Stuart Weitzman does it again, folks! It is only appropriate that this oh-so-fabulous short boot is dubbed the “Slamdunk“. With a realistic heel height, a tough zipper, and a little metal glam on the toe and heel, it is just that – among Stuart’s array of sinfully beautiful fall footwear. As cooler weather draws near, I’m beginning to pair my colored cords and skinny jeans with a shoe a bit heftier than a sleek ballet flat. Cold toes are a deal breaker around here. Available in black, chocolate or “wine” (swoon!) colored leather, The Slamdunk will perfectly balance a feminine top and an arm full of jewels with its barely-boyish appeal. Every girl needs a little tough in her shoe closet, no? Check out that subtle studded ankle wrap and tell me you’re not in love. You know you have a pair of orangey red skinny cords and a chunky sweater to top off these beauties. Don’t let the edginess scare you. Seriously girls, snag these fall essentials today and be stylishly ready for cooler temps.
We recently weekend-vacayed with our favorite friends to Bristol, Tennessee to enjoy a day with our favorite band. Naturally, when I stumbled upon these Tory Burch booties, visions of sunshine, good tunes and two ridiculously delicious avocado tacos come to mind. Obviously I need these shoes. Santa..?
The Bristol Booties are sleek and simple without being even a little bland. Available in classic black, deep chocolate and this to-die-for camel leather, you’ll turn heads from the moment you step out the door. Picture your favorite pencil skirt (read: JCrew. Duh.) and striped top finished off with the perfect bootie. Wanna know a secret? I’ve been known to nearly break an ankle or two in platform heels. Go on, laugh. Now, thank Tory for the hidden platform in her Bristol boot. Style and comfort – or safety in my case. But let’s be honest, has Tory ever let us down? She finishes off the look with her signature gold buckle – a win every time. These probably won’t make it on my next concert outing, but I’d sure love to re-live the memories of our trip while rocking the Bristol Boot. Who’s with me?
Shut the front door. Coach has partnered with Frye Boots to offer a limited edition collection of personalized boots this fall. I know, right?! Dubbed “One American Heritage brand meets another”, the exclusive collection offers the rugged style of Frye with the chic, classic elements of Coach.
Okay, okay, time to make some choices. Or, just one choice since my budget can maybe handle one pair. After much perusing (and a little drool), I think I have settled on the Fur Lined Engineer Boot. I’m not an UGG girl – not a fan of fur and fleece on my feet. But, a little peek at the ankle is just too precious. The Engineer, like all Frye Boots, is still bench crafted with hand-cut leather, just like the day the first pair was made in 1863. And, as far as I’m concerned, you can’t go wrong with a gold ankle buckle.
Buying these babies, of course, sparks visions of all the outfits I am going to buy to wear with them. I’m envisioning a day in the mountains donning skinny jeans, a vintage plaid shirt, an arm stacked high with bracelets and the Engineer on my feet. Are you with me, friends?
First, let’s come to an understanding here. There are few outfits, short of your yoga pants, that a good pair of pumps can’t dress right up. Pair them with jeans, a solid tee and chunky necklace. Throw them on with your trusty little black number. They even take that suit you wear when the boss is in the office from drab to chic. With the right color and texture and the just-right heel height, you’re golden.
Now that we agree, let me introduce you to your new favorite go-to: Betty. Not only is Betty the most beautiful charcoal grey (fabulous with all the aforementioned outfits), she also boasts the perfect heel height. When you put on a pair of heels, you want a little lift, right? But, let’s be honest, ladies – it’s a fine line. A little too much height and you’re looking – uhm – sort of Pretty Woman-esque. No good. No good at all. Betty here will never lead you down that road. In fact, with just under five inches of heel, she hails straight from Italy – not Hollywood Boulevard. I’m telling you, make friends with this gal. You won’t regret it.
Few things in this world really leave a mark. Or, few things in this world really leave a good, good mark. The kind of mark that, years after their height in popularity, are still thought of fondly. You know, like, The Beatles. Or The Late Show. Or banana pudding. Okay, that last one is a matter of opinion, but great shoes are not.
Chanel has made their mark on the fashion world with one-of-a-kind clothing, accessories, fragrances, makeup, jewelry, and shoes. Their Fall and Winter shoe collection features some seriously fabulous boots, flats and pumps, sure to snaz up the greyest of winter days. The Kidskin Pump is a sight for sore eyes, friends. In the perfect shade of camel with a bit of leather color blocking and a dainty ankle strap, these will take you straight from the office in black skinnies and pearls to your favorite dinner spot in a little black dress. And, how can you not just love that little peek at your foot on the inside? Precious, I tell you.
So, snag these beauties and go make your mark.
There’s really just one word for Brian Atwood’s fashion: sexy. From the sparkliest clutch to the highest platform heel, his designs are surely the glam missing from your wardrobe. I mean, his Fall and Winter Collection is dubbed “The Sex is in the Heel”. Seriously, go take a look. And then start saving your money.
The Lima sandal has no shortage of sex appeal, yet still manages to be refined enough for the everyday woman. Forgo the platform with this one and snag some of the greatest detailing I’ve seen in a while. Imagine this gem at the office with a sleek black pencil skirt and tailored blouse in, say, ivory – with gold buttons? Or, pull on your favorite designer jeans and a sequin tank to hit the town for a little weekend fun. Lima will take you from happy hour to hailing a cab in high style.
Don’t forget to paint your toenails a punchy shade of orange or purple for a little added glam. Bland nails just will not do for this one.
These past few breezy mornings have me giddy with excitement for fall. That is, until I step outside after lunch only to be greeting with sweltering ninety-degree Georgia heat. But, cool mornings sure beat sweating on the walk from the door to the car, no? Fall is coming, albeit slowly. We’ve clearly established that there are few things in this world that I love more than the perfect pair of shoes. Boots, though, are an entirely different saga. Short ones, tall ones, black ones, brown ones and little grey suede ones are just the beginning of my collection. Which, by the way, is what I have. A collection. Not a problem. My husband would argue against this claim and remind me that I probably need another pair of leather boots like I need a hole in my head. Agree to disagree, I say.
Sam Edelman‘s Fall 2012 Collection is just to die for. With boots in every shape and color, what is in my closet doesn’t hold a candle to the goodness on his site. Paulina here is a true beauty. She comes in Whiskey, a multi-toned aged brown leather, as well as in a classic black. With an inside zip and three buckles, she’ll turn heads whether paired with jeans and a chunky sweater on a casual Friday or a tailored skirt and tights for more important occasions. Did I mention she’s an over-the-knee kind of gal? Yes, Paulina went the extra mile by being a taller boot, but the top can be easily folded to dress down a more playful ensemble.
I’m telling you, girls, you can never have enough boots. And I promise you this, just as you think you have completed your collection, you’ll stumble upon a gem like Paulina and quickly convince yourself otherwise. And, really, what’s the harm in that?
On my first trip to Europe a few years ago, after I graduated from college, I mainly picked cities at random to visit. I knew I wanted to visit London and Paris, and I wanted to pick a smaller town in Italy as well. I chose Florence largely because I heard the jewelry was to die for, and because it was home to a little someone named Salvatore Ferragamo. Full disclosure—I am a big fan. I would gladly argue with anyone who has a single bad thing to say about this man’s iconic shoes…and I would probably win. There’s not much to debate, really. He is world renowned for his craftsmanship, and he was the preferred shoemaker of Audrey Hepburn, for crying out loud. Oh, and he also invented the stiletto.
His family decided to carry on his tradition after his death, and they continue to churn out unbelievable shoes. Like the Trilly. This shoe is stunning. The fact that it’s a five-inch patent pump alone would have placed it firmly on the list of shoes I’m most likely to lust over, but then they went ahead and put a bow on it. And then I died.
I now have one more thing I’d gladly argue with anyone about—sticking a grosgrain bow on the toe of an already fantastic shoe does indeed make it even more fantastic.
I do a fair amount of traveling for work. Pros: Getting to explore new cities, racking up airline miles, and expensing awesome dinners out. Con: Power walking through the airport in four-inch heels. I went on a handful of trips where I stood in the security line shifting painfully from foot to foot before finally deciding that this was not going to work long term.
Thus began the hunt for The Perfect Flat. Listen, I am as much a fan of a statement shoe as the next girl, but sometimes practicality wins out. My checklist was short: the shoe couldn’t cost a ton, since it would almost always be tossed carelessly in my shoulder bag, and it had to be comfortable. This, as it turns out, is not as easy as it sounds. After I had almost resigned myself to just throwing on some tennis shoes with my suit (don’t judge me), I found it—the Sam Edelman Felicia flat. These shoes are game changers. They’re ridiculously comfortable, they take up practically no space, and they are super reasonably priced.
Let’s get real—I’m probably not going to make it on anyone’s “Best Dressed” list when I pair these with my pencil skirts, but it’s a far, FAR better choice than the tennis shoe option. On that note, can we go ahead and agree that is not a good look? Do us all a favor and invest in some comfy flats.
One of my favorite things about living in Atlanta is the fact that we have four distinct seasons. Usually, by the time I’ve had enough of one season it’s time for the weather to change again, so it’s perfect. This is only untrue for one season—the summer. For those who don’t live somewhere that a high of 98° every day is the norm for three months, I can assure you that it is miserable. I start pining for autumn by about the third day of the Atlanta heat. I can’t wait for crisp mornings, college football, and most importantly…riding boots.
I have a deep and abiding love for a great pair of riding boots (well…boots of all types, if we’re being honest), and my love is very clearly evidenced by taking a peek in my closet. I don’t necessarily need another pair of boots, but I spied the Tory Burch Julian the other day and I know there’s no sense in fighting it—these boots will be mine.
I love that these zip on the side to make them easy to wear over my favorite skinnies, and that they will look just as adorable with a dress and some tights. There are few things, in my opinion, that will pull a look together as quickly as a strong structured boot.
I still have a few more weeks of suffocating heat before it will be cool enough to wear these amazing boots, and trust me—I am counting down the seconds.