"I never met a Manolo I didn't like." - Kittie France

"You can never have enough hats, gloves and shoes." - Patsy Stone

"I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty." - Imelda Marcos

"I never met a Manolo I didn't like." - Kittie France

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Day 90 - Stitched

At the hairdresser's, wearing a magnificent pair of Manolo Blahnik Carolyne slingback variations with blanket/whip stitching.  They are accompanied by Ormonde Jayne's Ormonde Man.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 89 - Tassels

Very sweet Kate Spade slingback tassel-adorned kitten heels meeting some very charming Mexicans, accompanied by the sublime Champaca by Ormonde Jayne.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 88 - Year of the Rabbit

Dining at a top-secret Chinatown location in what is of course the year of the Rabbit, these magnificently elegant T-bars in a toasty beige by Christian Louboutin (check out the red heel interior) are beautiful in every way - including being very comfortable to wear.  Congratulations, M Louboutin!  They are accompanied by an equally beautiful scent by the great London perfume house Ormonde Jayne, Tiare.  I'm a new convert - these are really wonderful fragrances!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Day 87 - Shoes in the wild

These not-so-shy little Miu Miu kitten heeled mules (black leather appliqued onto white, with black heels) were surprised by the camera whilst out grazing at lunchtime today.  They were paired with the sublime Diorella by Christian Dior.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Day 86 - Sunday with friends

Vintage Charles Jourdan gold sandals featuring perspex panels having a sigh on a Sunday evening after a long day, happily entertaining some equally hard-working friends.  Worn with the delightful Chanel No 18 from Les Exclusifs.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day 85 - Posh spice

These stunning Manolo Blahnik black sequinned peep-toes were dining at the Spice Temple at Melbourne's Crown, accompanied by Serge Lutens' Cedre.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Day 84 - Navy blue

Manolo Blahnik slingbacks in the classic Carolyne style, this time in navy blue.  Just everyday working shoes having a rest on a Friday evening after work.  They are worn with an oldie but goodie - Loulou by Cacherel.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Day 83 - Red carpet

Black leather and suede perforated pumps by Jimmy Choo on the red carpet, paired with Hypnotic Poison by Christian Dior.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Day 82 - Visitors from America

Kittie has guests - very charming and stylish American guests.  Just breezing in from New York, these Cordovan Monk Straps in Ox Blood by shoemaker Alden are pictured following a nice cup of tea at Self Preservation on Collins Street. From the Alden website:  "Since 1884, the Alden Shoe Company has designed and manufactured classic gentlemen's footwear that represents America's tradition of old-school, custom shoemaking at its finest".  Indeed.
So as not to be completely upstaged, Kittie is wearing some stylish straps of her own.  These brown satin heels by Manolo Blahnik feature olive green leather heels and trim.  They are worn with Lyric by Amouage.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Day 81 - Tessellated

Here I am posed on a lovely tessellated tile terrace belonging to a gracious home in Parkville, wearing a pair of Kate Spade kitten heels with bows and - an 80s classic I'm finally old enough to wear - Paloma Picasso eau de parfum (vintage).  I mean that in the best possible way.  I love it.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 80 - Black satin

Yummy Vera Wang black satin slingbacks enjoying their evening, accompanied by Diptyque's Jardin Clos.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 79 - Warm day by the pool

Marni canvas flats on an unusually warm, humid day in autumn posed poolside, accompanied by Clarins Eau Dynamisante.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Day 78 - Shopping shoes

Emilio Pucci brightly-coloured linen slides with wooden soles, shopping at one of Melbourne's retail meccas, Doncaster, or "Donny", Shopping Town, accompanied by Chanel Pour Monsieur, a very delightful cologne also in my view pour madame.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 77 - Beer O'Clock

Partaking of a quick bevvy apres-work with colleagues at Self Preservation, these Emanuel Ungaro slingbacks in beige perforated ponyskin with what looks like faux-lizard trim on the toe tips and heels are enjoying what is traditionally known in these parts as "beer o'clock" (not that Kittie drinks much beer).   Please admire the trademark Ungaro hot pink soles, which are partnered with the luscious Premier Figuier Extreme by L'Artisan Parfumeur.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 76 - Vue du monde

Lovely day surveying my home town from the top of 55 Collins Street, which was designed by I M Pei back in the very early '70s.  The heels are Manolo basic pumps in a beige leather, accompanied by Parfum Sacre by Caron, a peppery chypre delight!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Day 75 - Deja vu

OK, OK, I know that you are probably thinking...she's run out of shoes, so she's repeating them!  Oh, and while we're at it, she's also repeating shooting scenes (this striped laneway has been seen before).  Well, sure, the laneway and shoes have been seen before, but as to running out of shoes and ideas....absolutely, no, no, no!!  Nothing could be farther from the truth!  I'm only wearing these lovely Manolo Blahnik greyish taupe mules again (they were in last night's post adorned with clip-on bling) because Alice wanted a better look at them.  The colour is quite unusual, bordering on what I call 'Weimeraner' - a luxurious soft greyish brown, like the dog.  They have a low kitten heel, a relatively deep vamp - no toe cleavage - and a scalloped braid-like trim.  They are worn with Chanel's ethereal Bois des Iles, a fabulous autumnal scent.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 74 - On the runway

A bit blurry but I like this shot, taken on the runway at the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival late this evening.  This very charming pair of Manolo Blahnik taupe mules have a subtle scalloped braid around the edge of the vamp.  Because I've gone from work to evening I've glammed them up with some clip-on 'Shoe Bling' (TM), which is probably a terrible sin.  Forgive me if so, Manolo!  Worn with Estee Lauder's Youth Dew Amber Nude.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Day 73 - Happy holiday

Labour Day in the park on the swing with a very fun pair of Manolo Blahnik sandals, with nude leather straps strung with coral-coloured beads that make a lovely shaking sound when you walk.  The heels are striped wooden stack heels in shades of neutral and soft red.  Perfect for a day off!  Worn with (again) Guerlain's Cologne du Parfumeur.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Day 72 - Wedding

What a lovely Sunday for an outdoor wedding of two dear old friends!  These Kate Spade Thai silk mules in a divine lavender and maroon hibiscus design were there celebrating the joyous occasion, accompanied by Frederic Malle's Portrait of a Lady.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Day 71 - Whirlpool

Very Esther Williams!  Prada oatmeal canvas slides with shell-like bead and lace detail and wood-stack heels having a good time on Saturday night, accompanied by Cartier's Eau de Cartier. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Day 70 - Friday night

Isabella Fiore slingbacks in a nut brown with cute wooden button detail enjoying a glass of champers or three on Friday after a hard week at work, accompanied by a refreshing new acquisition, Guerlain's Cologne du Parfumeur.  This elegant scent was created in 2010 by the house's new master parfumeur, the interestingly named Thierry Wasser (I originally assumed he was a cologne ingredient rather than the creator).  Silly moi!  

...Oh, alright, I suppose I'll have another glass...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Day 69 - The blue hour

Manolo Blahnik black mules with chunky silver chain detail posed at carpark #425, at that hour between light and dark either end of the day - what the French call l'heure bleue (the blue hour), which occurs at dawn or twilight.  These lovely heels are partnered with - well, what do you know? - L'Heure Bleue, Guerlain's immortal classic from 1912. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day 68 - Sacre Bleu!

Sergio Rossi teal blue slings with silver buckle detail and wood stacked heels.  They're worn with the dreamy fragrance Sacrebleu by Patricia de Nicolai (nee Guerlain) of Parfums de Nicolai.  I  bought this in Paris a few years ago and I love it.  I also love that a woman is running a maison de parfum!  Apparently this is a reference/tribute to Guerlain's beautiful classic, L'Heure Bleue.  Try it!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Day 67 - Chinatown

Chinatown, Melbourne, lunchtime, Tuesday.  Lunching at an undisclosed location - because it's so good I want to keep it a secret.  Tottered down Little Bourke Street in these lovely Kate Spade patent peeptoes, bought a few years ago at the store on Oak Street in Chicago - when I was lucky to snap them up for 50 bucks (they were relocating over the road and selling off stock super-cheap).  The style is 'Gwen' and they are easy to wear.  Note the double heel strap and interesting criss-cross detail.  Worn with Serge Lutens' Cedre.  Great feng shooey.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Day 66 - White shoe brigade

A heavenly warm early autumn day in a lovely pair of Manolo Blahnik white patent sandals, enjoying themselves in the park accompanied by Chanel's elegant and refreshing Bel Respiro from Les Exclusifs.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Day 65 - Bread

Helga (sorry, Kittie) has been baking bread in an advanced breadmaking course in the bakery at the Abbotsford Convent. All morning, into the day, wearing Funkis clogs from Sweden, the perfect kitchen accessory. No perfume necessary, except for that of yeast, cinnamon and rising bread. Yummy!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Day 64 - Mirrored

Suede peeptoe pumps with mirrored heels by Zara, in a much-admired cobalt colour, pictured on a Saturday lunch outing, worn with Shanghai Tang's Mandarin Tea cologne.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 63 - Urban shoe myth

As Carrie said in Sex and the City about these magnificent creatures: "Oh my God! Do you know what these are? Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes. I thought these were an urban shoe myth." Well, these are no myth - they are very real, and very beautiful. The style is Campari and the heel is a rather challenging (for Kittie at least) 4 inches high. They are black patent leather trimmed in black grosgrain. Worn with Estee Lauder's Youth Dew Amber Nude.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day 62 - Back to nature

Ah, nature! These heroic Sergio Rossi black slingback heels with interesting detailed leatherwork are looking serious in the landscape atop a mossy rock in front of a majestic spotted gum. They are joyfully paired with one of my absolute favourite fragrances, Amouage Jubilation 25.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 61 - Town Hall

Mid-brown mesh round-toe slingbacks by Christian Louboutin (see the red under the heels) in a style called Quadrillette, worn with L'Artisan Parfumeur's Timbuktu, one of my faves. The shot is taken at Melbourne Town Hall after an International Women's Day function.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day 60 - Never smile at a crocodile

First day of autumn. These choc mock croc Max Studio slings have been amongst my most cherished investments, even if they are made in China (and, be assured, hardly any of my shoes are). With their comfortable spike heels and cross-over straps, they are very handsome, well-made and easy to wear. They're also quite a few years old. Taking a gasp of fresh air during the working day with a dear friend, they are paired with the delightful 'masculine' rose fragrance of Twill Rose by Les Parfums de Rosine.