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December 24, 2014

HallDeckersStyle Shown

Twas the night before Christmas & all through the house, not a creature was stirring while she shopped with her mouse.

Ok. Fine. All the creatures WERE stirring, but she didn’t care;
she knew her new boots soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
while visions of sugar pumps danced in her head.

She’d found every present, the gadgets and toys:
Threats to withhold them made good girls and boys.

She bought and wrapped presents for everyone else; so she went on her laptop and shopped for herself.

When her order had shipped, she made such a clatter,
her twitter peeps were all, ‘OMG What’s the #matter!?’

…when what to her wondering eyes should appear,
but shoes, lots of shoes; we don’t sell reindeer.

Her outfit was dazzling; her shoes, a delight.
Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night!


*Richy T.




I was wondering how amazing the L.A. girls we work with were in real life; turns out they’re beyond wonderful. We all met on the rooftop terrace of the London Hotel in West Hollywood [Selfie central] for a tea party. I nixed my fake British/Madonna accent the instant I realized how real, pretty, and really pretty they are.

Along with other gorgeous girls like Katherine McNamara, Ava Allan, Alexi Blue, Elizabeth Keene, and Thania Peck, Ashley Tisdale was there. I love Ashley for more reasons than just the fact that she supports St. Jude Children’s Researcg Hospital and cancer awareness—a cause that hits very close to home [by hoME, I mean ME].


Here’s what I saw:

Black and blue: Nothing beats a look that combines coal colors with a punch of cobalt.


More Black: All black is a thing. Monochromatic is so dramatic.


Hot in cold: It was a bone-chilling 65 degrees that day and yet many braved our favorite atypical fall/winter pieces including tanks, shorts, sandals, skirts, and peep toes.


-Richy T.

(P to the S: Blue is clearly the filter of the season)

November 12, 2014


I’ve never really been one to take things seriously.

“Wow, you’re getting married; will there be an open bar? Aww, you’re having a baby; wanna make it famous on YouTube? Cheers to your new job; now who’m I gonna party with on weeknights?

Sometimes, however, things get seriously serious and really real. What? I can be serious at times… watch me,

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to Bailey, an adorable 8-year-old undergoing treatment for a kidney tumor at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Her cancer was diagnosed in 2012, which, coincidently, is the same year doctors found a malignant tumor in my brain. [Oh that’s where he went]

I know every victim’s fight is different, but it’s safe to say that what we endure is scary and painful—to us and our loved ones. It’s so physically and emotionally demanding that, as an adult, I couldn’t begin to imagine how kids could handle it… until I started treatment at a children’s hospital in Chicago.

I expected the kids there to be sad and quiet, but, like Bailey, they were full of life and energy. They ended up inspiring me to laugh and smile through this battle. They taught me to absorb and share positivity from people around me: my mom, hospital staff, taxi drivers, my extended family, my co-workers, my friends, my co-workers’ friends, total strangers…

And that’s where you come in, stranger.

St. Jude is not only committed to continue its research to fight this nasty disease, but to treat the children affected without ever having them see a bill. Because of this, Bailey and the other young patients of St. Jude receive the treatment they need – for free. So we’ve teamed up with the lovely Ashley Tisdale to help spread the word about childhood cancer and the inspiring work St. Jude is doing to help these deserving kids.

What can you do?

Obvi’ ShoeDazzle will make a donation and we want to share our stories so you can help be part of this fight. We all agreed that it is equally important to encourage more people to send positivity to some anonymously awesome kids they don’t even know. Energy, thoughts, vibes, prayers, wishes, whatever…they all trickle down to those who need them. I’m living proof that it helps; I def’ didn’t pull this one off solo.

Richy T.


I’m not a denim expert; more like a denim hoarder, really. It’s kind of a problem. I just can’t toss away a pair of jeans because they aren’t ‘cool’—they aren’t like middle school friends…kidding! I’m just saying: I know my bleached-out, Marky Mark mega-pipes from 8th grade are going to make a comeback, and when they do, I’ll be ready.


Until that happens, let’s focus on current denim, modern washes, and, more importantly, what your choices say about you, now.


Deconstructed: Ok, it’s not really a wash, but when the ravaged sections aren’t a hue of blue, it counts. You’re a hot mess…emphasis on ‘hot’. You don’t give a fuss, yet your look is always fashionably put-together. Check out Shay.


Ombre: From one color to the next, you love a good transition or–better yet—transformation. That’s ok. Some might say, “all over the place”; others will say, “Life of the party.” Change into Meagan.


Color Blast: Usually you have a bright and endearing personality, but you need to go a little dark now and then. This treatment is primed for your shady/chic looks. Try on Carsen for the night.


Acid Wash: You know your stuff…is vintage—but that’s why you love it. Combined with pieces you bought at the mall yesterday, your acidic look, like you, is incomparably original.


White: Outwardly, you’re all dainty, but the truth is that you’re ready to rumble—not tumble, though, because you don’t want to get THAT dirty.


Richy T. – …owns all of these washes.






August 13, 2014



Leo 8.6

After I agreed to write this blog, I realized I had no dazzlin’ idea why we love Leos. Don’t get me wrong; I do like them, but why? Maybe it’s because Sandra B and Halle B both are both lionesses. Maybe, as a child, I had pretended to like Leo’s just to get invited to their birthday pool parties.

I’m sure both explanations are partially correct, but I still needed some help from a pro. That’s why I met up with my astrologer, Brian, to get the Leo lowdown over margaritas.

According to Brian, Leos are loved for their ability to get things done, whether that be fame or pool parties. That talent stems from unwavering confidence, and THAT is what draws people to Leos.

Where would the world be without Leos who rock our highest, wildest heels without battling eye!

Richy T. –Leo lover.

Feeling inspired by Leo’s? Shop the Okevia or Carlin to borrow a bit of their luster.

January 10, 2014


Ten days deep into 2014: how’re those fitness resolutions coming along? I know it’s tough, but don’t let it weigh you down. Speaking of being weighed down…

I’ve been reading a lot about the stress gravity puts on our backs 24/7. Sitting for hours in our cars and at work doesn’t help the situation; it just puts pressure directly on the base of our spines. Not cool. Here are a few things people are doing to counteract the negative effects of gravity.

1)      Sleep more (I told you naps were ‘in’ this year). Specifically sleep with just one pillow. The closer to ‘flat and horizontal,’ the better. Here’s why: while you sleep, your back gets to take a break from holding you up all day, and the fluid (I hate that word) between your vertebrae gets replenished.


2)      Hang out. Have you seen those late-night infomercials where they show elderly people hanging upside-down to relieve back pain? Well that’s basically a more extreme/fun way to amp up the fluid (gross) fix I talked about above. My trainer told me that I can get similar results hanging from my arms, right-side-up, on a chin-up bar. Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you do a chin-up, ‘cause I know I can’t do one.

3)      Back abs. I know there aren’t abs in your back, but there’s an exercise that’s a lot like crunches—except you’re face down. I call them “cobras” because you lay on your stomach and lift your top half repeatedly. Working your lower back will help you combat gravity. Google it or ask one of the trainers you see around the gym. You pay for that membership; they can at least give you advice on how to work out safely.

Hang in there,

Richy T.—Time to try defying gravity.

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