Spring Shopping!

So I’m not sure about where you live, but winter didn’t really happen in DC this year. I’m glad I didn’t go overboard on the sweater shopping…

I’m itching to start shopping for spring and first on my list a transitional shoe for the weekends that can go from spring through fall. I have my eye on a tan shoe with a decent chunky heel in the bootie/slide/wedge realm. I want something that can work with jeans but not too out of place with shorts.

Which ones should I get?

Sadie Dishes- Spring Shopping

This is by 1.State and goes for $138. I like the perforated texture, the heel is perfect at 3 inches. I’m not sure if the color is too blush rather than tan. Would that limit it’s versatility?

Sadie Dishes- Spring Shopping

This one by Steve Madden is another solid option at $109. The heel is 3.5 inches which is good but borderline high for a casual weekend heel. I’m also not sure how the peep toe and the open back will work for early spring and late fall. That said, I think it will work really will for summer styles.

Sadie Dishes- Spring Shopping

I really like this shoe by Vince Camuto at $149. I think the style is really cool, and it’s a great color. The cons are that the heel is on the higher side at 4 inches, which, again, is do-able but high for a casual shoe. Also the price tag is one the higher end in comparison to the other options.

Sadie Dishes- Spring Shopping

These Sam Edelman’s are really cute on sale at $77. I think they’re really cool, but I wonder if the mule style will be as transitional as some of the other styles, and I don’t know if the color is perfect.

Sadie Dishes- Spring Shopping

This Dolce Vita slide goes for $129. I really like the style, but, again, I’m not sure if it’s three seasons. I like the color and the perforated texture though.

So the question is- which will be my Goldilocks option? What do you think?

Holiday Party Attire: Daytime Affairs

Holiday celebrations, annual get togethers with friends, or daytime work parties create a lot of outfit opportunities in December. For daytime holiday parties either at work or around town, I need plaid, metallics, festive patterns, and some seasonal mixed media.

Outfit 1

Holiday Outfit 1

Outfit number one is a statement maker, but around the holidays, I think more is always more. I think these pieces make an impact together, but can be worn separately throughout the season for several outfits. I have and love this super soft plaid shirt from JCrew Factory. The fun metallic skirt from Banana provides texture and formality contrast (this from JCrew factory is also festive, or there are some shiny pants and a similar skirt from Loft). The tights are DKNY and the shoes are Vince Camuto.

Outfit 2

HolidayOutfit2

For a whimsical but slightly sleeker look, it would be great to do a non-ugly holiday sweater with a fashion forward pant. Something like this sweater from the Loft (it’s hard to tell but it’s white and navy), another fun Loft option, or a fun fair isle pattern. Even though it’s very trendy, the drapey pant can be both comfortable and flattering. This look would also be great with a velvet or faux leather pant. And then finish it with a classic metallic pointy toe pump or another neutral pump in your closet.

Outfit 3

holidayoutfit3

Outfit number three is a far cozier and casual look, great for a cold day. A cable sweater dress like this one from the Gap can hide a multitude of sins (or christmas cookies) and a cable sweater is festive by default. Pairing it with flat booties and cozy tights makes it extra easy. Top it with an infinity scarf and you’re all set!

Don’t forget: the key to any holiday outfit is the holiday earrings!

Earrings

Shoe MVPs

I’ve had some good luck with shoes lately, so I thought I would share some of my MVPs.

Best Basic:

Nordstrom Black Heels

I recently really needed a basic pair of pointy toed black heels, and I saw these Vince Camuto heels on sale at Nordstrom. I get compliments every time I’ve worn them so far, and they are surprisingly comfortable. They are slightly lower than my higher heels at 3 1/4 inches, and I think that seems to make a big difference. I also like that they have a little more interest than the basic black heel. They also come in a flat version which I am strongly considering.

Best Crowdpleaser and Workhorse:

IvankTrumpNudePump

I’ve had these for over a year and I still get compliments when I wear them. They just make you look good. This color and style goes with everything, and they instantly make you looked polished and put together. They are a little on the high side at almost 4 inches high, but they are actually pretty comfortable as heels go. They have an “almond” shaped toe so they aren’t as tight as a pointed toe, but they are much sleeker than a rounded toe. Ivanka Trump for the win!

Best New Favorite:

NineWestFlats

I got these Nine Wests in nude, and in the flat and heel version. I had nude heels (see above) but I needed a flat for days when I just couldn’t handle a heel. I love that these have the cool metal detail in front, and they are of course very manageable.

The Best Next Thing?

SteveMaddenBooties

I need a brown weekend bootie with a chunky heel that I can wear with jeans when the weather gets colder. Sometimes my Uggs just don’t fit the bill. I think these Steve Madden’s look comfortable and cool. They are in strong consideration.