So fast forward…Here’s a little review of a few favorites for 2012 so far:
If you don’t already know, I am a mother of 2 wonderful children. I recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl last October 2011. It’s been t-shirts and maternity tanks for the last couple of months until I started work early this year. It’s tough trying to get back in the swing of things aka fashion. But with the help of my fashion forward sister at hand and YouTube, I quickly gained confidence in my clothes, appearance and most of all, shoes….Let’s start with the shoes!
Jeffrey Campbell “Litas” and their “Step-sisters”:
So correct me if I am wrong, but the Jeffrey Campbell “Lita” have been around for awhile. Although they look so intimidating I swear, they are the most comfortable pair of platforms I own. And I know it’s weird but they smell GOOOD! They coordinate very well with my outfits and give it an extra spunk of character. It’s a “power tool” you need in your fashion arsenal. I love the rubber sole because you don’t feel like you’re going to slip and you definitely walk faster in these shoes, no 2 a.m. walk here ladies! I purchased mine online for about $140 (discounted price if you waive your return rights) in black leather in 6 1/2. It fits true to size! Definitely feel the quality in these shoes. Delivery is fast!!!! They are unique! I am totally crazy over the “Lita” design that I had to get a 2nd, 3rd, 4th pair. But that would be too too expensive. So where do we go??? Downtown Los Angeles, Santee Alley to be exact.
Deep in the midst of factories, murky alley ways, skid row, sits a fashion mecca every fashionista should know about. I mean yes, no brand names here but maybe if you look hard enough you could engage in a conversation with an individual whispering Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, Coach (never tried purchasing counterfeit) but there is an abundance of fashion finds in this place.
My sister and I make a monthly trek to DTLA aka “The Hob” (reference to the “Hunger Games”) in search of the latest finds, malls are not offering. We spotted an array of “Lita” knock offs and decided to purchase a pair in every color possible. And at $40 a pair…Ah Yes please!!! The cool part is that everyone is still in the “riding boot” frenzy that all the ladies are overlooking this beautiful creation. But be warned…once the ladies have spotted you collecting a large quantity of the same shoe, they wonder why and want in on the secret. So scope out the shoes stands, compare prices then make a b-line to the lowest offer. And if you can, BUY IT All!
Yes, it’s not like the original Jeffrey Campbells. It doesn’t have the rubber soles or the good smell, but they come in the prettiest, eye catching colors and patterns you totally can’t pass up. They really turn heads. My suggestion is to practice walking in these shoes, especially if you’re not a heel wearer. When I got home from our shopping trip I was determined to break these babies in on the first day…not gonna happen ladies. But I did practice my step in the shoes. It’s a lot of height and I felt a bit off balance unlike the real “Lita”. My sister and I practiced walking up and down our street until we felt comfy in the shoes, which was not long at all, again it depends if you are a heel wearer or not. For additional comfort try a gel foot pad, or foot petals. I find that wearing socks help as well.
These shoes are a good foundation for mommies especially. No need to desperately fit into platform stilettos right away. It’s a good starting point and I am constantly inspired. You know you made a good investment if it improves your wardrobe without breaking your wallet.
A unique case:
Santee Alley is not only known for fashion but also electronics…I am not going to guarantee they are in the best shape or last long so be selective of your electronic purchases. It’s not a Best Buy and there are no return and warranties. But one thing they do have are unique Iphone cases. Yes they are clearly knock off, imitation cases, but they are so darn cute. Who could turn down an iPhone 4 Hello Kitty case (imitation) or a Game Boy back from the 80s or better yet a cassette tape ($7 ea.). It’s a unique way to dress-up your phone and catch some attention too. I don’t know the exact location of this vendor, all I can say is cross the street, make a right and another right, but if you’re ever in the area, make a trip downtown. It’s stuffy, at times scary, but it’s worth it.
I LOVE L.A.!!!