Winter

Tuesday Shoesday: Rockstud

Valentino Rockstud Ankle Boot

I love studded shoes, especially when it’s combined with a ladylike silhouette. The contrast between the two elements always gives the shoe an interesting look. I was never originally a fan of the Valentino Rockstud styles, the most popular being the t-strap pump, but it has slowly grown on me. I particularly love the styles that are not overdone, such as the amazing ankle boot above. I spotted these at Nordstrom during their sale and couldn’t stay away! The leather is amazingly soft, and they fit beautifully. They’re available in a couple colors, and my favorite is the dark red.

Tuesday Shoesday: Sharp Soles

Casadei Blade Pump

I love to pair these stunning Casadei pumps with bright colors and sleek accessories. This pair was my first dip into high-end footwear. They came into my possession about two years ago when I won RueLaLa’s super fun ShoeLaLa competition with a photo of my favorite MK sandals. I’ve bought and sold many shoes since then, but these aren’t going anywhere anytime soon! I usually go for shoes with four or five inch heels, but I chose the lower version of the Blade pump because I wanted to wear them comfortably. Definitely one of the more sensible choices I made!

Tuesday Shoesday: Buttoned Up

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Sorry about the low quality image (my hand was shaking at the awkward ankle). The tone does kind of suit the style of the boots though, doesn’t it? A bit of vintage touch. Anyway, I spotted these gorgeous Stuart Weitzman Spat boots at Nordstrom Rack for the amazing clearance price of $174 (compared to $695 retail). The gold buttons sparkled at me from the shelves and I just had to try them on. They are very comfortable, and extremely easy to walk in despite the height of the heel. There’s a lot of extra cushioning inside, and the thicker heel makes them stable. Although the deal was too good to pass up, I did put them back on the shelves because they were slightly too large on my feet, even with thick socks on. But if you’re lucky enough to snag them, they’re sure to get you many compliments!

What I Wore: Lounging in Blue

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Coat: Miss Sixty via TJ Maxx (similar) | Pants: Joe’s Jeans via TJ Maxx | Bag: Kelsi Dagger via TJ Maxx

This photo doesn’t feature the shoes I’m wearing, but it does showcase the fantastic Joe’s Jeans I scored at TJ Maxx last week. Lucky for me (dangerous actually), there is a TJ Maxx on my way home from work. So, naturally, I stop in often during the week. I’m a sucker for cobalt blue, and I spotted these leather pants a little while ago for $80 (still a great deal for leather). But I waited, and the price eventually dropped to a staggering $15 with a yellow sticker, at which point I snatched them up without thinking twice. Usually when something has been on the racks for a while and gets marked this low, it tends to have some flaws; some of the other Joe’s Jeans had snags, stains, or tears. These, however, are perfectly flawless! The only thing wrong with them? They were accidentally labeled size 10 instead of size 2. I drove home with a big smile on my face.

Tuesday Shoesday: For the Little Ones

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I’m not sure if it’s because my biological clock is ticking, or simply the fact that my friend is about to pop, but I’ve been noticing all the little cute baby shoes out there, especially when I go shopping for baby shower gifts. I stumbled across these fabulous itty-bitty boots at Stuart Weitzman on Walnut Street in Center City. They were so adorable that I had to ooh and ahh out loud to the saleswoman. I have a feeling my future child will have the best shoes in school. But seriously…can I get these in my size too?

Tuesday Shoesday: Thigh High

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Coat: Express | Bag: Kate Spade (similar) | Boots: Brian Atwood (in brown)

Remember that fantastic Brian Atwood sale I wrote about? Well here’s the amazing deal I managed to snag! I can’t tell you how long I’ve been looking for the perfect thigh high boots. I love how elegant an outfit can look with properly styled tall boots, not to mention they are great for lengthening the legs. What frustrated me the most during my search is that a lot of boots this high (for the price I was willing to pay) are crafted of man-made materials, which in my opinion don’t look as sophisticated. Another issue I encountered was that most styles I tried on went up just barely over my knees. Imagine my excitement when I spotted the Kacey on sale. As much as I wanted a pair of heeled leather thigh highs, the practicality and versatility of these suede flat-soled boots won me over, not to mention the fantastic price. I couldn’t wait to wear these, and immediately pulled them on when they arrived just two days later. It’s a good thing the weather isn’t warming up yet, I plan on wearing these a lot! If you love them as much as I do, the Kacey is still available in dark brown suede. I keep telling myself I don’t need them in another color…

Tuesday Shoesday: Staying Warm

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I grew up with a lot of snow in my life. Living in NH as a kid and then choosing to go to the snowiest college in the country prepares you for the worst. These boots were my best friends for trudging to class during the long winters in Syracuse. I particularly love them because they don’t look like your average heavy-duty snow boot. Yes, they are a little clunky and big, but they’re also fun and cool. Sorel is pretty good at providing fashionable yet functional winter footwear for women, and the Joan of Arctic style is quite popular. I’m dying to get myself a pair of the reserve boots (always just a tad cooler than the regular) like these or these, but realistically, how many pairs of snow boots do I need?

Shoe of the Day: Best Friend Boots

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Everyone has that go-to pair of shoes in their closet, the pair that goes with everything and is super comfortable. And if you don’t, look no further than these boots by Enzo Angiolini (available at DSW or Nordstrom). The Saharia is a perfect blend of casual comfort and effortless cool. The style is so timeless that they’ll quickly become your best friend! I’m hoping to add a pair to my closet, as soon as I can track them down to try them on.

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Double-Take: Valentino Studded Booties

In my opinion, Valentino shoes were leaders when the studded shoe trend rose up last year. The collection included several tastefully embellished styles, including pumps, flats, and boots, that were easily recognizable and spotted on many celebrities and bloggers. These booties sold out fairly quickly!

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Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Guerilla

After the Punk Fashion exhibit at the MET last spring, there was an upsurge in studded and edgier shoes for women. Although daintier styles had their moment in the spotlight as well, it’s pretty clear studs are here to stay for a while. And I’m not complaining, because it’s nice to throw in that extra detail from time to time.

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