Archives for December 2012

Fashion: Feeling “Plenty” In Tracy Reese

What better way to take advantage of all the after Christmas sales? I gave my brand new Plenty coat by Tracy Reese a “test drive” today, matched with fushia pink tights and fox fur ear muffs. It’s the holidays, a great time to feel bright, cheerful and warm! 🙂

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Shoes Costing More Than $6000 A Pair! OMG!

It’s no secret how much I love shoes. I have written songs about it and made a whole business around it but I had to stop for a minute when I visited a departmental store today and spotted a pair of boots costing almost $8000 by Manolo Blahnik and another by Christian Louboutin at about $6500. These shoes had me sweating and blinking at a fast pace than normal. Granted shoes are art forms and should be treated as such but are these really worth the mortgage size price tags?

No, I didn't make this up. As seen online.

These Manolo Blahnik boots can be yours for only $7,800

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Party At Albert Einstein University

…and now recovering. My whole body aches from the long stretch of 6 hours dancing nonstop –and I would like to do it all over again! WOW! I had no idea academia world could party this much! I underestimated the event. Before turning up at the Shoeholics magazine sponsored event, I contemplated on showing up in a skirt suit, a more demure look but thank goodness that I settled for a pair of nice wet look leggings and Brian Atwood boots that enabled me to move as much as I could while dancing. These boots might look mighty high to you but believe me, they are super comfortable! Dancing is one of my favorite past times, an excellent form of work out! The party was packed with academia fashion mavens. Who would have thought? I had a FABULOUS time and have my good friend Lisa, and Nate to thank for the invitation as well. Keep it up guys!

See guests photos and coverage at Shoeholics website

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Ahh...the sight of a beautiful pair of heels...priceless!

Caught in the moment -dancing 🙂

Autographing a copy of The Shoeholic book at the party

Made lots of new friends

I met my match at the party.

Lisa and I having a dance off.

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OMG! African Gangnam Style Video. A Must See!

Psy and his Korean dancing buddies in his hit music video now have a stiff competition. Africans in Ivory Coast just raised the bar on the hit dance “Gangnam Style” by adding a lot of their traditional and cultural dance numbers to the song. Play the video footage below, watch and see. You actually might learn a few things. AWESOME!

 

 

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Have You Noticed That White Dudes Keep Mass Murdering People?

Had to take this from Katie J.M. Baker at Jezebel.com. Too good to pass up.

When anyone who isn’t a white and relatively well-off man strides into a public place and guns down innocent civilians, we attack his race and/or religious beliefs before we bury his victims in the ground. But when yet another privileged white guy storms into a school or movie theater and kills dozens of people, we assume there’s something wrong with his brain instead of wondering whether his murderous rage has anything to do with good ol’ American macho entitlement. Are we ready to talk about it yet? Let’s.

This is hardly the first time we’ve questioned what makes white middle-class dudes more prone to shooting up public spaces; last summer, after the Aurora movie theater massacre, Hugo Schwyzer wrote that “the fact that these white male mass murderers felt so confident choosing public spaces to commit their crimes reflects a powerful truth about the culture in which they were raised.”

Huh, how about that? We wondered, briefly, and then we moved on with our lives. Gun sales spiked, as they always do after highly publicized mass shootings. The NRA — White Men Central — stayed silent via social media, but doubled its followers even though it shut down one of its Twitter accounts. Some more white dudes shot a bunch of people at temples and shopping malls. Now, twenty little kids are dead because another privileged white guy literally shot his way into an elementary school with a gun made by a company that tries to convince people to buy their killing weapons by telling them they’re crybabies if they’re not packing heat.

When Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people at Virginia Tech, pundits instantly declared that his Korean upbringing had something to do with it. When Maj. Nidal Hasan went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood shootings, we heard more about his Muslim faith than anything else. Yet, when David Sirota suggested on the Sunday morning edition of “Up” with Chris Hayes that the same conservative politicians and commentators who support racial profiling when black people or Muslims are the ones being profiled would rather sacrifice a few of their semi-automatic weapons than think critically about white men, the right-wing media freaked the fuck out.

“Leave it to the shamelessly craven NBC News cable outlet MSNBC to find a race-baiting angle on the Connecticut school massacre tragedy,” Breitbart crowed. “It is a basic tenet of progressive, left-wing ideology that all things boil down to race, gender or class.” (Oh, cool, it’s opposite day again and Breitbart‘s Shirley Sherrod scandal never happened!) The Blaze called it a “curious outburst” — you know, totally apropos of nothing. Fox News said Sirota “injected” race into the discussion.

Sirota didn’t actually recommend we start racially profiling middle-class white men; he just pointed out that that’s what would be happening if we were talking about any other demographic group. Over at Salon, he made the excellent point that the only reason we’re considering more complex issues like mental health and Hollywood gun-worship is because the mass murderer in question was, as per usual, well-off and white:

Let’s review: any honest observer should be able to admit that if the gunmen in these mass shootings mostly had, say, Muslim names or were mostly, say, African American men, the country right now wouldn’t be confused about the causes of the violence, and wouldn’t be asking broad questions. There would probably be few queries or calls for reflection, and mostly definitive declarations blaming the bloodshed squarely on Islamic fundamentalism or black nationalism, respectively. Additionally, we would almost certainly hear demands that the government intensify the extant profiling systems already aimed at those groups.

Yet, because the the perpetrators in question in these shootings are white men and not ethnic or religious minorities, nobody is talking about demographic profiling them as a group. The discussion, instead, revolves around everything from gun control, to mental health services, to violence in entertainment – everything, that is, except trying to understanding why the composite of these killers is so similar across so many different massacres. This, even though there are plenty of reasons for that topic to be at least a part of the conversation.

He’s right. In many cases, we don’t know much about the killer’s psyche, although they are usually described as “lonely” or “troubled” or “seemed autistic, now that I think about it.” (This is a good time to note that the mentally ill are more often the victims of violence than the perpetrators.) Of course mental health should be a factor, but we should focus more on what we do know about these murderers: that there’s obviously a direct link between growing up privileged and entitled and snapping when the world doesn’t give you what you’ve been conditioned to feel you deserve: money, happiness, love, whatever. As Hugo pointed out, white men aren’t more violent — rates of domestic violence are roughly the same across all ethnic groups — but “the less privileged you are, the less likely you are to take your violence outside of your family and your community.”

This morning, Jessica Valenti tweeted a photo of an ad for the gun Adam Lanza used to murder 26 people. As you can see, it reads “Consider your man card reissued.” The man-tastic fun doesn’t stop there; check out Bushmaster Firearms’ “Man Card” campaign. Apparently, some men are pussies who deserve to have their “man cards” revoked unless they buy guns to make themselves feel like their dicks are bigger.

Americans have fetishized the power and agency guns provide ever since the Revolutionary War; guns are such a pervasive part of our national consciousness that millions of people, mostly male, spend their downtime fantasizing about them via movies and video games. Even an unabashed gun-hater such as myself knows that most people who buy guns do so because they think it’s the best way to protect their family if danger arises. But since we know civilian gun-owners don’t actually stop mass murderers from gunning down innocent people, we no longer have the luxury of prioritizing macho daydreams over the mass murder of elementary school students — or allowing MRA-types to feel victimized because they can’t do whatever they want whenever they want to do it.

That’s not hyperbole; it’s just the truth, and why we have to “inject” race into the discussion right now. Will we go there?

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SantaCon 2012: HO! HO! HO! FUN! FUN! FUN!

SantaCon is an annual mass gathering of people dressed in Santa Claus costumes parading publicly on streets and in bars in cities around the world. The focus is on spontaneity and creativity, while having a good time and spreading cheer and goodwill.

In 1974, the Danish activist theatre group Solvognen first brought a small army of Santa Clauses onto the streets of Copenhagen.

Naturally, I didn’t waste anytime to whip out something festive out of my closet, fished out my annual gift wrap long sleeve top and green jeans and voila! I was ready to hit the town armed with my camera. For the pubs and lounges worldwide,  it’s a day to make buckets of $$$ besides St. Patrick’s Day and Oktober Fest!

Preview the photos below to see how much fun it was. If you see any image you fancy, just click on it to preview the enlarged version. As usual darling, all rights reserved :)

Ho Ho HO, Happy Holidays!

 

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The Killing of 20 Kids In The US, Stabbing In China

My heart goes out to all the victims in Connecticut, US, to the parents, as well as survivors of the devastating shoot out that took more than 20 young lives. No one should have to go through that all, least of all the young unarmed kids just starting out their lives.

Please correct me if I am wrong. It just hit me. Did I read somewhere that the gunman used his mother’s registered semi automatic gun? Has anyone stopped to wonder what the mother was doing with such a gun in the first place as an elementary school teacher? Is semi automatic allowed as one of the “right to bear arms” type of weapon? She must have been part of CIA/Secret Service or something. Just asking…it just dawned on me now. Hmm…again, just asking.

Innocent people are always victims of this so called “right to bear arm” rules that has taken so many lives in the US. When will someone wake up and take fun control more serious? NRA please, are you listening to their cries for mercy? This is not helping anyone at all. But then again, we heard of another man stabbing 22 people in China just yesterday. So what really gives? Gun, gas, knives, fire…sigh…

God help us all. 🙁

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My Holiday Wish List

Yes, it’s called “wish list” meaning I get to dream a bit and count my blessings. So here we go…

Let me know if I am asking for too much.  It doesn’t hurt for me to put it out there…at least. 😆

$500,000 London jewelers perfume, piece of cake.

 

Jimmy Choo bedazzled pumps for under $2000

 

The $6000 Kanye West white sandals. Sigh...

$3000 Giuseppe Zanotti Spiked Up & Crystalized Heeless Wedge

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Shoeholics Magazine At The MIN Awards!

Shoeholics was selected from a pool of over 750 new publications launched between October 2011-September 2012 and narrowed down to a very short list of 15 publications, Shoeholics Magazine made the list! – a medal of honor indeed!

Mr Samir Husni and I at the MIN Awards


As the Creative Director and Editor in Chief of Shoeholics Magazine, I was on hand today at the MIN Awards to represent the publication.

This nomination is a validation of the very concept of Shoeholics Magazine as a publication dedicated to male and female shoe collectors and fashion connoisseurs. You can imagine that on top of the warm reception from our readers and supporters, that warms the cockles of our hearts, this nomination is a real feather in our collective caps!

Mr Samir announcing and describing Shoeholics Magazine to a room full of publishing industry titans at the MIN Awards!

A distinctive concept, great content and the support of our readers has increased the reach of Shoeholics Magazine exponentially. The magazine can be found at many independent newsstands and major store chains such as Target, the International Magazine Store (IMS) in Europe, Duane Reade, Walgreens, Barnes & Noble, Joseph Beth, Horizon, Book World Inc, Books-a-Million, Hastings all stock the publication now. Not only that; the magazine is now available in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and The Netherlands as well.

So now that we’re on the radar in more ways than one, we’re really breaking out the bubbly to kick off the New Year with a bang!

The awards gala honoring some of the best and biggest names in the publishing industry took place at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on December 10, 2012.

This news came just in time, ahead of the recent Shoeholics Magazine anniversary/holiday party where we had another reason to party and rejoice! Subscribe to Shoeholics Magazine now. Ships worldwide!

Shortly after the MIN Awards today, I made a pit stop at Fendi to say hello to my dear friend John.

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All That Jazz…In Zara & Wolford

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I finally had a chance to step away from work and indulge in some much needed R & R dinning at SD26 restaurant in NYC before hitting the full party scene elsewhere. It was fun flirting in a pair of detailed Wolford stockings, Dolce and Gabbana pumps and fringed up jazzy Zara number I got a few months ago. Wore all of them for the first time except the shoes.

Some of you already emailed me asking about the stockings I posted on my Facebook page yesterday. The Wolford stockings was from a few years ago. I finally got around to wearing them! I have to say that I now regret not buying more than a pair when I had the chance. I love the way the detailed upper part shows just below the dress. I have never seen anything quite like them before. Whatever on earth took me so long to wear them!

Some key fashion pieces NEVER go out of style. It’s just as well that I still have them 🙂

Happy holidays!

While in the taxi

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