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Shoe Love: Badgley Mischka Olaf mesh bootie

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

I love a shoe that is completely romantic and feminine, which is why this Badgley Mischka Olaf mesh bootie immediately caught my eye while browsing the footwear at Nordstrom.  It’s a bit pricey at $200, but I can totally imagine these paired with tights in a contrasting color, which would allow the large floral lace detail in the mesh to really stand out.  Plus, it’s topped off with a large satin bow and shiny trim – what more could a girly girl want?  In addition to the nude version pictured above, it also comes in black:

You can get either color at Nordstrom for $200 and apply coupon code SHOES for free shipping on your order until 10/25.  It’s also available in black at Piperlime for the same price or at Zappos in black or nude for $204.  Shipping is free at either store.

Star Designer: Rachel Rachel Roy shoes

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Rachel Roy is known for the modern, sophisticated and feminine designs found in her high-end Rachel Roy New York line, which has been worn by Michelle Obama, Penelope Cruz, Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson and other notable celebs.  Her diffusion line Rachel Rachel Roy, launched in 2009, takes that same fashion aesthetic and makes it much more accessible and affordable.  I’ve been checking out several new fall styles from the Rachel Roy shoe collection and I’m finding that the unique details on the shoes have made them really stand out for me.  For instance, the Rachel Rachel Roy Kimi pictured below could be dismissed as just another glitter pump, but then you have to get a look at the back:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a sparkly shoe and add a geometric, pyramid studded heel and you definitely have something much more distinct.  This pair is priced at $99 and ships by 11/19.

Here are some more styles on my radar:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rachel Rachel Roy Keena has a girly, retro glam look, thanks to the floral cluster detail on the side of each shoe.  This style is priced at $150.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to apply the current military trend for fall using shoes, the Rachel Rachel Roy Wava in dark green multi leather (top left) is a great way to do it.  I also love how this same boot changes personalities with the other color options available.  The black mesh version has a rocker-biker chick vibe, while the plaid version is more funky and cool.  Each are priced at $159 and will ship by 10/12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rachel Rachel Roy Kaytee is another shoe that will have you making a statement – while walking away – with its lace-up, corset-like back.  It’s $99 in red, dark taupe or black and they appear to be on backorder at the Rachel Roy site until 12/10, but are also available at Macys and Shoe Woo.

I’m a fan of chain detail, which can be found along the edges of the Rachel Rachel Roy Willie ankle boot, adding a nice dose of edge.  It’s available for $179 in black leather and ships 10/4.

For even more Rachel Rachel Roy shoes, see the Rachel Roy website, Shoe Woo and Macys.  Shoe Woo is currently offering free shipping on any order, Rachel Roy has free shipping on $75 or more and Macys has free shipping on $99 with coupon code HOTLIST (exp. 9/27).

 

 

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Boots to love for fall: Seychelles Falcon Ankle Boot

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

 

I heard that summer officially ends today, so I figured it was definitely time to get some boots on the brain.  Luckily, I happened to find a style that I already personally love, the Seychelles Falcon that I spotted at both Karmaloop and Endless.  It’s definitely a great transistional boot for the upcoming season with its peep toe, light suede color and feminine details – like the whipstitching and lace-up front – but it also exudes a modern vibe with its flaired leather cuff.  I’m loving it and, if you are too, check it out for $149.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless with an additional 20% off using coupon code BOOTFALL20 (exp. unknown).  Or, get it for $150 at Karmaloop with an extra 20% off and free shipping using coupon code SAVE20 (exp. unknown).  That drops it to around $120 at either store and, in addition to the “mushroom” color, it also comes in black at Endless.

Let the boots begin!!

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More or Less: Moschino Cheap & Chic shoe boots & Miss Me Adella-7

Monday, September 20th, 2010

When I spotted the Miss Me Adella-7 (pictured above) at Endless, there was something about the half strappy gold, half solid black upper that struck me as familiar.  Then I remembered a similar black and gold pair that Solange Knowles wore last year during a promotional appearance made with sister Beyonce at the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel in Japan.  The half sandal, half bootie shoes she wore are the Moschino Cheap & Chic shoe boots (thanks to Fashionista 101 for the brand ID):

 

Obviously, the Moschino pair takes the split personality concept much further by incorporating a full bootie on one side and a sandal on the other.  The Miss Me option isn’t quite as avant-garde in that respect, but it does provide a comparable look at a much more budget-friendly price.  If you love the Moschino shoes, you can still find them in limited sizes at YOOX in black/gold for $350 or in fuschia/black for $360.  Or, spend less on the $59.95 Miss Me pair at Endless.  It also comes in fuschia/black, blue/silver and green/white.

Photo from Zimbio.com

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More shoes seen at the 2010 MTV VMAs + similar looks for less

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

 

Everyone knows that the MTV Video Music Awards are just as much about the fashion as they are about the music – the two literally go hand in hand. After finding one of the shoes Chelsea Handler wore while hosting the show, I’ve continued to check out more shoe styles seen on celebs at the event. Of course, Lady Gaga had to outdo everyone in the most outrageous way possible by wearing a dress and shoes made of real meat:

This is definitely a statement-making choice (to say the least), but one that I doubt anyone will want to emulate for themselves.  If you do want to get the look, see this MTV Style article for details on how they were created and consult with your local butcher (and, please, send pictures!).  In addition to wearing beef, Gaga wore the iconic Alexander McQueen armadillo shoes (pictured, top), the same style featured in her Bad Romance video, which won Video of the Year.

There isn’t anything quite like the McQueen heels, but these Senso Neve shoes in snake are a real-life alternative to get that edgy, Gaga-esque style for less.  They are also a look-alike for the Acne Admire, as I found on Nitrolicious.  Get them on pre-order for $199.95 at Solestruck.

While I do enjoy watching Gaga and her wild fashion choices, there were other stars wearing much more wearable shoes that we could all potentially rock in real life – that is, if we have the cash flow for the pricey designer brands they opt for.  That’s why I’ve also found some similar, but less expensive alternatives for those who love the looks seen at the VMAs, but need something more affordable.  Let’s check it out:

 

 

Selena Gomez wore a gorgeous silver dress and kept the metallic theme going head-to-toe with her silver Brian Atwood Kendall shoes.  I can’t find these available for sale online, but here are a couple options for less:

 

Charles by Charles David Risque (left) for $47.25 at 6pm and the Chinese Laundry Fire It Up (right) for $49.99 at Dillards.

 

 

 

Hayley Williams of Paramore wore the Miu Miu Spectator Pump, available at Bergdorf Goodman for $650.  Save some money and get a similar look with these shoes:

Samanta Amay for $199.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.

 

 

Audrina Patridge opted for the Balmain Metallic Rhinestone Pump, which is available at Barneys for $2,300.  Get something much less pricey with these shoes:

Michael Antonio Reza for $98.95 at Shoebuy.  Coupon code EMLFALLKICKOFF10 takes 20% off for a limited time, making them $79.16 with free shipping.  But, there are a few sizes at Amazon for only $47.98 with free shipping.

JWoww of Jersey Shore sported a more toned-down look than usual, which looks good on her, and I’m definitely loving the shoes.  I think these are Jimmy Choo, although I couldn’t locate the exact pair.  But, here’s a sparkly option for less:

Enzo Angiolini Merryann for $79.95 at Nordstrom.

Update: It looks like she could be wearing the Jimmy Choo Crown, which is $695 at Saks:

Or, possibly, the Enzo Angiolini Sully for $88.95 at Nordstrom:

 

Here’s another lookalike without a peep toe, the Enzo Angiolini Smiles, which is also sold at Nordstrom:

Twighlight’s Ashley Greene and singer Kei$ha both wore closed-toe black patent pumps to the VMA’s.  I’m not sure of the designer for either of these shoes, but here’s a similar pair for an affordable price:

Aldo Moos for $80 at Aldo.com.

Any more shoes from the VMAs you want to know about?  Let me know and I’ll do my best to find them!

Images from MTV.com and Style.com.

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Chelsea Handler in Gucci Keira t-strap shoes at the MTV Video Music Awards

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Did you guys catch the MTV VMAs last night?  I did, and there was definitely some amazing performances, loads of celebs in attendance, and plenty of fashion to check out.  At the helm of it all was host Chelsea Handler, who I must say looked sizzling hot in her LBD and t-strap platforms in black and silver during the opening act of the show.  As an added bonus, Chelsea clearly shows that it’s always possible to defend yourself just fine, even when wearing 4+ inch heels:

You’ve gotta feel for the little red man on the receiving end of that kick.  

You can get Chelsea’s fierce Gucci Keira shoes for yourself by heading over to Neiman Marcus, where they are available for $775.  For something far less expensive, here are some more black t-strap sandals to pick from:

Fergie Joust in black for $41.24 in most sizes (prices vary based on size) at Amazon. 

Nine West Graceymai on sale for $29.99 at Nine West.

Steve Madden Glitsi in black for $39.98 at Amazon.

Nina Ulrica for $99.95 at Zappos.

Photos from MTV.com and Zimbio.com

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Shoe Trends Fall 2010: A salute to military inspired shoes

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Whenever we usher in a new season, we always see various opinions on what’s “in” right now.  But, one trend that is undeniably huge for fall is military inspired fashion.  We’re seeing military looks everywhere and the best thing about this latest craze is that it can be applied in so many different ways.  You can draw inspiration from the huge variety of military styles seen throughout the years – modern or retro – and opt to go for a literal or a more subtle interpretation of the look.  For shoes, think structured and streamlined with multiple buckles, lug soles, brass buttons, lace-up detail and similar adornments in colors like olive, tan and navy.  Of course, you can always mix it up with some pretty, girly details, like the Kardashians by Bebe Eva does above.  The olive color, lace-up front and star studs convey a military influence, but the super-high heel and shiny metallic ankle cuff add a nice dose of glam.  You can get it at Bebe for $228 and it also comes in black.  Here are some more styles I’ve been taking a look at:

Boutiqe 9 Olita in black for $230 at Nine West or in gray for $230 at Piperlime.  The jagged sole is definitely similar to many Camilla Skovgaard styles.

The 80%20 Bernie for $198 at Karmaloop.  Coupon code SAVE20 takes 20% off and gives free shipping (expiration unknown) and that drops the price to $158.40.

The Very Volatile Warrior for $90 with free shipping at Piperlime.

Guess Owens for $138.95 with free 2-day shipping at Endless.  It comes in navy, red, black or gray.

Steve Madden Biing in taupe or black for $149.95 at Steve Madden.  Get free shipping with coupon code SMFREESHIP at checkout.

Seychelles Romance for $140 at Karmaloop.  Coupon code SAVE20 takes 20% off and gives free shipping (expiration unknown), making them $112.

Nine West Buren for $138.95 with free 2-day shipping at Endless.  It also comes in black and dark brown.

Bamboo Humble 05 OTK boot for $46.50 at LuLu’s.

For even more options, check out the military shoe picks at Shoes.com, Piperlime and Steve Madden.

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