The Spring season means special occasions and events are on the rise!! I absolutely love the season of celebrations with weddings, prom, cotillion, graduations and much more!
We have just released so many fabulous shoes and clutches that would be the perfect finishing touch to your special day! I am inspired by vinyl, gleaming rhinestones and crystals, pops of color and elegant metallics. I put together some glam inspired ensembles that could work for any special occasion whether you are going to prom or graduation or you are the mother of the bride or the bride herself!
Sienna is a customer fav with its eye-catching pink satin platform and pump with colorful rhinestone encrusted swirls up the vinyl vamp. I love to see solid jewel tone chiffon paired with playful pops of bright colors in the earring or shoe then finished with a subtle and elegant metallic clutch. This outfit is classic yet fashion forward for any special occasion.
This look is one of my favorites! I love the airy elegance of white and pearl with touches of crystals on the dress for an understated glam. I paired this look with “something blue” with the strappy silhouette of J.Renee’s, Evra, in royal blue! Evra shimmers with rhinestone detailing and gives a pop of blue for a unique and memorable look for the most special day.
Red is for the confident woman and I love the powerful statement red makes on any occasion. It is sleek, sultry yet ever classic as well. I paired this gorgeous dress with statement crystal earrings, metallic clutch, the Cinderella inspired, Stradi and polished with a bold red lip!
Love this sophisticated look with a stunning lace overlay that is eye-catching, classy and just pure elegance. This would be a stunning mother of the bride look adorned with a crystal and gold encrusted hair pin, simple diamond earrings finished with the sexy silhouette and shimmer metallic of Lucia.
This past Friday J.Renee’ Shoes staff was a part of the incredible movement of Footwear Cares! Footwear Cares is an opportunity for people who work within the footwear industry to get together and change lives within the community! In 2013, more than 3,000 volunteers from 68 companies came together as an industry and demonstrated it isn’t just about the shoes, it’s about the people in them! #footwearcaresJ.Renee’ participated in community service week with our beloved Metrocrest Services!! Just to give you a little background on this fabulous organization, their mission is assisting families, individuals and senior adults who are coping with crisis situations and need help stabilizing their lives or who require support to live independently. We have teamed up with Metrocrest Services for many years to help support the great things they are doing!
Our staff had a blast helping distribute food to over 90 senior citizens as a part of their Eat Smart, Live Strong Senior Food Program. This program gives low-income seniors who qualify for monthly PAN (People and Nutrition) boxes that are filled with commodity foods! #footwearcares
Because of Metrocrest’s generous sponsors these PAN recipients receive fresh produce and healthy food through this awesome program! Monthly selections might include sweet potatoes, fresh oranges and apples or canned peaches! Once a month participants arrive on their own at our food pantry or may request rides through Metrocrest’s transportation service.
Our JR staff volunteered to assist seniors as they selected their healthy items and then carried everything to their vehicles. It was such an incredible experience and great time bonding with everyone at Metrocrest! #footwearcares
We are so thankful to be able to come alongside this organization and give back in this way to our community! #footwearcares
Last week, the Belk® Grand Opening Party was held at their new flagship store in the Galleria in Dallas, TX! Our staff went to represent J.Renee and had a blast at this fun and festive fashion event. We enjoyed delicious hors d’oeurves and drinks and a performance by the beautiful Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. The evening featured a fashion show with a special appearance by Hayden Panettiere from the hit TV show, Nashville!
You know how much we, at J.Renee, believe in giving back to the community we also learned that on top of all this fabulousness, Belk is a longtime partner of Susan G. Komen®. As a part of their mission to give back, they challenged all grand opening attendees to help them raise $50,000 for the women and men impacted by breast cancer! By the way not only did they meet this goal they reached, $50, 200! #FashionThatGives #LoveIt
We had such a great time at the grand opening munching on good food, hob knobbing with the Cowboy’s Cheerleaders and checking out the gorgeous display of the J.Renee shoes. Thankful to be a part of the Belk family!!
Spring has finally arrived and we can finally start wearing the trends we have been so anxiously awaiting for! With the Easter holiday around the corner we styled some of the latest Spring trends into the perfect Easter day ensemble!
First up, the beloved maxi! Maxi dresses compliment everyone and a variety of body shapes and just have an airy elegance about them that never goes out of style. We are in love with chiffon textured maxis with floral patterns that are perfect for Easter Sunday and any special occasion in Spring time. We paired this dreamy mint maxi with our versatile and sleek Evon open-toe pump in white.
The jumpsuit. This is a look that makes people a little nervous at first, but this is going to be a must-have in your Spring/Summer wardrobe. Besides being ultra comfortable and fashion forward, you can select them in gorgeous jewel tone colors that look great with any skin tone and with sophisticated fabrics of silk or chiffon that are great for more special occasions. You can accessorize with belts to break up the one-piece feel or you can also layer on top your jumpsuit with a crop top to give your jumpsuit a high waist pant look. This look is innovative while still looking classic and sophisticated! We paired our jumpsuit with our Vance slide with vinyl and understated touches of snake skin.
You can never go wrong with the soft hues of pastels. This is a classic Spring and Easter color palette and you can never go wrong in this color family. Whether you wear combinations or light purples, blues, mints, grays or the ever classic white you will be right in step with the trends for this holiday. You can style your look in solid white with a colorful shoe, pant suits with subtle touches of color or delicate touches of pastel florals. We styles a sophisticated look with a mint fitted blazer with a white pencil skirt and a subtle accessory with our silver laser-cut, Genie.
Another personal favorite of mine, if you are a gal of color, is color blocking in bright, bold and patterned colors! You can color block with pants and your top or you can do this with your outfit and your shoe. We chose bright and fun colors of red, pink and muted oranges. We styled a gorgeous but simple solid red dress and jazzed it up with a kitten-heel striped fabric pump, Dyvine. We love this look because it easily adds a fun element to your solid by adding colors of pink, gold, blues etc. Don’t be afraid to throw a pattern shoe with your bold solids!!! Next- we color-blocked with solids of muted orange, wide-leg pink pant and a red pump! This is such a chic look and is a great comfortable, yet trendy, Easter ensemble for the woman on the go!
Of course you know I could not leave this post without highlighting my beloved floral patterns. Floral is the epitome of Spring blooms and the Easter Holiday! I took a fashion forward take on floral with this fitted 2 piece floral set and then a very girly and delicate neutral necklace then paired it with our very trendy Shootie, Viento. You can easily throw a blazer over this look if the weather is cooler or you can do this with any floral pattern you have. We love to spice up romantic florals with an innovative shoe giving a look all its own!
We were so honored to watch our J.Renee, Kaylee, strut the red carpet at the movie premiere for 50 to 1, based on a true story adventure of the race horse, Mine That Bird, and its journey to the Kentucky Derby.
The premiere of this great American spirit story was held at none other than the historic Kimo Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This theater was beyond gorgeous with its old Hollywood feel and is even a landmark in Albuquerque.
We beamed with pride as our sequin lace pump graced the feet of the incredibly talented and beautiful, Faith Conroy, who co-wrote and co-produced this major motion picture. Some of Faith’s talented movie credits include Bad Girls, Broken Arrow, Bulletproof, Money Talks, Deep Impact, BASEketball, Mr. Brooks, Swing Vote, and The Conspirator.
Faith collaborated with Jim Wilson, who has produced and directed more than 25 motion pictures such as the all time favorite, Dances with the Wolves. We even got to meet some of the original people of this incredible story including, Mine That Bird himself!! #HorseCeleb
Mine That Bird and Jim Wilson
J.Renee’s Coby and Shari Sparks, great friends of Faith, had a blast at all the 50 to 1 festivities while proudly representing our brand! Shari is wearing J.Renee’s Lucia and carrying handbag #10336. Shari exclaimed that 50 to 1 is the best movie she has seen in years! “Uplifting, funny and good clean family fun! I can’t wait to see it again when it opens in Dallas, TX,” said the excited Sparks!!
When we asked Faith, this brilliant movie maker, why she chose Kaylee she said, “I knew the moment I saw the Kaylee sequin lace pump they were the perfect shoe for the premiere because not only do they look amazing, they’re the most comfortable dress shoe I have ever worn!”
Which is a good thing because they kept her comfortable all the way till the wee hours of the after party!
Thanks to Faith Conroy for representing J.Renee so elegantly and beautifully!
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Spring is literally days away and as we transition into warmer attire there is one trend you can start wearing today- Floral!
Floral prints are HUGE this season and for good reason too! Florals can act as a statement or a compliment to bold or soft hues and can move easily from casual to dressy. Because any print feels like a bit of a bold choice, I put together some easy ensembles to show you just how simply it can accessorize with any occasion, making it your Spring staple!
First up we have our beloved, Blanca, a gorgeous open-toe pump elegantly crafted in a floral fabric print. Notice how she pairs perfectly with your everyday jeans and a colorful top, a dressier pant with neutral tones, and with breezy attire for weekend getaways. Blanca encourages you to not be afraid to accessorize her with other bright colors, staples or to let her act as a statement all her own.
This gorgeous print is also designed to throw over your shoulder as well! I adore how this playful pattern can create a an effortlessly chic look, whether you are heading to the office or an evening out.
Everything we do at J.Renee’ would not be possible without our lovely and loyal customers and the hands and feet that work everyday designing, crafting and selling what we are passionate about. First we are passionate about people then for sure shoes. That is why we strive to help women feel fabulous.
Because there are so many incredible people behind the brand of JR, we want to open our doors and introduce you to the creative minds behind the shoes. From time to time, we want to appreciate and spotlight those in our beloved company and share them with you, our fabulous customers and supporters!
In this post, we want to highlight the one and only, thank goodness, Kai Harrison, Designer and Creative Director at J.Renee’ Shoes. Kai received his BBA in Business and and Communication from the University of Oklahoma. He then studied in Milan, Italy at the International Technical Institute of Art, Footwear and Leather Goods(“ARS”). After his formal education he went to work at the Sergio Rossi factory in Italy where he developed a passion for quality shoe design and craftsmanship. #FashionGuru
We interviewed our beloved Kai, who has worked at J.Renee’ his entire career, about his job, vision, the competition and some favorite parts of the shoe biz!
A few individual hobbies I have are skiing, biking, and painting.
What do you like doing best?
My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my wife and kids…seriously.
How do you innovate in the job that you do?
I am very critical on the design of each shoe and continually push myself and associates towards stretching, testing, criticizing and redirecting our concepts.
How do you stay ahead of competitors?
We are critical thinkers in all aspects of our business not just the design studio. J.Renee’ shoes are Vibrant, Imaginative, Feminine as well as confident, and that mentality permeates the whole company. This affects each design, each pair of shoes shipped, each customer service call taken and so on. We love being a small flexible company. This allows us to try new things quicker.
I think the key competitive edge when it comes to J.Renee’ shoes compared to others is that I design styles that are not just for the season at hand, but are forever styles. That being said, as long as the customer loves colour and bold styling. I try not to over design a current “hot trend”. Almost all trends can be worn year in and year out, but many other shoe companies over emphasize trends making the shoes hard to wear when a trend moves out of the focus.
What is your vision for the brand?
Our vision is to give women more opportunities to feel fabulous! Fashion is about enhancing a person’s confidence as well as allowing them to express their personal style. I design shoes that give women opportunities to feel flirty and vibrant as well as feminine and genuine at the same time. I want every style to cause women who are wearing J.Renee’ to be stopped and asked about her shoes or at least create a sense of “Shoe envy”’
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I love that my job is creative and allows me to get lost in ideas at times. I have always been a day dreamer and fortunately there is a side of the design process where I can get just get lost in a world of color, shapes, materials, etc.
One thing I very much like studying and following are the cultural trends in society. Part of what we do when we research colors and trends is to look forward as to what is coming. There is not really a way just to look at what the new shoe trends will be by themselves without watching culture and the way people are changing in all aspects of their life and filter that into what is designed.
Spring break is around the corner and warmer weather is finally on the horizon! We are about to transition into painted toes, gorgeous spring hues and SANDALS!!!! There are so many new sandal trends from jeweled, intricate embellishments, platforms, gladiators, floral to so many other upcoming creations to be excited for.
If your like me, as soon as Spring becomes official I already have my new sandals ready to adorn my feet! As we transition our wardrobe I have spotlighted some gorgeous, new J.Renee sandals (#MyNewObsessions) alongside go-to looks that can still take the chill off while welcoming the new season!
First up, we have the jewel encrusted Vestero and Jasper. These, ladies, are a must. They are simply breathtaking with the intricate detailing of the jewels on the vamp creating an effortlessly fashion forward yet still casual look. Look how easily they go with jeans and a light sweater, a slinky silk dress for a dressy occasion or with your faithful maxi and a printed crop creating looks that could go to lunch or cocktails. The jeweled sandal gives you just enough of a statement to take your look up a notch, no matter where you are going, while providing ultra comfort with their cushioned footbed to last all day long. #CanYouSeeWhyIAmObsessedNow
Next- the wedge and platform sandal. This is a trend you will see more and more of in Spring and Summer, so get ready! As a devout wedge wearer, I can say when these designs were released I was thrilled. I like to have some height to my ensemble without sacrificing comfort because I am on my feet all day. These gems are your new best friend that combine a woman’s need for comfort and desire for high fashion style. Check out these versatile looks and our new innovative designs.
Lastly, we have the beauty of details with the embellished sandal. I love when shoes are created with uniqueness and special details that make you feel you are wearing a one of a kind piece. These designs are conversation starters with the beautifully intricate details of the jeweled and beaded designs alongside the luxury of being crafted in rich, soft suede and leathers. They create a casually chic look that fits right in with your office ensemble, shopping date or night on the town.
Get spotted in polka dots from your handbag to your toes! Spring is around the corner and what better trend to bring it in with then the playful statement of polka dots.
I am completely in love with this pattern because even though it has a distinct design it can be styled in several ways acting almost as a neutral or a stand alone statement all its own. You can mix and match polka dots with opposite patterns, color block with bold and bright patterns and even pair it with subtle more natural colors. I am going to show you just how versatile pattern shoes and accessories can be!
I have styled Lilliana, our J.Renee pointed-toe slingback donning a flirtatious bow adornment, alongside multiple looks that could take you out with girlfriends, to the office or style you for church on Sunday! I adore how this pattern can take a simple or complex look and give it a unique twist all its own.
The next polka dot love is our new handbag #10349! She is your new best friend and will compliment your outfit for a date night, cocktails or just attending a luncheon. She is equipped with a versatile chain strap that you can tuck in or throw on your shoulder. This allows the bag to be more dressy or pair with a more casual look. Don’t be afraid to pair patterned handbags with a different pattern like I did below or with bright and soft colors. This is an accessory everyone will be talking about.
Fashion week has been in full swing and there are so many gorgeous designs hitting the runways gearing us up for the trends of warmer seasons. We had such an incredible time at Fashion Week debuting our line alongside Malan Breton, but more to come on that later… Stay tuned.
Of course while I was there, shoes were on my brain and I loved watching all the new styles emerge from different runways and brands. It’s inspiring to see all the innovative designs, some a bit extravagant with heel sizes that only Lady Gaga could rock but others were a fresh take on snake skin, pointed-toe pumps, patterns, floral accents and much more! I can’t wait for all our gorgeous new JR designs to be released because they are some of my favorite creations yet!
As I observed the many different shoe spotlights, I selected a few that are fashion forward yet everyday wearable. I styled these highlights with a J.Renee gem that combines runway ready appeal and comfort for an everyday look. Who says runway styles can’t be in our own wardrobes whether we are a business woman, stay at home mom or just a socialite on the go!?
First up was the textured pump. There was sky high pointed-toe pumps crafted in all kinds of exotic embossed textures which is right up our alley. We adore the look of a textured pump and how it takes a staple silhouette and revamps it into a high fashion classic whether you are dressing up jeans, skirts or your dependable black dress.
Floral is one of my favorite Spring trends with the way it elegantly accessorizes and adorns any shoe. It can be an understated touch or it can be a bold statement and is a gorgeous way to add romantic elements to your Spring ensembles.
The patterned pump! This is the perfect statement to embrace the warmer weather. People can be a bit afraid to merchandise a pattern with a pattern but this season all rules are out the door! Try mixing your printed pumps with bold colors or subtle mix matched patterns!
Wide ankle straps of all shapes and silhouettes are the rage all year around. Its sexy strap and sky high heel elongates your frame giving you legs for days while its sleek pointed toe drips in chic sophistication! This trend can easily be paired with your evening attire or with a casual pair of jeans headed out for the day.
Kitten heels! This is a long time love for J.Renee. We have always been taken by the kitten heel because of its ultra comfort for women on the go without sacrificing its chic appeal. You can wear kitten heels with a cocktail dress, work ensemble, dress pants or jeans- this style knows no boundaries. This is a must in your closet no matter the season!
Hope you found a bit of Spring inspiration from the runways of Fashion Week and the closets of J.Renee. Stay tuned for the inside scoop on our collaboration with Malan Breton’s gorgeous collections!