Been planning this photo shoot with my two photographers (one "official", the other strictly for my twitter #wearorpurge) for months and finally got to sneak it in one of our offsite events.
I was to pick 18 pairs of shoes. It was indeed an excruciating experience! After hours of staring at the mess of strewn boxes all over the room, thinking of color and style combinations, I ended up with just 10 -- and this is only because my biggest luggage can only fit 10 boxes. I refuse to throw them in without protection!
Packed a few basic dresses for me and the other "model-slash-wearorpurge-photographer". While I had my extra large bag (for a one-night event, take note), G brought loads of camera equipment. They were humongous, but they managed to fit into the small hotel room.
Here are some of the fun out-takes taken from my iPhone. A and I extremely enjoyed it and are fervently hoping it is not the last (despite G's plans to leave us!).
look at all that setup! you'd think we were in a real studio
Every shoe lover knows how opening a shoe box for the first time is almost as good as its first outing. The moment your palms touch that top of the box, then the anticipated rummaging through paper tissues, then a sneak peek of those tall heels. It's like seeing twin babies facing each other, waiting to be cared for.
Today was no exception. Imagine opening three! What a grand time I had, especially after waiting for them for two whole months! The agony!... and now the reward!
Michael Antonio snakeskin 5.5in heels
Forever21 Victorian shoes
Forever21 mesh sexy heels
The Michael Antonios were the first pair I wore. Verdict: it's one of the most uncomfortable pairs I own! Now don't get me wrong. I may not end up using them often, but I'm sure happy just staring at them!
The next ones were the brown side-buttoned booties. Amazing! Paired it with cropped trousers and soft Chinese silk vintage top. Fit was perfect!
Saved the best for last - the black mesh heels are absolute heaven! Looks so seductive, I wore it to a PR event with a tamed business suit.
Doing this online-shopping-through-relative-in-the-States is pure torture. But it was definitely worth the wait!
They say Paris is the ultimate fashion haven. I've never been there, but I think I may have had a taste of it with a shoe brand called Parisian.
The mall that started it all is aptly named ShoeMart, for short "SM", which is widely and wildly popular in this side of my world for great bargains and complete selection. It did start as a shoe shop and later on grew to the most successful retailer in the country, carrying all things you can think of. Their slogan "we've got it all for you" captures it perfectly.
I remember years back, this brand was merely associated with affordable, sensible shoes. In fact no fashionista in the past decade would have dreamed of wearing one. But look at how it has evolved! It boasts of fashion-forward designs, some "inspired" but a lot are original and I am constantly awed by their creativity and craftmanship. Most of all, how do they manage to do all that and price it at $15-40!
Their current showcase comes from the Philippine Fashion Week and I might have gone back for it about four times now as I find myself craving for a pair I left behind. I might end up buying everything here.
my favorite design from this collection, but not as comfortable as the rest
i'm still tempted to go back for these, though not very practical in this weather
trying them out, i'm obviously panicking
the shop literally turned off their lights as my friend and i finalized our selection
i was very torn: the white or the beige?...
...went for the beige and no regrets! i can wear it with virtually anything in my closet
The places I'm willing to go for thrift finds! This one I've heard of in the past but really never bothered to check out. One "domestically busy" (i.e. motherly errands such as doctor checkups) Saturday, I chanced upon a feature on the newspaper on bargain hunts. One was in Makati, the commercial business district in the Phils, and the article said if you're lucky, you may even find designer's handbags and shoes! Obviously, the latter part made me drive all the way to Bangkal.
I should have expected it won't be a "stroll in the park". It was literally rows of residential streets selling all kinds of wares - from furnitures to trinkets, to used books. Think yard sale but this one's open forever.
Here are some interesting stuff I found, but didn't buy.
Japanese scary mask (ceramic)
antique brooches, earrings, necklaces, all in good condition
whatever you can think of is here!
my K had a grand time book-shopping
I did snag a few items - an orange velvet vintage thick belt, navy blue chain belt, antique clip on earrings, and this adorable mini doctor's bag. the zipper inside is just screaming at me to buy it!
I'm no artist but with the right inspiration I can create a decent sketch.
My last shoe shopping was super rushed and I had second thoughts with these black booties as they were not very easy to put on. The pink slingback is made of PVC/ hard type of garter so I thought maybe it's not such a practical purchase.
Several sleepless nights later, I found myself trying to rearrange my schedule so I'll have time go back for them. Even went to the same mall in Davao (southern part of the country) in between work engagements. After three failed attempts, I ended up in the same mall talking to the same saleslady. She already knew me (surprise surprise) and prepared 3 pairs of this same shoe to choose from (I check every stitching, leather scratches, etc).