Here is the single best thing about the world of small businesses–it provides you with the opportunity to make the acquaintance of and befriend a whole host of interesting, talented, and creative women who often go out of their way to support one another. The latest example of this is a photo shoot that brought together local boutiques, stylists, and artists just for the purpose of cross-promotion and for the sake of creativity. We played a very (very, very) small part in bringing it together–we lent them our shoes. To be honest, when Marisa of DC Style Factory asked us to lend out merchandise for the effort we agreed readily without investigating it any further. We have worked with the stylists at DC Style Factory long enough to know that if they want us to be apart of something we want to be apart of it, too.
When we saw the resulting photos, we were floored. The talent of those involved is extraordinary, and we are excited to have contributed even in such a small way. Here are just a few of the final shots, but head over to DC Style Factory’s website for Marisa’s behind-the-scenes details and many more photos! (You can click on any of these images for a larger view.)
These glittery booties used in the first series of shots have been a customer favorite. Kate Spade, $375
This menswear-inspired flat is a staple for the modern shopper. Freda Salvador, $385
All the comfort, all the style. This stacked sandal is a veritable wardrobe workhorse. Stuart Weitzman, $435
The perfect fall (and even holiday!) shoe, this suede and patent AGL shoe-tie is luxurious looking and classic in an unexpected way. AGL, $355
Our first delivery of Rag and Bone apparel arrived a couple of weeks ago and we all did a little happy dance. Since then, the long-sleeve tees have steadily been disappearing from our racks, the denim is dwindling and the asymmetrical dresses and sweaters have already sold out. But we haven’t sold one of the winter white and black-trimmed cardigans yet. I’ve tried to come up with a reason, and the only thing that makes sense is the cardigan gets lost in the mix. It’s genius is in its simplicity, but it fails to attract attention because of it.
Elizabeth asked me a couple of days ago if I thought we should try to send it back, and I responded with a resounding, “NO!” I told her I had styled Kristi in the sweater, was planning a blog post/email combination centered on it, and that soon all of our customers would understand its utility and see its gorgeousness for themselves. So, here it is. The sweater everyone should own. The sweater that hangs on the back of your chair at work so when you get cold you have something cozy AND chic to wear. The sweater you layer over blouses and under vests. The sweater that never goes out of style, and the sweater that is so completely on trend. You’re welcome. – Christen
Pictured here: Equipment sweater, Rag and Bone cardigan, Piccolo cashmere scarf, Getting Back to Square One leggings, Stuart Weitzman boots.
We know it’s still hotter than you-know-what outside, but it’s time to start thinking about fall fashion! This weekend’s #flashsale is extra special because it includes sale and new product! Here’s the details:
1. All sale booties are 70% off.
2. All sale Frye styles are 70% off.
3. All new fall booties are 20% off.
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: 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: 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!
This morning, The Shoe Hive team was discussing a very important matter–what we were going to wear for Easter Sunday next weekend. It was during this conversation we realized we have an unusually large number of colored shoes and styles in store now. We joke about how often we resort to ordering shoes in whites, blacks, greys and browns. This is likely an extension of our personal purchasing habits. Elizabeth owns an inordinate amount of cognac-colored accessories and Christen recently counted nearly ten pairs of grey booties in her closet.
It seems this year, however, spring has brought with it both saturated and pastel hues to our store. Here is just a small sampling of what is available; and if you, like us, are just now putting together ideas for next week’s holiday or perhaps a spring wedding, we have ample options!
This is the first in a series of posts we plan on publishing wherein we show you how to style your favorite pieces from The Shoe Hive. Today, Christen is wearing our new IRO black and white jacket (which arrived just yesterday!) along with the ruffle top by Day by Birger et Mikkelsen, her own vintage silk skirt and leather 5050s by Stuart Weitzman. All but the skirt are now available in store.
When we buy clothing for the store, we try to stick to pieces we know will work for many aspects of our and our customers’ lives. Each of these pieces is very versatile. Elizabeth wore the ruffle blouse yesterday with slim black pants. The jacket would look great with distressed boyfriend jeans. And the 5050s? Well, it doesn’t get more basic or must-have than those!
A quick note on the makeup. She opted for a heavy brow and lip so went totally without eye makeup. The look is strong but still appropriate for day.