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Richy’s Rant: Throwback Thursday/ Last Dance

Do you by any chance recall Rhiannon?  This boot was the shining star of over-the-top style circa two ShoeDazzling years ago—knee-topping in synthe-snake silver fabric. Best believe she was striking. Shout out if you own them.  The friend for whom I bought  these loves them to this day.

How about the time we had Velvet Angels? This style is unforgettable. However, it’s time to reflect on her mirrored heel and celebrate. Paired with something red and white, these shoes keep the fire cracking on liberty day.

I’m well aware that this blog will go live on the 4th of July, and I think that I’m right on the money (American dollars)  when I say that we have no choice but to acknowledge what already happened and look forward to a fashionable future.

Take, for instance, Shanina. With her revolutionary micro-wedge heel, this shoe is ready to celebrate and fire(work) with everything from  jeans to lace and patterned shorts.

This will be my last dance on Thursday but don’t trip in ShoeDazzle heels; I’m moving to Wednesdays!

Hope to see you then.

*Richy T. – thrown back a day.

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Twerk. Prance. Split.

Seems like every other week there’s a new song&dance craze begging you to learn them, perform them, and share them moves as movies. That’s all well and good, but don’t forget to style those Vines and (now) InstaVids appropriately.

Should you work on your twerk, go Addi. Why? Because 1 + 1 = double buckles and double dares you to drop.

Nothing Kap Sures our devotion to a good prancercize workout like this shoe. Who needs ankle weights when this shoe comes with ankle straps?

 Imagine a flash mob where everyone is doing splits on trees. You want to be the sneaky one with the hottest shoes.

Richy T. – Still stuck on the cha-cha slide.

June 6, 2013

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The following is a true story: I typically write my blog on Tuesday nights and cross my fingers that it doesn’t get edited out before being published on Thursdays. My last rant negatively tipped the scales, so you’ll never know what it said—my bad/your loss. This week I thought it was Tuesday on Wednesday but I was lucky enough to be inspired by the happy hour I spent at the local TGI Friday’s. And I realized that, like ShoeDazzle, style is the main reason it’s always Friday there.

If you’re a fan of the show “Chopped,” you probably already respect pros who get creative with mandatory ingredients. The same goes for style at  TGI Friday’s. For every female employee, that mandatory ingredient is a branded sash. She is free to wear it however she wants: as a belt, a hair tie, a scarf, a slinky halter—doesn’t matter. It only matters that she’s flared up like it’s Friday and does Rebecca Black proud.

In the spirit of Americana, take some Sage advice and pair stripes with spikes. Clearly.

Be sure to Krissy cross the Atlantic-nautical look in red, white, and blue.

Finally, show us how you’d style a striped sash.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine—doesn’t matter. It only matters that you post @shoedazzle.

Richy T. – You may have noticed I have nothing positive to say about Mondays.

Richy Rants 5.23

Don’t forget: Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. Granted we’ll all be fast forwarding to the actual solstice on 6/21, but reality is plastic and it’s  about to get real.

All I have to say is that before you dive poolside into a barbecue, you should pull some cues from Barbie. Let ‘Mattel’ you all about it.

Barbie is tealing into summer in an aqua bikini, matching heels, and a paisley, partially sleeved, semi sheer robe with a handheld fan. I’m a fan. (The bikini is optional. If you prefer a sexy one-piece, go ahead and Skipper.)

Macro prints are slimming, and length always accentuates the vertical. Taller at a girl!

The fact that it’s sheer makes the robe light and fluid, especially when paired with SUNsational glasses.

Obviously you’ll need some heels to complete the look. Pretty sure these coal-erful heels are Barbie approved.

 

Richy T. – Hotter than the grill next door.

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I’ve been reading a lot of articles online about the Her-story and His-story of heels. Some sites say that Da Vinci invented the heeled shoe (his), and most agree heels were originally worn by men of status (his). During the French Revolution you’d probably be caught dead in heels, because they were a sign of opulence and the fashionably affluent aristocracy—Think K Dunst in Marie Antoinette (hers). She lost her head. True story.

But this story is inspired by India, Where guys have (re)embraced the high heel as a symbol of prestige, wealth, and of course, style. The article I read featured this duo, who brought the trend stateside to a parking lot behind a club in Hollywood.

More importantly for the #TBT, the one on the right is rockin’ one of our styles from way back…no, further back. You OG Dazzlers may know her as Maxine, circa 2010.

Richy T. – Boys? Girls? Dazzle is dazzling and dats dat.

Richy's Rant 5.9.13

So many LA schools held their high school proms on Cinco de Mayo Eve. Consequently, a lot of drunk moms approved their daughters’ dresses.

The best dress I saw was a beauty—as in the beast—featuring so much yellow tulle, I thought it she was a bell—I mean a Belle. Either way, there was something there that wasn’t there before.

That’s a step up from the Cinderella girls I saw in clear heels, which might actually be trendy this month. So dress in Skyblue and don a tiara.

Under the C girls were the girls doing Ariel stunts in Technicolor hair and mermaid dresses. Flippin’ awesome.

Anytime you can channel a Disney princess, you should do it…well.

 

Richy T – Fired up like Lumiere.

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We all have unrealistic visions of summer. We see ourselves frolicking through meadows catching butterflies, cliff diving, picking daisies, sunning poolside, lounging at the beach with a 6 pack (of beer) and a swimsuit body worthy of being illustrated. But the fact of the matter is most of us will spend the summer here on the computer, crying a little that we can’t go outside partially naked. Instead we’ll be running errands, feeding pets, feeding children, driving to wherever in traffic, squeezing in a workout, bathing, and attempting to get enough sleep.

I’m not cool enough to have a window seat, so here’s how I plan to evade SSAD (summer seasonal affective disorder) and all the MAYhem.

Step 1: Work out. Lunch-hour power walks will help you stay lively during the less-sunshiny hours at your desk.  Probably best walk away from the minimart cashier/fatty-snack pusher.

Do or Day: Take at least one day a week to devote more than 5 minutes to your daily wardrobe choice. Don’t pick Mondays because they’re too manic, and everybody hates them anyway. Tuesday is good; you’ve had like a whole day to acclimate. Wednesdays are the beginning of your weekend anticipation, so you can just throw on anything and call it a hump day. Thursdays works because they build excitement. Don’t dress up on Fridays because you’ll feel better when you transform into your sassed-up summer self later that night. That’s the theory of relativity.

Finally: Consider a Miami sound machine—sans Gloria Estefan. You can get a sound machine at most bedding stores (and beyond). You might not be at the beach, but there’s no reason you can’t fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves.

 

Richy T – Totally wrote this blog on my smart phone while tanning at an imaginary beach.

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So between Opening Day, Coachella, Ke$ha’s red carpet homage to Manson style, and LOGO’s New Now Next Awards, the past few weekends have made it clear that we’re all going out of our minds to go outside, stay outside, and play outside. Duh; it’s spring.

Here’re a few Twisted, stir-crazy ideas that’ll keep you on your fashionable feet should you find yourself— oh I don’t know—out at a ballgame, a concert, a glitter factory, a creepy desert compound, or anywhere there’s anyone judgmental.

When it comes to playin’ dirty, Ke$ha lives the role, aesthetically only (possibly). She isn’t going to make any best-dressed lists in see-through, bell-bottom crochet pants at the MTV Movie Awards; but you gotta Admire her for going outside the commune box. We should all sip a little of that kool-aide from time to time.

Cap it all off with a head turning ball cap. No longer just for bad hair days, this sporty staple can actually augment your style and your SPF. Unilaterally and unisexually, the right snapback can accentuate any outside look. There are many variations in stores this season, but I gotta say there is something endearing about rep-ing your local team.

I hope this encourages you to go outside and—not only dress for, but—enjoy getting warmed up for summer.

 

Richy T. – Rockin’ out (side).

 

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Here’s a little more 411 on the Twenty13 spring thing. I’ve already mentioned that spring style is darker this year, simpler this year, and is retro-Grade A when it comes to high waists and lace. Haven’t been following my blog ’til now? Welcome! The next step in my try-logy (things you should try this season) is combed toward the idea that pastels can be paired with their bolder cousins. Pink and Red hang out together during Valen-times. Sky and Navy used to spend vaycays at the lake house with Violet and Lilac. When it comes to pairings, summer better than others, but  this year you shouldn’t be afraid to introduce your typical spring pastels to their more intense counterparts.

Like, if you happen to slip into Skylas, don’t hesitate to pair her with some real teal.

When shoes like Anka hand you lemon yellow, make tangerine-, peach-, and mustard-ade. That sounds gross, but the coolness is in the contrast.

Lottie in white and lavender is pure sweetness. Pair her with something salty like black pleather leggings and anything magenta. Take it to the max with purple hair. Plumb perfect. My cousin, Erika. Seriously, I live this stuff.

 

Richy T. – Welcome to the Dark Side.

Thursday'sRichyTBlog_4.4_pbI pretend I know about music, so I thought about 4/4, the meter, before the date (actually I thought about the fraction first, because I’m a nerd, then I remembered it was my beFri’s birthday). Anyway, the meter 4/4 is 4 quarter beats per measure—think club music: thump thump thump thump. This got me thinking that maybe spring fashion, like the “4 on the floor” records topping the Top 40, is not only darker (see last week) but consistently bass-ic and a little retro.

That’s why I’ve made Kelly Kapowski my unlikely muse for Spring 2013. For those of us who showed up at the corner just in time to see the bus fly by, we’re right on time. I’m going to endorse black, white, cream, and gold as a new spring thing. Note: there’s nothing colorfully neon or pastel; that’s why it’s brilliant.

The metal of the season is so gold. Don’t feel gilt-y if you mix, but you Midas well put your mind to it, go for it—especially in Cuff Times.

You could Zip yourself into some gold studs, or let a high-top sneaker Twist things to the max.

Let’s get totally high-waisted on jeans paired with racy, lacy tops, caps, and heels with a whole Lottie of spikes.

Purse-onally, I think the scallop-trimmed Corbin and unnecessary suspenders would be friends forever.

Richy T. – Having a Zack Attack (de ja vu remix).