I love shoes, and, the more dramatic the better! As I get more comfortable stepping out of my fashion comfort zone, the more I love to invest in dramatic, statement piece shoes. I am loving the fact that loafers are making their comeback and this Tory Burch Jezebel Pump shoe does that trend in an unexpected way. The sturdiness of the heel coupled with the rich velvet texture makes this a definite talking point in an outfit. As if that isn’t enough, this shoe has a dragonfly, a symbol of good luck, wrapped around its satin-covered heel. For a retail price of $375, I wouldn’t mind splurging on these to both spice up my outfit and my closet!
I have been searching for the perfect pair of oxfords ever since the weather started changing. A pair that is comfortable enough to walk around the city in all day yet still look stylish and chic enough to wear out to a movie or dinner date. I looked everywhere, high and low, but had no luck finding a pair that looked nice on my not-so-small feet and that wouldn’t kill my budget. Finally, about two months ago I found the perfect pair of oxfords; ones that would look great worn casually with a pair of jeans or dressed up with a skirt or dress. When I found these Sam Edelman Jerome Oxfords I instantly fell in love for both its style and price. Even better, I snagged them for a discounted price of $90 on shopbop during one of their amazing sales! Sam Edelman makes these oxfords in a few different colors and styles (here and here). Maybe I’ll purchase another pair when they go on sale.
My thoughts on kitten heels were as follows: never wear them! That is until I came across these Salvatore Ferragamo Vara heels. My weakness for shoes with bows blossomed when I saw these. The style of these shoes look like something that Jackie O would be rocking; sophistication coupled with style. To top it off, not only are you able to design your own shoe by picking out the material, color and hardware but you can also get your initials engraved on the sole of it. Talk about custom made! I would love to wear these to work with skirts and dresses that cut above the knee as well as with ankle-length pants. As much as I love my stilettos, sometimes you just want to be both stylish and comfortable!
My personally designed shoe would look like the ones in this picture; bisque colored shoe with an optic white bow and heel and glove hardware. They make a neutral outfit look so beautiful and feminine but at the same time would fit right in with a bold-colored one as well. For a price of $550, this would definitely have to be a splurge of the month for me! How would you design your shoe?
When it comes to denim jeans I am more of a ‘splurger’ than a ‘saver,’ primarily because it is an item of clothing that I wear most often and keep in my closet for a long period of time. Having said that, I never pay full price for them. Last summer this changed when I was introduced to J. Crew’s toothpick jean and instantly fell in love. The fit, cut and color of the jean blinded me into paying full price for them. To this day, I still consider them to be one of my favorite pair of jeans and one of my best purchases.
This weekend, during my ‘no-shopping phase,’ I happened to wonder into a J. Crew store and, by force of the saleswomen and my friend, I purchased another pair of toothpick jeans (these), but this time in a pattern; a trend that I am loving right now! Because of the insane sale in the store, I ended up getting the jeans for under $50! Just like with the previous pair, I made sure to purchase them two sizes smaller than my actual size as they do run a bit big and stretch a little. There were easily 2-3 other colors and washes that I wanted to purchase, but decided to save those for another day (during my ‘yes shopping phase.’) I cannot wait to rock my new jeans with a chambray shirt and a pair of heels or oxfords.
As we all may know, arm candy is the new chunky necklace; and, no, I am not referring to a person when I say arm candy. I am referring to bracelets, lots and lots of bracelets, layered on your wrists. The arm candy trend that I am currently obsessing over is hardware inspired. I love the edgy and tough look that it adds to any outfit.
The above Jennifer Fisher Brass Double Nail Hand Cuff perfectly exemplifies the hardware inspired trend. You can find a more affordable version of the trend here where it can also be custom stamped with an inscription of your choice.
This trend can be seen on rings as well. The above Jennifer Fisher Brass Twisted Cone Ring, and this one, portray the tough-girl look that is so fashionable today. Now that you know, go ahead and layer up! You can even mix and match different metals with this trend!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I cannot live without my maxi dresses and skirts! When I came across this Versace Tie Dyed Georgette Long Dress from the Spring 2013 collection, I instantly fell in love with it. Versace took the boho look of a maxi dress from past seasons and gave it a more gothic/victorian feel by adding cut out shoulders and side panels, flared sleeves and a detachable leather belt. I love adding sharp and unexpected pieces to an otherwise feminine outfit, which is what Versace did with this dress by adding leather and metal fringing to a silk georgette bodice and skirt. An unusual combination that works beautifully together. With its long slit at the hem and other skin-baring sections, this dress is bound to have all eyes on it when worn out. A definite A+ for Versace!
You can find the entire Versace Spring 2013 collection here.
I have always been the type of person who layers on a third piece over all of my outfits; meaning, I cannot solely wear jeans and a t-shirt but need to add something like a blazer, cardigan or scarf on top. I feel that the ‘third piece’ ties the outfit together and completes it.
Well, this Spring/Summer/Fall my new third piece obsession is a jean vest. I am looking forward to wearing it over tank tops, t-shirts and my favorite, maxi dresses (like her). I typically like adding some kind of jacket over my maxi dresses and the jean vest will be perfect! The price for this piece does go up as high as in the $300s (here, here and here), but you can find them for under $100 as well (here, here and here). As I have mentioned in my previous posts, I do not like to spend a lot of money on trendy pieces, so I will be purchasing a vest that is in the cheaper price range.