"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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 243 - En garde!

These magnificent Manolo Blahnik navy Carolyne-style slingbacks graced with suede detail are pictured adjacent to one of Kittie's favourite haunts, the Cellar Bar. Spring is in the air, so they are paired with Osmanthus Interdite by Parfum d'Empire.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Day 242 - Bright lights

Pictured at the end of a long day surveying the city lights, these very charming Manolo Blahnik brown satin shoes trimmed with olive leather heels and ties are worn with L'Artisan Parfumeur's elegant tribute to Kittie's favourite rhizome, Iris Pallida.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 241 - Patent and pointy

Patent, pointy Pradas on the street today partnered with Cedre by Serge Lutens.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Day 240 - Flowers Vasette

Another pair of Charles Jourdans, this time vintage gold block-heeled sandals with perspex 'windows'. They are pictured today at my favourite flower shop, Flowers Vasette, on Melbourne's Brunswick Street, partnered with 3 Fleurs by Parfum d'Empire. The '3 Fleurs' are jasmine, tuberose and rose, and it's a very joyful springlike fragrance I picked up at Libertine in Brisbane.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Day 239 - Perfect, classic, red

I've been saving these up all year. They are one of my most treasured pairs of shoes, worn to bits in walking expeditions in many cities around the world, but somehow only improving with age. Bought in Macy's in New York in 2002, these bright blood red ankle boots are by the now defunct maison des chaussures Charles Jourdan. Even though they were reduced, it was in the days when the Aussie dollar was trading at about 50c to the USD, and the transaction was deeply painful (I'm talking $500, on sale!). I reasoned that the purchase was a long term investment, and I might end up paying a dollar a wear. A good call, as it turned out. I think they may have been produced during Patrick Cox's brief reign at CJ. Anyway, to whoever was responsible, thank you! They are worn with another great French export, the refreshingly herbaceous Eau de Gloire by Parfum d'Empire.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Day 238 - 18

Kittie's beloved Manolo Blahnik slingbacks in tan with silver detail are pictured this evening against the backdrop of an 18th birthday party. They are paired with Chanel's Eau de Cologne.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Day 237 - Simplicity

Could anything be simpler than these barely-there sandals by Manolo Blahnik? Just a few scraps of leather thrown together to create another masterwork. They are paired today with a great classic from 1969, Guerlain's Chamade.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Day 236 - Kittie in cream

Yes, the cat got the cream. Cream Jimmy Choo mules, that is, pictured relaxing after a rather long day. They are accompanied by the tropical floral Sampaquita by Ormonde Jayne.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Day 235 - Travelling north

Pictured arriving this evening at the gateway to Australia's 'deep north', the sultry city of Brisbane, Kittie is wearing her navy Manolo Blahnik Carolyne slingbacks, and a few sprays of Chanel's Bel Respiro.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Day 234 - Flora

Chocolate brown suede and patent leather Jimmy Choo kitten heel slingbacks pictured today on a makeshift floral background to celebrate the long-awaited hint of spring in the air. They are accompanied by the very lovely Tiare by Ormonde Jayne.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Day 233 - Call me a doctor

Not just any doctor: Dr Scholl, no less. Today featuring a special edition of the classic exercise sandal featuring hand-painted bases in soft pastels and silver leather straps. They are worn with Hermes Un Jardin sur le Nil. I feel better already.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Day 232 - Yum cha

Ni hao!  These soft pink leather flats by Vera Wang Lavender were last seen with Kittie in Chicago a few months ago. Adorned with trademark VW bling, they have hidden low wedges which make them supremely comfortable, as well as being stylish, beautiful and eye-catching. Today they are pictured post-yum cha in one of the better restaurants in Melbourne's Chinese belt to the north of the city - Plume. I recommend the har gow. They are worn with Shanghai Tang's Mandarin Tea.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Day 231 - TGIF

Emanuel Ungaro faux croc and perforated ponyhair slingbacks in a flattering beige poised in contemplation of a very welcome weekend. I love the rich pink of Ungaro undersoles. They are partnered with one of the great classics, Guerlain's Mitsouko.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Day 230 - Olive

A pair of very well-loved burnished olive John Fluevog lace-ups with wood-stack heels enjoying an olive or two with a glass of aged chardonnay at Self Preservation this evening, accompanied by Parfums de Nicolai's rich chypre Odalisque.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Day 229 - Smoke gets in your eyes

On a foggy moonlit evening, these Kate Spade patent black peeptoes are in the smoky cabaret venue Downstairs at Alma's, accompanied by Ormonde Jayne's Frangipani.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Day 228 - Cafe shoes

Eileen Shields low-rise red-soled shoes in a beautiful rich textured brown posed at Laurent in downtown Melbourne today, worn with the rich and lovely Champaca by Ormonde Jayne.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Day 227 - Liaison

On a moody day, sipping coffee at one of Melbourne's great coffee houses, Liaison, positioned down an obscure lane just opposite the backyard of the bastion of 19th century old boy chauvinism, the Melbourne Club, these breezy Manolo Blahnik beige pumps are partnered with another classic - Ormonde Jayne's elegant green Tiare. Love, love, love!!! And phooey to the chauvinists!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Day 226 - Hyacinth

Sunday, and it feels like Spring is just around the corner in these jaunty Prada silk mules and a few sprays of that green springlike classic bursting with the intense fragrances of hyacinth and galbanum, Chanel No 19.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Day 225 - Chinoiserie

Saturday night after dinner. Classic Jimmy Choo slingbacks in rich brown pictured on a favourite chair, accompanied by a spritz of Ananas Fizz by L'Artisan Parfumeur.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Day 224 - So Frenchy, so chic

Magnificent Chanel Mary Janes in black and caramel at Laurent patisserie today, accompanied by 31 Rue Cambon by Chanel. Tres chic!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Day 223 - Attrape-coeur

Cute black fabric Eileen Shields pumps pictured this evening at Self Preservation, paired with Attrape-Coeur by Guerlain.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Day 222 - Burgundy and cognac

Burgundy suede and patent high heels by Tod's pictured today with the cognac-inspired 1697 by Frapin.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Day 221 - Climbing the corporate ladder

Sublime classic Manolo Blahnik red suede pumps triumphant over an unfortunate former colleague in the workplace. Yes, it's a tough environment and I hope he rests in peace. (Kittie quite likes the idea of crushing men underfoot! Well, OK, some more than others.) These are paired with the very grown-up fragrance Bois des Iles from the Chanel Les Exclusifs collection.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Day 220 - Reflected

Today's shoes are Sergio Rossi black stiletto pumps with white stitching and silver detail worn with Timbuktu by L'Artisan Parfumeur.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Day 219 - Hello Eileen

Elegant Manolo Blahnik perforated suede slingback sandals at Sunday lunch today with friends in fabulous Flinders Lane, posed against an Eileen Grey side table and worn with Tom Ford's Youth Dew Amber Nude for Estee Lauder.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Day 218 - Flip flop

Post-pedicure feet pictured today in some Italian-made flip-flops with sparkly features, accompanied by the zesty Ananas Fizz by L'Artisan Parfumeur.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Day 217 - Minnehaha

Very striking Manolo Blahnik peeptoes with a bit of a Minnehaha look - beige suede with brown whip stitching and bows - posed on the tartan carpet at the entrance of Melbourne's premier accessory boutique, Christine, accompanied by a waft of Amouage Jubilation 25.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Day 216 - Upside down

Interesting angle achieved by taking a photo of myself with my Blackberry. They look startled, if that's possible. Charles Jourdan vintage patent pumps (probably 80s) are partnered with Chanel's No 5 Eau Premiere.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Day 215 - Big cat

Prowling after a quick snifter at The European with friends, these sublime Emma Hope flats in leopard-print hide with leather trim are posed at the Princess' Theatre, accompanied by a splash or three of the delightful cologne Eau d'Italie.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Day 214 - Round

Jimmy Choo pumps in black leather and suede with round cut-outs resting this evening after an exhausting day, enhanced by Iris Pallida by L'Artisan Parfumeur.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Day 213 - Ripper

Manolo Blahnik navy suede and leather Carolyne slingbacks subduing a recently ripped-open gift of Veuve Cliquot champagne, paired with Eau d'Italie.