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Current Covet of the Day!

Shoes Glorious Shoes!

I Just redid my closet and no I don't have room for more shoes but that doesn't stop me from wanting more. I drool for shoes. I have however vowed to only buy shoes I will actually wear. I noticed i have about 6 pairs of heals that have been designated to sitting only shoes. Meaning I can only wear them if I plan on sitting 90% of the time. And the walk from the car to the venue better be really short. Less than a city block short. I can't give them up though I love them like little pieces of art. Perhaps I should frame them so they will at least get more purpose than just sitting at the bottom of my closet.

I found these shoes at Nordstroms by Jeffrey Campbell. They are all priced around $100 and look fairly comfortable with 3” or lower heals. I will have to find time to go down to Nordstrom and try these on. I love the Oxford style ones. I think I could even wear them with a skirt. I haven’t really been into the bootie craze but I do think these are cute. I doubt I would buy them but I will probably try them on at the store.

I am also in love with the idea of the Sofft Brand Shoes. They are supposed to be comfortable and some of them are really cute. Like these cute t-strap platforms that would look really cute with jeans. And if I can walk in them for a few hours I am sold! Fashion + Comfort is my goal!

Handmade Goodness!

Sorry I have been MIA blogosphere, but I have been super busy with work and home improvement projects as well as lots of fun socializing. I don’t have time to post much this week either with the impending visit from out of town family this weekend but I thought I would do a quick post on my new obsession, Etsy. Etsy is “your place to buy and sell things handmade.”

There are so many amazing independent artists, designers, and crafters selling their wares on this site. Etsy is basically a really hip online craft fair and flea market. And most of the items are completely affordable. This is going to be my go to site for hard to find items, hard to shop for people, specialty items, costumes etc.

Here are a few designs I am digging on today:

Otack - makes handmade handbags this clutch is only $54. It reminds me of Kate Spade but better. I love the pretty lining of the bag as well. It really shows that some pride was put into the design of these bags.

I am also a total freak about giving the perfect gift for Christmas, Birthdays, Weddings etc. I am always on the lookout for good gift Ideas. Etsy has my mind reeling with ideas for various birthday gifts right now.

For your favorite vinyl loving professional, hobby, or closet DJ who has to work for the "man" Monday -Friday you could get one of these adorable ties from Lithium Independent for only $17.99:

I am totally in love with this art from
Perhaps. An 8x10 print is only $15. So adorable.
In the need for some fun costumes stuff? Going to a Rave? Burning Man? Etsy is you place.
Look at the cute tulle skirts, corset tops and accessories that MTcoffinz has to offer:

If you like the tulle skirt from Mtcoffins you will love the tutu's sold by
Falling Angel Goth Togs. All the skirts cost about $60 and they will custom make it
for your size!

Oh there is So much more to be had on Etsy too. Wedding accessories, jewelry galore, art, toys. I guarantee this will not be my last post on this subject. But I have to get back to work now! Blog ya later!

Exclusive Jeffrey Campbell Interview

This week, Lori's goes undercover with an exclusive Jeffrey Campbell interview! Get to know the man behind the name tag, and the creative mind behind Lori's most popular designer.

Above: Jeffrey Campbell works tradeshow while daughter Brigitte models and company employee Ty works the booth door

When did you start designing, and did you start with shoes? Did you ever do apparel?

JC: I have worked in footwear since my late teens--so has my brother Dean. I have worked with many great people, retailers, shoe designers and creatives---I launched Jeffrey Campbell 8 years ago with the help of my wife Christine. I now work alongside my brother, Dean and my small but tremendous staff. I have never ventured into apparel---I live life below the ankle.

What was the first shoe you ever designed?

JC: My first collection was very small and unique. I love the street style of Japan and Japanese street culture in general...I would say, this first collection is still one of my favorites, and that it represented that unique street style. I cannot recall the first shoe exactly, but I do remember an over the knee boot from this early collection. It laced up the back, and was a beautiful luggage brown---covered in splatter paint. What can I say...it was the 90's!

Is there a particular fashion icon that inspires you?

JC: There are many current celebs with amazing style that I love and look to for trends. Chloe Sevigny and Mary Kate are obvious examples--style that is clearly composed of personal preference and charm. But in a more general sense---the Jeffrey Campbell girl is very vintage and has several different looks to her game. Our line represents so many aspects of "that girl," and I always feel so flattered when I see one of our shoes on the foot---it is this everyday woman with style who is the true fashion icon.

What inspired the "Sisters Campbell" line?

JC: This line is a very small collection based on my daughters--the loves of my life. It's a fun way to tie them into the business and to keep them interested.

Will there ever be a Brothers Campbell? Would you ever design Men's shoes?

JC: Funny you should mention that! Can't give too much away now...but I will say, “Stay tuned!!”

What is the most rewarding part of being a designer?

JC: Hands down, my clients! We are so lucky to have amazing clients....many of them have become personal friends of my entire family. We take our clients seriously....we even have some stores which aid in the design process. Without this support---our line would be nothing.

Describe the perfect shoe.

JC: Is there really just one perfect shoe?

What is your ideal day?

JC: Somewhere spent with my wife Christine and my three kids. I travel so much for work, and to get us all gathered is a chore, but when we are all together---watch out....it's FUN!!

Shop FINSK at Topshop!!

Finnish born shoe designer Julia Lundsten’s label FINSK has just hit TOPSHOP. Having won the prestigious Manolo Blahnik Award two years running, Lundsten’s shoes combine that rare mix of a unique design with simple shapes and great colours for a modern overall look that we can’t think how we can go on without.
Finsk Peep Toe Sandal, $195.

Finsk Flat Tbar Sandal, £175.

Finsk Open Toe Slingback, £190.

Christian Louboutin City Girl Slingback Platforms

Christian Louboutin's City Girl Slingback Platforms, £435, are a must have for your summer wardrobe.

Pedro Garcia Penny Suede Sandals

Pedro Garcia's Penny Suede Sandals, £180, will be perfect for a beautiful hot summer's day. Am saving mine for that day.....

Topshop Perspex Heel T Bar Sandal

Hot buy!!!!!
Topshop Perspex Heel T Bar Sandals, £55, are ultra modern. These will be perfect with summer dresses.

Gucci Lace-up Patent Shoes

Gucci's Lace-up Patent Shoes, £420, are slick patent heels and have a pink-detail corset effect for a subtle take on the boudoir trend. An absolute must-have for any wardrobe.

Balenciaga Plaited Strap Sandals

Balenciaga's Plaited Strap Sandals, £425, are a must have this season.This are shoes you can wear with all trends and the detail on these is just brilliant.

Topshop Twisted Peep Toe Shoe

Topshop's Twisted Peep Toe Shoe, £60, are a classic peep-toe pump and are the perfect pair to wear with narrow pants or khaki jodhpurs. They can be worn with a casual outfit or to glam up an evening outfit.

Marc Jacobs Inverted Heel Pumps.

Marc Jacobs' Inverted Heel Pumps, $545, are just ridiculously cute. I cannot imagine how one can balance in these but I suppose it is possible otherwise they would not have made the shoes right!!! Check out Victoria Beckham in Marc Jacobs Ad campaign.

Miss Sixty Hanna High Heel Sandals

Olivia Morris For Designers at Faith

Olivia Morris' Creena Round toe quilted suede platform court shoe, £85.

Olivia Morris' Canal Pointed toe patent leather court shoe, £75.

Gil Carvalho For Designers at Faith

Gil Carvalho's Caprini Almond toe patent leather court shoes, £95.

Gil Carvalho's Casablac Peep toe leather court shoe, £120.

Gil Carvalho's Caval Square toe leather sandal, £120.

Gil Carvalho's Sambuka Open toe shoe boot, £110 & Colada Peep toe patent leather court shoe, £95.

Gil Carvalho's Cosmo Peep toe patent leather court shoe, £120.

Gil Carvalho's Sangria Almond toe leather ankle boot, £110.