Dating // November 3, 2014

Whether you’re a high-heel shoe collector like myself, or an all sneakers all the time kind of Made Woman, you know that footwear can make an outfit. It may be difficult to determine what shoes to wear out on a date, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing for the date --- but don’t worry! I’ve planned many an ensemble around my shoes and when it comes to finding the perfect pair for a potentially perfect mate, here are my suggestions for what to wear:


Dinner Date 

Ah, yes. Nothing is better than getting wined and dined. Depending on where you’re going for dinner, your shoes can vary in fanciness. I’d go with something that has a medium to high heel since you won’t be walking a lot.

I suggest this Steve Madden animal print heel. The heel is 4 inches, but the design will go with everything, especially that little black dress (or red, or cobalt blue) you should be wearing to dinner. For just $85 you will definitely be getting your money’s worth, because these are shoes you can wear over and over again.

Movie Date

While you are sitting for two plus hours in a movie, keep in mind that you sometimes have to climb rows upon rows and step over people in the dark. Therefore, I recommend a not so high heel for a trip to the cinema.

Right now, menswear-inspired shoes are having a moment. Stay on-trend with these buckled beauties from Sam Edelman for $180. Pair them with cuffed jeans or a short skirt for an edgier look that you can still walk in.


Mini Golf

Take advantage of sneakers being in style for a fun and active date activity such as mini golf or an amusement park. I’m especially liking the Converse by Missoni collection. For just $100 you get a high-end designer look that is casually cool.



Local Dive Bar

Never the place for an extravagant shoe, I recommend a tough look that is chic yet wearable or a trendy high-top. These bad boys are only $19, so don’t feel guilty wearing them to walk across peanut shelled floors.

Coffee Date

The best thing about grabbing a coffee together (aside from the fact that you don’t have to worry about getting too drunk and making an ass of yourself) is that you can wear whatever shoe you want.

Because you are sitting down, heels would definitely work. Since some coffee stops can be funky and full of art, this pair from Zara is especially cool at $35.99.

If a pair of flats suits you better for casual caffeine consumption, try these sequined beauties for $59 .


Dancing

If you’re going out to get down and dance the night away, I recommend you stay away from platforms. Lower your heel height by a few inches and maximize your ability to stay out later.

This cage-type shoe has a medium heel and keeps the foot from slipping out. It’s only $100 and you get a few color options

Concert

When it comes to rocking a shoe, there’s no one I trust more than rockstar Gwen Stefani. This piece from her fashion label L.A.M.B. are sleek and hip enough for any show. Since booties are definitely in, I recommend this bold, artistic one as an investment piece for the entire fall/winter season.


Formal Occasions

I think almost every occasion can be formalized by your footwear choice. That being said, there is a time and a place where you need to bust out the big guns (designer shoes). Maybe it’s a wedding, a swanky restaurant, or a black tie event, either way, make sure your shoes have you dressed to the nines.

Kate Spade loves glitter and bling almost as much as I do. Say yes to the Lilo pump and keep them for special occasions for years to come ($350). 

Don’t ever feel like you have to pay an absurd amount of money for a good pair of shoes. Outlet stores, theoutnet.com, and eBay are all great places to get quality footwear and still have money left over to complete your date night look.

Happy shopping!


Published in Dating
Monday, 31 December 2012 05:36

Shoes | These Heels Were Made for Workin'

Best of 2012 // December 31, 2012

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for a fly pair of heels. One of my favorite things to do as a kid was play dress up--and you can bet that included trying to strut in some over-sized pair of my mom’s high heel shoes. While these days I prefer to wear shoes that are my own size, my love for a sky-high pair of pumps has not waned. 

But I, like many women, am constantly faced with the work/heel dilemmas: are these too high for the office? Too “hooker-ish”? Too night-time? To some it may sound trivial, but these things really do affect how we ladies are perceived in the workplace--even in a more creative environment like the music industry, where I work. And while the goal is always to keep it classy and professional, we also want the world to know we have a little bit of shoe game. Rest assured, I did the work for you and tracked down some of the hottest, work-appropriate heels that’ll carry you through this season and beyond. And they’re far from your momma’s pump.


The Wedge

One of my favorite “trends” this season is the re-emergence of the wedge. It’s been kind of lingering in the background for a while now, but I’m loving that it’s finally taking center stage. It’s a great option if you’re on your feet a lot--or just don’t feel like balancing on stilts all day! 


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Rachel Roy “Lacina” – Available at RachelRoy.com  - $110

This is a cute twist on the nude pump, with a fun pop of color. These are also available in teal, but you’ll be able to get a lot more wear out of the neutral version. These are uber versatile and will pair well with a dress, slacks or skirt/blouse combo.


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Tory Burch “Emilie” -  Available on ToryBurch.com - $350

To me, this color color epitomizes Spring.  I just think of freshly cut grass and walking through a field of flowers.  I love this wedge paired with a wrap dress or tapered trousers for a laid back sophistication. 


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Dolce Vita “Pilar” – Available at Bloomingdales - $100

These are for the ladies who have a more casual work environment. While these are more of a fall look, you can nab this style at a discount now and they’ll carry you into next fall. And if you live in LA like me, you can get away with a cute neutral bootie like this year-round. 


The Classic Pump, With a Twist

Pumps are the obvious choice in an office setting. But that doesn’t mean they have to be as drab as the neutral paint on the office walls. Here are a few options to spruce up your pump rotation:


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Steve Madden “Knoyzz” – Available at SteveMadden.com - $89.95

I love the 1950s feel of this shoe, with its elongated round toe.  The reasonable stacked heel and the give of the leather will keep your feet feeling great all day. Plus the plum color is so classy and wearable year-round. 

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Sam Edelman “Orly” – Available at Bloomingdales.com - $120

So I must admit: I’m generally not the hugest fan of kitten heels or slingbacks. But what’s not to love here? The style and pattern combo is so Parisian chic, and the heel won’t put pressure on the ball of your foot like those Kim K platform stilettos you see everywhere. It also comes in a variety of patterns to suit your taste.


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Elie Tahari "Bretta" – Available at Bloomingdales.com - $174

So you know how every year all the stylists say how “in” leopard is this season? In my opinion, it’s safe to say that leopard isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I still get compliments when I pull out my leopard pumps I bought in like 2005. This pump has such a versatile, timeless style that can be dressed up or down--it’s sure to be a great investment.


Put Some Spring in Your Step

What kind of person would I be if I didn’t give you some cute, springy options to choose from? This season is always a great time to play around with color and more easy, breezy shoe options. Here are a few of my fave styles:


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Juicy Couture “Flash Color Block” – Available on Bloomingdales.com - $228

I seriously almost started drooling when I saw this shoe. The color blocking offers an understated sexiness, and the chunky heel is easily dressed up for work, or down for a weekend outing with the girls. 


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Nine West “Feelngood” – Available at NineWest.com - $99

A floral pump is so fun as an accent piece this Spring. Wear one color head to toe and pop these on, and you’ll have the whole office asking who you’re wearing. I’m loving the unique cut, and the classy pattern somehow reigns in the bright colors.


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Vince Camuto “Bello” – Available on VinceCamuto.com - $129

I love this shoe for a casual Friday. Mint coloring is huge this season and can easily be thrown on with a pencil skirt for work, and a cute dress for a weekend brunch.

Keep in mind, these heel options are meant to be a jumping off point. If these options don’t quite fit your style or budget, use them for inspiration and add your own twist to find something that works for you. That’s what makes fashion fun in the first place. Happy strutting!

Published in Style
Monday, 27 August 2012 16:58

Style | Summer Shoe Game

August 27, 2012

Now is a great time to buy shoes! OK, so I say that all the time… but right now is an especially budget-savvy time to score deals on summer footwear and to shop new looks for fall. Just like your wardrobe, your shoes can transition between seasons, so keep a balance of trendy and classic styles.

Neon, color and tribal prints are still very popular in the shoe world, while emerging trends include super high wedges, sparkles and spikes. Animal prints and pointy toes are classic staples that are being resurrected yet again. I love the recent incarnations of timeless styles, and have shared a few of my favorites below.

$48.99
I flipped out when I saw these amazing neon wedges! They are so cool and look so comfy. These will definitely stand out in any crowd.


$79.95
Right now the whole spike thing is in, but sometimes it’s a little much. Choosing a sandal with some spikey embellishment means you can rock the style but you don’t have to worry about impaling yourself or anyone else. A little goes a long way with this glamorous sandal.

$79.90
The mix of animal print and color make these pointy heels fierce for any season.

$79.90
These Charles David shoes embrace both color and neutral palettes while being perfect for summer.

$159
Animal prints are always in. I love how unexpected the tiger is. Make anywhere you go a cat-walk in these.


$71.53
These Aldo Brindamour pumps bring artsy to whole new heights.

$323.57
These Carvela wedges rock in a super glamorous way! The spike trend is softened by the stones for a spectacular shoe.

$298.00
The perfect mix of playful and professional, wear these Kate Spade pumps to work or elsewhere to feel pretty.

$298.00
The Reena shoe from Kate Spade plays with color blocking, yet the  neutral shades make it ideal to wear anywhere and with anything.

$76.64
Orange is the color of the year, and it is perfect for transitioning from summer to fall.

Shoe shopping is always fun. But the next time you hit the mall, have a plan in mind. Find the trends you like beforehand, like prints or studs, and then try to spot them in the shoe department on styles that work for you. Happy shoe shopping!

Published in Fashion

March 12, 2012

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for a fly pair of heels. One of my favorite things to do as a kid was play dress up--and you can bet that included trying to strut in some over-sized pair of my mom’s high heel shoes. While these days I prefer to wear shoes that are my own size, my love for a sky-high pair of pumps has not waned. 

But I, like many women, am constantly faced with the work/heel dilemmas: are these too high for the office? Too “hooker-ish”? Too night-time? To some it may sound trivial, but these things really do affect how we ladies are perceived in the workplace--even in a more creative environment like the music industry, where I work. And while the goal is always to keep it classy and professional, we also want the world to know we have a little bit of shoe game. Rest assured, I did the work for you and tracked down some of the hottest, work-appropriate heels that’ll carry you through this season and beyond. And they’re far from your momma’s pump.


The Wedge

One of my favorite “trends” this season is the re-emergence of the wedge. It’s been kind of lingering in the background for a while now, but I’m loving that it’s finally taking center stage. It’s a great option if you’re on your feet a lot--or just don’t feel like balancing on stilts all day! 


Photobucket

Rachel Roy “Lacina” – Available at RachelRoy.com  - $110

This is a cute twist on the nude pump, with a fun pop of color. These are also available in teal, but you’ll be able to get a lot more wear out of the neutral version. These are uber versatile and will pair well with a dress, slacks or skirt/blouse combo.


Photobucket

Tory Burch “Emilie” -  Available on ToryBurch.com - $350

To me, this color color epitomizes Spring.  I just think of freshly cut grass and walking through a field of flowers.  I love this wedge paired with a wrap dress or tapered trousers for a laid back sophistication. 


Photobucket

Dolce Vita “Pilar” – Available at Bloomingdales - $100

These are for the ladies who have a more casual work environment. While these are more of a fall look, you can nab this style at a discount now and they’ll carry you into next fall. And if you live in LA like me, you can get away with a cute neutral bootie like this year-round. 


The Classic Pump, With a Twist

Pumps are the obvious choice in an office setting. But that doesn’t mean they have to be as drab as the neutral paint on the office walls. Here are a few options to spruce up your pump rotation:


Photobucket

Steve Madden “Knoyzz” – Available at SteveMadden.com - $89.95

I love the 1950s feel of this shoe, with its elongated round toe.  The reasonable stacked heel and the give of the leather will keep your feet feeling great all day. Plus the plum color is so classy and wearable year-round. 

Photobucket

Sam Edelman “Orly” – Available at Bloomingdales.com - $120

So I must admit: I’m generally not the hugest fan of kitten heels or slingbacks. But what’s not to love here? The style and pattern combo is so Parisian chic, and the heel won’t put pressure on the ball of your foot like those Kim K platform stilettos you see everywhere. It also comes in a variety of patterns to suit your taste.


Photobucket

Elie Tahari "Bretta" – Available at Bloomingdales.com - $174

So you know how every year all the stylists say how “in” leopard is this season? In my opinion, it’s safe to say that leopard isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. I still get compliments when I pull out my leopard pumps I bought in like 2005. This pump has such a versatile, timeless style that can be dressed up or down--it’s sure to be a great investment.


Put Some Spring in Your Step

What kind of person would I be if I didn’t give you some cute, springy options to choose from? This season is always a great time to play around with color and more easy, breezy shoe options. Here are a few of my fave styles:


Photobucket

Juicy Couture “Flash Color Block” – Available on Bloomingdales.com - $228

I seriously almost started drooling when I saw this shoe. The color blocking offers an understated sexiness, and the chunky heel is easily dressed up for work, or down for a weekend outing with the girls. 


Photobucket

Nine West “Feelngood” – Available at NineWest.com - $99

A floral pump is so fun as an accent piece this Spring. Wear one color head to toe and pop these on, and you’ll have the whole office asking who you’re wearing. I’m loving the unique cut, and the classy pattern somehow reigns in the bright colors.


Photobucket

Vince Camuto “Bello” – Available on VinceCamuto.com - $129

I love this shoe for a casual Friday. Mint coloring is huge this season and can easily be thrown on with a pencil skirt for work, and a cute dress for a weekend brunch.

Keep in mind, these heel options are meant to be a jumping off point. If these options don’t quite fit your style or budget, use them for inspiration and add your own twist to find something that works for you. That’s what makes fashion fun in the first place. Happy strutting!

Published in Style
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