J. Crew Stella Pump for Spring

It’s freezing! And yet, we can’t help but think about spring shoes. Call it wishful thinking…

Whether you’re just emerging from your bunker post Snowpocalypse 2015 or scraping your windshield for the first time in your life, let thoughts of these pretty pumps from J. Crew keep you warm.

The Stella pump is a classic chunky-heeled pump with a not-so-classic colorway, complete with a spring fresh fabric-covered upper. This heel is sassy, chic, sexy and totally walkable.

Ugg Australia Fashion Boots

We used to talk quite a bit of trash about Ugg Australia, but not because they were a lousy brand. We had no issues with the brand and quality. For an everyday, outdoor, cold-weather boot, Ugg was a #1 contender. The problem was that they’d attracted the “basic bitch” fashionista. Girls who would wear these boots with mini skirts in the middle of summer. Um, you realize you’re wearing a shearling-lined winter boot, right?

But, the last few years, Ugg Australia has stepped up their game launching a line of fashion-friendly boots complete with the quality their brand was started on. Here are just a few of our favorite fashion-friendly boots from the line:

UGG Thames Women’s Dress Pull-on Boots

UGG Volta Women’s Dress Zip Boots

UGG Charlotte (Pearl Nubuck) Women’s Boots

Sneaker Style: Fashionable, Everyday Sneakers

Sneaker Style: Fashionable, Everyday SneakersAs a general rule, I never wear tennis shoes outside of the gym. But, with all fashion rules, there are exceptions. These days sneakers have moved into the forefront of fashion. In fact, they’re not just “sneakers” anymore. They’re “fashion sneakers” and they have their own special following of sneakerhead trendsetters.

I don’t own a lot of sneakers. I have some Converse sneakers and I love my sneaker wedges from Ash, but on a casual day I’ll still grab a pair of ballerina flats over sneakers 90% of the time. Still, there’s something to be said for a great pair of fashion sneakers to dress down an otherwise fancy outfit.

On a separate note, I’m selling these Nike for J.Crew Internationalist Sneakers on eBay! I’m selling them for a friend {long story} but they’re brand new, never worn, and still in the box sneakers. If anyone is interested!

Sneaker Style: Fashionable, Everyday Sneakers

Kaanas San Jacinto Skate Shoes – Multi/White

Sneaker Style: Fashionable, Everyday Sneakers

Giuseppe Zanotti Mirrored Low Top Sneakers – Argento

Sneaker Style: Fashionable, Everyday Sneakers

Opening Ceremony Oc Sneakers – Black Multi

Sneaker Style: Fashionable, Everyday Sneakers

Ash Detox Wedge Sneakers – Black/Fluoro Yellow/Roccia

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Mm6 Maison Martin Margiela High Top Velcro Sneakers – White/Azure/Navy/Grey

Valentino 1973 Rockstud Flats

Valentino 1973 Rockstud Flats || The Shoe Dish I always find fashion seasons so strange because you see what’s going to be fashionable in a few months before you can even access those fashions. I understand why it’s necessary; I just find it amusing. Guess that trend!

But, my all time favorite fashion season is Resort. Doesn’t it just seem a little archaic. Do people really purchase resortwear? Is this a lifestyle of the rich and famous plug? Or am I just missing something?

Normally I turn my nose up at anything considered “resort”. It always seems kitschy and reminiscent of another time, but as with all things I’m constantly reminded of how finicky fashion is, even to the faint of heart. These radical Valentino flats are all of the above; reminiscent of another time, kitschy and resort-inspired. In fact, these flats are inspired by the designers 1973 archives, with a disruptive print only their now iconic Rockstud style could carry. Be bright, be bold and make sure you holiday in Palm Springs.

*Also available as a gladiator sandal – Valentino Multicolor 1973 Print Rockstud Gladiator Sandals

Dolce Vita Graham Suede Bootie

Dolce Vita Graham Suede Bootie || The Shoe DishI’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pair of nude suede casual booties for months now. I found a few versions that might work, but after a little “sole”-searching, I realized that I was forcing it. You ever notice that when you’re looking for something specific, you can’t find it, but when you’re not looking for it, you find it EVERYWHERE!!

Ugh! Tis the stuff of life. I’ve been trying very hard not to make spontaneous, thoughtless purchases, especially now that I’m working on building a Capsule Collection. So, I’ve tried to remain patient. And guess what my shoe friends? My patience paid off. Last week, while test-driving a 4Runner with my hubby, I saw them…

These yummy Dolce Vita Graham Pull On Booties. It helped that they were on the feet of a gorgeous woman, but I knew immediately that they were the ones! Love at first site. She gave me the info I needed and I went home and bought these bad boys up.

Building a Capsule Collection Wardrobe in Your 30s

Rebuilding a Wardrobe in Your 30s || House. Food. Baby.

I know this blog is primarily about shoes, but since shoes define an outfit, I figured this might be a fun topic to share with you guys. Fashion gets tricky in your 30s. I’ve been struggling with my style for about 2 years now and since becoming a mom this confusion has only deepened. I’m 32, a mother of twins, and a business owner. When I look into my closet these days, I see a sad collection of “nothing to wear”…

I’ve gone through several fashion revisions in my life; nothing transformative, but the stuff of life, age, and financial growth. Today I’m confident. I’ve finally embraced the kink in my hair. I look pretty with some blush and mascara. I live by a few simple fashion rules. I get dressed every morning, no matter what and I never wear tennis shoes, Yoga pants, or t-shirts in public…unless I’m at the gym.

I don’t have a problem looking pulled together. I find there is no excuse for looking frumpy. The problem is that I don’t love all of my outfits. I often feel disconnected from the clothes I’m wearing. At the same time, I have outfits I adore. Nothing beats a great pair of skinny jeans {I’m no J Lo; my butt isn’t the butt I had in my 20s, but it’s cute}, comfy sweater and ankle boots. Add a hot pair of heels and you’ve got an outfit for a night on the town.

So, I’m taking the ultimate fashion challenge. I’m going to build a Capsule Wardrobe for Spring 2015. What’s a Capsule Wardrobe? Check out the resources below for some great inspiration. During this challenge, I’m also going to renovate our closet {you can follow that DIY challenge on my other blog, House, Food. Baby}. Room for shoes is an obvious need in our house. My husband is a shoe whore too :)

Most Capsule Collections include shoes in the capsule, but there’s no way I’m pairing down my shoe collection, so I’ll be considering my shoe collection a part of accessories and there’s no cap on those. Phew!

Read more about Minimalist fashion and Capsule Wardrobes:

Men’s Rain Boots

Over the holidays, I learned that men want rain boots too. Who knew!?!!! Both my husband and brother, on separate occasions, within 2 weeks of each other told me they needed rain boots. My husband is looking for something basic, simple, and classic. My brother just needs something cheap that can get him through the puddles during a Charleston monsoon.

So, here’s my list of rain boots for men, inspired by the two favorite men in my life:

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*Hunter, Tretorn and Native are all great brands that have various shaft heights and styles for pretty much any taste. Whether you want a tall boot, boot that looks like a shoe or the now-trendy bean boot style, they’ve got something for everyone.