April 30, 2012

Weekend Pics

Hello Monday! This weekend was very relaxing and productive; the best kind of weekend!

New Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent dress with a fab print - Similar one here.

Definitely in need of another shoe closet. They are slowly taking over!

My bangs are growing out and Saturday I rocked a middle part for the first time in my life. Eek!!

 Saturday night was girl's night!

The weather this weekend was phenomenal . If only we had the sun last weekend at the beach.
  Sunday, Mr. Pursuit and I took a walk to the park. The have a pond full of turtles!


Hope your weekend was lovely!

April 27, 2012

Friday Eye Candy: Dolce & Gabbana

Hello Friday! This week was quite busy with Star Magazine's All Hollywood Party and getting back into a full week of work (post vaca). Looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow!

So many textures to love on these Dolce & Gabbana beauties:

 
Dolce & Gabbana Raffia & Python Pump for $875 @ Net-A-Porter

I've been craving a pair of raffia heels for almost a year now. Too bad my bank account doesn't heart these as much as I do. Must find a raffia look for less! Either way, aren't these just drool worthy? It's all about ankle straps this season. Make sure to check out Pursuit's tips on ankle straps.

Have a lovely weekend!!

April 26, 2012

Your Own Glass Slipper c/o Christian Louboutin

Don't get too excited but it has just been announced that Christian Louboutin is teaming up with Disney to re-create Cinderella's glass slipper! 


 The collaboration comes on the heels (no pun intended) of Walt Disney's re-release of Cinderella this Fall. According to Monsieur Louboutin:

I have been so lucky to have crossed paths with Cinderella, an icon who is so emblematic to the shoe world as well as the dream world.

As a shoe lover and fan of Cinderella - it was definitely my fav Disney movie growing up - I cannot wait to see how Christian Louboutin puts his spin on the glass slipper! Expect to see the shoe out this summer.

April 24, 2012

Shop My Look: Flirty Florals

The second Dawn arrived I couldn't wait to take her out to play. I mean, mint is the new black!!

{Apologies for the blurry pics. Apparently I was shooting in a cloud of mist & my camera did not like it!}
 {Lucca Couture Dress- last seen here, Sole Society 'Dawn' Sandals, ASOS Envelope Clutch}

Sexy little things, aren't they? Paired Dawn with a floral dress for a flirty look. I love that a new pair of shoes can make an old dress feel fresh again.

 Pursuit Tip: Dawn runs wide so order a half size down for the perfect fit!

April 23, 2012

Weekend Pics

So much for the beautiful weekend! The weather man lied and it was extremely overcast {insert sad face} however we made the best of it:

Friday's outfit: Gap yellow denim + blue Manolos

Friday evening Heather and I met up with some friends at Public School. We made up our own game of darts!

View from the beach in Santa Monica. We attempted a beach day but ended up walking the promenade and getting lunch instead. 

Saturday Date night heels: Mark & James by Badgley Mischka

 Worked on some outfit posts on Sunday. Stay tuned for full posts!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.


April 20, 2012

Friday Eye Candy: Missoni

Happy Friday Shoe Lovers!! The weather is supposed to be amazing this weekend and I'm headed to the beach. Hope you have something fun planned too.


I Initially thought these babies were questionable but when you see them on, they look fantastic:




Missoni Knitted and Perspex Sandals  for $1,105 @ Net-A-Porter
Another addition to the see thru trend! The green/yellow/cognac color combination really will have you pairing these with tons of different spring & summer outfits. Love!


April 19, 2012

Pursuit Beauty: Daily Makeup Routine

Even though I heart trying out new makeup colors and tricks, I also appreciate snoozing on the weekday AMs which doesn’t allow for much time to beautify. My work day makeup routine is simple but effective – I like to call it the 3 minute face! Achieving the 3 minute face all comes down finding the perfect products + an eyelash curler:

**Check out my recent post with new beauty faves**


All of these products I use EVERY morning and also as a base for more dramatic looks. Guess I’m a big fan of NARS and Smashbox, huh?! I didn’t realize my brand loyalty until I had to document all the products.

Jergens Natural Glow is like the beach in a lotion- a girl’s got to keep her tan lasting! And it looks au natural. Smashbox’s tinted moisturizer is the perfect minimal coverage that adds a little color. I try to stay away from heavy foundations and powders because they usually look over-the-top and fake.

Like many of you, this girl’s cheeks could not live without NARS Blush in orgasm. It’s really the shade that compliments all skin tones! Use the fan brush to apply for day as it gives just the right concentration. Sephora’s ‘Tricks of the Trade’ is my ultimate beauty must-have because it keeps shine at bay and gives a soft focus glow. (Sadly, I think it’s been discontinued because it’s only available on Amazon now.)

I use a little Smashbox eyeliner on my lower lash line, curl my top lashes and then coat all with Maybelline XXL Pro mascara. Never underestimate the value of curling your lashes. It really helps make them pop. Trick: blast a bit of heat from your blow dryer before curling to help keep the shape.

Depending on my mood I finish off the daily routine with a nude gloss or Fresh SUGAR lip treatment. Sometimes I'll do a red lip if I'm feeling sassy!

April 18, 2012

Mint is the New Black

A little mint goes a long way. Pair this gorgeous pastel with whites and grays for a simple look or go bold with complimentary corals, pinks and yellows. Let's just say that a pair of mint denim and fab mint shoes will find their way in to my closet soon!
 {photos: dress, tassels, denim, nails, bracelet}

{Topshop Perforated Sandal, Sergio Rossi Strap Heel, Steve Madden Dynemite, Sole Society Dawn}

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April 17, 2012

Liquid Sunshine

In the Caribbean everyone is happy, even when it rains. Liquid sunshine is just a way of life on the islands and we learned to enjoy it too. Of course we enjoyed the sun sun sun as well!

The weather, the scenery and the people were all absolutely incredible. We had such a fab time snorkeling with sea turtles, swimming with dolphins and just relaxing on the beaches. I couldn't have asked for a better vacation with my family and Mr. Pursuit. Here are a few snapshots from our trip:

 {Our Ports: Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Barbados, Princess Cays}

If you are planning a trip to the Caribbean, cruising is a fabulous way to island hop + the food is never ending {gotta grub!}.

Going "off the grid" was amazing in itself - talking to islanders, taking in the beauty of the land and actually being alert to the surroundings - definitely a breath of fresh air. Even if it's just a stay-cation, it's nice to remember that iphones and computers can be turned off.

Shop My Look: Neon in NAVEN

Back in action from a relaxing Caribbean Cruise Getaway {vaca pics coming soon}!

One of my favorite things about cruising is dinner. Since most of the days consist of bathing suits only, dinner is a chance to get dressed up! I bought this NAVEN dress a couple months ago and couldn't wait to wear it in the Caribbean:
{NAVEN Heartthrob Dress & Zara Basic Sandals}

I love that NAVEN dresses combine very bold, sexy colors with flirty, feminine shapes.  Most also have unique details such as the gold braided strap on the Heartthrob dress. This dress just made me feel so glam! Since the pop pink color was so bright, I went very simple with my fave Zara shoes. I think Mr. Pursuit liked the ensemble too! 

Shop NAVEN & Pop Pink:


April 13, 2012

Friday Eye Candy: Brian Atwood

Happy Friday! We are in St. Thomas today and getting ready to swim with dolphins - so excited.

These babies feel so tropical and islandy:
 

Brian Atwood 'Alyiza' for $1,186 at Bergdorfs

Loving the bright colors and embroidered details, especially on the heel! I would gladly rock these at one of our Caribbean dinners.

April 12, 2012

{Guest Post} Haute Child in the City's Fav Shoe Brands

Hi there, Chelsea here from Haute Child in the City.  I'm filling in today for Ashley who is out on a fabulous vacay somewhere warm, sunny, and fantastic.  Try not to be jealous (I'm downright green with envy over here).  Being a fellow shoe lover, I was instantly drawn to Ashley's blog.  Her ah.may.zing taste in shoes and also a kick-butt shoe collection only has furthered my adoration of Ashley and her little spot in the blog-o-sphere.  Needless to say, when she asked me to fill in, I was honored.

Most of my favorite shoe brands have risen to that status for a variety of reasons: usually a combination of the designs and comfort level, but there is a bit of personal attachment associated with my favorite brands.  So without further ado, here are my top faves.




Sounds like an obvious choice, right?  Well it isn't by luck that Louboutins have risen to the status that they have in the mere 20 years that they have been on the market.  The impeccable design, gorgeous lines, and avant-garde style makes these red-soled beauties a perennial favorite of celebrities and mere mortals alike.  A lot of the styles are a big outlandish, but the classic collection is to die for.  Some of my favorites? The Rolando  and Pigalle.





At the risk of aging myself here, I have been in love with this designer since watching SATC during it's original run on HBO in college.  My girlfriends and I used to gather around the TV on Sunday nights to catch up with the girls and their latest shenanigans all while looking impeccably gorgeous and most of the time outfitted in these designer's shoes.  The design of Manolo is simply breathtaking.  Not only would I recommend adding them to your shoe closest, but I would also recommend purchasing a book of his sketches.  Another reason why I love these designs so much might be because I wore the Something Blue shoe to my rehearsal dinner.  Currently I'm lusting over the BB Pump (in pink of course) and the classic Mary Janes.



I was late on the boat to my love of Stuart Weitzman.  While tooling around Vegas soon after getting engaged, I went into their store at the Forum Shops and happened across what I instantly knew would be my wedding shoe. (I guess it's true sign of a shoe addict when you find the shoe before your dress.)  Regardless since then I've found myself drawn to their shoes season after season.  They are a bit more toned down that Louboutin or Manolo, but the shoes are still beautiful and are comfortable.  I find that I can wear them to the office or for a night out on the town.  Also, the price point tends to be a bit lower than the aforementioned brands.  My current favorites: Alex Espadrille, Jumbo, and Fever.


Sam Edelman


Though this shoe brand seems to have just taken off, what you might not realize is that Sam Edelman is no stranger to the shoe game.  Remember a brand Sam & Libby? Well Sam was the Sam part of the brand owned by him and his wife.  Now both have branched out into designing their own respective shoe lines.  Both are gorgeous, but I love Sam's edgy, yet feminine shoes that have shown up everywhere and I tend to be drawn to time after time.  I own several pairs and always get loads of compliments on them.  I am downright obsessed with the Lorissa pump.


Vince Camuto

Vince Camuto


I first fell in love with this brand after I picked up a pair of the Moma.  I actually loved the shoe so much that I purchased them in another color (Then replaced that pair when my dog got a hold on them, but I digress). Since then I've added several other styles to my closet and have enjoyed them all.   This shoe brand not only makes a comfortable shoe, but they are on-trend and at a reasonable price point.  You can also add durability to their list of pros; one of my pairs survived the cobblestone streets of Germany and lived to tell the tale.


Bonus Brands: Nine West/Jessica Simpson/Zara


Being a shoe lover, it was hard for me to pick just five brands.  After careful thought and consideration, I wanted to include several bonus brands.  All three of these brands are often my go-to for inexpensive classics or on-trend shoes.  All of them wear very nicely, are comfortable, and if I wear them out after a season, I don't feel guilty chucking them.  Here are some of my faves for the road:



Nine West Rocha
I am literally on my fourth pair of these bad boys.  Not because they aren't sturdy but because they are such a great shoe, I wear them out.  Comfortable and the perfect heel height for both the office and play, I just can't get enough of them.



Jessica Simpson Evangela
See what I mean?! Inexpensive, on-trend..you'll have to take my word as to the comfort part.  I've owned several pairs of Jessica Simpson shoes and all of them have worn well, been extremely comfortable and I get tons of compliments.  (I mean, take a look at those bold colors!!  Absolutely gorgeous.)  And at that price, if you only wear them for a season, no harm, no foul.



Zara I Basic Sandal
The best thing that has happened to online shopping is Zara.  These sandals are really fantastic and are coveted by pretty much everyone.  However, all of Zara's shoes are reasonably priced and on-trend.  However, my recommendation is to purchase the items when they are available.  I've lost many a good find by waiting to purchase an item from the website and Zara doesn't do store searches nor do they ship from stores.

Thanks for letting me fill in Ashley! Safe travels!