International Women’s Day Outfit

Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining the Girl Scouts of Utah as they celebrated International Women’s day with an amazing dinner program at The Complex.  I love supporting the Girls Scouts since they provide much needed mentoring and education of girls.  This is always a fun event and I seem to run into other great women active in the Salt Lake community.

I haven’t done an outfit post in a while, so I took some photos of my outfit from yesterday.  This was a very Zara heavy outfit.  The blazer, faux leather peplum top and shoes were all found from Zara online.

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This outfit works because the tweed blazer adds some polish to the slouchy boyfriend jeans.  The faux leather top works well under the blazer mostly because the break on the peplum is in line with the break in the blazer, so both flare out at the same point.  This can be tricky when layering a peplum top underneath something else.

Zara top

Then there are the shoes.  I’m loving simple pointy toed shoes this spring.  These reminded me of the Alexander Wang pair that I picked up for my birthday, but about a 10th of the price.  I was most amazed at the fact that Zara had them in a size 5, which they almost never do.  The woven metallic toe piece is a great way to add a bit a shine to the outfit without overpowering.

Zara shoes

Happy International Women’s Day and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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Alexander Wang Lina

My birthday is coming up in 10 days.  Christmas is one month later.  I just got back from a quick getaway to New York City and while I was there, I bought myself a present for my birthday and Christmas.  I couldn’t resist.  If you have been following my blog, you know already the challenges of having small feet and my love for shoes.

Shopping at the high end boutiques in SOHO can be depressing.  So many gorgeous items that I will never be able to afford but covet.  Most of the time I just go and window shop, touch the clothes, see the fabric close up, in awe of the workmanship and design that goes into all those beauties.  This time, when stepping into the Alexander Wang boutique, I was greeted by the shoes that I have been coveting, sitting pretty on display.  I picked up the pair and saw that they were my size!  I proceeded to try them on and knew instantly they were coming home with me.  So what if they cost more than my plane ticket?  I was not leaving New York without them.

These are the Alexander Wang Lina pumps.  They are a two piece pump with leather on the toe cap and purple suede on the heel and ankle strap.  The true 3 inch heel with no platform and the pointy toe gives this modern shoe a classic feel.  I have dozens of black heels, but believe it or not, this is my first pair with a pointy toe.

Just looking at these pictures as I write this post makes me love them even more.  It seems so wrong to love a pair of shoes so much.  But you already know about my shoe problem.  These shoes will be worn with cuffed jeans as seen here, or with cocktail dresses, or even with leather shorts.  Sometimes love finds you when you least expect it.  Happy shopping!

Fall 2012 Trends – Scarlet Fever

I know you are saying, “didn’t you just post about oxblood?” And you are right, but red is not the same as the deep wine tones of oxblood and deserves its own post. I own a dozen or so items in red. Most of it have been accumulated during the last 10 years I’ve lived in Salt Lake City. For those of you who have no interest in collegiate sports, The University of Utah Utes wear crimson. I married into Utes nation and now I am a proud owner of many red items to show my Utah pride.

Red on the lips is my favorite way to wear this trend. My Asian eyelids are drooping and this makes eye make-up a joke. I use bright lips to counter the bare eyes. But I know not everyone can pull off a bright red lip, so here are some more user friendly ways to incorperate this trend into your fall. I think that the black and red combination is a classic. This dress from Thakoon shows how red layered underneath the black really makes the dress pop. The simple sillouette makes this dress a classic even in such a bold design.

Another designer to show this trend is Victoria Beckham, who designed this dress with the simple black accents to bring attention to the chest and waist. Posh Spice is known for her body hugging designs, but I think that this dress would only flatter the super tall and skinny.I think that the most amazing use of these two colors comes from Equipment, who makes amazing silk blouses, but here they used a strong python print in red and black for this beautiful dress. I’ve ordered this print in a blue shirt, but now I am eyeing this dress to wear with black tall boots and a black cardi or blazer.

Are these dresses too much red for you? Then the next best thing is to punch up a basic black outfit with some bright accessories. Oh, how I love accessories! I would wear this necklace from Marni with a black turtle neck, yes I like turtlenecks, and jeans. A statement necklace is sometimes all you need to make the outfit.

I have been on the hunt for red pumps and I found the perfect pair at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last week. These shoes by Sam Edelman are a classic in red suede with a pointy toe, which by the way is coming back this fall. Get it now through Nordstrom at a great price of $79.90.

Bags are another great way to wear this trend. I love how this Olivia Harris Bowler Satchel uses red and black in a classic shape. This sophisticated bag would look great with work clothes and as well with jeans. You can find this bag at Purse Dreams on sale for $364.

Have a great weekend and happy shopping!

FRYE Dara Campus Stitch Sandal

I really need to do a bag post eventually.  I guess I’m surrounded by purses on a daily basis, so my shoe obsession needs an outlet.  These FRYE sandals came to the market Spring of  2010 and I knew I had to have the teal version.  I’m a sucker for anything turquoise or teal.  I loved how the leather wrapped your foot, so that even with the high heel and platform, it seemed pretty stable. I’ve worn these sandals for two summers now and I’m glad they are in my closet since they go so well with oranges that are the color of the summer.

I am wearing BDG Twill Grazer Mid Rise from Urban Outfitters, Liefsdottir blouse from a few years ago, and a necklace from Koo De Ker.  Here are close ups of these lovely shoes.

Have a great week everyone!  And I promise a purse post next.

Betsey Johnson Serenn Booties

I know that it seems weird that I own a handbag boutique and I post mostly about shoes, but I’ve loved shoes for so much longer than bags. I remember being in middle school and already begging my mom for shoes when we went shopping at Macy’s. The bag obsession didn’t start until college and really it hasn’t become a problem until about 5 years ago.

I’m short, no make that petite. At a whopping 5’1.5″, I love how heels elevate me and give me a different perspective. I feel different when wearing heels, less mommy, more stylin. I have loved the Jeffrey Campbell Lita boots since I first saw them about a year ago, but never took the plunge. Then this last fall, I received a Nordstrom catalogue that had these amazing booties that looked like the Lita’s, but more feminine. I fell in love with these.

See the similarities? The same covered platform bootie style as the JC’s, but different enough. I liked how the scalloped eyelet trim and pointier toe gave it a more daintier flare. I’m also a sucker for grey suede.

I even love how Betsey uses her signature leopard print on the sole of the shoe. A fun way to show everyone that these are indeed, Betsey Johnson. These are major heels with a 5.5″ heel and a 1.5″ platform. Like I said before, I love the added height. You can still find some sizes of the Serenn here SERENN SUEDE BOOTIES WITH SCALLOP ANKLE – Betsey Johnson. Have a great weekend and don’t forget today is the Shop Around the Block event in Salt Lake City, so go out and support your local shops.

Yves Saint Laurent Tribute Sandals

Let me first tell you that if you are ever in the neighborhood of Nordstrom Rack, stop in!  Take a look at the shoe department, and not just the designer section.  I found these YSL Tribute 105 sandals in the normal shoe section without the original box or dustbag.  I almost lost it when I saw this pair sitting in the box.  I knew exactly what style it was and hoped that when I picked it up, it would be my size.  Cause you never know at the Rack.  Shoes get misplaced all over the place.

These iconic sandals were introduced by the fashion house in 2007.  Pretty soon these platform t-strap sandals were on the feet of Lauren Conrad, Beyonce, Olivia Palermo, and the Olsen sisters.  They come in a variety of colors, leather treatments, and embellishments.  They have a 5.5 inch heel with a 1.5 inch platform.  Surprisingly, they are fairly comfortable even at that height.  I really do love the way they elongate the leg and add over 5 inches to my petite frame.

This pair I picked up is in a color that Nordstrom has listed as Nero.  The black leather is pebbled and matte.  The straps are carefully woven to create the intricate vamp of the sandal.  So pretty!

This pair was marked a 36, which in European sizing can be anywhere between a 5.5 and 6 US.  I knew that I needed to try them on to see how this pair would fit.  A trick with Nordstrom Rack is that you should not believe the size on their sticker.  Sometimes I will find a pair that is marked 36 and the store sticker will list the size as 5, and I know that a 36 is more like a 6.

I got lucky with these.  The Tribute style can run a bit small depending on how wide your feet are, so the 36 was only a tiny bit big.  Close enough for me to take home and pad it up a little.  Here’s the kicker – they were $199 and I had $60 worth of Nordstrom notes!  Not bad for sandals that are still up on the Nordstrom website for $795.

May good shoe karma find you too!

Bettye Muller Shoes

My love of shoes almost dwarfs my love of bags.  I’m lucky that my size 5 1/2 feet don’t allow me to purchase all the shoes I want.  So many stores only carry shoes starting at size 6.  My collection varies from practical Dansko clogs and Toms to the high heels and sandals that seem to only get worn for work or date nights.

My favorite places to score shoes are Nordstrom Rack or discount sites.  One of my favorite discount sites is http://www.myhabit.com, which is part of Amazon.  Designers use them to unload previous season’s leftover stock at a huge discount.  Usually 45% – 65% off full retail prices.  I’m sharing this with you in hopes that you don’t have size 5 1/2 feet.

Last week I wore a pair of Bettye Muller black suede peep toe pumps that I found at a screaming price of $107.  The original retail price of these were $425.  I’m not usually fond of peep toes, especially if the peep part is too large and shows too much toe.  These are perfect.  I love the wide ankle strap that gives it a very architectural look.  I wore them with bright blue twill pants from Urban Outfitters, a simple white tank and a black Trina Turk embellished blazer.  The necklace is from Mariemichelle Designs and can be found at Purse Dreams.  Oh, and the bright nail polish is Orly Passion Fruit.  Loving the pop of neon on my toes.Image

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