How To Sound Like A Fashionista Even If You Aren’t (or, Shoe Types Decoded)

How To Sound Like A Fashionista Even If You Aren’t (or, Shoe Types Decoded)

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Read on for an elaboration of some of the most dizzying shoe types shown above (and some they neglected to give honorable mention).

Flatforms:  Shoes with a uniform-height platform wedge that run across the entire heel, popularized this season by designers such as Marni, Opening Ceremony, and Stella McCartney.

The Elyse, Britt and Binx Flatform shoes by Stella McCartney are currently part of the Fashion Week uniform

The Elyse, Britt and Binx Flatform shoes by Stella McCartney are the unofficial shoes of Fashion Week street style

Frye Boot: (See: The Buckle).

Lobster Claw: (See also: Armadillo Heels).  Famously popularized at Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 runway show, these heels are 10 inches high, and only 21 pairs have ever been produced.  They are rather impossible to get your hands on, and range from $3,900 to $10,000 depending on skin, style, and embroidery.

“The world needs fantasy, not reality. We have enough reality today,

“The world needs fantasy, not reality. We have enough reality today,” Alexander McQueen told the New York Times regarding his “Lobster Claw” heels (above)

Mary Janes: The name is taken from the character Mary Jane in the Buster Brown comic strip.   Characterized by a strap across the top of top the shoe running from ankle to ankle, fastened with a buckle.

The Original Purveyor of the

The Original Purveyor of the “Mary Jane” shoe style, Buster Brown

Mules: Heels with open backs to expose the ankle.  Whereas these heels were once reserved solely for “exotic dancers” (see Stripper Heels), they are currently trending in the fashion world.

The Mule.

The Mule Heel: Not Just For Strippers Anymore!

UGG boots: (See also: Teenybopper, Guilty Pleasures, Things That Are So Bad They’re Almost Good, Velour Tracksuits, and Things Hipsters Will Find ‘Cool in an Ironic Sort of Way’ In 2 Years).

What are your favorite shoe types?  Did we miss any?  Share in the comments section below!  Also, be sure to check out the weekly Shoe Porn Thursday for a curated selection of the best, worst, and all-over craziest shoes around town.


Your Most Flattering Colors for This Fall, Revealed

Pantone’s Fall 2015 Color Palette


Pantone recently revealed their Fall 2015 color palette, which consists of earthy neutrals and bold, standalone colors that balance each other and “reflect landscape of hope, fun, fantasy, and all things natural”.

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These colors were evident in Fall 2015’s runway looks, featuring timeless pieces inspired from the free, bohemian vibes of the 60’s and 70’s, and the allure of the 1920’s.  The color palette is, for the first time ever, truly androgynous, and work with both men’s and women’s fashion.

Desert Sage, one of Pantone's Fall 2015 colors

Desert Sage, one of Pantone’s Fall 2015 colors

The top ten colors for men’s and women’s fashion for Fall 2015 are:

  • PANTONE 18-4214 Stormy Weather
  • PANTONE 16-1144 Oak Buff
  • PANTONE 17-0627 Dried Herb
  • PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala
  • PANTONE 18-4726 Biscay Bay
  • PANTONE 15-1340 Cadmium Orange
  • PANTONE 16-2215 Cashmere Rose
  • PANTONE 16-0110 Desert Sage
  • PANTONE 19-4326 Reflecting Pond
  • PANTONE 17-3628 Amethyst Orchid

Perry Ellis’ Interpretation of the color palette

 Juxtaposition of color from opposite sides of the spectrum emphasizes poise and confidence on the runway. The Fall 2015 palette is rooted in multi-faceted, androgynous colors that can be worn to portray effortless sophistication across men’s and women’s fashion; it is the first time we are seeing a truly unisex color palette. 

-Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

Rebecca Minkoff’s inspiration derived from Pantone’s color palette

What are your favorite colors from the palette?  I am a huge fan of “Dried Herb”, “Desert Sage”, “Marsala”, “Cadmium Orange”, and “Cashmere Rose”.  And basically, all of them.  

xo, lovely

5 High Heel Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

5 High Heel Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

via WhoWhatWear

via WhoWhatWear

Every woman I know has a love-hate relationship with high heels.  They love the way they look, but hate the way they feel (especially after walking about 100 meters…).  Here are 5 hacks that every woman should know to make walking in high heels a little bit easier.  As you read, feel free to browse Trends & Tribulations top high heel picks that you can finally be excited to wear!

Lucy Choi, $350, via ShoeScribe

Lucy Choi, $350, via ShoeScribe

Fendi, $1,050, via Nordstrom

Fendi, $1,050, via Nordstrom


Tape your 3rd & 4th toes together using clear sticky or nude medical tape (count starting with the big toe out).

This trick helps to take pressure off the ball of the foot.  There is a nerve between these toes, and the tape helps to balance the weight by minimizing strain from shifting the weight forward.

Sophia Webster, $1,095, via Neiman Marcus

Sophia Webster, $1,095, via Neiman Marcus


Apply fabric plasters on your feet.

Wear your new shoes around the house to find out where they rub uncomfortably around your feet.  Then, apply fabric plasters to those parts of your feet.  Soak your feet in water for a minute or two (with fabric plasters on your feet), then walk around the house in the shoes some more.  The wet plaster will expand and help to soften and stretch the shoe in those places.

Moschino, $650, via Shoescribe

Moschino, $650, via Shoescribe


Use shoe cushions (or petals).

Shop foot petals here in all shapes and sizes to help provide a cushioning wherever your need it.

Charlotte Olympia, $850, via Shoescribe

Charlotte Olympia, $850, via Shoescribe


Spray your feet with an aerosol deodorant.

Feet can often slip around in your high heels after wearing them for a bit, so spritzing them with aerosol deodorant before wearing can provide traction and ensure your feet stay in place.

Jeffrey Campbell, $130, via Urban Outfitters

Jeffrey Campbell, $130, via Urban Outfitters


Choose a heel that crosses around the front of your foot.

 This will provide more support over your foot and around the heel and ankle.  Think of it as a “seatbelt” for your feet (awe!), if you will- it takes pressure off your feet, as they do not have to work so hard to hold the heel in place.  The Jeffrey Campbell ones (above) and Steve Madden pair (below) are chic options.

Steve Madden Raela, $109, via Steve Madden

Steve Madden Raela, $109, via Steve Madden

What do you think of these tips?  Will you try any of them?  Do you have any tips that you swear by?  Share in the comments section below!


Tom Ford Shares Beauty, Fashion, & Sex Tips

Tom Ford’s Tom Style Commandments

Tom Ford shares his top 10 style commandments

Tom Ford shares his top 10 style commandments

Dress with mystery and don’t rule out black for a wedding: the designer known as the King of Sex, TOM FORD, shares 10 of his ultimate style rules via Net-a-Porter
Tom Ford Eyewear Spring/Summer 2011

Tom Ford Eyewear Spring/Summer 2011


I always feel a little sad when I see a woman head-to-toe in a runway look. Women also change their hair a lot, but if it’s done in an insecure way, that makes me feel sad, too. You need to make what you are wearing your own.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2013

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2013


I’m more interested in a little bit of mystery. Maybe it’s my age… Or maybe it’s because the women in my life are starting to wear stockings now because they think the skin on their legs isn’t as good as it used to be!

Tom Ford Advertisement, Fall 2013

Tom Ford Fall 2013


If you have five outfits that you love wearing and always make you feel your best, which are comfortable and confident and just work, why do you need all the others? Yes, you need some variations on the theme – you don’t want to wear the exact same clothes every day – but I think it’s very important for everyone to figure out what their look is.

Tom Ford Spring 2010

Tom Ford Spring 2010


Sexiness comes from the way you move and the way you handle yourself. It doesn’t come from short skirts and low-cut tops.

Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2014

Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2014


Bodies change, looks change, everything changes, so every five years you need to take off all your clothes and reassess yourself. Try your clothes on and see what still works and what should be rethought – not in an emotional way but in a detached way. Also, do it on your own, because it’s not about what your friends or partner think, it’s about how you feel.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2014

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2014


No matter what your personal style, people have to look at you in the same way they have to look at a building, or a piece of art, or a table, or a new car. You become a part of the photograph, the landscape, someone’s vision.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2015

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2015


It isn’t about owning a classic white shirt or a black blazer – I know women who wear that and look like they’re doing a chic androgynous thing, and other women who look immediately like they work on Wall Street. It’s about your own taste; camouflaging the things you don’t like and accentuating the things you do.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2015

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2015


Because you never know when you’re going to have to go to a funeral, or a job interview, or a last-minute wedding (maybe you’re not supposed to wear black to weddings, but I would). It’s perfect for everything: you can wear it with sandals and it’s a summer look; with a heel, it’s an evening look. Long, short, fitted, loose, it’s such a key piece. It is always chic.

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2012

Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2012


By changing your makeup you can channel the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s… You can do everything with beauty because it’s the character; it’s who you are. I find that fascinating. There was a trend a couple of years ago that saw women dressed casually in jeans, T-shirts and sneakers with mega makeup – I loved it. It’s a great way to express yourself that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to have a lot of money.

Tom Ford Advertisement, Spring 2012

Tom Ford Advertisement, Spring 2012


I don’t like to see a major lip and a major eye statement [at the same time]. I think if you’re going to accentuate your eyes, great, but then you need a neutral lip. If you’re going to do a bold red lip, it looks the best with almost nothing on your eyes, except maybe a little bit of mascara. I really like to see one makeup statement and just beautiful, glowing skin.


“Sexiness comes from the way you move and the way you handle yourself. It doesn’t come from short skirts and low-cut tops.” -Tom Ford

What do you think of Tom Ford’s fashion & beauty advice?  Do you agree or disagree?  Share in the comments section below!


Style Inspiration: Andy Warhol

Style Inspiration: Andy Warhol’s Pop Art-Inspired Fashion

Andy Warhol Self-Portrait, 1978 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

Andy Warhol Self-Portrait, 1978 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

Andy Warhol represented a revolution in art with his pop-art creations, poking fun and making light of America’s consumerism & celebrity obsessed culture.

Advertisement by Andy Warhol for Schiaparelli gloves printed ink on paper 12 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. (32.4 x 23.5 cm.) The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Advertisement by Andy Warhol for Schiaparelli gloves printed ink on paper. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

He passed away in 1987 at age 58, but in honor of the anniversary of his birth on August 6, Warhol is the inspiration for today’s style inspiration.

Warhol on the famous red couch in the silver-lined Factory, 1967

Warhol on the famous red couch in the silver-lined Factory, 1967

“In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” “In 15 minutes, everybody will be famous.” “In the future, fifteen people will be famous.”

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Try These Easy 4-Steps to Organize Your Wardrobe

The Simplest 4-Step Strategy for Organizing Your Closet

via Shutterstock

via Shutterstock

We’ve all heard countless ways to simplify and organize our closets.  And many of those ways are extremely smart, albeit always easier said than done.  This new 4 step strategy for simplifying and organizing your closet, courtesy of WhoWhatWear, is one of my new favorites.  It’s super easy, and, simply put, it works.

What do you think of this 4-step closet organization method?  Will you try it?  Share in the comments section below.

xo, loves

How To Pose Like a Fashion Blogger


It’s amazing how self-aware we become when a camera is pointed at us.  Suddenly, your arms seem like they’re 5 feet long, and what did you ever do with them before?  These awkward hands?  Why didn’t I pay more attention in Top Model when Tyra was explaining how to smize?!

Luckily for you, ModaMob analyzed 7 of the top street style bloggers, and their signature ways they like to strike a pose.  Take some inspiration from them, and soon, you’ll be comfortable enough in front of the camera to find your own unique style.


ModaMob explains the details:

The Man Repeller: The key here is not to look like you’re having fun, but to actually be having fun.

The Song of Style: This one’s all about legs. Turn slightly and lock your knees. Easy peasy.

The Fashion Toast: A great one if you’re camera shy – just tilt your head down and play it cool.

The Blonde Salad: Keep your body loose or else this one can look extremely pose-y.

The Style Bubble: Having an awkward moment? Go with it!

Gabi Fresh: This one’s our favorite; it’s not about what angle makes you look slimmer or taller. It’s about working it, plain and simple.

The Anna Dello Russo: You’re a rare bird of fashion, act like it.


Do you have any signature, go-to poses?  Which of these are your favorite?



When will Fendi’s furry little buggies get old?  One thing is certain: They are as adorable as ever, and a fashionista’s quintessential item.  Currently, I’m obsessed with these sneakers adorned with a hot pink buggie, aptly named “Karlito“.  Check ’em out below.  Wear ’em with a colorful, knitted midi skirt and bright cropped tank.

Fendi 'Karlito' Genuine Fox Fur Trim High Top Sneaker, $1,550

Fendi ‘Karlito’ Genuine Fox Fur Trim High Top Sneaker, $1,550


What do you think of these sneakers?


Style Inspiration: Tropical Prints

As I write this post, I am burning up from the sunlight shining on me.  Which is pretty amazing, considering I basically require the temperature around me to average 100 degrees fahrenheit, and I teach hot yoga.  But, I love it all the same: Summer!

And with summer (and tropical vacations) comes colorful fashion and summer prints.  One of my favorite prints this season is green palm trees, especially in tandem with wicker hats and espadrilles, and, of course, pink!  Check out my inspiration below for creating your own style with these fun prints.

Tropical Paradise

What are your favorite summer prints and styles?  Share in the comments section below!

xo, darlings


What Do Colors Say About You?

Without even realizing it, we make a statement with what we wear every day through our color choices.  It not only affects how other people make first impressions of us, it also affects how we feel about ourselves.  Take a look at the chart below for the most popular color choices & what they mean.

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What colors do you wear the most?  Was this chart accurate for you?  

Share in the comments section below!