Posts Tagged ‘dillards’

Stepping High

April 14, 2015

Okay everyone…no, I’m not dead.  Since I’ve been writing for the paper, I’m not doing a good job, or a job at all on keeping this blog up and running.  It’s not that difficult, you’d think I’d do better.  But it is time consuming!  So, here’s Saturday’s article for the paper for those of you that don’t get it, like me:)  I’m going to try to do better to write for both.  I think I can, I think I can.

The other day driving down Hillsboro Rd. with the sunroof open I got a whiff of an unmistakable odor. One I associate with my childhood and being barefoot. Fresh cut grass. Now for all you allergy sufferers I’ll just tell you right now because I know you always have the windows up, there’s no better spring smell. Period. Waking up to that smell was glorious growing up. And speaking of barefoot, that doesn’t happen so much as grown-ups does it? But what does happen can be just as good, even better! Shoes glorious shoes, #canIgetanamen? High heel, sandal, peep-toe, platform, and on it goes.
The ones I’m going to feature aren’t necessarily have to haves but are certainly some I’d seriously consider! And the first one up for your consideration is just such a fun shoe. Great for when a closed toe option is needed and you’ll find them in many colors. They don’t have to be Sperry’s. Keds, Converse Chuck Taylors, Supergas are all good choices but gosh aren’t those little leather ties the cutest? And you can find more colors here.  If these aren’t your game try a driving moc. Still closed toe and there are many colors and styles offered.

Sperry Seacoast Canvas/ Macy’s/ $60

 

 

How about dinner in the Gulch? White jeans and that silky top you love. But super high heels are just a bit too much, right? Try a flatform shoe. They are close to the same height platform from heel to toe and some of the most comfortable shoes ever! Try them in suede (yep for summer) and be the coolest chick around.

Flatform Wedge/ J Crew/ $158

 

If you like to stick with a more traditional style, a stacked heel or a colorful wedge is your non-high heel choice. The colors on this particular one are great and would work with so many outfits. The natural raffia practically screams summer fun, don’t ya think?

Eric Javits Raffia Wedge/ Neiman Marcus Last Call/ $111.30

 

 

I can’t think of a happier, springy shoe than a pink high heel sandal. Wear them with a black pencil skirt and an off-white blouse or, dark wash jeans and a white flowy top with the sandals adding a pop of color. But a word of caution when wearing a bright, shiny heel… something this attention grabbing can’t be paired with slinky sequins or too tight, too low pieces. Then you’ll be grabbing attention for a whole other reason. No, these babies need to be kept ladylike for sure. And while fabulous, they aren’t for everyone. So, while pondering your buys for the summer just be sure to add some color. Whether it’s a flat thong in a pretty melon shade or a colorful wedge go for that POP! It’ll add some oomph to a neutral outfit.

 

 

 

Vince Camuto Pink patent platform/ Dillards/ $98

Don’t worry, I get it. Most of these aren’t appropriate for work. I hear ya. Many of you are slipping on cushy flats for the day. And, it’s probably a ballerina type toe. If so, I’d suggest updating to a toe with more of a point. They will lengthen the visual line of a shorter gal and give a more sophisticated vibe. They won’t be as easy to find as the rounded toe but it’s worth the search. Try a neutral or snakeskin print to go with everything.

Steve Madden snakeskin flat/ Zappos.com/ $69.95

 

 

And for a heeled option but still comfy because of a lower heel, spring for a brown pair. This one in patent lizard has a softer feel for spring and summer than black. Sometimes, black can feel a little harsh for summer especially if it’s a closed toe. I like the open feel of this one and the buckle gives it a modern look. And brown will look lovely with grays, navy’s and creams. A great work option.

Brown pump Circa Joan and David Callalily/ Zappos.com/ $110

 

 

 

Well there’s your brief spring/summer shoe tutorial. Hope you can put it to use. Now, bring on summer!  Please call or email with any style questions or if you’d like to set up an appointment.  Love to hear from ya!

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Summertime….And The Living Is Easy

May 27, 2010

No more promises of posting more or “so sorry”……it’s just life right now!  But, yay, the warm weather is here to stay.  Longer days,  lunches by the pool,  pretty pink pedicures,  grilled dinners for friends,  ice cream,  kids out playing til dark, hydrangeas,  the list goes on and on.   It’s a fabulous time of year.

Retailers have marked down most of  spring and starting to discount early summer.  It’s a great time to pick up some deals.  I’m going to list a couple here that I know are going on right now.   Both of these stores have run these deals previously so you may have taken advantage of them already, but they’re good ones!

I love these boyfriend shorts.  I’ve got two pair of this style,  not the chambray but twill.  Navy and a light brown and I’ve loved them.  They are great with cute thong sandals, canvas sneakers and tees, or I can roll mine down and do heels like in the picture.  Very versatile.  They are on sale for $25.00.

Gap Chambray Boyfriend shorts/ $49.50

This next item is also very versatile and will definitely take you into fall.   Who can get by without a cover or something on your shoulders in a movie theatre or a restaurant?  It is reminiscent of earlier decades to carry your sweater or jacket over your arm like a handbag.  Very chic.  This one from Loft (as in Ann Taylor Loft) is a perfect weight and 3/4 length sleeves work perfectly for summer. I really wish this picture was bigger.  Sorry!   This style comes in 3 colors.  Along with the white, there is black, and toffee.   Fabulous with jeans, skirts, shorts… whatever.  This style and another one are on sale for again, a whopping $25.00.   DEAL.

Loft twisted trim cardigan/ $49.50

The other sale  I need to mention is at Dillards;  they have several styles of shoes, various seasons, at 70% off.  I got cute little Antonio Melani (sp?) animal print flats for $24.00.   Too cute, if I do say so myself.  Obviously all of these deals can be found in good ole Music City.  But hurry, I don’t know how long they will run.  You know, sometimes the basics are all you need and summertime is perfect for tees, shorts, and cardis.

Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend.  Take a moment and remember those that have fought through the years and are fighting now for our country.   Heros all.

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Mix it Up

April 27, 2010

A client and I were talking the other day about how much we liked J Crew clothing.  I told her the only thing that bothered me was that  people didn’t realize they didn’t have to be J Crew head to toe.   It can, not always, but often become very predictable.  I love to take items from unexpected places and use with recognizable pieces.  For instance, J Crew has that cute little skimmer capri pant hands down.  In a beautiful rust, black, khaki, and I don’t know what else.  Take that pant and go to UAL or Blush and find a top that will look fantastic and make people wonder what in the world happened to your routine outfits!!!

Check-out this look and tell me what you think….

Cutest floral western shirt, cotton, snap pockets, western yolk in back, also comes in light and dark denim;  I’ll tell you where it’s from at the end.  Wear it opened with the ribbed tank and denim skirt (shorter if you’re younger!)…..pre~shush!!

Miley Cyrus/Max Azaria western shirt/ $14.00

Purple ribbed tank/ Gap/ $14.50

Banana Republic denim skirt/ on sale, $59.50

And now for the previously mentioned skimmer pant…..I love this little white cotton sun top.  It is appliqued at the top and hem edge.  Simple and summery and beautiful with the gray pant.   (wish the pic was larger) It would obviously go with any pant color or short.  The rust skimmer with the white top would be fabulous also.  Add the super cool necklace below or pump it up with a colorful scarf!!

l.e.i. cotton top/ $9.00 (yes 9)

J Crew skimmer capri/ on sale $59.50/ JCrew.com

Kenneth Cole gold and silver tone leave necklace/ Dillards.com/ $58.00

Well, what do you think.  Doable?  Absolutely.  Easy?  Yes!  All I’m saying is first, mix your pieces.  Play with the stuff in your closet and see what outfits you can come up with.  Secondly, add a little something, double layers, jewelry, a scarf,  just something to make it your own.  Above all, have fun with your wardrobe….call me if you’re having trouble, I love to have fun.

Okay, did you guess where the tops are from?  Wal-mart.  (Note I went for 100% cotton tops; construction is probably fair to good) All you savvy shoppers already know about the random little gems you can come across in unexpected places.  Plus, along with all your friends not having the same piece, very frequently you’ll save some bucks.  I’m just sayin’…..

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