The Bass Wayfarers Won the First Round

I’m still undecided on the sandals from Wednesday’s sandal smackdown but did decide to keep the Bass Wayfarers in silver. Today is the first day wearing them…no complaints. I’ve been meaning to try Polyvore (I’m so outdated, I know). I figured today would be the perfect time. I couldn’t find the silver Wayfarers in the Polyvore dashboard and went with some much more expensive ones from J. Crew. If you like the look of silver penny loafers, I would highly recommend paying less and buying from Bass.

Running Errands
Running Errands by shoemuse featuring super skinny jeans

J Crew v neck t shirt
$20 – jcrew.com

Forever 21 long cardigan
$13 – forever21.com

Banana Republic super skinny jeans
$80 – bananarepublic.gap.com

J.Crew kitten heels
$248 – jcrew.com

Miso waist belt
£5 – republic.co.uk

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Sandal (and Loafer) Smackdown

Friends, I have a dilemma here. If you follow me on Twitter or know me in the slightest, you know I have a thing for shoes. And by “thing” I may mean a bit of an obsession. Who can blame me, though? I did grow up in a shoe store and I have worked for shoes.com and Brown Shoe. You can’t blame me, right? Last Thursday I got tired of debating the same four pairs of shoes and did something very uncharacteristic of me. I ordered them all. Now I’m not stupid enough to ruin my budget by keeping four pairs, but I am totally up for keeping at least two. I’m partial to the Sam Edelman Sophie and the Miz Mooz Macey. I have to admit that the Bass Wayfarers hold a special place in my heart. During my humble beginnings, I wore pink and white Bass saddle oxfords quite a lot. We’re talking circa 1985 or so, and I felt retro cool back then. I think the silver Wayfarers may need to stay but let’s see what you think.

Oh, and if you like what you can see of the jeans, they are American Eagle jeggings in yellow. Not too tight, not too loose…perfect for spring and the price is crazy good.

Bass Wayfarer in silver from Bassshoes.com ($130 less 50%)
They are so comfortable and the silver is a little more subdued than they show in the picture. Ironically edgy? That’s what I’m going for. I see them with black ankle-length skinnies right through fall 2012 (or until the Mayan calendar runs out). Size-wise, I usually wear a 9 1/2 and boughtt that size. They are a little big but nothing that an insole can’t fix.

Sam Edelman Sophia from endless.com ($119 less 20%)
In my book, Sam Edelman can do no wrong. Every pair I’ve ever bought feels comfortable right out of the box. This pair features both neutral leather and silver…huge for summer. I’m usually a 10 in Sam Edelman styles but the 9 1/2 fit perfectly in this style.

Kork-Ease Bette in Natural from piperlime.com ($150 less 20%)
These are pretty classic. I mean I think my 60-year-old cool aunt wore them in the ’70s. The color is a perfect nude. I usually wear a 9 1/2 and ordered these in a 9. They are a little snug but I think they would stretch.

Miz Mooz Macey in Whiskey from endless.com ($109 less 20%)
After buying my first pair of Miz Mooz sandals last year, I became hooked. They run about 1/2 size small and a little wide but the styles are retro-fabulous. This is the pair that Eddie loves. I don’t know…maybe it’s because they are a little Ginger and a little Marianne all at once? I’ll admit that they are super comfortable. They also come in lemon yellow, which makes me want two pairs of them.

So what do you think? If you have an opinion, leave it in the comments section or tweet me @shoemuse. I’ve never left a big fashion decision up to the universe, so I’m anxious (and a little scared) to see what everyone says.

Spring Trend DIY: The Neon Necklace

I’ve been keeping something from anyone who reads this blog, and it’s time that I have to come out. I am a fashion freak. I really blame my mother (sorry, Mom). She bought that shoe store eons ago and I was hooked. I would ride the bus “home” to Shoe Country (she inherited the name from the previous owner), then spend the afternoon creating window displays and trying on shoes. It didn’t help (or maybe hurt), either, that The Attic, a women’s boutique, was next door. The owners were extremely gracious and let me hang out and try things on there, too. Ignoring some of the obvious bad events, it was really a great time for me.

Cut to today. My fashion appetite is nearly insatiable. Since I’m certainly not a millionaire and I have no desire to go into debt, I usually have to find inventive ways to feed my interests (not petty theft). Often that’s shopping on sale, and these days it can be DIY projects. With a hefty price tag, Tom Binns neon painted jewelry is TDF (to die for). After looking around the web and at my local outlet mall, though, I found a way to reproduce them for my own use and thought I would share.

Here was my inspiration, ranging from $500-$700:

And here is my own, about $20 (a bit more subdued):

Not knowing how it would turn out, I chose a cheap-o rhinestone necklace from Charlotte Russe ($12.99). Gaudy is really the name of the game, so pick out something a little over-the-top but wearable for your style. I think the costume jewelry superstore Charming Charlie might be a good resource for rhinestone and chain options.

I purchased plain acrylic craft paint at Hobby Lobby for about $5 and some cheap detail brushes. Neon is so big now that neon paint is easy to find. I actually preferred the package name Caribbean Colors over the pure ’80s neon. From there, it was literally a process of painting the acrylic paint onto the rhinestones. These were big and easy to paint. If you look closely, I did get some paint on the prongs. No big deal. If you look closely at the most expensive painted rhinestone necklaces, you’ll see that those artists painted the prongs, too. The goal is uniformity. It took an hour and two coats of the paint for the finished product.

It’s been a blast to wear with nautical styles just for a little extra punch. If you decide to make one, please share! Tweet me a picture @shoemuse or message me.