“ShoesDay” Edition: The RockStud

I’m sure most of you are thinking that when it comes to upscale shoe designers I’m partial to Christian Louboutin. Well, you are correct. However, today I’d like to discuss a popular shoe designed by the famous Valentino. The shoes name? RockStud.

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I’ve seen many celebrities wearing this shoe, and there are numerous imitations of this shoe at various retail stores. The shoe comes in various colors, but the design is constant- pointed toe, studs across the top of the shoe to enclose your foot, and studs on the ankle straps to secure your foot in the shoe.

Here’s the kicker: I don’t like the shoe.

No matter how popular it is, no matter how many times I’ve seen people wear them, I’m just not a fan.

Now in the picture below the shoe looks fairly decent on the foot. I guess it’s just that on some pictures I’ve seen, the person’s foot looks like it’s being swallowed by the shoe and the ankle strap looks too big.

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I think the shoe must 1) Fit snuggly, but comfortably and 2) Be styled correctly.

What do you all think? Am I being too critical? Should I embrace the Valentino Rockstud?

A Simple Pairing

Peanut Butter and Jelly.

Steak and Potatoes.

Shrimp and Grits.

Most people would agree that you can’t have one of the above mentioned items without the other.

So, here’s my question: Can you have brunch without a mimosa?

I’d argue that you could, but a mimosa certainly tops it off! Yes, fresh orange juice and fine champagne on your palette during a delicious brunch (featuring french toast- of course) is oh so good! mmosa

Here’s a few Mimosa Facts for you that I didn’t even know about:

— The mimosa was invented at the Ritz Hotel in Paris in 1925. It’s widely believed, though, that a French bartender stole the idea from a London tavern that calls their almost identical concoction “Buck’s Fizz” around the same time.

— The mimosa is named after the mimosa flower, a bright orange/yellow blossom native to southern Mexico and Central and South America.

(Facts courtesy of Redstone American Grill)

“ShoesDay” Edition: Fierce for Fall

As a Shoelover, I tend to shop at DSW most of the time. However, after taking a trip to the mall with my friend Genell, we ended up in Aldo, a shoe store I rarely frequent. But, on this particular night I’m glad we stopped there because 1) I received GREAT customer service (shoutout to Von at Aldo) and 2) I purchased my first pair of fall shoes for 2015!!

Here they are…

Suede, Fuchsia, "Shooties"-- Photo Credit Genell Wright

Suede, Fuchsia, “Shooties”– Photo Credit Genell Wright

High Collar detail on back of shoe

High Collar detail on back of shoe

I LOVE the color and the high collar design on the back of the shoe. (Can I just add that I think my toenail polish color makes the shoe pop, and no it wasn’t planned). I am looking forward to styling these shoes with skinny jeans, skirts, and using them as a pop of color for a basic outfit.

The sales associate, Von, was very helpful. His styling tip suggestions along with Genell’s approval sealed the deal for me to add these shoes to my collection. Von even reminded me of the importance of using protective cleaner for my suede shoes. As the fall of the year nears, I I will report back on how the cleaner works, so stay tuned!!

Thanks to Genell and Von, and for all my shoelovers, Happy “Shoes-Day”!!

Wait… It’s not Sunday?!

You can probably tell by now that french toast is one of my favorite things to have when I go out for brunch.

This pic is of the very berry creme-brulee french toast at the Mack Avenue Grille. It’s delicious! The perfect bite gives you savory french toast, a sweetness from the berries (strawberries, rasberries and blueberries) and the creme-brulee filling. But get this: I have NEVER had this dish for brunch. I’ve eaten it during the weekdays with my co-workers, but somehow this dish always me feel as if it’s Sunday and it’s time for brunch.

Do you have a favorite food that you MUST have when you eat brunch?!

DELICIOUSNESS on a plate!!!

DELICIOUSNESS on a plate!!!

“ShoesDay Edition”: Feelin’ Feline

As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I believe every woman needs a pair of cheetah/leopard print shoes in her collection. It has become such a common, neutral print, and it can spice up a simple outfit.

The ones I’m wearing in the pics below came from my beloved shoe store DSW for practically nothing. Yep, I pretty much stole these shoes.

As we say “what had happened was…” Prior to purchasing these shoes, I’d ordered another pair online from DSW but the style and fit wasn’t to my liking. So, I returned them at the store and ended up receiving store credit. (Ironically these shoes I returned were cheetah print also). The cheetah heels I’m wearing below were found on the clearance rack. Aside from my store credit, I also had a DSW Shoelover coupon to use. Do you see where I’m going with this? … By the time I put together my coupon and store credit, I had a FREE pair of shoes!!

In the pictures below, I am wearing the shoes with a pair of dark, cuffed denim jeans. They also pair well with a black pencil skirt. I think these shoes are a nice summer-fall heel and the criss-cross detail in the front adds more style too.

Front of the cheetah heels

Front of the cheetah heels

Back of heels with zip-up detail

Back of heels with zip-up detail

“Shoesday” Edition: Wear Shoes and Eat Cake Too!

IMG_2345This entire cake is edible, but because of the creativity and artistry, who would WANT to eat it???!!!

I found this photo about a year ago (again on Pinterest) and excuse me for saying that I instantly wanted to have a party so as to have an excuse to get this cake made!

Shoelovers, what do you think? Would you want to eat this cake?

PS- If you know anyone that makes cakes like this, send them my way!!

A (Pre) Discovered Breakfast Spot

My dad and I thought that we had found a new secret dining spot. Well… as it turned out, my mom and my sister had known about this place years prior!

Regardless of that fact, it was early last summer when my dad and I went for breakfast at Zoe’s House of Pancakes in a nearby suburb. If I’m not mistaken, my dad had pecan pancakes and loved them. My dish was apple cinnamon french toast (as seen below) and I enjoyed that as well.

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Next up on the list of places to visit: Sweet Potato Sensations for their take on a classic sweet and salty combo: Chicken and Waffles 🙂