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The Painful Truth About High Heels

Let me preface this post by saying that I LOVE HIGH HEELS. Love unabashedly.

Just call me Posh Spice – Not only do I think better in heels, but I don’t feel like I’m completely dressed without them.

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{Statement Accessories}

Which is why this long overdue post is – Wipes away tears – So devastating to write.

After over a year of painful and frustrating foot issues, I’ve almost entirely stopped wearing heels.

<Insert audible gasp from audience>

Okay, fine, the gasp is probably in my mind.

But it’s strange for me to even write those words, let alone live them. I think I wore high heels 5 days a week for the first ten years of my career. They’ve been a staple in nearly every sartorial aspect of my life – Pumps for the office, strappy sandles for girls night out, and bold, eye-catching heels for fashion events.

And now…

Flats. Maybe wedges. Low wedges.

Truth be told, I’ve done a lot of things for fashion over the years – From squeezing into shapewear to spending an evening sucking my stomach in to sitting for hours in a chair for hair & makeup magic.

Not often pretty. Sometimes even painful.

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{Lace + Flowers}

But in the name of fashion, I was willing to sacrifice.

This foot injury has been the first time since my love affaire with fashion began, that I’ve hit my threshold. All-day pain and discomfort punctuated by shooting pain during each step, was apparently my limit. And sadly, ditching my heels hasn’t solved the problem, but it’s – Pun intended – A step in the right direction. And I’m committed to regaining my foot health.

So, will I be tossing out all my favorite heels? Nope. I’m stubborn. They’re staying right where they are while I dream of a hopefully not-too-distant future when my feet don’t scream in agony every moment of the day. But I am embracing this transition in the most positive way I possibly can – By reinventing my weekend style.

My personal style has been fairly consistent over the years – Classic looks, heavy on the dresses, with either heels or ballet flats. With both of those shoe choices – Sobs quietly – Currently unavailable to me, I’m having to learn to reach for other styles, mix and match pieces in new ways, and break some of the fashion “rules” I’ve lived by over the years.

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{A by Anubha: Retro Swing Coat}

For example – Tennis shoes as street wear. I always though cute sneakers or slip-ons were fab on other ladies, just not my cup of tea. Give me a little black shift and round-toed flats – A la Audrey – And I’m a happy girl. And now… I’m investing in some new kicks. And enjoying the HELL out of the comfort.

So stay tuned for some new low-key looks here on MCLV that are a bit more casual, a bit more California girl, and a bit more relaxed on the style front.

Do YOU wear heels? What’s YOUR go-to pair of comfortable shoes these days?

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving isn’t just about spending time with you family & friends – or food – It’s also a time to be grateful and to give thanks for all of the amazing things in your life.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t say a great big THANK YOU to all of my readers for your continued support – I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be where I am today without each and every one of you.

And as a token of my appreciation here’s a collection of sales and shopping destinations to check out if you’re interested in celebrating Black Friday or Cyber Monday:

What sales am I most looking forward to? I’ve already placed my ASOS order {as I tweeted Wednesday – 20% off w/ the code ASOSxBLAIR} and I’m hoping for some quality time on the Bloomingdale’s & Piperlime sites – Below are some of my picks!
What sites and/or stores are you planning to check out this year for Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Any pieces you’ve been dying to get and are waiting to see if they’ll go on sale?
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Website Review – FootCandy Shoes

Due to long hours, lots of time spent in front of a computer on a daily basis, and a general dislike of crowded stores – I’ve become quite the connoisseur of the “art” of online shopping. Recently I was thinking about what I like, what I don’t like, which sites I frequent, and what qualities I look for when I’m shopping online and wanted to share some of the wisdom I’ve accumulated over the years.

What makes a good online retailer?

  1. Great selection of pieces so I’ll always find something that I like
  2. Carries brands that I know & love (and which I already know my size in…)
  3. Acceptable pricing & great and/or frequent sales
  4. Shipments arrive in good time
  5. Quick, easy & hassle-free returns

My favorite places to shop online?

  1. ASOS
  2. Bloomingdale’s
  3. Piperlime
  4. BCBG
  5. Nordstrom

And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Shopstyle.com – Even though you don’t order directly from the website itself, this is the best place to find something that you’re looking for since they’ll search ALL online retailers for you. Ridiculously helpful.

Now that we’ve talked about online shopping in general, let’s discuss shoe shopping. As I’m sure you’ve picked up, I like shoes {Real Girls Need Real Closets & Real Girls Need Real Closets – Accessories Edition} so today I want to share a new website that I recently discovered called FootCandy Shoes – An independent, high-end retailer that has put together a great website that carries a pretty spectacular selection of shoes.

Pros:

  • Free shipping on orders over $100
  • Great sale section & “Bargain Basement” tabs with shoes under $50, $100, $150…
  • Carries designer shoes as well as the more common, less expensive brands
  • They also carry handbags and other small accessories

Cons:

  • There are some PRICEY pieces on this site so be prepared

And the most fun part of reviewing a shoe site, here are my loves, must haves, and recommendations for Fall!

{Left to Right: Kate Spade Bison Booties – $120, Moschino White & Black Pumps – $150, Pollini Striped Oxfords – $190 & Tory Burch Buckled Ankle Boots – $215}

And as an added bonus FootCandy Shoes would like to share a couple great shoe-related articles with us – Since they know how much we all love our shoes!

{The following was written by Foot Candy Shoes for MCLV}

Top 4 Ways to spot a fake Christian Louboutin Shoe

Today, it seems as though there are many individuals that are trying to mimic the iconic designer shoes of Christian Louboutin. With his eye for incredible design, texture, fabric, and of course his infamous red sole, who wouldn’t want to be the next Christian Louboutin? Well… there is a difference between inspiration and plagiarism. He is a mogul that he himself created. Since day one he has put everything he had into his shoes. From dreams to scribbles, Louboutin is a trendsetter that no other person other than the glorious man himself can replicate. He truly is a one of a kind designer and this is clearly why every fashionista across the globe is obsessed with his label. Unfortunately, there are many people out there that want a piece of his opulence and they themselves have started to counterfeit his designs.

Here are four tips that will help every fashionista out there distinguish between Authentic Christian Louboutin’s and Imitations:

1. The Box: Some may find this tip silly but its close attention to detail that will differentiate genuine Louboutin’s from the fake ones. When looking closely at the box it is important to note the word “Paris.” It should be located near the edge of right side of the box. It should not be underneath the Christian Louboutin logo. In addition, the item description sticker should be on the box. It should clearly state the European size, name of the shoe, and have a sku bar and number all located on this one sticker. Lastly, the Christian Louboutin logo should be written in white lettering.

2. The Dust Bags: An authentic dust bag should be a bright red color made of a cotton fabric with the Christian Louboutin logo noticeably written straight across the bag. Fake dust bags tend to look almost sun faded or pink in tone. In addition, the fake dust bags have the Christian Louboutin logo that is written diagonally. Lastly, the fake dust bags usually are made of a fake silky material.

3. The Red Sole: A genuine Christian Louboutin red sole is always a bright red hue with a high gloss finish. Fake red soles are a deeper red hue and tend to have a matte looking finish rather than glossy one. Pay close attention to the lettering inscribed on the red sole. An authentic Christian Louboutin will clearly have “Christian Louboutin,” “Made in Italy,” and the European size located on it. Many times the fake shoes will have the word “MadeInItaly” as one word with no spaces. Lastly, the loop on the “L” located on an authentic Christian Louboutin shoe will appear almost touching the rest of the “L.” In the replica the “L” will not touch and there is a notable space in-between.

 4. The Authenticity Card: An enormous clue that will distinguish if the shoe you are purchasing is genuine or not has to do with the authenticity card. Fake shoes will come with a red PLASTIC authenticity card. However, genuine Christian Louboutin shoes do not send out any booklets or authenticity cards!

We hope these tips help! Happy Christian Louboutin Hunting!!

This article was written by Foot Candy Shoes, online retailers for Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and more.

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Inspiration Saturday

Happy Saturday!

Why not start this weekend off with some beautiful photographs and inspiring words? The perfect way to prepare for a fun, fashionable day if you ask me. Enjoy!

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{Sources: Vintage Virgin, Champagne & Strawberries & Pinterest}

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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