It’s September, friends! Finally! It’s my favorite month of the year – and not just because my birthday’s fast approaching (though that definitely helps). September always feels like a season of possibility. Leaves change, the air takes on that delicious chill, kids are locked back in their cells for another nine months, and the world feels like it makes a bit more sense.
So, I’m choosing to ignore the fact that the weather report claims it’ll be 90 degrees this weekend where I am. Instead, I’m looking ahead. To short boots, cozy fires, and soup season. Grab your first pumpkin spice latte of the season and do a little something to help your brain transition to fall. Need a few suggestions? Read on →
Happy Earth Day, friends! (Or Earth Day, Observed, at least.) Since you know I’m all about living the green lifestyle, doing everything I can to curb excess waste and…
Yeah, not so much. You could look pretty hard before finding someone less environmentally-inclined than I am. If I’m honest, I barely recycle. I never carry those reuseable totes for grocery shopping (though I have about 967 of them spilling out of my hall closet). And last night, I put some old medications right in the garbage can. I know, I’m going straight to hell.
But. Every now and then, I see a little something I could do to be better. Nothing drastic, just a little nudge of environmental altruism, without going too far out of my way. And hey, in those rare instances, when I get to pat myself on the back for all the polar bears I’m saving? I’m totally an activist. Read on →
Friends, my love for a great ballet flat is well-documented in these pages. And I think you all know by now that my love for London Sole ballets in particular is right up there near “adoring fan” status. So when their San Francisco store invited me over to browse the shop and learn a little more about the brand, there was basically no chance I was going to turn them down. Read on →
I have a bit of a love/hate with Friday Finds, which is why you haven’t seen it lately. I always want it to be packed to the gills with impossibly perfect picks, but that’s a tall order, isn’t it? But this week, so many covetable chestnuts crossed my path, I couldn’t resist the gravitational pull to show each and every one to you right.this.minute. Read on →
Kate M.W. ~ Despite the fact that I’m a strong advocate for flats, sometimes a pair of, say, suede platform wedge t-strap colour-blocked heels just catches my eye and I’m hooked. Completely practical? Perhaps not. But there’s something about these Darnell Wedges from Jeffrey Campbell that seem both playful and grown-up, appealing both to my inner child and my subtle chic older self. The mix of black, grey, and maroon provide a palette that’s versatile and easy to work with.
As most of you know, while I talk a high-fashion game, my style is pretty classic at heart. As my best friend is forever mocking me for, give me a cardigan, a pair of jeans and a great ballet flat, and I’m a happy girl.
I’ve been in the market for the perfect nude ballet flat all year, but I’ve been very Goldilocks about the whole thing. Some were too pink, others too tan, some had too much embellishment, others were too plain. But strolling through the Nordstrom shoe department last week (as I’m wont to do), I came across the perfect solution. I knew it was right when the whole transaction, from spotting to trying to buying, took under five minutes.
The big winner was the Halogen Callie flat – it’s that perfect taupe-y nude hue that looks right with everything (no, really – everything!), without disappearing on your foot entirely. They’ve become my no-thought-required go-to when picking a shoe feels like too much work, as it does on so many mornings. And the patent leather is perfect for winter weather. Also, they’re under $100, which is a pretty serious steal in my shoe world. But do go up about a half size…they’re running small!
My sweet friends at Lillybee just launched their Fall 2012 collection (and a brand new website!), and let me tell you, there is some serious coveting going on up in here.
Left to right, from top: Anita, $228 / Hazel, $188 / Veda, $118 / Shania, $278 / Tammy, $228
And there’s so, so much more where those came from! I’ve already nabbed those purple calf hair loafers…how could I resist? But I’m wondering if I shouldn’t have treated myself to the laser-cut Western booties too. So, so chic!
One of my favorite things about Lillybee is that it’s a collection that’s designed to actually be worn. Translation: comfy heels, low wedges, flats…these are all shoes that are beautiful and fashion-forward, but you can wear them in the real world. That probably shouldn’t be a niche market, but it so is. Particularly if you’re a corporate gal, Lillybee is a line you should be spending some serious time with. Designer Kassie Rempel is a DC-area native who also owns one of the District’s cult favorite shoe boutiques, so she knows a thing or two about creating shoes for powerhouse women (including herself!).
So now, the really pressing question is this: have you picked a favorite?