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all in the details: joie day dreaming flats

Smoking slippers are all the rage for autumn. While they’ve always had a place in the preppy summer wardrobe, the style is certainly going mainstream for late summer and really gearing up for the cooler months. I’ve seen a lot of suede and velvet offerings and my fair share of animal printed ponyhair in trying to determine the right fit for my wardrobe, but the ones that I feel absolutely obliged to share with you are these excellent red/black patterned ones from Joie.

Day Dreaming Flats, Joie, $175

The colour is vivid enough to stand out, but the pattern subtle enough to blend in. I particularly enjoy an orange/red tone for fall, and the combination of a black pattern with brown leather.

I’d naturally pair clean classic lines with a shoe like this, and but can’t resist the challenge of adding an additional pattern. Start with black ankle-length pants (to show off those fabulous shoes), and either be a little adventurous pairing pattern with pattern in the form of a classic red and white stripe, or add subtle colour with a blue button-down.

Pencil Stripe Pullover, Madewell, $58 / Cafe Capri, J.Crew, $90 / Classic Dress Shirt, Brooks Brothers, $90

For either stripes or solids, you have an opportunity to play with the mix of black and brown. Picking up on the Lucy crossbody bag from Botkier that Becki mentioned a few weeks ago, the small size and gold chain handle serves as a great base. This inspires a basic tan belt, and a brown and gold double strap watch. Sporting stripes? Skip a necklace and go with interesting oversized studs with a slightly retro feel, and a gold chain-link bracelet. Basking in blue? Keep with the colour palette of the shoes and add a graphic red necklace, plain gold studs, and perhaps a scarf tied on the side of the bag that mimics the pattern on your flats.

Smooth Leather Belt, Gap, $30 / Lucy Crossbody, Botkier, $295 / Chain Link Scarf, Banana Republic, $60 / Peyton Watch, Michael Kors, $225 / Urban Link Toggle Bracelet, Kenneth Cole, $45 / Button Earrings, Trina Turk, $44 / Knot Post Studs, Trina Turk, $45 / Resin Petal Necklace, Trina Turk, $100

Think about anchoring your outfit by combining classic shapes (boat-neck tees, oxford button-downs, and smoking flats) with patterns and colours as neutrals. Keeping a sense of consistency in the way that you inject a little visual interest in the classics is all in the details.  ~ Kate

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stylish staples: the hoop earring


am i the only one who’s noticed that hoops are back, in a big way?  i’m not sure if they were really gone, or if i’m just suddenly acknowledging them again.  the truth is i’ve never really warmed to hoops.  i’m just not coordinated enough to fasten the ones that connect in the back.  plus, i think the really large ones look a little too, well, ’80s-hair-band-groupie for my taste.  the look is just hard to get right if you go extreme, and the basic versions just seem a little too basic, if that makes any sense.  so, i took it upon myself to round up a few less traditional hoops that i’m digging this season.  

as usual, my first stop was gorjana – they’re always my go-to for beautifully-designed pieces on a budget.  plus, it turns out they’re definitely experts in the non-traditional hoop department.  my picks are that lovely silver bali crown earring (which i’m almost sure i saw on an episode of “brothers and sisters” recently) and the gold g-tear earring.  i love that both designs echo the classic hoop without being basic or dull.  the texturing is fantastic, and the slight tweak to the circle shape in both cases is perfect for anyone whose face could use a little narrowing. oh yeah…and both are under $50.  

if you happen to be more coordinated than i am, those stunning textured organic hoops by kenneth cole are an absolute steal at $32, and will keep you decidedly fashion-forward even in a conservative office.  

for a bit of a splurge, look no further than those wonderful hammered tear earrings by designer michelle lenae.  i am thoroughly amazed by some of the fine jewelry being sold on etsy these days, and these are no exception.  that drop of smokey quartz doesn’t take away from the utilitarian, go-with-anything style this hoop offers, but it definitely makes them stand out from the crowd.

so, what do you think – are you embracing the hoop earring’s return to fame?

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