the life and thoughts of a shoe addict

The Shoe Challenge of 2011, hosted by Shoeper Woman, has officially ended in February, nearly two months ago. I’ll be honest and say I wasn’t able to wear all of my shoes over the course of one year (and blog them too), due to a number of factors which also kept me from blogging anything else, too.

But still, it was a great experience to take part in the challenge. For one thing, it has definitely helped me change my shoe shopping habits – in other words, to buy less shoes. I didn’t buy tons of new stuff on a regular basis – most of the things I own, including shoes,  I have accumulated over many years – and I didn’t buy any shoes I regret having bought/don’t like anymore, so it wasn’t too bad of a shopping habit, but still I want to think more about what I buy or if I really need something. The challenge has helped me appreciate the things I already have, not just in my shoe closet, but all my clothes and accessories as well – in trying to create a nice outfit around a particular pair of shoes, I often pulled tops/skirts/etc out of my closet which I hadn’t worn in years, mainly because I was too lazy to think of new ways to wear them. So it definitely has also helped me to get more creative with my outfits. Also, photographing the outfits has also helped me see better what works/doesn’t work so well in terms of proportion, colour, etc. What looks good in the mirror or in person often looks totally different in a picture!

Regarding the things that kept me from completing the challenge, university has been the main factor. I was writing my master thesis and took my final exams during the challenge, and of course my education was my top priority. Starting from around the end of the year, I was just way too busy studying to do anything else, let alone think about what I wore! After finally graduating, I needed some time out to relax and plan the future. Now that I have a plan and can work toward it, I really feel like blogging again and hope this time I can keep it up despite the many changes and challenges lying ahead of me: another test (as if I didn’t have enough of them already!), moving to Tokyo, finding a job there (hopefully soon!) and getting married, all within this year!

shoe heart

As Shoeper Woman is doing another Shoe Challenge this year, I’m still considering whether or not I should take part and start over or just “continue” with the old challenge on my own – we’ll see! In the meantime I’ve found lots of gorgeous new shoes to show you…..

Even though there’s lots and lots of simple black pumps available, I still feel it’s difficult to find the perfect pair: classic, but with a nice extra touch to make them stand out and keep them from being just a “boring” pair of black shoes. To me, these patent pumps by Massimo Dutti are one such perfect pair of black pumps: Not only do they have a lovely shape and a not-too-high heel making them work appropriate, but they also feature a cute bow reminiscent of Miu Miu and a gold metal detail that set them apart from the masses of other black patent pumps.

They are available at the Massimo Dutti webstore for 125€.

Nail Art: Night Sky

Back again to blogging!  My graduation paper had kept me busy and sleepless, so I had absolutely no time for anything else, let alone taking outfit pictures or even thinking about outfits. Education must always come first! But now I’ve handed it in and took some time to recover from the stress and finally feel like blogging again.

Nail Art

Here’s my newest manicure – finally time to paint my nails again, too! I felt like doing something befitting the season and chose a dark blue colour by Butter London – which is actually really beautiful by itself, too – and combined it with a super glittery gold colour, also from Butter London.

Butter London nail colour

How to:

  • Paint entire nails with a clear base coat.
  • Paint entire nails with a dark blue colour. (Used here: Big Smoke by Butter London)
  • Paint entire nails with a thin layer of gold glitter colour. (Used here: West End Wonderland by Butter Londen)
  • Apply more layers of the gold glitter, gradually starting further away from the base of the nail, thereby creating a graduation effect.
  • Paint entire nails with a clear top coat.

Nail Art

Today I wore another pair of Miu Miu’s, yet again bought on Ebay. Miu Miu might just be my favourite shoe brand – just different and quirky enough to stand out, but always still elegant! I believe these are from Miu Miu’s 2007 fall/winter collection, but anyway I love the elegant line of the shoe:

Miu Miu Gradation Peeptoes

I combined these with a floral dress, a grey knit and black bag and pink rhinestone heart necklace:

Shoe ChallengeShoes: Miu Miu
Worn with: Dress by H&M, knit by Kookai, bag by Armani, necklace by ?.

So here they are, as promised: My new beloved Miu Miu shoes! I finally wore them out, just for grocery shopping – who says you can’t dress up for that?

Shoe ChallengeShoes: Miu Miu
Worn with: Dress by Chille AnaP, top by ?, bag by Max Mara.

I can’t even describe how much I love these! They look so weird, just like some alien’s feet in a movie.I think the colour combination reinforces that too. Since they’re such a statement pair, I paired them with a simple outfit: Just a black dress with silk top underneath and a matching bag (somehow I’ve got lots of things in that particular shade of green – I really love that colour), nothing to distract from the shoes:

Miu Miu Shoes

And, surprisingly, they are also very comfortable and easy to walk in, despite the super high heel 🙂 I’d love to wear these every day, but there’s still a whole lot of other shoes waiting to be saved…I guess I’ll be able to wear these with tights too, so at least they’re not another summer-only pair of shoes!

Miu Miu Shoes

The shopping site Zalando (I love their commercials in Germany) ist having a sweepstake: You can win a “Fashion Flatrate”, which means for one year you will receive a voucher worth 300€ every month to spend on Zalando! To take part, you need to post a picture of an outfit you put together of items available at Zalando. Here’s my outfit:

Auf der Shopping-Seite Zalando (ich liebe die Werbung von Zalando) gibt es ein Gewinnspiel, bei dem man eine Fashion-Flatrate – ein Jahr lang 300€ pro Monat die man auf Zalando ausgeben kann – gewinnen kann!  Um teilzunehmen muss man ein Outfit aus bei Zalando erhältlichen Kleidungsstücken und Accessoires erstellen. Hier ist mein Outfit:ZALANDO outfitThe idea behind this outfit is a combination of maskuline/tough and feminine items. First I chose the leather skirt by Joop!. Leather to me has an image of “tough”, but the cut and layers of this skirt are feminine. I added a very feminine light pink blouse by Esprit as well as metallic pumps by Fornarina and a lamb fur scarf by St.Emile. The “tough” leather bag with the interesting detail by Belmondo and the bracelet by Antik Batik complete the outfit. For a final touch, I added the nail polish by PRITI NYC. If I should win, these items would be the first I’d buy 🙂 I think this would make a great outfit for fall.

Wish me luck!

Das Konzept für mein Outfit war die Kombination von feminin/verspielt und maskulin/streng. Als erstes habe ich den Lederrock von Joop! ausgesucht. Leder hat für mich ein eher “maskulines/strenges” Image, doch der Schnitt des Rockes mit den Stufen ist sehr weiblich. Dazu habe ich die verspielte  rosa Bluse von Esprit, die silbernen Pumps von Fornarina und den Lammfell-Schal von St.Emile kombiniert. Die Ledertasche von Belmondo mit dem interessanten Applikationen und das Armband von Antik Batik runden das Outfit ab. Als letzten touch habe ich den Nagellack von PRITI NYC hinzugefügt. Falls ich gewinnen sollte, stehen hiermit meine ersten Käufe schon fest 🙂 Dies ist meine Vorstellung von einem perfekten Herbstlook.

Drückt mir die Daumen!

Shoe ChallengeShoes: Guess
Worn with: Dirndl, bag by Prada, headband by H&M, brooch by Lanvin x H&M.

Living in Munich, I couldn’t let the Oktoberfest pass without going at least once, so I took a mini-break from writing my graduation paper and spent the afternoon at the Oktoberfest. We had a nice lunch, rode on the big ferris wheel and visited the performance at “Auf geht’s beim Schichtl“, the oldest theatre at the Okotberfest. Here’s the view from the ferris wheel:

Of course, I also got a nice Lebkuchen-Heart – I look forward to them every year:

And here’s the shoes of the day, a pair by Guess which were a birthday present last year:

Guess Sandals

After a few days of cold autumn weather, summer has returned for a while and I’m using it to save some more sandals! This is just a quick outfit for grocery shopping. My mom commented it with the words “We’re just going grocery shopping!!”. But I like to put some thought into what I wear, even if it’s just for grocery shopping – you certainly won’t see me in sweatpants out of the house! Also, I needed to save these shoes before it gets too cold 🙂

Shoe ChallengeShoes: H&M Inclusive Collection
Worn with: Top by Boss, skirt by Zara, bag by Prada.

Finally I managed to find something to wear these shoes with. Even though I love the crazyness of the patterns, they are a bit difficult to combine! I matched the top and skirt to the mustard yellow and white from the shoe and hope it’s an OK combination…

H&M Inclusive Collection

But these shoes make up for the difficulty in combining them with their amazing comfiness – these might just be the most comfortable shoes I have. They’re super lightweight and easy to walk in! I hope I’ll find some more ways to wear them next summer….

H&M Inclusive Collection

Jimmy Choo Sandals

This is the second of the two pairs of Jimmy Choo shoes I own. I’ve bought them some years ago, while I was still in high school. But I still remember literally stalking them for a long time before I finally bought them! Actually this style was sold in two stores in Munich, and I fell instantly in love when I first saw them. But of course, they were way to expensive for me. So I waited….and waited…and waited until sales time, and during all that waiting I often went to the shops to see if they were still there – a real shoe stalker! When sale finally arrived, they were still there – but still too expensive. So I waited some more. And got lucky: After the last round of price reductions, they were at an okay price and there was still this one pair left for me and I could finally take them home 🙂 So after all the trouble to get these, of course I had to save them too (also before summer ends…! Here’s my outfit (the wind blew my hair in my face in every single picture…):

Shoe ChallengeShoes: Jimmy Choo
Worn with: Top by Orwell, jacket by Cecil Mc Bee, skirt by Zara, bag by Prada.

Finally I managed to take part in the Inspiration Monday challenge at Two Birds again! This week’s inspiration is the lovely Maggie Gyllenhaal, dressed in a maxi dress combined with a black blazer and brown bag:

maggie gyllenhaal


Well, I’ve got a single maxi dress, and that’s pink and summery….so, looking at the weather, which has turned from a beautiful late summer to cold and dreary autumn in the last few days, I decided to let the colour palette of her outfit inspire me. The dress I immediately thought of after seeing this picture is a recent purchase from H&M, which I combined with black tights and booties (yes, it was that cold today! I can’t believe I was wearing sandals just a few days ago….)  and a black cardigan. I added the bag for a pop of colour. So here it is, my take on Maggie’s outfit:

Inspiration MondayOutfit: Shoes by G&I, dress by H&M, cardigan by Chille AnaP, belt by Hallhuber, bag by Emma Stone.

Take a look at the other participants’ outfits here.

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