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Subway Boots

20 Jan

I took this photo on the way back from an event at SoHi (the amazing event space in the Trump Soho Hotel), really because I’m obsessed with my new boots. Like, obsessed. I thought I’d create a shrine beginning with a private photo of just my feet and the subway platform. You may judge me – that’s okay, go ahead. I don’t expect you to understand.  I ended up liking the photo a lot though, so I’m sharing it with you…along with my unnatural love for inanimate objects that go on my feet. The camera loves you, lace-up boots, it really, really does.

 

 

Beacon’s Closet Excursion

19 Jan

So, in honor of all those who got Martin Luther King Jr. Day off (you corporate-world national-holiday celebrators, you), I decided to go to Beacon’s Closet with my bestie.

I love that store for so many reasons (even if they didn’t buy any of the stuff I brought in–harumph), but mostly because the clothes rock, are one-of-a-kind and they’re super cheap! Here is a list of things I purchased:

1. Blouse (2)
2. Sweater vest
3. Tee-shirt
4. Skirts (3)
5. Dress
6. Purse

Guess how much it cost me? Just over $100 bucks. Ummm – AmAHzing (Franck Eggelhoffer played by Martin Short in Father of the Bride voice).

Here are some pics:

Here are some items close-up – How great is this stuff?!

If you have yet to shop there – do. But don’t tell too many people because I don’t want everything picked over next time I go!

~Zanna

My Lovely Lady Shumps

4 Nov

Shumps.

It’s an unattractive word. It reminds me of humps (on your back) or rumps. Also shunts, which are medical-like things that sound yucky. It’s too bad that this word describes the prettiest shoe in the whole wide worldy-world. A combo of Jordans and pumps. A.K.A, shoes and pumps, or sneakers and pumps with an added ‘h’ for no reason whatsoever. Take your pick.

But more importantly take your pick of these fine, and I do mean FINE, sneaker-heel combos and put them on your Christmas list ‘cuz SANTA’S BRINGIN’ THEM DOWN THE CHIMNEY THIS YEAR PEOPLE! (Feel free to read the prior sentence in Oprah’s voice or my really loud one, if you know what I sound like.)

Do you want these lovely red hot tamali, vintage-esque shumps?

Or would you rather go a little more “Shumps of the Future?”

Perhaps today is a Wimbledon white day. I’m sure Federer wouldn’t mind your stylish touch of gold:

No? Well there’s always your “I learned my primary colors plus silver!” pair:

And BEE TEE DUBS: Who said the ’80’s ski trends weren’t cool anymore? (I bet these change colors in the cold…please let them change colors in the cold…)

Really, all of the above are truly fine choices and of course, shumps are not limited to the pictured. There are lots and lots more goodness where these came from.

In all seriousness* this innovation is simply divine and I’d like to extend an exaggerated “Thank You” to their creative, genius designers over at the Combo Shoes Design Shop. Thank you.

*This asterisk indicates that I’m not being at all serious. I hope my thick, THICK, sarcasm is apparent in this post. If it isn’t apparent to you, then, well, you are not appalled enough by the above images to say to yourself “She has to be kidding,” and then realize that: HECK YES SHE’S KIDDING. You need to become more appalled or never, EVER go out of the house with anything you choose to wear yourself.

Aso, I’d like to extend a real thank you to Elizabeth Dunn-Ruiz of  A Lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’ fame for dutifully sending me pictures of The Shump as she came across them, as well as coining the term. Thanks EDR!

Mittens for Me Mind

28 Oct

So this week the weather has been uncomfortably hot. Like, go-the-eff-away-humidity-and-heat-you-devilish-fraternal-twins, kind of hot. Do you get that rage along with me?

Well, despite this, I’m determined to continue my shopping, albeit the online version of “window shopping,” for the cutest late fall/winter apparel. I want to fake look cute in my head, okay? If you don’t understand this, well, I have no words.

I found three magical pairs of mittens today by Kate Spade. Seeeee them? Mmmmmm. My hands look so pretend cute in them. My favs are the red ones that say LEFT and RIGHT and not because I don’t know which hand is which, but because I like red and just think they’re the most adorable. Also, I can’t afford taxis so I would never actually utilize the creativity of the yellow taxi ones. And high-fives? Palease. Okay, I don’t actually have anything against high-fives. But if you’re presenting both mittens to someone, enabling them to read the words, then isn’t that really a high-ten? Just saying.

The above pics are froms Saks where you can actually purchase these if you don’t just want to drool in their general direction…like me.

Open Letter to J.Crew

18 Oct

Dearest, Darlingest J.Crew:

I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but you are not a premier designer. Premier designers are brands like Louis Vuitton or Zac Posen who get to charge $400 plus, for shoes and garments. They are also extremely high quality and last forever and you get to say you’re wearing Louis Vuitton or Zac Posen. I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but nobody is impressed when you tell them you’re wearing J.Crew. Not that I care so much about my image per se, but people do, rest assured. And if these people are going to drop hundreds of dollars on shoes, or clothes, or bags, they are going to do so at a really special store like Marc Jacobs or Fendi. So, then why, I implore you, why would anyone spend $400 on a pair of shoes from your catalog or store? For the record, I would only EVER buy your shoes if I had a very large gift card or they were on mega sale. I mean MEGA.

So, that being said, J.Crew, please stop making such adorable shoes. No, seriously. Stop making them or lower the damn price, because I can’t afford you anymore, J.Crew. And it pains me.

Stop making these:

And these:

And these babies:

Oh, and these:

Because I want all of them, and they come in my size (which is rare for me and my size 11 peds) and I certainly do not have near $1600 to spend on shoes, or anything, for that matter.

Thank you.

XOXO

Zanna

Shoes that Aren’t

15 Oct

Take a look at these incredible shoes/sculptures by Kobi Levi that I found on Etsy’s blog, The Storque. I would never wear any of the below, except maybe the chewing gum one, but I still love the designs. Check out the page on his site for additional shoes like the “XXX Pump.” It’s quite provocative! At least much more so than bananas and doggies.

These sure would be a conversation starter, though I’m not sure what other conversations would occur behind your back after the initial dialogue. Maybe some high-fashion, “I don’t give a shit” type person could pull these off. But probably not.

Anyway, at least you could make some hilarious jokes if you dared to wear one of the dog-like pairs. You’d give a whole new meaning to the cliche, “My dogs are barkin’!” Funny, right? I know.

 

If you had to pick one pair, which would you wear?

Atlantic Antic and Brooklyn Flea: A day looking at things I didn’t buy

29 Sep

On Sunday I spent a loverly day with my besty, Bree, and her ex-roommates and still-friends who moved down the block, Dana and Jon. Much to my street-fair-loving surprise, the Atlantic Antic, an annual event, was taking place a block from Bree’s apartment! “The Antic” as it was so lovingly called by the ex-roomies is full of food, Brooklyn beer and people who don’t want their picture taken (see pissed off woman above). The original plan, as in, what I had written in my calendar, was to attend the Brooklyn Flea Market, an altogether separate event that just happened to take place on the same day! Conveniently the antics at The Antic (see what I did there?) were on the way. Oh, sometimes life is so good to me!

I partook in a few transactions, but mostly I just snooped and took pictures of items I had no intention of purchasing.

This particular ring I actually bought at The Antic. Uh thank you, uh thank you. I love it. It looks so dandy with my nail polish (Chinchilly by essie). The band is stretchy so I can fit any one of my fat fingers into it. I prefer the middle one, though. You like?

Dana (or should I say Jon who handed $20 to Dana, who handed the $20 to the merchant) bought this adorable hat. Doesn’t she look just ecstatic to be wearing it in this photo?

Also at The Antic, I found these really cool prints that were done on wood, if I remember correctly. I love the vibrant colors and I think a big mishmash of these would look amazing on a wall.

Once at the Flea Market, I began to snap photos like a wild woman.

Check out this fantastic bag. It’s sort of a bowling bag with a 70’s vibe.

Bree likes records. Look how sad Ella looks in the crate. It’s a shame we didn’t take her home.

How cute is this little row of vintage boxes? I would totally use these as decor somewhere in my apartment. I love the colorful one and how it stands out amongst the others.

Bree looked adorable in this vintage houndstooth dress. It fit her perfectly. See how that guy in the mirror is checking out her ass? He agrees. This look could be for work, going out, street-walking (not in the prostitution sense) and so many other events. Shame on you Briana for not buying it! Shame!

Another adorable cropped jacket that Bree tried on. I think this look borders on ugly, but could totally be pulled off if done right.

I adored this pair of shoes and they were so cheap too! Too bad my feet are about double this size. I made Bree squeeze her little toesies into them but they were too tight on her too. Boo, to shoes running small! These could seriously go with anything.

So, I fell in love with the below coat. It was heavy wool and would have been so great for winter. Doesn’t it just have that elegant Mad Men feel to it? Jebus knows I love Mad Men. Mmmm, I’m still dreaming about this one.

I take special pride in the below picture. I got yelled at right after taking it by the pretentious boutique owner. I’m not exactly sure what damage could have been done to her business by a simple photo, but  maybe she is of the Amish belief that pictures steal the souls of handbags. In that case, I understand her little smug outburst because let’s face it: This vintage Bottega Veneta bag is freakin’ gorgeous. And it can be yours for the low, low price of $450! Which is why I only walked away with its image and subsequently it’s soul, not the bag itself.

On the way out of the Flea Market these prints were chilling in the corner. I love the colorful backgrounds set behind all-black images. The use of pop culture icons is pretty cool, too.

I did end up buying two cute items that I have not photographed. So…sorry. Anyway, I thought the Antic and the Flea Market were awesome. The Flea Market is going on until November 21st so check it out if you haven’t yet. The Antic only happens once a year so you missed it. Too bad for you.