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!
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…..
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:
I combined these with a floral dress, a grey knit and black bag and pink rhinestone heart necklace:
Shoes: 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?
Shoes: 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:
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!
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:
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…):
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Worn with: Top by Orwell, jacket by Cecil Mc Bee, skirt by Zara, bag by Prada.
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:
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:
Shoes: 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:
Shoes: 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:
My favourite part, apart from the colour, is the gorgeous knot on the front: