Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Who's up for a shoe BBQ?

I love my Puma sneaks.

Two of my favorite pairs (one shown above in Pere Lachaise) have proved faithful and fashionable walking companions in cities such as NYC, Amsterdam and Paris.

While I was searching the www.puma.com website for new and tantalizing styles that I would undoubtedly be adding to my x-mas wish list, I came across an option to “cook” up your very own puma design, Mongolian BBQ style!

The idea is to start with a blank shoe template where you will be choosing from a vast buffet of material, colors, and styles. There are two ways to do this: The first is to go through the very cool looking but somewhat laborious custom ‘dine-in’ method which I found hard to navigate. For those of you with more skill and patience; go for it! I however chose the more user-friendly ‘express’ option which proved a bit more clear.

If you don’t like the end result you can go back and edit, but if you’re pleased with your masterpiece simply click the Buy Now button and those cool kicks will be yours! (in 5 to 7 weeks that is.) Cost ranges from $100 to $130 excluding shipping. (You can even make your shoes in select Puma stores.)

Try it for yourself at http://www.mongolianshoebbq.puma.com/ and see what your inner shoe designer reveals!

Check out my design:

This was my first go and I have to say, I would definitely wear these.


Saturday, December 1, 2007

A Revalation in Housewares

Today, as I walked trance-like up and down the housewares sale aisle for the fourth time trying to justify just a bit more stuff that I didn’t in any way need (I’m sure I could use that squirrel votive holder somewhere....), I came to a horrible yet not too surprising conclusion: I am addicted to Target.

Sometimes I catch myself at any one of the three Target stores in my city twice or even three times a week. What could I possibly be buying you ask? Well, in one word, EVERYTHING! Not unlike some other major stores where you can find anything from undies to entertainment centers (not to mention all the uber affordable clothing from up and coming desingners ), Target has it all.

Other places (a certain store with the word Mart in it’s name for instance) feel like a horrible overcrowded warehouse with all the squalor and charm of a dollar store (not that I haven't found some unexpected goodies at said stores but you know what I mean.) The people behind Target however know style. Good and affordable style. You can tell what the store is all about by simply watching the hip commercials featuring color coordinated mod looking people with cute dogs. Target has a corner on the hip and affordable market and it has lured me into a comfortable rhythm of want and need. And of course, returns.