Tag Archives: Boots

Trend Alert: Stylish Snow Boots

7 Feb

Wearing cute shoes in the winter is tough when you’re constantly wading through ankle deep slush from every snowstorm. But there are options that are fashionable and practical.

Here are some of my favorites-

The North Face- Bridgeton Wedge Lace Booties

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Sorel- Toronto Lace Wedge

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LL Bean- Classic Duck Boots

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And these are some quick tips on what to look for when shopping for a snow boot-

1) Waterproof

It needs to say they are waterproof in order for them to actually keep out water. Ugg boots are warm but are not meant for wet weather and will be destroyed instantly.

2) Something that will resist the salt

Look for an exterior that looks like it can take a beating. Salt ruins regular leather quickly and easily.

3) Insulation

Look for some sort of insulation or a lining that will keep you warm

Happy Snow days!

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Goodbye Daisy Dukes! Hello Fall!

30 Oct

I love Fall! It is my absolute favorite season with the chill in the air, changing of the leaves and drinking a hot beverage without sweating. Another thing that’s great is the changing of fashion. Time to pull out the sweaters, scarves and boots. Thank goodness we get to put away the cutoff shorts.

There are cool ways to do this trend and others that make it trashy. Yes this is a fashion faux pas post in disguise!

DO: 

With a breezy top and the length of the shorts that passes the fingertip test, makes this a casual classic look.

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DON’T:

This denim underwear trend has to stop! And most pants have pockets, so we don’t need them displayed for proof either.

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If you are holding onto summer with all your might, this is how you can still pull off your cutoff shorts in cooler temperature. Trade in tank tops for sweaters, sandals for boots and add tights for a look that screams “I love Summer, but it’s cold but still rocking the shorts!”

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Any summer trends you are still holding onto as we go into fall?

Faux Pas Friday: Frankenstein Boots

22 Aug

I get the whole chunky shoe concept. It’s cool, casual and funky. But unless you are a child of punk and going out on St. Mark’s Place and shop at Trash and Vaudeville in the East Village, (seriously look it up it’s an insanely cool store: http://www.trashandvaudeville.com), there are other options for you.

Don’t do this!

Makes you look like you have thick ankles, which no one likes.

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Do this!

Slims out the leg with the edgy look desired. Same concept a little refined.

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Pre Winter Steal: Cole Haan Boots 45% Off

30 Jul

I get made fun of all the time for buying boots in July, which I usually do every year. But with athletic calves and the desire to buy boots that aren’t tried on a million times by random strangers, I shop the moment the first round of boots hit the shelves. In July.

What this usually means is discounted boots that didn’t sell last year reappear early or older styles that missed its shipment to department stores last year are finally showing up in the discount stores, again early. This always means a good deal for you and your pick of the litter.

I got these beautiful Cole Haan Suede Boots with a wood stacked heel and Nike Air comfort in the sole. They’re classic and will go perfectly with my dresses and skinny jeans. Cole Haan boots sell anywhere from $350-$550 and DSW was selling these for $210. With my $10 coupon, I got these for $200. To get boots this cheap at Cole Haan, you’d have to wait until after Thanksgiving to have the opportunity to find them on sale and then cross your fingers they’re not in terrible shape and in your size.

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Can’t wait to wear these in the fall! Have you begun your pre winter shopping?

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Kate and Pippa Middleton: Get the Look

29 Jan

Get these Kate and Pippa Middleton winter looks on a non royal budget!

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GET THE LOOK:

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Knit black skirt- OLD NAVY: $22
Ribbed white long sleeve shirt- VICTORIA’S SECRET: $16
Grey  preppy blazer- TARGET: $24
Brown paisley scarf-TARGET: $15
Brown cap-RALPH LAUREN:$25
 
Total: $102
 
 
 

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GET THE LOOK:

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Burgundy sweater dress- TOPSHOP: $80
Faux leather jacket- Mossimo-TARGET:$27
Faux fur scarf- Simply Vera- KOHL’S:$20
Suede boots-Type Z Saloni-ZAPPOS: $129
Colorblock satchel- Call it Spring- JCPENNEY: $40

Total: $296

Style for the Polar Vortex

7 Jan

“Dress warmly” my mother stressed! As I’m a child from the heat and humid environment of Texas, cold is still a new concept even though I’ve lived in New York City for over 3 years. So she worries. But I think she’ll be proud.

Took these quickly this morning to show how I faced the looming “Polar Vortex”, -15F wind chill, with a bit of style and pizzazz! No judgement on the pics 🙂

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Warm Flannel shirt adding a blazer for an extra layer while giving me silhouette a nice hourglass shape.

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Every girl needs a chunky silver necklace just to add sparkle!

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Pop of color with red boots, layered over heattech tights from Uniqlo underneath my skinny jeans and warm socks. More layers!

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And then to actually leave my apartment, a plum down coat, multicolored chunky knit infinity scarf and cream cable knit hat made for people who ski in crazy cold. I added leather gloves lined in cashmere so my digits didn’t freeze too.

I’m extremely warm and looking at the top of my game for this chilly, frigid day in January.

How do you dress for the cold?

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Strip Down for Fall! (your closet that is)

24 Sep

Fall has arrived New York! The time has come to begin transitioning from summer sundresses and sandals to cardigans and boots. With transition comes the perfect time to downsize your closet from all of the random pieces you wore once two years ago, the skirt you swear you’ll sew the hem (that you’ve been promising yourself you’ll do for at least 3 months), and that top you just LOVE to DEATH. Frankly, I’m sure that top looks like death at this point. What I would like to walk you through this week is cleaning out all of your unnecessary pieces taking up space in your closet. The fun part….shopping to fill in the gaps!

Here’s a few guidelines to follow while cleaning out your closet:

Step 1: Separate your entire closet into the following categories:

– A) Clothes you wear all the time

– B) Clothes you wear every now and then (about once every few weeks)

– C) Clothes that haven’t seen the light of day in a while

–  D) Clothes that are damaged (fading, rips, stains, pilling etc)

– E) Donation (you know it doesn’t belong in your closet when you won’t even give it a fair trial)

Step 2: Good job! You’ve gotten off the couch and done something productive already with your closet. Now, let’s go through those stacks…

A) Congrats! You actually like this and wear it. Put it back in your closet.

– B) Think about how often you really wear this. If it’s been a while, Donation. If it’s only been a week or two and it’s a piece you wear sparingly because you don’t want to wear it down or it isn’t something as easily worn as t-shirts and jeans, it is still up for debate. Then, see if this piece goes with 2-3 other pieces in your closet.  (Ex. A multicolored skirt should have at least 2-3 possible tops to pair with it. A dress should have at least a cardigan or jacket option along with 2 footwear options to be paired with it). If not, Donation. If so, congrats you get to put it back in your closet.

– C) Ask yourself. Why don’t I wear it? If it’s a ball gown, or specific event related outfit, this is completely fine. As long as the need for this piece is still relevant, put it back in your closet. If you haven’t worn it since..come to think of it..you probably don’t even remember when you bought it, why you liked it or what for. That’s it, send it to the Donation pile.

– D) If there is something repairable, like a hem or small rip at the SEAM, repair it and put it back. If you know you won’t repair it, it goes in Donation. If it’s something like a hole, extreme fading, or pilling (small fabric balls that form on the surface of clothing), it’s automatically Donation.

– E) Give it away, give it away, give it away now!

Congrats! You’ve stripped your closet to the bare minimums of awesomeness! So you need to hit the shops to fill in the holes for the coming cool weather. This week, I will be using my lovely roommate Maggie and her boyfriend Schuyler to demonstrate how anyone can use resale, vintage, and consignment to shop for fall. Here is a before picture:

Coming next week, the amazing AFTER photos of their awesome fall wardrobe they acquire by way of consignment and resale in NYC…