Archive for September, 2009

Foot Petals: A Love Note to My Shoes & Feet

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
Authored by: Ashe Mischief

The tag line for Foot Petals is appropriate, at least for my own relationship with my shoes: for those of us who have a love/hate relationship with our sexy shoes.

I can’t tell you how many pairs of shoes I own that aren’t well cushioned on the ball, that slide off my heels, slide against the ground, have arch support in an odd spot–needless to say, it’s not a good feeling to get a new pair of shoes home, get excited about them & wear them out, only to find out they don’t fit right.

So I did something about it.

I like to think I ordered a “Variety Pack” of Foot Petals products from Manhattanite: Heavenly Heels, Killer Kushionz, Tip Toes (the item Foot Petals are best known for), and Sole Stopperz. I had two particularly offensive pairs of shoes I was itching to put these guys in, a pair of super slippery Pour La Victoire heels and my size too big United Nude wedges.

The quality of Foot Petals was apparent from inside the packaging– they’re firm, soft, and incredibly well cushioned.

My United Nude shoes are a size too large– they were an amazing eBay steal, and it’s impossible to find another pair in a size smaller.  I combined the Sole Stopperz with the Heavenly Heelz, hoping that the insert would provide an extra bit of narrowness and “tighten them up” and the heel insert would prevent slippage.  And it was successful!

For my other shoes, the Pour La Victoire heels, the massive heel (5″!) coupled with a super slick sole makes me super scared to wear the out of the house. I picked up the Sole Stopperz in hopes that they could add enough texture to make me feel safe to wear them…

I’m not sure if the ball of the shoe is too large for one Sole Stopperz or if it is just THAT slippery, because while it provided more traction than it originally had, I’m not sure that one would sufficiently make me feel safe to walk… the plus side is that each pack comes with 2 pairs, so I can easily add more to the shoe for extra traction!

Overall, I’m ecstatic and super pleased with the Foot Petals collection, and find that while they cost a bit more than the alternatives at your local drugstore, the quality is infinitely better.  Make your feet happy, break out those shoes you thought you’d never wear again, and invest in some foot petals 😉

Vita for Fall

Monday, September 28th, 2009
Authored by: The Daily Obsession

vitaAs I was browsing Manhattanite for some season appropriate jewelry, I came across this Vita cuff and instantly added to my shopping cart.

Remember how a few months ago I had blogged about Vita making the perfect bangles for summer?

Well, they’ve done it again!  For fall, I kicked it up a notch going for a more intense cuff rather than carefree bangles. The Vita Chiave Cuff is fashioned from black leather with a 24K gold-plated lock and is a statement piece on it’s own.  This chic item has already been spotted on many celebrities and is sure to be a perennial staple with its slightly edgy twist.  I’ve been obsessed with leather jewelry ever since I discovered them by Hermes and the Vita cuff is a wonderful, affordable alternative without sacrificing any of that classic style.

While the cuff can certainly be paired with most things (all the more striking against a feminine floral dress), I prefer to wear mine with a long grey cardigan and long black leggings.

Tie Dye for Spring 2010?

Monday, September 28th, 2009
Authored by: Fasshonaburu

Cecilia De Bucourt Rock Edge Top in GreyI know it’s a little early to be thinking about Spring fashion,  but I saw a ton of tie dye on the catwalk and it never hurts to buy  something you know you can wear next season too! While Manhattanite has lots of cool options, like jeans, hoodies and dresses, I am super fond of this Cecelia De Bucourt top that somehow managed to mix feminine, tough and boho all at the same time!

Shopping for Those Tiny Tots

Friday, September 25th, 2009
Authored by: Lauren Messiah

Lets get one thing straight before I begin this post. I am “tot” free. I don’t have a tot and (right now) I don’t want a tot. However, tots (babies, small people, whatever you call them) need style too.  If you are anywhere near my age (upper 20’s) — all of your friends are having babies and all of those babies need gifts.

Luckily there are some really cute products for babies out there (I am not talking diaper Genies, my friends). Believe it or not, buying baby stuff for other people is actually kinda fun. You get to say “awww, how cute” and all that other fun stuff without actually having a baby of your own. Yay!

I took a cruise (after making sure no one was looking) around the baby department on Manhattanite and found some pretty adorable things:

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Cassette Onesie for $24, Sleep Cozy for $30, Flat Out Bear for $50, Love Me Baby Me gift set for $104.95

How I Wore It: Siwy Camilla Denim Shorts

Friday, September 25th, 2009
Authored by: rebel_chic

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I recently had the joy of acquiring the Siwy “Camilla” Shorts in charm wash. It has so far been extremely over-worn in all sorts of situations simply because they are the best classic pair of denim shorts every girl should own and they can be ideal even when it gets a bit chilly by simply adding tights underneath.

If you are interested in these shorts, let me just tell you that they do run a little larger so you may want to consider ordering them in a size smaller. Despite getting them a size smaller, I still have quite a bit of room in there which is great because it means thick tights can be worn underneath with ease. You will be pleased with the soft material of the denim and how well it lifts your bottom up.

I like mine worn with a slightly baggy cropped t-shirt, accessories that fits my personality and ankle boots. However, why not try it with an oversized hoodie for fall? I think the above Wildfox Couture items are great complimentary pieces with these shorts as well.

Wildfox Black Heart Zip-up Poncho

Wildfox Light Feather Raglan Tee in Black

Get in Shape, Girl

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
Authored by: Lauren Messiah

I don’t know about you, but for some reason I tend to get in the best shape during the fall and winter months. Backwards I know.  Aren’t you supposed to be extra fit and trim during the summer when you are showing a bunch of skin? Yeah, probably but I am clearly not normal.  Maybe its because I am gym rat/yoga studio junkie, which means working out indoors and what better time to be indoors than when the weather is less than perfect. Well enough rationalizing, this is a blog not therapy.

Anyway, I like to mix it up when I work out but there is one particular workout that I can’t live without: yoga. Yoga is a great workout both mentally and physically. You don’t need much to do it but an open mind and a mat BUT if you are like me … a few other things never hurt.

fitness> Bringing your own mat is pretty crucial. You can borrow mats but the germs on those things are gnarly, so I recommend bringing your own … in a cool yoga mat bag. For only $20 you can lug your mat (and all of your other essentials) stylishly to and from class.

> Another great thing to have if you feel like doing yoga but aren’t in the studio at the moment, are these cards. The Yoga Deck an illustrated deck of cards for yogis of all levels. This makes it so easy to head out to the park and get your downward dog on.

> My final must have is a post workout snack. I am always starving after I workout and I find that a nice smoothie is the perfect way to sneak in some vitamins in a seriously delicious way.  If you need any help in the smoothie recipe department, the book Super Smoothies will be your new best friend.

Leather & Lace for Fall 2009

Monday, September 21st, 2009
Authored by: Ashe Mischief

Two trends I’m looking forward to and looking to rock a lot of are leather and lace. I love the complexity of pairing the two together– and the great thing about living in 2009 is decades worth of inspiration, shapes, and silhouettes to pair these two together while still looking fresh and hip (and not just like Courtney Love).

Lauren wrote about the leather jacket as a rocker staple, and I completely agree. The great thing about a leather coat is that it’s a staple for everything and everyone.

KRMA’s Jade Leather Jacket is a favorite of mine– the shape is fitted and playful, and can contrast great again skinny jeans & tank tops, to gorgeous 1940s and 80s inspired dresses.

Or, le swoon–this Mackage Becca Leather Jacket. Holy crap–does this have an amazing shape or what? It playfully mixes a hard shape and soft, femme details to create a stunning piece.

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And pairing them with lace? I’d love to see some delicate lace leggings or tights paired with either jacket–like these Black Banded Lace Legging by fashion blogger favorite, I Heart Norwegian Wood.  Try pairing a playful and colorful lace turtleneck top or button-up blouse with a sleek pair of pants or high-waisted skirt for a flirty and softer look.

Siwy Makes Overalls Cool

Friday, September 18th, 2009
Authored by: Lauren Messiah

Lets face it overalls haven’t been cool since we were little kids. Even then they were kind of a pain to wear. It was always a huge production getting them on and off, but they were cute so it was worth it. Overalls made a brief comeback in the early 90s when Kris Kross was hot.  You know what I’m talking about … leaving one buckle undone. Yeah, its a hard memory to face. Since then overalls have gone into hiding. I suspect they were pretty ashamed of themselves after the Kris Kross incident.

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Flash forward to today and we are seeing overalls again but this time … they are actually cool (and easy to get on and off!) Leave it Siwy to do that. Siwy is currently my favorite denim label and if anyone could make overalls cool it was going to be them. Check out their selection on Manhattanite and pre-order yourself a pair today.

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Day into night with Manhattanites’ sale

Thursday, September 17th, 2009
Authored by: FreshJess

Being an events director often means long hours at various places in town. I’m always looking for pieces that keep me stylish in the workplace and are equally stunning at happy hour or evening events. I found a few things to accomplish my goal in Manhattanites’ massive sale section – and each of these is 70% off!

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I love silk tops like this Ruffle Blouse by Nu Collective – looks smashing with a high-waisted pencil skirt and my favorite skinny jeans!

voomtubedr I can’t go wrong with pairing fabulous dresses like the Voom Darling Tube Dress with tights & a blazer.

yukikimcoatThe Yuki Kim Kimono Coat. Because I gotta keep warm in that nutty Seattle weather, and because it’s less than $100 on sale!

rochelleblkfrBusiness in front…party in the back! Rochelle Rodriguez Chloe Dress

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Rocker Chic Staple: Leather Jacket

Saturday, September 12th, 2009
Authored by: Lauren Messiah

Rocker chic is pretty much the look to have for fall 2009. Its also the most fun (in my opinion.) I mean, don’t we all secretly want to be rock stars? I know I do, shame I wasn’t blessed with any musical talent. Seriously, I never even mastered the recorder (you know that ghetto little flute thing?) back in elementary school. What I have mastered, however, is the rocker chic look. I have been rocking combat boots, leather and spikes for ages now — so glad the rest of world has finally caught up.

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A great way to get the look with one easy piece is through a leather jacket. You can throw a leather jacket on with virtually anything in your closet. The end result will be effortlessly chic.

The jacket that I am currently lusting after is by KRMA. It the Dean Leather jacket and it will set you back $600 — not bad for a classic and cool piece. In fact, this piece is so cool that our favorite pop rocker, Pink has one.