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Today I Love….the gorgeous things….

11 Oct

I have recently calculated that…..

I sleep – TOO much!!

Is there such a thing? Apparently yes…..

I feel I may be a better person on my own….left to my own devices…. I feel I produce more – of me, at least- what does this mean? Why do I do more on my own? Do you do more on your own??!??

Talk to me……….

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Today I love….Kobi Levi

20 Jun

Gasp

Swoon

Faint

Oh, oh, oh…..check it out!!!

Kobi Levi is one little bloody genius in my book!

Oh, the craftmanship! Oh, the imagination!

Oh, I am a jealous litle fellow shoemaker! 🙂

“The challenging technical development is the key to bring the design to life in the best way.” – Kobi

Which animal do I represent?

Which cartoon character do I represent?

I’m in love……

Just For You….show me what you’ve got!!!

20 Feb

Okey dokey folks….who’s ready for some creative loveliness…..I’m Excited with a capital E! Here we go:

Show me your stunning stuff people!!

I’ve got this for y’all today…..xx

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LOGO &/OR PROFILE PIC DESIGN COMPETITION RULES
“Just For You Jewels”
We are not affiliated with Facebook 

In order to create a compelling and substantial visual identity of Just For You Jewels, this competition seeks a logo AND/OR Facebook Profile Picture that represents the following criteria:

  1. ‘Jewels’
  2. ‘Just For You’
as text/words in the logo &/or Profile Picture 

This competition consists in a contest to design a logo &/or Profile Picture for Just For You Jewels:

1. Eligibility
Participants may compete as individual or as a team. Entries are eligible to Australian residents only. 

2. Logo Design Features
a. The logo must contain the letters

  1. ‘Jewels’
  2. ‘Just For You’
c. The use of colours is recommended
d. Imagery themes can be used in the logo design only if the image is free of any and all royalty fees
e. There are no limits on the size of the logo, however the minimum size of the logo would be 4 inches (10.2cm) wide and 4 inches (10.2cm) high 

*** Naturally, the best size would be the one we are using now – check our wall and please keep in mind how it will look as a “thumb nail” ie. small image.

***Multiple entries are accepted***

3. Judging Criteria
Judging will be carried out according to the following criteria:
– Originality of the design
– Visual appeal

In the event that similar entries are submitted by multiple participants, Just For You Jewels reserves the right to select the prize winners based on the criteria listed above plus any other design features’ interests and purposes. If required, tie-breaking will be at the discretion of Just For You Jewels.
The decision of Just For You Jewels will be final and no appeal against the decision will be considered.

4. Prizes
The winning logo &/or Profile Picture design will be awarded a $50 voucher for our Facebook online store – the voucher is only valid for one (1) month after the date of issue and is valid for any item that is currently in stock/& available from our supplier(s), excluding postage, at Just For You Jewels. An (optional) shoutout will also be included when the announcement of the winning design is made (including any facebook page you may own for some advertising for the winner) if the winner accepts this option.

5. Intellectual Property Rights
Once the Prize is announced to the winner the copyright and the ownership of the Intellectual Property Rights for the winning logo &/or Profile Picture design will deem to be transferred to Just For You Jewels.

Just For You Jewels reserves the right to publish the winning logo on all of Just For You Jewels print or electronic communications, including website, newsletter and official stationery.

6. Submissions
The logo must be submitted via Just For You Jewels’ Facebook Wall:
Just For You Jewels

7. Distribution of Prize
The Prize will be sent to the winner on Monday 7th March 2011 after Just For You Jewels and/or their representatives have chosen the winner of the competition at approximately 9pm Sunday 6th March 2011.

8. Final Decision
Just For You Jewels reserves the right to accept or to reject any (or all) submissions that do not meet the requirements for participation and/or competition.
The decision of Just For You Jewels Logo &/or Profile Picture Competition Judge will be final and no appeal against the decision will be considered.

9. Agreement to Official Rules
By participating in the contest, participants agree to abide by the rules and conditions as
established above which can be amended or modified at any time by Just For You Jewels. All entries become the property of Just For You Jewels.

10. The deadline for receiving entries for the competition close 8pm EST, Sunday March 2011.

11. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Catrina Murray of Just For You Jewels and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for the competition purposes and not for any other reason.

Show me whatcha got lovely people!!! xxx

Hugs to you & all of yours….

Today I love…..hearting it every single day!!!

19 Feb

I can’t live without you….

I have to check you every day….

Even if it’s just for a few minutes or a couple of hours on the sly….

I heart you…..for lifting my spirit or teaching me something new about the world……

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Today I love….Choc Chic

12 Oct

Oooh, oooh, ah-ha!

You’ll be saying that too after you see these little beauties!!

Go on!

 

The two best things ever in this world – shoes and chocolate….are now combined!!! Wish I had thought of this idea….if only they would ship to me down under!

Here are just a few of their designs:

I love this from their site as well:

“Serving suggestion

We’ve heard people like to fill their chocolate shoes with champagne, drink the champagne from the shoe, then eat the shoe. Sounds good to us”

Chocolate Shoes and Handbags | Bristol chocolate shoe and Handbag makers

Today I love….Ultra Loop Bootie

21 Sep

Hey there baby!
(Say ‘Hey’ like Fonzie please folks! = ‘Aaaayyy’….)
Carbon fibre shoes…beat that!!!
Ultra Loop Bootie Charcoal + Champagne
Am I just simply stunning or what???

Ultra Loop Bootie Charcoal + Champagne

Ultra Loop Bootie Charcoal + Champagne

Ultra Loop Bootie Charcoal + Champagne

Ultra Loop Bootie Charcoal + Champagne

Ultra Loop Bootie
Charcoal + Champagne

The Ultra Loop Bootie is a revolutionary shoe silhouette formed by dramatically molding ultra lightweight and ultra strong carbon fiber to enable an extreme heel construction. The design is based on a simple concept of penetration: a floating foot-bed slips through a sexy loop, functioning as both heel and upper.

Heel Height – 130mm/5.1″

Ultra Loop Bootie Charcoal + Champagne

And from the master himself, courtesy of ELLE:

“ELLE:  Have you ever walked around in your heels to make sure they’re comfortable?”

“I tried a size 43 Sharpei boots that we made especially for a friend. I think without any high heel experience anyone suffers. To ensure the comfort of our shoes we have a series of size 38 fitting models, including my wife.”

From here

Awesome, hey?

xxoo


Today I love….The 7 wonders of Replica Jewellery

12 Sep

Thank the lordie* for replica jewellery as there is no way I would have ever gotten my hands on genuine beautiful pieces like these in this lifetime! (#1)

No, it’s not counterfeit folks – it’s replica and I believe it should be advertised as such. I don’t agree with counterfeit as it is misleading the customer. If it was counterfeit it would be sold at the same price as the original brand and also would be an exact copy of the product, marketed and advertised as the actual product, which is a complete lie to the consumer. (#2)

I believe designer goods are overpriced for a start. You need a god-damn personal loan to buy anything in the fashion pages these days. It’s just ridiculous. Rich, large conglomerates just keep getting richer and charging over $1000 for a pair of shoes is not economical to 90% of the population and I know for a fact the cost to make them would have been less than 20% of that! (#3)

I have dreamed and wished to be part of the club and for someone to buy me Tiffany – anything will do! How lame is that? Now I have my replica Tiffany and I am pacified and very satisfied. (#4)

Like the recent Hermes handbag on ebay – if you could afford that, would you really want to buy it – sight unseen on ebay of all places? No, I don’t think so! I have seen the Hermes factory and I know the craftmanship that goes into each and everyone of these bags but I believe that they are simply not worth the price tag!! (#5)

Sure, some people can spot the fake but you have to know what you are looking for and why waste time doing this? Spend time finding the best replica you can for a price you can afford I say!! Who agrees with me? (#6)

Oh, goody look what I found: The 5 most expensive handbags in the world…let’s prove my point right now…..

As the writer of the article says:

“You need one thing when you think about shopping for a designer handbag and that is money.”

Yep, you don’t need to think – you don’t need brains – because guess what? Money can’t buy you brains baby!!! But it can buy you a designer bag?? Woop-de-doo-dah!! I’d rather invest my money to make more or put it into bloody bricks and mortar – at least I’m getting some value for my $ as that is worth somewhere near the price you will pay for it!!! (#7)

The bags above seem to be one-offs or limited editions – this is the sort of luxury bag available to us plebs:

Most Expensive Designer Handbags List

JACKPOT!!! Here we go…..

Australians are real deal on fake designer goods

Bridie Smith
June 22, 2006

AUSTRALIANS are the third most likely to buy fake designer goods because we think the real thing is over-priced, according to an international survey released today.

The online survey by AC Nielsen found only Canadians (37 per cent) and Americans (35 per cent) were more willing than Australians (29 per cent) to buy counterfeit goods and pass them off as the real deal.

“We love a great fake,” AC Nielsen executive director Nicole Torkar said. “People don’t see the value in the real designer brands because the imitation can be hard to spot.”

Ms Torkar said the survey revealed Australians felt designer goods were over-priced (88 per cent) and almost half (48 per cent) said designer brands were not necessarily of higher quality than standard brands.

“It’s more what’s wearable and what’s affordable, which is quite a practical approach,” she said. “We just don’t buy into it.”

The survey, taken last November, quizzed 23,500 people in 42 countries and exposed Australians as some of the more sceptical consumers when it comes to the value placed on designer brands.

The global results found Hungarians were the most likely to purchase designer brands (66 per cent) followed by consumers in Hong Kong (49 per cent) and Greece (34 per cent). Only 17 per cent of Australians were willing to buy the real thing.

From here: http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/australians-are-real-deal-on-fake-designer-goods/2006/06/21/1150845243731.html

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Today I love….United Nude’s Dark Shop

9 Sep

Did you see my post about the United Nude Lo-Res Footwear?

United Nude Lo-Res design process: “makes existing objects even more beautiful by envisioning them with 3D software in a lower resolution”

If not, you can find it here

Well, guess what?

They have a brand new store in Manhattan, NYC!!!

Designed by United Nude’s creative director, architect Rem D Koolhaas…..

You will NOT believe this store!

Is it a nightclub or shop?

Decide for yourself……

If you live near Manhattan and you visit the store, PLEASE let me know!! Go on!!

I found it here:

Dark Shop on Cool Hunting

Today I love….Power Laces

30 Aug

OH. MY. LORDIE*…….

I nearly cried when I saw this….for a number of reasons:

1. I am a qualified shoemaker so I can appreciate the idea and workmanship that has gone into this invention.

2. I loved all of the Back to the Future movies as a kid and also as a big kid now as well!

3. The future is arriving……”cue Close Encounters music”

4. I’m excited for this girl and am looking forward to following her successful journey!

Ok, ok, ok …..This is what I’m on about folks:

Power Lacing Shoes

Self Lacing Shoes

Call them what you will – THEY SERIOUSLY, TOTALLY AND ABSO-*&^&%%-LUTELY ROCK!!!

Power Laces get serious as Nike lodges patent for Back to the Future II Air Kicks | News.com.au

*Yes, I’m not religious but that’s another story – don’t send me your religious propaganda either!

Today I love….Makeovers, Manicures and Martinis in Melbourne

25 Aug

Makeovers, Manicures and Martinis…….

Wanna do all that and more??

Then keep reading baby….

As part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, Makeovers, Manicures and Martinis and Miss Money Penny have teamed up to create a luxury shopping event that combines mini pampering treatments with a personal styling session and an elegant showing of hand-picked pre owned designer items.
Forget getting all hot and bothered wading through Op shops, markets and Ebay to get a great designer find. As you sip on a glass of bubbles, Miss Money Penny will put together a salon style showing of top end pre loved designer pieces whilst the team from Makeovers, Manicures and Martinis treat you to a manicure, massage and make-up consultation. You’ll also receive a styling consultation courtesy of Bronwyn Fraser from the Style Establishment.
Admission is 2 for $70 and includes:

* A glass of bubbles and canapĂ©s on arrival. * A salon style showing of key pieces from the Miss Money Penny range. * A Hit the town Makeover – A make up consultation using mineral cosmetics that are vegan certified. * Tension Buster Massage – Seated massage focusing on the head, neck and shoulders. * Express Manicure – Nail file and application of nail polish or hand massage. * Style Establishment Mini Consultation with leading image consultant and personal stylist Bronwyn Fraser

via Lasttix.com.au

Today I love….Mosaic Heels

23 Aug

I stumbled across these pictures today and thought they were all really great…..what a lot of work and what a great idea…..

Today I love….United Nude Lo Res

9 Aug

OH. MY. GOD.

Möbius

“The United Nude Möbius is the launch product of the United Nude brand. Since then it has become an icon in the world of design. Conceptually, the shoe is a möbius band where a single strip forms the sole, heel,foot-bed and upper.”

I am having major heart palpitations here at my desk folks!

For those of you that do not already know, I am a fully qualified shoemaker (Diploma Textiles, Clothing and Footwear) and I also have 5 industrial machines at home just sitting there, waiting and ready for me to use them one day. “What?!” I hear you say – “Why is she sitting on this wonderful talent??!!” Unfortunately the bills have to be paid folks and if I sat at home all day making shoes (which, mind you does take a very long time – about 4o processes go into making one pair of shoes!) I would be living in the gutter before you could say jump…..

So anyhoo, when I saw these super awesome wonderful shoes, I really appreciated the design and architecture (yes, you will see soon; I can call it that!) from a shoemaking point of view. These shoes are wonderful, beautiful and attention seeking works of art, that also look (surprisingly) very comfortable to wear. I just have to cross my fingers and toes now that they bring me a store down under in the very near future!!!


Mono Jane

The United Nude Mono Jane is a classic Mary Jane wedge molded from lightwewight material. Its sleek design equally combines comfort and elegance. Available in nine summer colours.

Eamz

The United Nude Eamz is conceptually inspired by a furniture design classic; the Charles and Ray Eames chair. The United Nude Eamz shoe is an ode to their vision.

Loop

The United Nude Loop is a revolutionary shoe silhouette, formed by dramatically molding the strongest plastics in the world. The design is based on a simple concept of penetration: a floating foot-bed slips through a sexy loop, functioning as both heel and upper.

Ruby

The United Nude Ruby is a sleek, elegant and comfortable slip-on. The Ruby features a slick molded heel that has the appearance of a smooth jewel.

Cup

The United Nude Cup is a sculptured heel piece which literally ‘cups’ the heel of a classic shoe and also acts as a backpiece. Available in four exciting new styles and a multitude of eye-popping colours.

Fold

The United Nude Fold is about the fluent movement of a single strip. The strip folds around the foot front-to-back-to-front like a scarf.

Elastic

The United Nude Elastics are all made with United Nude custom designed materials. The style is dominated by bright colours and linear patterns.

Lo Res

The United Nude Lo Res is part of a new semi-automatic design method by United Nude. An object is digitally scanned into a 3D computer model and regenerated into various resolutions. The Lo Res shoe is part of an automated design revolution.

United Nude Shoes Online Store | Spring Summer 2010 Range

They also do boots – check out the pocket and Bubble boot!!

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