Sunday, August 24, 2014

Boot Camp

Fall is  the perfect time to step up your footwear, and what better way than with these decadently woven leather booties! Balanced on 110mm bamboo heels and rear zipper closure, your view is guaranteed to be fabulous.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

On The Prowl


This fall, leopard print is the workhorse in your wardrobe.  Cause shoe envy in these fabulous 105mm ponyskin heels; purrrfect to wear with jewel tones and winter white.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

50 Shades of Grey

Whether you run, skip or sprint to the movie theater to see 50 Shades of Grey next Valentines Day, what will be just as hot is the trend grey.  Here are a few footwear choices to get you there in style, like the Gray Suede High Heel Booties shown above.


Friday, August 8, 2014

WIN THIS: A Bottle of Rouge Louboutin Nail Colour!


The decision is in; no bunion surgery for me; WOOT!  But I am still in mourning, after seeing the selection of shoes in Wide width (the alternative option to surgery)...

At least this news will brighten your day.  With Christian Louboutin's launch of his beauty line, the price of his Rouge Louboutin nail colour is a far cry from a pair of his coveted shoes, but at $50, it's still highbrow.  Lovely Amanda at Save Your Sole luxury shoe care is giving you a chance to win a bottle this month!  

Just follow her on Twitter and retweet the contest.  But if you don't want to wait, grab your own bottle of Christian Louboutin Beaute 'Rouge Louboutin' Nail Colour at Nordstrom.

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.