Thursday, June 19, 2014

Possible Bunion Surgery?! No Pressure

My absence from shoe blogging has been more to do with mourning than neglect.  With a pending foot surgery looming in my future ("Ma, my bunion is not from my heels, it's from my lineage!"), I have been living life in flip flops.  Cue the violins...

That is, until a podiatrist appointment advised me to stay away from my flip flops and Tieks ballet flats. Turns out the styles of footwear I thought was comforting to my bunion is actually doing more harm than good.   

After my appointment, he wrote me out a prescription for insoles. And suggested I do nightly ice soaks.  But most importantly, he told me I should wear a slight heel to relieve the pressure of walking flat.  Um, Doc, define slight, because my arsenal of heels doesn't teeter under four inches...

Looks like a summer shoe shopping spree is prescription for relief!


Thursday, May 29, 2014

She Rises: Dr. Maya Angelou 1928-2014

My greatest joy was presenting Dr. Angelou one of my custom Caged Creations by Felicia at her Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony

My heart is heavy with the news of Dr. Maya Angelou's passing.  As a writer, her journey from childhood trauma to a prolific example of #YesAllWomen is profound and will forever be a gift to me.

That gift was reciprocated when I presented her one of my gift cages from my fledgling gift shop Caged Creations by Felicia.  First turned down by the company organizing the event, I interpreted their NO for "not through you" and called the mayor, who immediately recognized me as one the small business owners in our Midtown mall revitalization.  With verbal confirmation that I would be a guest of the mayor, I was instructed to show up after the serving of dinner, with gift cage in tow.

Upon my arrival, anxiety set in.  Would I be turned away at the door by the company?  Would the mayor not know I was coming?  I took a deep breath and announced to the attendant that I was a guest of the mayor. "Yes, he's waiting for you," was the response, along with a hand gesturing to an empty chair next to him.  As I walked quietly to the chair amidst the sold-out crowd, resonating throughout the room was the voice.  Her voice.  Anxiety melted away and was replaced by the comfort of her words, her presence, her spirit.

To be present for her acceptance speech was surreal enough.  But as she ended her speech to an ovation, the mayor leaned over and said, "You are to go up to the stage now".

"You're not presenting it to her?!" I sheepishly responded.  "No, you are," he said to me.  From the moment I stood up, an out-of-body experience gave rhythm to the applause.  Removing the gift cage from the large gift bag that concealed my intentions, the bird was literally out of the bag, as the theme was an homage to her famous poem I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings.

Encased inside of the gilded cage was a raffia-wrapped scented candle, a doll dressed in Kente print and black and gold vase nestled atop gold and red tulle.  Perched outside of the gift cage was a bird with brilliant plumes of green, yellow and red.

When I reached the bottom of the stairs, she turned to me and our eyes met.  I reached the stage and she embraced me.  I took this moment to whisper in her ear,  "I, too, know why the caged bird sings".  Then I was ready to RUN, as I knew the company organizing the event was definitely waiting to escort me out.

Just when I thought it couldn't get any more phenomenal, she held the gift cage up for the audience and announced, "Will you look at this?!  I want to do something for you".

What is happening? I think to myself.  "Young man," she points to the table closest to the stage, "Would you mind giving us your seat for one moment?", to which he responded by bringing his chair right in front of the podium.  "Have a seat; I'd like to do something for you", Dr. Angelou stated.

Obliging, I sat down in the chair to receive a personal recital of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings...

I did not walk out that event; I floated.  And could not go to sleep until 4AM.  I can honestly say that was the most amazing natural high!  The experience generated a newspaper feature, which brought business to my shop.  And a call from the mayor's office the following week informed me that the company organizing the event had actually commissioned an artist to craft a crystal sculpture, as did the city.  She left both crystal pieces in her hotel room and took my gift cage.

From one artist to another, there is no greater compliment.  Thank you, Dr. Maya, for appreciating my vision and giving me a reason to soar.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sassy Summer Sandals

Graduation parties, weddings and dining al fresco are all in full bloom, so dress your feet in style with these cutout sandals!

Adrienne Vittadini Greece Sandals Women's Shoes

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Chanel Shoe Cake (image courtesy of Donja Vanbruggen)

During your lifetime, she has wiped away tears, cheered you on, gifted you with wisdom and slayed countless dragons. These are just a few ways to tell her she is appreciated:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

TWHS Reviews Tintalize Concealer for Feet

Flawless.  Beyonce has made it a national declaration, but not many of us really are.  And as much as I embrace Dove's mantra, "My flaws are fabulous", the arrival of sandal-baring season puts issues on full display.

Case in point; peeling off the layers of wool socks and boot liners from winter have revealed the ills of unsightly foot veins; poo!  Not necessarily what I want to have competing with my bejeweled flat sandals. 

The lovely owners (and fellow shoe lovers) from Tintalize shipped me a tube of their foot concealer for review. Created out of necessity by BFFs of 30+ years, makeup Artist Allyson Carey and Investment Banker Sydney Dillard knew the answer was a smudge-proof/waterproof/sweat-proof/rub-proof foot makeup to conceal corns, veins, uneven skin tones, tattoos, abrasions, scars and any other unsightly issues.

I am tossing confetti and baking cupcakes, because for years I have tried concealing flaws with my regular foundation, only to have it smear on my shoes and furniture. Available in seven shades, Tintalize is compatible for all skin tones - including women of color - which other foot makeup lines miss the mark. I was shipped the shade 'Allyson' for my copper-penny complexion.  Here are the results:

Foot Before Tintalize 

Foot After Tintalize

To test it even further, I applied the concealer to my calf area that Zora my puppy tends to dig into with her claws during playtime (her pedi is scheduled tomorrow):

Puppy Claw Prints Before Tintalizer

Calf After Applying Tintalizer 

I even slipped on pants over it to walk Zora, lounged while watching TV, and it was still only on my calf at the end of the night!   I'm sold. Get your hands on Tintalize so you can stand tall reciting the Open Toe Sandal Pledge!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Buzz-Worthy Heels

Sandal season is upon us, so stop to smell the flowers atop 120mm Giuseppe Zanotti heels.  Crafted from calf hair, provocative cutouts show off your pampered feet.

Cutout calf hair sandals