Everything is better with a red sole on your feet. Trust me on this one.

My name is Sandra, I’m 33 and I’m a Shoeholic.



When the idea of this blog was born, during a fun dinner with two of my friends, the first thing I thought was: oh God, I’ll need to pose for pictures, and in public too 😀

And so I did, in Brera, the historical artists’ district of Milan. It’s a charming little place, full of narrow cobblestone streets (not good for heels…), small shops and bars, and of course street art sold right on the pavements. But above all, it has wonderful churches and the Pinacoteca – a big art gallery and an amazing setting for quiet afternoons … and for shootings too.
So, to start my blogging adventure, I decided to put on my trusty Pigalle Spikes. You see, I have a true love affair with that particular style: I own them in numerous versions and colors and I can never resist the temptation of a new pair. The Pigalle shape is just too sexy for words, and the spikes take away the normality of a simple pump, adding edginess and the rock factor I need to pull off some of my Barbie outfits.


Remember this picture? When I first put it on Instagram, I got a huge wave of new followers that day. Everybody liked the poetry of it, the setting, the dress. And I secretly loved it because it was the most spontaneous one: I was looking down at the courtyard at some people drawing, when the photographer shot it. There, in a nutshell, you have me: a dress, Louboutin shoes, curly blonde hair. Whenever I need to feel super polished, I go for a dress: you can never look that perfect and pulled together in a skirt and a top. And these shoes make me look less a Barbie in my ballerina dress, and more “don’t mess with me, boy”.

Yes, the dress. It’s Dolce & Gabbana and I couldn’t love it more. From the moment I saw the lookbook I knew it was made for me. The first time I’ve worn it was to a dinner organised by Dolce & Gabbana after this February’s fashion show, and no words can describe how good I felt in it. Perhaps due to the fact that it was a special evening, and I was surrounded by people I like and who always shower me with love – whatever the reason, I still get goosebumps when I remember it.

Stairs 1

The cape: I refused it when my SA first brought it up. What was I suppose to do with a cape that provides no heat and makes me look like Little Black Riding Hood?
Yet I discovered soon I needed it, and I absolutely adored it over this dress. It gives it a certain retro look, and I’m a sucker for the past centuries and retro clothing, in case you didn’t notice.


Usually when a dress is that “loud” in patterns, I go with chandelier earrings, but then I couldn’t resist this PVC based Shourouk. As soon as these photos were emailed to me, I got defined as “Dracula’s bride” 😀 …. thanks, I guess?


Can I also say how much I regret Saint Laurent not producing any more “Belle de Jour” clutches? Don’t get me wrong, I like the new version too, but it is a little bit too rigid for my taste and it has the metal logo on it, which I seriously dislike. The old version was softer, had a stitched logo that did not scream from the bag. So my solution to this First World Problem was to buy every BDJ I could get my hands on, in every colour under the sun.


Shourouk makes the most beautiful statement necklaces I can think of. If they were crystals only, I would have disliked them – but the PVC makes it less serious and more contemporary. Every single time I take a Shourouk out, I get asked who makes it and where did I buy it. So yes, another investment piece.


This little Miss Sicily in fantastic gold leather is my little love: you wouldn’t believe the things I fit in it. It also has a detachable strap but I’ve never been the one to wear it on the shoulder; I find it much more ladylike as it is on this picture. The earrings are an alternative to the Shourouk, but as they weigh a ton, after a while I just slip them into the bag. #lousyfashionista , I know! 😀


See what I mean when I say dresses such as this one need to be de-Barbied? 😉

22 Comments on If I didn’t know better, I’d follow you up those stairs

  1. Hedgwin99
    May 14, 2014 at 2:35 pm (5 years ago)

    I adore the dress from D&G!!

    The cape it’s a nice fun twist. Although I can’t wear any cape. I have a wide shoulder and when I tried on any cape I look ridiculous

    • ladyviolante
      May 14, 2014 at 6:12 pm (5 years ago)

      I am sure that is not true! The trick is trying a cape a size or two smaller. The one I’m wearing is an Italian size 42 🙂

  2. @fashion_lawyer
    May 16, 2014 at 5:56 am (5 years ago)

    I love everything about these pictures. From looking at the pictures I would never have guessed it’s your first photo shoot!

  3. Ari
    May 17, 2014 at 9:36 pm (5 years ago)

    The fifth photo is my fav-stunning ! And I totally agree with your statement about the YSL ” Belle de jour” clutches…

    • ladyviolante
      May 19, 2014 at 8:18 am (5 years ago)

      Ari, finally someone who agrees – everyone gushes about the logo on the new ones, I just can’t. I even bought one but I wore it once!!!

  4. tskottmyhre
    May 18, 2014 at 5:52 pm (5 years ago)

    I love this dress on you and the Christian Louboutin makes the outfit perfect! You look stunning!

    • ladyviolante
      May 19, 2014 at 8:18 am (5 years ago)

      Hello there! Thank you so much, you are always so kind to me 😀

  5. Chris
    May 20, 2014 at 9:24 am (5 years ago)

    Love, Love, LOVE your style. You have the most beautiful porcelain like face. A true doll!

    • ladyviolante
      May 24, 2014 at 8:57 am (5 years ago)

      Oh, thank you so much, that is very sweet! A hug to you.

    • ladyviolante
      June 5, 2014 at 7:50 am (5 years ago)

      Thank you, that is an amazing compliment! Will go on telling with much pleasure 😀

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