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In the Market for Cap Toe Oxfords

29 Dec

Christmas came and went this year all too quickly as per usual but memories of what it feels like to see your loved ones eyes light up when they open my gifts will last forever, or maybe for at least another week.

This year, finally having a job and all, I decided to really go all out for my honey. Now, it’s not easy buying for him because he’s actually very fashionable and picky. He likes what he likes and that’s that. He also tends to research the heck out of any purchase and lately, he’s been all about researching men’s dress shoes – the material, country of origin, how they’re made, how long they should normally last, you name it, he probably knows about it.

A few years back, when we first started dating I bought him his first pair of really nice professional dress shoes. They were a pair of Cole Haan’s that I spent a pretty penny on (at least relative to my income or lack thereof at the time). They were a pair of Cap toe Oxford’s, no brogues, nothing fancy, just regular black classy shoes that were nice enough for suits but could be dressed down for jeans.

He wore those things out like it was his job. He basically wore them everyday to work for the last 2 years, that’s a long time and certainly speaks to the quality of Cole Haan’s shoes. However, they were looking really scuffed up lately and I knew he had been looking into a pair of Allen Edmonds.

I had only seen Allen Edmonds stores in New York City and the display always showed gorgeous really upscale looking shoes. Well let me tell you, each pair of those puppies starts at $385 so they better look upscale. Anyway, I thought that as a Christmas treat I would get him a pair, knowing that he would never spend that kind of money on himself. That’s the point of gifts right? To get the person something they would never buy for themselves.

I started looking at different types of shoes with little swirlies that are called brogues apparently, and wing tip or not wing tip, derby, omg the amount of different styles was overwhelming. So I thought about it and I decided that he needed a new pair of Oxford’s to replace his current and old pair of Cole Haan’s. I chose not to be fancy and get him a shoe that would be only a once in a while sort of thing and instead get him Cap Toe Oxford’s, which he loves and actually desperately needs. I chose the Park Avenue model, which I think was his favorite and also the most practical for an everyday dress shoe.

We opened our respective gifts on the morning of Christmas Eve because we had plans with family on both Christmas Eve and all of Christmas Day. When he opened the beautiful dark blue box with huge letters that read “Allen Edmonds” I could see the smile forming on his face. He could not believe I had actually bought him such an expensive but high quality shoe. He could not have been more grateful and I felt fantastic, what a win for me that was!

I highly recommend looking into this brand. The shoes are made in the US and the highest quality leather is used. Also, I learned that what separates a great shoe from a mediocre shoe is how the sole is attached. Apparently, cheaper shoes attach the sole by using glue, whereas Allen Edmonds stitches the sole on with a very thick thread. The sole itself is also very thick which offers durability and longetivity for the wearer. All in all, I did a great job.

Yesterday was my boyfriend’s first day back to work after the holidays, and you can guess that he has been wearing those cap toe Oxfords since then and will continue to do so for another 10 -12 years.

If you have a man in your life that needs a durable high quality dress shoe, I 100% recommend purchasing a pair of Allen Edmonds. If you’re lucky, like I was, you may even be able to snag a pair for $375 on Amazon vs. the regular $385.


The Ultimate Little White Dress

13 Jul

The Famous White Dress has been Reincarnated

Clueless is one of my all-time favorite movies. For the most part, I’m pretty certain I can recite the whole thing by heart. It was one of the few movies I had on my computer freshman year of college and would watch it every weekend while I got dressed to go out. I’m not sure, maybe just to have as background noise, or maybe because I loved all the clothes and the whole lifestyle just looked so fun.

Anyway, remember that scene when Cher is going out to a party with Christian and she comes downstairs wearing the smallest,
cutest white dress? The scene goes something like this:

Mel: Cher, what the hell is that?
Cher: A dress!
Mel: Say’s who?
Cher: Calvin Klein!
Mel: Well, go put something over it.
Cher: Duh, daddy, I was going to!

alicia silverstone calvin klein dress

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Ripped Jeans, Score!

18 Jun

I finally found myself a pair of ripped jeans. Amazing right? I honestly didn’t think this day would come, but it has and I’m oh so excited about them! Last Saturday I had decided to walk around Paris, do some window shopping, and you know, naturally buy something if it really caught my eye.

Well I walked into Zara, whose prices, may I add, are undeniably cheaper than they are in the states. The store was packed, what a shocker really. Saturday is the only day people can go shopping aside from during the week. It really is rather inconvenient that everything is closed on Sunday. I mean how does that make sense? Most people are busy during the week, and the only time they have to go shopping, either for clothes or for groceries, is on the weekends. Then take one day away where everything is closed, and your shopping experience turns into torture waiting in line for half an hour just to try on clothes you may not even end up buying.

Yea that is what happened to me..

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Evening Dresses Call for Glamour

8 Jun

This Seasons Evening Dresses

Let’s talk evening wear. The MTV movie awards recently aired and along with them came the best and worst dressed lists. Not only that, but prom is around the corner and the more glitz and glam the better!

Whenever I look through photos of celebrity styles from the red carpet, I always come across the one of Megan Fox in that red, barely there, gown.

Red dress and Megan Fox

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Before There Was Gossip Girl, SATC Ruled the Streets of Fashionable NYC

27 May

Now that there are only days left until Sex and The City 2 comes out in theatres, the countdown has truly begun. Always at the forefront of fashion, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte do it again by adding even more glitz and glamour to the silver screen.

Who doesn’t want to look like them? Have a closet brimming with Manolo Blahniks and Christian Louboutins, drawers overflowing with La Perla lingerie, and couture gowns lining the walls? As portrayed in the show and the movies, these women truly do live the high life, but is it possible for the rest of us to dress like them? You know those of us who don’t have the disposable income of Bill Gates.

Apparently it is! Thanks to Cosmo Magazine we can now buy our very own shoes that even Miss, or should I say Mrs. Bradshaw would approve of…

Here is  SJP wearing beautiful, but overly expensive sparkly gold Christian Louboutin’s. Right beside it we have very similar, unfortunately not glittery, but still pretty Charles David bronze pumps. The best part is, they are only $88!

Ah the newspaper dress, somehow she manages to pull it off. The gorgeous floral shoes definitely lend a hand in making this outfit SATC worthy. Dollhouse brings us the affordable version, at only $60.

What an amazing casual look for a warm NYC day, the lavender color of her pumps just screams summertime! Here’s the Steve Madden version for $109.95. I’m not too happy with this comparison. I usually try to stay away from Steve Madden shoes unless they are flats because from experience not only are they overpriced for their cheap quality but they are almost as uncomfortable as Jessica Simpson shoes. This pair is definitely not a potential purchase for me this summer.

Charlotte, the sweetest but most naïve of the four. Let’s ignore for a second that she looks like an over the hill Barbie Doll and just concentrate on how incredibly cute those shoes are. I love the pastel colors. The cheaper version…umm not even close. Come on Cosmo, step up your game! They’re not awful but at $100 from Guess, they’re not my cup of tea.

Finally, back to Carrie and her always versatile style. There’s something about these funky caged heels that really appeals to me. And the Aldo version for $80 is actually really cute too.

Who else is on the edge of their seats counting down the days until the new movie premieres?


~ an American girl in Paris ~

Fashion Forward on the Upper East Side

20 May

Being in France means that I am one day behind schedule when shows air new episodes. As a result, I hadn’t watched the Gossip Girl season finale until last night, which would make me two days late only because I didn’t have a chance Tuesday night. Besides the fact that the finale was completely ridiculous, they did leave me wanting more, which I’m sure was their goal.

Usually I follow Blair’s outfits because I find her absolutely adorable, always dressed to impress, and very prim and proper. Serena on the other hand is the more provocative one. They made her character to be a bit flighty and I guess that makes sense when it comes to her wardrobe, which consists of extremely short dresses that are either backless or low-cut.

However, I was pleasantly surprised last night during the scene where she and Blair plan to travel to Paris for the summer. She had this gorgeous strapless dress on, but the best part wasn’t even the dress, it was the necklace she was wearing along with it. It was this very chunky and detailed collier that put the entire outfit together.

Bold necklaces are very in this season, so naturally I am dying to get my hands on something very similar.

Oh it’s so beautiful! I just love how it conforms to the curves of her body and just sits perfectly. Blake Lively’s sun kissed skin accentuates the true beauty of the necklace much better than that scary pale version, unfortunately that picture was all that was available.

The necklace is made up of copper and diamonds and is a one of a kind piece by Carla Reiter, costing over $5000.

Not bad, but a bit out of my price range…someday though 😀

p.s. thank god little J has left the building, girl was getting really annoying

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~ an American girl in Paris ~

May, and it’s still raining?

17 May

Springtime in Paris, everyone’s dream. The flowers are blooming, everything is green, and the people are getting friendlier (for the most part). I am so ready to start the summer and pull out all my flowy dresses from the back of my closet. For some reason though, the weather does not seem to want to get any better. I feel like we’re stuck in a rut of dreary, rainy days, and the groundhog really jinxed us this year.
On the bright side, with the nonstop cloudiness I have been able to refrain from doing any serious shopping. Don’t get me wrong, I tend to pick up a thing or two every few days, but for the most part I haven’t had a chance to do any major damage, as of yet…

Browsing has given me a pretty good idea of what’s in store for this summer. Most shops and boutiques are displaying beautifully printed dresses in floral and bright color schemes. The whole floral motif has really taken off and is apparent in skirts, tops, dresses, purses, honestly anything you name it. And it’s all so cute! I’ve been frantically searching for a particular floral print dress, I have the picture of it in my mind exactly the way I want it. I imagine a strapless or very thin spaghetti strapped dress about thigh high but with a full skirt that comes out as though wearing a tutu. I am obsessed with finding a skirt that mimics a tutu, but one that is not as ridiculous..and not pink, because that would just be too much to handle.

Living in Paris has made it hard not spending money, much less saving it. With the array of food choices and entertainment, I find myself cutting back on grocery shopping so as to be able to afford the new styles and add even more “necessities” to my already overflowing closet. But a girl can never have too many options right? At least that’s what I tell my dad when we go on vacation together and he finds himself dragging my suitcase through the airport with all my “options.”

People dress in a very interesting and inspiring way here. For every fashionably dressed couple, there are two others who are just so tacky that you manage to forget what city you’re in. I sometimes find myself missing certain stores in the US though.

I recently found out that my absolute favorite place to shop, Free People, has begun to ship products to France! This is very exciting news for me, and pretty ridiculous as well, honestly I do realize that. I live in the fashion capital and I want to order clothes from the US? I know I know who does that really? Well I probably won’t end up going through with it, considering just shipping costs about $30. Unfortunately I receive weekly emails from them about their new catalogue or latest collections.

Talk about a wide variety of exactly what I have been looking for: girly, fairy type floral dresses that scream “buy me, and don’t worry about the shipping costs, it’s totally worth it!” By far my favorite piece that I have seen so far is the Casablanca Dress, complete with bead embellishments, lace, and a lightweight barely there quality. This dress looks as though it can make any girl feel like a princess and it hurts that much more that I cannot touch it or try it on.

The boutiques here are full of lace and short, dainty, babydoll dresses. There is something about an intricately designed lace pattern that adds a romantic touch to any outfit. A few weekends ago I wore said dress that I paired with black fishnet stockings, black ballet flats, and a long black cardigan. Considering many of my French aquaintances could not stop complementing me, I would say the outfit choice for that night was a success. Any flattering remarks coming from Parisians concerning my fashion decisions significantly boosts my self confidence, I mean I’m going to stereotype and believe they know what looks good!

So here’s an idea of the outfit. Unfortunately I couldn’t find exact matches but you’ll get the point.

Happy shopping xoxo
~ an american girl in paris ~