August 3, 2011

"I did not have 3,000 pairs of shoes, I had 1060."

I've been spending a lot of time lately thinking about my relationship to my personal style, especially my almost institutionally addictive compulsion towards accessories, especially shoes. From the moment I spy a piece on the runway - a great shoe, handbag, or other statement piece (that, notably, doesn't come with the burden of crushing my soul by being unavailable in my size), I begin fiending for it, stalking websites like Net-a-Porter or (incredibly patient) sales associates at my favorite boutiques in Soho. For years, now, I've been known among my friends (and fellow bloggers) as the accessories girl. Even stylist friends of mine come over to scope out what they can borrow for shoots and editorials! You know you've got a problem when your personal wardrobe begins reviling the fashion closets of small magazines -- okay, this might be an exaggeration.

Obviously, my tendency to gravitate towards accessories has been shaped and influenced by my relationship to my body, and the frequent challenges (and disappointments) I had growing up as a fashion-loving lady. Even if my outfits were relegated to an all-black fashion fallback, I could throw in a great metallic bag or a sparkly pair of shoes and feel fantastic. So maybe that neon laser-cut lace effect leather skirt by Christopher Kane was a no-go, but the clutch? Do-able. Or the shoes...  shoes are always my go to, and that is why my footwear collection, built over the span of the last decade, has reached (just fractionally) Imelda Marcos style proportions. A few of my blog readers and friends have asked me to share my collection, but to avoid looking like the fashion hoarder that I am, I've decided to share some of my favorites. Miu Miu FW11 glitter heels & booties, be damned - you'll be joining the ranks some day.


The ones that get daily love and affection - my favorite black flats.

Patricia Blanchet glitter lace-up oxfords purchased last year from Modcloth.

At 5'7'' I'm not exactly short, but working in fashion and being surrounded by 6' models makes any extra height highly favorable! Black wedges are an essential part of my wardrobe, for height and comfort. Deena&Ozzy from Urban Outfitters.



Leopard? Check. Scalloped edges? Check. Comfortable lace up booties? Check! From Topshop.


My 25th birthday shoe. The dusty rose color is perfect! See by Chloe from Net-a-Porter. Similar on sale here.


You know that pair of shoes reserved for really, really special occasions? Like birthdays? Or New Years Eve? That's this pair, from Lanvin SS09. They're definitely what myself and other New Yorkers refer to as a taxi-shoe - the ones you wear from your door, to the car, to the door of the restaurant, and straight back into a car.



Hands-down, my favorite pair in my wardrobe.... I'm sure they need no introduction. Miu Miu SS10.


In love with these. They make me feel like I'm totally in charge of everything. Spectator heels from Chanel.

44 comments:

  1. love everything! so jealous of the meow meows. 

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  2. are you kidding me, we have the same habits when it comes to fashion! my research is endless! you are so right about the accessories, they make or break your look! so they are worth the investment! those glitter shoes are divine, i am drooling! love the vintage shape of the shoes too! i know what you mean about the lanvins, they are so fragile that you only wear them for special occasions! above all those uber sophisticated shoes are not so easy to style!  oh and i love the way you are taking care of your shoes! they look impeccable (you do wear them, don't you????)

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  3. can I borrow the  Lanvin SS09????

    xxx Ylenia | Longuette

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  4. beautiful. thanks for sharing.

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  5. Love how you write and not to mention the shoes!!





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  6.  seething with jealousy. all of them are amazing.

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  7. Love love love. Can you please showcase your bags next?  :)  I think your kitten heels have to be my fave too. They are so fun!

    xoxo
    Margot

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  8. I'm also obsessed with accessories, but I don't think it's illogical--accessories inject so much personality into our looks. Most clothes are pretty much the same, so it's all about the kooky-quirky-brilliant accessories.


    beautiful styling too, p.s.

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  9. MEOWWWWW MIUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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  10. Love the cat shoes! And the glitter ones...

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  11. Have literally come back to this post three times because it is like catnip to me and my accessories (particularly of the Chanel, Miu Miu or glittery variety...) fetish. Like you, I'm drawn towards the most beautiful, work-of-art shoes (even if they're entirely impractical to actually, you know, wear), but am also powerless against the lure of the perfect bag (preferably quilted, oversized and with a chain handle) and giant sparkly baubles. 

    P.S. Those glittery Oxfords would be oh so perfect for a roadtrip to Yale ;)

    Briony xx

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  12. Those miu mius always make me laugh but really, those lanvin's are so fucking killer. Great buy!

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  13. Not going to lie; I'm a bit disappointment that you posted such a small fraction of your shoe collection.

    However, I am glad that you posted my two favorites - the Miu Miu heels and those ridiculously amazing glitter oxfords. I would wear both in a men's version, no joke.

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  14. I adore your taste and I just fell ing love with those spectator heels from Chanel. Thanks for sharing Nicole!

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  15. Kudos for this blog post. This was a highly fascinating post. Kudos once again - I will come again.

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  16. SHOE PR0N POAST

    in all seriousness though, girl you have incredible taste. those lanvin heels are KILLER! i saw your stack of blue shoe boxes in gabi's video and i wondered what loveliness lies inside - now i know!

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  17. *sigh*
    Thanks for sharing Nicolette, I love it when you let us sneak a peek at your closet.
    The Miu Miu heels are my favorites too :)
    Lynne xoxo
    www.dollfacedlynne.blogspot.com

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  18. My brain can't even comprehend what a closet holding 1,000+ shoes looks like. 

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  19. ChouchouslittleworldAugust 6, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    wooow - you have gorgeous shoes! i mean they are incredibly nice! you can open a museum - i would pay for it ;))

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  20. Ahhhh amazing! Loving the Chanel shoes and the glitter ones. You have a very nice collection! I'm sure the rest are equally cute.

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  21. the rest are awesome! but i can't reveal all my secrets....! :)

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  22. a shoe museum needs to exist. really. seriously. i, too, would pay for it.

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  23. The rest of the blue boxes are mostly flats, I think. How boring of me! Let's play dress up during NYFW, mmk?

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  24. I don't really care for spectators, but those Chanel ones are so good! No surprise there :) This post is gorgeous!

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  25. Thank you!!! Totally partially inspired by you, by the way.

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  26. Thank you for visiting! The Chanel heels are amazing. I got them about 3 years ago? Love them.

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  27. Wellllll, maybe I can coax people to help me take a proper photo of the entire collection. But that's a lot of work for one lady!

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  28. The Lanvin's are probably the hottest shoe I own, hands-down. I don't do "sexy" often - but if I did, that would be it.

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  29. We definitely have similar persuasions when it comes to glittery, girly indulgences!! I am so not surprised!

    I believe, if I'm lucky, there might be a pink version of the glittery pink oxford en route to my Brooklyn abode from Paris....

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  30. KITTEIS!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qUk3BROmW68

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  31. Totally agree!!! Accessories are where a person can really go crazy with styling. Thank you so much :)

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  32. Eeeek, I can try to do a bag post.... Again, lots of work! And not quite as easy to style on their own. I'll try!

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  33. Haha, maybe we can start an inter-continental shoe swap. Who knows!

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  34. Forever jealous of myself for the meow meows. That was probably one of the most impacting collections of my life.

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  35. Trousers or a dress may not always fit - shoes... always fit :) 

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  36. Hahaha, I DO wear them!! But, truthfully, since these are some of my most special and favorite shoes, they do get more care and attention than many others - and less time hitting pavement. I have an arsenal of inexpensive heels that I'm much less careful with, (you'll see in my newest outfit post, they were on sale for $20!). My everyday flats (like my Chanel ballet flats or the Miu Miu studded loafers that I wear constantly), I have resoled and re-heeled on an as-needed basis. I have a shoe repair person that I trust (inconveniently in LA, but still!), and whenever they start needing more loving, they go straight to the shoe doctor. It can be pricy depending on what repairs are needed, but it's worth it to stretch out the lifetime of a (very) expensive shoe. I considered investing in a new pair of Chanel ballerinas recently, but my worn-in pair are so perfectly comfortable that I opted to have them completed retooled for a fraction of the price, instead. So worth it, and it's nice to say the same pair of shoes has accompanied me across the globe!!

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  37. Well, not for everyone, including me at times! But I'm glad that my wide little feet can fit into most shoes.

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  38. Checking out your site for the first time and it's a little silly how much (stuff) we have in common!  I have the same clear/black lamp, same Miu Miu kitten heels, same Chanel spectators (although mine are the tan/black version) and same glitter Miu Miu sunglasses (mine are the pink and red pairs).  Pink lipstick and red hair, we have to meet!!!

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