SHOES

SHOES, SHOES, SHOES.

This post is written in partnership with the IKEA Singapore e-influencers programme. It's no secret that I love my shoes; the higher the heels, the closer to God, no? ;o)

Before we start delving deep into the world of shoe storage, otherwise known as the biggest mysteries in life, let me introduce my latest pair of shoes, these super cute kueh lapis acrylic heels by Jeffrey Campbell:

Now that that's settled, one of my favourite things to do when I'm procrastinating on Pinterest is pinning shoe storage ideas. When it comes to my shoes, I'm in a permanent state of disarray. It's not that my shoes are in disarray, they aren't; but I feel like it isn't organised to its fullest potential. Or in my terms, it means that my obsessive compulsive neat freakness hasn't been exploited to the point of no return. And so I started pinning.

There are so many wonderful, neat [in multiple sense of the word!] ideas, but the problem is I haven't got any space. It's so annoying trying to fit in new furniture, or ideas in the midst of what I already have. It honestly easier to move out, or dump everything out and start from scratch.

But in the mean time, I'll make do with what I have. Here's how I currently store my shoes:

In translucent drawers stacked one set on top of the other. As you can tell, my wardrobe next to it is worn to death [it might be older than some of you reading this], and as you can also tell by the shoe boxes stacked right on top, I've run out of space.

What do you do when you're posed with a storage-related conundrum? Head to IKEA, of course!

Within five minutes of walking in, I thought this might work as individual shoe storage that's stackable at the same time:

It's wide enough and deep enough to store crazy high heels, and multiple flats if need be. It might pose a bit of hassle if you have a lot of shoes stacked one on top of the other but if it's just a row of threes stacked at the bottom of your closet, it'll be perfect. Plus, it'll keep dust and mould away. Just to be safe, stash some Thirsty Hippo sachets in there!

And then, there are shoe cabinets of course. I'm not a big fan of shoe cabinets, because they're just blah, but for those people who need a shoe storage space to act as a shoe storage space, this will do the trick:

Of course, there's the wonderful IKEA shoe storage boxes that come in a variety of colours that I will probably get for my boyfriend because I want to cry every time I look at how he stashes his shoes:

But my favourite of it all, is using a bookcase, just like this one, as shoe storage. I take care of my shoes very well, and I love them just as much, so this makes perfect sense! Having limited space will also [hopefully] curb my shoe obsession. The best part is, because it's white, you can decorate it any way you like!

How are you shoes stored?

SHOES, SHOES, SHOES

Last Sunday, I spent my afternoon half naked in a car driving around some 'hoods for a shoot with the lovely duo, Kate and Maisha - the brilliant minds behind ERIIN.com, a to-be-launched international online retailer that curates cult, quality Asia Pacific brands. When launched, they will mainly carry emerging and recently-established designers from all over Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and let's just say I've checked out the brands they'll be stocking and they're fab!

I will be guest blogging on their site soon [with a post about my favourite haunts in New York!], so watch my Twitter for highlights! In the meantime, here are some shots from the shoot, featuring some of my humble shoe collection:

1. My new Manolos - worn for the first time on this shoot. Bought for a ridunkulously low price in New York.

2. My Christmasy Ribbony shoes - that I've had for five years now, and worn maybe twice. They're too pretty to be worn when I'm on my feet... ;o)

3. Miss Selfridge Polka-dotted pumps that hurt like a motherf*cker when I have them on, but they're soooo pretty.

4. All my favourite babies together

Photos by Kate, ERIIN.com

New Shoes & Mangled Toes

After two weeks of twiddling my thumbs in anticipation of these babies and they're finally here! Designed by Xiao, these shoes are wicked cute and despite the espadrille-esque heel, they're surprisingly very light! Check out some of the photos from her lookbook, and you can purchase these shoes from IceCreamCandy.

Yes, I have mangled toes - thanks to years of stuffing my feet into stilettos that were way too small for my snow ski-sized feet. And yes, I need a pedicure too, I know. :o)

P.S.: Will I be seeing you at Beauty for Japan tomorrow?

Mexican Shoes

One of the signs of ageing must be stocking up on flats, when barely a year ago I never went through three days without gallivanting on six-inch heels. I ordered these triple-strapped made-to-order handmade purple flats from Guadalajara. I've never had anything sent to me from Mexico, so I thought it was pretty cool that I got these shoes from literally across the world. They took slightly more than a month to get to me, but they're so lovely and comfy it doesn't really matter!

On a completely separate note, Mexico's currently big on my travel list right now. If not for the fact that the travel time would be excruciating, I'd have already booked my flight!