The Ultimate Shoe Dilemma

If you’ve ever seen a pair of orthotics, or had to wear them, you’ll know it’s not very easy to find shoes to wear them in. Well, okay, it is easy; but most orthotic-friendly shoes are bloody ugly. Below is the beginning of my feet dilemma and the search for attractive, orthotic friendly shoes.

Ugly orthotic friendly shoes leave shoppers choosing between sore eyes or sore feet

I have a massive dilemma on my hands. Recently I took a trip to the podiatrist to evaluate my pronated feet. On my first trip, she informed me the pronation was fairly bad and the little tests I had to do, like standing on one foot, rising up onto the ball of my foot and balancing there as long as possible, should have been a lot more difficult considering my feet.

At the time I discovered the source of my knee pain was entirely from giving up ballet. With feet as bad as mine, 15 years of ballet had given me very strong muscles in my legs which she attributed to the fact that my body had to work 3-5 times harder than the average dancer in order to keep up with the move my peers were going. So once I stopped doing ballet, even though I continued with contemporary, I started losing some of the muscles specifically around my knee and the pain started thanks to my bad feet. The silver lining: now I don’t feel so bad about all those years I was told I’d never be a professional dancers – there was no way my body would ever let me.

On my 4th visit to the podiatrist, she analysed the results of a walking test I had done. The test involved attaching sensors to the bottom of my feet and making me walk about the centre barefoot and then in shoes with my orthotics in them. I was informed that my feet are so bad they’re practically off the scale. I can’t really explain the technical issues, but basically she explained it like the average pressure on each foot when someone walks is about a 3 (I thought she said kilos but I’m not sure about that). Fairly bad is a 6, quite bad a 9, seriously bad is a 12 and I’m sort of chronic around an 18 to 19 (so basically, 6 times worse than the average).

Needless to say, my podiatrist was super concerned. She said she could turn a blind eye to me not wearing orthotics less than 25% of the time because she understood I’m a young, 156cm tall (5’1″), fashion obsessed girl whose going to need some leeway, but did try to drive home the point however, that in 5 years time if I don’t wear my custom orthotics enough I end up a candidate for re-corrective surgery. So now begins my dilemma. While I’m getting a custom pair of half-orthotics made (just the arch support and no toe area), the problem is finding shoes to put them in. As someone who wants to end up working in fashion or in broadcast journalism, attractive shoes with height is kind of an issue. In fashion they have to be attractive and in broadcast I’ll probably need the height otherwise interviewees look like they’re staring at the ground (as my boyfriend’s mother so kindly put it one day).

If you’re reading this and you’re in your 20s or 30s (or in my case very early 20s) and you’ve never had to deal with orthotics you may not realise how damn ugly the shoes are. Honestly, most orthotic friendly shoes are made for women in their 60s+ when they’re starting to have trouble walking anyways and just need something comfy. Nothing remotely attractive for us young ones with genetically bad feet. How unfair.

Most sandals are out of the question when you bring in orthotics. I’m going to buy some strappy flat sandals with a decent closed heel and see if a bit of hollywood tape will hold them in nicely; but as a general rule, closed shoes are your best option for orthotics. Now many people say you need something with an ankle strap because you’ll walk out of a ballet flat when you bring orthotics into the equation – I plan to prove this wrong, somehow. I feel loafers could work because often the toe area is a lot higher than ballet flats. Vans work fine but in North Queensland your feet start to sweat something chronic and it doesn’t help if you can’t keep low-cut socks on your feet. Besides, what girly girl wants to get stuck in Vans forever? Birkenstocks have the generic orthotic but sometimes aren’t that attractive and I feel like I start walking funny in them. Boots are another option. Again, like Vans, feet + heat + humidity = gross. I’m also allowed to wear a heel up to 3cm, but let’s be honest, I’m so short that’s not going to help very much. I also know some people put orthotics in high heels but it really doesn’t give you any benefit, so you might as well just buy the right size heel and go without the orthotic. So while I may have luck finding ballet flats or loafers to wear orthotics with, my mission is to find orthotic friendly sandals.

I’ll keep you all updated on what happens; at this point I’m probably going to buy a pair of sandals with a closed heel and hollywood tape it up in the name of research. For now, I’m trying to wear Vans as often as I can, but I’m really a sandal girl at heart and I am determined to find something that works. Also if any shoe companies are reading this, I will happily help you design orthotic friendly shoes that are ACTUALLY attractive. And no, whatever shoe currently on the market that you’re thinking of, probably doesn’t count.

Sass & Bide Seekerstate Lusts

I hate to admit it, but I’m probably never going to be the kind of girl to wear the craziest fashions around (crazy in a cool way, of course). On others girls, I love all the Sass & Bide collections; when I landed in Sydney while on holidays, there was a woman at the airport dressed head to toe in Sass & Bide clothes that weren’t entirely practical for a plane flight, but she looked amazing nonetheless. On myself, however, I usually love a few pieces from the collection that would mesh well into my wardrobe.

Perhaps my alter ego would enjoy purchasing endless amounts of Sass & Bide and wearing it all together in a swirl of crazy chic colour, but this version of me always wants to buy pieces to wear individually – with some exceptions of course. Currently I own 1 piece from the Seekerstate collection – a green version of the Third Time Around top – but I’m holding out from wearing it for another month incase I change my mind on my current outfit for my 21st.

Below is some of my current lusts from the Sass & Bide’s Seekerstate AW12 collection.

Sass & Bide Seekerstate AW12 Glory Bound open toe heel

Pops of neon is probably one of the things Sass & Bide have been doing best of late such as their neon accessories from past collections. Not only is the colour pop great on this shoe, the shape of the shoe is great. The lovely wrap across the foot contrasted against the closed heel; plus who doesn’t love a platform to keep the balls of one’s feet happier a little longer?

Sass & Bide Seekerstate AW12 Seize The Day skirt

Printed skirts? Yes, please! I can see this going nicely with nearly any colour version of the Forward Thinking cami and some strappy stilettos. Or, if you’re a bold type, you could wear it with the matching jacket.

Sass & Bide Seerkerstate AW12 The Selfish One tank

Loving the geometric print on this tank. I’m thinking it would go nicely with a coloured pant or maybe leather-look skinny jeans and some pointy heels. I love the silver detail too; it helps to add a bit of Definitely a great printed tee for anyone wanting to go a bit rock chick. A coloured mini would also go together nicely for hotter days/nights out.

Sass & Bide Seekerstate AW12 Turn The Beat Around top

I really need to move somewhere that’s colder than tropical North Queensland because so many designers make great tops to wear with jeans, yet I would probably pass out from heat exhaustion if I tried wearing them too often here. I think this top would be perfect with some stealth coloured coated J Brand leggings and perhaps a nice black sandal.

Sass & Bide Seekerstate AW12 One To Watch long sleeved tee

This top just screams french chic, in my opinion. Pair with an amazing pair of slim fit dark blue jeans and a nice tan coloured loafer or high-heeled sandal and top it off with some chic gold accessories.

Today’s Outfit

Sorry I’ve been slack with updating Becoming Chic with recent outfits. Below are some new ones I tried out over the last week.

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I wore my new Tony Bianco Devon boots to work on Sunday with and oldie but goodie Gypsy 05 tie dye shift dress, Ray-Ban Cats and one of many JKC bangles. I started the day out hair down and wavy but the ridiculous humidity won and I ended up with the old pony-tail. I definitely felt like I was channeling Melbourne shop assistant chic in this outfit — although I may have needed some eyeliner to complete the look!

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Saturday’s work outfit consisted of a Cue leopard print tank, Kookai skirt, Arthur Galan belt, Tony Bianco flats, Longchamp tote and Dinosaur Designs bangles. A great outfit that’s got a work-to-after-5-drinks feel to it. I just need another hole punched in the belt so my shirt stops sliding up over it.

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Another Sunday work outfit: Nicholas silk shorts, Kookai top, Zara studded heels, Diva necklace and Dinosaur Designs bangles. A nice quick and simple monochrome outfit with coloured accessories.

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An outfit I wore to drinks with a friend on my last night in Sydney. Weather appropriate for a girl from tropical NQ and easy to wear. White Suede jacket, Kookai grey tank and black skirt, Zara heels (not shown), Gorman like green bag, Diva necklace. I haven’t decided if I liked the lime green bag and turquoise necklace together but it looks ok, I guess.
I apologize if I’ve repeated any outfits, my Internet just crashed and I’m doing this off my phone. It’s also getting slightly hard to remember what I post on instagram and not on WordPress yet! Stay tuned for more Today’s Outfit posts in the future!

Ashlee Greene for DKNY

DKNY’s latest campaign features Twilight star Ashlee Greene looking absolutely stunning and ethereal in their Spring 2012 collection. My favourite picture of the campaign is below but there’s some other gorgeous pictures of her in casual jeans and a tee etc.

I love her with long locks as opposed to her pixie hair in the Twilight Saga; and the fringe really suits her as well. I’m now lusting after a gorgeous watermelon dress like in the pic as well as a lovely pair of nude wedges!

Ashlee Greene in DKNY's latest ad campaign

The Best and Worst Dressed of the 2012 Golden Globes

I know some of my friends watch award ceremonies for the awards themselves but they only mildly interest me. What I love watching the awards shows for (and I’m sure there are many of us out there) is for the dresses and the odd fabulous suit. So I’ve broken down the 2012 Golden Globes into my top 10 Best Dressed, my top 10 Worst Dressed, and some Honorable Mentions.

Top 10 2012 Golden Globes Best Dressed:

1. Emma Stone in Lanvin – This dress just hits all the right notes for me. Her porcelain skin looks amazing and flawless against the rich, dark burgundy and red tones. I love the detail on the edge of the shoulders as well as the addition of the belt to emphasis her figure. The shoes and bag tie in nicely and her hair isn’t distracting from the amazing dress. I love her silver smoky eye as well, it seems to match the sleeves and belt detail. This girl does not seem to get enough credit for her sense of style. I mean who didn’t love her People’s Choice Awards number?

2012 Golden Globes Best Dressed award goes to Emma Stone in Lanvin

2. Sofia Vengara in Vera Wang – My god is this woman gorgeous! Her amazing figure and complexion; coupled with this amazing dress which has stunning detail, yet it’s not to over the top; and her perfectly straight, shiny hair. Wonderful! Her accent just makes her all the more sexy – the women want to be her and the men simply want her. I love her gorgeous white gold accessories too.

Sofia Vengara in Vera Wang

3. Kate Beckinsdale in Roberto Cavalli – Damn her good looks! Another stunning mermaid dress on another stunning lady. This is how you were neutral hues, ladies! Her tan is perfect because she’s just darker than her dress and therefore she doesn’t look naked (cough, Kristen Wiig, cough). The dress itself is stunning, all that detail while maintaining a simple cut. Her hair, make-up and accessories are also perfect – just enough to compliment the dress without distracting from the look. Easily my #3 best dressed!

Kate Beckinsale in Roberto Cavalli

4. Charlize Theron in Dior – Another girl showing everyone how to wear neutral hues! Perfection! Some people are hating this dress but I personally adore it. I love the sexy plunging neckline and thigh-high split contrasted against the cute glittery headband and blush colour of the dress. The floaty nature of the skirt means she’s being revealing without really being too revealing. Another example of good hair, make-up and accessories – not too little, not too much.

Charlize Theron in Dior

5. Viola Davis in Pucci – Burgundy Pucci accentuating all the right places on a gorgeous woman. Holy wow! The equivalent of Charlize in blush, this is the perfect neutral tone on her flawless African-American complexion. And looks at those arms! Fit, much? I love the lipstick/gloss they’ve used on her – it goes perfectly with the dress – and the rest of her make-up and hair and accessories go fantastically together as well. I also can’t help but hope she spikes her hair up for the MTV Awards or something later.

Viola Davis in Pucci

6. Salma Hayek in Gucci – I love this on Salma because it looks fantastic on her curvaceous figure. Her balayage hair also ties in nicely with the black and gold contrast on the dress. Besides, those curls are amazing. I loved that the light reflected on it differently each time making it more and more interesting. Like a modern-day Cleopatra and definitely a great pick in my books.

Salma Hayek in Gucci

7. Kate Winslet in Jenny Packham  – Now most people don’t usually pull off white bottom/black top without ending up looking pear-shaped, but luckily for Kate she’s hit the mark. The slit between the breasts is just right without being too raunchy and I love how elegant this dress is. Hair is lovely, another good make-up job and nice accessories. Well done, Kate.

Kate Winslet in Jenny Packham

8. Helen Mirrin in Badgley Mischka – Age appropriate, much? I adore this dress on her. The loveliest colour on her pale complexion, great hair styling and make-up and a bit of pizazz in the accessories. Fabulous!

Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka

9. Jessica Biel in Ellie Saab – A lovely dress by designer Ellie Saab. Nicely contrasted against her hair colour as well. I love the detailing of the lace on the split – gorgeous!

Jessica Biel in Ellie Saab

10. Ricky Gervais in Ted Baker – What a fabulous men’s suit! I love that Ricky didn’t just wear black like majority of the males there. It suited his personality and it looked great on him – not too out there seeing as he wore a black shirt beneath it.

Ricky Gervais in Ted Baker

Top 5 2012 Golden Globes Worst Dressed:

1. Madonna in Reem Acra – I’m sorry Madonna but no. The top of the dress is nice enough, maybe a bit too tight in the bust but combined with the bottom it’s a big fat F from me. I also didn’t like her hair, gloves or the big shiny cross or the fact the hemline looks like it needs some taking up.

Madonna in Reem Acra

2. Lea Michele in Marchesa – Okay, Lea. I know you love Marchesa and should basically be their spokeswoman but wow bad choice. I had to put her #2 simply because she’s a gorgeous girl who usually makes such great choices. This dress ages her so much and I just feel in certain lights the dress didn’t work so well with her complexion. Up close the detail on the dress is stunning but overall the dress is a fail. On the plus side, the hair and make-up in fantastic. Let’s hope she comes out with a stunner next time.

Lea Michele in Marchesa

3. Mila Kunis in Dior – I love Mila Kunis, I really do and her hair and make-up were lovely. But alas, the dress was nowhere near as good Charlize’s Dior dress or as good as some of the stunners she wore last year. She wouldn’t be so high on my list had I not known she can do much, much, much better. Plus side? Things can only go up from here. The dress really didn’t flatter her little figure. Granted she’s put on a little weight since Black Swan (they required her to look very slim for the ballerina role), but the waist doesn’t seem to be sitting on the smallest part of her waist, she needs a good bra and the bottom of the dress has turned her into a pear. Poor thing.

Mila Kunis in Dior

4. Sarah Michelle Gellar in Monique Lhuillier – Cool print, really. Awfully bad cut. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens when you let your 2 year-old daughter pick what you wear to an awards show. Maybe if it had been fitted and above the knee it would have worked for another event?

Sarah Michelle Gellar in Monique Lhuillier

5. Sharon Osbourne in Naeem Khan – See above rant. Great print, awful cut, try again in a more fitted, shorter version. Simple really.

Sharon Osbourne in Naeem Khan

6. Kristen Wiig in Bill Blass – Great shape on her, shame about the colour. Not usually a good idea to be the same colour as your dress.

Kristen Wiig in Bill Blass

7. Heidi Klum – Once you see the back you understand why the front doesn’t seem to fit. I love the turquouise against the nude but the shape at the front kills me. Maybe in black it would have worked but I just feel like it needs to be fitted in the front. I’m disappointed she doesn’t look her usual fab self.

Heidi Klum in Calvin Klein

8. Naya Rivera in Vera Wang – So it’s got an open back… But seriously, yuk. Who decided to put her in this? I think I should have put this higher on the list.

Naya Rivera in Vera Wang

9. Amanda Peet in Marc Jacobs – Oh look, Grandma’s teapot cover finally made its red carpet debut. Who styled this? I have a feeling this should also be higher on the Worst Dressed List.

Amanda Peet in Marc Jacobs

10. Laura Linney – Instead of looking structured it looks a bit limp around the bust. And I really don’t like the whole thing to be honest.

Laura Linney

Honorable Mentions for looking lovely but not lovely enough to earn a Best Dressed placing go to:

Tina Fey for looking fabulous. Look at those ruffles!

Tina Fey in Oscar de la Renta

Maya Rudolph because I adore her pink lip and the detail on her dress. I also think the higher bust line is more modest seeing as she’s big busted.

Maya Rudolph in David Meister

Debra Messing – another lady looking fab but not obviously Best Dressed worthy. I’m not so sure about the ruffle mid-thigh height on the left-hand side but anyway.

Debra Messing Monique Lhuillier

Nicole Kidman in Versace. There are some aspects of this dress I don’t like; however, compared to what she normally wears it’s quite lovely.

Nicole Kidman in Versace

Jessica Chastain looking fabulous in a white number. I adore the subtle detailing.

Jessica Chastain in Givenchy

Evan Rachel Wood looking great in Gucci. Although I must say she maybe a little too much like a peacock but it’s a cool dress.

Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci

Meryl Streep looked lovely too.

Meryl Streep

Julianne Moore’s long side-swept red locks, green earrings and black dress looked great together. Simple but elegant in Chanel’s Fall 2011 Couture Collection.

Julianne Moore in Chanel

Last but not least is Amber Riley wearing the most divine Badgley Mischka strapless red dress with long wavy locks and simple accessories. Perfect for her figure and for the Globes.

Amber Riley in Badgley Mischka

Hopefully you enjoyed my 2012 Golden Globes Best and Worst Dressed list. Comment below if you disagree or agree with my picks or tell me of any I’ve missed out on. I can’t wait to do another best and worst list after the Oscars in February!

NYE wearing The Showman

So as I previously blogged about, I purchased and wore We Are Handsome dress The Showman out on NYE. I loved wearing the dress, it was really comfortable and the print is awesome. I wore my hair down and created curls using a GHD and attempted a slight smoky eye using chocolate and dark blue eyeshadow. My Betts Dorothy pumps that Nan bought be for Christmas matched perfectly and I just used my good old Eclettica black clutch so I could carry my camera. For jewellery I wore white gold chandelier earrings and silver and black gem bracelets.

The Showman mini dress by We Are Handsome

Betts Dorothy nude pumps (gold/silver glitter)

Whole outfit excluding clutch

 

We Are Handsome: The Romantic 2012

Australian brand We Are Handsome has released pictures of their 2012 range called The Romantic and I’m already excited for these pieces to hit my nearest stockist (that is if I don’t get impatient and buy it online first!)

I’ve already sussed out what items I’ll be gunning for (pictured below) and you can check out the rest of their upcoming range on their website.

The Secret Garden corset bikini and The Lover shorts – absolutely gorgeous

I love a fab mis-matched bikini and this one is screaming my name! The Secret Garden print is feminine and also a bit sneaky if you look closely enough. I’m also addicted to rose scents, prints and basically anything else rose related so of course I adore The Lover shorts.

The Secret Garden sleeveless mini dress

A sleeveless We Are Handsome dress is just what my wardrobe needs (seeing as I already have too sleeved mini dresses from the past two collections). Gorgeous print, perfect for the tropical climate I live in. God I love this! They’re also doing leggings in this print however I don’t know if I’m brave enough for it. Maybe if I find a great charcoal tank to go over the top I will. We’ll see.

The Lillium deep V one piece and The Fighter shoulder top

The fact that We Are Handsome is doing floral prints really is quite exciting. I’m not usually a floral girl however their prints are a bit different from normal such as the above Lillium print. I also love the snow leopard print that is The Fighter – fierce!

The Secret Garden panel one piece

The Secret Garden panel one piece

Fingers crossed they hit stores soon!