I've got interviewed by Design with love about one of my fave subjects of all times...shoes ! I am such a shoeaholic...since the interview is in italian, I am gonna translate it in english for my blog. Italian readers can go directly there to read it !. I am also gonna show you a few pics of my shoe closet.
Sono stata intervistata da Design with love su uno degli argomenti che preferisco da sempre...le scarpe ! Sono proprio una maniaca delle scarpe...siccome l'intervista è in italiano, ho pensato di tradurla in inglese per il mio blog e anche di mostrarvi delle foto diverse della mia scarpiera. Per leggerla, ecco il link !.
Who's behind your blog ?
My name's Valentina, I live in a lovely town on the Adriatic sea dreaming to be in New York City !. I have a degree in Economics and work in an Office, where my collegues every morning have fun looking at my oufits even before saying hello, lol.
I think I am a creative person, a dreamer but down to earth at the same time, stubborn and ironic. Besides blogging on my blog "Fashion and Cookies" I enjoy going to the cinema, dancing, watching my fave tv series in original language, travelling, discovering new places, new restaurants, I have a passion for interior design, make up and of course, shopping in general !.
I don't have a usual style, I like to change but I mostly like to dress up smart, with a personal touch to each outfit. I am also a nerd, a Star Trek fan, an Internet fan and the last news about technology, a nerd loving to dress up well, with high heels and well done make up ;-), with a handbag always too full with necessary items !.
How long have you been interested in fashion ?
I have always been into fashion ! Since when I was a kid I loved to look up the fashion magazines and one of my fave games was cutting up the pics from Vogue and making up collages with them...besides the fact my Barbie dolls were always so stylishly dressed ! I've been encouraged also from my boyfriend (now husband) to open up the blog, not cause I think I am an expert in fashion, but mostly to have fun and share with my followers or simply readers, my passion about clothes, shoes and trends.
Having a blog is like having many "friends" to show off your latest buys or outfits, and it's what we all do with our close friends and that thanks to the blogs network we can do with many people from all over the world, sharing ideas, proposals and styles !.
Why do women love shoes that much ?
I think the right shoes can, much more than other items, make the right outfit, it makes us look thinner, it makes us women more self conscious and attractive, it can make us feel more "diva" with men and, let's say it, compared to other women, too ;-).
What is your fave kind of shoe and why ?
I love high heeled shoes, 12 or 15 cm. and since there's the plateau trend they're even comfier to walk on. I like to feel taller and more feminine ! I love the classic "pumps" but I have to say I am also a big fan of ankle boots, always with very high heels, cause I can wear them for a longer time without feeling tired, even when I have to walk a lot.
Do you prefer having loads of shoes for a cheap price but low quality changing them often or a few shoes with a high quality ?
I have loads of shoes and I always look for good quality. I don't buy fake leather shoes that can be harmful for my feet or made with bad components. I admit I cannot go cheap on shoes but I also cannot buy only a couple of expensive ones for each season, cause I like to change them often and I always find a good excuse to buy one more pair of shoes and add them to my collection !. "I need it" "That's what I wanted !" "I only wanna try it !" are my usual phrases when I get fascinated by the right pair of shoes.
What do you look for in a pair of shoes ?
The beauty...I have to like the model, the color and also the fabric/leather.
Obviously, beauty is in the eye of the shoe-owner - I like to think back at my grandma's look when I was sporting a pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes, I was so proud of them yet she said they looked like Dr Frankenstein's shoes ! I admit I am attracted by the classic shapes, something like 50s style, but also from the really weird futuristic ones and from the 70s style shapes, very "Disco Inferno".
Is there a relationship between shoes and mood ?
They say "the lower I feel, the higher my heel", and I like to feel better by buying a new pair of high heeled shoes !.
Is there a color you have more often in your shoe rack ?
I have always had my weak spot with black color but I have bought many colored shoes and now it looks like a rainbow.
What is the added value you perceive in Italian shoes?
For sure it's the quality leather, the little details...there's nothing worse than a pair of shoes that seem to be pretty only when you look from far away but that when you look with attention are badly cut and sewed !.
Is it possible to express sensuality through the shoes ? How ?
I think a few men can resist the message of a fetish heel or strings around a beautiful ankle...and a woman knows it !.
How do you choose the shoes for your outfits ?
I love shoes so much that often I buy them before and only after I think about how wearing them, anyway I open my shoes closet and I can find different shoes....I have so many that in order to have them in my closet I have to ask my parents to keep all the other seasons' shoes in their house, so that I have only the ones I use for the season in my closet. I could never fit all my shoes in the closet, never !.
Can you think of some other sector linked to creativity (music, comics, literature, cinema, design, ...) where shoes play an important role?
I think shoes have an important role in any sector linked to image...in the movies, you can think about the important role of clothes...in the music, we have artists like Lady Gaga, part of her (deserved) success is also on the fashion side (I cannot immagine her without a pair of extravagant shoes, probably wedges).
What will be your next pair of shoes or a future trend that you expect?
I expect glittery details on the shoes (i.e. Miu Miu shoes), the trekking style boots with high heels and python prints/leather...I will surely buy something like that and even what else !.
Where can we follow you ?
My blog "Fashion and Cookies" (this one, LOL)http://fashionandcookies.blogspot.com
On twitter: valelavale
A last thought about shoes to conclude the interview?
The most beautiful shoe is the one I haven't bought yet !.
And what about you, are you also shoe addicted like me or is there another fashion item you are totally crazy for ?.