Crocs and Pavement Day 5

Today is the last day of looks from my photoshoot with Crocs and Pavement. Check back through my other posts to see the rest of the photos.

I thought I’d end the week with my favorite outfits, these dresses and boots. Like I said in my last post, these sleek Crocs ankle booties look marvelous with a dressier outfit. This black smock dress has a wonderfully playful look about it with its gathering at the top and bell sleeves. The pattern has such a nice vintage flair to it. Even though this dress is more modest the boots kick it up a notch.

Crocs Avalita in Black
Pavement dress and belt 
Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton
Last Photo by Chaz Balasakis

I love the silhouette these black boots create with black leggings. They look so chic with this gorgeous purple dress. The ruffle spilling over the belt is extremely flattering. The whole ensemble is girly with an edge.

Crocs Exitosa Boots in Black
Pavement dress, belt and hat

Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton

Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to help with this photoshoot, especially Justinea Vidic of Crocs who made this all possible. Thanks for everything!

Crocs and Pavement Day 4

For the rest of the week I will be posting looks from my photoshoot with Crocs and Pavement with Pittsburgh as our backdrop. Check back throughout the week for more updates.

In areas like Pittsburgh and Cleveland, a winter coat is a wardrobe staple from end of October to Early April. Considering how often we don our coats, I believe they are just as important as any other piece of clothing when it comes to establishing individual style. That is perhaps why Pavement has such a great selection. The plaid pattern of this coat has a vintage feel to it. It reminds me of a Christmas Story because it looks like the kind of warm and practical coat that would be worn in the 1940s but with great stylistic details. I love the double brass buttons and the large collar that you can pull up over your ears when the winter winds start to pick up.

Pavement coat and hat
Crocs Cobbler High Boot in Chestnut

If you have a good utilitarian coat you also need a dress coat. Like I said, we take our coats seriously. The ruffle on Sarrah’s coat is adorable. A white coat is so bright and crisp even on the dreariest of winter days. The best part is that this coat can be worn for special occasions or just running around town. This pair of Crocs ankle booties also can be worn with jeans or for work especially if your job requires business casual dress but you still do a lot of walking. These booties will keep your feet warm, dry and most importantly they are comfortable.

Pavement coat and hats
Crocs Avalita in Chocolate
Crocs Umbrella in Berry
Crocs Umbrella in Navy  

Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton

Crocs and Pavement Day 3

For the rest of the week I will be posting looks from my photoshoot with Crocs and Pavement with Pittsburgh as our backdrop. Check back throughout the week for more updates. 

I never thought I would be very interested in a mini skirt until I saw these updated versions at Pavement. It was practically love at first site. I knew these cute boots with their fold over cuff would go well with this long sleeve cowl neck shirt and stripe skirt as soon as I saw them styled on Pavement’s Facebook page, which has amazing outfit inspiration by the way. The shirt is a really soft cotton material and the cowl neck and cut are extremely flattering. The skirt is perfect if you are not the type of person who can just wear leggings and a top. It adds that extra pop of color. This is one of those outfits that looks and feels amazing.

Crocs Cobbler Ankle Boot in Chestnut
Pavement shirt, skirt and necklace

I love the colors of this outfit. The tribal print skirt is a perfect compliment to these suede boots. Also the purples in the skirt and sweater really go well with the boot’s chestnut color. The edges of the sweater are wide like a poncho but with sleeves. It lays so nicely over the fitted skirt and leggings. I feel like this outfit could be worn out to the bar or dinner and still provide that cute look, while staying warm. I wish I knew layering could be fashionable in college.

Crocs Cobbler High Boot in Chestnut
Pavement sweater and skirt
Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton

Crocs and Pavement Day 2

For the rest of the week I will be posting looks from my photoshoot with Crocs and Pavement with Pittsburgh as our backdrop. Check back throughout the week for more updates. 

The Smithfield bridge near Station Square was our next location. I love how the girly fashions contrast with the bridge’s steel structure. The flowy bow-tie blouse I am wearing also plays well against the rugged features of these chestnut suede boots and jeans. The combination of tan and turquoise reminds of the American west. I am glad the girls at Pavement talked me out of my comfort zone with this blouse because I was very pleased with the results. Something that will work many different ways is always a great addition to one’s closet.

Pavement blouse and scarf
Crocs Cobbler High Boot in Chestnut

Speaking of American West how amazing are these faux-fur boots? You could definitely do some hiking through a forest in these and not worry about your feet being cold. I love the mixing of brown and black hues and textures. These boots call for an outfit on the more subtle side, but still require a small dose of fashion-forward. This loose knit sweater with its sheer quality and interesting cut provide that. Don’t be fooled by the sheerness of it. This sweater is extremely warm and soft.

Pavement sweater, necklace and belt
Crocs Cozycrocs Fuzz Bootie 
Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton
Last Photo by Chaz Balasakis

Crocs and Pavement Day 1

I could not be more excited to share with you my most recent collaboration with Crocs. Their boots for the fall and winter seasons have impressed me once again because of their ability to stay true to their comfortable roots while still offering fashion-forward styles. The boots come in gorgeous, rich fall colors and luxe materials. I think I could fall asleep wearing their suede boots they are so comfortable. 

To offer some complete fall looks, we teamed up with Pavement a local boutique in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. I am in love with every outfit we shot. 

Joining me this time is Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa who did an amazing job with not only our hair and makeup but modeling too. I have never felt more glamorous and confident.

Here is the first round of outfits. Join me every day this week to see the different outfits. Enjoy!

We knew we wanted to do part of the shoot on Mt. Washington. It has the best view of Pittsburgh. The city turned out to be a great backdrop for these all American looks. Sometimes jeans and a t-shirt is all you need. Add this patchwork shawl made out of recycled materials and these brown suede boots and you get the right amount of texture and subtle hues for a more laid-back but put-together look.

Crocs Cobbler High Boot in Espresso
Pavement patchwork shawl and t-shirt
Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton
Last Photo by Chaz Balasakis

It doesn’t get more American than fringe and a motor cycle jacket. For an updated twist, try this classic jacket in a softer material. The braided fringe scarf adds another element and a subtle pop to this all black ensemble. A nice pair of tall suede black boots do all the talkin’.

Crocs Cobbler High Boot in Black
Pavement jacket, scarf and purse
Makeup and Hair by Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa
Photography by Chris Hooton

Crocs and the Day-to-Night Outfit

Top: Banyan Tree
Crocs: Carlie Flat in Lavender/Ultraviolet
Jewelry: Michele Lee

This outfit can transition from a day date at the Art Museum to cocktails. From head to toe, I was able to compliment all of the colors of the blouse without overshadowing any particular piece. The light hue of the purple Crocs against the army green of the pants mimics the purple and green of the blouse. The purple wrap bracelets just add another interesting element and texture.

Top: Banyan Tree
Skirt: Banyan Tree
Crocs: Carlie Flat Animal Wave in Bronze/Bronze
Jewelry: Michele Lee

I immediately loved the vibrant red of this top. At first I thought of pairing it with jeans, but that seemed a little too expected. Pairing it with this maxi skirt really added the drama it begs for. The turquoise necklace was a natural choice to contrast the red. And because there were no crazy patterns elsewhere, I thought this would be a good opportunity to break out the leopard print Crocs. Although together the red and leopard print may seem cougar-esque, the black skirt safely separates them.

Model: Kristine Leonard
Hair Stylist: Sarrah Beyer – Esbi International Salon & Spa
Make-up Artist: Megan Swanson – Dior
Photographer: Chris Hooton

Crocs and the Night Out Dress

Dress: Figwood via Banyan Tree
Crocs: Carlie Flat in Dahlia/Fuschia
Jewelry: Michele Lee

This is exactly the kind of bright print dress that I love to wear during the summer. It has that flowy bohemian look that is perfect for drinks on an outdoor patio. The dangly antique crystal necklace looks perfect with the higher neckline and catches the different colors like a magnifying glass. To keep it dressy, I chose an open toe in a solid color. I went with purple to keep it fun and compliment the different colors of the dress.

Dress: Banyan Tree
Crocs: Adrina Flat in Aqua Celery
Jewelry: Michele Lee

This dress was a favorite of everyone working on the shoot. I don’t think Kristine wanted to take it off. It’s sexy but not overly so and creates different silhouettes as the dress moves with you. The flowy pattern and bright colors add to the movement. No matter how old you are you want something that you can twirl in. I chose the bright blue Crocs for this one to play off the hints of blue in the dress. Dangly earrings were in order for a dress like this so as not to disrupt the neckline. A light bracelet with green and blue beads compliments the colors without overwhelming the outfit.

Model: Kristine Leonard
Hair Stylist: Sarrah Beyer – Esbi International Salon & Spa
Make-up Artist: Megan Swanson – Dior
Photographer: Chris Hooton

Crocs and the Everyday Summer Dress

Dress: Banyan Tree
Crocs: Adrina Flat in Aqua/Celery
Jewelry: Michele Lee

Everyone needs a couple of dresses for summer that can be dressed down or dressed up depending on the occasion. This particular dress has such interesting layering in the front that it can totally pass for something dressier. The navy color is classic and goes with anything. However, the light fabric keeps it casual enough for a little impromptu picnic on the beach. In fact there is a little bit of sheerness to it. The bright Crocs really pop against it, as do the blue and gold of the necklace.

Dress: Figwood via Banyan Tree

Crocs: Adrina Flat in Grapefruit/Oyster
Jewelry: Banyan Tree and Michele Lee

I love this look because it is the perfect example of how the translucent material of the Crocs can achieve a more subdued hue if paired with the right thing. This dress has some hidden pink tones that go well with the tangerine Crocs and orange necklace. Having tried on this dress, part of the Figwood collection, Banyan Tree’s in house line, I can vouch for the fact that it is extremely flattering and comfortable. It would be great to wear to a summer barbecue.

Model: Kristine Leonard
Hair Stylist: Sarrah Beyer – Esbi International Salon & Spa
Make-up Artist: Megan Swanson – Dior
Photographer: Chris Hooton

Crocs Translucent Collection

When Crocs first became a wardrobe staple in most households, I was not one of the hoards to go out and buy a pair. People would brag about how comfortable they were, but I was still more concerned with style than comfort. I have always loved dressing up, and my footwear needs have followed suit. So when I found out that Crocs was making fashionable shoes with their signature comfort-inducing materials, I was excited to try them out.

I first had the opportunity to see the Crocs Translucents line strutting down the runways at Fashion Week Cleveland. The collection complimented even the more fashion-forward looks.

When I was given the chance to style these shoes myself with clothes from Cleveland boutique, Banyan Tree, I was sold. The Crocs Translucents line paired well with even some of the dressier pieces I chose, which was the true test for me.

I will be posting the different looks I styled throughout the week. I hope you can draw some inspiration for your summer wardrobe.

This project was truly a collaborative effort. I could not have done it without the help of many people. Thank you to Crocs and Justinea Vidic, Banyan Tree, and Michele Lee for providing the clothing and jewelry for the shoot. Thanks to Kristine Leonard for helping me model the clothes, Sarrah Beyer of Esbi International Salon & Spa for styling our hair, Megan Swanson of Dior for doing our makeup, and Chris Hooton for photographing the shoot.

If there is anything you see and like, all of these people are talented Clevelanders that I can put you in touch with. Don’t hesitate to email me at cosmocleve@gmail.com.

Fashion Week Cleveland 2011: Black Tie Gala and Runway Show

As we walked up to the two Italianate Renaissance mansions that make up the majority of the Western Reserve Historical Society, it was easy to feel like we were in a different place in our own city. That transformation continued as we opened the doors to the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum for Fashion Week Cleveland’s Black Tie Gala and Runway Show. The Cleveland I know, where jeans and a nice top are sufficient for any range of social outings, was Cinderella at the ball for the night, decked out in evening dresses and tuxedos.

Arriving “fashionably late”, we were still able to partake in the cocktail drinking, mingling, classic car ogling portion of the night. We were impressed by the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT in the lobby—the same model used in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.

Guests pose for a picture before the show:

There was also a Pop-Up Boutique Mall, which I wish I had had more time to peruse. Fortunately, I did get in touch with a representative from Crocs, one of the sponsors and outfitters of the event. Models wore footwear from its YOU by crocs and Translucents Collections. From YOU by crocs, models wore the Babasita, which features an ergonomically designed footbed for minimizing muscle fatigue. I am extremely impressed by how stylish they are. Here is Justinea modeling a pair:

(Above): Translucents Collection on display. (Below): Models wearing the Transluscents Collection.

After navigating our way through the crowd and cars, we realized that getting a seat close to the front row would be more difficult than we imagined. The Plain Dealer estimated attendance of 500+. We grabbed a seat in one of the corners hoping to glance at the models right as they walked out.

The show began with comments from event founder Donald Shingler—and some regrets from city officials including comments from the offices of Mayor Frank Jackson and Sen. Sherrod Brown. Performing on the violin was famed Cleveland Institute of Music graduate, Andrew Sords. Of his selections, I really enjoyed Bhrams’ Hungarian Dance No. 5.

Despite what seemed like some technical difficulties with the sound system, the event had high energy as the crowd buzzed over the knitwear, swim/cruise wear, men’s fashions, and evening and wedding dresses from designers: Corrine Brothers, Pamela Truemper, Tracey Kiefer, Michael Wilson, and Britini Brocker.

Maybe I just love a good floor-length gown, but the gorgeous evening and bridal dresses from BBG Couture by Britini Brocker really caught my attention. One such dress was a blue evening gown with frilly ruffles flowing around the neckline and cascading down the back of the dress. A graduate from Kent State University, Britini started out as a designer for Abercrombie & Fitch. Her experience definitely showed as I thought she had a great eye for creating designs that women would like.

Models wear Corrine Brothers’ unique, funky designs and Crocs’ Transluscents Collection:

One of Tracy Kiefer’s daring swimsuits. Model is wearing Crocs’ Transluscents Collection:

As always, it was nice to see my fellow local bloggers. In the purple is Dina from Dina’s Days:

Stacey from Goodwill Huntingg:

The event ended with a quiet after party at the classy L’Albatros. It seemed that many event-goers found alternative after parties due to the limited seating. Had the weather been better, the outdoor patio would have been perfect.

Overall the event seemed like a fun way for recent grads and newer labels to gain experience and exposure. It was a good showing of artistic and creative talents, and a perfect excuse for me and the boy to get all gussied up.

(Photos: A mixture of my own, Crocs, and BBG Couture)