Monday, March 25, 2013

on the ropes

So why are these rope sandals still in the box and not, as you might expect, on my feet?

Before I answer, let me mention that these are the second pair of rope sandals I've come to own. The first were a pair of Gurkees (Neptune, if I remember correctly). They looked great, garnered many compliments, and were comfortable...except for the fact that the soles were uncushioned making it a trial to walk on hard surfaces for extended periods of time. What finally did them in, however, was the way in which the rope frayed and wore at the heel, making the sandals look cheap and ratty. So much for rope sandals.

Then came the opportunity to try rope sandals from another company, one that offered a nifty lace-up style and, best of all, could bond the rope footbed to a Vibram sole as a custom job. The result is what you see above. Unfortunately, the design is not what I envisioned or expected, which was disappointing. Still, style-wise the sandals are fine; rope gladiators with a rope to wrap around the ankle. So why isn't that a picture of me wearing the sandals? Answer: because there's something about the fit that isn't quite right. Maybe they're too big. Maybe it's just the anticlimax of it all. Whatever it is, I'm not sure when I'll feel the urge to take them out of the box.

As for the company who made them, I'm going to keep that to myself. Sometimes plans go awry even with the best of intentions, and they've certainly been nice and gracious in dealing with my disappointment. Since this blog isn't about tearing anyone down, I'll just leave it at that.

Not quite the post I was hoping to write, but there you have it. C'est la vie!

Monday, March 18, 2013

stylish elephant

Sorry, folks. I'm still trying to juggle job work and school work - therefore and alas, the blog gets neglected. But since I don't want you to leave without something to look at this week, here's a stylish elephant wearing a snood:

Monday, March 4, 2013

yvette's painted nails...a guest review of sheswai lacquers

Hello, all. This week's post comes from my friend Yvette, who had herself a bit of fun with a few samples of Sheswai lacquers...

Frederik asked me to sample a couple of new colors by Sheswai and to write up a review about it.  My response?  “Fuck Yeah!” This, incidentally, is the name of the first nail polish that I checked out.  “Fuckyeah” is kind of an electric, fuchsia color.  It goes on smoothly and has good coverage in two coats, but it dries very, very matte.  It was a bit flat for my taste as I prefer my nail polish to be a bit on the glossier side, but a coat of clear polish over it seemed to do the trick.

Rootsy” on the other hand, is a pretty caramel color that has a nice gleam to it. I love, love, LOVE this color!  It looked a little boring in the bottle but don’t let it fool you…It looks so much better on the nail.  Rootsy is an earthy, rich, and appealing hue that goes on effortlessly with just two coats.

The combination of Rootsy and Fuckyeah together is quite striking.  I used Fuckyeah on my ring fingernails and Rootsy on the others, which provided an eye-catching effect.  I received a lot of compliments on my manicure that week.

Like all of Sheswai’s polishes, Fuckyeah and Rootsy are free of formaldehyde, dbp, and toluene.  I always feel good about using Sheswai for this reason.

Friday, March 1, 2013

red pants ain't no lie

Geez, you guys.

Anyway, although frivolity has left the building, here's my featured outfit for the week (as it were). And no, I have no idea what kind of slouchy stance I'm in.

Ain't no lie...

American Apparel may dominate when it comes to bright colours, but I really dig Dickies' fire-engine red skinny pants.

Flowering skull

This shirt by Calvin Klein actually has patches of different fabric on the shoulders, although the camera angle doesn't pick it up. You can get an idea, though, by the narrow underarm side-panels. Other than the artsy floral skull, the cut of this shirt strikes me as a more relaxed yet contemporary interpretation of the usual boring and preppy polo shirt.

No challenge this week. Work to do, and more work.