Interview

Interview With Carla – Part One

Today and tomorrow I have one of the most amazing Louboutin collections I have ever seen in my life to share with you all – all courtesy of our lovely interview subject, Carla! Carla has one of the most jaw dropping collections of shoes I have ever seen and was kind enough to share some photos of her extensive closet with us today. To top it off, she’s gorgeous, thoughtful, and is a doctor to boot. Enjoy meeting the amazing Carla!

First things first – who are you? What do you do, and where do you live? 

Hi!  I’m Carla – a wife, a mom to two gorgeous dogs, and a doctor (radiologist).  We just moved to South Florida, but i was originally born in the Philippines, moved to NYC when I was 12, and spent last year in Northern California for my fellowship.  Obviously i’m a shopaholic specializing in Louboutins (LOL!), but other things I love to do are travel and scuba dive.

You have an amazing shoe collection. When did you start collecting shoes, and what was your first pair of “special shoes”? 

Thank you!  I’ve always been into shoes as far as I can remember (even as a little girl), but it wasn’t until 2008 that I started seriously collecting Louboutins.  I had always admired them from afar, but was afraid of the heel height.So funny because back then to me. 100 mm (4 inches) was high… now I rarely buy anything less than a 140 mm heel, and my highest heel height is now 160 mm (Daffodiles, they are surprisingly comfy!)My first very special pair would probably be my Purple Lizard Very Prive… and now I have 57 pairs of Louboutins.  I’m not counting my non-Louboutin flats and other heels, but I don’t have very many of those. As you can see from the family shot… what can i say about my collection?  It is definitely not basic!

Can you share a little more about how you buy and choose your shoes?

1. I buy what I love.
2. I have a thing for exotics.
3. I have a thing for colors.
4. I have very few “classic” basic shoes.
5. It’s about the quality, not the quantity… I may not have the most shoes, but I think each pair is pretty damn special (and rare!)

What are your favorite pairs of shoes?

This is tough because it’s like asking if you have a favorite child! Haha… I do have some very special pairs that I will mention:

1. Purple Lizard Very Prive. First exotic ever purchased… and I ADORE purple.  I still remember the anxiety and stress over getting this pair because there was a long waitlist and I wasn’t sure if they would call me, as I didn’t have a regular sales associate (SA) at the time.  But I got very lucky and was the first person to own them in the US.  And the price – that was a new limit for me, and it made me nauseous spending that much money on one item! (this threshold has since been broken, and raised, many times).

2. Samira Strass Aurora Borealis.  My wedding shoes, which my husband (then fiance) bought for me in secret, in conspiracy with my St. Honore SA at the time… AND he got her to bring the shoes to Msr. Louboutin to have them signed.  He then proposed to me with the engagement ring inside the shoes.  What dreams are made of!

3. Fire Opal strass Lady Claude. A Christmas gift from my dear husband (fiance at the time)… this one took me completely by surprise and I just love these shoes… they are my red ruby slippers.

4. Royal Blue Alligator Alta Dama. My first alligator skin, in one of my favorite colors. This shoe was a long-time dream for me.

The Daffodils paired with an Alexander McQueen clutch5. Meridian Blue Strass Daffodil. I just love everything about these shoes

5. Very Mix Potpourri Fire Opal. I am smitten.

What about your most worn pairs?

My most worn pairs are different from the above with the exception of my purple lizard VPs (VP is my go-to style for comfort and elegance). Some of my most frequently worn pairs, below.

1. Catenita Trashes (I have two). These are such fun fun shoes, and with the PVC covering and specchio heel/platform, quite weather resistant. I wear these in the rain, no problem.

2. Bronze Cosmo Ostrich Very Prive. The color is neutral and goes with almost everything, but the material/treatment is so unique and i love it.

3. Jaws. A classic.

4. Nude patent Very Prive with burgundy tip.

5. Very Croise in beige/gold/red.

I am always the girl who buys the simple black pump but looking at Carla’s photographs, I realize that I really should be going for the out of the world, unique shoes first – cause the boring black ones will always be there. A big thank you to Carla for sharing her beautiful items with us. Check back tomorrow for part two!

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  • Make Mommy Chic
    November 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Katherine, thanks so much for this posting on Carla. I just checked out her blog, what a treat! All that Hermes and Louboutins (drool, drool). Love these Wednsday posts 🙂

  • Alena: Oh, It's Just Perfect!
    November 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Ummm….WOW. What a gorgeous collection. Where are the tips for getting my husband to buy these as presents?!? Haha.

  • NatalieCottrell
    November 9, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    OK, I literally didn't blink for about two mintues. Haha. Thanks for the eye candy. 😉

  • Abbey Brandon
    November 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    This is shoe heaven.

  • Cindy
    November 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I'm literally drooling onto my keyboard. This is the stuff of dreams. Shoes, cute dogs, very well trained fiancee/husband. She's certainly the best-dressed/fashion-savy doctor I've ever seen!

  • Ugly Duckling
    November 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I have such shoe envy right now it's untrue!

    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING <3

  • Trips & Treasures
    November 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Cool to read what she says about each pair 🙂
    I really like the purple ones that match the hermes wallet. But personally I'd probably still go for a pair of nice black ones 🙂

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.blogspot.com
    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • Trips & Treasures
    November 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Cool to read what she says about each pair 🙂
    I really like the purple ones that match the hermes wallet. But personally I'd probably still go for a pair of nice black ones 🙂

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.blogspot.com
    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • Baby Shopaholic
    November 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Her collection is beyond amazing! I would switch shoes like every hour if I had hers!

  • skippysays
    November 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Shoe porn is just about as perfect a description as one can get. And that proposal story with those shoes? Um, wow. Her wedding dress is beautiful too- that lace is stunning!!
    http://www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

  • LC
    November 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    omg, loubs are my absolute favorite! i can`t wait to read the rest of the interview. i`m literally drooooling at my desk!

  • just tututiny
    November 9, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Dear lord – I was holding onto my breath as each photo of the shoes came into view. They are all so beautiful. Carla is gorgeous by the way. I am uber jealous of all those CL. Some of them I must admit are a little out there – but there were a few classics that I would love to own one day. Thank you for the interview K!

  • signature mix
    November 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Wonderful interview as always. I've never seen so many pairs of gorgeous Louboutins. Amazing!

  • Adele
    November 9, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Amazing collection & a signed pair too – loved the story behind xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • janettaylor
    November 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    WOW! What? Just awesome! 🙂

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  • Sydney
    November 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    HOLY @#$@#%@#$ I DIE!!!!!!!

  • Nelah
    November 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    That is a HUGE collection, very impressive. She sure is a very stylish and sassy doctor. Adore her wedding photo.

  • Kiwi's Fashion Blog
    November 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Whoa whoa!!! This is such an amazing CL collection, I have no words!!

  • amy b.s.
    November 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    amazing! i want to live in her closet. if she ever wants to get rid of a few she can certainly send them my way!

  • Clara Turbay
    November 9, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Love it all. Please take some time to check out
    http://paquetevistasbien.blogspot.com

  • xJOLE
    November 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin! What an AMAZING collection.

    http://xjole.blogspot.com

  • lexi920
    November 9, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I'm reading this as I'm on a phone conference, please don't tell my boss!

    Wow, what an awesome collection. Even if I had the money, I cannot buy Loubies due to my "field worker's feet" hahaha – something I sadly learned on the show, 'Fashion Hunters'

  • makeupandpearls
    November 9, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    amazing!!

  • The Tiny Closet
    November 9, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Great intreview and the shoe collection is amazing!!!!
    Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

    http://thetinycloset.blogspot.com/

  • Meta Musings
    November 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    totally amazing! thanks for sharing, it's like a dream!

    xx

  • Beautygirl24
    November 9, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Oh my God, I just died and went to heaven! Seriously, what a collection! The crystal shoes are my favorite.

  • La Belle Fabuleux
    November 9, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Her collection is amazing!! But Carla is the sweetest! She helped me find my Louboutins for my wedding =)

  • Grace - Stripes and Sequins
    November 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Oh my god… amazing. Insanely jealous – what a collection!!

  • Kasia M
    November 9, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    woow, shoes! Love them!

  • Ale e Elis
    November 9, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    All those shoes, is a heaven on earth!!!! She is so beautiful!!!

    brasileiroantenado.blogspot.com

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    November 9, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I'm just in awe of, not just her shoe collection but the height of her Louboutins. She's certainly a gorgeous doctor!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies
    November 9, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    I'm just in awe of, not just her shoe collection but the height of her Louboutins. She's certainly a gorgeous doctor!

  • Samantha
    November 10, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Wow! That IS shoe porn!! And the height is crazy! I might fall down in the hospital with those! Love seeing all the colors and exotics! Thanks!! 🙂

  • mai
    November 10, 2011 at 1:08 am

    That collection is crazy. I LOVE her wedding shoes.

  • marily
    November 10, 2011 at 2:12 am

    oh god! Never have i ever seen such an amazing collection of shoes!

  • Tangled In Texas
    November 10, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Simply amazing. I (almost) have no words. Ha!

    Another fabulous interview! I love the way she has her collection displayed at an angle. Too cool!

    Also, she's making me want a tattoo…

  • swisscecilia
    November 10, 2011 at 2:53 am

    OH that's some serious killer shoes right there!! And the DH story of bringing the shoes for CL to sign, man that's so sweet and hard to resist!

  • Cara
    November 10, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Holy smokes, this post was shoe porn! I love how bright and colorful Carla's collection is, and what a beautiful wedding!

  • Natasha xoxo
    November 10, 2011 at 3:34 am

    What a lovely collection – jealous!

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog
    enter my Gorjana bracelet giveaway today!

  • urbanjunglefashion
    November 10, 2011 at 5:18 am

    OMFG! Girl! I LOVE your! Your interviews are THE best and i think i just found Shoe Porn Heaven thanks to you!

  • Mary Ann
    November 10, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Wow, that's quite the collection! I've also only have the basic black ones, haha!

  • Marusya V
    November 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    This collection is very impressive! I'd like to be friends with Carla. What's her shoe size? LOL

    Kisses from http://crashingred.com
    p.s. Loved your blog! Stay in touch :))

  • audrinajulia
    November 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Oh and I read first her second interview.She looks like a filipina and she really are! What a gorgeous collections she has and love the colors of all. Again thanks for this lovely interview.

  • SassyUptownChic
    November 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Her collection is simply Ah-mazing!!! What a beautiful and smart woman. LOVE the story behind her wedding proposal. Her hubby is truly awesome and share's in her love for these beautiful shoes. Love the red ones too!!! She's doing what she LOVES. Thanks for this wonderful interview. About to read part 2. 😀
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/

  • La Professionnelle
    November 10, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Oh the cuddly creatures I'd kill to have perfect Louboutin size 36 feet that could withstand walking around in CLs without feeling like torture.

    What a great proposal story too!!

  • Trang
    November 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    This is love! Just followed 🙂

  • its-all-goode
    November 11, 2011 at 3:59 am

    So enjoyed this interview with Carla. My first read of your blog. I will be back!!

  • Beantown's Barbie
    November 11, 2011 at 4:27 am

    OMG this is NOT real!!! I am so jealous!!!

  • carlinha
    November 11, 2011 at 5:52 am

    hello everyone! thank you so much for the kind and wonderful comments. i am so glad to see everyone enjoying my collection as much as me! and you are all correct, DH is amazing, i'm so lucky to have found him. (by the way i am a size 35.5-36 for those asking)

    i'd like to share one of my favorite quotes:
    ~ if you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author & everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page ♥

    xoxoxo – carla

  • Anna G
    November 12, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Her story about how her husband proposed is just a dream. It's so romantic! I wish a knew a guy that would buy me a pair!

  • The Blonde @ Stylish3
    November 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    WOW. I'm speechless. I thought that I had a pretty good shoe collection until I saw these pictures… amazing!

  • Anonymous
    November 15, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Awesome! Amazing!I only wish I had Carla's feet and could walk in those shoes.

  • Tabitha @ Glitter and Ganache
    November 17, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Wow. That is a crazy (awesome) collection!
    I too tend to revert to the "classic" or more "basic" when making big purchases, but also am reevaluating after seeing that gorgeous and unique collection!

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