Anniversary Countdown: March

If you have shopped at my store over the past 9 plus years you have noticed there are a couple things I have a hard time not buying.

Buckles, anything orange, anything cashmere, luggage leather, chunky gold jewelry pieces that looks Mr. T would wear them and shoes that lace — we have them all in stock perpetually.

I recently took a picture of just a few of the lace up shoes I own. There is an entire other section in my closet of boots that lace up.

Among my 3 favorite pair of shoes (and that’s saying something) is these. This particular pair of shoes is what I would call perfection.

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They’re luggage leather. They have a kitten heel. They lace. They are by Bettye Muller.

It just doesn’t get better than that.

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This year I decided to pick up a new line based on their fellow love of lace-up shoes. Plomo out of Brazil. We have two pairs of great cut out lace up oxfords but the real clincher was a pair of luggage leather lace up flats. Once it warms up I am sure they will become a new staple.

Transitional Wear…Still

So, as I jet off to Vero Beach far away from the dreadful weather that lingers in Old Town, I do feel sorry for all of those I’ve left behind. Just because I will be wearing sleeveless tops and open-toed shoes for the next week doesn’t mean that I’m not concerned with what you will wear as a result of this odd spring chill. In fact, when I stumbled across these clippings from my November InStyle (it takes me a while to get through them), it dawned on me that these looks were still very wearable–for you–right now.

TSH1Left: We don’t have the AGLs pictured here, but we do have these new AGL oxfords and honestly I like ours even better.

Right: As as long as the snow has melted, these suede booties by Aquatalia are infinitely more practical than the sky-high ones here.

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Left: Get the look with any of our fall or spring Jon Josef styles.

Right: A printed pump is definitely still the way to go, but I think a slightly “springier” color scheme is justifiable in March. This Kate Spade pump should do the trick.

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Left: I do like these loafers but I don’t think they have mass appeal. You’ll be better served by going with something like the Torpedo by Daniblack.

Right: A classic style in a classic color, you will wear these Sam Edelmans for many years to come.

Alright, now that your transitional wardrobe is covered, I don’t feel quite as guilty for enjoying the Florida sun while you are still in layers.

Who am I kidding? I don’t feel guilty at all 🙂

Shoes in the News: March

I know you’ve been impatiently awaiting this month’s Shoes in the News. Don’t lie, I know it’s the highlight of your month. After all, who wouldn’t want to waste ten minutes reading through the important and not-so-important ongoings within the world of shoes, right? So, let’s get to it.

  • When it comes to accessories, Spring 2013 is pretty awesome. From the wearable to the never-in-a-million-years, these are fun to look at, so enjoy.
  • Jenna Lyons makes us all jealous with a video of her shoe collection. She owns 289 pairs–and I thought I was bad! Some of which she’s never worn, of course. She also calls them Shiny Ponies and Ugly Dollies. Oh, and she’s been known to frighten a dog with her shoes. I’m not sure what that means, but I think it’s cool.
  • Flip flops made of yoga mats. I kid you not.
  • This round-up would be incomplete without the play-by-play of Princess Kate (sorry, Duchess of Cambridge) getting her heel caught in a grate, because we’ve all been there. (She really IS just like us!)
  • And while I realize this issue of Shoes in the News has been celebrity-heavy AND I’m not a fan of Ms. Rihanna, these Givenchys are so worth a mention.
  • Finally, if you haven’t seen Chapter One of our Spring Look Book, you’ve been missing out.

Well, that’s it for this month’s Shoes in the News. Thanks for tuning in!

Anna Beck Trunk Show

Los Angeles based Anna Beck Designs is a contemporary jewelry collection that uses one of the oldest jewelry making techniques: timeless necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and cuffs are handcrafted on the island of Bali. Each piece in the collection is layered with tiny gold or silver disks, with each disk of precious metal individually cut and affixed to the metal base. Today Anna Beck’s designer, Becky Hosmer, resides in Bali where she continues to be inspired to create new designs (seriously, can I have her job?) while her sister Rachel supports and manages the company’s team out of Los Angeles (or hers?).

Anna Beck’s original jewelry collection reflects the essence of Bali and importance of beauty through balance. This weekend, Thursday through Sunday, we will be offering 20% off at our Anna Beck trunk show. And just in case you are persuaded by such things, Jessica Biel, Drew Barrymore and Oprah are Anna Beck fans. We’re cool like that.

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You should watch this video on how the pieces are made.

The quality is truly unsurpassed!

Apparel at The Shoe Hive

In addition to carrying Sheridan French tunics and shorts this season, we also picked up a slew of Ali Ro anoraks in bright colors and neutrals for the spring. They have been a huge hit thus far! The folks at Ali Ro sent over some how-to-wear-it looks for us to show you:

AnorkasWe have the taupe, red and mint in the store now. And yes, I would like to own every single one of these outfits. But I have one problem with the selection: they all sort of look alike. In my (not-so-humble) opinion, these anoraks are much more versatile than these images would have you think. Wearing one with an over-the-knee dress or skirt is great, but you could do so much more!

Call me crazy, but I would not shy away from wearing more color with the poppy red one. Dress it up a bit with a pair of printed trousers (very “in” right now), our Tory Burch Alta wedge and some sequins. Of course, if you’re not feeling very adventurous, a white tee, solid trousers and lower wedge would work too.

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If you’re still not digging the bold color, the taupe anorak is a timeless staple. In fact, I own several taupe anoraks and wear them all the time! Keep it casual and simple with other soft neutrals (some cashmere, perhaps?) and denim. These lace Bettye Muller espadrilles are out-of-this-world good.

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As I was putting this look together for the mint anorak, I definitely gravitated toward mid-thigh skirts too, but try something with a little volume, something with pockets. It might seem crazy (I’m pretty sure that’s the second time I’ve used that word in one post. Oy.) to you to wear such different shades of the same color together, but it can work as long as your other pieces remain neutral and your accessories are simple like our Tkees flip flops.

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Finally, since we’re on a how-to-wear-it kick, I thought I’d also share this image courtesy of TKO in light of our TKO watches trunk show this weekend! (And check out that anorak. See? We’re on to something.)

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TKO Watches Trunk Show

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Our Skeleton Collection TKO watches have been so popular, we are bringing them in for a trunk show this coming Thursday through Saturday. All watches are 10% off, and if you’re not digging the Skeleton Collection or already purchased one, we will have a sea of other options for you:

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Made in Italy…No, Really.

Fewer and fewer shoes are still “Made in Italy.” Now they are made in Spain, Brazil and, of course, China. But at The Shoe Hive, we make a point of always providing a strong selection of veritable Italian-made shoes. In this effort, we are now carrying a new line by Gastone Lucioli. Mr. Lucioli founded the line in 1956 and remains at the helm today. The headquarters are located just outside of Arezzo, a small town near Florence in the Tuscan countryside. The Lucioli enterprise is a family business as Gastone’s sons, Cesare and Claudio (their names are  seriously out of an Italian novel!), represent the brand as well. Cesare is the creative genius and Claudio is in communications.

I mean. Who doesn’t want to own a pair of their shoes after discovering all that? But, just in case I have not yet persuaded you, here is the ankle book I posted to Facebook the other day, styled in a variety of ways.

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