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IFD 2017: Exene

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Swordfish Womens | Exene. Size 10. For those of you who love pointy toes, and a cool vintage rocker aesthetic, Exene is for you. Cranberry colored with an antiqued texture and asymmetrical buckles, this is definitely made for the person who wants to stand out. These are gorgeous statement shoes that are a comfortable flat. Though I tried them on in size 10, I could have gone down to 9.5. Since I have such a wide foot, I’m not very good with pointy toes. Unfortunately, Exene isn’t for me. If you look at the profile photo above, the point is a bit too long for my short stubby feet. Since I’m super clumsy, I’d likely trip all over the place (or split the pointed area, as I’ve done with Bekkie, a Vog that I still love and wear regularly). However, this is a gorgeous Vog and the rocker in you would love an edgy flat that you can wear 24/7.

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro

NB: In Fluevogs, I’m a women’s size 9. Depending on the fit and family, I size up or down from there. For example, in most Minis, I’m a size 8.5. In the Fellowships, I’m typically a size 9.5. However, I do have wide, flat feet and Morton’s Toe, which makes sizing a little strange for me. Admittedly, these days, I like a little more wiggle room in the toes and I don’t like to bother with extra stretching. Therefore, I’ve been sizing up in my more recent purchases. 


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IFD 2017: Bolt

Hello Lovelies!

Yes, it’s been a while since we’ve been posted our infamous reviews. A lot has happened since our last post. Namely, we have an Instagram account now. Since it’s faster for us to share pix that way, you’ll see us a lot over there. You can find us on IG @fortheloveofvogs and at: #fortheloveofvogs and #motleyflue

Recently, Madam Shirley and I visited our incredible dealers at Haight Street. To celebrate the countdown to International Fluevog Day, we’ve decided to bring back the reviews (wa-hoo!). Throughout this month (and if I’m being realistic, into the next month), we’ll be featuring different Fluevogs that you can purchase during International Fluevog Day and beyond. I’m SO EXCITED to do this because this is the first time in years that I’ll be in San Francisco to celebrate with all of you. (I’ll be at Haight. Where will you be?)

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To kick off the return of the reviews, I’d like to give you Modern Living | Bolt. Size 10. This is my surprise pick of the season. Each spring, I’m always looking for the season’s perfect wedding shoe. For me, this is it. It’s comfy and edgy, and something that you can wear when the wedding is over. Personally, I loved trotting around the store in these gorgeous Vogs with my dark denim trouser pants. The color contrast was gorgeous. Yes, I love the lucite heel. (Alright, I kinda thought it was a little stripper-esque, but I’m not a hater like that. In fact, the lucite was my favorite part because it gave the Bolt that extra something special.) For a pointed toe, there was a good amount of room in the toe box. Also, I’m finding that toe cleavage seems to be the thing this season. If it is, I say BRING IT!! I did size up to 10, which was a good fit for me because I like the extra room. Otherwise, I say go up 1/2 size or stay true if you have narrow feet.

For the love of vogs,

j-ro

NB: In Fluevogs, I’m a women’s size 9. Depending on the fit and family, I size up or down from there. For example, in most Minis, I’m a size 8.5. In the Fellowships, I’m typically a size 9.5. However, I do have wide, flat feet and Morton’s Toe, which makes sizing a little strange for me. Admittedly, these days, I like a little more wiggle room in the toes and I don’t like to bother with extra stretching. Therefore, I’ve been sizing up in my more recent purchases. 


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when Vog meets LuLa

Hello fellow Fluevog Lovers! As always, the MotleyFlue greatly apologize for being so negligent. We love that you have found us and still check out the blog (our stats show this!). Sadly, we’ve been absent because… life stuff. Do note that we’re all healthy and happy, and simply hella busy!!

Personally, I’m the first to admit that I’ve been in a Fluevog/fashion rut lately. You know things are bad when The Huz approaches you with concern asking: “Babe, are you alright?! You haven’t bought a new pair of Fluevogs in ages!” (Yes, I’m married to the greatest man on earth!) Currently, over half of my precious Fluevogs, along with most of my “cute” wardrobe are sitting in a storage unit in Arizona, while I’m in California teaching online classes and getting cracking on my research projects. With that, I lived most of 2016 and early 2017 in jeans and tops. I’ve also been out of the Facebook Fluevog loops, but have lately been slowly checking out everyone’s fabulous fashions.

One thing I noticed was people wearing their Fluevogs with these awesome printed leggings. I came to find that many of you wear LuLaRoe. In addition, Fraida, an old high school friend became a consultant, so I decided to dive in and buy my first pair of leggings (and a Cassie skirt). Yes, I’m kinda’ hooked. LuLaRoe and Fluevogs are like milk and cookies – they are destined to be together! Both are original, quirky, and size-inclusive, giving this gal new fashion life. (wa-hoo!)

In fact, I’ll be hosting an online shopping party with the lovely Ellen Gillihan this weekend. The Silly Song Sale starts this Saturday, April 1st at 8am. Since it’s Ellen’s birthday month, she’s offering FREE SHIPPING to celebrate. In addition, she has some awesome opportunities for you to earn some LuLaCash. You’re free to join me and some of the MotleyFlue (we’ll be shopping too)! If you’ve never shopped for LuLaRoe via Facebook, send me an email at: fortheloveofvogs@gmail.com. I’ll be keeping better track of the emails there. You can also leave me a message on our Facebook page I’ll be more than happy to add you to the sale page! Finally, as one of your weekend hostesses, please don’t hesitate to ask me (joanne) questions about sizing and pairing (and please pick me as your host when you check out:D).

Yes, these days I’ve been Facebook stalking various LuLaRoe pages in hopes of spring-sprucing my wardrobe. While LuLaRoe is known for its leggings, I will say that most folks will (and should) venture out to other items. Personally, I’m loving their skirts (Maxi, Azure, Cassie). However, I’m always surprised when people hesitate to try skirts and dresses. So here’s my ode to finding inspiration and fashion outside of your comfort zone. For you, the lovely LuLaRoe leggings lover….

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Christmas with my dad’s side of the family. Note: This dress is tame compared to what my mom usually dressed me in. Those outfits often required lace pantaloons.

Confession: I have lived most of my teen/adult life in pants. As a child, like many Filipino moms, my mom dressed me in cutesy lacy, frilly dresses. When I was old enough to make my own fashion decisions, I immediately banned all things flowy and uber-girly. Granted, I was spotted in a dress for the occasional family gathering. Many moons ago when I worked behind the cosmetics counter, I wore black dresses to break the monotony of the black pant uniform. Otherwise, I pretty much lived in pants.

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Note: The person in this photo is my buddy Masud. Since I haven’t seen him since high school, I thought it would be unfair to show his face.

It wasn’t until 2011 that I decided to have a change of heart regarding dresses and skirts. That was the year local fashion designer (and fellow Fluevog lover) Amber Clisura (of Salt Clothing) decided she would not wear a single pair of pants. She then documented her journey in a blog. I loved seeing her daily outfits – especially how she used long socks, tights, belts, pantaloons, skirt extenders, and other accessories to work around going pants-less. While I can’t go full tilt boogie on the no pants thing, the blog did inspire me to re-think my wardrobe. A year later, I began my first gig as a college professor in Arizona. With that, I learned that wearing a dress or skirt makes me feel like a bona fide adult and makes it so that students are less likely to mistake me for one of them.

While I know most LuLaRoe fans are here for the buttery leggings (and for good reason too!), I do suggest branching out and trying a skirt or dress (or a Maxi which works as both!). It’s a lot easier to wear a one-piece dress than try to coordinate multiple pieces when wearing pants. Plus, if you’re trying to live la vida elastic waistband like I am, skirts and dresses are where it’s at!

GlideSince I’m older and larger than many of you, I do have chub rub issues. To combat that, I have a few solutions: (1) Behold the wonder of skimmies (made by Jockey). I prefer skimmies over Spanx because skimmies don’t pinch, pull, or compress; when Macys has a sale, I stock up. (2) If you don’t like wearing “shorts” under your dresses, do what marathon runners do: put some Body Glide on areas you chafe. I keep a small stick in my purse because it works great on the feet to prevent blistering. (3) Wear your LuLaRoe leggings under that dress!

With spring around the corner, dresses and skirts are the perfect thing to wear to welcome the warmer weather (especially in California). Below are a few pics of me in some LuLa gear. (For the record, yes, I do own some LuLaRoe leggings.) Enjoy!

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Yes. I play Pokemon Go! Last night I wore this Maxi while hunting at Pier 39.

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For this outfit, I decided to layer two Azure skirts: one as a top and one as a skirt/skirt extender.

For the Love of Vogs (and LuLaRoe),

j-ro (joanne)

P.S. Here is a list of LuLaRoe sellers I have purchased from (note: the links only work if you’re logged in to Facebook):

Shop LuLaRoe with Ellen Gillihan (Note: If you’re shopping at this weekend’s sale, feel free to  ask me questions about what clothes would go great with your Fluevogs! While I haven’t tried on this season’s collection, I do have notes from what I tried on last season. Also,  I would be so thankful if you chose me as your LLR hostess.)

LuLaRoe Fraida Fri-Fri

Shop LuLaRoe with Leslie Michelle Cornelius

LuLaRoe Jessica Dela Cuesta

LuLaRoe Raquel Ubana

 

 

 


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hello again!

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I know it’s been a LONG time. My Fluesisters and I have been BUSYBUSYBUSY and haven’t been able to make it to a store, let alone try things on and report. In fact, I couldn’t even remember the last time I tried on a pair of Vogs. Also, the Generalissima hasn’t bought a pair in over a year and a half! GAH! Even worse, I completely missed this year’s International Fluevog Day. (tears!)

Since I’m back in the bay area, the Manpanion (now husband, aka Huz) and I finally made it to visit our friends at Haight Street. Many thanks to Dee (who went up and down those stairs countless times), Rachel and Anka for all their help. They totally held down the fort while FlueDaddy Denny was enjoying a day off.

Since we’re currently in the midst of a sale, here’s the sale stuff I tried on:

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Colour | Joanne Size 9.5 in black & yellow

I am going to pretend that Mr. Fluevog named these after me. Sadly, I had nothing to do with the design of these Vogs because they fit horribly on my feet. When I first saw them on the site, I knew it wouldn’t be a match made in heaven. Sadly, I was correct. I had to size up 1/2 a size and was a bit too high for my liking and there’s a lot of pressure on the balls of my feet. Plus, the toe box is too narrow, making it pinchy on my wide feet. While the heel is more comfy than I thought, this Joanne was not going home with moi. (sad face) As always, great shoe, just not for my feet.

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Cosmos | Opposition size 9.5 in black

These Vogs are PERFECTION! Like many, I totally freaked out when the FlueGods announced that the Minis would be officially retired. NO MINIS?! What kind of cruel joke is this? Without the Minis, I’d simply lose my will to live! Luckily, the Cosmos are here and I consider them a newborn cousin of the Minis. The Cosmos have a cute scallop detail that is so adorable. They are super comfy with a slight bouncy feeling. I really love these and I can’t wait to see what else the FlueGods have in store for the future of Cosmos. The Opposition is definitely on my wish list.

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Commune | San Jose size 9

Confession: I’m not typically a clog fan. Years ago, I owned the 40th anniversary re-issued clog and unfortunately, we didn’t get along as well as I would have liked. I have since found a wonderful owner for them (I hope). Then there was the arc which I couldn’t even stand in. Therefore, I didn’t have high hopes for San Jose. Boy was I wrong. These felt really good and stable. That I didn’t fall was a huge plus:) I tried on the size 9 and they were tight and a little short. If I were to get these, I’d likely size up to a 10 (no half sizes on these).

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Look Out | Allure size 9.5 in teal

As Dee pointed out when I tried these on: they’re either perfect for your feet or they’re not. Sadly, these were a no-go for me. The toes were pinchy and the shoe itself was tight (you can see my feet fat sticking out because of this). Perhaps I should have tried on the size 10. Hmph. If they fit you, you better get them! I have a “now vintage” pair of Viardots, and Allure is very similar, but with heart heels!

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Look Out | Mesmerize size 9.5 in orange.

I really loved these! Again, the heart heel is gorgeous. They also feel a lot better than the previous generations of heart heels. These are a lot more stable. Also, the orange is stunning and I’m in the market for orange (and/or yellow). I have two complaints about these though. First off, there’s puckering. It’s common for me because I have such flat feet. My other complaint is the ribbon.  I need something a little longer. I’m definitely going to look out for the Look Out family.

As you can see, the current sale has some AMAZING things. Do visit your local store or call your favorite Fluevog pusher to place orders!

For the Love of Vogs,

j-ro

Note: In Fluevogs, I’m a women’s size 9. Depending on the fit and family, I size up or down from there. For example, in most Minis, I’m a size 8.5. In the Fellowships, I’m typically a size 9.5. However, I do have wide, flat feet and Morton’s Toe, which makes sizing a little strange for me.


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Goodbye to the Melrose Store

The news should be out there now, that Fluevog is closing its store on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. This Black Friday weekend is probably the last time you’ll be able to try on and buy shoes there. If you want some great recommendations, read Joanne’s previous post. By an unlucky twist, I won’t be able to make it to the store this weekend, but I did get a chance to say goodbye earlier.

Operetta GiuliasThis is very sad for me as the Melrose store is my store. It’s where I first learned that shoes could be both beautiful and comfortable for my feet; it’s where I bought my first amazing pair of Vogs (red Giulia boots); and it’s where I’ve had so many wonderful experiences thanks to fellow Voggers and Fluevogologists (a.k.a. the amazing store staff) over the years. And we never forget our first, do we? Thankfully, I had one last wonderful experience last week, when Mr. John Fluevog himself visited Los Angeles to have dinner with some of the Melrose faithfuls. It was bittersweet for me and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to contain my sadness, but, again, the lovely community made up by Voggers and Fluevogologists made it a fun, lovely experience. And it was an honor to meet John and hear his fascinating journey from his own lips. The delicious wine and tapas didn’t hurt, either. 🙂 Here are some of my photos from the goodbye celebration.

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Thanks to fellow Vogger Alice for taking this photo of me and Mr. Fluevog. It’s one of my favorite photos of the night.

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Natasha looked amazing with those famous boots, and to top it off she had a fun dachshund purse!

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First Fluevog flower wheel of the night (I’m at the 6:30 position)

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Some of the wonderful folks who made it a great night: Rusty, Natasha, Alice, Lisa, and Rob

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Our table was lucky enough to get John first as well as Fluevogologist Lesley (they moved around through the night).

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Next to hang out with us was Fluevogologist Kate — here she is with Alice. Great photo! (I didn’t get a photo of the other Fluevogologists, sorry!)

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Mr. Fluevog giving a little speech

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My final flower wheel of the night, with John Fluevog in the 7 o’clock position

xo, Gladys


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hello fall 2015

Remember when I said that it’s never too late?

Well, I wasn’t lying. Fall has been out for a few months now. Here are some things that the Manpanion and I managed to try on. Enjoy!

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Twin Turbines | 837 Granville St. Size 10 in blue. These are the newest addition to the Manpanion’s collection. Please note that this pic does not do these Vogs justice at all. These are absolutely gorgeous. They’re sleek and according to him, very comfy. These days, our buying habits have slimmed down because we’re planning/paying for our nuptials. However, these are not a pair that you want to wait to go on sale for. In fact, I highly doubt this will make it to sale time. This color combo is such a head turner. This family seems to suit the Manpaion well, as he has another pair from here. These are definitely his pick of the season!

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Choice | Margie. Size 10.5 in black. These were pretty much gone, so I had to try on the only size that could possibly fit me. Apologies, as I do not have any sizing info for you. I have an old pair of Margie in red. I’m so happy to see these return, but in better style. First off, this color combo is beautiful. They’re wide in the toe, which my wide feet love. The straps on these are thicker and sturdier than the original Margie. As flats, they’re an all-day shoe. Finally (though I didn’t take a pic of it), I heart the heart heels!

IMG_0924Mini | Bunny. Size 9. Be still my beating heart. I have mentioned many times my “no doubles” rule. I already have these in blue/yellow (I affectionately call them my Berkeley Ph.D. shoes because the Manpanion gifted them to me when I filed.). If I were to break the “no doubles” rule (again), I’d totally snag these. It’s a great color combo and you can’t go wrong with the Minis.
IMG_0919Sopranos | Robyn. Size 9 in orange. Many moons ago when I met the famous Stacey K. (whose fabulousness has been immortalized in a namesake Fluevog), she let me try on a pair of Vogs from the Soprano family. I think of the original Sopranos as a higher heeled, less comfortable cousin of the Operetta family. Well, Mr. Fluevog must have heard my complaiants because the new iteration of the Soprano family is AMAZING. They’re true to size, have a higher heel than the Operettas, but are equally comfy and stable. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love, but these babies in ORANGE are my personal pick of the season. The lacing on these make Robyn totally stand out. While I would normally opt for the black in a Vog like this, ORANGE is the one you want!


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Hopefuls | Holly. Size 10 in blue. Again, these were pretty much out. Denny brought me the size 10 because they were all that was left. These in 10 were way too big. However, I loved how easy it was to wear. The profile is low and easy to slip on and off. Also, who doesn’t love that blue?!

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Mini | Gorgeous. Size 9.5 in teal/purple. I loved these too! I’m a Mini fan and again, I’m so happy to see the return of a classic (but in a totally sassy color). I went up 1/2 size in these. Yes, I’m sure the die-hards alreay have these on their lists (if not already on their feet).

Again, MANY THANKS for your patience. I’d like to give special kudos to our friends at Haight Street, You’re wonderful and I miss you when I’m in Arizona.

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro


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it’s never too late

Sigh. Hello everyone! I know it seems like we have fallen off the face of the earth. I’m SOOOOOOO sorry for that! Like you, the ladies of FTLOV have been extremely busy with work, life, family, and all sorts of life transitions. Please don’t worry. We all have been handling life in fabulous Fluevog stride.

I have a few posts waiting in the wings, and this is the first of the bunch. I recently visited our awesome dealers on Haight Street. (Oh my, it’s been ages since the Manpanion and I have seen Denny!) For this first post, I wanted to show some things that have been released for some time now, and are still currently on clearance. Here you go!

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Truths | Jessica. Size 10 in black. For those of you who follow this blog, you know that I’m not into pointy shoes. I have super wide, flat feet and pointy shoes just make my feet look gargantuan. However, I had a change of heart when I met Bekkie. As of late,Bekkie has been my go-to Vog. Therefore, I just HAD to try on her sister Jessica. I gotta say that she rocks it just as hard! Because I’m wide, I did have to go up a full size to a 10 (from my normal 9). Yes, these babies are on SALE and available in two colors: black (as shown) and brown.

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Power | Wind. Size 9.5 in blue. Confession: I’ve been MIA because the Manpanion and I are getting married soon. We’ve been saving up and trying to figure out the logistics of celebrating the nuptials. With that, I’ve been on the market for a great flat to get my dance floor groove on. While Wind didn’t work for me (it’s too narrow and going up a size is just too long for my foot), I can see why one would go ga-ga over these. The color is perfect for a wedding (yay something blue + something new… or old). For the right foot, these are super comfy. Plus, you can wear them with or without the band.

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Power | Water. Size 9.5 in blue. This was another wedding dance possibility. With these, I was concerned about the width (my toes were a little pinchy). Again, a great casual shoe, but I was on a mission!

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Modvog | Anna Maria. Size 9.5 in blue. I LOVED these! I wish I bought them at that other site when they were a really good price. However, I hesitated when I saw the look on the Manpanion’s face. He wasn’t as big a fan as I was. Yes, I agree that these aren’t as formal as one would like a wedding dance shoe to be. So the search continues….

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Twin Turbines | 1265 Wisconsin Ave. Size 10 in navy/white. I had no idea that the Manpanion had been eyeing these for a while. Luckily, they were available in his preferred size and color. I must say, they look spiffy! He has also been mindful of what Fluevog needs he has for our upcoming nuptials. The Manpanion opted for this pair for our engagement photos (which we just took this past weekend).

By the way, if you’re looking for an AMAZING photographer, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND you check out Nerinna Valera. She’s INCREDIBLE! Our pictures will be ready in the next few weeks. The Manpanion and I can’t wait to show you some of the awesome Fluevog shots she took. For now, you’ll have to settle for our iphone sneak peek:

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Again, apologies for the lag in posting. Like I said, I have a few waiting in the wings, including some from the current fall collection. Of course, we’ll share some scenes from our engagement pictures! Until then….

For the love of Vogs,

j-ro