Ballerina Heels

For Year 3 of the Black Celebratory, I broke out with what I refer to as my “Ballerina Heels.”

These shoes, designed by Jessica Simpson were purchased at DSW and were once again, picked out by my sister!

Now I must admit, on first looking at the shoe I thought it was absolutely ugly. But, after trying it on, I was IN LOVE. The criss-cross straps resemble the front of a ballerina shoe. And believe it or not, the peep-toe and platform make this heel VERY comfortable.

Obviously this shoe gives me height and allows me to walk with confidence because my foot is nicely secured.

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*Sidenote– I recently wore these shoes with a long gown to an anniversary party. After slipping these shoes on, I instantly remembered how great they feel on my feet! That moment made me wish I lived in a warm-climate area all year so as to be able to wear these shoes during the entire year.

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Bleeding Blue

Just as Stunner Shades are popular, so were my Stunner (blue) shoes that I wore to the 2nd annual Black Celebratory.

These shoes were picked on a whim by my little sister as few years ago at Sears on Black Friday. Blue is Lena’s favorite color, and I decided to buy the shoes because 1) I had zero pairs of blue shoes 2) I loved the Mary Jane peep-toe style. The ankle strap adds definition to the legs, and paired with the unique color you will definitely be a show stopper.

It also helps that blue is one of U of M’s dominant colors. So, it could be said that I wore school spirit on my feet. 🙂 GO BLUE!!

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5 Shoes, 5 Years …

For the past 5 years I had the pleasure of hosting the Black Celebratory on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. This is a special graduation celebration for the African-American students. The atmosphere resembles that of a family reunion, as graduates are able to celebrate with their family, friends, faculty, and staff in a relaxed setting.

I thought it would be fun to post the shoes I’ve worn each year to the event, leading up the this year’s event on Friday April 29th which will be the 5th one.

2012….

This was the black celebratory’s inaugural year. The shoes I wore were tan patent leather with a bow detail across the side of the toe box. These shoes, made by BCBG, are pretty comfortable and provide a nice grip to your foot when you’ve chosen your correct size.

Since this event was a graduation ceremony, I still believe these were the perfect shoes to wear as hostess, especially since these were the exact shoes I wore to my own college graduation the year before! Check back tomorrow for the shoes I wore in 2013!!

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Suede Sole Sistas

My Dear Brunch and Pumps readers, PLEASE FORGIVE ME!! My time away from this blog was unintentional and waaaay longer than I expected.

I’m returning today with a newfound theory: Suede isn’t just for the Fall.

Pictured here you see two of my favorite pair of suede shoes.

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The pair on the left is a gray suede spiked ankle strap pump by GUESS with a metallic heel. The pair on the right is a deep fuchsia/purple tie-up bootie with a collar back and gold detail.

 

What I love about both pairs is that they can be worn to match an outfit, or as a statement piece or add color-blocking detail.

I’m sure I’ve written about one or both pair before, but I felt they were worth mentioning again as I’ve been wearing them a lot this winter despite the snow here. Sure, it takes a little extra planning, but carry a shoe bag with you to your destination and pop on your suede soles to add some spice to your outfit!

Like/comment on this post if you want me to show a few pics modeling these shoes!! 

“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”!!