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Thursday, July 31, 2008

poshCircle's first event at Village Shoes

Enjoy the videos and Images below of our Fun Event. Thanks for coming out and joining us!
Be sure and sign up with poshCircle to find out about
becoming a member.

All images were taken by the fabulous Michaela at: La Vita Fotografica Event was held at Village Shoes

Brandon Giving A Chocolate Lesson

Jim from Liquid Assets

What is poshCircle? The first website in the world in which you'll be able to create dynamic events like you never knew were possible. You can create events that can be for friends only, or open to the public.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Village Shoes Loves Fluevog!

There are so many reasons to love the eccentric designs of John Fluevog. I thought I’d share some of the many reasons we fell in love, along with thousands of other fans, with Fluevog shoes.

Design, style, comfort and wow factor play a huge roll in the unique and exceptional collections we affectionately know as “shoe families”. What is a shoe family? It’s a line of shoes that all have the same last and share the same message but feature different uppers. Like the 240 Wagons shoe family named after a classic automobile, the 240 Wagons are famous for exactly the same reason the car is. They're boxy, sturdy and reliable. As a designer John is fearless when it comes to bringing fashion to the table. Each shoe is a piece of art, keeping people coming back for more.

Philosophy and character contribute to the massive following of fans surrounding John Fluevog shoes. Messages on the soles of your shoes like “Wearever you go give thanks” are one of the reasons he’s been in the shoe business since the 1970’s. He has an undaunted reputation for the world's most distinctive shoes. In fact, most of his shoes are made in Portugal and Poland and are not mass produced. That’s why you can’t find them everywhere. When you walk in a pair of his shoes, people always stop you and ask, “Hey, where did you get those fantastic shoes?” From stitching detail to sculpted heels and innovative designs you won’t find anything like these.

Most recently John has opened a new flagship store in Vancouver and leaving a very green ecological footprint which is quite impressive. Once a parking lot between two buildings now a showroom bursting with creative energy. Almost everything in the atrium like space is reclaimed, recycled or prefabricated. From display tables made out of 150 year old oak trees grown in British Columbia to salvaged pipes from the Alaskan Pipeline, there’s no end to what John can conjure up. When he’s not making a statement with his shoes, he’s certainly making one by his actions and that’s why we love John, his legacy and his family.

To some it up, here are a few words from one of our Fluevog lovers Jody. “I tried them on and it was like the heavens opened up and light shone down while the angel choir sang...they were perfect! They were sooo comfortable, there was room for my toes. They were sturdy, good arch support, NOT clunky and clownish, unique (I knew no other person was going to have shoes like these at the wedding) They weren't too high, but high enough. I could dance all night in them. I didn't feel like a hippo in ballet slippers, they were size appropriate. They'd garner comments and attention, and ooohhh but they were cute!!”

If you haven’t tried them before come on in, sit down, stay awhile and prepare yourself to fall in love. We did. “Don’t delay, shop Fluevog today. Shoes to vie for, shoes to die for, Go on, buy one, buy two, buy four!”

Monday, July 28, 2008

How to Get Smoldering Smokey Eyes

You don't need to be a celebrity to create sexy smoky eyes. myLifetime.com shows you how with these simple to follow steps to achieve the smoldering red carpet look you've been waiting for!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

MBT Shoes - What's It All About?

In the early 1990s, Swiss engineer Karl Müller realized that both shoes and backache are unknown to the Masai tribesmen - and that there is a causal connection between these two facts. By walking barefoot on the natural, soft, uneven ground of their East African homeland, the Masai activate all those muscles that atrophy when one walks on hard, even surfaces wearing conventional shoes.

Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) benefits are: Strengthens & tones muscles in the feet, legs, buttocks, stomach and back. Increases muscle activity & circulation which may help reduce cellulite and varicose veins. Relieves muscular tension, back and joint problems. Leads to a relaxed upright posture and gait. This range of footwear reestablishes our natural conditions of standing and walking. They offer high potential for health, beauty, sports, fitness, and therapeutic applications.

Shop for MBT's at village-shoes.com

The Ruby Slipper Collection

The Wizard of Oz celebrates it's 70th Anniversary. "Warner Bros. Consumer Products is joining forces with Crystallized Swarovski Elements to pay homage to the iconic shoes by inviting some of the industry’s top shoe designers to create their own glimmering versions. The Wizard of Oz Ruby Slipper Collection will be auctioned off and the proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation." notes WSA Today.

Notorious designers such as A. Testoni, Abaete, Alberta Ferretti, Betsey Johnson, Botkier, Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani, Lisa Pliner, Manolo Blahnik, Moschino, Oscar de la Renta, Roger Vivier, Sergio Rossi, Stuart Weitzman, Tibi and Tuleh will compose pieces for the collection.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Has This Ever Happened To You?

A co-worker sent me this funny video and I just had to share it. Enjoy!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Ashland Artist Creates Free Flight Clothing

Here's one of our very own modeling a local favorite. Free Flight Clothing by local Ashland designer Ariel Will. Her shop features hand crafted clothing and accessories. New items are taking flight daily! All items are screen printed and/or stitched by her in her home studio.
Wishing Dress $48 Esty.com

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Village Find: Buddhaful Clothing

Buddhaful is a grass roots company started in 1998 in Seattle, WA. They only offer clothing that promises a strong, positive and conscious message while maintaining a high degree of original artistic integrity and style. The community of artists currently involved with Buddhaful span from Vancouver B.C. to San Francisco. The fashions presented by this collective are designed to energize and bring a sense of individuality AND unity to the public.

A Buddahful favorite by designer Isis Indriya is the crop jacket. Made from 100% Cotton Terry. Many colors to choose from. $95 Buddhaful.com

If you're feeling a bit more daring check out Spirit Print on Braided Back. Rayon/Polyester blend. Also comes in many colors. $62 Buddhaful.com

Broadway Meets the Red Carpet for 2009

"Phil LaDuca, the undisputed king of Broadway dance and movie musical shoes, has teamed with Academy Award-winning designer Colleen Atwood to create the LaDuca spring ’09 collection. LaDuca and Atwood collaborated for the first time on the movie “Chicago” and will now showcase their red-carpet inspired designs at The Collections at WSA. The various styles are based on Best Picture Academy Award winners, offering fashionistas a healthier, more comfortable option in their high fashion pursuits. “Women can end the misery of having to ‘kick off their heels’ under the table with LaDuca shoes, because comfort and functionality now share the bill with beauty, elegance and style,” promises LaDuca." by WSA Today.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Village Shoes 2008 Best of Ashland Award!

Village Shoes Receives 2008 Best of Ashland Award
given by the U.S. Local Business Association. The USLBA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USLBA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

U.S. Local Business Association (USLBA) is a Washington D.C. based organization. They were established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Their mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

New Fluevog Flagship Store in Vancouver

Located on 65 Water Street in Vancouver is the new Fluevog Flagship Store. Once a parking lot between two buildings, now a showroom bursting with creative energy. Almost everything in the atrium like space is reclaimed, recycled or prefabricated. Interior highlights include display tables made out of old growth wood from 150 year old oak trees grown in British Columbia. Salvaged pipes from the Alaskan Pipeline, desks built out of scaffolding and a glass ceiling which features colored gels that give off enough light to help eliminate the need for display lighting most of the day. There are also plans from the company to install a green wall of plants and ivy that will create a solar shade.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tone and Tighten the Lower Abdominals

Here is a fabulous exercise series to help you tone and tighten the lower abs which we all think about at summertime. I'm showing three of the five in the series. If you want to watch all five go to myLifetime.com. Enjoy!

Exercise 1 Double Crunch

Exercise 3 Hip Lift

Exercise 5 Jack Knife

Get Great Looking Legs For Summer!

myLifetime.com brings you Great Looking Legs. Showing you a how to video on getting your legs to look smooth, slick and sexy. Check it out!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Village Find: Heaven 4 Toes Bunion Cushion

Designed by women for women, Heaven4Toes offers a solution to painful bunions by padding them in a cozy pillow of shock absorbing protection.

Fina's ultra-thin sleeve surrounds your foot to shield the bunion from the friction and pressure caused by uncomfortable shoes. Washable and reusable, the elastic band's snug fit keeps the sleeve in place as the moisturizing gel softens the tender skin around the bunion.

Fina is virtually invisible on any foot, allowing you to walk in comfort without giving up style.

$11.99 at heaven4toes.com

Ruthie Davis for Spring/Summer 2009

What can you expect to see for Spring/Summer 2009? According to designer Ruthie Davis her luxury footwear collection will be fresh and exciting.

"Pop Art is the theme for spring/summer ’09. The platforms are higher, the colors more electric. The shoes have clean, modern and architectural lines, but with a colorful and playful attitude. The line will feature candy colors (such as apple green, aqua, hot pink and lilac) that are girly, with a sporty twist. Materials like pearlized kidskin and patent, cobra glitter snake and neon rubber will be prevalent."

Ruthie Davis is the designer and creator of DAVIS BY RUTHIE DAVIS. A modernist who loves all things high tech and high fashion. She takes materials like Titanium, Chrome, Graphite and Carbon Fiber, and shapes these elements into cutting edge, architectural stilettos, wedges, and platforms with sleek and sexy upper patterns.

From the runways of New York fashion week to celebrities spotted wearing these innovative designs, Davis by Ruthie Davis is certainly making her mark in the fashion footwear world.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Join Us For A Special Evening! July 25th 2008

Join us for a fun evening
filled with laughter & friend's!

Design your own Maya Moon Handbag or browse Jewelry by Urban Showroom, Urban Minx will offer a summer glow 101 class showcasing Napoleon Perdis make up, Liquid Assets wine bar will present "Tastes of Spain", Caterina's Culinary will offer Olive Oil tastings and Enchanted Florist will offer a chocolate tasting and
teach how to create a chic floral design for your next dinner party.

By joining the event your ticket allows you to participate in
an exclusive after party pairing:
will be offering Champagne and Oysters,
Pasta Piatti will be offering Panacotta with Musotto and
Liquid Assets will be offering a cheese and wine pairing.

Tickets for this exclusive event may be purchased at
The Enchanted Florist - Call 326-5837 for info.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Village Find: Stubborn Jewelry

Handcrafted jewelry made of stainless steel, aluminum, and silver filled with opaque resins. Enjoy browsing through earrings, bracelets, rings, necklaces and cuff links. With a degree in architecture this local Portland Oregon designer has brought together the world of jewelry design and her talents in metal smithing to create her line of Stubborn Jewlery.

Modern made jewelry for every woman. In stunning color schemes and creative styles you'll turn heads when wearing one of these pieces.

Village Find: Bohemian Cuff

This Bohemian Cuff is created from an Arizona Ice tea can that is wrapped in a white brass alloy. Very comfortable. One size fits all. $27 at hardwarebyrenee.com

Based in Oregon City, Oregon, Hardware by Renee is owned and operated by Renee Christopher, an artist and designer. She strives to create a line of strong, sexy, and smart handbags that easily transition from day to evenings. Inspired by her vision of today's woman, her line of products proves durability need not be dowdy, nor femininity fussy and fragile.

The handbags are designed with atypical items such as hardware and recycled materials. The collection features a range of modern colors with a clean urban style.

This speedy diva will save you many $$$ at the gas pump. She'll keep going and going without any wear and tear. Recycled from old inner-tube truck tires, scrap wood and reclaimed plumbing tubing, she'll make heads turn! Contains a snap for closure. $65 at hardwarebyrenee.com

Monday, July 07, 2008

Village Find: Shop It To Me

Tired of finding out about on-line sales too late? Our lives are much too busy to spend hours each day searching the web for the latest deals. What if you could give someone your preferences and have them search for you? Now you can!

Shop It To Me is a website dedicated to being your free personal online shopper. Select your favorite apparel brands (such as Theory, Prada, Armani, Ella Moss, Juicy Couture, Seven Jeans, DKNY, or BCBG) and sizes. They'll scour the websites of leading retailers like Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Banana Republic, Gap, Zappos and Bluefly and email a daily or weekly summary of which new items go on sale in your size.

You even specify how often you want to receive email notices. You've got to love that!

Shop It To Me has been featured in publications like Daily Candy Deals, Glamour, and The Washington Post and is described as "a pick-me-up in the morning", "addictive" and "dangerous" with the caveat "boyfriends and husbands beware!".

To read more or sign up...

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Lavender Infused Aromatherapy Insoles

Foot Petals products were created for those of us who have a love/hate relationship with our sexy shoes. They provide virtually invisible cushions that make shoes more comfortable and stop annoying, painful issues - a fashion footwear solution that is not only stylish, but healthy, too.

Our newest addition to the Foot Petals line: Lavender Scented Killer Kushionz. Comfort your feet and calm your senses with Lavender infused aromatherapy insoles. Wear activated - subtle hints of lavender release as you stride through your day. Lasting fragrance will keep your shoes fresh and deodorized. Full Insole for ALL shoes!

Your feet don't have to suffer to be beautiful.
Thank you Foot Petals! $12 village-shoes.com