Help us shop for you!

Christen and I are headed to New York again on Tuesday to shop for fall/winter and resort/holiday. These trips are typically a whirlwind of shoes, paperwork, cabs and coffee. But we want to know what you want to see in the store! So, we plan on documenting our trip via social media so that you can chime in. Whether you need a reason to waste a few minutes at work on Facebook or you are in the habit of checking your Instagram every hour on the hour, please join in on the conversation.

Shopping

Tired of nude or looking for luggage? Really need a pair of flat black boots without hardware? Have a dress that needs a specific colored heel to complement it? Let us know! We will also be blogging on the way back and will share photos of what we think we will be bringing in so you can share your feedback here too. We look forward to “shopping” with you!

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Would you buy Dr. Scholl’s?

A week or so ago, I launched a survey on Facebook asking all of you whether or not you’d like to see the return of Dr. Scholl’s at The Shoe Hive. We were pretty much split down the middle at the store. And guess what? So were you! 55 people responded to the survey

28 of you were interested. Many of you had worn them previously and longed for their revival. Others hadn’t but still liked the different prints, colors and patterns in which they are now available. Still others missed the calf muscles these shoes apparently help you develop.

27 of you were not interested in the least. Mostly, this was based on pure aesthetics, and this group also carried the greatest percentage of women who had never worn Dr. Scholl’s before.

The jury is still out then. We don’t know if we will bring them back or not, but if we do–you will be the first to know.

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The Meeting

We all have celebrity crushes. I have a few major ones. I don’t know if I want to meet them. I fear they may not turn out as I have imagined. Taylor Kitsch won’t be in the Riggins #33 jersey and surely Russell Crowe won’t be wearing gladiator armor.

Aerin Lauder has long been another celebrity crush. Something about her has always exuded “cool” to me. Our relationship began in the pages of fashion magazines. Her style is impeccable and she has the effortless beauty to which we all aspire.

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After my first visit to her showroom in June, we decided to begin carrying her shoe line this coming fall. Tuesday was my second visit. As I was sitting outside of the Rachel Zoe showroom, guess who walked by on her way to her own showroom? Aerin Lauder.

Not going to lie, I kind of lost it and embarrassed Lyndsay a wee bit. I am sure that is not the last time that will happen.

The Aerin Lauder rep for the line is well aware of my obsession and as we entered the showroom gladly introduced me to her.

Here is the thing, she is as great as I imagined.

We talked about kids and our sons’ obsession with baseball. She could not be more down to earth and is the epitome of class.

Needless to say, I can’t wait for her line to arrive.

ENK Accessorie Circuit: 2013 Accessories Trend Report

On Monday, Elizabeth, Lyndsay and I got up well before dawn and made our way to New York for the ENK Accessorie Circuit. Elizabeth and Lyndsay had 8 hours to select the jewelry, bags and other accessories you will see trickle into The Shoe Hive over the next few months. As a newcomer to this experience, it was both overwhelming and exhilarating. I mean, what girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by piers of jewelry, bags, clothes and shoes?

2013 is going to be the year we attempt to help you make sense of the trends we see at shows, in magazines, on the street and finally at the store. So, while I will post the bulk of the photos of our trip on Facebook, here I wanted to pinpoint a few trends that stood out to us. Some you will find at The Shoe Hive this spring or summer. Others, we chose to pass on.

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It seems that oxblood and chartreuse have been replaced with pastels such as lavender and mint. In fact, mint was present in almost every handbag collection we investigated. Even when we embrace a trend at The Shoe Hive, we recognize that not everyone will go for it. So, we included a solid selection of very chic and basic black bags, we restocked on Annabel Ingall bags (both the large and a mid-size now!) and ensured that we had a few great summer totes. We did, however, incorporate pastels in a few of the pieces we purchased. I can’t wait for you to see what we came up with!

Studs.

IMG_0906To my recollection, we passed on the studs/pyramids/spikes trend even though it was everywhere in both handbags and jewelry. These bags are by Rebecca Minkoff–notice the pastel colors! While we love the trend, it was done not that long ago, and particularly in accessories, we try to offer more timeless pieces. We did just get in a pair of very cute studded shoes for those who want to dabble in the trend again in 2013. If you’re really into the look though, let us know and we can recommend some of our favorites from the show.

Animal Kingdom

IMG_0897Do you remember that incredible Alexis Bittar jaguar cuff we had this fall? Everyone went gaga over it. Well, the trend remains in full force. We picked up a number of new Alexis Bittar animal pieces including a pair of mixed metal jaguar earrings that may need to come home with me. This ring is from a new line we are going to carry: nOir. Good stuff, trust me. Fashion should never be taken too seriously, and these animal pieces are a great way to make any outfit fun and interesting.

Apparel?

IMG_0923While we were making our way quickly through the second pier–mostly apparel–I lingered a little at the Ali Ro set up because, well, it’s Ali Ro. Surprisingly, Elizabeth lingered a little longer. She came up with the genius idea of carrying these classic anoraks in a host of spring and fall colors (notice the mint color again!). This isn’t really a trend per se, but I couldn’t help but share. I’m so excited, you are all going to love them.

In discussing the trends of the day with Elizabeth and Lyndsay, Lyndsay made an important point. While trends permeate most everything about fashion, they are much less distinct with jewelry than with shoes. Every jeweler has his/her schtick. Pono does Italian lucite links. Alexis Bittar has his three signature lines. But there is no high-top wedge sneaker equivalent in jewelry. So, we did our best to select what we think you will love. Looking forward to showing it to all of you in person!

This little piggy went to market…

If you don’t follow us on Twitter (@TheShoeHive), then you missed the behind-the-scenes pictures Elizabeth posted throughout her trip to market in New York with Lyndsay. We didn’t want you to feel too left out though, so here’s a recap:

Packing light. Vogue Best Dressed = train reading material! Other necessities: Ilux sweater. Tory Burch over-the-knee boots. Vince cashmere. Running clothes just in case. Elizabeth Cotton pajamas are a must.

Packed and ready to go. Over-the-knee Tory Burch boots won’t fit. Will have to wear them. New York, here I come.

Texting and typing. Just call me Superwoman.

It was a very productive train ride.

First stop: Michael Kors.

Meeting all the Michael Kors newbies.

Can’t go wrong with the Vail in nude or black.

I’m not so sure.

This is more my speed.

Meet Zay, our driver.

Obviously. Can’t miss Tor Tor.

Best showroom bathrooms. Because you know you’re curious.

The Steve Madden showroom, where we buy Supergas and Elizabeth & James.

New favorite line: Aerin, as in Aerin Lauder. Coming soon to The Shoe Hive!

Sugar break at Sam Edelman.

Serpent on Bulgari. #holidaywindowonfifth

Kate Spade’s 20th anniversary this year.

Another Kate Spade shot.

And that’s about it, folks! We traveled to New York on Wednesday and returned on Thursday. A quick trip but it was very successful! Hope you enjoy everything we chose!