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To Caravaggio or To Not Carvaggio…that’s not the only question, by the way!

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On Dorothy: WTF?

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On Dorothy: FTW!

Who can say no to the Generalissa? Nobody can! I know I can’t, which is why I’m doing a post on the Caravaggio (wink wink to the Generalissa). 😉

Last season, I fell in love with the Burgundy Caravaggios. Aside from them being named after a Baroque artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio  (sorry BUT Mr. John Fluevog, WHY not name a shoe after Artemisia Gentileschi, in my mind, the FAR more skilled and talented Italian Baroque painter but I digress), I was attracted to the sheer beauty and frills of the overall design. Not exactly kick off shoes (i.e., two mary jane buckles) but I have been eyeing them ever since. The bows are ridiculously feminine but, surprisingly, they look even better on. I highly recommend watching the bows. Make sure they don’t snag on anything AND if you have pets…KEEEP THESE SHOES away. The polygon heel serves as yet another unique feature. As for fit, they are comfortable but, technically, they are pumps and not heels. They won’t do damage on your back or wreak havoc on your feet. They fit true to size with a little room so consider getting a pad or half insole for the balls of your feet if you plan on wearing them all day.

Okay, I’m not gonna lie, I dislike pink (a lot) but when I saw the Caravaggio come out in pink for the Spring, I was (visually) smitten. Then…I tried them on. Wah wah wah…

While they are comfortable (yadda yadda yadda, read the first paragraph), the new Spring color didn’t fly with me. When I tried the pink pair, I felt like…like I needed pantaloons and a mini-harpiscord at my feet with a powered white wig! There’s no denying the elegance and aesthetically pleasing design but with this shoe, color IS everything. But this particular shoe can easily make or break your outfit. Trust ME…if you know that your wardrobe cannot handle a lighter, pastel colored shoe, don’t do it. Stick with old faithful and get the black or burgundy in these beauties if you want versatility. If you have money to burn (trust me, I think the pink pair look amazing on Desert Vog aka The Addict), you may want to snag the lighter Spring color(s) of this design but be mindful of your wardrobe…PLEASE!

That said…my next post will be on my new stilts…the Malibus! I know. I know…they’re knee high platforms and how practical are platforms? Probably not very practical BUT black and Silver are my power colors and they will help me save the world from utter art ignorance, shape and shift culture, and tons of other great things. Until next time, my Vog friends.

Hearts and Stars,

The Artful Voger

PS: The Addict has now made me consider trying on the Espadrille: Martin…in Copper. Eeeeep! My goodness…

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Get Excited…someone is planning to pickup the Malibus!

Get Excited...someone is planning to pickup the Malibus!

Dear Vog Lovers,

Generalissa JRo “ordered” me to take one for the team and I gladly complied. The Malibus are one of the sexiest pairs of boots around. I will be picking up these beauties soon BUT I’m wondering if you all could send me some outfit ideas. I’d love to hear your ideas and maybe, just maybe, I’ll pick up your idea and wear the outfit to an art opening.

PS: JRo wanted me to post the picture of the fateful day I said ‘yes’ to the Malibus.

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The Splendids are Splendid indeed!

As I mentioned to the Generalissima (aka Joanne), I’m trying to merge a bit of the Abstraction Expressionist ethos of color into my wardrobe. THIS time I actually took a pic of the top part of my outfit for the day because, well, you were probably wondering, “Okay, great, nice pants or tights and shoes but what the hell does the rest of the outfit look like?” In any case, the look on my face says exactly what you think, “Yup, color is fun and I feel weird taking pictures of myself in my cubicle when I should be working.” Ha ha ha. Everyone needs a break and here it is. Brought to you by yours truly.

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This time I’m providing the top part of my outfit for the post! A dressy tank (from one of my fave boutiques in SF, Azalea) with my favorite blazer (rolled up sleeves, of course – Rag and Bone), and a three chain gold necklace with turquoise bobbles (XXI or Forever 21)

While I love the Splendids, I will offer some advice since I’m breaking them in. Get pads for the balls of your feet. Even though I’m accustomed to walking in heels (not stilettos…that’s a whole other foot game all together), the pads serve as a bit of shock absorption. I find myself stomping in my Splendids (yes, as if some house music and a red carpet is about to roll out in front of my feet). They are that type of shoe! The 3″ heel is pretty deceptive due to the construction of the shoe. They look pretty high but they are just enough height. Along with the subtle patterning, these gems go with almost anything. 🙂

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Color blocking has been one of my favorite things lately! The coral (reddish, if you will) jeggings (Hue) with my Splendids!


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Don’t say, “I should wear more color”, just go ahead and wear color!

Color has always been a challenge for me to blend into my wardrobe. For goodness sake, I spent time in art school! I was once an aspiring illustrator and painter. You would think I have a keen eye for color when it comes to my clothing. But I spent A LOT of time buying and wearing black, gray, brown, and navy colored clothes. Like many people, color terrified me. Pulling off magenta tights a couple of years ago would make my hair stand on end. Now, well, I don’t really care much anymore. I learned many tricks from the lovely women (and wonderful friends), Jenny and Julia, over at Retrofit Republic. They reminded me that it’s okay to bold and expressive with my attire.

Here are a few examples of how I work a couple of my colorful pairs of Fluevogs!

My lovely Omegas (from the Terras Family) with Magenta tights to match the piping! FYI, I wore a simple black dress with a wide gray snakeskin belt and jean jacket!

Darling pair of Rosies (from the Hopefuls family) with my mustard jeggings! I wore a black top and fitted leather jacket. The day I wore this outfit, I dropped my partner off at SFO and people would actually stop, turn, and look at my shoes and pants. In a sea of black, gray, brown, and navy, it felt damn good to be the bright one!


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My first pair of Fluevogs

Ummm, that’s alotta skin vibin’ with a mini skirt

I, the Artful Voger (aka The Agent), CLAIM to be the pickiest of the MotleyFlue. BUT I wanted my inaugural post to be about my first pair of Fluevogs. In any case, my first pair of Vogs was, well, FAR from a practical purchase. The first and last time I wore these gems was in this picture. Now, my mother would hate these saucy booties because, let’s face it, people don’t imagine me wearing the Vibes and talking about post-structuralist theory and researching scopic regimes at the library. They picture other things like grocery shopping, you know?

So, dear reader, Generalissima really (really) wants me to wear these shoes. Naturally, whatever Generalissima suggests (voluntells me) to do, it’s for my own fabulous good. Quitey honestly, I love them. But only wear them around the house when I feel like shit (just being honest). The Vibes are like jewelry (you never feel bloated when you throw on your favorite earrings or necklace). Yet, I have not found an occasion to fiercely wear them. I know, I know…total shame, right? In any case, here’s a task for you…come up with an outfit for me. Make some suggestions and I’ll pick my favorite ones and go vintage shopping (or dig through my closet).

You’re probably thinking, “Out of your collection, which Fluvogs do you wear constantly?” Easy answer. My Wickeds from the Thanks family. Mini testimonial: 12 hours of walking around Manhattan and Brooklyn for a week (everyday) in my Wickeds pretty much sums up my love affair with them.

Okay, back to work and studying and work (and more studying). I’ll leave you with a couple tid bits…

  • If I had the money to burn, my next pair…would be the Silverlakes from The LA family (oh hell, since this is imaginary money, I would cop the Malibu knee highs as well) and prance around in short black dress with pewter accessories)!
  • The likely pair(s) for purchasePortsides from the On Course family because that’s some hardcore Mondrian goin’ on! I’ve wanted these for quite some time (and, they are Generalissima approved). Oh, and perhaps, a holiday present to myself – Rosyfrom the Hopeful family (my favorite color is blue for future reference)

Until next time, go vote, enjoy life, read a book (or two), be nice, and smile (a lot)!! 🙂

xoxo,

The Artful Voger (aka The Agent aka Dorothy)

Wickeds = Best.Boots.Ever