• Fashion,  Shoes,  Wedding

    Dream bridal shoes brands (+ practical advices)

    ©Manolo Blahnik, Sophia Webster, Jimmy Choo, Badgley Mischka and Christian Louboutin

    Bonjour beauties

    If you have followed my blog posts here and here on bridal shoes (in French but shoes are international babe so don’t worry), you will know by now that it’s a struggle for me. During the hunt, I have came across a lot of brands who specialize in bridal shoes or at least have a full dedicated range for it. In this blog post, I will share my best finds. At the end, I will give some practical advices on how to choose your bridal shoes.

    So I have selected 5 of my favorite brands :
    Manolo Blahnik
    Sophia Webster
    Jimmy Choo
    Badgley Mischka
    Christian Louboutin

    All of them are well known ; except (maybe) Badgley Mischka (at least in Europe). I have made this selection to make it easy for anybody around the world to be able to find at least one of the brands.

    But first, some background check.

    Manolo Blahnik

    Owner/creative director: Manolo Blahnik
    Date of Birth : 1970
    Country : England
    Shops : +300 shops + online

    In the website, there is a bridal/wedding section. The iconic Hangisi and BB exist for bridals. There is a good number of pairs in white, off white or even royal blue. Manolo has less choice than the others.

    © Manolo Blahnik

    Sophia Webster

    Owner/creative director: Sophia Webster
    Date of Birth : 2012
    Country : England
    Shops : 2 shops in London + 160 stockists (department stores…) + online

    The brand has also a bridal line including the iconic Chiara (butterfly ankle) and the Wifey for Lifey ones. The sole of the majority of the bridal shoes has the inscription « Wifey for Lifey ». I find the style of this brand more funky and authentique. It’s definitely one of the brands that I love.


    © Sophia Webster

    Jimmy Choo

    Creative director: Sandra Choi (Jimmy Choo niece)
    Date of Birth : 1990 (1996 for public)
    Country : England
    Shops : 150 shop + online (worldwide shipping is free now)

    The brand is not only specialized in shoes for both women and men, but also in maroquinerie (bags, clutches…), scarfs and sunglasses. It definitely has the most large bridal shoe selection in term of choices and prices. It also has a custom-made service notably for the cinderella shoe (with Swarovski crystals all over). I have tried them last week, and I am in love. But 3.5 grand needs definitely a second and even a third thought 😀
    The brand has also a section for bridesmaids and even the bride’s mother. How cool is that?
    If you have the chance to go to their Faubourg Saint Honoré boutique in Paris, they have a dedicated lounge for brides.

    © Jimmy Choo & me

    Badgley Mischka

    Owners/Creative director: Mark Badgley and James Mischka
    Date of Birth : 1988
    Country : US
    Shops : 60ish shops + online

    The brand has a large bridal shoe line and prices are quite reasonable (the most expensive shoe on the website costs 325$). I am not familiar with the brand since they don’t have shops in France but I am definitely a huge fun of their Gorgeous design. All the embellishments are crazyyyy. If you have ever looked for « bridal shoes » on Pinterest, you have definitely seen them but if not see below!

    © Badgley Mischka

    Christian Louboutin

    Owners/Creative director: Christian Louboutin
    Date of Birth : 1991
    Country : France
    Shops : 60ish + online

    The red bottom brand does also have a line for bridal. All the iconic designs including Pigalle, So Kate and Follies exist. I have always thought that the red sole contrasted very well with a white dress.

    As a general advice, be sure that the shoe is comfortable. Don’t wear a shoe for the first time during your wedding. It can quickly become a real pain in the a** and ruin your beautiful day. Another advice is to buy a shoe that you can potentially wear to other occasions and perhaps for everyday. If you are pissed to pay a high price for a shoe you will wear once, try second hand items. Vestiaire Collective is a great website to find a lot of shoes in very good condition.

    Finally, go to stores, try shoes, take photos, show them to family and friends, take time to think and don’t buy an expensive shoe in a rush 🙂

    La bise my friends

    Mimi

  • Hair,  Make up

    PHYTO Paris : THE OBSESSION

    MY PHYTO « COLLECTION » straight outta the bathroom!!!

    <<HALF A WOMAN’S BEAUTY IS HER HAIR>>

    My aunt

    Hey you! This article is about my story on how I become a big fan of Phyto Paris products. This is how it’s structured:

    • History
    • Outbreak
    • Various purchases to this day with review
    • Phyto RE30 for grey hair

    HISTORY

    My obsession with Phyto products started circa 3 years ago when I was 27. But this was not when I bought my first product from the brand. I did 2 more years earlier when I suddenly had dandruff (probably stress due to my 1st job). One of my colleagues suggested that I had a look at this brand which fortunately I did. I bought the Phytosquam shampoo and it worked amazingly. I started using this shampoo from time to time when I had dandruff.

    PHYTOSQUAM anti-dandruff shampoo.

    2 years later, I was in the metro and saw a girl with very beautiful silky shiny healthy hair and thought how she do it? I came back home and started looking at some of my pictures and really didn’t like the way my hair looked. It was dry, unhealthy and crinkly. For the record I die my hair regularly because I have grey hair but I have never bleached it.

    OUTBREAK

    I went to a French pharmacy and started looking for a good conditioner. Since Phytosquam worked for dandruff, I expected that a product from Phyto range will work just fine and believe it or not, it was miraculous. I ended up buying Phytokératine Mask for weakened and damaged hair and applying it religiously since then. In one month or so, my hair became shiner and healthier and I have received so many compliments on it.

    PHYTOKERATINE mask

    VARIOUS PURCHASES TO THIS DAY WITH REVIEW

    I started being in a virtuous circle where I wanted everything related to hair being of good quality. I bought a silicone and paraben free shampoo Phytoprogenium for daily use and then sulfate, silicone and paraben free one Phytokératine extrême which contains 95% of natural origin ingredients. Since the latter is a bit expensive, I alternate between the two shampoos. The only thing I do really not like is the bottle packaging. I am so surprised that they are not aware that it’s so not practical: it’s so opaque, the top is so not convenient to pour the right amount of product (I always make a mess). I am thinking about buying bottles with a pouring cap and transfer the shampoos in them.

    For hair loss during autumn/winter I use either Phytophanère dietary supplements or Phytocyane treatment for more of a quick treatment. I do like Phytocyane better than Phytophanère. I am not a huge fan of pills in general.

    My next purchase was a conditionner: the Phytobaume Hydratation ‘coz why not 😀 (I didn’t repurchase it. I think the mask works fine by itself).

    I also tried the Phytocolor Sensitive which is from the coloration range but it didn’t work well for me. I have a lot of grey hair so it probably (and unfortunately) needs more agressive products.

    PHYTOCOLOR Sensitive permanent hair dye

    PHYTO RE30

    Lastly, I started trying Phyto RE30 anti-grey hair treatment after receiving a marketing email from the brand. This is what the brand promises:
    « PHYTO RE30, the revolutionary double action formula- Anti-grey hair action- Beautifying action
    Proven efficacy in vivo:+ 38% natural repigmentation of grey hair in 3 months* »

    PHYTO RE30 anti-grey hair spray

    Before buying it, I have contacted the customer service just to make sure that there is no issue in coloring my hair at the same time and they responded by saying that is fine to continue doing it. Below their response in French (I have asked in French too).

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    I am at my first bottle. I am not noticing any big changes for the moment but I am confident. Phyto is the bomb so it should work! I will update you soon on the progress.

    This is my story with Phyto Paris products. Bottom line I won’t change my hair routine for anything!!

    La bise

    Mimi