Shoes and Why The Charleston Way…..

We all love shoes, charleston-shoe

they are a reflection of who we are and a way to express the uniqueness in all of us.  I wanted to post my favorite shoe store here in San Diego.  The Charleston Shoe Company in La Jolla Village on Girard Avenue.  Not only is the shoe boutique charming but the shoes are handcrafted and a therapeutic fit.

If you like that 60’s to 70’s platform to the candy colored shoes you found your next best friend.  Perfect for all feet and cute enough for bridesmaids beach style weddings, to vacation spots, this adorable style will take you all the way to your next outfit. I have about 20 pairs and I am hooked…..  did I also mentioned they are machine washable….



Charleston Shoe Company – 7852 Girard Avenue – La Jolla, CA. 92037 – 619.732.6500



In The Details

Last night I was think about details, details are in everything we do, it is about the artistic side of beauty, the little things or big things that bring out the designs.  I designed this bias cut 70 mm silk crepe imported textile from Italy, and I wanted to create details to the one sided sleeve.

Silk handmade roses twined into the shoulder of the gown, fluffy, soft and ultra feminine.  The rest of the gown was so simple with no details only the softness of her curves and the brides shoulders laced in roses.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I love to design this gown, New York Market 2009.


Is Romance Extinct?

Is romance extinct?


Did you know a man, back in the mid 18th century we called them Gentlemen, made their intentions known by calling the women he loves by her first name or he wrote her a note explaining his true love and that she bewitched him and he can no longer live without her. Passions were exchanged without sex, passions were known with a light touch when he offered his hand for a walk in the park. Did you know when a gentleman ask his lady for a carriage ride it was meant to be on its way to an engagement. Because being seen in public in a carriage with a gentleman was serious business.

A gentleman in the mid 18th century when he kisses he kissed with all his dying soul. A man expressed with intentions without fear but with courage. How did the charms and grace so expertly become extinct with men? How did the account of the brush of his hand prove to be nothing. Did the man become the women or did the women become the man in this century, will we ever know what happen. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…..I have loved none but you Jane Austen. It is not what he says or thinks that defines him, but what he does….Jane Austen one of the first most desirable romance writers of their time she stepped out of the boundaries and wrote about passion, romance when it was forbidden.

When my husband( 1961 – 2006) first saw me he told his friend, the very first moment I beheld Allyson , my heart was irrevocably gone. A man who made his intentions known a man who was fearless of love and passion. Very few walk the earth is this century, many things became extinct and sadly this is one of them. Make your intentions known to the woman you love, make her gasp with delight in your presence. Life seems but a quick succession when you do nothing.

ally simone 2020

Hair Candy

Today I am showing some pretty little clear crystal hair candy, the pieces are handmade with the finest crystals that embark on a victorian vintage journey.  The pieces can be worn has a pair or wear them in your hair with two or three different pieces together with your beautiful bridal gown or dress.

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Are you there God, its me

LIGHT comes from everywhere, looking for the signs of light meaning there is an angel nearby.  I am always aware of my surroundings and I see the signs most of the time, and I always see the light around me.  I wanted to write this today because whenever we are near a Church or inside a Church something magical always happens.

Last Sunday I went to a Church and no one was in there, I stood in the aisle up front  after saying my thanks to God.  When I turned around and started to walk out, I saw the Church door open slowly and a warm bright light appeared and it was filled with warmth and love.

What was interesting no one walked in the front door.  As I watch the door open by itself, the light presented towards me.  The light in the picture look to be the image of what I believe to be a present from the Heavens.  The warm light on the floor looks to be a image of a person, I stood there for several minutes then took the picture with my iphone.  After I took the picture, I walked into the light and walked outside from the open door.  The light disappeared after I walked out, I left the door open, hoping if anyone walks in they will see the light too.

 So you see he is always around us, I took this picture on April 26, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.


Story Lectures did you know?


I was so inspired today, the weather here in San Diego is so beautiful and the sun is out, sitting inside today I found this picture of a Bridal Gown I designed.  This is the Chateau Collection that went to New York in 1999.  I designed a crinkle silk charmeuse in a 60 mm and a 90 full length in a cut bias, with 6 panel skirt of 25 length of silk.  A natural waistline at 12.5 drop with a sabrina neckline.  The Bridal Gown hit the New York City Bridal runway as being the first in presenting crystal belts and using textured silk for the first time in Bridal.  In 1999 I wanted to bring back what was innocent and lady like, I wanted to step away from strapless bridal gowns and bring back shoulder sleeves and handmade belts.

The color was a pearl iridescent in cream whip ivory and the touch of the silk felt like butter in your hand.  I specialized in silks from Europe and I taught myself to be an expert in textiles for over 20 years, this made each collection popular with the media.  As of today I still know my textiles, I always say “even a textile wants to be something”.

Your textile you pick for each design will make or break your collection and that goes for clothing, shoes, handbags, menswear anything that has to do with designing a fashion collection.  Just remember a textile has its own personality, and if you are not in the mind of how your textile thinks, breath and speaks to you, challenges may occur.  I hope you enjoy the picture as much as I do, xoxox Allyson.


by Allyson Simone – designer, textiles, teacher, lecture and writer.


15 a DAY

What does that mean, 15 a day?  15 minutes a day

When I graduated with degree BS Psychology with a concentrate in marriage, family talk therapy/coaching and another Psychology concentrate in Industrial Organizational, known as IO Psychology.  I continued my work helping friends and family out with on the job work relationship issues, and how to deal with the problems of relationship and work challenges.

Today I am going to talk bout 15 minutes a day to concentrate on the mind and body and how to relieve any negative feelings and anxiety.  In my own process when I listen to those in need I try to mirror their experience and find solutions to help them move forward in a positive ethical manner.  The first and most important is to let go of the ego and be able to help rather that control.  Which is one of the major reason bosses, or individuals in high positions do all the time. Ego is fear

  1. 5 minutes: Let the ego go free, I always say, jump off your ego plain and when a person can do that you can begin the healing process to learn and work through the issue.
  2. 5 minutes: For Executives, Bosses, Owners of businesses, Employees, ect.  the one mistake that the individual makes is telling a employee what to do rather than train, how we communicate this is crucial in relationships.  For example, the Executives may say, I told them how to do this, But did you train them how to do it.  There is a BIG difference.
  3. 5 minutes:  Write down in a journal how you want to come across, with respect or disrespect?   Practice in the mirror by mirroring yourself, smile offer guidance and do not let your title be a threat to others by not listing to your employees.  That is what I call the Ego Plain, take a deep breath by breathing in white and breathing out black, this should be part of the 15 minute process.

We are all in a time zone during the crises and its time to support and help, the workforce and help family and friends.  I wanted to write this because I hear many stories of friends and family, and what is going on with the loss of their jobs and how they want to contribute, but their bosses just mow them down. For those with bigger titles, remember your employees are more that just a sales person or managers.

And to end the 15 minutes self-help, I wanted to end this with a message from who else the almighty.  I hear a lot about helping each other, but I did not once hear anyone mention the faith in GOD.  God is in this 15 minute guideline I give you today, my gift to all.  During you 15 minute quite time you create each day, don’t for get to give thanks to the almighty and pray for others and the ego free.


by Allyson Simone

On Hold

Life is on hold and it is a time to stay safe and reach out to help others, we can take this time to sit and think about what life is really about and learn about yourself.  I made a list of things, what is important to me and a list of ideas I want to accomplish when this is all over.  Be brave dear Angels and protect and pray for those who are suffering and tell God we will be with you.


ERA 1800’s Romance

Today I am wearing my Marie Antoinette Earrings $124, I designed these earrings for a something blue, meaning Love, Luck and Promise to a bride.  I believe it to be the perfect gift for a bride, and what better than to receive the gift from the Groom or a best friend.

History tells us that in the Era 1800’s the Groom gave his new Bride, Jewelry, a Teapot from Herand, and if you married a Gentleman he purchased you a Country Estate.  Mr. Darcy where are you?

So nowadays, the modern man of 2020, surprise your lovely new Bride with a gift.  If you cannot afford Jewelry, a teapot from Herand or a home, a handwritten poem will win her heart all over again.

Marie Antoinette Earrings, with much love

ally and teddy xoxo