Custom Shoes, Miami & Singelringen

So, how was Miami? Certainly warmer than San Diego. I thought I was doomed to have a busted trip, but in the end it was saved by my stumble onto a custom shoe store. That's right, custom shoes.
Morgan Miller wasn't my first dance with shoes made especially for my tootsies. I actually had some made a few weeks ago by costume designer Ann Roth. (
I picked the heel and the fabric along with a final embellishment and they arrived at my door with cards for me to give out to tell folks where they'd come from.
This time, I went to Morgan Miller (The Queen of Sole) in Miami Beach, picked a heel, picked a top and an embellishment. I even picked the color of the label in the sole. After two fittings and thirty minutes, Viola! Shoes. I REALLY liked this concept and Morgan and family were all very kind.
They even presented my shoes to me on a silver platter.

Other parts of my trip: The crowded Miami Book Fair, an interview with The Marc Bernier Show. I didn't get stuck in any elevators this time, but I did visit a restaurant called Tantra. I did an internet search to find cool places to eat and this one seemed like it was. Okay, actually, it was just at the top of the browser search.
I quickly discovered why they had to pay a premium for top placement.
Not tantric. Made me want to throw a tantrum.
I was supposed to be sensual cuisine. More like senseless.
The entry way was carpeted with sod.
Yup, sod. As in a lawn in the vestibule.
Who thought that was a good idea? I mean, the heels on my exotic leather stilletos sunk into the grass and I was not happy.
Think picnic in good high heel shoes.
Then, it was so dark I thought that I'd lost my cool quotient or that old age eyes had suddenly set in. I couldn't read the dang menu. They offered me a flashlight.
My dirty martini looked more like a muddy mess.
And then my salmon was sitting on top of some burned stuff. I really wasn't sure if it was risotto or rice or....
The icing on the cake was the huge screen over the bar. We had to watch Indian Porn movies while eating.
Needless to say I won't go back there.

Where to next?
Well, I'll be in Baltimore County Thanksgiving weekend when the new book hits the shelves. Check out my webiste for details.
And after that? It looks like I'll be in LA, attending an event given by Hello Stllletto Shoe Club and Singelringen.

The two will host the event of the season for shoe lovers – a ‘Shoe Party’ featuring fashion bloggers, stylists, and other personalities, as well as other single life authors Bella DePaulo, Jane Ganahl, T. Murray, and Valerie Cabrera Krause; plus a ‘Stiletto Walk-Off’ presided over by a panel of fashion experts including Lauren Messiah aka “Fashion Kitty.” All attendees are invited to compete for prizes and the title of ‘best in shoe.’ The party takes place Wednesday evening, December 5th from 7-10pm at Zu Robata, THE hot new Japanese fusion tapas bar and shochu lounge located at 12217 Wilshire Boulevard (Bundy), 310-571-1920.

By wearing your most fabulous footwear to the event, you’ll be amongst well-heeled men and women helping those in transition. The admission charge is a minimum of one pair of new or gently worn women's or men's career (dress) shoes to support Working Wardrobes, a local nonprofit organization that assists men and women in crises re-enter the workforce through wardrobing and career development.

Singelringen ("Single Ring" in Swedish) is a unisex ring that serves to remind the single wearer that they are already complete; while open to possibilities. The ring features a turquoise acrylic layer shining over a sterling silver band engraved with "made in Sweden" and a unique registration number that provides access to the Singelringen Global Community. The ring was introduced in Scandinavia in April 2005. Singelringen is sold in over 20 countries, and has gained a strong following in trend setting countries such as Brazil and Japan.

I know I'm not single, but I totally get it. I'm going to wear a singleringen in celbration of the independant woman, the woman who gets that you have to love yourself first before someone else can love you (or you can love them). So many people rush to the altar only to find that they had their expectations all screwed up.
What better way to celebrate NO GIRL NEEDS A HUSBAND SEVEN DAYS A WEEK? That's the whole point of the book.

Me with Marc Bernier


Anonymous said…
Singleringen seems to be a really cool way to expedite dating. I have to think that the type of folks who who would don the ring would be somewhat like minded. These like minded people would likey hit it off as soon as they saw a similarly bejeweled person. Seems like a lot of the fluff of dating would fall away, and you can either get to the relationship building OR get the the business of loving under the realization that you are single and loving it and yourself (and perhaps others).

This is great marketing of love/like and all that jazz. Why can't I come up with this stuff?
DanielleUSA said…
Hi Nina,

Saw your recent post on Elle related to Singelringen. You wrote: "I like the idea, and I'm married. More people need to think in terms of being married to oneself, first. I'll be wearing one as a statement of my own self esteem and independence."
Nina, you are a very cool lady. I can't wait to meet you at the event in LA.
xox Danielle

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