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happy holidays!

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Hello Fellow Fluevog Lovers!

We just wanted to say hello and happy holidays! We hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. For those of you who are having a less-than-stellar year end, please know that we’re rooting for you and sending some much-needed well wishes your way. As always, thank you for your support and we look forward to another year with you.

For now, we just wanted to remind you that there’s an awesome Fluevog sale going on. Click on the banner below for more details.

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Also, don’t forget that Raspberry Heels and Gravity Pope have some great things going on too! As always, please share your new additions to comments. We love seeing your new goodies!

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro


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streets of gold

Does anyone remember this Spandau Ballet song?

Whenever I see members of the new Streets of Gold collection, this song automatically enters my head:)

If you haven’t seen this collection, the Streets of Gold is meant to be a high-end, signature collection – something made by the gods in heaven’s factory. These are rare stand-outs that are not for the faint of heart. If you own something from this collection, be prepared to turn heads. Don’t believe me? Check them out:

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The first pair I tried on were the Queen of the Skies | Dionysus. In truth, I was really hesitant about this collection because the heels – though absolutely stunning – are 4″ high. However, Queen of the Skies | Dionysus was a lot more wearable than I was anticipating. While they’re not an all-day heel, they’re definitely more than just a sitting-around-looking-pretty kind of shoe. Queen of the Skies | Dionysus is quite stable and has a slight platform. I really love the shade of gold on this one because it’s really classy. They’re not something I could put to good use, but I’m sure heel lovers will add this to their collection. Besides, it’s on SALE!

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The Streets of Gold collection also has a men’s offering: Imperial | Ian. These are brand new and super sharp looking! Many thanks to FlueDaddy Denny for modeling these. I know a lot of men are looking for something classy that turns heads and Imperial | Ian really fits that need. The black buttery leather is accented with gold near the top and outside the uniquely-shaped heel. Even the most conservative men would give these a try. Below you can see them with the other member of the Streets of Gold, the Queen of the Skies | Midas.

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Admittedly, I didn’t like the fit of Queen of the Skies | Midas. It wasn’t as stable and because my feet are so wide, these were a bit pinchy. Then again, I’m not much of a high heels or pumps person. However, for the right person, these are gorgeous. Did you notice the toe cleavage?! Super hot! These are also on SALE!

Our friends at Haight Street shared a few things about this collection. One of the signature things about the Streets of Gold are the soles. The gold you see leaves subtle flecks wherever you walk. It’s how the shoes leave its mark wherever you go. Cool, huh?

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I should note that the red you’re seeing on the photos above are reflections of Madame Shirley’s top:) So… Have any of you checked out the Streets of Gold? If so, what are some of your impressions? What would you like to see added to this line? Please post to comments.

For the love of pretty, gold, shiny things,

j-ro


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summer sale II: new additions and markdowns

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If you haven’t already, now is the time to check out the annual summer sale. SERIOUSLY! 

Please visit your local dealers and/or check out the Fluevog site. They just added some new sale items and made additional markdowns on some gorgeous Vogs. Check it out! (Please click on the image to go to the Fluevog site.)

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Rita is now on sale for $199. A few months ago, I reviewed these lovelies here. They are totally hot, unique, and surprisingly comfy. In fact, if you look at that same post I reviewed Rita, the other Vogs featured are also marked down. Yay!

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Another great find are the Assured, which I reviewed here. They are now $199. These are absolutely gorgeous with the triangle cut-outs and the blue details on the sole. Much like the rest of the Hopeful family, these can be worn all day long. Again, most of the Vogs reviewed in this post are on sale. (fanning myself)

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I must mention these for my gal Gladys. As you may already know, Gladys is a huge Amie fan and has these in multiple colors. She rants and raves about them here. If you’re in the market for a good ballet flat, you will be happy to know that a good number of their colors have been marked down to $99! Sigh. My wallet is hurting right now. Will the FlueFairies please send them in size 9.5 in grey to me? If not, please buy a pair in my honor. I’ll love you for it!

As always, please share your love of Vogs with us. If you’ve picked up some new additions to your collection, please share in comments:)

For the love of Fluegasms,

j-ro


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building on a budget

Late last year when Madame Shirley set her 50 by 50 goal, I told her that it was totally do-able. She declared that she may have to go bankrupt in order to reach her 50th pair by October 2013. I told her that if she scouted eBay, the FlueMarket, and etsy, she could actually reach her goal and not be ultra poor. Shopping for vintage Vogs is a great way to build your collection on a budget. When I vintage shop, I set strict rules about buying:

a) Set a price limit. Overpaying for a used pair of Vogs is never a good thing. Believe me, there’s an eBay seller that has some killer vintage Vogs. However, I’d never buy from him because his prices are too high. For example, he has a pair of Hi Choice | Hopes for under $300. I bought mine for under $90. Setting price limits is important.

b) Don’t buy it just because it’s cheap. Anything I add to my collection has to really add to my collection. If I know I’m not going to use it, there’s no point in buying it.

c) Make sure it’s going to fit. I’ve been around Vogs for a while now and I have a sense of how certain families will fit. This can get tricky with the older styles. For fit info that’s out of my purview, I always consult with the dealers. They always give good advice.

d) The Vog has to have some life left. Though Fluevogs can last many years, used shoes are still used shoes. Some people abuse their Vogs more than others. Be sure that the Vog you’re investing in is in good condition. Don’t be afraid to ask the seller questions. When I bought Margie, I knew that there was a lot of scuffing and such. However, the shoe itself was in great condition. After refurbishing, Margie has lots of life left!

e) It has to be worth the $$ spent. This is related to my first point. Again, I bring up some of the eBay sellers who list some great vintage stuff. While vintage definitely has its value, $300+ for used Vogs is a bit steep – especially since you could likely get new Vogs for that much or less. At the end of the day, I like to feel like I paid a fair price.

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Someone’s loss was my gain. I’ve been wanting these F-Shoes for a while. Luckily, a kind soul listed these on eBay for $50. They were in perfect condition and fit wonderfully! They are my go-to weekend-in-jeans Vog.

In looking at Shirley’s new collection, I count around ten pairs that she purchased for under $100 (including a gorgeous one-of-a-kind sample). She didn’t even have to take any of them to a cobbler for refurbishing! In my personal collection, I have at least four pairs that were under $75. Vintage Vog shopping is a great way to build your collection.

Another great way to build your collection is to sell your Vintage Vogs. A few months ago, in order to streamline my collection, I put three pairs of Vogs on the FlueMarket. Luckily, all three pairs sold. Letting them go felt like I was putting good Fluevog karma into the world. Of course, I used the money to put a brand new pair of Vogs on layaway. The Hopes | Promise are the latest addition to my collection:)

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I had been wanting a pair of heart-heeled boots for ages! An eBay seller listed these used for almost $300! Luckily, I found these for under $90. All they needed was a coat of leather lotion and the heel needed to be re-enforced by a cobbler (a $7 repair).

As I had mentioned in this post, I’m all for refurbishing Fluevogs. It’s a budget-friendly way to build your collection while helping reduce waste. In fact, I know a lot of people are into re-cycled fashion. Shopping for and/or selling vintage Vogs is a great way to do that. Vogs last forever (well, almost!), which is why collecting them is so great. However, I like to keep a consolidated collection. When something isn’t getting the wear it deserves, I have no problem sending them out into the world. That way, someone else gets to build her collection while I re-build my own:)

For those of you who are on a tight budget and have been loving Fluevogs from afar, please don’t lose hope. There are ways to own a pair or two and still have $$ left for rent and bills!

For the love of Fluegasms,

j-ro


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Fluevog thinks you’re awesome sale: summer 2013

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ATTENTION! Starting TODAY, Fluevog will be having its semi-annual sale. That’s right. Fall is around the corner and your local Fluevog store is cleaning house. This means excellent savings for you! Yesterday, I had the fortunate luck of checking out the preview sale at Haight Street. Let me tell you… there are some excellent finds! Before I get to my personal picks, there are some tips I’d like to share….

1) With sale items, sizes go fast. Don’t hesitate to get that Vog you’ve been eyeing all season long because your size may not be there when you want it. Trust me. You don’t want to miss out. (Madame Shirley just missed the Stunners in zebra when we were at Haight Street.)

2) Colors are limited. While the Vog you’ve been drooling over may be on sale, the color you want may not be marked down. Please don’t take your disappointment out on your local dealers. Unnecessary whining won’t get those Vogs marked down. Besides, bad Flue-karma is just… bad.

3) If your local Fluevog store is out of your size, tell you dealer stat! They can check if other stores have what you’re looking for. If they find it, they can help you arrange to have them shipped.

3) For those of you who don’t have the luxury of having a Fluevog store nearby, do check-check-and double check on sizing. Fluevog dealers have excellent knowledge about sizing, so make sure you call. Of course, I’m going to recommend that you call Haight Street at (415) 436-9784. They are my personal go-to people about sizing and their advice is always on par!

4) This last piece of advice comes from my sense of practicality. If you’re scouting the sale and just don’t find something you like or your Vog of choice is out of stock, don’t fret. Save your dollars because fall is coming and I’m sure there will be something with your name written on it! On to my picks (click on the photo to be directed to the Fluevog site)….

Oh my. There are some great finds at this sale. Admittedly, I always try to predict what I think will go on sale. As usual, I’m wrong and am surprised by some of the amazing things that are marked down. Here are some things you need to get your hands on…

Minis Galore!

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I’ve ranted and raved about the Minis a million times over. They’re my favorite family and a definite staple for Fluevog. The Minis rarely go on sale. However, this time around, several members of the Minis family have been marked down including the much-loved Bunny (Madame Shirley and I own these; they’re a tribute to UC Berkeley, our alma mater), the new Bee’s Knees, and the Elif in berry/pink/aqua. Act fast because these Minis are going to go bye-bye soon! (Note: The Bunny will be available in two new colors in the fall. Swoon.)

Stunning Stunners!

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Lo and behold. One day I’m ranting and raving about the greatness of the Daily Miracles | Stunner, and the next day, the Stunners go on sale. How awesome is that?!

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Integrity | Amie. A total Gladys pick!

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Prepare | Guide

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Espadrille | Martin. As of this posting, the Martin is not available online. Please call your local Fluevog store directly for sizing and ordering information.

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Gateways | Brandenburg Light. Available for men and women.

Summer has just begun and some of the season’s hottest Vogs are now on sale. Take advantage of some great colors and styles. In particular, if you’ve been drooling over the Guides, the yellow ones have just been marked down. They’re gorgeous and so easy to wear. Also in the family (but not photographed) are the Portage. Can someone please buy the lilac in size 9.5 in my honor? I’d really appreciate it! For the gentlemen, the Gateways | Brandenburg Light in select colors have been marked down. While I didn’t take pics of the men’s collection, please note that there are some wonderful savings there too!

Happy shopping! Please share what you added to your collection in comments:)

For the love of Fluegasms,

j-ro


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reviving Margie

Every now and again when I peruse the Fluevog Facebook page, it never fails that someone will put up a post declaring that while Fluevogs are absolutely gorgeous, they’re not quite budget-friendly. As a former struggling graduate student and a totally underpaid lecturer, I can definitely relate to the hole that burns in my wallet from buying a pair of Vogs. However, there are ways one can build a Fluevog collection on a limited budget. Today, I bring you the power of refurbishing.

Recently, I scored a great deal on the Choice | Margie on ebay. As you can see from the photos below, they were scuffed pretty badly. Margie has been on my vintage wish list for ages and given the low price, I knew that with some TLC, I could revive these babies! I could tell that the base of the shoe was in great condition (made with leather) and that the refurbishing was primarily cosmetic. Also, the seller was very honest with the condition of the shoes.

Tip: If the vintage Vog has a foam sole, beware. Foam, over time, can weaken and crack, making the Vog unwearable. I’ve seen cracked foam soles because my brother is an avid collector of athletic shoes. Also, fellow MotelyFlue member Gladys has a story to share soon:)

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These photos were provided by the seller. I added the black arrows to illustrate the extreme scuffing. Margie really needed some TLC.

When the shoes arrived, I was glad to see that after adding an arch support, they fit perfectly! (Margie fits just like the Fellowship | Sandra. Because my feet are so flat, I need an arch support for a secure fit.) Yes, they were as scuffed as the photos indicated. I could swear that the previous owner ran them through a sandpaper funhouse!

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These photos were taken after two coats of leather lotion. (Note: Your eyes aren’t fooling you. The color became much richer and I didn’t use any fancy photo tricks to enhance the image. I’m actually not a fan of altering photos.) What a difference!

I wanted to see if I could refurbish these on my own. The first thing I did was revive it with some leather lotion. As you can see from the photo above, the leather lotion gave Margie a much richer color and made it look less dried out. If you’re a Vog user and you don’t own a bottle of leather lotion, you need to get yourself a supply, stat! I’m obsessed with leather lotion. Once a Vog comes home with me, it doesn’t see the light of day without a coat or two of the stuff! It helps preserve the shoe, soften the leather, and keep the color nice and rich. You’d cry if you ever saw my Vog collection. They all look pristine because of my leather lotion obsession!

Once the leather lotion settled in, the scuffing was still noticeable. The backs of the heels still looked chewed up. Plus, the black marks on the toe just wouldn’t budge. With that, I knew I needed to take it to a cobbler. Our friends at Haight Street recommended Pioneer Renewer, a cobbler located in the Castro. When I went to Pioneer Renewer, the process was simple. I just asked them if they could refurbish Margie. I pointed out all the scuffing and the guys were really friendly. One week and $15 later (cash only!), I picked my newly revived Margie. Here’s the final product:

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Taken after bringing them to Pioneer Renewer to have Margie refurbished. A good cobbler does wonders!

As you can see, the color is much richer and the scuffing is virtually gone. In person, you can see the wear and some of the texture issues. Otherwise, they’re perfect. They look like a comfortably worn pair of Vogs. I can’t believe how amazing they look now!

The final cost of these Vogs (shoes, shipping, and refurbishing) was $70. In Fluevog land, that is an excellent steal! For those of you who are looking for Vogs on a budget, check the FlueMarket and eBay. You never know what you’ll find! (If you’re curious about sizing, you can always talk to a dealer!)

Another advantage of refurbishing Fluevogs is that it’s a great way to re-cycle fashion. Though Margie was someone else’s trash, I definitely transformed her into my new treasure!

For the love of Fluegasms,

j-ro


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shameless self promotion… kind of.

Okay. It’s spring cleaning time. Admittedly, I’m really particular with the Vogs I purchase because I try to avoid having to re-sell or second guess any of my purchases. Alas, there comes a time when a gal has to clean out her closet because she just isn’t giving her collection the love and attention they deserve. With that, my loss is your gain! Below are photos of three pairs of Vogs that I posted on the FlueMarket. In case you don’t know what the FlueMarket is, it’s a central place where Vog lovers can sell or perhaps swap their Vogs. You can also post your Vintage Vog wishes! (Note: I’ve been known to contact people regarding their “wish” list in the event I happen to see a match. It’s all about FlueKarma!) If you or someone you know is a women’s size 9, then please feel free to check out my listings. Simply click on the photo and it will lead you to the FlueMarket listing. Happy shopping!

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Cross Fluevog Sandal. Sold on FlueMarket.

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40th Anniversary Re-Issue | Restitution. Sold on FlueMarket.

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Wearever | Toda. Sold on FlueMarket.

For the love of Fluegasms,

j-ro


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the s.a.d. sale: part II

In case you haven’t heard, the S.A.D. sale is still on, but with NEW additions and markdowns! Ladies and gentlemen, I say you need to head over to your nearest store or log in to the site because there are some lovely shoes that need a good home! In particular, there are some classic Vogs that just went on sale such as the Viardot and the Benatar. I have both of them and YES, you MUST get them!

I’m also trying to convince Agent Dorothy that she NEEDS to get the Malibu! It’s been reduced AGAIN. I don’t know about you, to me, it seems that fate is calling the Agent’s name. Check out this photo of Dorothy when she tried them on. They fit her perfectly and I can think of endless art shows and artist functions that she could rock these things out in. Won’t you agree that it’s a match made in heaven?

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Agent Dorothy sporting the LA: Malibu. Simply gorgeous!

For the love of Fluegasms,

j-ro