Bespoke Shoes, Made In Italy…
Earlier this year, I was contacted by Nicole and Sam of Viajiyu* shoes. They were in Los Angeles, and asked if I’d like to meet to take a look at their bespoke shoes, made in Italy. (That was an easy “yes!”)
They brought along several samples of their beautiful flats and wedges, and dozens of swatches of the various leathers and linings available. I tried on a few styles and was really impressed with the comfort and quality. When they asked if they could make me a pair (as a gift), another easy “yes!” The hard part was choosing the style, leather and lining. Ultimately, I decided on “timeless” and went with the “Como Flat,” a pointed-toe skimmer in black leather with a soft shimmer. And just for fun, that yellow lining.
The styles I tried on seemed to run true to my usual size 7½. I received my shoes a couple of weeks ago, and they are just as comfortable as the samples. The leather is soft but substantial, and they feel like they mold to my feet. I’ve worn them all day, running errands, walking dogs, etc. The insole is cushioned, though a little less than what I’d need for travel. I love this classic look, especially to add some refinement to my casual outfits.
The Viajiyu boutique is in Florence, Italy, so if you’ll be visiting, what could be a better souvenir than a pair of bespoke shoes? But they also take online orders, and will be traveling throughout the U.S. this summer with sample sizes and swatches. See the schedule and RSVP here.
*The name combines the Italian word “via” for road, and Japanese word “jiyu” for freedom.
Savings On Skincare Favorites
Today’s the last day to take advantage of the “Maximum Effect/Minimum Effort” Memorial Day Sale at Makeover Workshop. Brian has put together a few “Beauty Box” specials featuring some of my favorite products. Above, a Beauty Box featuring three that I use daily: Illuminate & Contour Eye Treatment, Re-Creation Lip Treatment, and Firming Neck and Throat Creme. I don’t buy into a lot of beauty hype, but these really do deliver noticeable results!
You can also save 20% on individual items featured in the “Maximum Effect/Minimum Effort” videos with code MAX. That includes my favorite Makeover Workshop lipsticks! Today’s the last day of this offer, so don’t delay if there’s anything you’ve had your eye on.
Just Finished Watching…
“Dead To Me” on Netflix. I don’t do “horror,” so don’t worry, it’s not one of those. A woman searching for the hit-and-run driver who killed her husband is befriended by another woman with…secrets. Though some of the story turns are predictable, others are not. The characters are flawed and complex, and both Applegate and Cardellini deliver outstanding performances. But it’s not all heaviness; it’s bitingly funny too.
If you were to design your own pair of bespoke shoes, what would you choose?