5 Things Your Shoes Say About You

What you wear on your feet reflects your personality, status

If there is one thing that most women love, it is shoes. Look in the closet of most women and you will see a collection of shoes that they are proud of. Online shopping opportunities for shoes have even further pushed the growth of the industry, with IBIS World reporting that in the last five years shoe sales online have surged, with the revenue now reaching $14 billion. It’s an industry that will continue to thrive, and for good reason. Shoes say a lot about the person wearing them, even if you have to temper what you wear with them, they always give people a way to let their personality shine through.

 

“I believe that shoes are a work of art and should express something profound about the person wearing them,” explains Cedrick McDonald, owner of Exotics by Cedrick. “That’s why I put my heart and soul as an artist into every pair of shoes I design. I want the person wearing them to feel like I captured the essence of their personality with every shoe.”

McDonald is a bit of a pioneer in the shoe industry, having created a style that is unique enough to earn a U.S. patent. His line of designer footwear features high-fashion pumps with 4-6” heels that have an eye-catching snakeskin outsole that is encrusted with Swarovski crystals on the bottom of every shoe.  They are shoes that help make a statement not only about the designer, but about the person wearing them.

Our shoes give non-verbal cues to those who see us wearing them. Those symbolic messages give clues as to what type of personality you have, as well as how successful you may be. Here are 5 things that your shoes say about you:

  1. Designer shoes. Those wearing designer shoes make a bold statement about status. Designer shoes are a status symbol, and these people are comfortable with being in their own skin and are not afraid to show off their high level of success.
  2. High heels. It takes a confident, driven woman to wear high heels. They are for those who are attractive, have excellent taste, and have endless determination. If anyone is running the show, it’s usually the woman in the designer high heels.
  3. Expensive shoes. The amount someone pays for their shoes says a lot about what they can afford, their level of success, and their taste for the finer things in life. Expensive shoes are synonymous with good taste, success, and earning a lot of money.
  4. Colors and prints. While shoes come in all types of colors and prints, those who opt for the bolder options are not afraid to be bold themselves. They could be extroverts who want to be heard or they could be introverts who are silent, yet very confident and comfortable with who they are. Even the quiet ones desire to be noticed, and bold colors and prints will help them do just that.
  5. Custom designs. Those who seek out custom designs or unique shoe lines are leaders, rather than followers. They want to help set the trends and styles and want to be seen. They love how custom designs ignite conversations, giving them a chance to flex their forward-thinking fashion moves.

“Your shoes should help make you feel beautiful,” added McDonald. “If they are not doing that, then they are not worth your time. As an artist who designs shoes, it is my mission to bring out the beauty in every step my customers may take. I want them to truly live life through their soul!”

Visit Exotics by Cedrick to learn more stylish information.

Stunning Jewelry from the Summerfield Collection is so InFluential!

Introducing stunning jewelry from the Summerfield Collection.   The pieces are stylish, comfortable, and transition well from casual to evening.

Summerfield Collection uses their background in costume jewelry along with upcycled materials to create these glittery, bold jewelry pieces.

Summerfield Collection paints glass cabochons and turns them into unique earrings, pendants and rings.

Request a custom order or choose from one of the 340 styles designed already.

Summerfield Collection is available on Amazon for quick and easy shipping. 

The Surprising Summer Style Staple on Everyone’s Hot List 

West Coast street style meets vintage comfort with sts blue’s latest denim release

Fresh from the fashion world’s hottest So Cal denim label comes a new fan favorite: the distressed Oversized Boyfriend jacket from sts blue (www.stsblue.com). For denim that embodies the effortless West Coast-inspired street style you love, sts blue is without a doubt the one-stop shop for top-trending denim that flawlessly fits your everyday lifestyle (and your budget). Hot on the heels of go-to spring picks like the cropped skinny and frayed hem styles, this fast fashion brand brings you the latest must-have denim accessory on everyone’s hot list.

Cool summer nights call for a flawlessly understated jacket, and the Oversized Denim Boyfriend does not disappoint. Classic copper hardware, clean cut pockets, and wide stitching give old-school flair to a modern summertime staple, available now in the light bleached out “Jensen” wash and a dark blue distressed “Alaska” wash. For added options to suit any girls night out or date night, grab a denim jacket with feminine flare like the Amanda Ruffle or Alexis Ruffle. For the fashionista try the Andrea Color Block, or the Avery light wash, all in the subtly oversized fit you crave.

Grab yours today starting at just $59, and make it your own with free custom embroidery, available for a limited time at stsblue.com.

Dressed up or down, the Oversized Boyfriend Denim Jacket is sure to be your summer essential accessory. This lightweight piece is the perfect topper for your sophisti-casual denim on denim ensembles, paired with an sts blue high-rise short or straight skinny jean. Wear it around your waist with a boxy logo tee for an Instagram worthy pic! Authentically deconstructed fabric with that signature sts blue softness makes this versatile piece a summer essential for your day-to-day wardrobe.

Your favorite Oversized Boyfriend Denim Jacket is waiting for you at select Nordstrom stores, or online at stsblue.com.  Use code SUMMERTIME30 for an extra 30% discount on the hottest summer items, and while you’re there, sign up for sts blue email updates to stay ahead of the season’s top trends and earn points toward all of your favorite styles. Follow @sts_blue and #DenimDolls on Instagram for ideas on how to rock your denim every single day.

About STS Blue:
At sts blue, our muse is trendy, sexy and fun. She looks to celeb street style for her fashion influence. She considers her social life when selecting what jeans to wear, and whether it’s brunch with friends or date night, denim is always where her outfit begins. Her style is anything but basic. The latest “it” jean, jean short, or denim jacket are the foundation of her wardrobe. She’s never afraid to rock her favorite styles – from denim on denim to frayed and deconstructed fabrics. As long as it flawlessly fits her figure and her budget, she’s game. Find your inner sts blue muse at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Von Maur, or online at stsblue.com. Follow the latest trends and our exclusive #DenimDolls on Instagram @sts_blue.

Wedding Ring Shopping Trends: In-home/On-line With a Twist

When it comes to choosing wedding rings, a new trend is poised to start challenging the traditional in-store shopping method.

The information below details a new wedding ring selection service called Hayden Cudworth.

It could be considered the Warby Parker “home try-on” version of wedding jewelry shopping for couples.

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Imogene

It’s a hassle-free, cost-free shopping service where the entire ring choosing process happens in the comfort and convenience of the home with no pushy store salesperson.

How it works:

  1. Hayden Cudworth allows clients to select and try on five engagement rings and/or wedding bands from their home.
  2. Replicas of the chosen rings are delivered to the home letting couples make the selection by themselves or consult family and friends to find the perfect ring outside the high-pressure environment of a jewelry store.
  3. Once the final ring is chosen, it will be custom made in the ideal size and choice of metal finish: yellow gold, rose gold, white gold and platinum. Pricing is also very competitive as Hayden Cudworth is direct to consumer, with no middleman involved, which keeps costs low.
  4. Instead of a traditional engagement ring purchase experience which can seem male-driven, Hayden Cudworth offers a modern, joint shopping experience and promotes involvement by both partners in a collaborative, thoughtful way.

Learn more by visiting https://haydencudworth.com.

Luxury Eyewear for Every Type of Dad!

Father’s Day is just around the corner and ic! berlin is here to help everyone step up their gift-giving game. For everyone with an out of this world Dad, glasses from their Interstellar Athleisure collection make the perfect gift.

They’ve partnered with the Austrian Space Forum, where astronauts tested the frames in Martian-like conditions in the Omani desert. The feather-light, rubberized frames proved to withstand all of the harsh conditions and the hot sun in the desert.  If their frames can conquer that, they can also handle little hands tugging on them and sweltering afternoons spent watching the kids’ soccer games. Dads everywhere deserve durable, functional and stylish frames they can wear in any situation!

What makes ic! berlin unique is from the beginning they ditched the screws found in traditional glasses and created their own interlocking hinges. Their eyewear is 100% made in everyone’s new favorite creative haven – Berlin, Germany – and has been for more than 20 years. Each and every one of their frames features a one-of-a-kind, patented screwless hinge system that, combined with high quality materials, makes their eyewear virtually indestructible. ic! berlin eyewear is designed with passion, produced with technical precision and handcrafted with love for women, men, kids and everyone in between – and is a favorite brand of such dads as Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey and Chis Rock, as well as real-life astronauts.

Check out their Father’s Day 2018 Style Guide that highlights seven of the frames from the collection that Dad would love. The frames featured in their style guide range in price from $509-$549 USD and can be found at more than 600 boutique optical shops throughout North America.

Make Your Accessories Pop with Second Daughter!

Persh Cuffs and  Orbit Collar

Persh Cuffs and Orbit Collar

Are you looking to upgrade your accessories collection this spring? If so, refine your tastes with the edgy, yet sophisticated jewelry from Second Daughter. Handcrafted in the U.S., this high-quality collection features stone-based jewelry crafted with precision and charm for the modern day woman.

Marcia Nelson, Beauty Contributor for InFluential Magazine says, “Accessories from Second Daughter are simply exquisite, fashionable, and easy to wear.  Any woman who wants to wear the perfect accessory, it’s jewelry from Second Daughter”.

Katarina Bracelet

Katarina Bracelet

Stay Stacked in Style this Spring with Second Daughter:

  • Gravity Earrings:A delicate stud that features light oval Mother of Pearl and 14k gold plated brass. Can also be worn without the back for a simple look!
  • Katarina Bracelet: This bestselling piece will be your wear everyday bracelet! Includes a delicate prong that links set with 6 beautiful stones. Available in Mother of Pearl or Carnelian. Make this bracelet pop with tassel fringe!
  • Canyon Studs: The earring that you can wear everyday or dress up! 14k gold plated studs set with the highest quality Malachite.
Leaf Cuff

Leaf Cuff

About Second Daughter

Founded by artist turned designer Jessica Speckhard, Second Daughter is a brand created for the everyday woman with an appreciation for accessories with elegance. Featuring pieces that range from subtle to bold, make a statement with your jewelry this spring and beyond!

British Bridal Designer, Caroline Castigliano, Covers the Royal Wedding

Presented by Caroline Castigliano for InFluential Magazine 

We’re thrilled to share exclusive first-hand commentary from royal wedding expert and British bridal designer, Caroline Castigliano, who was on-site at Windsor Castle covering the royal wedding.

Below, we’ve included commentary on her thoughts of Meghan’s wedding dress and how it compares to past Royal wedding gowns.

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What do you think of the outfit overall – dress, veil/tiara, shoes etc? 

We have been counting down the days speculating the Royal dress designer and Meghan has made her moment in history wearing Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller… 

Meghan has made her entrance in a minimal gown and have certainly differentiated herself from Kate who did it all in lace!  Meghan has brought the splendor here with a long veil… 

Meghan looks thoroughly modern with her choice of gown and has given her nod to the Royal family and Queen by following the Royal tradition of covering her shoulders and a long sleeve!  She entered St Georges Chapel – a moment of history in a simplistic style… 

The dress is a boat neck wedding dress is a wonderful style. It’s a wide neckline that follows the curve of the collarbone and ends at the shoulders. 

Her hair is gorgeous in a low swept bun! 

Meghan is a fresh young American with a million dollar smile the cameras love and she looks fantastic entering the British establishment in a fantastic gown.  

Meghan is going into a family that has been seen in the public eye for 1,000 years and has definitely made her mark with this wedding gown…which is quite remarkable in the way it’s so simplistic compared to other dressed we have seen on Diana and Kate! 

Meghan has had the World in suspense with what she will wear, and with such high expectations on her she has not failed to disappoint… 

Meghan has certainly created a name for herself fashion wise – she is following in the footsteps of Diana who was a fashion icon in the public eye for 16 years… and has done a fabulous modern job! 

Royal brides are normally expected to support British designers in the UK rather than choosing designer abroad but Meghan has gone with a French luxury design house here which is a different choice from other Royal brides…

The whole wedding is picture perfect and fairytale like with all of the bridesmaids looking fabulous! 

Is it what you expected/predicated? 

I believed the gown would be a very straight, fitted dress, with a big 9-foot train coming off the dress from the side to create the drama.  I did think she would have a bit of lace and there is some lace detailing on the veils. 

I predicted Meghan would have some kind of edge to her wedding dress, but I was certain Meghan’s dress would be classic, elegant with traditional features.  I predicted Meghan would give a big nod to the Queen and Royal family with covered shoulders, a long sleeve and high back.  But I was expecting Meghan would show her personality by wearing a fitted dress and we haven’t seen a Royal wearing a fitted gown for a long while…I thought a fitted gown would be the way Meghan showed her personality alongside respecting Royal tradition when it comes to Royal gowns.  The gown is certainly more fitted than other brides we have seen! 

Initially we thought the gown would be Ralph & Russo, but the brand has been in the press a great deal ahead of the wedding, which is an unusual move if they were actually the designer.  Ralph & Russo gowns are super expensive so wearing a 100k gown may have seemed ostentations to the public. 

Yesterday, our bets were on Stella McCartney, but as Oprah and Amal Clooney both arrived wearing Stella, that was a surprise to us and we thought it must be a different designer if they are wearing Stella…  I thought Stella was such a perfect for Meghan as Stella used organic fabrics and her ethos is very much the same as Meghan! 

Meghan has totally surprised us wearing Claire Waight, Givenchy!  This was totally not talked about in the press at all and they kept it all top secret! 

How does it compare to the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress?

The Duchess of Cambridge’s dress was one of lace decorum – she looked super elegant as a bride and Kate gave us a Royal dress to remember. 

Meghan has totally differentiated her style here by wearing a plain gown rather than lace and the shaping is totally different as well!  

Meghan has a totally different style to Kate when it comes to her hair, Kate loves a good blow dry whereas Meghan prefers wearing her hair up! 

Is the dress similar to any other royal wedding gowns? (eg Kate’s was compared to Princess Grace of Monaco’s.)

Kate Middleton’s gown took a style lead from Grace Kelly’s dress, the intricate applique bodice and sleeves of Catherine’s mirrored the wedding.   The similarities don’t end there, both gowns shared a high-waist, full-skirt and a long dramatic train and both wore a sheer veil and diamond tiara! 

I would say that Meghan has gone quite, Wallis Simpson (almost royalty) – Wallis dress was designed by Mainbocher, it was very modern in its time, much like the look Meghan has gone for.  The gown was made of a crepe silk and featured a long slim skirt much like Meghan has gone for here!  Wallis was known has a fashion weapon and was a super glamorous art deco women! 


How does Meghan’s dress compare to the one she wore in Suits and the dress at her first wedding?

This is the first time we’ve seen a Royal bride very publicly in a wedding gown – since Meghan’s on screen character Rachel on Suits got married.  Meghan’s gown is totally the opposite to what we saw in Suits, which was a v-neck gown by Anne Barge, an Atlanta based designer.  Her wedding look in Suits was quite bohemian and Princess like compared with Meghan’s demure look today!  In complete contrast the wedding gown on Suits was beaded and accessorized with a black belt and Meghan has gone the total opposite today with a minimal accessories and a plain look!    Her gown in Suits was certainly sassy but she has had to please the Queen and country today and opt for tradition!  

Meet the Designer Behind the World’s Most Iconic Perfume Bottles

From Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique and Scandal to Olympea by Paco Rabanne, Bloom Room by Marc Ange Designs the World’s Most Iconic Perfume Bottles

Photography courtesy of Bloom Room Studio.

Founded in 2008 in Paris by Artist & Designer Marc Ange, Bloom Room (www.bloomroomstudio.com) is a creative agency at the service of the extraordinary. Clients from all over the world commission the creation of unique designs,, from iconic perfume bottles to new concepts for champagne brands,  luxury cars, restaurants and private residences. While the Bloom Room team does not limit itself to designing for a unique field, it specializes in bringing to life the client’s most unconscious and abstract desires. Clients of Bloom Room include: Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Prada, Paco Rabanne, Penhaligon’s, Louis Vuitton, Moet et Chandon, Ferrari, Orient Express and more.   Today Bloom Room has a second office in Los Angeles with a team of creatives that under Marc Ange’s vision continue to create the dream product.

Olympea

Scandal

About Marc Ange

Marc Ange

Marc Ange

Marc Ange was born in Rome and relocated to Paris at age 5. His childhood marks his universe and his creations, eternally balanced between the real and the unreal, perfection and mistake, harmony and chance. It is in Paris, the city where he grew up, that Marc Ange develops his work as Artist & Designer.

Marc Ange is currently based in Los Angeles and shares his time between his creative agency Bloom Room (LA /Paris) and as Creative Director of LJ Edition (www.ljedition.com), his furniture brand and signature of his iconic piece “Le Refuge” first unveiled during Milan Design Week 2017 and subsequently seen at the Beverly Hills Hotel.


Amy Taylor, The Model for Women Empowerment 

Super model Amy Taylor is the perfect example of an intelligent, hardworking, powerful, and gorgeous model.  Amy Taylor has graced the cover of numerous powerhouse magazines including Maxim and Playboy, and this year we will also see her grace the covers of FHM, Muscle & Fitness Hers, and Playboy yet again.

But we’re not just talking about magazine photoshoots, when it comes to her job, it requests her non-stop presence and dedication.  So, one would think she wouldn’t have time for anything else.  Wrong.  Amy still managed her time to study at Berkeley, earn an MBA and as if that weren’t enough, a commercial pilot’s license as well.


And that’s not the most impressive part, this super model is exceptionally gifted and a member of MENSA!

Amy also shared with us some beauty tips. She takes care of her beauty by trying not to fall asleep with her makeup on, trying to eat somewhat healthfully, and using top-shelf skin and hair products but most of her looks are just genetic luck. She doesn’t focus too much on these looks in daily life. She has always known that they’d fade someday, and that the inside of a person is sexier than any hot shell could ever be.

When she’s not found in front of the camera, she’s enjoying the sunny skies flying, keeping fit at her gym in Los Angeles, or at the beach playing with her dog.

Follow Amy on Instagram @amyatylorla to find out her next projects

Photo Credits:

With the Dress:

Photographer: Brooke Mason Photo

Makeup: Renata Rensky Makeup

Hair: Rene Maldonado Cortez

In the Desert:

Photographer:  Ryan Dwyer

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HSI Combo

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