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Mid-heeled Sandals: Your go-to warm weather shoe!

Coming off of an amazing week in warm weather Orlando, FL it was such a shock to come back to yet another Chicago winter.  Legit feels as if Chicago only has one long winter with an occasional break in the sky with a little sun for good measure.

So while the weather is still iffy, I can’t help but still go through the motions with transitioning into a summer wardrobe.  For summer, my go-to shoe is the mid-heeled sandal.  Why? Simple, they are not flat and aren’t too high.  The flat sandal only equals dirty feet and to mix dirt with sweat is not a great combo and is not exactly the added benefit I look forward too in a show.  Now, I know a lot of you are wondering well why are high heels out?  Two words: swollen & hurt.  High heels are amazing but to be on your feet all day or to wear a pair of sandals for a full work day, they are out of the question.

And don’t try to talk to me about wedges. They’re marketed as the safer alternative to high heels but the only times I’ve taken a Amy Poehler style stumble is while I was wearing wedge shoes.

Enter in the blocky, mid-heeled sandal.  Marni, Prada and Peter Pilotto have always been keen on them in their fashion.  So I’m taking a cue from these ultra chic designers and making the mid-heeled sandal my summer shoe staple.  You joining the mid-heeled crew?

P.S. here are 4 of the best mid-heeled sandals:

The woman behind London Pacific Fashion Week: Ana Lavekau

With the change of each new season most naturally associate this with a weather change but to those of us who live and breathe the fashion industry this change of season is a signal of the upcoming seasons’ crop of fashion shows and presentations highlighting next year’s key silhouettes, fabrications, colors and trends.  The four key fashion show weeks are held each season first in New York, followed by London, then Milan and is rounded out by Paris.  During fashion month designers from all over the world take the stage to showcase their what they envision as the signature looks we should be wearing for the upcoming season.

As a purveyor of fashion and regular at fashion week, I literally cheered out loud when I discovered London Pacific Fashion Show.  Discovering this fashion week is the central inspiration for why I created the Pasifika Fashion Series on CSM.  There are little to no outlets in America highlighting and celebrating the significant contribution my Pasifika community has made and continues to make to the Fashion industry.  As a “Fashion Jack(ie) of All Trades” I was not surprised that the woman behind the London Pacific Fashion Show also epitomizes this title.  Ana Lavekau’s official title is, Director of London Pacific Fashion but the various roles and hats she wears to help pull this fashion show off year after year is nothing short of awe inspiring.

I recently had the rare opportunity to chat with Ana on her views of Pasifika Fashion, the future of London Pacific Fashion Show, and what she manages to do in her spare time.  Check out CSM’s interview of Ana Lavekau, Director of London Pacific Fashion:

CSM: What inspired you to pursue a calling in fashion?

AL: After producing the first London Pacific Fashion Week I was inspired by all of those amazing and talented designers and I’ve been at it ever since.

 

CSM: Why did you decide to focus in on Pasifika Fashion?

AL: There is a lack of knowledge on Pacific Fashion/Design/Art in London so the fastest way to promote it to Londoners was to host a Pacific Fashion show collaborating all four elements from Pacific (Fashion/Dance/Opera/Art).

 

CSM: Of all of the many amazing London Pacific Fashion Shows that you have helped produce, which artist was the most memorable?

AL: I would certainly say that Lindah Lepou was by far the most memorable.  She is an inspiration to any emerging fashion designer from the Pacific.

 

CSM: There are a lot of up and coming Pasifika fashion/style talent coming up like Kapiliola Fonua, who is the next talent we should be on the look out for?

AL: Definitely be on the look out for New Zealand emerging designer, Louina Fifita.

 

CSM: What are your hopes for the future  of London Pacific Fashion Show/Week?

AL: I am coordinating a London Pacific Fashion Collective for the upcoming London Fashion Week during fashion month in September of this year.  It will be a one hour show that will highlight the best of the best from the South Pacific.  This is a rare and unique opportunity is so important because through this major vehicle we will be able to showcase our amazing designs and talent to the mainstream market.

 

CSM: With the few spare minutes you have in your day that aren’t dedicated to London Pacific Fashion Week, what do you like to do?

AL: I just launched my own apparel label, Reload Tribal earlier this month.  Reload Tribal is a modern brand of intimate apparel that promotes the art of story telling from the South Pacific, in particular from my home island of Fiji.  The really unique message of my brand is that it promotes the message of safe sex and with every piece that is sold a $1.00 donation will be made to the local charity Fiji Network Plus to help spread the message of safe sex to help bring more awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention.

 

Ana Lavekau, Director of London Pacific Fashion

Ana Lavekau, Director of London Pacific Fashion

 

CSM has a new look!

I seriously can’t believe that the day has finally arrived and I can finally unveil CSM’s new grown and sexy makeover!  When CSM first launched back in April 2011 it was because I needed a pure, raw and tangible outlet for all of the fashion ramblings and opinions I had about the industry.  Over the years you the CSM community have helped me to truely mold and define who and what CSM is and should be.  My initial outlet has become so much more than I would have ever expected and so to have undergone such an extensive and much needed makeover was truly empowering.

The first and major change is CSM’s defining logo!  I’m not going to bore you with the details, but I literally agonized over what the logo would be visually for the first 2 months of this 6 month makeover journey.  Thank goodness for creative design guru and web genius, Laura Granlund of inTIMIDnation for taking all of the feedback you all have given me over the years (and yes, I had it all stored up in my brain).  To now have an actual visual representation of CSM is legit incredible.  So if you are in need of anything graphic/web design related I would highly recommend reaching out to her (literally kept my sanity for these last few months-trust me ask my husband).

CSM's New Logo

Okay I digress, let me get back to CSM’s amah-zing transformation.  The next major change and is the more obvious one, I’M NOT ON BLOGGER ANYMORE!  Yup, CSM needed to put on her big girl panties on and step into the real world of blogging and that required a new handy URL and so naturally it’s www.csmstyle.com.  Now, you all can update your favorites with the new link and what’s even more handy is that the name is in the new URL so you’ll never forget it right?

These next few changes were all about me keeping you all in mind.  One big important change for you is that I wanted to make it as navigationally friendly as possible.  With that in mind  it was really important for me to have a ‘Categories’ tab front and center so that you all would know exactly what the content of CSM is plus you could drill directly into whichever specific category you were looking for and/or wanting to delve deeper in to.

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Another great addition is that you can see I still have all of the old categories you all love like “Pasifika Fashion Series”;  “Shop Local”; “Fashionable Dining” plus a few new ones like “WWAW” (What Would Ana Wear) and “Splurge vs. Save.

Now, peruse and make yourself at home because I’m looking forward to seeing more of you and for a longer time.  Next time, cocktails are a must! xo