Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Rock and Republic

Hi guys, sorry, it s been a long time since the last time I blogged here. I would feel a lot more guilty if I don't share this with you guys so click more for details ...

There was a Denim Warehouse Sales in Hollywood at the Sony Studios a couple of weeks back. They only had one brand though which is Rock and Republic. My friend is a faithful fan of RnR but I m new to the brand so this is more like an exploration to me. The jeans are 80 for reg. and 100 for embellished ones, which are more than 50% off the regular tag. The jackets in other words could be any where from 60 bucks to all the way to 200 dollars.

I found out, after trying on tons of jeans, RnR is not the brand for me because my butt looks horribly flat in them. I love my butt to be full and round as y'all know - wink -

Okay, enough said and here are my get's

Rock and Republic Valory Jacket, sale price for 80 dollars whereas the original tag was a whooping $475.

I always have a thing for military stuffs ... ooooooooooooooh, sooooooooooo sexy ! Just randomly pick this one out of a rack full of t-shirts. Didnt expect to find it and it seemed that it s the only - last one there. Picked it up and left with it was my wise desicion ... Love it every day ! This is how it look on me ... sorry, just throw them on for the pics so I didnt have the proper accesories :)

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The second one I got was this one ... very biker chick kinda thing which is something edgy that I would definitely wear ... :) The price tag was 60 bucks. Love the details, dont you ?

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As you could see, there are 4 rows of zippers on the shoulder.

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That's it for today people. Im out for the kids :).

Heels, Bebe. Jeans, Chip and Pepper. Cami, A&F.

Bonus: Me in my work clothes, conservative enough, you think ?

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Oh, Happy Turkey Day y'all !


Thursday, November 6, 2008


Ehe`m ... I know ... shoes again :)

Well, it all started as a short walk before work in Marshall - a perfect place for a shopportunistist like myself.... Winter is fast coming and I think I need a pair of knee length kinda boots. Before I could even think of anything, I spotted the beautiful suede fabric on the top of the shoe shelf. I have a thing for suede. Okay, I LOVE suede, the feel, the color, the smell, everything .... and boy, once I pulled that fabric down, I was hooked.
It s perfect for winter. It s heely but not too high and very sturdy though. It s Isaac Mirazhi. A little steep for a pair of boots, I know, but given the fact that it was so well-made and it came from Italy, my heart already melt for this beauty !

Here it is .... Isaac Mizrahi Women's Rooney Boot

Isaac Mizrahi Women's Rooney Boot

Mine is in a lighter tan than this. It went perfectly with my Coach Bleeker bag that I got from the same Marshall for ....- drums roll - 80 bucks ..... Yup, the original tag for this beauty is 300 dollars when it first came out.



Needless to say, I love the leather smell of both items ... sorry animals but I am truly a leather lover ...


Sunday, October 26, 2008


I got "tagged" by my dear Dao so here it is

10 Years Ago (1998)... exactly:

1. I was 17 years old. (same as Dao)
2. I lived in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Sai Gon).
(same as Dao)
3. I was a Daddy and Mommy's girl a.k.a no social life, no hanging out with friends at all.
4. I was considered a weirdo at school, uniquely weird. Didnt know that until recently :)
5. My favorite things to do: wandering on the streets, reading books, listening to soothing kind of music.

5 Things on Today’s “To Do” List:

1. Go to the market.... got stuffs to prepare for the party later today ...
2. Clean and mop the floor
3. Start to prepare food and desert ...
4. Listen to Vietnamese music and then CSI ... just listen since I wil be busy in the kitchen ...
5. Have fun with my friends :)

5 Things that I would do if I were a millionaire:

1. Buy my dream shoes ... So typical huh !
2. Put a half in investing
3. Put a tenth aside for traveling + my family's traveling + my family's affair
4. Put another tenth for my new business
5. The rest is for whatever my mood strikes me - wink -

5 Places I have lived:

1. Vietnam ... where else ?
2. Orange County, CA
Orange County, CA
4. Orange County, CA
5. and Orange County, CA
..... I know, it's boring :) ...

5 Jobs I have had:

1. Tutor
2. Sales Associate
3. Teacher's Assistant
4. Teaching Associate
5. Site Coordinator

That's it ... my life it pretty simple dont you think ?! :)


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Steal vs. Splurge (p.2)


The edgy L.A.M.B Yoyo Fringe Sandals with a price tag of $390 from Nordstrom

The a little softer version of Marciano 'Lara' Sandal with a less pricy tag of $280

Marciano 'Lara' Sandal

Marciano 'Lara' Sandal


Steve Madden Bijoux Sandal

Originally running for $129 at Nordstrom or at Steve Madden's website, mine for a little less than fifty dollars ... LOVE IT !

P.S: Got compliments on them the very first night I went out !


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hale Bob Verona Sandals

I am not a big fan of online shoe shopping because I m the type who tries then buys and I know for a fact that, shoes (just like clothes) do look better in online pictures than in real life.

I am a huge fan of the store chain Loehmann's since they ALWAYS have really good stuffs at amazingly low price. For instance, the sunglasses that you may find in store can be anything from Fendi, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci, Giorgio Armani to Ralph Lauren, or Ray-Ban with less than half the regular price tag and more important, they are "made in Italy" instead of "you-know-what"... I am like a little girl in a candy store everytime I shop at Loehmann's. The stuffs are unique and high quality, the price is dirt cheap, the style is so updated ... what NOT to LOVE ?!

Because of the above, I was skeptical about the Online Loehmann's store a.k.a Smartbargain since as I surfed, I recognized some shoes that I found in store were not as good looking as online. Yet, my heart melt the moment I saw this ...

Hale Bob Verona Patent Sandal with Applique: online bargain shopping from

The details were so delicate yet I still feel the sexiness and playfulness in the shoes. And the best part, while these are still $115 at the designer's website a.k.a Hale Bob's Online, they cost a little shy fifty bucks on Smartbargains. I gulped, knowing I am taking a chance with these babies, but how could I let such an opportunity passing by ?

And today .... Babies come home .... to ME :)



They are exactly what I have pictured and hoped ... better, they are a perfect fit for my "little" feet.

:) I am walking on cloud right now :)

P.S: Will post the pic for the entire outfit ... - winkie -


My Review of Hale Bob Verona Patent Sandal with Applique

Originally submitted at

Unabashedly sexy, chic, and flirty, these patent leather heels will take your breath away.

Elegant yet sexy .... That's all !

By VannaV from Westminster, CA on 10/18/2008


5out of 5

Sizing: Feels true to size

Width: Feels true to width

Pros: Flattering, Attractive Design, Breathes Well, Comfortable, Stylish

Best Uses: Formal Occasions, Going Out

Describe Yourself: Practical, Stylish

I am looking a special pair of shoes for my coming up birthday party and this is exactly what I need. I was so thrilled when I opened the box since the shoes look exactly what I saw online.

Cant wait to put them on ... Love it !





Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What Kind Of Women's Shoe Are You?

Try it here and this is my result

You are Slinky Heels!

You're an uptown, well put together woman

But you're not too uptight to enjoy a hot club

You're always the best dressed chick in the room

And you'll only settle for the best in men

It is not the survey yet but the questions. You gotta click here to have your OWN result :)

  1. How many shoes do you own?
    • Too many to count - one to match every outfit
    • About a dozen - some for work, some for going out
    • A half dozen, but you have a couple pairs you wear most of the time
    • You've got your favorite comfy pair - and a few odds and ends
  2. What's the average amount you spend on shoes?
    • No more than $30 ... tops!
    • You can spend $75 or so on your primary pair
    • You'll spend up to $100 for a nice pair
    • A couple hundred dollars - you have a shoe addiction
  3. Ideally, shoes you wear should have a heel that's:
    • Five or six inches high
    • A few inches
    • An inch or two high
    • No heel, please!
  4. You're getting ready to go a party. The only thing on your mind is:
    • The few close friends you'll run into. You're excited to chill with people you know.
    • What else you're going to do that night. You'll hit the party - but you have plans afterwards.
    • Who will be there, who you will flirt with, and how much fun you'll have
    • Looking your absolute best - you've got to beat out your biggest rival
  5. You've got a pair of heels that make you look great, but they give you blisters. Do you wear them on your hot dinner date?
    • Of course... you'll just pop a couple Advil before.
    • Possibly, but you'll minimize walking in them as much as possible.
    • No way. You wouldn't want to risk the pain.
    • You don't own any shoes that are uncomfortable. Uncomfortable shoes go straight in the trash.
  6. You just got a gift certificate for a pedicure. What color do you paint your toenails?
    • You get funky little designs or an offbeat color.
    • Red, no question.
    • Something muted and natural. No need to draw attention to your toes.
    • A shade of pink that complements your perfectly tanned feet.
  7. No matter what, you wouldn't be caught dead in:
    • Platforms
    • Birkenstocks
    • Super high heels
    • Ugg boots
  8. You've had a long week at work - and you hit the bar with some girlfriends Friday afternoon. What's the first drink you order?
    • Rum and Diet Coke - zero carbs!
    • Any sort of microbrew
    • A martini - classic and bold
    • A Red Bull and Vodka - keeps you zippy


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Steal vs. Splurge (p.1)


This beautiful
Prada Capretto Springs Sandals with a $590 price tag


Steal 1: Taryn by Taryn Rose Jewel with a price tag of $39.99 at but in silver and gold though.

Taryn by Taryn Rose Women's 'Jewel' Strappy Pumps

Steal 2 a.k.a my steal: Guess Strappy G jewel Sandals with a price tag of a little $20 at DSW :) Yay :)


I was leaving DSW last Sunday as a very happy customer :)


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Laundry by Shelli Segal Platinum

I got compliments on this pair every time I went out. Sometimes people stopped as they were walking towards me and said, "Lovely sparkling shoes you have there". Other times, there were little girls in strollers all ooh-and-aah. I remember one specific time a while ago, one acquaintance of mine spotted the shoes and she made a remark about how it reminded her of the Ruby Slippers that Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz has.

She said, it's like shoes for princess ... and I couldnt agree more.

Click below to see what I am talking about ...

I love this specific color which is called Wine Color, and the lace ... casual yet very elegant and dressy in a sense.


Love the dark gray insole ... very comfortable btw.

Sturdy heels and super durable "padding" - wonder if I used the right vocab :)

It all comes down to the littlest details ...


Don't you fall in love with this style already ? And the best thing is while somewhere on the net, it still costs about 70 to 80 dollars including shipping, I got mine for 10 dollars without shipping. SCORE !

.... and here is my pair ... after a couple of times I brought it to a shoe repairer for some touch-ups. So in love with it, I can't possibly let it go :)



New heels :) Yay ... it will last another year with me :)

P.S: What is your princess style ?


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My first favorite pair of shoes

As requested, here is my first fav pair which followed me all the way to Vietnam last summer. I have had them for more than a year already but they are still in good shape and I STILL love to BE in them.

Enough talk, here is the elegant brown suede Joey O Peep Toe




Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My very first entry

Welcome to my shoes' blog :)

I decided to open this blog instead of a make-up related one because I m more in love with the shoes, and to be honest, I dont put on make-up that many times in a week. Pick your favorite number and I am sure that the number of times I use cosmetics in a typical week is less than that :)

So, as a result, ViViVaVa's Shoes Corner comes to life.

PS: This is me and my sister on her 20th birthday

... and this is my first favorite pair of shoes ...