SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Valentino

As we welcome in warmer weather in the northern hemisphere, we also trade in our parkas for bikinis and our winter boots for strappy sandals.  Check out this pair of Valentino Butterfly Lucite-Heel sandals.  The 4-inch block heel is on trend for the summer, and the whimsical heel is stunning and totally unique.

 

 

 

Valentino Butterfly Lucite-Heel Sandals, $2,295

Valentino
Butterfly Lucite-Heel Sandals, $2,295

Valentino Butterfly Lucite-Heel Sandals

Wear these with an oversized, yet short shift dress, or a pair of cut-off denim jeans and black blouse for a daytime look.

 

Valentino Butterfly Lucite-Heel Sandals

 

What do you think of these heels?  How would you style them?

xo

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What’s Trending: The Cape Dress

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Burberry Spring/Summer 2016 Runway

Capes were all over the Fall/Winter 2015 runways, and the trend easily transitioned to the Spring and Summer 2016 runway, with the introduction of cape dresses, tops, ponchos, and sleeveless vests.  

There were robe-inspired capes as sleeves at Zuhair Murad; flowing, long capes as the trains of gowns at Guo Pei; sheer, floor-length capes worn separately over dresses and jumpsuits at Chanel; and capes as sleeves to the gowns at Ralph & Russo.  Capes infuse the class & glamour of the 1920’s into a modern look that feels new and reinvented.

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Chanel Spring/Summer 2016 Runway

Check out T&T’s top picks below and where to shop the looks.

 

This cape by McQueen is everything:

What do you think of this trend?  How would you style it?

xo

 

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?

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!

1.

 Charlotte Olympia Appliquéd silk-satin shoulder bag, $995


Charlotte Olympia Appliquéd silk-satin shoulder bag, $995

2.

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

 

5.

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

Street Style: 7 Quintessential Fashion Accessories

The most popular staples in fashion right now:

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1. The Bag:

The Celine Phantom Bag

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The days of the street style starlet clutching her Chanel 2.55 quilted bag will never be gone; however, the oversized (and mini!) Celine Phantom bag somehow turns any regular outfit into a fashionable masterpiece.

2. The Heels:

Valentino Rockstud Heels

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From diamond-encrusted to black leopard print calf-hair, Valentino Rockstud heels are a street style starlet’s best friend.  The cage gives off major sex appeal, while the pointy toe elongates legs, all while looking amazingly chic, which makes for a heel that men and women both adore.

3.The Cashmere Scarf:

Burberry Scarf

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Cozy and chic, this scarf is classic.  It looks perfect paired with a Burberry trench, and perfectly edgy when combined with a leather jacket.

4. The Belt:

Hermes ‘H’ Buckle Belt

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Originally we were coveting the Birkin, but now there’s an obscenely long wait list for the Hermes “H” belt.

5. The Silk Scarf:

Alexander McQueen Skull Scarf

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This classic skull scarf is the epitome of Alexander McQueen chic.

6. The Watch:

Bulgari Serpenti Watch

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This modern reinterpretation of Elizabeth Taylor’s vintage Bulgari watch quickly became the new arm party.

7. The Random Coveted Accessory with Eyes & Fur:

Fendi Buggies

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These little grumpy looking furry buggies quickly sell out every season since they emerged on the street style scene, and are only getting more and more coveted.

What are your favorite fashion staples of today?

SHOE PORN THURSDAY

Meet the modern fashionista’s equivalent to the glass slipper, the crystallized Rockstud slingback heels by Valentino.  The signature Rockstud style became huge after being introduced in Fall 2010.  They marked the beginning of a more edgier Valentino, a large change from the feminine, ladylike style of the original Valentino line.  There has been dozens and dozens (hundreds?  thousands?!) of variations of the Rockstud shoes, from flats to kitten heels to stilettos.  I own two pairs (one black and one in “poudre”), and I have to say, they are super sexy, comfortable, and also make every outfit look fashionable.

These in particular caught my eye, with crystallized leather and pyramid studs inlaid with pave crystals.  They would be the perfect complement to an evening gown, or paired with a feminine mermaid skirt.

Valentino Rockstud Crystallized T-Strap Slingback, $3,545

Valentino Rockstud Crystallized T-Strap Slingback, $3,545

What do you think of Valentino’s Rockstud heels?

SHOE PORN THURSDAY

These beautiful Valentino open-toed ankle boots are constructed artfully, with intricate, ladylike embroidery contrasted with tough leather trim.  As colorful as they are, they have the ability to be paired with a number of outfit options, since only the primary color palette is used (red, yellow, and blue).  Ankle boots look chic paired with cropped boyfriend jeans, or an asymmetrical-cut skirt.

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Valentino, $1445

valentino2What do you think of these Valentino ankle boots?

Highlights from Paris Fashion Week Fall 2013

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

As the main fashion weeks come to an end, I wanted to recap some of my favorite looks from the runways at Paris Fashion Week.  Enjoy!

Etro

Etro

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci

Saint Laurent Paris

Saint Laurent Paris

Valentino

Valentino

Which collections from Paris Fashion Week were your favorites?

They Saved the Best for Last: Paris Fashion Week

Paris fashion week has finally come to an end, officially marking the end of the four biggest and most influential fashion weeks (New York, London and Milan).  Of course, they went out with a bang featuring Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, and, well, the list goes on.  In case you missed any of the shows, here’s a quick visual recap for your viewing pleasure.

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