Sunday, August 23, 2009

10 strange things about shoes

Are you superstitious? You may say no, but I would bet that you have participated in some of these seemingly innocent rituals. And I wonder if this is any indication why women seem to like to collect shoes… and lots of them?
1. Many people feel very nervous about the 13th of any month falling on a Friday and shoes seem to have been given some magical powers on this particular day. It is thought that if you wear an old pair of shoes on this unlucky day, you will ward off any bad luck that may cross your path.
2. This superstition is especially for any young girls who might be reading this article. Did you know that the laces in your shoes have also been connected to your love life! If they should become undone accidently, take a quick look around you. It is thought that the young man you are destined to marry is thinking about you at that very moment.
3. Do you have a trip planned in the near future? It is thought that if you leave a pair of shoes on the front porch, you will return from your trip with a smile on your face.
4. In many small town weddings, shoes are often tied to the wedding car, and it is thought to bring good luck for the couple, but I also found that this superstition goes even further. Apparently the bridesmaid who tied the shoe to the car had her own fortune in mind. It is something along the same line as catching the bridal bouquet. She will be the next to marry. That would explain the multiple shoes that I have seen tied to the backs of cars. Each bridesmaid was out to catch herself a man!
5. And how many of us have committed this faux pas? The outfit that we wear to a funeral should never be new and that is especially true of the shoes. That means, you save one outfit and a pair of shoes at the back of your wardrobe for that unfortunate occasion.
6. And for those of you who suffer from nightmares… could it be that you slipped your feet out of your shoes and pushed them under the bed. Shoes left beneath you while you sleep supposedly cause bad dreams.
7. If you wish to become wealthy, you should never throw out a pair of shoes until you have worn a hole in them. For me, it’s just a case of can’t be bothered replacing them, but hey… I just might hold onto them a while longer. I have an indoor swimming pool to save up for. Something tells me that I’m going to be wearing these slippers for a very long time.
8. If you get out of bed in a bad mood, be sure to check the house for shoes that have been turned over. It is a sure sign that you will quarrel with someone.
9. I was just at a wedding a few weeks ago and never thought to ask the bride if she had A sixpence in her shoe. Her family is very British, so I think that there was probably a very good chance that someone had slipped her the tiny coin. I always thought that this was for luck, but apparently it is to bring wealth to the couple. good
10. And finally, on a cheerful note, don’t wear new shoes on Christmas day. Just asking for trouble.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

See behind the scenes of Vogue - The September Issue

Did you ever wonder whether Anna Wintour is as cold as she seems? Whether fashion publishing is the glamorous world it's made out to be?

The September Issue is the fly-on-the-wall documentary that goes behind the scenes of production of the 2007 September issue of US Vogue. People who love the magazine and the larger than life editor Anna Wintour will love it. Anyone who ever wondered what goes into producing those glorious expensive fashion shoots will learn a great deal, and those who wondered how magazines make money will also get an education.Director R.J. Cutler and his crew gained unfettered access to the Vogue team, following them from New York to Rome and Paris. Apparently all Cutler had to do to get this unprecedented access was to ask. The film does not always paint Wintour in the kindest light. Nor does it portray her as a ghoul. Yes, she shakes down Mario Testino for not delivering a shot of the Colosseum. Sure, she throws out $50,000 worth of beautiful photography breaking a senior stylist's heart. But overhwleming, she comes across as quietly powerful, driven, single-minded and even generous. She gains young designers Thakoon a lucractive collaboration with Gap and cracks and warm smile, sharing kind words at the collection launch. She also labels her creative director Grace Coddington a genuis, without prompting.Coddington, it turns out, is the star of the film.

A former model, she started at Vogue on the same day as Wintour 20 years ago. Coddington is the creative and romantic foil to Wintour's steel. It is she who delivers the luxurious and expensive photo shoots we love to flick through. With the look of Queen Elizabeth I, and possibly of the same age, Coddington puts her heart and soul into Vogue. She is battered when her shoots are pulled and soars when her ideas are accepted by Wintour. A must see for all aspiring fashionista's.