Fall 2013


Double-Take: Jimmy Choo Caged Boots

I absolute love these amazing boots from Jimmy Choo; the color is fantastic, and the lattice detail is extremely unique, especially because it covers such a large area of the boot. I can just imagine wearing these with contrasting socks or tights underneath. Unfortunately, they retail at $2195 (Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks), which is about two and a half times the amount of my rent. So there’s no way I’ll be getting these anytime soon.



Boot Bounty: Top options for the fall season.

The first day of fall is only one week away! Is your closet ready for the coming chilly weather? Boot season is my favorite season. But knowing me, when spring season rolls around I’ll probably be saying that sandal season is my favorite. But either way, a shoe closet needs a good supply of each! 

For the fall, your best bet is a black knee-high boot. It goes with everything, from jeans and skirts to dresses and shorts. It can be flat or with a heel, with buckles or without, and in any material that you choose. I prefer leather, but there are many other options out there as well, including fabric, faux leather, and even rubber rain boots! Most of the pairs in my boot bounty list are leather and black (black boots are just so hard to resist), but you can find many more options on my favorite websites for shoe shopping (6pm, Zappos, Yoox, etc.) and at stores in your area. And even if you’re not looking to get boots this year, you can still feast on my list of styles to lust after:

Norma J. Baker (Yoox)
Tangerine (Yoox)

 Geste Proposition (Yoox)

Calvin Klein Avery (Piperlime)
Hooked yet? There are even more great styles to see!


Michael Kors Tamara (PiperlimeMacy’s, Net-a-Porter)
Lauren by Ralph Lauren Jeannette (Macy’s, Zappos)

 Schutz Aiyana (6pm)

 Aldo Pofadder

 BCBG Max Azria Nimber (6pm)

 Adrienne Vittadini Birdie (Amazon)

 Franco Sarto Talula (DSW)

 ASOS Kingdom

 Guess Verina (Amazon, Macy’s)

Louise et Cie Zavia (Lord and Taylor)

Sofft Alanna (Macy’s, Lord and Taylor)

Note: DSW does not pay me to write about shoes.


15 Designer Picks for Fall 2013

My favorite styles off the runways.

Even though it seems as though summer flew by in a flurry of summer dresses and sandals, I’m excited to start wearing fall shoes again, especially boots! Before each season starts, I browse the Accessories Index on Style.com for upcoming trends and to pick out my favorite styles. Since I can’t have them all, I’ll be keeping an eye out for similar styles or double-takes!

1. DSquared2
2. Giuseppe Zanotti
3. Giorgio Armani
4. Cole Haan
5. Barbara Bui
1. Alejandro Ingelmo
2. Casadei
3. Diego Dolcini
4. Paul Andrew
5. Diane Von Furstenberg
1. Jerome C. Rousseau
2. Brian Atwood
3. Gucci
4. Jimmy Choo
5. Donna Karan

Zara’s Fall 2013 Shoe Collection.

Every season, Zara is one of the first mass retailers to provide us normal folk with current, on trend clothing and accessories which closely follow designs that were seen on the runways. Now that it’s September and the fall fashion season has officially begun, I decided to narrow down the extensive Zara Fall 2013 shoe collection to a few of my favorite pieces.

The beauty of the Zara brand is that they provide styles in various price ranges, making them available to a variety of customers. Unfortunately, this can sometimes determine the quality of the item. I personally don’t own anything from Zara (not yet anyway) because I’ve never found something that was worth the ticket price. And when things go on sale, they’re snatched up pretty fast. Perhaps I’ll own something from them someday, but for now I’ll just look to them for inspiration.

I love the simplicity of this ankle boot. It’s available in two colors, which both look very sophisticated and clean. It’s a style that will never look out of date.

Suede Flat with Bow $90
These flats are seriously the most adorable flats I’ve ever seen. The front reminds me of a pair of heeled pumps from Louboutin. I’ll definitely be looking for these on sale; $90 for a pair of flats, even if they are mostly leather, is still a bit too much in my opinion.

Lace-Up Ankle Boot $90
These shoes fall into the hybrid category that’s so popular this season. Part boot and part sandal, these can be worn for multiple seasons.

Pump with Ankle Straps $100

Rhinestone Flat $100

Ankle Boot Sandal $129

Flat with Straps $100
I love the unique strap detail on these crystal encrusted flats. They’re perfect for jazzing up you day outfit, or for those evenings when you don’t quite feel like wearing heels.

Leopard Flat $80
Animal prints are back this fall, and these are a cute way to incorporate the trend. Both the black and navy versions are perfect for the office or with jeans for a more casual look.

Court Shoe with Straps $70

Flat with Ankle Strap $40
With their very timeless design, and low price, these flats will probably make their way into many shoe closets. I’m debating whether to make the trip into downtown Philly to try these on at the Zara store. Although I know my size in Zara shoes, these are not leather and therefore might be a smidge tighter than leather, which stretches out.

In and Out: Getting ready for the fall season.

Your guide on what to keep and what to tuck away.


I don’t know about you guys, but I’m looking forward to pulling on booties and soft sweaters. I know it’s still August and the weather is hot and sticky in most places, but fall fashion is on the horizon and summer clearance sales are in full swing! 

Shopping clearance sales can be tricky. Trends that were big one season will most likely fizzle out by the next. But “past season” doesn’t always mean you can’t wear those things again; seasonal clearance racks are a great place to find transitional pieces and classics that will work for future seasons. With that in mind, it’s good to know what you should spend money on and what can be left on the racks. For example, black and white striped dresses were huge this spring/summer, but you’ll probably be safer purchasing solid whites and floral dresses because those are always summer staples.

I’ve scrutinized the runway videos and scoured online articles about what’s to come this fall and wrote some guidelines to help you out. Keep these things in mind when shopping the summer clearance racks, and hopefully you’ll get as excited about the fall/winter fashion season as I am!

Check out my fall fashion tips!

Flaunt it:

Black and white color-blocking will carry into the fall season; however, pieces will be heavier than summer styles. Think knits, structured shapes, and furs.

It wouldn’t hurt to toss in some neutrals and shades of grey; creating an entire outfit with shades from charcoal to slate can make a really great statement.

Winter white combinations are big for the coming season as well. Since I don’t believe in “no white after labor day,” I fully intend to take advantage of this trend. Layering different variations of white from head to toe looks quite stunning.

Marc Jacobs

Although there were a lot of monochrome and neutral looks on the runways, there’s a lot of color coming your way as well. Emerald green, navy and wine were some of the most prominent hues. I’m excited about that because I love deep, rich colors for the winter.


Prints and patterns have shifted toward a more refined look. Traditional patterns like hounds-tooth and plaid are a great addition to your wardrobe this fall. Animal prints, particularly leopard and python, will be around as well.

Casual boots will be your best friend this fall; you’ll see them in every silhouette from low cut ankle boots to the classic Chelsea. In addition to this wardrobe staple, you’ll also be seeing hybrid booties, a combination of boot and sandal with elements such as peep-toes, open backs, cut out details, and strappy vamps.

For those who don’t like to wear high heels, there has been in upsurge in flats this season. From ballet flats, to smoking slippers and loafers, the variety is huge. They’ve been updated with velvet, pony hair, and other embellishments. 


My favorite this fall? The statement boot. I’m in love with all the over-the-knee styles and fur-lined luxe booties coming this fall. Look for sumptuous fabrics like velvet, exotic skins, and delicious suede in a dark, rich palette.

Hide it:
Deep colors for fall and luxurious feminine styles are back, which means neons and bright patterns are going away. Boy am I happy about that! I do have bright workout clothes, but my eyes were pretty tired of seeing neon on pretty much everything.

The single sole shoe is still going strong, and super high platforms have faded off the radar. However, there were a good number of chunky shoes seen on the runway. 

Heavy, intricate detail is in and dainty, understated looks are out. Embellishments and details on clothing and shoes will be bigger in scale, such as thicker laces, bigger tassles and buckles, and thicker straps. Although the shoe will look heavier in general, the design will be less about height and platforms and more about details, patterns, and the look as a whole. Classic shapes will always be in, but tuck away your daintier sandals and shoes for later.

Sources: Style.com, WWD Footwear News, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour

Shoe of the Day: Cool Boots


I was browsing Shoescribe when I came across an amazing creation; this ankle-boot-sandal hybrid from Inga is just plain cool. I would love to wear these with jeans, skirts, leggings, you name it. I feel like they could go with pretty much anything to add that my-boots-are-awesome vibe to your outfit. Plus, they’re super versatile because you can wear them in the summer with bare legs, and again in the winter with tights and cool socks. The downside? They’re $870…I think I’ll just keep an eye out for a double-take or another similar style for less. PS – there’s a leopard version too!