Pumps With Color

Just when I thought platform heels couldn’t get any better, these clever designers went and made the platform a different color from the rest of the shoe. Basically, an instant way to add splashes of color to whatever you are wearing. I’m currently in the process of deciding which of these fabulous Aldo pairs to snag for this weekend’s festivities.

Golida ($125, Aldo) Fogler ($125, Aldo) Dreggs ($125, Aldo)

Golida ($125, Aldo)

Fogler ($125, Aldo)

Dreggs ($125, Aldo)

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Animal Print Pumps

Gabriella Rocha Callie 2 Pump Giraffe Pumps ($34.71, www.overstock.com) Gabriella Rocha- Callie 2 Pump Zebra Pumps ($34.71, www.overstock.com)

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Leighton Meester’s Electrifying Look

Leighton MeesterA year and a half later after she wore it, Leighton Meester’s ensemble from the 2008 Versace Menswear Launch is still one of my favorites. It offers a brilliant interpretation of the ‘less is more’ philosophy that will never go out of style. [Read more…]

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Audrina Patridge’s Style: Rock and Glamor Rolled Into One

Audrina Patridge

Audrina Patridge

Say what you want about The Hills, but I still tune in every week to see what the ladies of MTV’s LA-based reality show are wearing. Of all the cast members, Audrina’s style would have to be my favorite. Every time I see her, she manages to  look comfortable yet incredibly stylish. [Read more…]

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Steve Madden’s Fantacy Shoe is Fierce

Fantacy shoe ($149.95, Steven by Steve Madden)

Fantacy shoe ($149.95, Steven by Steve Madden)

When I saw this divine suede and snakeskin patent leather creation, my heart sank. Steve Madden has done it again, this time with his Fantacy shoe. [Read more…]

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Ahead of the trends: Ashley Olsen

Ashley Olsen

Ashley Olsen

Ashley Olsen appears to always a step ahead of the trends. This photo was taken in 2006, while the dress and leather jacket combo that she’s wearing in the photo didn’t go big until late last year.

Motorcycle Jacket ($249, Bebe)

Motorcycle Jacket ($249, Bebe)

Leather is a great way to dress down and add some edge to more formal, feminine pieces . It’s certainly practical for spring and early summer, when nighttime is still a bit chilly and you need to wear a little something over a dress. The jacket I’ve chosen mimics the length Ashley’s cropped jacket, which is what I think keeps the look from crossing over to the grunge side. I, personally, wouldn’t pay much less for a leather jacket. This is an investment piece that will last you through several seasons, without showing wear and tear like cheaper alternatives would.

Babydoll Dress ($14.50, Forever 21)

Babydoll Dress ($14.50, Forever 21)

At only $14.50, this babydoll dress is a pretty fab find. Its simplicity makes it a blank canvas that screams to be accessorized. A gold bangle and ring, like Ashley is wearing, go really well with white. I’ve picked two pretty ornate rings, but, again, the simplicity of the dress leaves room for endless possibilities.

Pearl Center Flower Ring ($3.80, Forever 21)

Pearl Center Flower Ring ($3.80, Forever 21)

Rosette Rings Set ($3.80, Forever 21)

Rosette Rings Set ($3.80, Forever 21)

Gold and Wood Bangle Set ($9, Claire's)

Gold and Wood Bangle Set ($9, Claire's)

The bangle set ($9, Claire’s) I chose includes a couple of wood ones, which I think work really well with this color palette. The variety of textures in the jewelry provide a nice contrast against the white linen of the dress. With the bracelets and rings, I’d say the necklace is not a necessity. But if it is for you, necklaces made of white shells–perfect for a summer look–are really easy to find, often for under $5. Be sure to pick one up from a boardwalk gift shop next time you find yourself at the beach!

Black Peeptoe Pumps ($79, Nordstrom)

Black Peeptoe Pumps ($79, Nordstrom)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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