Wonderful Happens

Shoes by Paul Andrew

This past weekend I accomplished something wonderful, I finally figured out how to use Adobe Photoshop! The above image is my first attempt; clearly I need a bit more practice, but hopefully you’ll watch my skills grow over the coming months.

If understanding Photoshop has been a dream of yours, I suggest enrolling in Blogshop—they offer classes worldwide! Blogger extraordinaire Bri Emery of Designlovefest and Photographer and Commercial Director Angela Kohler pack the program’s essentials in a fun-filled two-day course. And this isn’t some stuffy conference room filled with geeky IT guys. On the contrary, it felt as if I stepped into the pages of Designlovefest and got to live there for the weekend, not to mention receive an unexpected goody bag that seemed more suited to a high-end boutique opening than a computer class—you’ll never catch me complaining about awesome perks like that!

It was also an opportunity to meet all sorts of funky and stylish bloggers on the rise (check out what some of my new friends are up to: ruthielindseydesign, redlovinpixie, tadpoleaudiomissglamdan). Most importantly, I walked away with a real understanding of Photoshop, which is more than I can say from the boring as hell DVD tutorial that’s been collecting dust on my bookshelf for almost a decade.

Then there is the why behind my newfound skills. I finally have the right tools to properly showcase my favorite “shoespirations!” This week I am dying over Paul Andrew’s spring collection. The brilliantly bright colors just feel like summertime, don’t they? And the light and airy designs are as refreshing as tall glass of lemonade.

Andrew has been designing behind the scenes for years with Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander McQueen, Donna Karan, and Calvin Klein, and his debut collection will undoubtedly establish him as an innovative and creative force in his own right. It shouldn’t be much of surprise that his personal line is beyond…

Try on a pair on at Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s New York or Saks Fifth Avenue—spoiler alert: his pre-fall and fall collections are pretty off-the-hook too!

It all makes me wonder, what wonderful things are happening in your world?