Friday, November 16, 2012

Fashion Rx: Your weekly dose of what to wear!

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and whether you're dining with friends or family this year you know you're looking forward to turkey and pie.  Of course such a meal does not lend itself well to skinny jeans, or uber fitted silhouettes.  The key is finding something comfortable and still looking pulled together. How can you pull this off?

The Cure: Sweater dress Savior

This year look chic and cozy in a simple sweater dress.  Accessorize with a festive scarf and simple jewelry and pair the sweater with a classic pair of riding boots.  It's just enough without being too much.  Hmm just enough but not too much, something to also keep in mind when filling your plate too!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fantasy Fashion Becomes Reality

Rich, grained calfskin leather, rounded toe, minimalist chic, all with a 3 inch wedge heel...sounds like the perfect bootie that can easily transition from day to night! Of course I'm describing Lanvin's wedge ankle boot, but the $850 price tag makes them far from perfect.
Lanvin


Lucky for you, I could also be describing the "Lexy" by Corso Como. Sleek and stylish with a round toe and rich coffee hued leather, but with a 4 inch wedge for a little extra lift. What's even luckier is that they are only $142! Now that's what I call perfect!
Corso Como


Monday, November 12, 2012

Blazing Blues

While you may be used to red as THE statement making color, blues are coming out in full force. Lapis is a hue with a bright, stunning electricity that is sure to shock a few.

This is a great color for color-blocking, keep in mind the blue/black trend, or for wearing solo.  It plays well with neutrals, and brights like oranges and reds.  So instead of turning up the heat in a blazing red number, play it cool with a striking streak of blue.

Friday, November 9, 2012

SALE!


Fashion Rx: Your weekly dose of what to wear!

The calendar still says fall but it feels an awful lot like winter outside so, maybe you're planning a weekend curled up in front of a fire watching movies and football with your love.  If that's the case, not leaving the house in not an excuse for not making an effort.  You can be cute and comfy just incase there is a need to run out for take-out or a last minute change in plans!

The Cure: Luxe Lounge

In these cases I feel like simple black leggings are a great way to start, this basic is comfortable, practical, and can easily adapt to any situation.  On top, layer a patterned blanket sweater over a silk cami and pair the outfit with a cute pair of moccasins or ballet flats.  With a cami and leggings as your base you can always switch out the shoes and sweater easily to fit wherever you might find yourself.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fantasy Fashion Becomes Reality

Do you have booties on the brain? Black ankle booties? Black, platform, ankle booties with buckle details?  I guess you know what's on my brain!  It's hard to resist the stunning statement appeal of Burberry Prorsum's leather ankle boots.  With a five inch stilettlo heel and one inch platforms this sleek and sophisticated pair gets any fashionista's stamp of approval.  The only thing not hard to resist is the $795 sticker.
Burberry Prorsum

Thankfully Sam Edelman has an equally statement worthy sidekick!  This bootie has a four and a half inch heel with a one inch platform and what it lacks in height it makes up for in details with dual buckles at the collar.  The price is just right at only $148.  Stamp of approval?  SOLD!
Sam Edelman

Monday, November 5, 2012

All-American Ode

Sportsmanship has taken on a different tone this season with influences from All-American hunting style taking the stage.  According to Haper's Bazaar,
"The Fair Isle sweaters, tweeds and knits of American heritage brands got the high-fashion treatment on fall’s runways. From hunting-gear reds and oranges at Rodarte and Michael Kors to earthy hues built for blending into the wilderness — but standing out on the streets — at Wang and Ralph Lauren, fashion girls are getting a lesson in the great outdoors."

Wear a little bit or a lot, mix your plaid with tweed, add cable knit if you so choose.  Keep the color palette earthy and be sure not to forget your riding boots!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fashion Rx: Your weekly dose of what to wear!

We are well into fall and football season now that November has arrived.  What are you wearing to the game this weekend???

The Cure: Tasteful Tailgate

While some show school spirit with painted faces and crazy wigs, your style philosophy is a bit more refined.  It is totally possible to present your pride without painting any part of your body.  Choose one item that clearly states who you are rooting for, your best bet is probably a fitted tee.  Pair it with dark wash skinny jeans, knee high boots and layer over it with a fitted, solid colored blazer. If you're feeling a bit more spirited, accessorize with a scarf in the appropriate colors. Voila, team spirit and tastefully so.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fantasy Fashion Becomes Reality

Holiday adds have already started and it's not even Thanksgiving, have you started your shopping?  Maybe at this point you are more involved with those little things you get for yourself, like your holiday wardrobe, in which case I have the perfect party shoes for you! This shimmery and shiny glitter peep-toe platform adds the perfect pinch of pizazz to any holiday ensemble and they can be yours for only $745!
Jimmy Choo


Like the look, but don't like the price?!? Perhaps an alternative, the "Stilla" pump from Madeline girl packs the same punch at a fraction of the cost.  At only $88 you will still steal the show in this sequined platform peep-toe!
Madeline Girl

Monday, October 29, 2012

Black and Blue

How many times have you been warned against wearing black and blue together? Major fashion faux pas right?  Well this year designers from Carolina Herrara to Marc Jacobs decided to challenge that notion.


This is apparently the "it" color combo of the season.  Seen used together in stripes and patterns.  Try color-blocking with the two shades, or create an entirely new work uniform by layering the two together.  Black layered under navy is really a striking combination.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sale Before the Storm!


20% off storewide at both locations, and some yummy autumn cocktails here in Fells! Get your shoe fix before the Frankenstorm strikes!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fashion Rx: Your weekly dose of what to wear!

So you have another cocktail event to attend and quite frankly you are getting a little bored with your go to little black dress.  No matter how many times you revamp it, you're ready to leave it in the closet for a bit.  So what do you wear instead?

The Cure: Cocktail Couture


With the opulence in fashion so present this season it's easy to ditch the lbd and got for something totally different.  Find a pair of brocade patterned pants and let them be your statement for the evening.  Pair them with a solid peplum top, party shoes and metallic accessories.  You'll be sure to standout and for all the right reasons!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Fantasy Fashion Becomes Reality

You may have noticed the more opulent pieces of the season with Baroque period influences invading the runways.  Characterized by drama and grandeur in both style and structure, these are pieces that are meant to stand out and make a statement.  Why not make such a statement with your shoes.  Miu Miu's Velvet Bow Peep-toe Pump in black suede with a golden back zipper with suede tassel has just the right amount of "over the top" essence to bring baroque to your look.  Of course it also comes with an "over the top" price at $750.
Miu Miu


If you want to tone down the opulence consider the Wessex Cross from Indigo by Clarks.  This closed toe version subtracts the bow and the back zipper but subtly echoes the essence of the Miu Miu shoe with the cuffed heel. The best part, they are only $124!  What a great way to have and "over the top" look without an "over the top" price!
Indigo by Clarks

Monday, October 22, 2012

Burgundy...the new Black

Well if you haven't heard it already, this season burgundy/oxblood is the new black!  This deep, rich, red hue took the runways by storm with designers from Jason Wu, to Tory Burch embracing the impact of this shade! According to Elle magazine,
"And it's official: The color of the season is seductive oxblood. More cerebrally sensual than its tarty firetruck-red cousin, the muddied burgundy works as a statement accessory or wear-everywhere pieces."

Wear a little, wear a lot, pair it with black or other neutrals, heck it's the new neutral itself! No matter how you do to it adding this riff of red to your wardrobe this season is a fashion

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fashion Rx: Your weekly dose of what to wear!

You're heading out for a day of running around, maybe you'll hit the farmer's market, maybe you're going to pick pumpkins, whatever it is, you're tired of the typical jeans and t-shirt look and want to spruce your outfit up a little, but still be comfortable.

The Cure: Errands Ease

A skirt can be just as comfortable as your favorite pair of denim, but kicks your look up a notch.  The boho look of this skirt hits a laid back, but not lying down note, while the fatigue jacket gives you something light and practical to cover up in. Throw on some fringe boots to keep the boho vibe going and if it's cooler than you expect you can always add a pair of tights!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fantasy Fashion Becomes Reality

Well ladies, I'm pretty sure by now you've noticed that even sneakers have gotten a makeover this season.  Some pretty popular people are parading around in lace-ups that have heels! From Kate Bosworth to Beyonce, these shoes are taking over.  Should we be surprised? The jury is still out on that one, but what I can tell you is here you have a look that gives you the comfort of a sneaker, but the style and height of a heel.  If you're going to give them a try, only the best will do right? Prada's suede, lace-up wedge sneaker is the perfect way to kick off this trend, they're only $550.
Prada

I'm obviously kidding, I would never suggest spending so much on an item that may or may not survive the test of time. But for now this trend is tops so if you want to give it a go might I suggest the "Angie" from Miz Mooz.  This lace-up, leather wedge sneaker is streamlined and sexy and coming from Miz Mooz you know it's going to be comfortable.  At just $149 test out the trend and have some fun!
Miz Mooz

Monday, October 15, 2012

Winter Whites

Just because it's after Labor Day doesn't mean wearing white is off the table until Memorial Day, back again this season is a strong dose of Winter Whites!  According to InStyle,
"Practical it's not, but the layering of parchment to oyster to cream looks so appealing and cozy, even more so long after the summer sun sets.Practical it's not, but the layering of parchment to oyster to cream looks so appealing and cozy, even more so long after the summer sun sets."

Being too matchy matchy is frowned upon, appreciate the different shades and hues of this pigment lacking option.  Experiment with rich fabrics and textures and avoid white tights at all costs.  Winter is a wonderland, celebrate it with your wardrobe!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fashion Rx: Your weekly dose of what to wear!

So I'm piggybacking off of Wednesday's column a bit to show you just how easy it is to steal star style at a fraction of the cost.  In fact you probably already have these pieces floating around in your closet!
Let's break it down...

The Cure: Emulate Emma
Emma has taken the layering approach to pull this outfit off, so let's start with a foundation of dark rinse skinny jeans and a simple gray tank.  On top of that, since it's fall, lets add a plaid button down shirt.  Thanks to her accessories Emma hardly looks like a mountain man, so pick up those Sam Edelman ankle boots because anything else may push the look in that direction.  She then adds a neutral satchel and black wool coat to finish and polish the outfit.  It's simple and chic, and laid back all in one!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fantasy Fashion Becomes Reality

Emma Stone has been found on a number of "best dressed" lists and not to anyone's surprise. From  her laid back/put together day to day style, to stunning on the red carpet, she knows what works for her.  Here she's rocking a great pair of ankle boots with skinny jeans and layers a black trench over a plaid button down over a grey top, it's easy, effortless, and totally Emma.

Photo Courtesy of People.com

Wanna steal her style? While it's possible Emma's ankle boots might bust your budget, Sam Edelman's  "Petty" won't break the bank! This putty suede colored ankle boot, with side zip closure, can easily make an outfit sleek or sexy and take you from day to night.  For only $130, they are the expert way to emulate star style!
Sam Edelman

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pretty in Pink

Pink isn't just for spring anymore, according to InStyle, "this flattering tint lends an airiness to fall's heavy, structured fabrics."
Pair with metallics or neutrals for a light look, consider contrasting with dark blues for juxtaposition  or teal for a pop of color. Stick to flowy fabrics to continue that light airy feel. To keep from looking too sugary sweet select refined pieces and edgy accessories

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fashion Rx: Your weekly dose of what to wear!

The time has come to start boxing up your cute summer clothes for the season, sigh.  Are you having just as hard a time with it as I am?!? Well maybe, just maybe we don't have to pack everything away just yet.

The Cure: Maxed out Maxi

The great thing about maxi dresses is that they're long, potentially extending their lifespan, layering isn't just for t-shirts and sweaters after all.  So long as your dresses are neutrals, or colors that transition well to fall you're good to go.  Find a great, cropped leather jacket, motorcycle or other style to layer over your maxi. Loose the sandals and opt of a heeled ankle boot.  The boots and jacket add edge that contrasts well with a flowing maxi, giving you a feminine but feisty on trend look.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fantasy Fashion Becomes Reality

No fall shoe collection would be complete without a classic pair of mary-janes and there is no other perfect pair than the Campari from Manolo Blahnik! The pointy-toed pump with tonal grossgrain trim is the perfection of perfect for fall footwear, it's only flaw the $645 price.  Ok so maybe not so perfect.
Manolo Blahnik
However, if you love the silhouette of this shoe and want to kick it up a notch in the style department you might consider the Case Leopard print Mary Janes from Pour la Victoire.  The leopard print calf hair is trimmed with contrasting leather while the shoe exudes the superior styling with the same pointy-toed, slim silhouette.  They're a steal at only $250, you could buy two pairs for the price of one Manolo!
Pour la Victoire


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Monday, October 1, 2012

Do Your Fashion Duty

What do uniforms, utility, and unwavering stamina have in common? A fall comeback! Hilfiger, Burberry, and Ferragamo have all embraced a nod to utilitarian style.  According to InStyle,
"The hallmarks of sharp tailoring, a dash of androgyny, and the buttoned-up air of danger result in a formidable balance of eyes-right polish and unspoken tease that's hard to conquer. "
It's important to note that in pulling off this trend balance is beneficial.  With such strict lines and conforming silhouettes a feminine frill will soften the look.  

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fashion Rx: Your weekly dose of what to wear!

So you have all of your basics for this fall but you know there is something missing, something that will add that perfect little pop, something a little bit daring!  Now is the time to introduce a new trend sweeping the streets.

The Cure: Daring Denim
Last spring we saw a flourish of floral denim take off, but now that it's fall, floral seems out of place.  Not to worry, there are plenty of pairs of patterned denim to choose from.  Take this look for example, simple white tank, cropped gray jacket, and blue leopard skinny denim, the perfect pop! If blue leopard is a bit much for you there are lots of options out there for you. Find what works for your wardrobe!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fantasy Fashion Becomes Reality

Hello Moto, yes a slight motorcycle edge contrasted with a full, feminine skirt is a look that is still on trend these days.  So what is a better way to add that edge than with a pair of Maison Martin Margiela Line 22 Distressed Motorcycle boots? The distressed suede gives them that "already broken in" look, while the classic harness in silver-tone rings and studs adds that little touch of "kick-ass" edge everyone looks for.  What everyone doesn't look for is the $855 price tag.

Of course if you're willing to spend a little more than normal and invest in a classic edgy boot I would recommend the Frye Harness ankle boot.  This built-to-last classic is made with sturdy leather and comes complete with a fixed harness accent.  This is a choice that won't steer you wrong, and at just $220 it's a bargain compared to it's competitor!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Bejeweled Blitz

Even the most modest fashionista's love a little sparkle now and then. Glints from gems certainly have a way of bringing out a special glow.  Designers like Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, and Dior have caught on to the power the sprinkle of glitz and glam can have and incorporated strategically placed shimmer and shine into their fall collections. What makes this look so great? According to InStyle,
"Marked more by resplendence than flash (sequins play only a minor role), these pieces make over-the-top brilliance come alive. It's an elegant, intentionally baroque look. "

Can it be pulled off during the day or is this a trend tailored to evening wear? It can be done both ways, but looks best with the bejeweled piece as a standout and the rest of the look restrained.  No need for accessories as the clothes sparkle on their own.  My advice, the more adorned the look, the later in the evening it should be worn.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fashion Rx: Your weekly dose of what to wear!

So you want to make a statement, but you typically stick to blending in.  I'm going to suggest something that may put you outside your comfort zone, but go big or go home!

The Cure: Walk on the Wild Side!
Pinterest inspired me this week with the leopard print trench! I know it's a bold move, but don't forget that animal print is really a neutral! Use this one piece to heighten any basic style, for this look the trench is paired with boyfriend jeans, and a chambray button down layered under a black v-neck sweater.  I've decided to add a pop of color with these Korkease pumps, but you can stick with a neutral if you feel more comfortable.  Dare to be daring and turn some heads this season!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fantasy Fashion Becomes Reality

With boot season just within our grasp now is the time to make sure you have the must haves for the season.  One boot you should not live without is the simple, classic, ankle boot.  Christian Louboutin's Rock and Gold suede ankle boot could be the be it and end all of ankle boots.  With rounded toe, side zip, and covered block heel this boot will go with just about everything in your wardrobe, of course the $1095 price might not work so well with your budget.
Christian Louboutin

Of course we always have a more affordable, quality option.  Banish the idea of Louboutin from your mind and start thinking about the Selina from Sam Edelman.  This rounded toe, suede boot with side zip and covered block heel are sure to fulfill your need for a classic ankle boot and will keep your right on budget at only $130.
Sam Edelman

Monday, September 17, 2012

Accentuating Assets

Evening and cocktail wear is turning corners this season with curve conscious  seams and silhouettes.  Why is this style a fall fave? According to InStyle,
"It's the only fall trend that indulges in sexiness. These dresses also flatter and slim most figures—even when they fit close to the body—because of the well-placed seams and graphic lines. "

Find dresses with inserts and cuts that trace that ideal hourglass shape of the body and let the dress do the work for you.  When wearing a piece with such precision and structure avoid going overboard with color and stick to the basics.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Fashion Rx: Your weekly dose of what to wear!

Everyone talks about the importance of "dressing for success", but from what I can gather it means a simply professional, buttoned up look while at the office.  I'm all for presenting yourself appropriately in the workplace, but isn't it possible to dress for success and style?

The Cure: Successfully Stylish

A simple, professional look may start off with a well tailored pair of black plants and a white button down oxford, but leaving it at that is just so boring.  Consider layering a turtleneck under your oxford as the temperatures cool down, or layering on top with a faux-fur trimmed vest, or both, keeping in a neutral palette.  Give your outfit some style and set yourself apart with an animal print loafer and a shock of color with a red handbag (red is a power color of course).  You still present a professional look but have personalized it.  This outfit not only says professional, but also that you're well put together!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fantasy Fashion Becomes Reality

Menswear influences are taking center stage again this year in shoe trends.  You love the oxford look but would prefer it with some height.  See if these work for you, Bottega Veneta's Platform Oxford Pump. This lace up oxford pump gives menswear a feminine edge with a pointed toe and paneled details on the sides. This shoe will also give you a run for your money at $890.
Bottega Veneta

If that is, of course, way more than you want to spend consider the "Farris" from Miz Mooz.  This lace up, platform oxford, comes complete with a delicate perforated design on the toe and hidden platform.  It's perfect to pair with anything from pants, to skirts with tights.  The best part is, it's only $143.
Miz Mooz


Monday, September 10, 2012

Street Smarts

A sporty, modern, edge has been utilized by designers from Lacoste, Reed Krakoff, Proenza Shouler, and Alexander Wang this season, but what is it about this very stylized look that makes it lovable?  According to InStyle,
"It is a sleek look in technologically innovative materials and has a sophistication that's derived from athletic gear, sci-fi and spring's minimalist bend. "

Hmmm, sounds like it could be a little "out there" in terms of ready to wear, but you can incorporate this into what you already own.  Find one modernist piece that you can't live without and pair it with basics you already own.  Stick with clean lines and simple silhouettes and you'll be sporting this trend with ease.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Fashion Rx: Your weekly dose of what to wear!

It's back to school time, do you know what you're wearing the first day? You've had the last few weeks to start shopping and organizing your new fall duds, but which will make the best first impression? You want a look that says "I'm fun and flirty, but with a little bit of fortitude", here's how to get that look!

The Cure: Coquettishly Cutting-edge

Simple and sweet with a pinch of spunk will help you pull off the perfect first impression.  Start with a full, bouncy mini skirt, pattern or texture will increase interest. Pair with a neutral blouse that has a little something extra, in this case a contrasting peter pan collar adds a touch of coyness.  Finish the look with an edgy pair of ankle boots to counter the girly with grit and you have a brilliantly balanced back to school get-up!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fantasy Fashion Becomes Reality

Strut your stuff this season in colored croc, one of fall's hottest shoe trends! These Christian Louboutin Croc Simple pumps are the epitome of style and sophistication with a thick 4 inch heel, round toe, and purple crocodile leather. They retail for $4645.  YIKES! That will certainly take a crocodile sized bite out of your budget.
On a more affordable level are the Corso Como Metro Chunky heel.  With printed snakeskin leather, and colorful, contrasting, chunky wooden heel, these shoes take reptile to a whole new level, and you don't have to be in a different tax bracket to afford them.  At just $134 you can rock your reptile and set yourself apart from the pack.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Black and Gold

Gold is back again this fall and this time it has teamed up with black to make a stunning statement in fall fashion.  According to InStyle,
"Achieving high-def depth with brocade, foil, leaf, sequins and embossed surfaces, black-and-gold alchemizes Renaissance, hippie, Asian, and modernist influences in spectacular ways."
In order to pull off this look, let gold take center stage, but maintain exclusivity with the color black as its only partner. No need to accessorize this look as the gold shines enough on its own and try to stick with just one standout piece that can take you all the way through the holidays!

Fashion Rx: Your weekly dose of what to wear!

Lately I've been pondering what things should and should not be worn outside of home and the first thing that comes to mind are sweats.  Gone are the days where I felt it was ok to roll out of bed, throw on a pair of sweatpants, and make my way to class.  While they are still perfect for a trip to the gym or curling up with a pint of Ben and Jerry's post break up, they do not have any redeeming stylish qualities...or do they?

The Cure: Styling Sweats

Designers and stylists are utilizing this knit to construct silhouettes that flatter, like this adorable dress! Perfect for running around town for quick errands or a comfy, casual, cool look, this is a piece that you can use all fall long!  Keep your legs bare and pair with a cute pair of patterned flats with the temperatures are still mild, but then layer over leggings and add your favorite boots as the temperatures get cooler.  With this sweet little number you'll never look like you just rolled out of bed!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fantasy Fashion Becomes Reality

Thinking about rocking this season's gold trend from head to toe? If so you need a killer pair of shoes, something different, something out of the box.  Rochas has a gorge slip-on driving loafer with a rounded toe and metallic sheen.  This shoe will set you apart from the crowd, it will also set off your budget at $450.
Rochas

Of course there is always the Calabash loafer from Fossil that is both dapper and dazzling at the same time.  Same rounded toe, slip-on style, but with sparkle instead of sheen and a $98 sticker. Go for the gold in a pair that makes both you and your wallet happy!

Fossil