Interview with Amanda Glickman, Creator of Sniques

     Through a mutual love for all things fashion I became blogger buddies with the lovely Amanda Glickman of Pencils and Pearls. Not only does this fifteen year old have impeccable style, frame-worthy Instagrams, and an insane talent for illustration, but she has also created an incredible custom sneaker business called Sniques. I interviewed Amanda to learn more about these 'one of a kind shoes for one of a kind people'. 

For starters, what inspired you to create Sniques?
     I have always wanted to think of something really unique to do, that involved both art and fashion. Being obsessed with Instagram, I looked there for a source of inspiration. One day I saw a picture of Keds that someone had glued glitter on in an ombré formation. So that's what I did! I bought a pair of white Vans and got to it. I wanted to make some for my mom as well, but she isn't a fan of glitter, so I decided to dip-dye them. The process was messy and not symmetrical, and that's when I thought, why not just paint them with fabric paint? On my next pair, for a little cousin of mine, I tried to think of a cute pattern, like bows or hearts. And that's when it just kind of happened- I made an assortment of cute icons on the shoes. After loving how they turned out, I made a pair for myself, which grabbed a lot of attention at school the next day. Fast forward a month and I had a business. 

How would you style a pair of Sniques?
     Sniques are definitely on the casual side. I wear them all the time with jeans and jean shorts. I usually pair the outfit with a t-shirt and cool blazer or leather jacket, or with a plain white or black button up. They also look cute with simple dresses or skirts, especially with fun socks. They are great for the cold and hot, winter and summer. They make anyone who wears them unique - hence the name: Sniques- unique sneakers. 

Have you thought about painting on other pieces, like totes or t-shirts?
     I haven't thought about expanding the brand to t-shirts, although I think maybe the icons would be cute as a pattern! But, I actually have painted a few Goyard bags- it looks so cool and contrasted- and since the bag is so popular, it makes a statement. Hopefully I'll hatch something up soon. 

Have you had any unusual requests?
     Most people just want simple things like hearts, lightning bolts, initials, and foods- but one woman asked me to make a pattern of rats- RATS! In my mind I was thinking 'Are you crazy! That sounds so ugly!' But, you have to make the customer happy. So I did it, and they actually weren't that bad. I think I might have actually worn them myself.

If you could make a pair of Sniques for anyone, who would it be?
     If I could make a pair of Sniques for anyone...... It would probably be Cara Delevigne or Kate Bosworth. They both have such distinct styles and are seen as trend-starters, so it would be awesome to see my shoes on their feet during fashion week. 


The Ballet Palette

Endless Rose A Line Skirt, Topshop Wrap Skirt, Zara Frilled Mini Skirt

     Because of my affinity for ballerinas (owed entirely to Edgar Degas), I became outrageously excited while discovering photographs from J.Crew's September 2011 catalog. It featured ballerinas from the St. Petersburg Ballet doing their points, positions and pliés while clad in J.Crew cashmere. What struck me most about the photographs was the stunning color palette. Ivory tights and ballet pink slippers were paired with a variety of muted neutral sweaters, from heather grey to light camel. Eager to wear these beautiful colors in spring, I've put together a collection of ballet-palette sweaters and skirts.



Vince Camuto Satchel, 3.1 Phillip Lim Cosmetic Case, Stuart Weitzman Pumps
Tory Burch Sandals, Adidas Originals Sneakers

     Ever wished you could own those emoji accessories you've been texting? Bad news: Siri can't help you, and there isn't an app for that. Good news: here's a roundup of pieces that mirror emoji handbags and shoes. You can take your look from technological to tangible!


Monday Muse: Ursula

ASOS Peplum Dress, Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace, Charlotte Olympia Bag, Zimmermann Sandals

      As a kid, Ursula, the evil sea witch from The Little Mermaid, haunted me. Her wicked face, ghastly white hair, rotund purple physique and grotesque tentacles were absolutely terrifying. My fear of Ursula has since disappeared, and she's now become a muse of mine. The blood red lips, shell-adorned jewelry, and voluptuous bod? Pretty fabulous.
     It's possible to get Ursula's look without entering Halloween costume territory. Sport a strapless dress with a peplum to mimic the fullness of her tentacles, and finish it off with purple pumps and seashell accessories. You'll be far from a poor unfortunate soul!


Seeing Double: Flower Girls

     Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot are at it again with the twinning game. This time, however, the two are joined by Karolina Kurkova to become a trio of girls with flower-filled hairdos. These blossoming coifs are super exaggerated, but the look can be wearable by sporting a flower crown. For all you Coachella-goers (not me-I'll be celebrating couchella), Eugenia Kim's floral headpieces are the perfect concert accessory. 



Birkenstock Arizonas, Fever Poolside Sandals, Rachel Zoe Fawn Sandals, Chloé Flat Sandal

     Every once in a while in fashion a trend arises that's absolutely polarizing. The perfect example? Birkenstock style sandals. People seem to either love or hate them. Personally I've never had a strong stand on the hippie shoes, but after seeing them worn by some of my fashion icons, the style is growing on me. Amy Astley, Teen Vogue's Editor-in-Chief, recently posted a couple of images of her sandal-clad feet on Instagram. The thick-strapped shoes looked super fresh in white and also very comfy. I may have to treat myself to a pair!