Hello to all my shoe lovers out there. Today in this edition of Style File I wanted to talk a little about the classic white pumps. i remember growing up as a teenager, the white pump was mostly worn to church on Sundays, and they weren’t really that popular or trendy, not being that high on the list of fashionistas; and as far as I can remember there were a lot of don’ts with wearing them such as don’t wear them with dark colored nylons, don’t wear them with black or other dark colors, patterns and print ensembles if you weren’t offsetting it with white or white patterns or prints, and the list goes on, including don’t wear white after Labor Day. And that is a rule that seems to be fading out quickly as the rules are consistently changing as fashion continues to shift gears where the color white is greatly concerned.
Today in the world of fashion where shoes reign supreme. it seem like white high heel pumps have been given a new leash on life. I have recently been spending some quality time with my daughter who moved back to Los Angeles after having lived in Las Vegas for the past year. She expressed a deep interest in white high heel pumps by Steve Madden and Shiekh Shoes. And each one with their own level of sleekness, look and style.
She and I headed on over to DB Shoes and picked up a pair of Shoe Republic LA’s white high heel pumps. And while the design, style and look has not changed all that much from the 80s and 90s, they still possess the classic look.
One thing I especially like about the classic pumps is that they still dress up a good pair of jeans and skinny jeans, or the classic capri ensemble.
The history of high heels goes as far back to the Victorian days when men wore high heels, which is why men wearing them today in the fashion in which they wear them does not bother me because it is basically history repeating itself. The fact that they have evolved into the forms in which we see and love them today says a lot about the originality and creation of designers who have kept up the history for time to come.
The classic white high heel pump opened the door for designers to take a simple style and turn it into something new and different for women to further enjoy and add to their shoe collection.
One of my favorites are the white wrap around strappy high heel pump in faux leather from AMIClubwear. What they did here was took a classic look and transformed it into a sexy, sleek style, added a buckle to boost the overall look and style. To preserve the overall look of this shoe, and because I was not able to find it anywhere else, I would not recommend for daily (everyday) wear.
What I like about this style is you can dress it up with a number of ensembles. Me being me, I would prefer something suited, a lacy ensemble, skirt ensemble, or a really pretty dress that would dress up these shoes.
It is easy to miscalculate what to wear them with as I have seen a number of fashion don’ts just with the wrong shoes and/or the wrong ensemble.
They come with both the right look and the right heel height measured at approximately 5 inches. Comes with a scoop vamp, wrap around thick strap with a side buckle closure, smooth lining, and cushioned footbed.
The ankle strap pumps are still popular, but I am happy to see other pump-like styles climbing the ranks of high heels year after year and changing the face of how we see high heel pumps. As far as the classic pump is concerned, trends will always have room for them because they are a huge part of the office scene where maintaining a professional appearance is key.
They can be found in an array of fabulous colors including nude, black, red and blue…the original colors of the classic pump family. Colors gold and silver are also among the colors.
Let’s not also forget that the classic pump has opened doors the platform pump which I can never get enough off. The are fashioned with a sexy stiletto heal, half inch to an inch platform, cushioned footbed, and some come with a round toe and some come with a somewhat pointed toe. Very chic.
Such is this style here with the peep toe, platform and stiletto heel. Looking at the shoe I would have to say the platform is about an inch and heel is approximately five inches.
The description says 4.3, but that that thickness of the platform, the heel has to be much higher than that. I found these on Amazon.com, although currently out of stock, they are still saved on my Amazon.com account.
These are what I would consider strictly for dress attire because of their style. On Amazon.com they are identified as wedding shoes, which they could be worn for special occasions. I definitely don’t doubt that. They are sexy and definitely as must have in your shoe collection.
The trends of high heels are forever changing. And although they look sexy and appealing, it is always recommended that you wear what is comfortable to you. The 5-inch heel may look nice and appealing — if you are not comfortable wearing that height, you will run the risk of not walking in them properly, putting undue stress on your back and legs that can hurt you eventually.
These are my picks in the white high heel pumps. What are your favorites?
For the woman considering getting married for the second time, know that there are alternatives to the traditional wedding dresses especially if you’re wanting to keep it simple but elegant…and under a budget…and you want to wear white. Let me tell you, when I get married again, i plan on wearing white and I plan on making it rock!
Here are some of my picks that I have been scouring the internet in search of the best dress ever. So, everybody knows that you can find some amazing finds on Amazon, right? And as a mother of a now 20-year old daughter, I go beyond looking for the best that fits within my budget because I want to save money for the festivities that will come after getting married, like having a party with some of my closest friends.
My first pick comes from Aliexpress. This brings a sexy allure to getting married. Just a few weeks ago I was joking around about getting married in a white mini wedding dress. And things just brings the A-game to the party.
What drew me to this was the beautiful bow, the beading on the sash, the peplum look, the neckline, and the short skirt. And I love the puffed shoulders that just adds a bit of old fashion to the look.
This is one of those pieces that not just any shoes will work with this if you’re planning to wear this walking down the isle. I’m a high heel person so I would go with an open toe platform pump or a pointy toe studded high heel, or even a silver glitter sling back. You don’t want to go over board board with this beautiful dress otherwise you throw it off.
Shoes are the finishing touch of any ensemble. And getting married is no different. It’s like that Cinderella moment that you feel you have arrived when you walk through those doors. And if you’re going to go with a white mini wedding dress, you better bring it because all eyes will be on you and you want to make it a moment your guests will remember.
My second choice for getting married that second time around, I looked at many white dresses that I felt fit the bill of what it was I was looking for exchanging vows the second time and my husband seeing me for the first time as beautiful as he has ever seen me.
Lace is not everyone’s favorite, but I think I was born with lace in my mouth. When I first saw this particular dress because of the amount of lace that covers this dress all the way around. It has a full zipper from top to bottom on the back. It’s sexy, and it’s delicate. And most of all it’s sexy. And anyone who knows me knows that I look for the sexiness in everything I do when I am preparing for something. This lace dress can be found on Aliexpress and Amazon, and comes in an array of different colors if white is not for you. I have it in white.
Shoes? I selected a pair that I thought showcased this dress perfectly.
I mentioned high heel pumps with an open toe, right? What do you say about these? I haven’t ordered these yet, but I found them in a Google search. I like these because of the bow on the back. Really amps up the dress, wouldn’t you say? Hey, it’s a second wedding, you’re allowed to dare to be bold and daring, and sexy, but with an elegant approach. This is the route I would go if I chose this ensemble. Makeup would be light, I would go with an up do hair style, and I would have a silver clutch purse. That’s how I would roll.
Next up, my next favorite ideas for getting married in comes with this beautiful garment that I just can’t take my eyes off.
I like dresses with a hint of seduction in them. Meaning you’re not only showing how beautiful you are, but you are seducing him at the same time. Like I said, it’s the second wedding. You’re allowed to break the rules.
This dress still wows me every time I see it because of the lace formation fitted into the design. The length of the dress, the open back, the sleeves. It brings old fashion to modern day beauty and lets a woman feel beautiful and sexy all at the same time. This dress can be found on Aliexpress.
Shoes? Well, you know I was not going to let you get away without finding out what shoes I have chosen to pair with this piece.
Because the dress is lace. it would be too busy to go with a lace shoe so i chose chiffon. I added a larger picture of this shoe because I wanted to show the detail of the chiffon and the overall design.
I love these in particularly because of the chiffon. Has a zipper in the back, the emblem on the front, the platform and the heel works to suit the dress just right. If you were to chose this ensemble, this would bet he style to go with, especially if you’re a lace fanatic as I am.
Keep accessories light and simple, go with an up do hair style to showcase the look and affect of the dress, and just let the day be your day of being beautiful and elegant because we don’t often get the opportunity.
These last two are my ultimate favorites! My daughter calls them eloping dresses — as if I’m going to elope :) but one can never tell, right?
I found this masterpiece of a dress on Amazon. I was blown away when I saw this [by accident] while looking for something else entirely differently. It’s a full chiffon evening gown that can be worn either as a bridesmaid dress, a prom dress, and of course a wedding dress, or it can be worn to a gala.
This white halter gown is elegant in its own right. And if you order this dress the largest it comes in is large, and may not suit everyone’s physique. It has a clasp in the back has a long ball ball gown skirt. Although I love this gown, I have not decided if I am going to order it yet.
I chose a silver lace high heel sandal that I found on Google and considering ordering. I chose these because I love the overall look and style and feel they bring the right amount of elegant to this gown. From the look of them they have a zipper in the back. you can see the lace detail in the straps and over the foot.
The color is perfect and sets the right tone.
For my final choice for getting married the second time, I chose — and have — this beautiful strapless gown. I love the sassiness, and draping on the hips and in the front and back. There is lace. My dress came today, but I have not opened yet. I love the sweetheart neckline. And for the shoes I would either go with the silver high heel lace sandal above or I would go with the lace high heel peep toe pumps that I received last week.
I just love the beauty of lace. And when they are designed into shoes, that makes it all the more better.
I first saw these shoes while preparing for an all white event I ended up not attending. I did order them and when I received them I was overwhelmed and amazed at the same time at how gorgeous they were.
I especially like these because of the design of the shoes. I will have a full description of these as soon as I can find it. But these are my choice for this beautiful dress and I know will make me look amazing.
This concludes my favorites for the woman who is getting married the second time and is exploring many different styles. Today’s woman is going for the non-traditional while some are choosing to do it right the second in having the wedding they didn’t have the first time.
My wardrobe consists of attire catered for many events including getting married. I prepare myself for every occasion possible because I never know what I may be invited to attend.
I hope you enjoy my choices.
It’s that time again. Summer is fast approaching. It’s a time when we start thinking about what we will be wearing this season and what summer trends are going to be topping the charts of the fashion headlines. For me, this year I have been looking at what new trends designers have brought to the runway, what styles I can incorporate into my wardrobe, and how I can make over my overall look.
Well, this year I decided to go back to the styles and colors I love. Bringing back my favorite colors and style choices. And without breaking the bank. Rainbow Shops has a line of summer whites which made me think about how it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed an all white ensemble aside from those styles I’ve been designing in the past months.
First on my list was looking for new white high heel sandals. Surprisingly, the particular style I like by Anne Michelle and have been looking for seems to be quite a popular style — because it’s been quite a difficult task finding them in my size. I have found them online, but who wants to pay the outrageous cost of shipping. Luckily I found them at a local boutique near where I live, and they only had one pair in my size. And for $17.99, I think I got away with a good price, the style I wanted, and a perfect fit.
Next up in my search for the perfect all white ensemble, I went to Rainbow Show also near where I live and picked up these really cool and comfortable stretch white pants. Talk about comfortable!!! I have these particular pants in dark blue, light blue, tan, salmon, olive green, black, and now white. Seems a little excessive, but I love the way they feel especially on warm days.
These are the best pairs of pants you can enjoy anytime of the year. Sometimes you can find them in capri style also. They are stylish, comfortable, can go with almost anything. Dress them up with your favorite pair of heels, a sexy top, a blazer sweater, or you can dress them down with a pair of flats, tank top, or sneakers.
You can get away with these for $19.99 and you can find them at any Rainbow near you or online if you don’t have one in the area. But what good are these comfortable white pants if you don’t have the perfect top?
For that I went to AliExpress.com. Sure ordering from them can come with some headaches, a lot of waiting, and the possibility of something going wrong with the order, but sometimes, it’s worth the effort if it means getting what it is you want, with a good fit, and a remarkable price.
I was actually looking for a lace cocktail dress to wear to an event in June, but when I saw this pretty little thing, I got totally distracted, never found the dress I was looking for because I was so fixated on this top that I had to look high and low on AliExpress.com web site to see if I could find it in my size. I got lucky and found one. Me being me, I am a sucker for pretty soft lace. And with the style and design of this top, it was a definite must have. And for $5.98 with free shipping, you know I could not pass it up. The payment was processed right away and was shipped immediately. Faster than other sellers I have been dealing with.
Now let me tell you, if you are not familiar with ordering from AliExpress,com, there are a few things you should know. Be sure you order at least two sizes larger than your regular size if at all possible because many of these items are coming from China and Hong Kong. Therefore you will want to gauge your sizing just right. The second thing to pay close attention to is the processing time. Check the status of your order on a regular basis just to make sure it is being processed for shipping and that you are not running into any customs issues. Make sure you order from a seller who will keep good communication with you. I have run into those who never responded to any of my messages.
But anyway, this is just one of the summer white ensembles I will be sporting. I will post my other favorite summer white ensembles as I acquire them. Stay tuned. And if you want to share with me your favorite summer white ensemble, email me at AtStudio5Info@gmail.com. I’d love to see what you come up with.
No doubt many of year are getting ready for the Easter weekend as we celebrate the rising of our Lord. Festivities starting on Good Friday, April 3 pouring into Sunday, April 5 with good food, good company, and our Sunday’s best dressed.
I just wanted to let everyone know who has been following my blogs since the start that I am doing some great things coming up and I want to make sure my readers out there are aware.
First up…if you haven’t been paying attention to my other blogs, here are the ones to be watching:
- The Diamond Press: This blog is the news and insight of what’s going on in entertainment, business and finance, real estate and so much more. You will want to make sure you stop on by there from time to time to see what’s going on. I am accepting contributions for this blog. Email me if you would like to contribute articles, announcements, or photos.
- Poetic Flow: If you’re into poetry, this is one my very best blogs that showcases some of my writings.
- Savvy Hair Studio: Many of you have been sending me comments about hair, here is another one of my blogs you may find interesting. Note: I am also accepting contributions to this blog on suggestions, tips, and best uses for products.
- A Mirrored Image: Photography for me is on the horizon. It spotlights some of my photos that I have taken. I will be photographing a wedding this month, so stay tuned for a sight specifically for wedding photographs.
- Styled By Rene: This blog is actually a spin-off to AtStudio5 and is dedicated to the fashion industry. Coming soon will be a blog based on my brand as I have been asked to showcase some of my created styles in a fashion show in October 2015 for “Spring 2016.” News about this opportunity is forthcoming.
These are key blogs that are important as I move forward in my many ventures that are going some well-deserved attention. If you haven’t already taken a look at them, stop on by and see what’s going on.
Fashion has changed to the degree that even what we wear attending weddings has changed. For some it has become more upscale, and for others it’s more of a laid back; and then there are those straight out the ghetto box, but you can’t judge them or criticize them. They all are unique in their own way.
As we are continuously seeing fashion trends thinking outside the box with creativity at the help, the what do I wear to the wedding is a question that is being giving more and more consideration for the fashion conscience because the need to be different, unique, and of course not upstaging the bride and her wedding party, is essential.
So, I have a wedding coming up that I will also be photographing. Now, I attended a wedding three years ago where the photographer was dressed like she was just lounging around the house. But that was her choice and what she was most comfortable in. In this case, I am also a guest at the wedding so I have dual roles. What this means is I have to dress as the guest and be prepared as the photographer.
I was going to wear this fabulous blue lace dress. See how the mesh drops it slightly off the shoulders, and how it opens in the back with a mesh covering? Very glamorous and elegant. But I thought better of the idea of wearing the dress since I’m going to be photographing the wedding, too.
I decided that this is more of a dress better for another special event like the Blue & White event coming up in April, or going for cocktails, or for attending another function where dressing elegantly is called for.
Another thing we have to keep in mind is whether or not what you’re wearing is appropriate. As guests attending the wedding, you really don’t want to be the one being talked about in a negative way because of what you wore. Why put yourself in that type of situation anyway.
The blazer and pants are from H & M (off white), the blouse is an Eva Mendes collection piece from New York & Company when the line first launched in 2013, the purse is from Forever21 (getting ready to purchase), and the shoes are Qupid Pinch-01 I purchased from DB Shoes last year around September or October (can’t really remember when, but I obsessed over them until I got them).
Did I just pull a complete ensemble right out of my closet? Well, yes I did! I really didn’t want to spend a whole lot of money on an outfit when I’m going to be doing quite a bit of moving around. This way, the money I am saving can go towards things like getting mine and my daughter’s hair done, getting her an outfit to wear, picking up camera equipment, and reserving a hotel room for an overnight stay.
The key to choosing the right ensemble is knowing what your style is, where the event is taking place, and how long you plan on staying. You want to look good, but you also want to be comfortable. And of course you don’t want to look like you just climbed out of bed either.
So when you’re thinking about what to wear to a wedding, think about how far out you want to go how elegant you want to look, or how simple you want to keep it. I like to keep it upscale.
Hello, ladies — those of you who are pondering whether or not to relax your hair after you dye it. Some of you have been stopping by a post I had written a long while ago about dying your hair with a relaxer. I want to answer the question again and hopefully put some of your mind at ease.
I dyed my hair on 3/07/15…of course you can’t tell because it’s not the color I wanted, but I did. Then I waited two weeks and two shampoos and conditioners before relaxing my hair. I used a protein complex prior to applying the relaxer creme, I used a protectant around my edges and my ears, and I used the protein complex with my conditioner (you can use it separately) and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then rinsed it out. This is the result from having relaxed my hair two weeks after I dyed it.
I have a good pair of trimming shears that I used to trim away the straggly hairs — taking your doing this because you want to keep your hair as even as possible. If you are not sure about trimming your hair Google the best ways to trim your hair to avoid any unnecessary damage.
I don’t believe I mentioned this in my previous post, but during this time you have to take precautions to protect your hair from any breakage. Products with oils, botanicals, and extracts that offer key ingredients in acting as anti-breakage tools can serve as safe guards for your hair and provide instant repair for healthier looking hair.
This is one I’ve added to my hair regimen. Although it can be used daily, I use it at least twice a week, or when my hair calls for it. Since using this I found it works best on my ends with just a little vitamin E oil. I still use my coconut oil and my olive oil grow therapy, but mostly for my scalp — but lightly to avoid my hair being weighted, and I use Finisheen after I’ve flat ironed and/or curled my hair — my hair just loves that spray.
Now, if you are contemplating relaxing your hair after you dye it, or visa versa, there are the precautions you need to take. Regardless of which relaxer product you use there is a timeline you MUST follow to avoid burning and leaving it on your hair for too long which can burn your hair off and burn your scalp. It can happen!!! Follow the instructions exactly and keep the timing under or within ten minutes for application, working quickly as possible. Fifteen minutes is pushing the barriers and subjecting you to burn.
My daughter told me about a vitamin A and B shampoo and conditioner that Organix has. I am inclined to try it out, but before I do, I want to do some research on it, find any valid reviews about the product to see if whether or not it would be good for my hair. So far this is what I’ve come across in terms of what the ingredients are for the B5 shampoo and conditioner by Organix. This is the shampoo’s ingredients.
Water (Aqua) , Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , PPG-2 Hydroxyethyl Coco , Isostearamide , Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) , Amodimethicone , Polyquaternium-10 , Capric Glycerides , PEG-6 Caprylic , PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate , Trideceth-12 , Cetrimonium Chloride , Sodium Chloride , Tetrasodium EDTA , Citric Acid , Diazolidinyl Urea , Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate , Fragrance
You want to pay attention that the products are not loaded with alcohol, which in my experience, leaves my hair dry and brittle, and has, in one instant, altered the texture of my hair since I wear relaxers, so I tend to stay away from products with an abundance of alcohol. It makes a huge difference.
When dying and relaxing your hair, keep in mind the process that goes into protecting it long-term. Look into deep conditioning which I recommend be done at least once a month and should not be left on your hair more than an hour because then your hair will be too fragile. Sit under a dryer or a heating cap. And shea butter is a good and popular sealant to use.
Homemade deep conditioners are probably the best because you are using all natural ingredients. Mayonnaise is said to be a good deep conditioner because it leaves your hair soft afterwards, but this is ideal for those who wear their hair natural. Use Olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, shea butter, and other ingredients that will give the moisturizing your hair needs
It will protect from breakage, and promote healthy hair.
Google homemade deep conditioners for relaxed hair. There are some good recipes out there.
Consult with an expert before going the route of dying and relaxing your especially if this is your first rodeo. It can go terribly wrong if you do not take the necessary precautions and follow the instructions. In either case make sure your hair clean when starting the processes. When you are preparing to relax your hair avoid scratching your scalp, and wait 24 to 48 hours to relax your hair after you’ve washed and conditioned it.
If still unsure have it professionally done by someone who is highly skilled. This way you get the treatment needed for good looking hair.
Spring is vastly approaching. Next month time will change and we’ll have to spring forward and soon we’ll be ready to break out our best Spring Time wears. In this post I’ll be spotlighting on my favorite of all time, best lace outfits ~ in yellow.
First up, this sassy number that takes the “F” out of flirtatious and brings sexy to a whole new level. I have the white version of this dress and let me tell you, it’s very delicate, not to mention has a nice weight to it.
It has a full zipper in the back ~ meaning from top to bottom, and is a full lace dress throughout with a lining to cover all the right places. It’s one of those dresses that gives you a serious bang for your buck.
Have a Spring event to attend? This would be one of those dresses you could wear and be the center of attention. And the best thing about it is, you won’t break the bank buying the dress, however, I recommend researching various resources on where to purchase it because there are different online resources who sell this particular dress, and the prices vary.
Amazon is one good place to look at least you know you’ll get it and if there’s a problem with your order you would be able to contact the seller. Check it out.
Next on my list of Spring Time brights, is this gorgeous number. Lace never looked so pretty in this delicate piece, pretty enough to wear to any occasion that calls for you to dress up in your very best.
This piece presents a sexy backless view, lined just above the knee with a sheer flowing floor length dress. Pair this with a pair of strappy high heel sandals and you’re bound to turn head. I suggest an up do hair style that brings out the allure of this piece.
Yellow is one of those colors that we are starting to see a lot more of as designers gear up for another season of Spring/Summer fashion for the fashionista at heart.
During the Spring time I like to see soft and bright colors welcoming in the new season. To me they are reminders of the summer that will follow close behind. It’s a fun time of the year because you get to see what different trends are introduced, and just where people’s sense of style lays.
Want something simple, short, but cute all at the same time? This little dainty number is very cute and can be one of those you wear out for cocktails. Not into going for cocktails? If you’re going to a wedding, this would be perfect. You’ll be the best dressed among friends and family, and you’re bound to be complimented on how beautiful you look.
What I like about this dress is the mesh atop of this dress, and I especially love the shoes that was paired with this dress. Exactly the way I would have paired. White high heel peep toe, sling back shoes seems to bring out the elegance of this dress. This is one of those you want to keep simple and not over do it with gaudy accessories and handbags. A simple clutch purse would suffice, and simple earrings would be perfect.
I have one more to show you, which I’ve saved the best for last. BOOM! Feast your eyes on this beauty. This is my favorite one of them all!!! It is beyond glamorous and one I’d like to see Beyonce in because it would look fabulous on her. And we all know how she loves those one of a kind designer dresses. I’d love for her to showcase something similar to this at her one of her events. Imagine how stunning she would look.
The backless view, diamond cutout front, long sleeves, and floor length gown oozes everything that beauty is all about. Clearly the designers of this dress knew exactly what they were doing when they created this dress.
Wearing yellow can be tricky if you’re not properly coordinating the color right down to the shoes. White is always a good choice as well as silver. I would not choose a a dark color or anything that would take away from the ensemble.
And if you want to get technical about it, throw in a pair of yellow high heels like my favorite pair shown here at left. I picked these up from DB Shoes last year. They became an obsession I couldn’t live without. I dreamed about them every night and they just weighed heavy on my brain.
If you grew up around high heel shoes like I did back in the 60’s and 70’s, and watched a lot of black and white films, you’d know that these shoes have the old-fashioned style of the Baby Doll high heel shoes except spruced up with a modern day feel set atop a stiletto heel, double ankle strap and platform.
We are going all things yellow this season because it’s the color we need to see more of. And as fashion designers continue to get more creative, so should the colors of the Spring/Summer season.
Strappy high heel sandals, peep toe sling backs, and even single sole high heel pumps offer the right touch; but if you’re going to go with any other color than white or silver, choose a soft pastel color, and choose carefully because you want the ensemble to POP in all the right directions.
You don’t have to break the bank to look your absolute best with any of these beautiful pieces. If you’re all about style, glamour, and have a little diva in you, I’m sure you will want to get something like these and go beyond dressing to impress. They can also be perfect date night dresses in comparison to the little black dress, except it’s in yellow ~ you’ll be the ray of sunshine to that special someone.
Updated February 24, 2015