SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Nicholas Kirkwood

Nicholas Kirkwood is one of my favorite designers, and Pac Man is one of my absolute favorite arcade games.  So, when I came across these ‘Eden Pacman‘ heels by Nicholas Kirkwood, naturally, it was love at first sight.

Check out these beauties below.  These would look amazing paired with straight-leg, high-waisted trousers (preferably in the colors red, yellow, or blue) and a chic black cropped sweater.

Nicholas Kirkwood 'Eden Pacman' pumps, $686.16

Nicholas Kirkwood ‘Eden Pacman’ pumps, $686.16

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

xo

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Jimmy Choo x Moon Boot

Moon Boots were a little before my time.  So, maybe that’s why I don’t fully “get” these trendy boots, or perhaps they just need time to grow on me.  Then again, anything Jimmy Choo does I can pretty much get behind, and this collab with Moon Boots is no exception.  There is something slightly glamorous about them, as though reserved solely for beautiful, upscale winter resort destinations, such as Aspen, St. Moritz, or Banff.

Pair ’em with a cozy pair of equally fancy leggings and a matching silver coat, or with skinny jeans to balance out the look.

Moon Boot + Jimmy Choo MB Buzz shearling and shell snow boots, $750

Moon Boot + Jimmy Choo MB Buzz shearling and shell snow boots, $750

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What do you guys think of these boots?  Would you wear them?

xo & merry christmas, loves!

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Aleksander Siradekian

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Aleksander Siradekian: The man, himself.

 

Aleksander Siradekian is a new shoe designer that’s managed to keep a low profile until now.  The brand’s signature heel is recognizable by a unicorn-like flowing fringe off the back of the heel.  Every year, the Russian designer’s beautiful, feminine heels are shown at Paris Fashion Week.  I recently stumbled across these red and black houndstooth stilettos, and am absolutely smitten.  Wear these to a holiday party with a LBD or with an A-line mini-skirt and tights.

 

Aleksander Siradekian Houndstooth Black and Red

Aleksander Siradekian Black & Red Manu Pumps, $800, via MoreIsLove

What do you think of these houndstooth pumps?  How would you style them?

xo

The Go-To Guide for What’s In & What’s Out This Season

Holiday dressing can be confusing, stressful, and not to mention simply tedious (hello, freezing cold!).  Thankfully, the folks at WhoWhatWear fixed up this easy, to-the-point guide of this season’s do’s and don’ts for your viewing pleasure.

What are your go-to rules for holiday dressing?

xo

Trending Now: 15 Classic Trench Coats That Will Never Go Out Of Style

A classic trench is an essential of every wardrobe.  There’s really no quintessential equivalent to the camel trench coat.  It simply exudes class, sophistication, and elegance, whether worn with a dress, a suit, or simply a pair of jeans.

Fall Classic Camel Coats
At this point, you’re probably thinking, Why, yes, I do need a camel trench coat, and I’m really not certain how I’ve lived my life without one….until now.
(Congratulations on your newfound realization!)
Now that you’ve taken a few seconds to let it soak in, your mind is probably overloaded with questions.  What details do I want on my trench?  Should I choose a belted, a button-up, or both?!  Oversized or fitted?  Do I splurge on a luxurious high-quality version so that it can last through many more winters to come?
While all of these questions are perfectly valid and understandable, know that you can simply sit back (let Trends & Tribulations do the heavy lifting here, darling) and relax while you feast your eyes on these shoppable beauties below.  All you gotta do is scroll.
(You’re welcome.  I love you, too.  Don’t get weird.)

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Gucci Wool-Blend Trench Coat, $2,919

Gucci Wool-Blend Trench Coat, $2,919

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Proenza Schouler belted trench coat, $1,916.53

Proenza Schouler belted trench coat, $1,916.53

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Saint Laurent belted trench coat, $5,990.00

Saint Laurent belted trench coat, $5,990.00

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Burberry London The Kensington Mid wool and cashmere-blend felt trench coat, $1,595

Burberry London The Kensington Mid wool and cashmere-blend felt trench coat, $1,595

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Jason Wu belted long trench coat, $3,995.00

Jason Wu belted long trench coat, $3,995.00

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Akris oversized lapels belted coat, $1,498.09

Akris oversized lapels belted coat, $1,498.09

 

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Carven Belted Double-Breasted Coat, $1,520

Carven Belted Double-Breasted Coat, $1,520

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Burberry London Checked cashmere-blend cape, $989

Burberry London Checked cashmere-blend cape, $989

(I know, I know, it’s not a trench.  But you have to admit, it’s pretty darn cute.)

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Rag & Bone Faye Coat, $995

Rag & Bone Faye Coat, $995

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Boss Cepina Wool Cashmere Coat, $625.00

Boss Cepina Wool Cashmere Coat, $625.00

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J.Crew Brown Collection Double-faced Italian Wool Sleeveless Coat, $495

J.Crew Brown Collection Double-faced Italian Wool Sleeveless Coat, $495

(Perhaps a sleeveless version would tickle your fancy…)

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Banana Republic Camel Double Breasted Coat, $298

Banana Republic Camel Double Breasted Coat, $298

 

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Frame Denim Le Duster suede coat, $1,400

Frame Denim Le Duster suede coat, $1,400

 

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Burberry London fitted trench coat, $4,939.31

Burberry London fitted trench coat, $4,939.31

 

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Stella McCartney Bryce wool-blend coat, $1,690

Stella McCartney Bryce wool-blend coat, $1,690

Which is your favorite?  Do you have a classic camel-colored trench coat, or do you disagree that it is a wardrobe staple?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Love you guys, xo

7 Super Cool Yoga Brands You’ve Never Heard Of

7 Awesome Yoga Brands That Aren’t LuluLemon

Trends & Tribulations

While we are forever grateful to Lululemon for being the pioneers of fashionable yoga gear (because, obviously, it needed to happen…), there are so many new and exciting yoga apparel brands popping up every day.  Considering the last year’s market where sales of athletic pants equaled the sales of denim, it is really not a surprise that more and more companies are banking on the athleisure trend.  In honor of the recent article I wrote for MNYoga, here’s the skinny on the coolest yoga gear that’s (ahem) not LuluLemon.  Enjoy, loves!

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The Upside

The Upside

The Upside

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Sweaty Betty

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This British retailer was founded in 1998 to “inspire women to find empowerment through fitness“.  They combine innovative, feminine designs with technical fabrics.  Plus, they give super cute reusable bags adorned with their geometric logo and motivational quotes with purchase.

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Lucas Hugh

Lucas Hugh

Lucas Hugh has an emphasis on futuristic prints and high-quality, technical fabrics that feature reinforced stitching and streamlined fused seams for unrestricted movement.  The designer, Anjhe Mules, uses her fashion and swimwear expertise to cut and craft yoga wear that flatters a women’s physique, while feeling comfortable and able to stretch freely.

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Alo Yoga

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This retailer is inspired by life in the fashion and healthy-lifestyle mecca Los Angeles.  They test out all their gear on real yogi’s before putting it to market to ensure a slim and functional fit.  Plus, their color blocking is so perfect to mix and match tops and pants together.  Who knew you could feel so put together in yoga clothing?

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WearGrace

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WearGrace is yoga clothing designed for both on and off the mat.  Its creator is former art director, graphic designer, and then Director of Image for the Gucci group (creative agency for all the brands: Gucci, YSL, Mcqueen, Balenciaga, and Sergio Rossi, among others) who found yoga after a few incidences happened simultaneously, and she found herself unable to walk and lost her father and husband.  The founder, Karen Joyce, explains that her yoga practice became an analogy for her life.

weargrace is a message, a belief and an emotion.

weargrace is a message, a belief and an emotion.

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Onzie

Onzie

Onzie

Onzie was created by a 20-year Bikram yoga practician to create affordably-priced clothing that is functional, flexible, and flattering.  Their lightweight, fast-drying fabric allows you to move freely whether you are doing yoga, pilates, spinning, swimming, surfing, or running.

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Teeki

Teeki

Teeki

Clothing made from recycled plastic bottles?  This LA-based retailer creates yoga pants and tops using fabric that is spun from fibers made out of recycled plastic water bottles, then cut, printed, and hand sewn using environmentally friendly practices.  Plus, everything is manufactured in the U.S., which provides jobs to Americans and reduces their carbon footprint.  Considering it takes over 400 years for plastic bottles to biodegrade, this is such an amazing way to help out the environment and offsets the need to produce new raw materials.  All that aside, I can personally attest to how unbelievably soft and lightweight their material is, as I own at least a few pairs of their pants (just doing my part for the environment….), and oh, my, are they just daaaarling.

Teeki

Teeki

What are your favorite athletic brands?  Do you shop at any of labels featured above?

xo

The It List: The Fall’s 10 Most Coveted Bags

Bag, Borrow, or Steal:

This Fall’s most coveted handbags range from furry to fringed to equestrian-inspired styles from Chloe & Gucci.  It seems as though almost every designer came out with a cross-body bag this season of many different shapes and sizes, as well as drool-worthy clutches, totes, and bucket bags.

Read on for 10 of the most hottest bags of the season.

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Shrimps Damsel faux fur clutch, $315

Shrimps Damsel faux fur clutch, $315

2.

Loewe 'Barcelona' Shoulder Handbag, $2,350.00

Loewe ‘Barcelona’ Shoulder Handbag, $2,350.00

3.

Givenchy Antigona Medium Satchel Bag, $2,435

4.

Saint Laurent Monogram Small Lipstick-Print Crossbody Bag, $1,990

5.

Anya Hindmarch Valorie embellished clutch, $650

Anya Hindmarch Valorie embellished clutch, $650

6.

Burberry Prorsum Printed calf hair bucket bag, $2,150

Burberry Prorsum Printed calf hair bucket bag, $2,150

7.

Olympia Le-Tan The Ballet Lovers box clutch, $1,882

Olympia Le-Tan The Ballet Lovers box clutch, $1,882

8.

Miu Miu Madras printed textured-leather shoulder bag, $1,910

Miu Miu Madras printed textured-leather shoulder bag, $1,910

9.

Charlotte Olympia Modern Maggie embroidered crepe de chine clutch, $1,295

10.

Chloé Georgia mini leather shoulder bag, $1,090

Chloé Georgia mini leather shoulder bag, $1,090

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

xo, loves

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Tom Ford

Tom Ford is, and always will be, the sexiest designer known to the fashion industry to date.  He proves this time and time again, and honestly, the fact that he is able to make a pair of denim boots sultry is only further evidence.  These patchwork denim and leather knee boots from his Fall 2015 runway collection are a perfect blend of bohemian and badass.

Tom Ford Patchwork denim and leather knee boots, $2,690

Tom Ford Patchwork denim and leather knee boots, $2,690

Tom Ford Patchwork denim and leather knee boots, $2,690

Pair them with a chambray button-down & slit maxi skirt, as seen in the photo below, or with a leather ensemble for a night out.

Tom Ford Patchwork denim and leather knee boots, $2,690

 

What do you think of these denim boots?  How would you style them?

xo, loves

SHOE PORN THURSDAY: Emilio Pucci

Funky suede boots are seriously trending right now in the fashion world, and these blue suede boots by Emilio Pucci are no exception.  With a gold colored heel, embellished with beads and luxe embroidery, and with a zodiac motif ford decoration, these bad boys are a serious statement boot.  I’d balance out these bold boots with a feminine, short, and flowy navy blue printed dress, or take the look up a few notches with a gold cocktail dress, like this one from Herve Leger.

Emilio Pucci, $5,575

Emilio Pucci, $5,575,  via Luisaviaroma

They do come with a hefty price tag, but…look at the detailing (cue dramatic ooh’s and ahh’s here)!

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See?  Totally worth a few months rent.

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What do you think of these Emilio Pucci blue suede boots?  What would you wear them with?

xo, loves