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SUTRO

“Can We Give That ONE Statement?” …That’s the question SUTRO shoe designers Mehran & Nooshin Esmaili ask themselves daily.

Founders and owners of Shoe Biz SFthis husband & wife duo have spent 33 years cultivating a business model that works exquisitely; boasting beautiful shops wonderfully decorated, courteous and efficient staff, and most importantly: superior shoe styles!

Having experienced their own growth and learning in the years that came before such rampant success, Mehran & Nooshin have seen an outpouring of support from their local and trend savvy San Francisco community. When they began their efforts towards creating an in-house label for expertly crafted shoes, their only prerequisite was that each design evoke California heritage specific to the identity of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Drawing inspiration from their regional environment, as well as maintaining core SF values, Shoe Biz SUTRO shoes are made in Mexico, yet with an eco-conscious frame of mind while taking pride in treating their factory employees with dignity and respect. Providing quality of life work conditions makes for happy shoe construction! Each pair is lovingly made within 22 hours from beginning to end and by approximately 5 people sharing 1 sewing machine. Featuring a goodyear welt construction where each panel is hand-cut, formed to shape and then stitched to the sole of the shoe, thus creating a welt, or ribbon like seam, SUTRO shoes are a one-of-a-kind fashion statement while being extremely durable.

Nooshin oversees the operations from start to finish. Involved and very passionate about the design, creation and manifestation as each pair is brought to fruition, Nooshin is available for her workers to provide them with care and support during the laborious process. She has also created strong business bonds with those who are employed at the factory and her presence allows for the quality of each hand crafted SUTRO shoe to undergo optimal supervision during assembly. SUTRO shoes has made a commitment to being eco-conscious; therefore, they use recycled products with minimum filling, natural rubber, are lead and mercury free and use non-chemical dyes opting for vegetable treated tannins instead. In addition, each shoe is made using glove leather to which an assortment of processes allows for a variety of finishes, achieving a new look in texture: from smooth and sleek leather to grainy and rustic suede. Embellishments are added as a finishing touch; including zippers, eyelets, laces and stitches.

Fortunately, SUTRO has become an increasingly more desirable shoe for Bay Area folks since each pair has a unique SF charm coupled with versatility in the form of fashion expression. Meaning, these shoes are comfortable and easy to wear, while looking fantastic with a variety of different outfits! Additionally, as SUTRO shoes are influenced by the city of San Francisco, everything from the brand name, the seal & the shoe is bursting with that special SF poise, with each pair being dedicated to an SF landmark or street, such as: Golden Gate, Valencia, Market, Sutter, Dolores & Fell.

Take a look at the pictures below to see if you find some spectacular soles that speak to your specific style!!! With such thoughtful construction and attention to detail it is hard not to fall in LOVE with SUTRO. And if you happen to be from the SF Bay Area then you will appreciate the look of these shoe styles since they truly capture noteworthy, individual SF character… “that one statement.”

xxoo, StonerChíc

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Fashion Myth Debunked

When it comes to fashion advice, there is plenty out there… From Marie Claire to Vogue to In Style– fashion magazines suggest what to wear and how to rock it!

Lately, however, it has become increasingly clear to me that style is a means of self expression where your personal creativity of spirit is meant to shine!

Although I still find some useful tidbits here & there, I prefer to dress for m y s e l f.

That is why this post is all about debunking fashion myths… Particularly, the most common of them all: that black & navy OR black & brown DON’T mix. Fashion Blasphemy! 

Now don’t get me wrong. Trend tracking by the experts is fabulous… It helps guide us through all the style choices to be made as seasons fly by and new looks emerge… Yet after all is said and done, no one but YOU can chose what to wear, how to wear it, why and when!

Tired of being confined by fashion experts, I’m choosing to expand the possibilities… StonerChíc Rebellion, Done Right!!!!

I’ve included a killer gallery of further proof that Navy & Black or Brown & Black actually do work well together by creating richness in color & texture, while adding an element of drama and sophistication. It doesn’t matter how you chose to rock this look!  A simple accessory such as a smashing belt, a luscious handbag or a stellar pair of shoes can add just the right amount of depth to an all black look; otherwise, color-blocking is a fantastic option, taking the style further by creating a dynamic look where various patterns and textures can be used to spruce up an everyday black ensemble…

Behold the possibilities to be worn! xoxo SC

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Back It Up

I adore an adorable backpack!

An adaptable accessory that can be worn with a variety of looks–especially for a girl on the go– the backpack is resourceful while adding an element of comfort. Instead of always schlepping around a heavy oversized handbag with all of your daily necessities, the backpack comes in handy since you can choose to wear it on one or both shoulders as you easily store many of your girly goodies…

Knapsacks come in a multitude of stylish prints, patterns, colors and materials; embellished with leather, hardware, zippers and woven fabric. Searching on pinterest  I found some of my favorite rucksacks… These bags would be great for an exciting Saturday cruising the city streets!

Pick out your most coveted cary-all, you are sure to love your backpack for all of life’s little StonerChíc adventures!!

Xoxo, Sc

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Sporty Spice

For Fall I am loving the continuing Sporty Chíc trend.

Being feminine and flirty doesn’t have to be limited to sequins, pearls, glitter, feathers or ruffles… In fact, think outside the box! With this trend you can take a very simple, sporty item, such as a jersey inspired tee or a letterman influenced jacket, and spruce it up with fun accessories or sexy heels! Mixing and matching looks, styles and patterns can expand your outfit potential while additionally creating a spunky look. Be bold, embrace your inner grit!!

I’ve created a gallery of looks that embody the in vogue sensation: sporty chíc … 

Think of jersey influenced “touchdown tees” embossed with graphic numbers reminiscent of your high school days… And who could forget the letterman jacket? An Americana staple taking us all the way back to the 1950’s when all the babes wore their beau’s team proudly on their sleeve! Not to mention, baseball tees & caps with panache, making them versatile enough to accommodate any styling you chose… Additionally, I am loving the sporty spin on fashionable, signature items; sweaters, sneakers, clutches and backpacks, all designed with the sporting edge in mind, using clean lines & sophisticated materials.

This trend is casual and lighthearted leaving it up to you to decide on how much sporty spice you want to factor in.

Dare to turn up the heat, flirting with trouble while looking effortlessly chíc… That’s the SC way!!! 

Enjoy the pics, xoxo StonerChíc

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Gravel & Gold

This store is perfection! Located in the heart of the Mission, off of Valencia at 21st, this tiny little shop is charming and delicately curated.

You can find the most luscious thermals and cozy indoor comforts, as well as yummy winter sweaters, colorful jewels, playful accessories, leather goods & plenty of beautiful house ware trinkets and gifts!

Below a few pictures of this fabulous store… xox, SC

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Fashion Inspiration of The Day

Free People Fall Shoes

I found this FAB photo of some scrumptious shoes while peeping the Free People website. Instantly I began to ponder the various outfit opportunities!

Cute everyday boots made of distressed suede in the most perfect and versatile color: Slate. Accentuated by the very best caramel toned leather straps… Pair these Paperback Ankle Boots with some dark denim skinnies, a cozy oversized sweater in a luscious winter cream & add some fabulous, punchy accessories to personalize, as well as brighten up, the look– picture a colorful arm of bracelets, a few gemstone pendants dangling around your neck and small or medium hoop earrings…

Next up: the Desoto Cut Out Oxford. If you feel like keeping it posh while still rocking just the littlest bit of edge, this is the shoe for you! These high-shine flats are sophisticated and polished; an updated nod to the ever classic brogue design. When I saw these beauties my mind immediately thought they would be the perfect pair of Oxfords to wear with a crisp, classic, white button-down blouse & a sleek, sexy black pencil skirt; keeping the accessories simple and refined, with pearl or diamond studs and a few dainty necklaces…

The Lonesome Fringe Ankle Boot & the Perspective Heel are two adventurous style choices! If you are down to wear these fancy feet around town, by all means: GOD SPEED Personally, I find these two pairs to be striking. It’s hard to go unnoticed when your shoes have personality & charm that stands all on their own! With the alluring peep-toe, lace-up sandal I am compelled to throw on a textured mini dress (fab pattern or embellishments, please!) while wearing the bare minimum in accessories; brazen without going overboard… As far as the fringed bootie is concerned, this is a spunky & sassy style choice that is much easier to weave into everyday fashion planning. Wear these boots with leggings, a flowy tunic and make sure to incorporate some Native American inspired accessories: feathers, gems, animal talismans, you get the idea…

No matter what shoe best describes your fashion esthetic & identity, wear them with confidence and pride! You look fabulous, sassy, classy, sexy, spunky, funky & fresh in everything you do, BELIEVE IT!!!!

lots o’ love, StonerChíc

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Fab Faux Finds

This Fall the new trend is eco-friendly, animal-conscious, faux, vegan leather goods…  Leggings, jackets, dresses, vests & more! Thick, rich, and decadent vegan leather gives any outfit instant sex appeal and edge. Think: rock n’ roll chíc mixed in with a little wonder-woman/dominatrix…. The style is smooth, skin-tight, and flattering; showing off all the right curves and giving your confidence an extra peak as you  s t r u t  your stuff!

Some of my favorite, most coveted vegan leather pieces are from Sanctuary Clothing. The maidens of design have come back with yet another sophisticated, modern, LA inspired take on vintage clothing; comprising of elegant and sexy ready-to-wear staple pieces. Effortless and cool, I adore the Sanctuary Mixed Vegan Legging–made in a fabulous combination of vegan leather panels covering the frontside (like chaps! in a good way)… while the backside is a beefy, stable Ponte Knit– which is thick and luxe, providing a beautiful, flattering shape that is sure to keep your lady parts well covered and looking flawless! These leggings are radical– paired with sky-high heels, a sultry blouse and some crystals, this outfit just begs to be worn out on the town!

Additionally, the Rebel Vest by Sanctuary and the Hooded Bomber Jacket by Thread & Supply are fantastic additions to this ever-growing faux leather (insert: vegan!) trend. Worn nicely with  jeans or a dress, these outerwear items are perfect. The Rebel Vest has zippers and snap closures that give you instant pop, rock glam, while the Hooded Bomber Jacket is another wonderful design: casual and urban. A great look for Fall, the jacket and vest can be worn in the daytime with denim and a simple tee, or for nigh time fun with a sexy black dress.

Below you will find these items styled to perfection, providing just the right amount of fashion creativity & inspiration… Dare to try something new, it may suit you!

Be bold, be beautiful, be different, be YOU! Hugs & Kisses, StonerChíc

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EL-AY

The City of Angels is urban sprawl at its finest. Edgy and full of glam & glitz, Los Angeles is foodie and fashion heaven; not to mention a celebrity oasis! Everything about LA has style, even the unintended… You walk into a coffee shop, and it is a scene. A boutique? Polished. A local dive bar? Sure! But with that special hipster je ne sais quois! Truly, LA is made of design, decor and flair that is good to the last drop… It’s oozing off the streets and even the attitude and personality of the city exudes this exuberant and vivacious way of life. Maybe it’s the warm and sunny weather that contributes to the high energy and vibrancy– no matter what it is, LA is always on point!

On a recent trip down I spent most of my time in Venice Beach, Abbot Kinney; as well as a few cameo appearances in Santa Monica, Downtown & Silverlake . I took a few pictures of some cool looking spots, images that epitomize the LA esthetic… Here is a gallery of these snapshots, enjoy, xoxo SC

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Shoe Obsession: The Bicolor Wedges

From London’s East Side comes Atalanta Weller, the very talented shoe designer who has been steadily captivating her global fan base over the past four years. Drawing inspirations from Ziggy Stardust, Louise Brooks and a variety of animal prints, her beautiful designs elevate her to the status of a true artist. Browsing on Pinterest, I found this gem from her 2011 collection. Although two years old, these amazing Bicolor wedges are still on-trend today, perhaps because her designs are so cutting edge and ahead of the times. The blend of neutral camel suede and sexy black leather makes for an absolutely stunning shoe. Because of the simple-yet-chic mixture of textures and colors, these stylish shoes can be worn to compliment a multitude of different outfits. Pair them with black skinny jeans, a bright chiffon top, and plenty of chunky jewelry for an effortlessly polished look. Or, glam them up with a sexy mini dress and a top-knot bun for a night out. The perfectly placed peek-a-boo cut-outs on the top of the shoe work to lengthen the line of your leg by showing off just the right amount of skin on your feet, making this the ideal wedge bootie for any body-type, any style and any outfit. These adorable and sophisticated wedges will complete any look while making your gams look flawless!

Bisou, StonerChíc

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