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Friday, February 12, 2016

Jay Manuel Beauty at BCBG

Since I can’t BE at fashion week right now (because alas, I’m a working mom in fashion at the moment…), I might as well write about how truly brilliant the beauty was at BCBG’s show this season. Of course it’s most always on fleek, but this flawless look created by Jay Manuel Beauty reallllllly made me do a double take.

The wash of metallic sheen on the eyes is perhaps why we all take note, because it makes the entire face light up with a true (effortless) glow. And I adore this look. Being too made over is so not chic. A little bit of gloss…foundation…voila! Show off that amazing skin this fall (and um, I think I’m gonna have to get me some of that perfecting foundation Jay Manuel has going on because>>> WOW).

“We wanted to celebrate healthy and balmy skin with our perfecting Filter Finish Collection that gives the illusion of flawlessness. The muse for the look and the collection is a dancer/artist. She’s always on-the-go, true to herself and holding onto that youthful, playful spirit in a grown-up world,” Jay says.

To create the look, here are the exact products used:

Jay Manuel Beauty Filter Finish Collection Skin Perfector Foundation

Val Garland created a customized eye gloss using:

Jay Manuel Beauty Filter Finish Collection Skin Face Lift in Platinum, VIP, or Gold (depending on model’s skin tone)

mixed with Jay Manuel Beauty The Ultimate Lip Gloss in Wet

Topped with one swipe of Jay Manuel Beauty Crème Liner in Captive

Layered with a metallic eyeshadow
Jay Manuel Beauty Intense Color Eyeshadow Quad in Promiscuous, Tempt or Crave (depending on model’s skin tone)

Jay Manuel Beauty The Ultimate Lip Gloss in Desire

 [Photo Courtesy Paul Wilmot]

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Whiny Wednesdays: The Sweetest Easter

With Easter being earlier this year (March! Eek! What will we do?), I decided to go ahead and get busy planning outfits. Outfits are not the reason for the season for my family, personally, but it’s certainly fun seeing everyone all dolled up – and that includes my own doll baby, little L. (although this year she is officially a toddler and not really a baby anymore…sob.)

Since we had such an adorable experience wearing Feltman Brothers last year (see exhibit A in this sweet white dress...scroll to the bottom of the post), I thought it would be another precious moment to capture her in yet another dress from the beloved brand. Ever since it arrived, she’s pointed to it in her closet to try on. It’s SO funny how little girls are. So when I asked her if she wanted to try it on this weekend, she immediately ran to her room squealing (gets it from her mama).

And let me tell you – I am so incredibly excited to dress her on Easter Sunday in this amazing little dress from Feltman Brothers. The label just launched their new Bouquet line and my gosh it’s the sweetest. I chose the A-line pleated dress with fly sleeves. This was “the dress” all because of the pleats. Let’s face it. I love little girls in pleated dresses!

It has a white peter pan collar with hand-embroidered flower bouquets on the edges to match the flower bouquets along the white contrast hem. The pleats make it adorable, but the fly sleeves are really what set it apart.
To complete her Easter look, little L. was sent these mini Melissa Ultragirl Minnie Mouse shoes. I mean, who doesn’t squeal over a peeptoe with a bow? She sure did! We’ve been fans of mini Melissa’s plastic, sweet-smelling shoes since birth, and I plan to have little L. grow up in them. They are THE cutest. And I love these because the color allows her to wear them with practically anything – from her polka-dots and sidewalk chalk to her Easter dress. Wink.
Happy Easter outfit planning…you have until next month! xoxo

Disclaimer: we were sent the dress and shoes for the purpose of this review. I received no compensation. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Crazy About Tiffany's: A Sparkling Documentary

I'm squealing with delight about this fashion documentary coming out February 19...eeeeeek! Crazy About Tiffany's, written and directed by Matthew Miele ("Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's") is a film allllll about that simple little New York City jewelry store that opened its doors in 1837 and has continued to steal all of our hearts with a little blue box ever since. Not sure I'm familiar with anyone who doesn't hold a special place in their hearts for Tiffany & Co. Am I right? Are you as crazy about Tiffany & Co. as I am??

Crazy About Tiffany's (which I got to watch early and loved!) features candid highlights of the brand's amazing history, its impact on pop culture and unique insights from celebrities such as Jessica Biel, Katie Couric and stylists Rachel Zoe and Kate Young.

Gravitas Ventures will release the film in the U.S. and Canada in select theaters and on demand on February 19, 2016. There are also over 50 markets where you can watch the film online via Tugg!

I was lucky enough to catch up with director Matthew Miele the other day to ask him a few questions about the film. Enjoy!

I Heart Heels: What fascinates you about Tiffany's the most?
Matthew Miele: Tiffany & Co. has a pop culture reach that's primarily unknown by the general public. They influence so much in our culture beyond jewelry. Take sports, for instance. Tiffany & Co. makes most of the major trophies celebrating the pinnacle achievement in each sport, including the Super Bowl trophy. But even beyond that, one of the most iconic logos in the world, the Yankees symbol, was an original Tiffany's design dating back to the late 19th century. 

IHH: What is it that draws you to fashion films in particular?
MM: Obviously there is an audience for this type of content. But it's not fashion in particular that I'm drawn to. I'm drawn to iconic subjects. Bergdorf Goodman and Tiffany & Co., my first two subjects in the documentary world, are fashion-oriented, but iconic as well. My next few projects will also be on iconic subjects, but outside of the fashion world. 

IHH: How long were your days shooting this film?
MM: We shot this film over the course of two years, each day varying. Some days were strictly research in the archives, other days we had a full day of interviews, and others we documented how the jewelry was created. Still other days, we traveled the globe - to China for instance - to document the travel of the famous Tiffany diamond to various cultures.

IHH: Is there a behind-the-scenes moment that you can share?
MM: Since I was granted access few others have seen before, I was happy to include all of it in the film. So I encourage any fan of Tiffany & Co. to watch the film. It really allows a rare glimpse.

IHH: What was it like working with this cast? Who would you say is the "craziest" about Tiffany's?
MM: I would say that the actress Jennifer Tilly really might be the "craziest." Not that she is crazy, but because she is passionate about jewelry. She truly knows her stuff and has the collection to prove it. She was definitely inspired by the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and her collection, which was equally fabulous.

[Photo courtesy pmkbnc]

Monday, February 8, 2016

Christian Louboutin Sparkles with Clair de Lune Capsule Collection

While everyone's talking the Super Bowl today, I'm saying OMG to these Christian Louboutin heels. The romantic Clair de Lune capsule collection may just be my fav (oh, who am I kidding...I say that every time!). But, really. Crystals on my shoes all day every day, please. 

The collection features a unique hand-applied strass pattern that emulates moonlight reflecting off a field of colorful flowers. I mean, whoa. These are pretty much the magic shoes that we dream of as little girls...and to this day. 

And Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion is super talented, if you haven't seen her work. Well, now you have! She collaborated with Christian Louboutin with a series of whimsical hand painted watercolor illustrations. They're just as magical as the shoes. 

I need a sparkly pair of heels from Clair de Lune like yesterday. These heels are FOR REAL. 

Have a chic week, everyone! Xoxo 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Whiny Wednesday: My Little Sweetpea

Let's face it. We love bath time around here! As a working mom, it's one of my only opportunities to see little L have fun playing in her element, splashing and giggling and just loving it. 

As a new mom, I went crazy over organic products. And as a second-time mom? Still crazy about them! It's a-ok to care about what goes on your itty bitty's body. And I take special care to enforce organic at bedtime and bathtime! 

I'm loving new products we received last month from Wash with Water. They are launching the new Sweetpea & Me kissable lotion and we were able to try it out early - we adore it! We also love the shampoo and body bar. 

There's something super soothing about lotion after a bath (hey, I know I like it!), and to know what you're using has simple ingredients means you can truly enjoy it and rest easy all at once. 

And the scent? A really pure floral that's so soft and subtle. Just like your own little sweet pea. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

On the Heels of New York Fashion Week

 On the heels of New York Fashion Week (next week! eek!), I thought I would round up some of my favorite memories of years past. I've been attending for the last seven years, and somehow it never gets old (well, by the end of the week it does, but that's ok! It takes a lot of work to be glam 24/7.). 

I've captured lots of celebrities, designers and some really amazing fashion both front of stage and back. I absolutely LOVE my NY memories and looking back at these photos. 

So, I hope you enjoy some of my special memories from both spring and fall seasons. And if you like it, I'll post some more next Monday? Cheers! xoxo

[All photos copyright I Heart Heels and cannot be used without permission.]

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Top Five 2016 Spring Shoe Trends

MAGIC is less than a month away and some of our favorite fashion brands are prepping to showcase their fall 2016 collections, while fashionistas excitedly await. To kick-start the trend watch, we chatted with Leslie Gallin, President of Footwear at UBM Advanstar, on her favorite trends that will be making their way into stores in the upcoming seasons. Leslie curates the "shoe show" FN PLATFORM @ MAGIC and is the go-to footwear industry insider, having been in the footwear business for years and nurturing some of today’s most established footwear brands.

If you’re heading to MAGIC this February 16 to 18, be sure to check out some of the exciting show happenings like the live performance by Don Felder of The Eagles on opening night inside the FN Café at 6 pm. If you’re waiting on next season like the rest of us, be sure to follow @fnplatform and @wwdmagic on Instagram to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse on all of the latest this MAGIC.

Below are Leslie’s top 5 trend picks for 2016. To learn more about the show, please visit www.fnplatform.com.


Pastel Colors – When 2016’s Pantone color combo of the year was announced, fashionistas around the globe rejoiced! Pretty pastels will be translated throughout fashion – including footwear! The soft, ultra-feminine shades offer sophisticated elegance that isn’t too sugary sweet.

Monk Strap Styles – Monk strap styles are very much in their prime. The eye-catching detail walks the fine line of casual comfort and sharp formality. Popular in both men’s and women’s styles, say ‘goodbye!’ to lace-up’s, monk straps will be the shoe of the season.

Kitten Heels – In with the old and out with the new, grandma's heels are back! The kitten heel has been gaining popularity and style mavens have spoken by pairing comfort and sophistication in one. Paired with a cropped pair of trousers or skinny jeans, go ahead and channel your inner Audrey Hepburn!

Lug Soles – It’s no secret that the nineties are back in a big way! With that comes the industrial chic trend that was once reserves for hikers and construction workers. The lug sole has made its way into the fashion world thanks to design houses like Prada and Stella McCartney. Expect to see this style paired below heeled booties or oxfords in 2016.

Desert Boots – Dressed up or down, the desert boot is a classic, versatile option. Both streamlined and lightweight, it’s the perfect transitional piece for spring to fall. Worn by both men and women, this simple style will be seen throughout 2016.


FN PLATFORM is a joint venture of UBM Advanstar, Fairchild Fashion Group and Footwear News, and debuted in February 2010 under the direction of Leslie Gallin, President, Footwear for UBM Advanstar. FN PLATFORM is North America’s most influential footwear business forum - where the leaders and innovators converge to shape the industry, shop and sell shoes. Connecting the global fashion community at a single gathering, FN PLATFORM showcases the full spectrum of branded footwear — for men, women, juniors and children, across all categories, price points and trends. The carefully curated selections of established and emerging brands segmented into easy-to-navigate lifestyle neighborhoods offer attendees a comprehensive one-stop shop opportunity that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.   FN PLATFORM takes place during MAGIC from February 16 to 18, 2016 at The Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Level 1. Learn more at www.fnplatform.com.

Disclaimer: I received compensation in exchange for this review. 
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