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Last Friday was Have Fun at Work Day! We all ordered up our favorite new spring style and played dress up at work in our new shoes! Usually by the time Friday rolls around, the energy to pick out nice outfits is lacking and we revert to jeans and tshirts, but we were also excited about our shoes that we dressed up! It made the day go by much faster, and now we all have new shoes and pictures! It was so much fun bonding with the ladies and hearing from our designers about what they are working on for fall!
Take a look at some of the pictures we took below! (More coming soon!)
Did you do anything fun at work last Friday? What new Spring styles are you crushing on? Check out all the new spring styles here.
Hello, friends! It's Ilene of Much Love, illy and today I wanted to chit-chat about that holiday that has been haunting us at every aisle of nearly every store we walk into. No, not Halloween but I think when it comes to decorations for both holidays, people get just as excited! In just a little while, our world (whether online or off) will be exploding with little itty bitty red hearts and all sorts of mushiness when the calendar flips to February 14th. And whether or not you are single or with someone special, I still think that Valentine's Day can be a blast celebrating in more ways than one. Today I want to share with you some of my favorite ways I love to celebrate the holiday of love!
pucker up with some red lipstick. So last year, I had not touched a tube of lipstick since Jr.High. This year is a different story - I cannot stop collecting lipstick of all colors and brands, and recently I have been obsessed with any shade of red! In this photo I'm wearing Park from Radiant Cosmetics, one of my daily favorites, but I am also partial to Revlon's Candy Apple and Nars Heatwave.
wearing my heart on my...tote bag. I have been eyeing this organic tote bag with leather straps from Fluffy Co for over a year now. It would be the perfect bag to carry all year long and not just on Valentine's Day!
rocking out in some red. Bring out that hot red dress you've been dying to wear - just like this darling Queen of Hearts red dress with the sexy and playful back from Kintage! Doesn't it just scream fun?!
sending out Valentine's Day cards. I still love sending out Valentine's Day cards (like this one from Julie Ann Art)! As much as I love social media and technology, nothing screams more love than a handwritten note.
last but not least, sassing up your Valentine's Day outfit with Blowfish Shoes! Seriously, my India shoes from Blowfish have been my go-to shoes every winter long. They are comfortable but you can rock them with every outfit imaginable - including your Valentine's Day assemble!
Check out our video lookbook from our Spring 2013 photoshoot.
We chose to do a bright & colorful seaside carnival theme for this shoot which was an absolute blast!
Well, what do you think? Are you excited for our Spring 2013 collection!?
Grandparents are great, can we agree? My very amazing grandmother (I call her Grandy) turned 75 years old this week! I can't imagine how profound she must feel at times, with such a fine number of years experience under her belt. Although, she's humble enough to know, there' always more to learn.
(This is a picture we took when we went to New Zealand & Australia together, along with my uncle, to ring in 2007! So fun!)
Ever since I was a little girl I've been close with Grandy. She was always kind and patient, and best of all, she let me know that she would keep secrets. I've always been able to tell her anything and know that she will not judge me or spill the beans. This is quite a comfort, and I feel very lucky.
(pictured: Grandy (left), Mom (middle), Me (right))
There are a lot of things about Grandy that I hope rubbed off on me when I took my swim around the gene pool. She collected owls, which is why I do too, but there's much more about her that I hope to emulate beyond her obsession with these wide eyed & feathered creatures.
First, she's 75 and she has no grey hair. Unheard of, I know, but it's true.
Second, she's not afraid to take risks. I've seen this woman try to rollerblade down a hill at 60, she tried paddleboarding this past summer, and I coerced her into more games of hopscotch than any person over 50 should ever agree to play.
Third, she's a really good listener. Like I said, no judgements. She will listen to your story and give her two cents, but she let's you figure out the answer on your own.
Lastly, she can laugh at herself. I truly believe, this is crucial in making it 75 years and not turning into a pessimistic little turtle. If you can overcome any obstacle or embarassing moment with a little humor, you're going to be a much happier person, and Grandy is living proof. She's said some silly things, but all we ever remember is that we ended up laughing together.
(Grandy gave me these three owls for my college graduation and said, "I know you, your mom and I may seem very different, but we are all very much the same." Wise lady.)
She's daring, loyal, witty & one of my best friends. She's three times my age and if you add our ages together, we'd be 100. I feel quite lucky to have such an amazing Grandy in my life, with plenty enough spunk to reassure me that she isn't going anywhere any time soon. I need to remember to learn all I can from her while she is here and able to share all her stories & wisdom. So, Happy 75th Birthday to the one and only, Grandy.
a snippet of my owl collection:
Which one is your fave?
Hi All! Today we're talking about the basic black bootie! We all need some sort of basic black bootie in our closets, I prefer to have mine with a heel since I'm a bit on the short side. Heels are always a good choice to lengthen your legs! The Barney's Co-Op booties are awesome but $425 is a pretty big chunk of change. Our Caden bootie in black gives you the same look and feel but for only $45!
Get a pair of Caden's for yourself here!
Not sure if you knew, but our designers are always traveling back and forth to China to check up on the production of our shoes, and to look for inspiration for our upcoming collections. When the designers travel to China, they mostly stay cooped up in the office sketching like crazy, but sometimes they get a bit of time to venture outside to see the sights!
We wanted to share with you some pictures that our designer, Lindsey D. took on her last trip to China! She is traveling in China now as well and promised to come back with more pictures to share!
(Chicken cheetos?! When do you think these will make their U.S. debut? Kind of surprised they haven't yet...)
(Chinese Coca-Cola! Mmm... tasty & refreshing.)
(Gigantic suitcase! Our designers often have to travel with loads of material samples, so let's just say they don't always travel light.)
(Hotel workspace & a killer view!)
(Vintage mailboxes. Ya, let's go with that.)
(A tasty/creepy milk drink.)
(Shenzhen, CN // Coco Park Mall)
(Spaceship white out. Yes, it's true.)
(Street food. Anyone hungry?)
(It's true. They are quite serious about tea in China.)
(Manequin/Peace sign! :) )
Have any of you been to China? If not, do you hope to make the trip one day?
Until next time, xoxo.
So, it's no secret that we love partnering with bloggers, artists, designers, stylists, photographers, musicians over here - we love to be inspired by all the amazing things that people are creating! We wanted to celebrate some of the awesome women that make up our Blowfish family, so we started this It Girl program! An It Girl exudes effortless originality, isn't afraid to express herself, and offers a bit of the unexpected! She also has amazing style - so we've asked her to pick a selection of her favorite shoes!
Meet Valentina Duracinsky! She is a blogger, musician, fashionista, traveller, and just an all around renaissance woman! She writes lovely posts (she guest blogs for Blowfish too) and lyrics and we love seeing her in our shoes! You can check out her amazing blog here, or one of her performances here. Valentina was the obvious pick for our January "It Girl" and she is the first of our International bloggers! In 2012 we launched International Shipping, so in 2013 we are working on spreading our shoe love around the globe, with help from fashionable role models like the lovely, Valentina.
Our interview with Valentina:
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Davis, California and then moved to Spain when I was seven. When I turned ten, my dad was offered jobs in New Jersey and Paris, France… he chose Paris.
What's your idea of the perfect adventure?
What an interesting question… A little story before I answer. I went to Dublin last summer, alone, with no plans, just a friend who let me stay in his house. It was frightening to know very little people but I decided to just 'go with it and I said yes to any opportunity that ended up being loads of fun. So, I think the perfect adventures are sometimes those that aren't planned.
When did you start playing music and where do you find the inspiration for your songs?
I've been playing guitar for over twelve years. I started writing songs when I was a teenager (I'm glad I can't remember any of those). I started writing what I call "real songs" the summer of 2011. My first song was about a boy… sheesh. He was Irish and for some reason I felt inspired! At least it got me started. I focus a lot on lyrics. Beautiful lyrics that can mean different things to different people. I'm so proud of the songs I've written since I bought my 000-15 Martin guitar last September. Lisa Hannigan, Nick Drake, Ben Howard and Anaïs Mitchell have been my main inspirations in the last few months. I used to think I could only write about myself because I'm the only person I really know, but I just finished a story-song about a fisherman. It's completely fictional! I had no idea I could do it. I love it. Writing songs is amazing. Actually, coming up with anything that hasn't been sung, written, hummed, or painted before is both frightening and exhilarating. Each song I write is different and I make sure they don't all sound the same. I use different instruments to come up with new ideas and sounds. I recently bought a harmonium. It would be my favorite instrument I own if I wasn't so head over heels in love with my guitar.
What was your favorite thing about 2012?
Oh my goodness! Have you seen my "highlights of 2012" blog post?? I wanted to cry after I wrote it. 2012 was such a wonderful year… I think my favorite moments were getting my guitar and going to Ireland in the summer.
What are you looking forward to most in 2013?
I decided to take this spring semester off to go back home with my guitar and focus on songwriting. I also can't wait to go to Ireland and play every single Open Mic available. I also look forward to sharing my adventures on my blog… who doesn't want to hear about Paris! I would love to record my debut album but I'm not sure how to get there. One step at a time. Everything will happen when I'm ready for it.
What do you have planned for your time in Paris?
First and foremost, songwriting. Music will be my #1 priority. I will try to get a part time job & I will try to blog often. To be honest, there are so many things to do in Paris… I can't wait to see my friends, to go thrifting (best thrift stores ever!), to drink legally (I'm very european, in that view), to have some time to myself, to cook… there are so many things I want to do! Living in Europe also means being able to travel quite easily. I can't wait to discover new cities, to meet new people, to grow with the experiences.
What has blogging taught you?
It has taught me to understand the line between sharing too much and just enough that I feel comfortable. It's also taught me what hard work is!! I have classes, I have to sit down and write songs, and I have to update my blog ever day or two. Sometimes I forget that a normal college kid doesn't have this much to do. It's also taught me how to work with companies, and how to promote things on the internet. So many more things, really...
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself living in Ireland. I see myself already done with my debut album and –I hope– successful enough that I can tour the country, and the world! Everyday my blog grows, so by then, if would be nice if blogging was a part-time job, so I could focus solely on music.
What are your favorite places to shop?
I absolutely love thrift stores. I only recently started shopping online, and I have to say my favorite shops are Blowfish and Ruche! Oh, and let's not forget Dear Creatures.
Are you more of a flats or heels kinda gal?
I'm in between to be honest. I never wear high heels, maybe just an inch or two. I'm terrified of falling over. I've done it. It's not fun. It makes my mother laugh when I tell her the stories though.
What is your favorite season and why?
I think my favorite season is autumn. I just love the colors! But then every season has something beautiful to offer. Snow in winter, flowers in spring… But it rains all year round in Ireland.
Where is your favorite place you've ever been?
Can you guess? Ireland, of course. Hands down. I'm in love with the country, with the people, with the music, with the beer (& Baileys). It's where I want to go after college.
In what ways (if any) has traveling the world helped to define you & your music?
You learn from each place you visit. Traveling makes you grow; you learn of new cultures, new ways to see the world. My mom is Colombian, so I go Colombia every other summer. It's very different from any other country I ever visited! It opened my eyes. As to how traveling defines my music, I don't really know yet. I'm sure there's some influence somewhere in my songs!
If you read my last post, you know that taking more pictures is one of my resolutions for 2013. I went to Malibu this past weekend in hopes to get lots of great snapshots, but the rain kept my new camera safe in the car. The sun poked out for a minute yesterday and I took some snapshots in my friend's garden. I loved all the colors of the cacti and succulents so much that it made me want to start a little garden of my own. I do not have a yard at my apartment, but there is a small outdoor space where I could certainly tend to some potted herbs and such.
I wore the QUITE oxfords all day yesterday. They added the perfect finishing touch to a casual jeans & tshirt look. Take a closer look here.
In 2013 there are some definite places I want to visit with my new camera in hand. Just moving to Los Angeles, there is so much to explore within the city limits, but I want to use my weekends to explore some of the many other hidden gems along this western coast! I put a little list together of all the places I want to visit, and I hope to start with a trip to San Diego this month!
My 2013 Trip List:
(Another trip to Joshua Tree!)
If I could actually make it to all of these places in 2013, I would be one very happy lady! I've been dreaming about making a trip to visit one of my friends in the Netherlands as well, but that would be serious dreams coming true. There is certainly no harm in hoping! :)
Until next time, ciao!
Hi guys, I'm here to talk about my favorite wedges, Iris! Tis' the season to go to holiday parties & these have been my go to shoes. They're dressy, comfy, & go perfectly with almost any outfit. The one detail that I really love on these shoes is the t-strap, which gives my outfits a vintage-y touch. I wear them with a dress & tights, then BAM! I'm good to go & party it up for the holidays.
Get a pair of Iris for yourself here!