2.27.2010

Smitten Saturday

Harness Your Enthusiasm Kittens, I know many of you, like me, are frightened to spend an arm and a leg on a pair of boots that sport monstrous embellishments for the sheer fact that you are frightened. Frightened that, once ostentatious decorations fall out of style – as they so often do – you will be stuck with a priceless pair of shoes that are, quite possibly, unwearable. Fear not! Like a caped crusader emerging out of the darkness comes The 2 Bandits.

The brilliant idea of design duo Erica Chan and Tamar Wider, Bandits are fancy flourishes that one can add or remove from their footwear du jour to dress them up and put a pop of personality into place. Cast a splash of Southwest flavor to your ensemble by slipping the colorful Cherokee around the shaft of a pair of rustic riding boots; go glam with the sophisticated Sunday sitting front and center atop a cognac-hued boot; or channel your inner biker babe by sliding the harness-like Gold/Black Pair around the ankle of a motorcycle boot. Remember, these boots were made for walking…and impressing!

Glitter-ific! As a lover of all things sparkly, shimmery, and lustrous, I find it downright devastating that incorporating the lightest dusting of glitter into my daily make-up regimen evaded me until this very moment. All this time I have searched for a product that would provide a dewy, glistening glow about my cheekbones, around my eyes, and even over my shoulders, but never did glitter so much as cross my mind before discovering mark’s Crystal Shimmer Luminous Loose Powder.

The sheer powder sits upon your skin in a very lightweight fashion, and catches the light in a way that makes you twinkle like the brightest star in the sky. It’s enough to have created an obsession within me, leading me to seek out even more glittering gems, including mark’s Twinklebelle, Sophistique Sheer Shimmer Body Creme, and Flavored Body Powder from Urban Decay. Ready to get glittery?

Stud Muffin It’s quite bizarre, I suppose. You can see the rings adorning my fingers from no less than twenty-feet away; yet when it comes to the baubles peeking from my ears, they’re practically invisible. Perhaps it has something to do with the accident I was mixed up in at the age of eight involving a barely there hoop earring and a Burger King playplace; an accident that left my earlobe unscathed yet in a state of throbbing pain. Since then I have cast all matter of hoops and danglers aside, regardless of how fetching their appearance is, and embraced studs and only studs. Not every stud will do, mind you. It’s essential to find ones that match each and every aspect of your personality.

Elizabeth and James’ Pollen Earrings, for instance, correspond magically with my inner flashy femme fatale; my nature-loving naïveté simply can’t get enough of Juicy Couture’s Butterfly Stud Earrings; and the flower child in me instantly comes to life when Giles & Brother’s Rose Studs are part of the equation. Have you been suckered in by studs, dolls?

What were you smitten with this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to We ♥ It and The 2 Bandits for the pictures.


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47 comments

The Style Revolution said...

Love this post. The 2 Bandits Rock. Love their stuff. This week I was smitten with my Siwy Jeans. I love this denim line. Also, the boyfriend cashmere cardi I made... Its been super freaking cold in South Florida the past few days.

Happy Weekend xoxo

Tracy

The Style Revolution said...

Erika... Have you used the mark shimmer? Do you know if it has talc?

Thanks Tracy

Hope said...

I love the idea of the glitter powder! And studs are my absolute favorite! They add a level of "classy-ness" to any outfit.

http://cupcakesofsilk.blogspot.com

Sara Lynn said...

ohh the little brown ones!!!! They are so cute!! :D

I hope that you are having a great week Erika :)

Jacqueline said...

I love stud earrings! I have elephant studs, hello kitty studs, and rose studs. xo

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daisychain said...

Oh I am so ready to get glittery. Have a sparkly weekend sweetheart.

Audrey Allure said...

Great picks, I love all of Elizabeth&James things.

Dancing Branflake said...

Great post! I had my stud caught on a lady's purse when I was in third grade. I rarely wear earrings now even though my husband gave me pearls one Christmas and danglers this past V-Day. Both beautiful but both got returned.
I'm smitten with smokey eyes. I'm beginning to experiment with them just this week.

Couture Carrie said...

Those chained boots are fantastic, darling!

Hope you're having a super Saturday!

xoxox,
CC

Dina's Days said...

I will take those Rose Studs thank you very much! So elegant! I guess I am smitten by the fact that I am going to check out a waterfall in 30 degree weather. Being stuck in the house because of countless snow storms has really given me cabin fever. Time to switch it up a little.

Have a great week Erika.
xoxo

K said...

I like the idea of adding something to your boots. It definitely switches things up.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Is that you coming out of the cab? It totally should be love!

Oh and those rose studs? Lovely, lovely, lovely!

Leah said...

The flavored body powder sounds yummy and it glitters which is a plus.

Happy weekend Erika! xoxo

nookie said...

I want those 2 bandits brown boots!

Luana said...

Those Elizabeth and James earrings are stunning! I'm not too happy with the pricetag though. This weekend I'm loving laying around in my pj's while the wind blows like mad outside — it makes me feel so safe and warm :3

J. said...

This week I was smitten with Brendan Benson...he put on a good show Wednesday night!

Melmo said...

aw. these boots are a wonderful idea!!!

Leia said...

I love the idea of glitter make-up! And the rose studs are GORGEOUS <3

Aury said...

Bandits has my heart racing Erika darling. I think that my quite possibly be the best fashion idea ever!

Fantastic post my darling!

Josie said...

I am always smitten with sparkle :) Tory Burch shoes and anything Elizabeth and James are my current obsessions. Lovely.
xxoo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Liya said...

think i've heard of this before! awesome idea

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Sherin said...

I love the idea of adding accessories to your boots! Its such a perfect idea! I'm tempted to buy everything from their store!!

EmbodyingFashion said...

omg im so in love with those black freakin' adorable boots. Want them, NOW! :)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I'm kind of the opposite of you. I only wear dangly earrings or my usual giant silver hoop earrings. I think it's because I wear my hair down all the time and those are the type of earrings that you can see that way. Lol.

But I have to admit those butterfly earrings are simply gorgeous. I wouldn't mind wearing my hair back a couple days a week to show those babies off! You might just turn me into a stud girl, Erika! ;)

I hope you're having a fab weekend! xoxo

Jamie Jenson said...

Oh, Erika. You are just lovely. Happy Saturday!

Joanne said...

I think I have more boots than any other style shoe, so I love those embellishments, which can change up the look of different pairs, very nice! And I took a look at the stud earrings ... those butterflies look perfect for Spring :)

Bonnibella said...

I agree, shimmer loose powder is a small way to twinkle. I wear it almost everyday, makes my mood instantly lift.

Robyn said...

I love the boot jewelry; I only wish it were a bit less expensive. I also tend to stick to studs (or nothing at all) for everyday. I LOVE necklaces and rings though, so big earrings would really lead to overkill! Thanks for tipping me off to these bee pollen beauties- love.

~Robyn
Chi-Chi 

COCAMIA said...

I am a huge fan of anything cosmetic wise that glitters, shimmers, and glows! i will have to try the shimmer you recommended! it sounds perfect!

Rachel said...

The glittery mark products sound fabulous! What girl could resist glitter? :)

Loving those boots as well!

Hope you're having a great weekend.

S.Elisabeth said...

Ooh absolutely brilliant idea for the first one.
Hmm what am I smitten with.... Scallop shorts, flowy dresses, & masqued balls!

Meg said...

Great post. I love the rose earrings.

Brenda evans said...

love the boots, btw u have a nice blog :)

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I am Khatu said...

love those boots, especially the brown one!

R. said...

Thank you for the kind comment. You will certainly have to give raspberries a try! xo

Emily said...

studs are my number one go-to earring! you'll rarely find me wearing anything dangly :)

ellie said...

Those rose studs are classic. Lovely boots too. The sun was out today..so some of the snow melted..but not much...shivers.

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

Those boots equals amazing.

And all your shimmery make-up issues totally resemble my one. I suppose I'll have to try that brand out. Seems pretty amazing! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
quirkyexplosion.blogspot.com

Andie said...

i want those black boots!

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madeleine said...

amazing post, as usual! I've been searching for a new pair of boots, something different, yet classic. i'm going to check out this 2 bandits site! thanks, miss lady!

stay classy love

FashionJazz said...

I luved ur post soo much hun!!!! I am almost finished with my new lay out, than il be back to regular blogging and commenting!! Miss ur posts! xxx

mosha said...

nice boots ..
love ur blog ;)
xX

Maddy said...

I am a sucker for dangly earrings!! There have been a few close calls, but I couldn't think to part with them on account of a few painful incidents. It's like an awesome pair of stilletos -.just cause you're feet are covered in blisters after one night of dancing, doesn't mean you'll bid your beautiful shoes adieu ;o)

Nikolett said...

Ahh I'm the same way with my earrings! I only wear the dangly chandelier-type ones on special occasions ... otherwise I'm terrified of yanking them out of my ears :(

But yes, this week I've been smitten with this nylon bag adorned with zippers (that actually have pockets haha) with a strap that crosses over the chest ... my mom got me one from her work since she gets a discount, and I am in loooove :)

Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

Those boots are uber chic Erikaa!! Love how crunchy your words sound! :)

Style, via TIa said...

I am loving those brown boots!

OceanDreams said...

The Juicy butterfly earrings are to do for! Beautiful girl!

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