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Sacramento Fashion Blogger Meet-up October 2011

Yesterday some of the Sacramento fashion bloggers met up to talk about our growing group and upcoming events. Can you believe there are 53 of us on Facebook?!? It’s nice to see so many different personalities and styles present. Of course I love to see how each person’s style is reflected in their shoes. The shoes of each blogger are shown below and the photo links to their website, so pick a pair and explore!

In case you were curious here are mine: My most favorite booties, freshly repaired, with grey tights.

and now for the bloggers!

1. Allison of My Matryoshka Life {http://mymatryoshkalife.wordpress.com/}

2. Skylar Mundy of Let It Reign {http://skyelarkbirdy.wordpress.com/}

3. Bella of The Citizen Rosebud {http://www.thecitizenrosebud.com/}

4. Vivie of Bathroom Conversations {http://bathroom-conversations.blogspot.com/}

5. Loressa of L on Sac {http://lonsac.com/}

6. Kari of Juniper James {http://juniperjames.wordpress.com/}

7. Lindsay Rickman, Fashion Designer Extraordinaire

Unfortunately I did not get a photo of Mary’s shoes before she left so this is a photo from her blog plus a pumpkin! Happy Halloween!

8. Mary of Mary Van Notes {http://maryvannote.com/blog/}


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Florals and Fall

I’m still not over floral prints, vests and boots.

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Silver and Gold

I was commissioned to make some prop shoes for a children’s Christmas play.  The play is “A Shoemaker’s Christmas” which is an adaptation of a story by Leo Tolstoy (here is it called Papa Panov’s Special Christmas). So here is my tutorial on making silver and gold boots for costumes or props.

1. Go Thrifting – Find boots that match the shape that you want (color and material don’t really matter). I started off a basic pair of brown boots and a pair of lace-up boots. I wanted to find lace-ups for a Victorian look but I could only find one pair.

2. Spray Paint and Let Dry – Get really good spray paint plus some newspaper and disposable gloves. I cannot say enough good things about this Montana Gold spray paint. One coat pretty much covered everything. I let them dry for a couple of hours and then touched up a few missed spots. I filled the shoes with newspaper so that they would stand better and it also makes the surface of the boots stand out so they are easier to spray.

3. Glue on Accessories – These were decorated using a hot glue gun and old vintage earrings. At first I glued purple Mardi Gras beads on the side of the silver boots but it looked so 80’s tacky metallic glam I couldn’t stop laughing when I looked at them. I decided to go pretty simple with the accessories on both – letting the bright silver and gold speak for itself.

Happy holiday crafting to all “and to all a good night” …

– From the Desk of Wade and Associates


Filed under Experiment, Handmade, Jewelry, Shoes, Vintage

Sacramento Fashion Blogger Meet-up Part Deux

Today was the second Sacramento Fashion Blogger meet-up. We started out at the Midtown Bazaar perusing the vendor wares while I was apparently perusing the diversity of shoes among the bloggers (see below). Then we moved over to Streets of London to talk shop over ciders and sodas. If you are looking to explore the range of fashion blogs that Sacramento has to offer, look no farther than a pair of feet. The footwear chosen by each blogger reflects a little bit about their blog, so pick a pair of shoes and go explore!

1. Innovative and Stylish, but really you were pulled in by the cool tights worn by Natale of Evelesco: http://evelesco.blogspot.com/

2. Polished and Professional, in fact it’s the New Professional by Angeline: http://the-new-professional.blogspot.com/

3. Sassy yet Functional, this pair of kickers belongs to Melody from It’s all happening: http://melody-stone.blogspot.com/

4. Daring and Romantic, try out Coco’s blog Muffin Top Baby: http://muffintopbaby.blogspot.com/

5. Spunky and New, well her blog is new to me at least, so I am excited to start following Nicole of Little Bits of Nikknak: http://nikkibit.blogspot.com/

6. Oh that’s me, silly, Jen from Wade and Associates. I can’t really describe myself. I’ll leave that to objective third parties (which means I’ve run out of adjectives).

7. Thrifted and Lovely, Kari writes for Juniper James: http://juniperjames.wordpress.com/ and Thrift Town: http://www.thrifttown.com/blog/

8. Eclectic and Pretty, these cute socks and shoes belong to Bella from The Citizen Rosebud: http://www.thecitizenrosebud.com/ and Street Style Sacramento: http://www.streetstylesacramento.com/


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I never imagined in a million years

that my first post would be about men’s shoes (and expensive men’s shoes at that) but I suppose our minds should always be open to the unexpected. I received a random email about Esquivel Shoes and instantly fell in love with them – the colors, the designs, the vintage and timeless aspect cobbled into each shoe. I consider myself to be thrifty with one exception – SHOES. My father is the same way. Growing up he always said to take care of your feet by buying nice shoes and I suppose I’m at that age when you realize that your father was right about a couple … some … many things. What other item of clothing has such a lasting impact on your body? Even now my arches ache from dancing too long in vintage slouch boots over the weekend. George Esquivel is quoted on his website as saying “there are no shortcuts to true luxury.” I don’t know if I fully agree, but for shoes I’ll concede. I was even more excited to discover that in just the past two years he has started selling women’s shoes as well. You can expect to see more women’s Oxford lace-up shoes in Spring 2010.

Men's Nude Artisan Oxford Shoes - Hand Stained Leather Lace-ups by Esquivel Shoes

Men’s Blue Artisan Oxford Shoes - Hand Stained Leather Lace-ups by Esquivel Shoes

Men’s and Women’s Tommy Oxford – Suede Lace-ups with Oiled Burnishing by Esquivel Shoes

Men's “The Boot” Brown Scabbed with Brown Sleeve by Esquivel Shoes

Women’s Oxford - Lace-ups with Stripe by Esquivel Shoes

Women's Monica Boot - Brown with Green Sleeve by Esquivel Shoes

Men's and Women's Battalion Hi Boot - Brown Pebble Grain or Suede by Esquivel Shoes

Photos from Esquivel Shoes website.

Esquivel Shoes are available for purchase at the following sites:

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– From the Desk of Wade and Associates

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