Currently Craving: Graduation Present Edition.

Ladies and Gentlement, Boys and Girls I did it. I am officially done with my undergrad.

As of Sunday May 12th I will be an Emerson Alumni. I have to say I have never had so many feelings happening at once, so in order to distract myself from them I have compiled a little list of gifts I would love to receive.

For my coffee table:

bookTaschen’s book Trespass. A history of uncommissioned urban art. Because my love of street art just continues.

beatsA pair of white beats with white details.

chanel legoA lego-inspired Chanel night purse.

louboutinAnd of course a pair of clear Louboutin’s to go with that fabulous purse.

Never stop wishing!

The Foreign Girl.

Apparently you CAN judge a woman by her shoes

They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, so I tend to rely on judging based on watches and drink orders. But now studies show that you CAN actually judge a girl by what she’s wearing on her feet.

Article retrieved from The Huffington Post.

The old adage goes: “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.” But, according to researchers, you may not have to walk at all to judge a person by his or her shoes.

In a study conducted at the University of Kansas, people were able to accurately judge demographic and personality traits of complete strangers simply by looking at their most frequently worn shoes. It turns out 90 percent of a person’s characteristics can be determined just by examining the style, cost, color and condition of their footwear.

As expected, extroverts wore flashy shoes (Ashanti’s sex shoes come to mind…), wealthy people wore more expensive shoes and conscientious people kept their footgear cleaner. And if you’ve ever thought a girl in ankle boots was aggressive, you’d probably be right.

We were surprised to see that those who wore uncomfortable looking shoes tended to be calm people. The last time we wore 6-inch heels, we weren’t in the most serene mood (but perhaps that’s why they wouldn’t be our most frequently worn pair). Mad respect goes to Jessica Simpson who teetered in stilettos during her third trimester of pregnancy.

The one demographic that participants in the study had a hard time judging? Those with boring shoes. Apparently, those shoe owners described themselves as “aloof and repressive,” had a hard time forming relationships and weren’t able to communicate many of their traits in real-life. (We wonder what this says about Kate Middleton’s nude pumps.)

Whether or not it’s our intention, our shoes are doing much of the talking for us. So if you want to appear more attractive, maybe it’s time you invest in a pair of Kanye’s Nike Air Yeezy II sneakers. Or you can just keep the shoes you already have clean

And on that note… The perks of being Blake Lively

Blake Lively may be self-effacing when it comes to her acting skills. But she has no problem admitting the incredible access and privilege her fame brings — especially in the fashion world.

In her new interview with Marie Claire (previewed by People.com), the lithe, blonde “Gossip Girl” star reminds us once again that she is not like us.

“Maybe it sounds jerky,” she tells Marie Claire‘s Nina Garcia, “but I’m lucky to be on such a fashion-centric show [Gossip Girl]. There’s no designer I don’t have access to.” And on the subject of her future wedding:

“What I planned before I got into the business has changed,” she says. “Now I’m like, ‘Hmm, I wonder what shoes Christian [Louboutin] is going to make me. And which couture house should I go to?’ “

But of course. Christian is a FOB (Friend Of Blake), naming a shoe after hergiving her personal style advice and gifting her his entire Spring 2012 collection. In short, it’s good to be Blake.

To be fair, the star has acknowledged how lucky she is to live a life of fame and fortune. “For me, this other stuff — well, the perks — is not the reason I do the job,”she once told Interview. “Couture fashion week, getting to meet Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano and Christian Louboutin is so exciting. [...] But at the end of the day I wouldn’t be there without my job. There are a few things in life that matter above all else: your family, your friends, your loved ones.”

And by “loved ones,” we assume she means Ryan Reynolds. Some girls really do have all the luck.

Read more at People.com and MarieClaire.com and get a glimpse of her Marie Claireshoot below. Seriously, how gorgeous does she look?

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Disney movies that stuck with us part II

A pair of Louboutins are certainly the stuff that dreams are made of in Florida, so its no surprise that the hallowed house has announced its intention to take on the most sought-after and sigh-inducing shoes of all time. Can you guess which fairytale foot the brand is taking inspiration from? We’ll give you some hints: Due to the material, this heel wouldn’t be optimal for walking days or our yearly trip to the Magic Kingdom, they may be great to wear out (but not past midnight) and before Louboutin made the shoe, it only came from Fairy Godmothers (or, um, Marc Jacobs). Yep, in honor of Cinderella‘s appearance on BluRay and DVD this fall, Christian Louboutin is making the iconic glass slipper.

Of course, Christian’s Cinderelly’s slipper is supposed to have a “magic touch” on the shoes, and we wouldn’t need any magic to guess that his special addition might appear as a bright and bold sole. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo. (WWD)

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Wearing nice clothes makes you feel better about yourself

Proof Positive: What You Wear DOES Affect How You Think

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As people who wear many hats (literally), we know that we feel differently when we’re wearing a beautiful outfit, and when we just climb into what’s the most comfortable…and now, we have proof. Scientists part ofThe Journal of Experimental Cognition have been researching the effect that clothing has on the way we think and act, a phenomenon called “enclothed cognition”…and here’s the magical part: You have to be wearingthe clothes for it to take effect. According to the New York Times, if you wear someone else’s white coat and believe it came from a doctor, your ability to pay attention dramatically increases, but nothing happens if you think it came from a painter. “You have to wear the coat, see it on your body and feel it on your skin for it to influence your psychological processes,” Dr. Galinsky said, before he went on to explain how dressing like a pimp on Halloween made him feel more self-assured. We’ll pass on the feather boa and walking stick, thanks — but we’ll go ahead and get those Carven heels now, thank you very much! (NYT)

Bye Shoecide

I’m pretty sure that when Levi Strauss came up with the blue jean he didn’t imagine that the pants he had created to make it more comfortable for farm workers to work in their fields, would progress into a luxury item that every person would have in their closet. I assume the same of the people of Nike, Adidas, Reebok and other sneaker brands who probably never envisioned a sport shoe would become a status symbol as well.

But designers have proved us wrong once again. This season sneakers are not only in, but some of them contain heels and platforms so when they are worn they cause the same effect a stiletto would on a woman’s legminus the shoecide. And the prices of these shoes have catapulted way above than a pair of Louboutins would, making them not only trendy but a sort of anti-status symbol that any fashionista should include in her closet.

Here are a few examples of this season’s high end sneakers.

The whole ‘luxury sneakers’ frenzy began with Isabel Marant’s Willow sneakers. These include an inner platform that is not visibly apparent but the effect if causes on a girl’s leg is pretty much the same that a platform sandal would create. Endless amounts of celebrities, fashion bloggers, and trendy girls who can shed $770 for a pair of sneakers have been spotted wearing these Marant shoes.

Miu Miu glitter studded leather sneakers

More Miu Miu

Balenciaga.

Marc Jacobs Wedge Sneakers

Luis Vuitton Sneakers

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More Luis Vuitton

Ysl Sneakers

Maison Martin Margiela cutout sneakers. The perfect hybrid between sneaker and sandal.

See by Chloe Leather & Suede Wedge Velcro Hi-Top Sneaker

Multicolored Marants.

Currently Craving

The bad thing about being so obsessed with fashion is the fact that my mind is constantly dreaming about what will be my next purchase. At the moment I am craving…

a Yigal Azrouel Lambskin Jacket

Skulls on my feet

Both shoes are from Alexander McQueen

A pair of leather shorts. I have no preference of brand but those are from Alexander Wang.

Pastel colored jeans.

A pair of python boots. Again I have no preference in brand but those are Christian Louboutin.

Never stop wishing!!

RED ALERT!

When you think of the perfect black pump, a ton of designers may come to mind. But when you add “with a red sole” the only thing that should be associated with this image is the man who brought stilettos back into fashion: Christian Louboutin. At least that is what the he hopes for.

The designer recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of his brand with a huge party at none other than Bergdorf Goodman in NYC. In honor of his anniversary Louboutin also released a book where he re-tells the story of the past 20 years of his brand, including his infamous lawsuit against Yves Saint Laurent. In an effort to stop the flow of the red soles on competing YSL shoes, Louboutin not only wishes to patent his trademark red soles, but also sue the brand for unauthorized use of them. YSL fought back with references to red soles from Louis XIV’s heels to Dorothy’s ruby slippers to examples from their own archives, stating that no one can claim the color red – and that the Louboutin trademark is invalid.

Since we have seen other brands such as Tiffany’s trademark their little blue boxes and Gucci their green-red-green stripes, it is not such a far stretch that CL could patent his famous red soles. However, many believe that Louboutin’s request is far more vague.

The verdict from Judge Victor Marrero sided with YSL, though the outcome of the case still remains uncertain. Legal representatives believe that the color red is not eligible for protection and therefore the trademark should be cancelled. The judge claimed that this would be unfair to other designers because it would limit the gamma of colors they could work with, giving Louboutin and his brand an unfair advantage in the shoe industry.

While this may be true, Louboutin can play fair and still have an advantage over other brands since the quality and design of his shoes is incomparable to any other label. However, with other brands using the red soles as well this takes away the “status symbol” these shoes represent.  Even though when most see red soles they make an association with the CL brand only a very educated eye can tell the difference between who is wearing a Louboutin and who is wearing someone else.

First Published Article

Ladies and Gentlemen I am a published writer.

I am officially one step closer to becoming a mini Carrie Bradshaw.

Follow this link http://issuu.com/yourmagemerson/docs/march2012#download and read my article.

ps. I bet after you read this magazine you’re going to wish you went to Emerson too!

^never fear of the space between your dreams and reality, if you can dream it you can make it so~