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POP INTERVIEW: Lady Gaga’s New Shoe Queen, Kira Bundlie, of Hourglass Footwear

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Currently, she and her team are working on a pair of custom shoes for Lady Gaga, but the Hourglass Footwear shoes made by Kira Bundlie and her business partner Lisa Ström, all about $200 a pair, are easily affordable and provide a unique look. No worrying about someone else having your same logo shoes here! Each pair is vibrant and hand painted. Some pairs, like my personal favorites online I am pasting below, have bold colors, cute flowers and an almost Bohemian look.

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Check these out. They seem like I’d become a Celtic goddess in them. I just love forest green.

Kira is also a great example of a non-stereotypical LGBT role model. Unlike the “rough cut, tough and rude” LGBT characters the media shows us on TV reality shows, she doesn’t fit the shoe mold. Kira is a hardworking businesswoman all right, but she is someone who also happens to be super girly-pretty and runs, well, a company all about looking hot for yourself or a significant other through your footwear choices. Because as we who wear these crazy, tall shoes know well, you’re nothing without a great pair of shoes that look professional for work and great for fun!

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When you were researching footwear, what did you have to do?
We launched our company with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign. Through that process we got a ton of feedback on what types of shoe shapes women wanted to see on our site–turns out, everyone wanted something different! We settled on five of the most popular heel heights (platforms, stilettos, mid-heels, flats and Mary Janes), and also offer a “Your shoes, our paint” option on our website, which lets our customers send in their own shoes for us to paint.

Did you work with foot fit models? (How’s that for a tongue twister.)
Absolutely. Us! We started our little company-that-could on a very tight, shoestring (ha) budget. Lisa and I wear Hourglass shoes every day, and our artists pretty much do the same. We can personally vouch for their fit and durability.

Did you take shoes apart? Did you obsess over shoes and their construction until you dreamed about them when you went to sleep?
We currently wholesale most of our “blank” shoes, which means that we glue in our own custom labels to each shoe bed before they ship. We’re working towards sourcing our shoes–having them made and branded for us–and have already chosen our leather and insole material. Since we’ve only been in business for six months, we’re just waiting until our bank account to tell us we’re ready to take that leap. And yes. We are perma-sleep deprived and dizzy with images of shoes swimming in our heads. But in a good way. 🙂

Which of your designs is the most popular?
Right now, the Sriracha-inspired Rock Out design is uber-popular and getting a ton of attention. Some of our other really big sellers are Smoke and Mirrors, Force Majeure, Champagne Supernova, Silk Stockings, and Anime-trix.

How can women wear your shoes?
We carry everything from flats to platforms–they can pretty much be worn in every way imaginable. Maybe not hiking, though. But you’d want to keep them in your backpack for photo opps at least.

What kinds of clothing?
Lisa wears a lot of cute, girly dresses with Hourglass platforms. I’m partial to pencil skirts with stilettos, and skinny jeans or leggings look great with both flats and platforms.

If people want to order a pair of shoes, how do they run? How can someone determine the best fit at home so they won’t have to return them due to the wrong size, fit or width?
Our flats, mid-heels and Mary Janes run very true to size and are also available in wide width. Our platforms are also true to size, but don’t come in wide at this point. Our stilettos run about a half size small, so we usually recommend ordering a half size up–in that case, we always include heel guards to be safe. We also have a very fair exchange policy–if your shoes don’t fit, we’ll swap them out for a pair that does.

How many of your own shoes do you own?
We probably own about 15 pairs each. We both need bigger closets! It’s a burden we’ll just have to suffer, I guess.

How do you personally wear them and make them your own special wardrobe?
The shoes speak for themselves. They really compliment and enhance both of our individual styles. We like to say that they make any occasion a special occasion–cheesy maybe, but true! They are one-of-a-kind, work-of-art, walking signature pieces.

Your shoes aren’t extremely cheap, but they aren’t terribly expensive either. Do you ever want to be in a store like Nordstrom?
SO many people have asked us when we’re going to partner with Nordstrom in particular! We really wanted to tighten our business model and be 100% confident in our product before we approached a dream company to work with like Nordstrom. We now know the right combination of paint brands, and the perfect way to prep and seal our shoes, and our behind-the-scenes, daily business operations are pretty seamless. It’s just a matter of timing.

I could totally see you blending in with the price range and styles at Nordstrom Chicago…the ultimate shoe paradise.
Absolutely!

I love that you are openly lesbian with a straight business partner and nobody makes a big deal of it, as most people think it’s either two straight women or two lesbian women working together.
Yeah, it’s really never come up as an issue at all…except that we have to be very careful to stress the business part of “business-partners” when we’re referring to each other in interviews! Seriously, though, Hourglass Footwear is made up of some pretty amazing, open-minded, wonderful people. It has never felt weird at all.

How do you think you can change the world so more people can be OK with people as business partners?
I think the only way to change the world is to be genuinely yourself as much as possible, and perhaps be patient with people who are simply scared of the unknown. It’s central to our company’s mission to help women be more fully who they are.

Why do you think people think all LGBT women wear frumpy flats and look, paraphrasing Legally Blonde‘s infamous pool line on how she wanted to go to law school, “boring, ugly and serious?” Embarrassing but true. Men seem to have that idea!
Lisa and I are both blondes. There’s a stereotype that all blonde women are dumb. There’s also a stereotype that all lesbian women are frumpy and humorless. I will tell you from experience that neither is the rule. Also, we were very recently commissioned by Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis to design and paint a custom pair of shoes for Lady Gaga as a thank you gift for performing there next month. We’re going to be traveling to Minnesota ourselves to hand-deliver the shoes. The concept for the totally brilliant design comes from Hourglass artist Debbie Faas, and she and the talented Rachel J. E. Sprague are collaborating and painting the shoes together. They’re going to be amazing!

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UPDATE: T’Challa Has Found His Way Back To Bird-Mom Monique Samuels!

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Call off the perch and rescue.

Earlier today, we reported that T’Challa, the African Grey parrot belonging to Monique Samuels of Real Housewives Of Potomac fame, had gone missing. After flying off yesterday morning the Potomac pet has finally made his way back to Monique’s backyard. In a series of videos posted to Instagram just two hours agp, Monique shared that T’Challa flew into the yard and perched himself onto a chair. The housewife admitted that her bird looked like he had his feathers ruffled last night but shared that he was so happy to be home he allowed Monique to hug him.

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T’Challa The African Grey Parrot Belonging To ‘RHOP’ Star Monique Samuels Is Missing!

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Polly wanna search and rescue?

Sure, we all tilted our heads and raised an eyebrow when Real Housewives of Potomac star Monique Samuels leashed up her African Grey parrot and took him to lunch at cast mate Karen Huger’s house but there is no denying that the football wife loves her bird as much as any dog owner would their pup. So you can only imagine how devastated Monique must be now that T’Challa has gone missing!

On Sunday, Monique took to Instagram to share the heartbreaking news that during her morning coffee in the yard her bird, with the Black Panther namesake, had gotten spooked and flew off. In the 8 minute video, the reality star shared her fears that since T’Challa is not an experienced flyer he may injure himself or get stuck in a tree with no way of coming down. Monique shared that her husband, Chris Samuels, took care of their children all day so she could hit the streets to pass out flyers and search for the bird.

While recapping the second episode of season 5 which aired Sunday night, Monique also gave a T’Challa-update in which she thanked her fans for their outpouring support but sadly reported that the parrot is missing. The good news is that T’Challa is microchipped so if someone else should find him and take him to an animal rescue, Monique will be notified.

Fingers crossed!

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Jason Momoa Was Hosed Down After A Dirty Dune Buggy Ride And The Photos Are As Hot As They Sound

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We couldn’t love him any Momore.

Social media is a bit of a double edged sword. Some days it feels like all there is to scroll through is overused quotes or endless tirades expressing personal opinions that no one cares about. But just when you think you might need to take a little social media sabbatical something like this happens.

Earlier today, Jason Momoa took to Instagram to share photos of himself being hosed off after a particularly messy round of dune bugging riding. And when I say hosed off I mean…shirtless…with a hose. Of the ride the Aquaman star wrote “like a pig in shit. 🤣🤣🤣hard to explain this one. but i had an amazing day. now i need a dune buggy. dune coming soon aloha j. @schaeffersgarmenthotel dirty pink 😭🤣😂” I fully support the idea of Momoa purchasing a dune buggy if it means he will share more content like this.

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Of course fans went wild for the sizzling pics. One Instagrammer asked “Where do I apply for the hose guy’s job?” Another pointed out the obvious by saying “good god that is a man right there.” And finally one brought offered this very sage advice and said “wash your hands like you’re washing Jason Momoa.” Definitely wouldn’t mind washing for the full recommended 20 seconds am I right?

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