|Judges Hilary Shockey & Carrie Luebcke |
of Scarpa Alta
While guests socialized and sipped pink and green 'tinis, you couldn't help but notice that all eyes were looking solely at toe-level. Lots of lovely door prizes were up for grabs, including a stunning strand of pearls from Cooper's Jewelers, but the most hard-earned prizes go to the ladies in the pump parade. As always, some fiercely fabulous footwear lined up for the stroll down the pink carpet, but only one would take home the prize for the most perfect pumps. Let's just say, that this year's "Bloom" was all about "bling."
One of my favorite parts of Pumps and Pearls is seeing what the ever-creative ensemble of Jean Toan, Darlene Hess, and Cheryl Green have up their sleeves, or shall we say shoes. Just like the go-go boots and flower power pumps of years past, the trio's lace-up boots for Bloom 2012 did not disappoint and won first place in their division. This year's shoes, however, were extra special as these boots were not just made for Bloomin', they also paid tribute to a dear friend who recently battled breast cancer.
Other prize-winning pumps included pink suede peeptoes of the Valley (Health) Girls, some SUPER cute puppy pumps by Posh Pets' Rebecca Miller, and these GORGEOUS crystal-coated pumps designed and handmade by Melissa Cooper and modeled by Jennifer Neff.
And, while I may not have an immediate need for some sparkly stilettos, there was some chatter about giving my camera a bit of a makeover to add some sparkle to my snapshots ;)
Hannah McKee, Sydney Tomblin,
Lisa McKee, & Cara Matheson
Erin Barker, Debbie Miles, and Christyn Everly
Jennifer Neff and Melissa Cooper
Nikki Gerhardt, Lori Bales, & Alina Dawson
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