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Fall Hues to Love | Wine

As the leaves fall, the hues of the season get deeper as well. This burgundy/wine color below is the color of the season, taking over every store window I pass. This hue is so rich and looks great in patterns, texture, and my personal favorite… suede! There’s a definite 70’s vibe that this collection below gives me and I’m not hating it!

It looks great to go monochromatic with burgundy. I love look of the midi bodycon dress paired with the stacked heel boot. It’s simple and makes a statement. Or you could go more traditional and layer with the wrap coat or finish your look with the cozy jacquard knit cardigan. The point is, this fall hue is easy, no matter how you wear it! Check out my favorite fall pieces in this hue below!

Fall Hues to Love - Wine

shop wine fall hues:

suede wrap front dress ($72) / ruffled dress ($50) / midi bodycon dress ($15) / plaid scarf ($26) / lace-up dress ($23) / jacquard knit cardigan ($35) / textured midi skirt ($25) / stacked heel boot ($140) / ankle strap platform heels ($30) / wrap coat ($99) / corduroy overall dress ($75) / sleeveless jacket ($85) / felt floppy hat ($28) / suede pointy toe pumps ($90)

Get Smart with High-Tech Workout Gear

Working out is getting cooler than ever. Consumers are taking their fitness obsession to a whole new level. There’s high-tech workout gear that is specifically engineered to keep you cool, dry and odor-free and even technology like Athos, that uses sensors to become your next personal trainer. There’s so much innovation happening in workout gear to make us healthier, safer and stronger. Check out a few of the amazing products I pulled together below… I am especially excited to see this SmartMat Yoga Mat when it launches later this year!

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shop high-tech workout gear:

1- Under Armour ArmourVent™ Tee– mesh back panel gives you true breathability while wicking sweat to keep you dry and light

2- adida’s Techfit Climachill Tights– constructed with titanium-infused yarn for a cool feel and a ventilating effect with a strategic techfit® that supports you as you train

3- Asics Gel Quantum 360 Footwear– instead of foam, the soles are filled with gel pockets that cushion your foot and give you stability as you hit the concrete, giving you support exactly where you need it

4- Columbia Freezer Zero™ Arm Sleeves– Omni-Freeze ZERO fabrication lowers the material’s temperature to keep you feeling cooler while providing UPF 50 protection from the sun

5- Mountain Hardwear Chiller™ Ball Cap– Cool.Q™ ZERO (aka little blue circles) use your sweat to lower the temperature of the fabric, providing a cooling sensation while it’s UPF 25 fabric protects you from the sun

6- Zoot Sports Run 101 Shorts– built-in briefs with Icefil® technology in the fabric reflects heat and keep you 5 degrees cooler while giving you protection from the sun (UPF 50+)

7- adidas Climachill Cosmic Boost Shoes– helps keep your feet cool with active 360-degree ventilation and quick-drying, micro-perforated Aerocool fabric

8- lululemon Swiftly Tech Crew– breathable, lightweight and sweat-wicking fabric keeps you cool while Silverescent® technology goes the extra mile and inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria

9- Frogg Toggs® Chilly Pad™ Towel– fabric that retains water yet remains dry to the touch, all you need to do is dip it in water, wring it out and the temperature immediately drops 30 degrees

10- fitbit ChargeHR Wristband– tracks continuous heart rate, all-day activities (walking, running, floors climbed, etc.), calculates calories burned, monitors sleep and even includes Caller ID

11- Athos Smart Fitness Apparel– new wearable technology with sensors in the leggings and shirts that measures muscle activity, heart rate, and respiration all in real time

12- SmartMat Yoga Mat (not pictured, launching late 2015)- intelligent yoga mat that detects when you’re out of alignment and gives you real-time feedback on how to correct your pose.

The Most Comfortable Shoes for your Summer

If you are anything like me, you are on the go all summer long. Most weekends I’ll be out running errands from brunch to dusk and on my feet the whole day! That’s why I pulled together the most comfortable shoes to get you through these extra long summer days.

I was inspired to write this post when I saw Nike’s new Lunarsandiator Sky Hi Sandals. This sandal is the perfect marriage of style and comfort. It gives you the on trend gladiator look partnered with Nike’s cushioned Lunarlon midsole. Reviews say they are so light they won’t weigh you down and you can walk all day in them with ease!

Since these brand new Nike’s are hard to get your hands on, I supplemented with some other comfy wedges on the market this summer. Tom’s strappy wedges are always a great choice and they have tons of color and print options this season! Another brand I can always count on for comfort is Cole Haan. Their Leather Strappy Cork Wedges are a classic choice to keep your feet happy. Maybe you’re the girl who wishes you could wear your Uggs in the summer? Guess what, you can! Uggs has an amazing collection of stylish summer wedges that will keep your feet cool and comfy. Check out the rest of my comfortable summer shoes below and share your favorites in the comments!

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shop summer’s most comfortable shoes:

Leather Slingback Wedges ($130-$140) / Black Mid Pump ($99) / Strappy Wedges ($74) / Mule Wedges ($40) / Nude Pumps ($99) / Wedge Sandal ($100) / Leather Strappy Cork Wedges ($83) / T-Strap Wedges ($84) / Black Strapped Wedges ($76)

Get in my Closet! | Lace Up Flats

Have you been dragging your feet (pun intended!) on buying some lace up flats? Whether it’s because of price, seasonality or pure laziness, you need to cut it out! This trend is EVERYWHERE lately and styles are selling out fast. For those of you ladies out there like me, price is super important on these trendy styles. But guess what.. I’ve got your back! You can always go to Barney’s and drop a few hundred dollars on a beautiful pair of shoes, but I’ve scoured the internet and gathered the best deals out there. And get excited! There are a few awesome looking, wallet friendly picks that are right on trend!

Can you believe all these lace up flats are $51 and under? These amazing steals are from ASOS, Topshop and even Kohl’s!

LACE UP FLATS

shop budget friendly lace up flats:

1. blue laced up flats ($51) / 2. snake lace ups flats ($51) / 3. black lace up flats ($45) / 4. leopard lace up flats ($45) / 5. snake skin lace ups ($45) / 6. red lace up flats ($45) / 7. gold heeled lace ups ($24) / 8. black lace up flats ($51) / 9. purple suede lace ups ($20)

Hats off to the Royal Ascot

For those of you not familiar with the Royal Ascot, it’s an annual horserace in the UK where the attendees might not be able to tell you who won the race, but they can tell you who designed Kate Middleton’s dress. This race dates all the way back to 1711 and some of the dress code requirements do as well! Don’t even thinking about baring your midriff or showing your knees. And hats are not only worn to make a fashion statement, they are actually required (at least 4 inches wide!). And for my homegirls in the US… the hats worn at this social event of the season put the Kentucky Derby to shame.

Royal Ascot Hats

photo: skytravelexecutives.com

Farfetch put me up to the challenge of finding the perfect head-to-toe look for the upcoming Royal Ascot Race and I have been having a blast with it. I have three pieces of advice when styling a look for an event like this. (1) When an outfit is all about the accessory, start there! (2) Find the right balance of classic and trend, not costume (3) Even if there’s a dress code, don’t take it too seriously.

Have fun with it! If you feel comfortable and love your look, your confidence will give you all the swagger you need! My whole look started with this beautiful hat. The wood, burlap and floral details look like inspiration pulled right from my wedding tablescape! When I saw this hat, it immediately pulled at my heartstrings and I knew it was the one to build my look off of. Picking a dress wasn’t as easy, but I have been seriously obsessed with gingham lately. I have been scouring the streets for the perfect gingham midi skirt so once I saw this Oscar De La Renta masterpiece, my search was over. To compliment my feminine, spring look I opted for shoes that were basically made for this ensemble, Charlotte Olympia’s blue suede pumps. (and to be honest I’ve always wanted a pair of blue suede shoes!) Last but not least, I finished my look with a dainty gold bracelet and clutch. Too bad I won’t be in the UK for the race because I would totally rock this look! I hope you guys enjoy my look for the Royal Ascot, make sure to shop the links below and share your favorites in the comments!

Farfetch Royal Ascot Look

shop my royal ascot look at farfetch:

flower hat / gingham dressgold clutch / sea star bracelet / blue flowered pumps

Top Summer Shoe Trends | 2015

Get excited girls, my ultimate guide to summer shoe trends is here! This summer is all about fringe, lace-up ankle straps, espadrilles, metallics and more!

I pulled together some fabulous (and super budget friendly) options that fall into each of summer’s top four trends! A few of my favorites are Old Navy’s Tie Gladiators, Target’s Embellished Footbeds, Forever 21’s Crochet Espadrilles and H&M’s Floral Platforms. As you are shopping, you will probably notice a lot of the styles fall into more than one trend, covering all your bases! (crochet + espadrilles = dreamy!) And the best part of all is the price tags on these picks! They are all priced under $45- now that’s a trend I can get behind! Happy shopping and share your favorites in the comments below!

Summer Shoe Trends | 2015

 

shop summer shoe trends:

Slip-On Sandals: Embellished Footbeds ($45) / White Slides ($13) / Pink Criss-Cross ($18) / Buckle Slides ($25) / Metallic Slides ($13)

Ties & Tassels: Coral Tassels ($23) / Tie Gladiators ($25) / Fringe Sandals ($25) / Ankle Fringe Gladiators ($40) / Black Tassel Heels ($50) / Tassel Top Sandals ($20)

Print & Textures: Hurache Flats ($14) / Striped Espadrilles ($18) / Leopard Lace-ups ($15) / Tropical Espadrilles ($25) / Crochet Espadrilles ($18) / Floral Platforms ($35)

Espadrilles: Wedge Espadrilles ($33) / Canvas Flatforms ($30) / Ankle Strap Espadrilles ($20) / White Lace-ups ($16) / Black Ankle Tie Espadrilles ($18)

Hot Pink Pumps at the Palace

I grabbed these hot pink suede pumps off the clearance rack at Old Navy about a month ago and have been dying to wear them. Not only did I get a great deal, but also the heel height isn’t too high so they are easy to wear anywhere and they have a girly element to them that I just couldn’t resist.

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This weekend I paired these hot pink suede pumps with my favorite Forever 21 skirt and moto jacket. There is nothing that makes me feel more like a princess than this airy organza midi skirt and pink heel combo! I had so much fun twirling around while we were shooting… unfortunately none of those action shots turned out, but I think the tourists at the Palace of Fine Arts got a good laugh!

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I accessorized this feminine look with this edgy Perry Street necklace I got from Rocksbox. This bib necklace makes a statement and I think it looks great layered on top of this Hi-Neck Tank from Old Navy. This tank is a must-have for any girl with a collection of statement necklaces. It’s only $12 and is super soft, I’m headed back to Old Navy for additional colors!

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shop pink pumps at the palace:

Forever 21 Moto Jacket- similar here ($40) and here ($38) / Old Navy Drapey Hi-Neck Tank ($12) / Forever 21 Embroidered Organza Skirt ($25) /Perry Street Amelie Crystal Necklace ($72) via Rocksbox / Pink Pumps- similar H&M ($60) and Chinese Laundry ($48) / Cleopatra Brooke Clutch- similar Shopbop ($100) and Rebecca Minkoff ($95) / kate spade Ursula Sunnies ($165)

Spring Shoe Trends | 2015

I’m back! Sorry for my unexpected hiatus! I’ve been under the weather and traveling for the past few weeks and I’m finally back home and healthy (almost)!

Anyways, today is all about spring shoe trends. We are well into February and it’s about this time of year that I start to get antsy for spring! I am dying to go get a fresh pedicure and prance around town in some new, fun, spring forward shoes!

This year I’m gravitating toward metallics, bright prints and detailed neutrals. What are my absolute must haves for spring?

  1. Espadrilles- go for an easy neutral pair or a wild printed pair! (or both!!)
  2. Embellished Sandals- these glitter and rhinestone sandals from Target are completely necessary!
  3. Fun Heels- either iridescent or fringed, there’s no going wrong here!

Take a look at what I’m shopping for below and leave a comment with your must have shoe choices!

SPRING SHOE TRENDS | 2015

 

Audrey Brooke Sire Pump ($50) / Target Cap Toe Espadrille ($20) / Topshop Ankle Strap Flat ($24) / BCBG Reptile Pump ($60) / LC Lauren Conrad Peep Toe Pump ($60) / Target Embellished Sandals ($20) / Kenneth Cole Leopard Espadrille ($80) / Target Gold Criss-Cross Sandals ($20) / Jennifer Lopez Studded Heels ($68) / Lauren Conrad Scallop Flats ($40) / Ted Baker Pointy Toe Flats ($75) / Target Heeled Mules ($30) / Privileged Verge Iridescent Pump ($55) / Steve Madden Colorblock Strappy Sandals ($60) / Target Gold Glitter Sandals ($20) / Steve Madden Fringe Pump ($80)

Valentino Rockstud | Look for Less

There’s one pair of heels that will always be on my wishlist, that’s the Valentino Rockstud Pumps! There’s two reasons for that… 1- these pumps are amazing and will always be in style and 2- they will stay on my wishlist because they are WAY out of my price range!

Valentino makes several variations of the Rockstud- kitten heels, T-strap, flats and many more! Each is amazing in it’s own way, but they run almost $1,000 each! Since I’m not going to be able to afford these anytime soon, I’ve been scouring the internet for a Rockstud look for less. Luckily I’ve found a few great alternatives!

The options below range from $18 to the REAL Valentino’s at $995. Can you spot the real Valentino Rockstuds? If not, each style (and price) is listed right below the collage. I’m personally partial to LuLu’s $34 version. Share your favorite in the comments below!

Valentino Rockstud Look for Less

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DSW BCBGeneration Darron Pump ($70) / Ci Ci Hot Black Heels ($36) / Akira Hot Pink Studded Heels ($35) / Jessica Buurman CARA Studded Heels ($129) / THE Valentino Rockstud Pump ($995) / SheInside White Studded Flats ($77) / THE Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Pump ($995) / Light in the Box Nude Studded Heels ($18) / LuLu’s Red Studded Heels ($34) / GoJane Black Studded Sparkle Heels ($24) / John Lewis Leopard Dune Daveney Heels ($85)

Fall Flats | Oxford Chic

I am fully embracing the flat trend this fall. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my heels, but some mornings it’s just a little easier to walk to work in flats.

One of my favorite flat trends right now is taken right from the men’s department, lace-up oxfords! But these flats are anything but manly- pastel, leopard, polka dots and sparkles are just a few ways to add a feminine touch to oxfords. I think the metallic pairs are a ton of fun, I snagged these Naya Tahlia Metallic Oxfords from Hautelook a few months ago and have been getting a ton of milage out of them, check them out in my Mint Tweed post!

Below, I pulled together some of my favorite fun oxfords for fall. I am obsessed with both the leopard pair and the gold striped pair!

Fall Flats- Oxford Chic

Luichiny Leopard Oxfords ($60) / Madonna Studded Oxfords ($60)

Dr. Scholl’s Polka Dot Oxfords ($40) / Crown Vintage Cut-Out Oxfords ($40)

Forever 21 Faux Patent Oxfords ($30) / Audrey Brooke Blue Suede Oxfords ($60)

Rollie Derby Gold Stripe Oxfords ($50) / Rollie Derby Rainbow Oxford ($55)

TOMS Silver Metallic Leather Oxfords ($120) / TOMS Wool Oxfords ($50)