Bright Color

Tuesday Shoesday: Mermaid

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I literally stopped in my tracks when I spotted these BCBGeneration pumps at Macy’s. I’ve said before that I can’t resist shoes (or clothing for that matter) in a bold bright cobalt hue, and these drew me like a moth to a flame. Don’t they make you think of mermaids and exotic tropical fish? I love the subtlety textured, multi-colored iridescent leather…definitely the statement piece of an outfit. You can find these at your local Macy’s (they’re not online) or online at Belk, Dillard’s, and Amazon.

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.

Shoe of the Day: Wrapped with a Bow

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I thought I’d pick a themed shoe for today, considered it’s a day to celebrate all kinds of love, including love for shoes. I’m not normally a fan of bows on footwear, but I find the Chrissie by Kate Spade quite beautiful. The entire shoe is elegant, feminine, and still sexy. Crafted with satin fabric, this heeled sandal looks sleek and sensual with it’s subtle shine and the bow on the heel adds a playful touch. You can find this red darling at Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, and in black at Zappos.

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…

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Double-Take: Christian Louboutin Lisse

I absolutely love the color of these Christian Louboutin ankle boots! As I’ve mentioned before, I’m drawn to cobalt blue shoes. I’m not entirely sure why because blue isn’t even my favorite color. It probably has something to do with how well cobalt pops against dark or neutral-colored clothing.

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Tuesday Shoesday: Blue Suede Shoes

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When I first spotted these Kate Spade sneakers on the DSW clearance racks in NYC, I thought, “Oh okay, a pair of blue sneakers” and passed by them to try on some other pairs. But I came back to them because I’m always drawn to a bright cobalt color (like these and these). Then I tried them on…and fell in love! The color pops so well against both light and dark colors. They also felt extremely comfortable on my feet the first time I put them on, meaning they wouldn’t require a “breaking in” period (which I don’t believe any shoe should have!). Although I was considering purchasing two different pairs of heels, both of those went back on the shelf and these lovely blue suede shoes came home with me instead (after a little coaxing from my friend). And honestly, these are probably one of the best shoe purchases I’ve made (I probably say that a lot) because they’re practical, comfortable, and still fashionable!

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Double-Take: Isabel Marant Poppy

Isabel Marant Poppy (sold out) 

There’s something adorably appealing about the Isabel Marant Poppy pump. When most people thinkof pumps, they usually picture a basic wardrobe staple in versatile colors like grey, navy, and black. While simple and basic is a good thing to have, it’s also nice to add something a little more fun into the collection. The cute bow detail on the front of these pumps brings an updated look to a classic style, making it perfect for both work and play outfits. It’s no wonder these sold out quickly! But if you’d still like the look (and for a fraction of the price!) check out the Elisa from Sole Society:


Sole Society Elisa 

I actually prefer these instead of the original Poppy pump because I like the shape of the heel more. These also come in a couple colors, all perfect additions to your collection!

BCBGeneration Eleesa (DSW)

Tuesday Shoesday: Electric Blue

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It was impossible to walk by Aldo without noticing these electric blue ankle booties. The color is so eye-catching, and the placement of the zippers gives them some edge. When I first saw these online, I wasn’t blown away; however, they look way cooler in person. I happened to be wearing a pair of dark pencil jeans when I tried them on, and the bright blue really popped. I’ve never had luck with the fit of shoes from Aldo, but these were actually great! Not too narrow, not too short. The only thing they lack is cushioning at the ball of foot, which can easily be added. I’m not ready to spend the money on them right now, but perhaps when they go on sale I’ll reconsider it!

Tuesday Shoesday: Furry Friends

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These seriously adorable Can Can heels are from the FW 2011/2012 Sergio Rossi collection. They found their way into my hands as an impulse buy during a DSW Luxe 810 sale. And as much as I adored them, I couldn’t let them stay. So I snapped a couple pictures and made the rational decision to return them. I’m not sure how possible it would be to track them down again, as they were the last pair online and I returned them at a store. But there once was a time that DSW Shoephoria helped me get my hands on a pair of lust-worthy boots, so it’s possible that they can help you track down a pair of shoes too!