This Week’s Fave Footwear

The Shoe Hive Shoes 4.8-939-L

Emile by Vince Camuto | $350

The Emile sandal receives designer pampering for its one-of-a-kind design with framed howlite-like embellishment, a moderate demi wedge, and a body of breathtaking rippled snakeskin. The trendy cage profile is created with a zip-up back and over a dozen skinny straps. A treat this magnificent deserves a well-planned ready-to-wear to match.

Spring2ACTion at the Hive: Shopping, Great Style Advice, and Giving

by Elizabeth
Original post on AlexandriaStylebook.com

In many of my love letters to Alexandria, I have written about how inspiring it is to live in a town that is philanthropic. You won’t find another city place more committed to helping others. Everyone has at least one charity to which they either give their time or treasure, or both.

Spring2ACTion is a day that exemplifies the charitable spirit that makes our town so great. It is a 24-hour online giving event that raises thousands of dollars for local charities. This year it will be held on Wednesday, April 20.

A few years ago some stores wanted to get in on the fun, and The Shoe Hive was one of them.

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One of my close friends, Kathy Martin, is passionate about a local charity, the Center for Alexandria’s Children (CAC). The work the CAC does is incredibly important…and very difficult. To put it in a nutshell, the CAC is a shelter for the city’s children where they can safely come and tell their story of sexual or physical abuse to the appropriate multi-disciplinary team of professionals.

But the CAC doesn’t stop there. They also focus on education of the public about this abuse and facilitate treatment for families and individuals who have experienced it. They’ve created real, systemic change so that the process works in a better and healthier way for the people who are in it. They roll up their sleeves and give their help, their protection, and their COMPASSION every single day and, because of that, they make kids’ lives safer. And they give HOPE for a much brighter future, which is probably just as important as any of the rest of it.

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Kathy, who also happens to be a personal stylist, said, “Hey why not combine the three? Shopping, great style advice, and giving!” So on Wednesday, April 20, stop by The Shoe Hive from 6-9pm and help raise money for a great cause.

Kathy will be on hand giving out free style advice for anyone who likes to talk fashion or has questions about what’s “in style” or whether or not skinny jeans will ever go away, or anything else that strikes your fancy. She’ll help you pick out shoes, jewelry, hats, or even a pair sunglasses.

Here is the best part, The Shoe Hive will donate 20 percent of every purchase you make to CAC.

But it doesn’t stop there! This year, there’s an extra-something-special we decided to throw in to make it ever more fun. For every purchase you make that’s more than $150, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a mini-consultation from me on your shoe closet AND a $100 gift card for The Shoe Hive!

Meet the Rep: Karina De Jesus

When you meet Karina, you are instantly struck by her model-good looks, easy-going style and her soft accent. It turns out, Karina is from Latvia and her first introduction to the United States was Cleveland, Ohio–a fact over which she and Elizabeth bonded. “I grew up in a city in Latvia so it was a very different experience to go to a small college in Ohio, to have to drive a car everywhere.”

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Still, Karina says that she appreciates her time in Ohio and believes that it was the right choice for her even though she now lives in New York. “I got a good taste of the Midwest!” Here’s our interview with Karina:

1. What brand do you represent?
Freda Salvador. However, I work at Archetype Showroom so I am in charge of several brands.
2. How long have you worked there?
A year and a half.
3. What city is your brand based out of?
Freda Salvador is based in San Francisco, but our showroom is in New York.
4. How long have you worked in this industry?
I’ve been in the industry for about 5 years. I started out with blogging, researching, attending shows and then got into sales.

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5. Favorite shoe/piece of all time?
That’s a hard question! It’s not about one specific item, rather I tend to have an aesthetic that I always go back to – an oversized bomber jacket and black pointy toe boots.
6. Best part of your job?
I love the people I meet.The industry is full of interesting characters and I can learn from everyone. I also really enjoy being able to grow a designer’s business. There are so many talented people out there, and it feels really great to contribute to someone’s success.
7. If you weren’t in fashion, what would you be doing?
I would probably be in finance. It has always been a struggle between creativity and practicality.
8. How do you spend your free time?
With people that I love. Church, art galleries, parties, blogging, creating, food, traveling, concerts. I was just thinking today how grateful I am for the life I have the opportunity to live.

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9. Predict the future: What will be the next big trend?
I think people are getting more and more tired of doing the same thing as everyone else so we will see lots of different interesting things – disheveled shapes and proportions, interesting use of fabrics (like duvet) and colors.
10. What’s in? What’s out?
There are lots of different styles that are in right now, but I am really into the more street, raw aesthetic. Clean yet edgy, oversized combined with super flattering silhouettes, denim. Ballet flats are a big no-no.
11. Heels or flats? / Dresses or jeans?
All of it!! I love a good heel as much as I love my sneakers and oxfords. Dresses are so easy and fun in the summer, but you’ll probably mostly see me wear really good denim.
12. Why should our customers buy your [shoes/clothes]?
Because they’re awesome! 🙂 They are hand made in Spain so the quality is really great and it has an artisan characteristic. Every pair is a little bit unique, and the style over all is super cool yet easy to wear every day.

Top Spring Picks from The Shoe Hive’s Staff

Elizabeth's Picks

Elizabeth: My top picks include everything from the ultra-practical to the I-just-want-it-because-it’s-pretty. With that said, nothing I own is ever truly impractical because I have plantar fasciitis and must wear shoes that are kind to my feet. The new Supergas without laces will quickly become my go-tos and the Badgley Mischka blingy sandals can easily be dressed up with a white dress or down with boyfriend jeans and a white jacket.

Patience's Picks

Patience: I don’t wear a lot of color so most of my shoes are neutrals or metallics. Luckily for me, even though it’s spring I have a lot of shoes to choose from–my favorites include metallic oxfords by Freda Salvador and luggage-colored slides by Rachel Comey. The black suede Stuart Weitzman wedges are a reminder that suede is no longer limited by season; it can worn all year long!

Christen's Top Picks

Christen: If you know me and my style, the flat and short-heeled sandals on this list shouldn’t surprise you. However, the fact that there is not just one but TWO pair of pumps in my top five is surprising even to me. I have a very narrow heel and typically find pumps both uncomfortable and difficult to wear. However, the lower, stacked heel on the neon pumps by Butter and the colorful pair by Stuart Weitzman ensure all-day comfort. They also fit beautifully–I’m not sure what to attribute that to other than superior quality but whatever it is, I’m down with it!

How to Wear It: IRO’s Cropped Top

Friends, this is not a Crop Top. This is a cropped top. And, yes, there is a difference.

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Very few people should actually ever wear Crop Tops. Actually, no one should really wear Crop Tops. Let’s just ban them forever, okay?

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The Queen of Crop Tops

Except for vintage Britney. She can wear Crop Tops.

Cropped tops, however, are much more accessible. They look good on almost all body types, and can be worn in many ways. There is only one rule–to wear a cropped top, you must wear a bottom with a higher waistline. No belly buttons on display! This will not only make the look age-appropriate but will make your legs look impossibly long.

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Christen chose to pair her IRO cropped top with Alice + Olivia denim culottes (again with the culottes!), one of our new Twine and Twig necklaces, and the recently arrived black lace Soludo espadrilles. All but the culottes are currently available at The Shoe Hive, including the sunglasses!

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