I’m obviously obsessed with Nikes. Well you can go right ahead and add patterns to my list of obsessions.
The more patterns in an outfit, the better. Be it on your shirt, your socks, your shoes, heck– even your underwear!
This past weekend, I wandered around the beautifully hectic New York City and snapped tons of patterned photos.
So there you have it, patterns in the Big Apple and patterns on my big apple!
Scaffolding on The Plaza, Ninja Turtles, row after row of tulips, polka dots, and fish on a wall.
ohh baby, baby– it’s a patterned world!
Ladies, ladies, Chicago ladies.
You have to get your bum down to the Nike store in Lincoln Park.
It’s time to see London, Paris, Milan, Tokyo, and New York City in sneaker form.
They were designed for the fashion capitals of the world just in time for fashion week.
Take a close look at each pair.
Paris is covered in a spring-ish tweed with a golden swoosh.
New York is a silver toned reptilian print with pony hair panels and patent leather.
London’s fabric is a very tactile green and red plaid. (I got a pair and I’m so excited to mix a million patterns with them!)
Milan is fashioned after classic luggage styles with crocodile leather.
Tokyo, my favorite, has a sci-fi flair to it with gorgeous holographic panels on nude colored canvas.
(I also got a pair of the Tokyo’s and I am SO stoked to put some great outfits together!!)
If you’re in the Chicago area, don’t miss out on your chance to grab a pair of these exclusive sky high sneaker wedges for yourself.
Oregon is beautiful and breathtaking.
During my trip to Portland, I made the short trip to Multnomah Falls.
Few things are as therapeutic as standing directly in front of a waterfall, soaking wet from waterfall juice.
My new Liberty of London Sky Highs fit right into the environment with all of the colors and grungy textures.
Gritty beauty is my favorite. Give me rocks and vibrant moss over brand new Prada purses and Kate Spade’s any day.
I’ve been in Portland for 9 days now, and I haven’t even scratched the surface of all that is this great city.
As you may well know, Nike headquarters is right outside of Portland in Beaverton.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pass to the employee store…and I went a little nuts.
I’ll be traveling home with 4 new pairs of sneaks and a few other goodies.
Portland is a stellar city. Go there if you get a chance.
Drink some great beer, eat some tasty food, and be sure to bring a good rain jacket.
So I’m a little late to be retrospective on the past year…but what the heck.
Here are a few of my favorite for the love of Nike moments from 2012.
Now on to 2013! Let’s do this!
Love them or hate them, sneaker wedges are a current trend.
They’ll be around for a bit, so my plan is to buy as many as I can.
I think most people may be drawn to the comfort aspect over the visual appeal.
Not me, I am so in love with the lift it gives your leg, elongating your silhouette, while still being sporty.
But don’t me me wrong, they are tremendously comfortable– and perfect for going out in the city when you’ll be walking a lot.
I realize that most people don’t think the sneaker wedge is visually appealing at all.
Isabel Wilkinshon from The Fashion Beast thinks they are “the trickle-down effect of a larger trend that favors ‘ugly-cute,’
an aesthetic that prizes hard-edged masculinity over the prim and proper.”
That may very well be the case. What do you think?
Is it the tomboyish flare that causes some to love it and some to hate it?
I’m so sick and tired of the modern day foot binding that women put themselves through.
Let’s face it, it isn’t good for your feet to wear high stilettos day in and day out.
For me, the sneaker wedge let’s me add a little lift to an outfit while still being comfortable.
I don’t have to be in pain to be beautiful. What kinda nonsense is that?
Seriously. Whoever came up with the idea that it hurts to be beautiful needs to rethink their life.
I want to live in a world where beauty has many different faces, but it never comes from pointlessly torturing yourself. Get with it already, America.
Let’s let beauty come from a place inside ourselves where we know who we are and we’re comfortable and content.
In the photos above, I’m wearing a pair of Nike Dunk Ski Hi’s.
I purchased them in Boston at the coolest sneaker shop around, Bodega.
(The bright neon dress is from Topshop, necklace from Anthropologie,
ring and bracelet from Ann Taylor, and a bracelet engraved with a map of the Chicago train system.)
The last photo is a neon light instillation by Tracey Emin that reads, “With you I breathe.”
Let’s let our beauty and fashion sense come from a spirit of fun and self-contentment that let’s people relax around us and want to drink in the neon.