Yes, I am now completely addicted to platform wedge boots. It all started with an innocent fascination with the Acne Atacomas and has now blown up to something much larger than me. What to do... what to do? But to look at more and more platform booties and hope to get sick of them eventually? I have definitely logged in too many internet hours just admiring these tall, chunky spectacles and I'm not sure that my strategy is working. I mean, really, what is more exciting than having your feet look like hooves?

Let me share some of my favorites:

Here is a pair from Irregular Choice. Ever since they started introducing those Japanese-looking shoes with a toe gap, I discontinued my fascination with the brand. However, their newest collection has caught my attention with these "Flashing Lights" booties. BTW, they also have an amazing collection of creepers right now especially some metallic pink ones that remind me of my rave days.

These are a little cray-cray but unique for sure.

Next up is Rick Owens' Wedge Zip Low Boots and Bondage Boots.
Or how about its even cooler covertible counterpart, the Pull On Wedge Flap Boots. Available at Luisaviaroma.
If you're like me and can't part with a thousand bucks of hard-earned cash for shoes (at least not yet), Jeffrey Campbell has a slightly similar variation with the "99" Zip Wedge. Apparently, the 99 has been flying off the shelves and at most places, they are on backorder. However, I believe new shipments will be arriving any time now.

Or these Minimarket booties that have an industrial back zipper which give it a tough look without compromising the sleek lines.

And of course, I've been diligently waiting for the LF x Jeffrey Campbell Collab "Alexa" booties to come in. Now that they are here, and I have my order placed, I just hope that I picked the right size since they only come in whole sizes.
Fianlly, I found a sleeker alternative to the clunky trend for when you'd rather have feet like a gazelle rather than a moose.

Eileen Shield's Tara fits the bill pretty well. Soft luxurious suede with a contrasting angular wedge makes it both a statement piece and a great every day boot. They look great on Vanilla-Scented.


Irish I Were Drunk

LA Made striped turtleneck dress : Vintage belt : Target knee highs : Salvatore Ferragamo riding boots : Vintage quilted purse

It was raining cats and dogs last night, but somehow I still got talked into going to see The Pogues. Maybe it was because I wanted to check out a band that has been around for more than a quarter-century and has garnered a rather large following or maybe it was because the hubby is half-Irish and I wanted him to get back to his roots. Either way, the music and crowd made me feel a bit like I was in a big, rowdy Irish bar where you couldn't understand the bartender. You see, Shane MacGowen, was already wasted when he got on stage. Apparently, he has quite the reputation. It was an interesting show to say the least, but I will have to admit watching a drunk guy blubbering on stage with traditional Irish music playing in the background was pretty entertaining.

French Follies

Automne-Hiver 09

I now need me some Docs- in every color of the rainbow.


The Alexa is HERE!

For those who missed out on the black/silver Acne Atacomas or was waiting for something a little more affordable, the Alexa booties are now available at LF online. The Poland is following close behind...


Like a Child

Sometimes I forget it how great it is to get out and watch live music. In college, that was pretty much my life. I still have the ticket stubs to prove it! Last week I was finally able to catch Junior Boys in action at a venue that will be moving soon due to urban sprawl. Dontcha just love it. On top of watching one of my current fave bands, I've added another band to my list. Circlesquare opened up the show and their sound is definitely late '70s/early '80s a la Joy Division with a modern twist. Their cd is currently on repeat in my stereo.

Trevor from Circlesquare has the best Lyle Lovett hair.

Kristi sportin' her A.Wang bag like no other.


Happy Days

I realized more of my purchases have been in a darker and muted color palette which makes me wonder if I'm getting more sophisticated or just more boring. Hopefully, not the latter. Either way, I do dress depending on my mood and sometimes my mood calls for lots of color. This would be one of those days.

Kirra top : 7 for All Mankind jeans : Diesel sneakers : Target socks

My candy pink velcro sneakers are by Diesel. I bought them in New Orleans around the early 2000's from my fave shoe store at the time (Hearts & Soles I believe?). They definitely make me feel like a kid again.


Studly Shorts

I need to stud me some light blue shorts. I love these but maybe at a slightly shorter length. Knee-length baggy jean shorts just aren't very flattering IMHO. Nor am I digging the spiky heeled boots with the shorts. I like how she tried to dress up the outfit but I'm thinking some feminine combat boots would have worked better.
caroline's mode


Vroom Vroom

Holy gumshoes! This double finger ring by Little Rooms is amazing, and I believe my fingers are having minor heart (finger?) attacks just looking at it.

I love the details. For some reason, it reminds me of Monopoly. The rest of the collection is almost equally fantastic. Cityscapes, retro radios, and entry locks- I want it all!


Babies! Need I say more?

A friend and her bf started this wacky baby comic that is just too cute to keep in the dark. You have to check it out! Babies have never been so cool.
Baby Here and There

P.S.- She even dedicated today's comic of the day to Invasionista! You may recognize Baby wearing some style picks from this post. Thank you Julai and Jason! :)


Boots a la Mode

For those of us who can't afford Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte thigh high strappy boots, Caroline has inspired us with a little diy and ingenuity to make our own boot-iful(i know, i know) masterpiece.

where did you get that
Thank you Caroline!

And it looks like Jeffrey Campbell did it again. I would probably hold out on a nicer pair of thigh highs since these look horribly cheap and the straps are too wide.
But if you must, they are available at Lori's Shoes


City Shop Guide Up and Running!

I originally started Invasionista to promote local brick & mortar shops in the era of increasing e-commerce. I love online stores, don't get me wrong, but I also, personally, love to try on, touch, and see the real product before making any sort of commitment. With that in mind, I finally started up the City Shop Guide section of this site. The link is on the left sidebar near the top or you can just go here. Each city will be a post, and you can search by city in the left sidebar. I've started off with my own city, Houston. Hopefully, this will help guide you in your shopping adventures while out-of-town or even help you discover unique treasures in your own city that you didn't even know about. I will constantly be adding new shops, so come back for updates!

If you are interested in being a shop correspondent for your city, please contact me at invasionista@gmail.com.

[image from New York Magazine]
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