The Sexiest Red Heels for Every Price Range

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From taxi shoes to masquerade masked heels to the infamous Sophia Webster pencil heels, I have a more than unhealthy obsession of shoes.  However, there’s one thing missing.  I have no red heels.

After perusing website after website searching for the perfect pair, I found (as I so often do) too many pairs than will fit in either of my two shoe closets at this time (that is, until I figure out how I can transform my guest room into an adequate shoe room)…  I found pairs from every price range, and the next best thing to owning the shoes is sharing them with you lovely readers.

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Pair them with a pair of cuffed denim jeans and a white button-up, or dress them up with a LBD and fire-engine red lipstick for the ultimate show-stopping look.  Enjoy!

Under $100

Jessica Simpson 'Caldas' Quilted Leather Pump, $88

Jessica Simpson
‘Caldas’ Quilted Leather Pump, $88

$100-$200

MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Brinkley' Ankle Strap Pointy Toe d'Orsay Pump, $174

MICHAEL Michael Kors
‘Brinkley’ Ankle Strap Pointy Toe d’Orsay Pump, $174

$200-$300

Alice + Olivia 'Dina' Pump, $295

Alice + Olivia
‘Dina’ Pump, $295

$300-$400

Kurt Geiger London 'Britton' Pump, $450

Kurt Geiger London
‘Britton’ Pump, $450

$500-$600

Aquazzura Sexy Thing cutout suede sandals, $565

Aquazzura Sexy Thing cutout suede sandals, $565

$600-$650

Gucci 'Coline' T-Strap Cap Toe Pump, $650

Gucci
‘Coline’ T-Strap Cap Toe Pump, $650

$650-$700

Saint Laurent 'Thorn' Pump, $685

Saint Laurent
‘Thorn’ Pump, $685

$700-$800

Miu Miu Leather Mary Jane pumps, $750

Miu Miu Leather Mary Jane pumps, $750

$800-$900

Valentino Scalloped Pump, $895

Valentino Scalloped Pump, $895

$900-$1,000

Valentino 'Rockstud' T-Strap Pump, $995

Valentino ‘Rockstud’ T-Strap Pump, $995

$1,000-$1,100

Gianvito Rossi Lace-up suede ankle boots, $1,020

Gianvito Rossi Lace-up suede ankle boots, $1,020

$1,100-$1,200

VALENTINO Hitch On cutout leather pumps, $1,145

VALENTINO Hitch On cutout leather pumps, $1,145

 $1,200+

Giuseppe Zanotti Quilted Leather Double-Zip Boot, $1,695

Giuseppe Zanotti Quilted Leather Double-Zip Boot, $1,695

I can’t pretend I’m not lusting after those Giuseppe Zanotti boots…  What is your favorite?

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SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Fendi

Fendi’s whimsical little furry monsters have become a huge hit over the past couple years.  Initially, I thought the monster memorabilia was a little bizarre, with faces on bags and keychains.  However, I started to think the furry guys are pretty adorable.

Meet the Fendi Leather Monster Bootie Sandal for Fall 2014.  Calling it a statement piece is an understatement, but you have to admit it’s pretty freaking adorable.

Fendi Leather Monster Bootie Sandal, $1,450

Fendi Leather Monster Bootie Sandal, $1,450

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Would you wear these Fendi sandals?

Read This Before You Pack for Your Winter Vacation

The Perfect Swimwear for Your Vacation Destination

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If you’ve planned a fall or winter vacation to somewhere warm, you’ve probably already thought about what you’re going to take with you. With the summer coming to an end, what are your options for finding a vacation-ready swimsuit (not to mention cover-up) that will look great and fit into the local vibe? Believe it or not, your options are not as limited as you might think.

When it comes to finding swimwear at the end of the summer, your best bet could be the Internet. Why?  Because as stores are phasing out summer inventory to make way for fall and winter clothing and accessories, their Internet sites are not, because it doesn’t take up any precious floor space to offer swim apparel all year long on a website!

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Keep in mind that online shopping, with all of its conveniences, does have one main drawback: shipping. Shipping may cost a few extra dollars (not always), but mainly, it takes time. So if you have less than a month before your departure, don’t wait another day to start perusing websites and ordering suits that you like.

Remember, you can always return what doesn’t work. Save the packaging and online receipt and you will have no trouble returning for full credit what doesn’t “suit” you!

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If you do want to shop for swimsuits in person, your best option as the summer winds down is larger, national department stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks, Barneys New York, etc. These stores have so much retail space that they can afford to have some “resort wear” or seasonal items like swim suits all year long. You will be far less likely to find out-of-season items at smaller stores and boutiques, which must devote their space to what is in season and sought after by the majority of their customers.

So now that you know where to look, what do you wear poolside in different destinations?  Again, your go-to source is the Internet. Find out what’s hot by searching online: magazines published in those countries or regions where you will be traveling are great sources of trendy looks.

Here are a few ideas to get you going:

· Miami:

Agent Provocateur Tricja Bikini, Top, $490, Bottoms, $500

Agent Provocateur Tricja Bikini, Top, $490, Bottoms, $500

As most people know, more is more (is more) in Miami when it comes to bling. Rhinestones, animal prints, jeweled looks and lots of straps and ties are what’s hot.

· Brazil:

Emamò Printed triangle bikini, $340

Emamò Printed triangle bikini, $340

They’re called “Brazilian waxes” for a reason. Swimwear in Rio and other hot spots in the southern hemisphere are skimpy, as Brazilians believe in flaunting it if you’ve got it.  Basically, the swimsuits in Brazil make what women are wearing in the United States look like giant diapers.  However, contrary to some rumors, Brazilian women do not go topless on the beach.  If you want to fit in with what the locals are wearing, leave very little to the imagination…and don’t forget your waxing appointment before you go.

Another tip: If you want to blend in at the beaches, don’t bring a towel.  Brazilian women bring sarongs, or “cangas” to lay out on, and the men rent chairs to sit on in the sunshine.  And if you really want to fit in, a pair of havaianas should do the trick.

· Las Vegas:

Agent Provocateur, Bottoms $170, Top, $220

Agent Provocateur, Bottoms $170, Top, $220

Notorious for its lavish day clubs where the party starts shortly after the sun comes up (and continues as long as you want), the swimwear styles in Vegas are chic and sleek, while also eye-catching and swanky.  This sizzling two-piece (above) by Agent Provocateur complements tanned skin, and commands attention.

· Australia:

Clover Canyon Pool Flower Front-Zip Top, $66, & Swim Bottom, $66

Clover Canyon
Pool Flower Front-Zip Top, $66, & Swim Bottom, $66

The land down under fairly closely follows American fashion, give or take a few details.  Right now, the hot look in Australia is the high-waisted bikini bottom, just like in the United States. In fact, big bows, polka dots and plenty of material won’t make you look dowdy, but it will make you look like you’re on the cutting edge of fashion.

· Southern California:

Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Crop Rashguard, $28

Victoria’s Secret Beach Sexy Crop Rashguard, $28

Like most things in California, anything goes. Grab a pair of swim shorts (also called board shorts), a rash guard and a pair of flip-flops and fit right in! Or throw on a strappy bikini or polkadot, high-waisted 50s throwback and you’re all set.

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Don’t forget the most important rule when it comes to picking out a swimsuit: how you feel when wearing it. The last thing you want to be doing is fidgeting or feeling self-conscious. Buy what you feel good in and you will look great and have fun!

About our guest author, Patricia:

 Patricia Hogenes is a full time mom who spends time taking her youngest child to his activities or helping him with homework. In her free time, she enjoys writing articles for PoolProducts.com and particularly likes researching new topics.

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Bon Voyage!

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Moschino

Moschino’s Fall/Winter 2014-2015 line was Frito-Lay & Cheeto’s couture at its absolute finest.  Jeremy Scott embraced consumer culture with a mutant hybrid of “Coco Chanel meets Ronald McDonald”.  There was a superficiality of it that made us question if the joke was on us.  I wondered if this would be more of a concept runway show, or if the pieces would actually be sold in stores.  As I was recently perusing FarFetch.com, I stumbled upon the line, and my answer was confirmed.  Yes, these pieces are being sold.  And for today’s Shoe Porn, I present the McDonald’s Slingback Pumps, courtesy of Moschino (who would ever think those words would go in the same sentence?)

Moschino McDonald's Slingback Pumps, $704.43

Moschino McDonald’s Slingback Pumps, $704.43

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Would you wear these pumps?  I’m torn…

Street Style: The Hottest Looks from London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week began last Friday, and, as any fashioniado knows, what everyone is seen wearing in the streets is equally as important as what is being seen on the runway.

Check out the hottest looks below and find where to shop the pieces for yourself by clicking on the links underneath the photo.

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Poppy at LFW

Poppy Delevingne

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Wendy H Gilmore at LFW

Wendy Gilmore

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Yasmin Sewell at LFW

Yasmin Sewell

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Nausheen Shah at LFW

Nausheen Shah

What look is your favorite?

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Duccio Venturi Bottier

Recently, I came across Italian shoe label Duccio Venturi Bottier.  The shoe’s silhouette, cut and shape, and versatility stuck out to me.  The 25 year old designer, Aliai Venturi Quattrini, works with her father, Duccio Venturi, who worked alongside Sergio Rossi for 20 years, to produce some of the most well-crafted and beautiful heels and boots from the Marche region in Sicily (a region legendary for its cobblers).

This pair of pony skin and leather ankle boots stuck out to me, with its unique color and texture, and elegant cut.  These are a great transitional bootie for the fall season, as they would look chic paired with cropped white cigarette-cut jeans, as well as with a midi-skirt and leggings.   

Duccio Venturi Bottier Ankle Boots, $965.00

Duccio Venturi Bottier Ankle Boots, $965.00

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I am having trouble thinking of any colors these booties wouldn’t complement…  What do you think of them?

What’s Trending: Find Your Perfect Coat For This Fall

Asymmetrical dresses had their moment, followed quickly by the asymmetrical skirt/skort combo, and this season, the asymmetrical coat is having its heyday.  With Autumn just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to update your wardrobe.  With classic styles, these are timeless pieces with a unique twist on the trend.

Check out the top picks below!

Asymmetrical Coats
The Yang Li trench coat looks amazing when paired with the hat, but I can’t get over how much I love Gucci’s leather jacket.
Which is your favorite?

NYFW: The Bulleted 30-Seconds or Less All-You-Need-To-Know Guide to Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Cotton Candy Fur Coats at Coach, NYFW, September 4, '14

Cotton Candy Fur Coats at Coach, NYFW, September 4, ’14

NYFW started out yesterday, and since there’s no time to lose in watching the 100+ Spring ‘2015 shows, Trends & Tribulations has compiled everything you need to know in this cliff notes version of this season’s NYFW guide.

Origami-like pleats and folds give interest at BCBG Max Azria, NYFW, Spring/Summer '15

Origami-like pleats and folds give interest at BCBG Max Azria, NYFW, Spring/Summer ’15

  • Michael Herz will debut his first runway collection as artistic director for Diane von Furstenberg.
  • On Sunday, Opening Ceremony will debut a 30-minute one-act play directed and co-written by Spike Jonze, featuring their collection.
  • On Monday, Olivier Saillard, the curator of the Palais Galliera in Paris, the city’s fashion museum, is putting on a piece of performance art in conjunction with the Alliance Francaise and MADE Fashion Week.  Entitled “Models Never Talk,” it will feature seven French supermodels telling stories about extraordinary dress they have worn — giving voice to fashion’s normally voiceless.
  • Also on Monday, Polo Ralph Lauren will hold an unspecified “fashion event” (note: not show) in Central Park.
  • In Paris, Anthony Vaccarello will show his line Versus Versace, the latest hipster name to collaborate with the brand, a.k.a. be crowned as a hot-up-and-comer by Donatella Versace.
  • Rumors are abound that LVMH is interested in buying stake in Proenza Schouler.
  • In London, eyes will be on Christopher Bailey, making his debut as both chief executive and chief creative officer at Burberry.
  • In Milan, Jil Sander’s Rodolfo Paglialunga will be showcasing his first collection as creative director of the house.
  • At Hermès, Christophe Lemaire is revealing his final collection for the brand, although he has only been at the house for 4 years.
  • Intel is set to unveil its smart bracelet, a bangle studded with semiprecious gems, designed by Opening Ceremony’s Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.
  • At Vivienne Tam’s show on Sunday, a self-charging iPhone case created in collaboration with wireless specialist Zeusé will appear on the runway.
  • Barbie’s instagram account @BarbieStyle will be hitting up CFDA Fashion Week events, and showing off her fabulous style.
  • New SoHo hotspot Chalk Point offers a kale martini, with fresh pressed juices and vodka: perfect for NYFW.
  • Watch NYFW live here

Source: NY Times New York Fashion Week Guide

What shows are you excited for this season?

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Saint Laurent

There are some things in fashion out there that simply boggle my mind.  I’m all for styles of the tongue-in-cheek variety, but often I have to question if the designer honestly thought: This is a good look.

This was brought to mind recently when discovering these Saint Laurent Patti studded goat hair ankle boots.  The goat hair is covering every part of the visible boot, thus creating what my boyfriend likes to call “The Chewbacca Effect“.  What’s more, they are almost all sold out.  What’s even more, these bad boys are running at almost $2,000 a pop.

Saint Laurent Patti studded goat hair ankle boots, $1,995

Saint Laurent Patti studded goat hair ankle boots, $1,995

What do you lovely readers think of these boots?  Would you wear them?

What’s Trending: 5 Lust-Have Bags for This Fall

So many chic bags, so little time (and money…).  We’ve gathered up the 5 top trending bags this season that are sure to make a statement.  Enjoy!

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 Charlotte Olympia Appliquéd silk-satin shoulder bag, $995


Charlotte Olympia Appliquéd silk-satin shoulder bag, $995

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Valentino The Rockstud small leather trapeze bag, $1,995

Valentino The Rockstud small leather trapeze bag, $1,995

3.

Proenza Schouler Bucket large jacquard-trimmed leather shoulder bag, $1,650

Proenza Schouler Bucket large jacquard-trimmed leather shoulder bag, $1,650

4.

Moschino Biker Jacket Style Tote, $2,291.79

Moschino Biker Jacket Style Tote, $2,291.79

 

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Givenchy Triangle large clutch in black leather, $1,890

Givenchy Triangle large clutch in black leather, $1,890

 

What do you think of these picks?  Which are your favorite?

xo