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Fluevog Munster Shoes

by Jamie Sanford on April 18, 2011

Fluevog shoes were mostly not known to me before a few months ago.  I saw an interview with a blogger who mentioned her trumpet-heeled Fluevog shoes and I started searching.  So I made my way to the Fluevog website and found these monsters.

They will be mine, oh yes, they will be mine. (Bonus points to anyone who gets that reference and leaves a comment.)

Excuse my incredibly blurry screenshot from YouTube, That’s Madonna, wearing the Fluevog Munster shoes in the infamous documentary Truth or Dare.

These are giant leather Pilgrimmy shoes and they have the most fabulous flared trumpet heel!

They’re a bit pricey at $319 but I would wear the hell out of these.  I don’t last long in stilettos but give me a bigger heel and I get to be taller and my feet last much longer.

The Fluevog Munster heels are available in black leather and purple suede for $319 from the Fluevog website.

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Guest Blogger: Temi from Tiger Tem’s Fashion Bites

by Jamie Sanford on January 19, 2011

Girl with a camera captures my heart immediately!

Today’s guest blogger is Temi from Tiger Tem’s Fashion Bites!  Her blog is fabulous overall, but I have to admit that the section focusing on her wedding was especially interesting to me – as it ties in with my work with Noritake, where I am exposed to much online wedding/bridal content.  Absolutely stunning, Temi has fantastic taste – and our opinions on 2011 Golden Globes fashion almost totally match up.


Thinking about a wishlist in mid-January really makes you focus on what you really, really want. After the excessive frenzy of parties, outings and gifts for the Xmas holidays with its inevitable consequence of doing a lot of shopping for yourself while you’re out getting gifts for others. Really, what else is a girl to do when confronted with nothing suitable for your BFF and a perfect fitting (insert appropriate item)…and it was the last one…and it was your size? Exactly.

So, I sat at my computer, gazing at my favourite Xmas present that I’ve gotten so much use out of already and started thinking about what I really, really would like.

I definitely feel very, very, very lucky. I have a life full of love, laughter, travel, great family, great friends, excitement, adventure and light.

So first on my list, is something that every winter I get very obsessive about. Fur. I have a fabulous faux fur collar that’s been worn with pretty much every coat and jacket I own this winter, a beige tweed jacket with a plush fur collar, the most gorgeous tan suede & leather fur lined boots that look a lot like these but with a 4-inch heel which I bought about 8 years ago (history repeats more often than we care to admit). Then there’s the faux fox gilet, the fur trimmed tweed gilet, the fluffy fox ear muffs….which by anyone’s account, is quite a lot of fur. But it’s the one thing that tops my list EVERY. SINGLE. WINTER.

This Topshop beauty ticks all my boxes right now but I missed it! Imagine that. I blogged about it and when I went back to buy it….sold out. Ah well, the hunt will continue. And the perfect pimped out fur will remain on my wishlist.

But this white Halston Heritage faux fur has caught my eye and it is on sale which is always a plus. And I love the retro glam style of Halston Heritage.

I’m completely in love with maxi skirts at the moment. I’m in San Francisco and in the past few days the weather has taken on a surprisingly spring-like sunny warm glow. I’ve been living in cashmere and merino wool jumpers and cardis and maxi skirts. This Donna Karan sequined maxi skirt, just about outshines everything else I’ve seen.


I’ve got a few friends getting married this year so I need one fabulous, versatile and hardworking dress. I’m trying to stick to my shopping philosophy of buy less and buy better. Buying better doesn’t always have to be expensive. But it does have to fit like a dream (otherwise I won’t wear it) and at the time I buy it I need to know when and where I’ll be wearing it…..otherwise I’ll probably never get round to it. I’m equally in love with both of these Topshop maxi dresses…but this time I won’t wait too long before making a choice. They’re both beautiful dresses, look as if they’d fit well, and would be super-easy to dress up or down and switch up the style with the right accessories. Speaking of which…

I’ve spoken a lot about my love of the genius that is Camilla Skovgaard. Well, I’m sure Camilla’s lovely, but I’m actually in love with the shoes she designs. The Black Saw are a style classic and I’d love to own these. They’re black so they go with absolutely everything but their edgy style makes them an absolute standout piece.

I wouldn’t be me if I stopped at one pair of shoes so I’ll share the other pair of shoes that have been getting some serious screen time. The Christian Louboutin Big Lips. The bright red. The calf hair. The ridiculously thin heel. The ridiculously high heel.


I love interesting pieces for our home. I like a good mix of warm, cosy and interesting. I’m married to an architect so sometimes it can get a little too interesting (spiky wall hanging?) and sometimes my choices can be a little too sparkly and furry for his taste (faux fur throw on the bed? I had hoped he wouldn’t notice), but somewhere in between lies our perfect balance. And pieces like this Frank Gehry Wiggle stool are the pieces that make it home.


Paxton Gate in San Francisco is one of the most weird yet wonderful shops I’ve ever seen. They had me at hello with the very real looking unicorn in the window. (How did they know I had a childhood obsession with unicorns and I was mortified to find out they weren’t real.) Every time I go in I find something amazing. Next time I’ll be taking these home with me. They might help me fulfill my 2011 ambition of better timekeeping.


A good dose of the very sparkly stuff is always going to make it onto any wishlist of mine. Barneys New York has one of the most interesting collections of jewelery out there so its one of my go-to sites when I’m in the mood for a good ogle. This rather unusual ring by Hoorsenbuhs caught my attention last time I was on their site. Black diamonds feel more understated than the classic colourless diamonds and I love the detail on this ring. I’m an enormous fan of rose gold so extra brownie points for that!


And a decadently sexy place to put all my sparkly stuff in would be fantastic. I’ve been in love with the Smythson 5 drawer jewelery chest since we met.

And that rounds up my wishlist. What a way to start the new year! Live your year in fantastically feminine glamour!


Thanks to Temi for a fantastic post! Check out her blog now!

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My Holiday Wishlist

by Jamie Sanford on November 24, 2010

Today is the first post in a new segment for the holidays called “My Holiday Wishlist.”  I’ve asked a number of friends in the blogging world to contribute posts with their picks for what they would like to receive this holiday season.  Naturally, I have to go first!

1. Doc Martens White Skull Boots

Let’s see, I love Doc Martens, I love skulls on my clothing, so this is an obvious choice! Also they are a great deal at $59.90 from Amazon.

2. Coach Poppy Leather Highlight Bag


I had a big love affair with Coach this year, after having their products be off my radar for a while.  All of their outreach using fashion bloggers, the Poppy project that let anyone participate (including me), the amazing Poppy collection, it has all added up to me being slightly obsessed.   This bag is calling me because 1, it is not black and since I wear black all of the time, color in my bags is important; 2, that leather looks super supple and fabulous (sorry vegetarians); and 3, it has a removable strap so I can use it in all sorts of situations.  Come on, look at that color! I love it.  The Poppy Highlight is available for $328 from Coach.

3. Sigma 17 – 50mm f/2.8 Auto Focus Wide Angle Zoom Lens

I love to take pictures, and my husband does too.  We have a similar lens to this one and it’s just a fantastic lens for everyday shooting, it’s great while on vacation, 18 to 50 is a perfect range to get a variety of shots.  I have a Sigma lens that makes pretty pictures, so this would be a good addition to our lens collection so that we don’t fight over the version that we already have! The Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 is available for $599 from Amazon.

4. 3-Wing Shoulderpiece by Zana Bayne


As I mentioned, I wear black all of the time, so I like jewelry, bags, etc, to be interesting.  Well, it gets no better than this simple but amazing set of shoulder wings from Zana Bayne Leather.  I read Zana’s blog, and her style is so fabulous too.  I would totally rock these shoulder wings though, and they are a hot deal at $85 from the Zana Bayne shop on Etsy.

I don’t make an official list of what I want during the holidays any more, so this was fun! I am really excited about the wishlists coming in from other bloggers.  If anyone reading this would like to contribute a post with their own wishlist, please contact me!

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Holiday Wreath Selection from Etsy

by Jamie Sanford on November 18, 2010

Wreaths are one of the classic holiday decorations, and I love that wreaths are created for almost any holiday or season nowadays. I found this great treasury collection on Etsy called “a wreath on the front door,” and so I figured I would keep it short and share the image and link. Get ready to find a fabulous wreath for yourself or as a great gift for someone else.


I really like the peacock feather version – it is still a holiday wreath without being too traditional.

Call for Guest Bloggers!

I am working on collecting blog posts for a series on the site called “My Holiday Wishlist.”  I’ve had a few people confirm so far and would love to get other people involved.  Please send an email or leave a comment if you’re interested in contributing a post with some of the items you would like to receive during the upcoming holiday season.

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Skeletons: They aren’t just for Halloween anymore

by Jamie Sanford on November 8, 2010

Striped and Fabulous.

Kelly Kreth

(Today’s guest post was contributed by Kelly Kreth. I “met” Kelly online around 10 years ago, and since then she’s made me jewelry, she’s been the subject of one of the best photos I’ve ever taken, and thoroughly kicked my ass in Facebook Scrabble.  Check out her new blog which explores optimism and pessimism with great humor and frankness.)

Last year at this time I was entranced by a dress created by Rodarte for Target. After seeing it online and in print, I was dying to buy one. It was a sleeveless black tunic shift, sequined and had a print of a human rib cage on it.

Alas, when I finally got to a Target (this was before the Manhattan Target existed) they were all gone. Many were listed on Ebay but were being auctioned for around triple the actual price. Instead I tried to find a substitute and came up with another rib cage dress posted on Ebay, this one for only $16.99. I chanced it and wore it this summer.

Coincidentally, I later found a whole rack of brand new Rodarte rib cage dresses at the Good Will a few months later and they were only priced at $25.00. Much to my dismay, after trying one on, it felt way too cheap and didn’t fit well so I’m happy I didn’t purchase it from Target or Ebay prior to trying it on.

Which gets me to today’s wish list item:

This Devastee Skeleton print dress is available here and goes for a whopping $317.

About the designers:

Created by young French designers Ophélie Klère and François Alary in 2004, Dévastée is a fashion house that draws inspiration from the dark, the depressive and the macabre. Their lines, entirely black and white, are eloquently understated and feature wearable graphic prints and sleek tailoring.

It is 100% wool and comes in European sizes which is always a plus. Telling someone I am a 38 makes me feel thinner!

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