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Miu Miu again: Shoe Challenge No.67

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 ?.

Alien look: Shoe Challenge No.66

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

Oktoberfest: Shoe Challenge No.65

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:

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

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

Guess Sandals

Gourmet Day: Shoe Challenge No.62

Shortly after my fiancé arrived, we went for a lunch with friends at the wonderful restaurant of star cook Heinz Winkler – Even though I love good food it’s been the first time for me to go to such a restaurant, and a great experience! The weather was great, so we could sit outside and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains. Here are the pictures of the menu I chose:

Heinz Winkler lunch

Heinz Winkler lunch

Heinz Winkler lunch

Heinz Winkler lunch

Heinz Winkler lunch

Heinz Winkler lunch

Heinz Winkler lunch

Heinz Winkler lunch

Heinz Winkler lunch

My favourite was, of course, the dessert – but that’s just because I’m a dessert addict! I chose the Crêpes with Grand Marnier for dessert, and didn’t regret it, though the other dessert was really nice too (I stole a bite from my fiancé – but he’s not that into sweets anyway 😉 ) But the best part was that two extra “desserts” were included – the assortment in the picture above the crêpes for two to share and a praline of your choice….I had a hard time choosing!

So, finally on to the Shoe Challenge:

Shoe ChallengeShoes: Bruno Magli
Worn with: Shirt by Be Rich, skirt by D&G, bag by Armani (not pictured).

The shoes are actually my mom’s but I wear them a lot too – lucky we have the same size! I was my mom’s “shopping assistant” for these, and with my help she finally found a pair of wedges she liked. These shoes I love for their special heel, and the beautiful bow in the front:

Bruno Magli wedges

Bruno Magli wedges

Hopefully not the last time: Shoe Challenge No.61

Shoe ChallengeShoes: Leopoldo Giordano
Worn with: Top by H&M, jeans by Seven, cardigan by Northland, necklace by Furla, bag by Samantha Thavasa.

This is just a casual outfit I wore a while ago, but I didn’t get around to uploading it until now. These heels I have bought years ago. We used to have this really nice small shoe shop in the town (or should I say village?) next to ours, with lots of great shoes from Italy. I bought these shoes in that shop, and they were another love at first sight for me, just because of the colour – I love this kind of moss green colour! Lately I hadn’t worn them so often – just because I don’t want to ruin them – but of course I wanted to save them in the Shoe Challenge. So I just put them on for quickly going to the homecenter near us…..and when I got out of the car there and walked a few steps, suddenly one heel fell off!! So, back home we went, to change shoes….I chose flats after that, just to be on the safe side! I hope the heel can be reattached. I’ve been putting off going to the cobbler, for fear he might say he can’t fix them…..Hopefully, this won’t be the last time I wore them!

Here they are, still with both heels in place:

Leopoldo Giordano

My favourite part, apart from the colour, is the gorgeous knot on the front:

Leopoldo Giordano

A visit to Klagenfurt: Shoe Challenge No.60

Shoe ChallengeShoes: 31 Soins de mode
Worn with: Top by H&M, skirt by D&G, bag by Armani.

While my fiancé was here, we visited my dad in Austria. Together, we made a day trip to Klagenfurt, another small but very nice city! On the way, we stopped at Maria Wörth, a beautiful church at the lake Wörthersee. They just had a wedding there, so the church was even decorated – such a beautiful place to marry! From the church, you have a great view of the lake and surrounding landscape.

Maria Wörth

In Klagenfurt, we just walked around the city center, which has lots of pretty old buildings. I just love cities like this!

Klagenfurth

A nice place to visit is also the fountain called “Lindwurmbrunnen”. I love the way the guy is sneakily holding the bludgeon behind his back, and the dragon just looks very cute…..

Lindwurmbrunnen

The shoes which I wore for the day were another pair I had left in Japan, which my fiancé had brought to Germany for me. Sadly, in the hot weather they became kind of tight after a while – I guess I still need to wear them in! I chose these because their shape reminded me of the Louis Vuitton shoes from that season, and because they are a very practical pair for bad weather days:

31 soins de mode pumps

A lucky coincidence: Shoe Challenge No.59

Shoe ChallengeShoes: Ethique
Worn with: Top by Laurèl, skirt by D&G, bag by Cochinelle.

Once again I’ve been busy writing my graduation paper, and haven’t done much else besides that – I’m sooo happy when it’s over! But for the meantime, here’s an outfit I wore a while ago to a friend’s birthday party. I had bought another skirt in the sale. I didn’t plan on buying anything, but when I saw the skirt I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist because I totally love everything with a houndstooth pattern. Although this skirt matches another pair of heels I own, that pair had fabric uppers and I didn’t want to risk ruining them in case of rain, so when I looked for a different pair to go with the skirt, I discovered I had the perfect matching shoes:

Ethique shoes

I bought these years ago in Daikanyama, during my work-and-travel time in Japan. They were a super lucky sale find and are very comfortable too. And they have just the exact same colours as the houndstooth pattern of the skirt 🙂

A day in Salzburg: Shoe Challenge No.58

When my fiancé and family were visiting, we made a day trip to one of the most beautiful cities round here, Salzburg in Austria. You can easily go to Salzburg from Munich by train in just two hours. The city center is relatively small and it’s possible to see most of it in one day. We were lucky and had the best possible weather and a clear sky for a good view! Our first stop was the Mirabell Castle, which has the most beautiful park and a view of the other castle up on the hill:

Schloß Mirabell

Next we made a lunch break at the Café in Hotel Stein. It is my personal tip if you go to Salzburg, because it definitely has the best view of the old city center, the castle and river all in one. If it’s good weather, you can sit outside, but even from inside the view is beautiful:

Hotel Stein

My lunch was a pancake with jam and cream (very healthy for sure…), which was delicious!

Palatschinken

The Café also offered a nice location for a Shoe Challenge picture – finally something different from the usual pictures at home! Since we had a day full of walking planned and it was really hot, I opted for flats:

Zara SandalsShoes: Zara
Worn with: Dress by Laurèl, bag by Armani (not pictured).

Later, we visited the graveyard which contains the grave of Mozart’s wife. It may sound strange to go sightseeing to a graveyard, but the two big ones in Salzburg are unlike “normal” graveyards and have lots and lots of old, elaborately decorated graves. My “favourite” one is the one covered in vines, pictured below, which looks like it belongs in a fantasy movie – maybe King Arthur’s grave or something like that:

Friedhof Salzburg

Another curious one I saw was this one featuring a skeleton and a text saying: “Human! What you are now I have been, and what I am now you will be too.” True but kind of scary!

Friedhof Salzburg

Another view of the city:

Salzburg

After a day of walking, my feet were super tired…….

Zara Sandals

Last tip for Salzburg: Take a look inside the wonderful Chocolate shop “Braun” (Judengasse 1, A-5020 Salzburg) – they have a great selection. My personal favourite is the rose petal covered dark chocolate by Bachhalm, handmade in Austria.

Miu Miu inspired: Shoe Challenge No.57

vanity beauty pumpsShoes: Vanity Beauty
Worn with: Jeans by Seven, Top and cardigan by Zara, bag by Miu Miu, scarf by ?.

I’ve written about these shoes on here quite a while back, and actually I ended up buying a pair for myself – oops! But, I don’t regret it, as they’re comfortable and versatile and rain-proof (something most of my shoes are not, unfortunately!) which is good for German weather! I think this was the first day I went to Munich with my fiancé, just for a quick walk and a coffee. In the background you can see the Nationaltheater Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, which was just at the time decorated for the Münchner Operfestspiele (Munich Opera Festival).

vanity beauty pumps

The joys of Ebay: Shoe Challenge No.56

Jimmy Choo Sandals

This is the first pair of designer-shoes I ever bought from Ebay, a couple of years ago. They were maybe worn once by the previous owner, and I was able to get them at a great price. By me, they have been worn a lot since then – they are comfortable enough for  a whole day (or more) of sightseeing yet elegant enough to wear on a nice evening, and go with just about everything while being kept from being just a boring black sandal by the unusual golden embellishment at the heel – and have accompanied me to many places, including Japan: here I’m wearing them sightseeing in Beppu, Japan (a great place to visit btw). I love how memories become attached to a pair of shoes, or a clothing or other item – that’s one reason I also like to buy such things I can really use as souvenirs instead of things that will just lie around after I come home…….

Jimmy Choo patent Sandals

And here’s my outfit for the Shoe Challenge:

Jimmy Choo patent SandalsShoes: Jimmy Choo
Worn with: Top by H&M, skirt by D&G, bag by Armani.

What do you think about buying shoes second-hand? I don’t mind at all when shoe have been worn by someone else previously, my requirement is only that they are in very good condition. After all, even shoes you buy new at a store have mostly been tried on by an unknown number of people!

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