SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Alexandre Birman

Alexandre Birman is known for using exotic animal skins, such as water-snake, crocodile, lizard, tilapia, and even ostrich, in rich colors to create handcrafted, modern and uniquely sexy heels.  The Brazilian designer debuted strong in the U.S. market in 2008 via Bergdorf’s, Saks, and Neiman Marcus.

These red caged peep-toe booties are crafted from suede with python trim to add an alluring touch.  I love the contrast between the elegant and exotic notes.

Alexandre Birman Caged Heels, $985

Alexandre Birman Caged Heels, $985

My favorite part of these pumps is the red snakeskin covered sole.

 

 

 

 

 

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What do you think of these heels?

xo

5 Simple Ways To Increase Your Happiness This Winter

With shorter days and less sunlight, colder temperatures that make it difficult to enjoy any time outside, and the holidays over, it is easy for us to lose sight of our health and happiness.

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Here are 5 ways to become happier this winter season:

1. Enjoy nature.

Although nothing can beat laying out on the beach in the summer, the winter is exceptionally beautiful and can offer some very unique experiences.  Try snowshoeing in a woodsy area, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, skiing, or even gather some friends and go sledding.

This could SO totally be you!!

This could SO totally be you!!

2. Break a sweat.

The cold weather makes our muscles tense up.  Moving your body releases those muscles, which feels amazing.  Plus, exercising releases endorphins, which comes down to a happier you.

3. Be social.  

While it often sounds daunting to go out in the cold weather (especially here in the frozen tundra known as Minnesota), getting together with a friend for coffee, a hockey game, or going to a spin class together is important to stay happy.  Engaging with other people can make this time of the year feel a lot less lonely.

Taking an hour out of your day to grab coffee with a girlfriend can boost your mood instantly.

Taking an hour out of your day to grab coffee with a girlfriend can boost your mood instantly.

4. Eat right.  

Enjoy the food you eat, and make healthy choices that you will feel good about after you have eaten.  Everything in moderation…including moderation.

5. Find silence.

Sometimes all we really need this time of the year is a little quiet time to reflect.  Whether it’s through meditation or simply sitting in silence while working or driving, taking a break from the hustle and bustle of life can do wonders.

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What are some things that make you happy throughout the winter season?

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Rag & Bone

Rag & Bone’s classic Newbury boot is a staple in every stylish It girl’s wardrobe, from Sienna Miller to Kate Moss to Rosie Huntington-Whitely.  I can attest that I wear my black Newbury boots with everything; they are a perfect complement to a bohemian summer dress, while looking effortlessly chic under cuffed jeans and a blazer.  Not to mention, the 3 1/2 inch chunky heel is just enough height to be casual enough for daytime and unbelievably comfortable, all while looking totally put together.

Usually seen in the black color or muted grey, the Newbury just got updated to leopard, and it’s pretty amazing.

Rag & Bone Classic Newbury, $595

Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Calf Hair Bootie, $595

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What do you think of the updated leopard print version?

xo

Hair How-To: The Low Messy Bun

Messy buns, the simple go-to hairstyle of celebrities, businesswomen, and the rest of the female population alike, look effortlessly chic and carefree.  Meet the low messy bun, a quick variation of the classic mess, yet with a new element of the same bohemian vibe.

Camilla Pihl

Use a texturizing spray (I highly recommend the cult classic from Oribe) to create beautiful beach waves.  Then, gather all your hair from behind, fold in half, and use a hair band to secure the bun.  Voila!

Camilla Pihl

Photos via Camilla Pihl

What are your favorite go-to hairstyles?

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Stella McCartney

It’s baaaack!  The flatform, that is (if my autocorrect will stop spelling flatworm finally).  Once a forgotten 90’s staple, this summer, the flatform sandal will be seen in all variations and form.  Stella McCartney was one of the pioneers of bringing back the chunky footwear in her Fall/Winter 14-15 show via her platform lace-up shoes.  Now, she’s transformed the platforms for her Resort 2015 collection, creating colorful pool slides.

The fun striped pair of foam-platform sandals looks amazing paired with her colorful resort collection.  You can recreate the look by pairing the sandals with a red jumper, or don an all white ensemble to make the shoes really stand out.

Stella McCartney Striped Flatform Pool Slides, $602

Stella McCartney Striped Flatform Pool Slides, $602

Stella McCartney Striped Flatform Pool Slides

What do you think of these funky flatforms?

xo

What’s Trending: The Top 10 Most Wanted Fur Pieces

Whether you like the real thing or the faux version, fur is everywhere this season, from keyrings to dyed coats to the rabbit fur handles on Olympia Le-Tan’s top hat bag.  Here are the top 10 picks of the most unique fur pieces you’ll want to splurge on this season.

Bonus: Some are discounted up to 50% off!

1.

Shrimps Pink Faux Fur Dulcie Coat, $945

Shrimps Pink Faux Fur Dulcie Coat, $945

2.

Charlotte Simone Lilac Mongolian Fur Bon Bon Clutch, $250

Charlotte Simone
Lilac Mongolian Fur Bon Bon Clutch, $250

3.

Tanya Taylor Yellow Mongolian Lamb Fur Collar, $595

Tanya Taylor Yellow Mongolian Lamb Fur Collar, $595

4.

Ainea Caramel Spot Faux Fur Coat, $585

Ainea Caramel Spot Faux Fur Coat, $585

5.

Olympia Le-Tan Candy Pink Velvet Top Hat Bag, $1,135 Now $454

Olympia Le-Tan Candy Pink Velvet Top Hat Bag, $1,135 Now $454

6.

Dlux Winter White Fox Fur Snood, $1,140

Dlux Winter White Fox Fur Snood, $1,140

7.

3.1 Phillip Lim Black Fur Ryder Shoulder Bag, $1,250

3.1 Phillip Lim Black Fur Ryder Shoulder Bag, $1,250

8.

Wunderkind Orange Check Fur Blanket Coat, $3,525 Now $1,762

Wunderkind Orange Check Fur Blanket Coat, $3,525 Now $1,762

9.

Charlotte Simone Black Natural Fur Hood Scarf, $255

Charlotte Simone Black Natural Fur Hood Scarf, $255

10.

Shrimps Powder Blue Lenny Keyring, $80

Shrimps Powder Blue Lenny Keyring, $80

 

Which is your favorite?  Are you a fan of real fur, or do you prefer faux?

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Pierre Hardy

Pierre Hardy is one of those shoe designers who has mastered the disciplined balance of an elegant, architectural aesthetic with a subtle quirkiness.

Take, for example, these Ombre striped pumps, which are made of pony skin and blend the array of unexpected colors beautifully.  These heels would look perfectly feminine paired with a shift dress, or edgy when paired with a leather mini.  

Pierre Hardy degradé stripe pumps, $448

Pierre Hardy degradé stripe pumps, $448

What do you think of these pumps?  What would you pair them with?

xo

Your Guide to the Best Post-Holiday Detox Smoothie Recipes

As the holidays come to an end, we are so often faced with the consequences of overindulgence.  We often feel sluggish, bloated, tired, and depressed from all of the alcohol, sugars, stress, and late nights.

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Sometimes, all we need is to get back on the right track to help revitalize our energy levels and find mental clarity once again.

These super easy to make smoothies will kick-start your way back to health and wellness.  A morning smoothie is also a fantastic complement to a new fitness regime so many people begin in the new year.  Read on for customized smoothies to restore your energy and vitality, and bring a glow to your skin.

healthy smoothies

For Morning Energy:

Citrus Wake-Up:

Pineapple, Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon

For Refueling Energy:

Chia Mango Peach:

Peach, Mango, Dates, Almond Milk, Chia Seeds

Chia Mango Peach Smoothie

For Your Green-Smoothie Fix:

Healthy Greens:

Spinach, ginger, apple, celery, parsley, water

For Finding Calm:

Root Down:

Red beets, Yellow beets, Carrot, Orange, Ginger

Root Down Smoothie

For Detoxifying Your Body:

Antioxidant Acai:

Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Dates, Acai, Coconut milk

For a Quick Pick-Me-Up:

Strawberry Banana Protein:

Almond milk, Strawberry, Banana, Shredded coconut, One scoop of Vegan protein

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

For Post-Travel Jet-Lag:

Tropical Cleanse:

Orange, Pineapple, Mango, Lemon, Dash of cayenne

Orange Smoothie

For Balancing Out Your Blood Sugar Levels:

Cinnamon Almond Dessert Smoothie:

Almond milk, Cashew, Banana, Cinnamon, Espresso, Dates

Cinnamon Almond Dessert Smoothie

What are your favorite post-holiday cleanse tips?

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Balenciaga

Happy new year, lovely readers!

For 2015, I hope your bold, fearless, beautiful selves shine radiantly, much like this rose fuschia pair of Balenciaga wedges.

Pair ‘em with cuffed light denim and a grey sweater for day, or with an athletic-inspired mini for a stunning evening look.

Balenciaga Open-Toe Lambskin Wedges, $995

Balenciaga Open-Toe Lambskin Wedges, $995

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What do you think of these bright wedge boots?

xo

This Years Top Fashion Trend: The Pencil Skirt

One of the best fashion trends from this year was pencil skirts.  Although they are a classic staple in every woman’s wardrobe, in 2014 they became more daring than ever.  With extreme (and sometimes multiple) slits, as seen from Aquazurra, to varied hemlines to unique fabrics, especially see-through sheer.  Here are some of the top favorites below:

Pencil Skirts, #bestfashion2014 Trend
What was your favorite 2014 fashion trend?