Shoes for the Summer

When it comes to shoes I almost always prefer flats. Being 5'10" already makes me feel like the Eiffel Tower and heels only compound the problem. More often than not they are so uncomfortable that at the end of the day I sometimes wonder why I even bothered to wear them in the first place. Of course, there are times when the occasion calls for a little lift, but if I had it my way shoe stores would be replete with flats. I don't mind a small kitten heel every now and again but only the most comfortable of heels would ever make me a buyer. Besides at my age I care more about the health of my feet and back than any pair of funky shoes I could ever come across. Although, these shoe selections below clearly illustrate that you don't have to completely sacrifice style for comfort.

Weekend by MaxMara from Matches
Sigerson Morrison from Barneys

Dopo In Creme from Simply Soles

Rebecca Minkoff Caroline Sandals from Bloomingdales
Repetto Ballerina Flats from Netaporter

Chloé Scalloped Ballerina Flats from Netaporter

Antik Batik Sandals from Netaporter

Virginia Woven Peep-Toe Shoes from Topshop

Belle Shoe from Sigerson Morrison (via New York Magazine)

Alaïa from The Outnet

Christian Louboutin from Netaporter
Pedro Garcia from Diani

Stella McCartney from Matches

Jemmy from Nine West
Pepi Wedges by Christian Louboutin from Browns Fashion
Marion Ballerina Flats by Chloé from Netaporter

Pedro Garcia from My Wardrobe
Celia Flats by Maloles

Reed Karkoff from Netaporter

Zecroi by Christian Louboutin from Netaporter


Weekend Links

Art in Monaco
That tempura recipe I was planning to write about did not turn out as planned. It was supposed to be made with fennel but unfortunately I failed to follow the recipe and when I bit into it, an overwhelming taste of fennel rushed to my senses and I couldn't help but recoil at the thought of another bite.  Granted, fennel is not an exciting or pretty vegetable; it has always reminded me of a mix of onion, celery, and dill weed with a really strange fragrance. But when my mother made tempura out of it recently I was pleasantly surprised; it was slightly sweet but not too pungent.  Sadly, my attempt to make it myself did not go as planned.  It ended up tasting like flour and the flavour was so sharp that I'm afraid I will never cook with this vegetable again. Perhaps you will have better luck than I did. But for now, I'm going to stick with sweet potatoes. 

I'm sorry I don't have a recipe to share with you but here are the weekend links that I liked this week:

I came across this Chocolate Lava Cake recipe posted on the Cupcakes and Cashmere blog (via The New York Times) and I had to save it on here. It looks so magical and it's not surprising that is exactly the way it was described.  So much gooey chocolate...I can't wait to make it myself.

While I have never been to Cape Town I hope that one day I'll have a chance to used these tips:
A Guide To Cape Town from The Wall Street Journal.

Q and A with Julian Schnabel from the Prospero blog...

Funny writer Gary Shteyngart shares his Sunday Routine with the New York Times.

You know that New York diet diary from New York Magazine well here is Dylan Lauren's weekly diet.It  was scary quite frankly but what can you do; some people have food issues.  I can't even imaging eating like this. But I respect her honesty. 

Anyway, I wanted to add more links but I'm afraid I'm just too tired.  And I know that sounds so lame.  After all, who isn't tired these days? But it's true, I wish had more energy. That's why I'm always impressed by bloggers who are able to post every day. I don't know how they do it.  Hopefully, the long weekend and nice weather will help somehow soon.  For once, no more rain...


Style Blogs for Men: Part Two

When I was going to through this next batch of style blogs for men I couldn't help but notice their incredible appreciation for quality, craftsmanship and detail.  I also like how these blogs focus as much on fashion as they do on photography and accessories. Their aesthetic ranges from the streamlined to the flamboyant and I can see the value in both.  These bloggers approach style with a keen eye but at also with a great sense of humour.


Style Blogs for Men: Part One

When it comes to men's clothing I have to admit I've never really had a desire to wear any. I know there are some women out there who like the aesthetic but personally, with the exception of a few articles, such as sweaters and cardigans and some accessories (watches, scarves and wallets), I have never really had an interest which is why I'm still scratching my head as to why I would even want to write about the topic. What could I possibly learn from the pattern on a bow tie or the cut of a man's suit. It turns out a lot. From a design standpoint, there is more to men's style blogs than just fashion, what I found throughout is not only incredible photography but great taste too.