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Message from Princess: Get a steal on a hot red heel

Friday, January 29th, 2010

As any shoe lover knows, a red heel is an absolute must for any shoe collection.  Red can always add that extra bit of heat to your style and is actually quite versatile, so shoes in this color tend to be the kind you can wear again and again with a variety of looks – particularly when you choose a classic silhouette, like a peep toe pump.  It’s always an added bonus to find a really great price on a go-pair that is normally much more expensive.  If you’re on the hunt for a sexy red heel (for Valentine’s Day, perhaps?), I’ve found some hot styles on major discount at 6pm.  Check them out:

Tyler Woo in red leather for $30 (MSRP $120).  It also comes in brown and black.  Update: Now $24

Steven by Steve Madden Lalo in red patent for $31.25 (MSRP $125).  Also available in 5 other color options.  Update: Now $25

Exchange by Charles David Brunch in red patent for $20 (MSRP $80).  4 other color options are available.  Update: Now $16

Steven by Steve Madden Lemore in red suede for $34.75 (MSRP $139).  It’s also available in brown or black.  If you prefer patent leather, get it in ruby or black for the same price.  Update: Now $27.80

Max Studio Mazur in red leather for $37.25 (MSRP $149).  It also comes in brown or black.  Update: Now $29.80

Now I’m off to order one of these for myself! :)

Boots & athletic shoes under $25 at Boscovs

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Cheap Chick was on the prowl again today (this birdie can not be contained) and she found several name-brand athletic shoes and boots for under $25 at Boscovs.  The prices are already super-low, but you also get an additional discount at checkout during their Extra Secret Discount Sale (psst…it’s another 10% off).  Here are a few examples of the savings you can get:

Madden Girl Tatyana for $24.99 (regularly $59.99) in black or brown.  At checkout, they drop to $22.49.

Skechers D’Lites for $23.99 (regularly $59.99), but just $21.59 at checkout.

Unionbay Stormie in black, camel or chestnut for $19.99 (regularly $49.99) before discount, $17.99 after.

Adidas Duramo in white/silver/pink for $27.50 (regularly $55).  They drop to $24.75 at checkout.

Keds Endeavor for $25.99 (regularly $64.99) and $23.39 at checkout.

Reebok Heel Side DMX for $24.99 (regularly $49.99) and $22.49 after discount.

See all boots on sale and athletic shoes on sale or check out all of the shoes for more options.  The extra discount sale ends 1/30/10.

Say “I do” in these wedding dress shoes + something blue bridal shoes

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Wedding season is coming up and, if you’re a bride-to-be planning the big day, you want everything to be just right – down to the last detail.  The pictures here are from my own wedding, which looked and felt just like a fairy tale to me and was certainly one of the best, most memorable days of my life.  All of the planning, work and preparation was totally worth it for that one special day. 

Of course, the centerpiece of any wedding is THE dress, but brides need the perfect accompaniment to complete their look: a  beautiful pair of bridal shoes.  It’s always been highly popular to wear head-to-toe white and match the shoes to the gown, but I love that today’s brides are getting increasingly creative with their look – especially when adding a dose of color, like Gwen Stefani did with pink in her Dior gown and singer Pink with black in her Monique Lhuillier.  Even if you wear a classic white dress, you can always opt for a nice pop of color in your shoes in lieu of metallic and white options.  My own gown was floor-length, so my shoes didn’t really show, but of course I had to find myself a pretty heel to wear anyway:

 

I really did love these silver flower-adorned ankle-strap heels (sorry for the small pics) and while many of us sacrifice comfort for style from time to time, I have to admit these ended up being quite uncomfortable – even for a nice stroll down the aisle – and I ended up ditching them during the reception for a pair of sequined blue flip flops.  There’s no harm in doing something like that if your dream wedding shoe is less than comfy, but here’s a word of advice: Don’t forget (like I did) to walk around in your shoes before the wedding, break them in a bit and bring a back-up if you don’t think you can dance (or walk) the night away in them. 

As it turns out, I wore my wedding shoes only once and then my sister wore them for her own wedding a few years later as her “Something Borrowed” item.  So far, they seem to have brought us both plenty of luck and happiness! 

Now, let’s look at some currently available wedding shoe options in a wide variety of styles and price points for anyone planning their own bridal look (or for brides who may need a little shoe inspiration!).  I think these bridal shoes will make the very first step into married life completely gorgeous:

Metallic bridal shoes:

The very princess-esque Pelle Moda Indulge in pewter, bronze or black for $184.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.

The ALDO Vanancio in silver or black for $90 at ALDO.  Coupon code 99029324 takes 10% off until 1/30/10.

The glam Pelle Moda Verbena in gold, pewter, silver or black for $184.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.

The Pelle Moda Limbo in pewter, bronze, black or champagne for $154.90 – $154.95 depending on size/color selection at Amazon.

Glitter bridal shoes:

H by Halston Stella silver glitter pumps for $79.95 exclusively at Bakers Shoes.  These are also available in gold glitter, multi glitter and brown, white or black leather.

Steve Madden Caryssag for $129.95 with free shipping at Zappos or for $139.95 with free shipping via code SMFREESHIP at Steve Madden.

The Colorifics Gala in silver glitter or gold multi-colored glitter for $56.45 at Shoebuy.  Get another 20% off with coupon code BDAY, making them $45.16 with free shipping.  Coupon expiration is unknown.

The Stuart Weitzman Avalon for $355 at Jildor.

A style Taylor Swift once wore, the Report Signature Carleton silver glitter heel, which is available in limited sizes at Heels.com for $179.99.  Coupon code NEWYEAR takes 15% off $150, making them $152.99 with free shipping, until 2/15/10.

The Miss Me Whitney for $39.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.com.

White and ivory bridal shoes:

Pre-order the Martinez Valero Ophelia with rhinestone bow for $175 at the Martinez Valero website.  It comes in white or ivory and is expected to ship in February.

Also at the Martinez Valero website is the Martinez Valero Olivia in white, black or ivory with passementerie trim.

The ruffled RSVP Henny in ivory for $73.83 with free shipping at Zappos.

Here’s a fabulous discount on the Cole Haan Ceci Air Rose Slingback.  It’s normally $428, but marked down to $192 at Neiman Marcus.  The other stores I’ve seen that carry it still list it at full price right now.

A stand-out in floral, the Nina Critia in ivory, white and nine other color options (hello, bridesmaids!) for $99 at ninashoes.com.

The sophisticated Badgley Mishka Randall in white, silver or black for $200 with free shipping at Piperlime.

Champagne & pink wedding shoes:

Badgley Mischka Randee in pink, gold, black or white for $215 with free shipping at Piperlime.

Paris Hilton Senorita in pink, red or black for $93 with free shipping at Zappos.  Also available at Shoes.com in gold, pewter, grey or black for $97 with another 15% off using coupon code SNOW until 1/31/10, making them $82.45. 

Luichiny Gim Me in champagne for $68.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.  Also available in teal, black, red, brown and purple.

A statement heel for a statement bride, the Pelle Moda Bryce in champagne or black for $127.16 with free shipping at Zappos.

Now, for any brides who want to fulfill their “Something Blue” requirement with a pair of blue bridal shoes, here are some options to consider:

Blue wedding shoes:

*See more blue bridal shoes in a post added 7/6/10*

Fan of Sex and the City?  Get Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding style with a Manolo Blahnik Something Blue knockoff, the Martinez Valero Zenith in blue.  It’s offered for a really great price at DSW, where it’s $79.95 (black and silver also available).  Update: DSW is sold out in blue, but Zappos has a few sizes left for $164 and Sears has several sizes for $154.99.  For another another Manolo Blahnik Something Blue lookalike, try the RSVP Zaza for $99 at Zappos.

Here are more wedding shoes in blue:

Fergie Safra in blue, black or red for $89 with free shipping at Amazon.

MIX NO. 6 Onyx in blue or black for $39.95 at DSW.  Update: DSW members get $10 off $49 by logging in to their account and getting the coupon code by 2/3/10, plus get free shipping on $35 using code NEWYR10 until 2/8/10.

Paris Hilton Regal in blue or grey for $95 at Shoes.com. Get 15% off with coupon code SNOW until 1/31/10, making them $80.75 with free shipping.

Update: I had to add this pair for a soft, pastel blue bridal shoe option.  It’s the Martinez Valero Vida for $153 with free shipping at Zappos.

To all brides in 2010, congratulations to you and I hope you’re wedding day is amazing in every way!

Nine West Liatris sequin blue heel for $38.49

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Sequins have been hot lately and one pair of sequined shoes I personally love is the Nine West Liatris in blue.  You have the classic peep toe platform style and plenty of sparkle, but it’s toned down nicely with the casual effect of the wooden heel and turquoise trim.  Get a great deal on this pair at Amazon, where you can find it on sale for $38.49 (originally $89.95) with free shipping.  Most sizes 6-10 are still available.

If you prefer the black satin Liatris, Amazon is almost sold out, but you can get it at 6pm for $40.  They also have the black sequin pair for $53.37.

Two Lips shoes on sale under $25 at 6pm

Monday, January 25th, 2010

6pm has a new sale for 75% off Two Lips shoes this week and almost all of the 500 shoes currently available are under $25, qualifying them for Cheap Chick status.  With prices starting at $12.75, there’s definitely some great deals to be had, like the Two Lips Miami above for $19.75 (MSRP $79).  I also can’t help but think that the Two Lips Giuseppa below is a fun choice.  We all need a super-sparkly, silver glitter slide-on heel, right?  If so, this particular one is marked down to just $18.74 (MSRP $74.95).

Sale ends 1/29/10.

Look-alikes for Mary-Kate Olsen’s neon pink & white Giambattista Valli shoes

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

I was browsing the shoes at Newport News today and noticed these white and pink neon heels for sale.  Who did I immediately think of?  Mary-Kate Olsen, who donned a similar pop of pink in her Giambattista Valli Victoria shoes (which are named after Victoria Beckham).  Although Mary-Kate wore this style a few years back, it’s always been one of my favorite looks on her and a great example of neon done right.  Try a similar look this spring by pairing a white minidress with the Newport News neon heels, which are on sale for $29 (originally $39).  They are listed as ivory/pink, so it may be more of an off-white.  Apply coupon code 503 for another 25% off, making them just $21.75.  Coupon expires 1/22/10.

If you’re looking for a Giambattista Valli Victoria knockoff for a more exact replica of the look, InTheirCloset.com found an almost identical pair offered by Shiekh Shoes for $44.97.

Real Housewives of Orange County Gretchen wears knockoff Louis Vuitton boots from ALDO

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Gretchen Rossi from The Real Housewives of Orange County appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen tonight (love you Andy!) after the latest RH episode.  I must say, she was lookin’ hot in her one-shoulder gray dress and her black suede over-the-knee boots, which a viewer inquired about on-air.  Grechen replied that they look like Louis Vuitton boots – not sure which ones she’s referring to – but they are actually a knock-off from ALDO (to which Andy says, ALTO?).  From that, I’m assuming that they are these ALDO Yunes, which are sold for $140.  If you covet this sexy style, you can get them at ALDO with an additional 10% off using coupon code 99029324 and get free shipping too.  Coupon expiration is unknown.

Update: If the ALDO Yunes isn’t available in your size, check out the similar Steve Madden Xennon at Onlineshoes.com for $112.98 or at Amazon for $119.99-$149.95 depending on size.

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