ‘Cultural Appropriation’ by ‘Botoxed Barbie’

Good news for my hometown St. Louis

God knows that my hometown of St. Louis could benefit from good news, particularly after Ferguson and STL’s unsavory reputation for murder (read this horrific story).

Now the good news:

The Saint Louis Fashion Incubator (SLFI) is accepting applications for its inaugural class through July 14, 2016. It is backed by the Saint Louis Fashion Fund and Washington University in St. Louis’s Olin Business School. The two-year program will provide financial support, educational opportunities, and free workspace to its 6 chosen designers.

Industry leaders will select a group of six designers to participate in the two-year Midwestern accelerator program.

Source: Saint Louis Fashion Incubator Now Accepting Applications for Inaugural Class – Fashionista

Marimekko for Target drops tomorrow, Sunday, April 17, 2016

But expect the collection to sell out within minutes, with pieces being re-sold for exorbitant prices on eBay.

Previously, Marimekko had limited edition collections with Banana Republic (the collection even included nail polish!) and H+M. It even collaborated with Avon on a limited edition collection of makeup in 2008 (see pics here).

Marimekko for Target

Marimekko for Target

Marimekko’s most popular print is its Unikko poppy print (not featured in its collection for Target).  Dolce & Gabbana ripped it off and even tried to cancel registration of the Unikko print in the EU: to learn more, read D&G Dolce & Gabbana rips off Marimekko Unikko print.  Be sure to read the comments too!

Source: Target: Brand Shop: Marimekko for Target

The Style Page reviews How Not to Look Old by Charla Krupp


How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better by Charla Krupp

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read How Not to Look Old after reading Andrea Robinson’s Toss the Gloss. Charla Krupp’s book is more extensive, as it covers fashion in addition to make-up.

Charla Krupp begins this book by saying that looking old negatively impacts you both personally and financially. Not a very upbeat way to begin a book.

I disagree with Krupp’s aversion to nude pantyhose: I feel undressed without hosiery. Krupp also advocates shimmery pink gloss (see the back cover), something that Robinson opposes.

Krupp’s best chapter is on bra fitting. Did you know that the band should provide more support than the straps? For more tips about bra fitting, I recommend reading How to properly measure from my favorite lingerie store Trousseau.

Had I not read Kathy Shaidle’s humorous 50 is the New Crappy, I would not have known that Charla Krupp died in 2012 at age 58. She did not get to live to old age.

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#mystealthyfreedom Iranian women take a stand for freedom

I love Iran: its food, its culture, its music. I look forward to the day when Iranians will remove their theocracy from power.

In the meantime, I’ll have to satisfy myself with My Stealthy Freedom,, a Facebook page where Iranian women protest compulsory hijab by doffing their hijabs.



Launched May 3, My Stealthy Freedom now has over 500 thousand fans from all over the world offering their moral support.  The women are frequently photographed in natural settings: mountains, seas, and deserts.  They often turn their faces away from the camera or are photographed at a distance to avoid detection: in fact, a Facebook page was set up to identify these women and put them at risk for reprisal; fortunately, that page was taken down.

There is a support site, Men Supporting Freedoms of Iranian Women,, where men submit pictures of themselves holding signs indicating their support of these women.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Men’s Stealthy Freedom page, (“It’s just for fun!”), where Iranian men submit pictures of themselves in drag or in various stages of undress. I love this picture  where a guy looks like a cross between Lana del Rey and Conchita Wurst.  These guys have got to be some of the hairiest guys that I’ve ever seen.  Disgusting, but soooooooooooo funny.  There’s nothing stealthy about it: the men show their faces and are clearly not afraid of reprisal.  Talk about double standards!

Makeup clutch by Linley for Kjaer Weis

How cool is this makeup clutch by Linley for Kjaer Weis?

Makeup clutch by Linley for Kjaer Weis

Makeup clutch by Linley for Kjaer Weis

It’s fashioned from silver-rippled sycamore and complements Kirsten Kjaer Weis’s one-of-a-kind swing-out packaging for her organic cosmetics.

David Linley, son of Princess Margaret and photographer Lord Snowdon, founded the Linley furniture and  design house in 1985.

To learn more about Kjaer Weis, read The Style Page interview with Kirsten Kjaer Weis.

Read Wallpaper’s feature on the makeup clutch by Linley for Kjaer Weis.  I discovered this item through Kjaer Weis’s Facebook feed.

Ugly shoes make me happy, too

Connie Wang had a delightful article on One Editor’s Ode To Ugly Shoes on Refinery 29.  I love summer footwear, and I’ve had my share of “ugly shoes”: Dr Scholls wooden exercise sandals and Earth shoes with the “negative heel.”

In keeping with the nude-colored footwear theme, I bought this pair of NAOT Gallus sandals in linen leather/bone nubuck:

NAOT Gallus sandals

NAOT Gallus sandals

The NAOT Gallus sandal features NAOT’s signature leather- and microfiber-covered cork and natural latex footbed, a 2-3/4″ heel, and a 1-1/4″ platform.  I plan to wear this with my crop pants.

The NAOT Gallus sandals costs $165, and online vendors may be found through Google Shopping.  For those of you who live in the DC metro area, I recommend the JC Comfort Shoes store in Reston for its customer service.

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Nude-colored shoes

I love Kate Middleton.  Or rather I love (in ascending order):

  • her hair
  • her smile
  • her fashion

One thing that I’ve picked up from Kate is the wearing of nude-colored shoes.  How many times have you seen her wear the L.K. Bennett Sledge pump?

Kate in her trustworthy L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps

Kate in her trustworthy L.K. Bennett Sledge Pumps

L.K. Bennett Sledge Pump

L.K. Bennett Sledge Pump

Customarily, you’d pair a dark-colored dress with black shoes, but nude-colored shoes elongate the leg.  That’s a good tip that I picked up from Kate (or rather, her stylist); however, I wouldn’t wear a heel as high (4″ with 1/2″ platform) as the L.K. Bennett Sledge Pump.

PS You may find the L.K. Bennett Sledge Pump ($345) at Nordstrom.