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SHOE OFF: Gabriella Rocha - Athens vs. Shelby2

Would you choose the Mary Jane styled Athens by Gabriella Rocha at Zappos (on the left) or the T-Strap styled Shelby2 by Gabriella Rocha at Zappos (on the right)? Please vote for your fave style!

  • Athens (9 votes)
  • Shelby2 (5 votes)

Outfit of the Day 08/19/10

DRESS: Forever 21

BELT: Nordstrom (Bought it from the BP. department sometime in May when I was still working for Nordies.)

BRACELET: Forever 21 (Bought this one a couple years ago - actually from their For Love 21 store.)

EARRINGS: Vintage (Gift from my friend H from her grandmother's collection of vintage costume jewelry.)

SHOES: (Not shown but they're by Seychelles.)

Ideally, I would like to get in the habit of posting my favorite outfits or outfit ideas on a consistent basis.  I love the posts from The Coveted and from Lollie Shopping with their outfits and I'm inspired to do the same.  I was playing around with my tripod this afternoon and my Nikon point and shoot with the self timer.  I managed to get a few pics in and then *poof* I knocked my tripod down and suddenly my camera and tripod went down the back stairs of my apartment.  The tripod is OK but my camera isn't at all - the screen says "lens error" and the lens "cover" won't automatically close when I turn my camera off.  So if you're willing to donate towards me getting a new camera, that would be totally awesome.



Rocking out with MAC Lipliner in Magenta paired with Wet 'n Wild MegaSlicks lipgloss in Candy Apple.

Standing On My Shoe Box

I aim to maintain an upbeat and positive attitude on RVAfashionista.com.  I want to write about and review things that make me happy and would potentially make my readers happy.  Happiness all around, right?  It's a well known fact that I love shoes.  However, most of the shoes I lust over on a day to day basis won't fit my feet.  I wear a 6.5 W and most shoe designers don't make shoes in wide widths.  I can sometimes find a size 7 that fits but I often have to make some sort of adjustment such as adding heel grippers or putting some sort of padding in the ball of the shoe to make my toes "scoot back a bit.  I haven't bought shoes from Endless, 6pm, or Zappos yet but I'm surprised that they do offer a fairly wide range of styles that don't look too matronly.  I'm 28 - I don't want to wear shoes that make me look 78!

I wish more shoe designers offered chic styles that come in wide width!  I love the concept of these "shoe of the month" clubs like ShoeDazzle and JustFabulous but they don't offer any wide widths.  I am a member through Shoe Dazzle but I haven't bought anything yet.  There's been a lot of shoes on there that I really liked but fearing that they won't fit.  I like the price points and the personal styling of ShoeDazzle and JustFabulous but I'm not a fan that their sizes are limited to medium widths only.  What about my wide and narrow footed sisters - can't we have chic shoes for the masses?


VANELi Lolly Pump - Could you be my career shoe?

As much as I love wearing flip-flops almost every day this summer, I'm on the hunt of trying to find a basic black career appropriate pump that will look great with dresses, skirts, and for a job interview. I do love my fun and funky shoes (i.e., my magenta peep toe low wedges), I need a new pair of basic black pumps.  The VANELi Women's Lolly Pump is features clean lines, smooth leather, and a not quite pointy but not quite rounded toe.  The best part of this pump is that it comes in a WIDE width because there's nothing worse than stuffing your toes in a too narrow shoe.  The Lolly Pump by VANELi retails for $95.95 at Endless.com which is a reasonable price for a quality, all leather pump.

Fall Inspiration: Retro Chic

I've spent the last week scouring fashion blogs in an attempt to do my own fall fashion write up...  The 90-something-degree weather with a side of humidity makes the idea of wearing a chunky knit sweater a bit unbearable at the moment.  So crank that AC and let's talk fall fashion while dreaming of a cooler climate, shall we?

Retro-chic stylings are a major fall focus this year - think AMC's "Mad Men" mixed with 1950's and 1960's fashion refinery.  Sheath dresses, slim pencil skirts, and feminine details make this trend appropriate for both the office and the after-hours happy hour with friends.  This Merona® Women's Ponte Side Tab Dress is an affordable addition to your wardrobe with a price tag under $30.  Peep-toe pumps such as these Payless Fioni Lavish Ruffle Pumps would pair nicely for work or play.  Pull your look together with a cheetah print cardigan from Merona at Target and you're good to go!