I’m heading to NYC shortly for some business meetings and obviously, that requires some adjustments to my wardrobe. Overall, I try to pull together outfits that are a bit more polished, and recently, headed over to Coach for some accessory inspiration (er, window shopping?).
The Evie heel in black is SO incredibly perfect to throw on for meetings (I have to be in flats otherwise since I’ll be walking all over the city in between). They strike the perfect balance between edgy and professional. I can throw them on with a blazer and dark skinny jeans to look put together without too much effort. Now onto bags…
This is where it becomes a bit more difficult. I’ve been obsessing over the leather Brooke bag for months now and still think it would make a fantastic addition to my closet (especially in the Camel or Black hues for versatility). I also like the Peyton Woven Large Leather Tote in Natural, which is a fab texture/color for spring but still big enough to carry everything I need. From the Kristin collection, there’s also the Embossed Exotic Large Tote for day and the Leather Clutch (maybe in gold?) for night.
Which would be my favorite? I think it might be the Kristin tote or the leather Brooke bag. Sadly, none of these are in my budget at the moment so I’ll just have to make do with what I have…
OK, this is a true story: before this year (when Sara wrote about her Torino Boots), I’ve never even HEARD of Sorel. But after seeing a couple of my fashionable friends rocking these totally cute, totally stylish yet warm and functional looking boots around the New York blizzards, I just had to know (and had to have) what they were. And this is how I learned about the brand that made all my winter dreams come true- Sorel, creators of a truly function marries fashion (and frankly, reasonably priced) line of waterproof boots that we’ve all been searching for.
Just browsing through the Women’s Section is enough to make me want to buy them all. If you are the “boots with the fur” type, the Joan of Arctic is one of the cutest styles I’ve come across in a long time. You can tuck it over jeans to showcase your style as you gleefully and carelessly step into every puddle on the streets. If you love a little color in your accessories, try the Tivoli which is a no hassle, urban style- and probably the only shoe that inspires me to want to wear some green and pink on my feet. (more…)
I was recently introduced to a shoe brand called Modern Vintage, and totally am in love with several styles right now! Plus, they are seriously comfy. The past few days have been mostly gloomy, and I seriously wish I had more boots in my closet. Modern Vintage has some great ones; here a couple favorites from styles currently available:
- The Benta Boot – A fabulous classic riding boot that will never go out of style. I quite like the buckle detailing. It’s perfect for skinny jeans!
- The Vanessa Bootie - Can a bootie be more perfect? A foldover cuff with stiching makes this one special. Pair it with a mini and tights!
- Bonus! The Kassandra Sandal – I couldn’t help but include this one since I’m seriously coveting it. A gladiator sandal in soft pink and gold is ideal for warmer weather.
Which styles are your favorite? Check it out at ShopModernVintage.com.
Sometimes the littlest things in life make me so happy. Things as little as a new pair of socks! After buying a fantastic new pair of running shoes at Marathon Sports, the salesperson suggested I try out a pair of Balega running socks. Located in South Africa, Balega means “to move with speed” in Zulu, which seems appropriate for a company that only manufactures running socks! Sure, I’ve always worn athletic socks when running, but I honestly had no idea socks specific to running even existed!
What I initially noticed about my Lady Ventilator‘s was the softness and flexibility of the fabric, yet were able to give my arches the extra support they need. I absolutely hate when my sock “fall down” by the heel, but these have an extra-deep heel that prevents sock slippage. Finally, and the best part, is that my socks weren’t drenched after a seven mile run. Particularly on longer runs, wet socks are no fun, but the “dynamic moisture management” system in combination with the mesh fabric allowed my feet to breath! Honestly, my new Balega’s, in combination with a new pair of Nike Air Max Moto+ (appropriate for my diagnosed wide, flat, and flexible feet) have allowed me to have the most comfortable and longest runs of my life!
New gym clothes, shoes, or even socks are always a great motivator for me to get to the gym and continue living a (semi) healthy lifestyle! If you’re a runner, I urge you to give these socks a try. And if you live in Boston, head to Marathon Sports for all your running needs. These people know feet and will prescribe you with the best sneakers, socks, and running gear to get the best out of your workouts!
In my mind, “fashionable snow boots” are a huge oxymoron. How can anyone look even remotely fashionable while trudging through snow and sub-zero temps? Well, you can flip through Vogue and see the latest ad campaign by Sorel, which pairs city scenes, night-out clothing, and snow boots to create the hottest new trend in winter boots. As an ex-Ugg loyalist, I’ve found the best solution to my snow-boot woes: Torino Boots by Sorel.
After the first blizzard of the season here in Boston, I can say for certain that my Sorel’s were one of the best purchases I’ve made this season. At $95, not only are the boots reasonably priced and super cute, but kept my feet toasty and cozy while trudging through snowbanks and slippery sidewalks (they’re completely waterproof with full fleece lining). While they are shorter variety of snowboots, one can easily layer funky knit legwarmers over their pants or leggings for additional warmth.
For my birthday this year, I was determined to splurge and finally purchase the holy grail of footwear: a Christian Louboutin shoe. I’ve lusted after a pair ever since I saw the elongating effects of the hidden platform, that skinny pindrop heel, and wanted to become a member of the red-soled troops of fashionistas that I so frequently saw during New York Fashion Week. So finally on August 6th, I made my way to Saks, and requested to try on my first pair: the 5 inch Patent Pump.
In addition to the obvious aesthetic effects, I’ve heard many things about the fit and comfort of his shoes. “So comfortable I could run in them all day!” I remembered a starlet trilling about in a weekly magazine, “The hidden platform is the secret!” With anticipation, I expectantly slid my foot into the shoe, and stood up, expecting to feel air on my feet, and that magical feeling you get when you are wearing a great shoe–the feeling of nothingness and lightness. Unfortunately, I felt something and it wasn’t very comfortable–the shoe felt stiff and rigid and my feet felt piched and tight. I feel this a lot when I wear heels of a high height, thanks to a wide foot and high arches, but had hoped that Louboutins would be different. (more…)
This winter, I’m making a resolution that I should have long made: I’m putting down the Ugg. I have to admit that I’ve never found the Ugg to be Ugg-ly, but have found them cute since the beginning. I’ve faithfully loved my beloved Uggs through 6 winters now, beginning in College, and have gone through 2 pairs. One Sand, one Chestnut pair, have survived through the various cold weather conditions: the 26.9 inch New York City snow blizzard of 1996, the snow slopes of Vail, Colorado, and the assorted various flurries and gray-slate melty slush puddles that are all over NYC sidewalks in Winter.
My Australian friends were appalled that Americans like me wore their Uggs everywhere, because they wear them specifically for beaches and after surfing, since they wick away moisture and water. I’ve loved them for their pillowy comfiness (is there anything softer than that sheepswool?) Unfortunately, there are 2 big problems with using the Ugg as a winter snow boot. 1. The boots aren’t exactly waterproof, so occasionally, my toes wound up ice cold after accidentally stepping into a snow bank. 2. As they weren’t designed for snow, the sidewalk salt and snow ruin the soft sheepskin.
This winter, I’m determined to find other cute, cold weather boots and I’ve found my top picks below: (more…)