A few years after I became a mom -- a fur-mom, but still a mom! -- I changed my eating habits. I started limiting my meat intake to just fish and fowl, and cut out all four-legged creatures. So, I want to start out this post by saying: I'm not wearing real leather. I'm wearing a faux leather dress by the always fashionable Alice + Olivia line.
This dress is a true collaboration between hard and soft, since the faux leather is made to look like delicate lace. I wanted to play up the hard side of the outfit by going with dramatic makeup -- smoky eyes and dark pink lips -- and studded shoes.
These Valentino pumps also 'toe' the line between hard and soft; there are studs all around the edges, but the Mary Jane style is uniquely young and feminine.
Shoes: Valentino Soul Rockstud Mary Jane Pumps
These are my first Valentinos, and I am in love! Aren't they fabulous? I can't help thinking of that episode of Sex and the City, where Carrie finds Mary Jane Manolo Blahnik pumps, a supposed "urban shoe myth", I'm just as excited wearing these Valentino Mary Janes.