Above please find my top three picks for Spring Clog/Mules, plus a furry friend. Those of you who follow me on Twitter may know from my occasional shoe tweets that I have been on the hunt for a wooden soled shoe lately, but most have been either too high in heel height, or too clonky for my taste. The following meet all my criteria, with the (finally!) addition of an ankle strap to keep them on. I loved lots of the platform mule clogs from last season, but without an ankle strap, they seemed too dangerous to wear.
Criteria for judging as follows: Overall Shape - not too clogg-y. No bulbous toes. Versatility - capris, skirts (full or pencil) jeans and leggings wearable? Heel Height and Angle - Must elongate leg but facilitate strutting. I like an acute angle between the shank to the heel. I do NOT like a heel that's perpendicular to the ground. Heel Shape - I like a tapered heel. I do not like clonky or square heels or heels that are too skinny and tall. Must accentuate leg. Must accentuate foot. Construction - I walk a lot. Can you handle it?
Last night I had a dream that I had been given a little kitten to babysit. She belonged to my next-door neighbor. She was orange and white, very little...almost too little to live.
But the more love I gave her, the more she grew. I petted her and gave her little kisses, and by the time I had to give her back to my neighbor, she was good and healthy, able to jump down from my shoulder...with a soft coat and shiny fur.
Anyway, who knows what that little kitten was to me... I think she's my Artist. Perhaps, my pride.
I found this photo here over the weekend, and I thought it was a perfect match for this post. Isn't our world incredible...even if we don't always understand it.
Yet, to my chagrin and bitter disappointment, I am not, according to Stationery Trends, "One Of The Top Ten Paper Designers To Watch In 2011". However, this will not deter me and boy oh boy are THEY in for a surprise. Anyhoo, as I was flipping through the issue, despite NOT being, to SOME people, One Of The Top Ten Paper Designers To Watch In 2011, I came across this custom garland necklace by Prismera Design, which I think is a really cool idea. And I thought you might like it. So here it is. Because I am totally fine, and not at ALL concerned or emotionally deflated in the SLIGHTEST about the seeming fact that I decidedly am NOT, ahem, One Of The Top Ten Paper Designers To Watch In 2011.
You can spell out your own name, favorite word or ... hey. Wait. I just had an idea. Do you think they could make me one that said "I INDEED AM ONE OF THE TOP TEN PAPER DESIGNERS TO WATCH IN 2011. I SO AM. IT JUST DEPENDS ON WHO YOU'RE ASKING. LIKE MY MOM. OR MY BOYFRIEND. OR MY DAD. OR ME. ANY OF THOSE PEOPLE WOULD TOTALLY TELL YOU THAT I SO AM". Yes, they might make that. But it might cost extra. And I might trip on it. Now that's custom!
I've been working away this week...trade show in Atlanta coming up over the weekend, however, I'm dubious that there will be a big turnout since Mother Nature seems to be on a tear.
Anyway, I have wanted to post about this illustrator, Niki Pilkington ever since I was introduced to her work. I love the hot colors mixing with great line illustrations. Yum!
I know I've said this before, but there are so many decent illustrators who simply can't (or won't?) draw faces or hands. I always want to take them aside and say, "OK, compositionwise, conceptwise, you're great and I like you. But it would really benefit your work if you focused on your craft. Just take the time to get a method for the FACES and HANDS. Because I just can't LOVE you unless you show me you can do the hard parts." Some illustrators even leave OUT the faces and hands...which I think always looks like...well, like they got lazy. Do you know what I mean?
Sigh. Sorry. I'm in a snit. So here is your reward for being so tolerant...Incredible talent, mixed with really cool color observations. More by this wonderful (faces and hands included!) artist HERE.
Yesterday evening, as I walked up 5th Ave to meet a friend here, I saw something disturbing. Tourists snapping photos of the outside of the Gucci store. Normally, I'm not paying attention, but I think I noticed it more because of the flashbulbs going off in the darkness. Specifically, I saw three girls posing in a row in front of the Gucci store, all with bright blue Tiffany bags, proudly held up next to their faces while a supplicant boyfriend snapped away. I'm not going to go into this further, because, well...I don't want you to think I'm a snob.
So this morning, when I came across these wonderful necklaces by Lulu Frost made out of numbers and letters from the Plaza...well... I won't say any more, because I don't want you to think I'm a snob.
But really - I think it would be cool to have ALL the letters of my name. And wear them layered like Mr. T. Or, just the letters A-OK would be fine, too.
As those of you who read my blog regularly might know, I've entered quite the creative phase lately. The designs I previewed here yesterday were just a small part of some of the new things I've been working on.
After reading this great biz ladies post over at Design*Sponge, I thought I 'd share a few of the inspirations behind some of the new styles I'll be launching throughout the year. While there are no "where to buy" links in this post, I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the stuff I have collected as part of my inspiration process (okay, that sounds so organized...trust me, it's not!) - this is just a small taste, but it includes some of my favorites.