Allie and AlyTwo days ago, my dear friend Aly Walansky invited me to accompany her to a Via Spiga event at the Empire Hotel in Manhattan! I was more than glad to accept; we have been to the Empire’s penthouse before, and let me tell you — if you ever get the opportunity to visit, don’t miss it!

We were there to celebrate Via Spiga’s 25th birthday! This luxurious, Italian brand features fashion-forward footwear designs that are elegant and timeless. I loved the new fall collection that features a signature crystal snake brooch on each shoe. I fell in love with  an open-toed gold-ish/bronze-ish pair; it was such a fresh interpretation of a neutral color. You can see an excellent photo of it here. Aly was more partial to a strappier black pair. What can I say? There was a shoe for every personality!

The evening was perfect! The weather was just right: sun to warm our shoulders, breeze to keep us comfortable. The sky was clear and gorgeous, and the atmosphere was relaxed yet energetic. The signature cocktail was amazing, and we had prime real estate for the hors d’oeuvres, which were delish! Aly and I made  new friend, Kaci Hamilton! Just in the city for three weeks so far (she just moved from Jamaica), this girl is a total go-getter! She is a student and an intern for Fashion Pulse Daily, plus she has started her own blog, Strangers Have the Best Candy.  Keep your eye on this gal. She’s got it goin’ on!

Overall a lovely evening with great company and of course — amazing shoes!