Gretchen Rossi shoes on The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

It was reunion time again this week for The Real Housewives of Orange County, which always means getting dolled up and totally breaking out the claws.  That’s exactly what the OC ladies did for the 2-part special, which included finger pointing, name calling, accusations, walking off the stage — basically everything we’ve come to expect from these get togethers.  Even host Andy was particularly on his game, asking all of the hard-hitting questions and totally calling the Housewives out when they tried to pull a non-answer on him.  He’s so tough.  Love Andy.

The Housewives all donned high heels to dish out the theatrics, but it was Gretchen Rossi’s sparkly ankle cuff sandals that probably stood out the most.  She wore them with a gorgeous pink Lipsy one shoulder dress and, I must say, this seems to be one of her favorite pairs of shoes because she also wore them for a Watch What Happens Live appearance, which I posted about after finding the shoes by request.  The Report Signature Vanderbuilt (pictured above from Endless, also listed in a different spelling as the Report Signature Vanderbilt at Bluefly) appears to be silver, but it’s actually covered in ivory beads.  Definitely a super-hot heel, but also completely sold out online.  If you like the black version, I noticed a few pairs for sale on eBay.  You can also check out my previous post on Gretchen’s reunion shoes for some similar alternatives.

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Shoes Snooki wore on the Jersey Shore reunion: Bebe cutout boots

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Any shoe lover who watched the Jersey Shore reunion on MTV probably took note of the statement-making cutout boots Nicole Polizzi, a.k.a. Snooki, wore to the show.  If you didn’t see the special, here’s another look:

After seeing them, I had to give Snooks a big thumbs up (or fist pump, rather) for her choice of hot shoes and then I became rather determined to find them.  After waving my magic shoe wand, checking around a bit, and recalling that Bebe is one of her favorite places to shop, I found these:

This is the Bebe Camila and, unfortunately, it is now sold out.  And, if it looks like something high-end designer to you, that’s because it’s inspired by, or a close knockoff of, the Gucci Helena:

This style is almost sold out completely too, but Bluefly has one size left right now for $1,240.  It’ll probably go quick – just take a look at Angelina Jolie in these shoes.

Since both of these are unavailable, I found some more cutout boots that show a bit of skin for a similar effect:

The Calvin Klein Brielle for $99 – $219.45 depending on size selection at Amazon (limited sizes). Also available in limited sizes at for $196.35. Get 20% off with coupon code VISA (may require Visa payment), making them $157.08.

Asos Baltimore for $275.84 at Asos.

Update:  Another similar option from Bebe, the Bebe Jimmy Lasercut Boot in black or brown for $298.

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Labor Day Shoe Sales

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Labor Day is all about having a nice 3-day weekend to spend with family and friends, but it’s also a great time to get your shoe shopping on for less with all of the holiday sales.  If you’re planning to shop for shoes this weekend, there are plenty of ways to save big.  But, you have to know where to get those savings, so I’ve gathered up some of the best bargains I’ve seen to make it a little easier.  Let’s take a look:

Aldo: Extra 30% off clearance sandals and free shipping through 9/6.  The discount is already applied to the prices shown.

Bakers: Buy a pair of shoes or a bag and get 50% off a clearance item through 9/6.

Bluefly: Extra 25% off select shoes through 9/6.  The discount is already applied to the prices shown.

Calvin Klein: Extra 30% off at checkout through 9/6.  Shoes in the Final Sale section have the biggest savings.

Famous Footwear: Buy one pair of shoes, get 50% off the second and get an additional 20% off with coupon code LABOR20 through 9/11.

Guess: Extra 50% off sale shoes at checkout and free shipping on $150 or more with coupon code LABORDAY150 through 9/6.

Kenneth Cole: Extra 40% off select shoes at checkout through 9/7.  Eligible styles are marked.

Macy’s: Extra 25% off clearance shoes and free shipping on $99 with coupon code LABORDAY through 9/6.  The discount is already applied to the prices shown.

Payless: Buy one pair of shoes, get 50% off the second and get an additional 20% off with coupon 36093 through 9/6.

Shoemall: 20% off regularly-priced shoes with coupon code LABORDAY through 9/6. Extra 25% off sale shoes with coupon code 25SALE through 9/7.

Steve Madden: 30% off your purchase, including clearance shoes, with coupon code SCRATCH30 through 9/10.  Some styles are excluded.

That’s all for now, but if anyone knows of another great sale on shoes for Labor Day, let us know in the comments.  Have a fun weekend!

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Message from Princess: Valentine’s & President’s Day Shoe Sales

Friday, February 12th, 2010

It’s a big holiday weekend and you know what that means: shoe sales!  If you’re looking for your own shoe savings right now – perhaps for a nice little Valentine’s Day gift to give yourself (why not?) – here’s a list of all of the shoe sales I’ve seen going on for the holiday weekend.  Get your shoe shopping on at these stores:

6pm: All Naughty Monkey shoes are on sale for $14.95 or less until 2/15/10.

American Eagle: Extra 30% off clearance shoes using coupon code 49816637 until 2/14/10 and free shipping on any order until 2/15/10.

Bluefly: Extra 20% off select shoes until 2/15/10.  The discount is reflected in the sale price. Extra 20% off shoes using coupon code WeHeartHeels until 2/14/10.

Lord & Taylor: 20% off regular, sale and clearance women’s shoes using coupon code PRES until 2/16/10.

Macy’s: Get 25-50% off shoes during their President’s Day Sale and an extra 25% off clearance shoes until 2/15/10.  The discount is reflected in the sale price.

Shoemall: Get 20% off shoes using coupon code IHEARTU until 2/14/10. 25% off all sale shoes using coupon code 25SALE until 2/15/10.  For regularly-priced items, use coupon code VISA for 20% off until 6/30/10 (may require Visa payment) or CUPID for 15% off until 2/28/10.

Shoesteal: Select brand-name shoes for $69.99 or less for a limited time, plus another 20% off with coupon code STEAL20 until 2/21/10. 

Torrid: Get an extra 50% off clearance shoes until 2/15/10, including brand names like Dollhouse, Fergie and Jessica Simpson.  The discount is reflected in the product price.

If I see more sales over the weekend, I’ll add them here.

Shoe Buzz: Shoes inspired by The City & The Hills finale on MTV

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009


The final episodes of both The City and The Hills aired on MTV last night, along with a live finale after show special.  There were plenty of highlights from the shows, like Whitney Port making a sales presentation to pitch her fashion line to a panel of high-powered Bergdorf Goodman execs by herself after boss Kelly Cutrone bailed on her (I actually felt nervous for her), Olivia and Erin’s work tension at Elle finally coming to a head, Kristen Cavallari deciding to take the plunge into a “serious” relationship with Justin Bobby (just don’t mention the word “boyfriend” around him) and Audrina going back once again to discuss her ex-relationship with said Mr. Bobby, only to be hurt yet again when he tells her they were never together in the first place.  Sigh. 

But, we were left with plenty of questions too and it looks like some of them won’t be answered right now.  Case in point: Will ice-queen Olivia win the Battle of Joe Zee by defying Erin’s authority (and generally not working) at Elle or will Erin triumph with the years of effort she’s put into the magazine?  After all, people don’t always get to the top by being nice and cooperative and working really hard (unfortunately).  But, Erin issued Joe an ultimatum – it’s either her or Olivia.  Since Joe was personally affected by Olivia’s poor job performance this time around, I honestly thought she’d get the axe (and that smug look wiped off her face).  But, alas, the credits rolled and we were left hanging until next season.

However, we do have some shoes to discuss, most notably from the live aftershow that followed the final episodes.  If you loved the shoes worn on The City or The Hills, here are some shoes inspired by the styles we’ve seen:

We’ll start with Whitney, who glammed up her ultra-long gams with a gorgeous pair of gold and black ankle strap heels.  It was hard to see these during the show, but you can see them better in the show photos at and the backstage shots.  I haven’t been able to locate the exact pair, but if you love the look, you may like these:

Jessica Bennett Luca for $166.95 at Shoebuy.  Coupon code EMLFRIENDS09 takes 25% off until 12/3/09, making them $125.21 with free shipping.

Betsey Johnson Nora on sale for $100 at  Coupon code INSTYLE09 takes 20% off, making them $80 with free shipping.  The coupon expires 12/31/09.

When it comes to men, Audrina seems to be looking for that tricky combination of edgy, bad-boy who also has a romantic side, which can be a hard thing to find.  That same theme carries over into her personal style, but it’s way easier to achieve when it comes to fashion.  She wears a pretty silk pant suit, but pairs it with a multi-strap zippered wedge that adds a rocker-chick vibe.  Here are some similar pairs:

Bebe Karen multi-strap wedge for $159 at Bebe.  Save 15% off $100 with coupon code 15OFF100 until 12/24/09.  Another option from Bebe: The Delaney heel for $99.

Jeffrey Campbell Polish for $169.95 with free shipping at Solestruck.

Nine West Bolero for $74.21 with free shipping at Endless.  Another option from Endless: the Miss Me Garnet for $34.25.

Roxy Olin pairs her sequin top and mini with a pair of black suede over-the-knee boots.  You can achieve the look with these boots:

Restricted Vamp Over-the-Knee Suede Boot for $89.95 at DSW.  Shipping is free for members on $35 with coupon code SNOWMAN until 1/4/10.

Steve Madden Shakiraa for $119.95 at Steve Madden.  Get 30% off and free shipping with coupon code MADDEN30 until 12/7/09. 

Kristen Cavallari didn’t appear to have much chemistry with supposed boyfriend Jusin Bobby at the finale, but she wears her sexy black platform slingbacks well.  If you want this look, try these out:

Brian Atwood Taro for $535.99 at Bluefly

Bebe Zahara for $149 at Bebe.  Get 15% off with coupon code 15OFF100 until 12/24/09.

While we’re at it, let’s look at some more look-alike options for Whitney’s cage shoe in the show opener.  I’ve covered this shoe before, but here are some more options:

Steve Madden Brande for $69.97 at Steve Madden.  Get 30% off and free shipping with coupon code MADDEN30 until 12/7/09.

Colin Stuart Cut-Out Lace Up Bootie for $65 at Victoria’s Secret

The City and The Hills will both be back for another season, so until next time, here’s to the shoes.

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Message From Princess: 2009 Black Friday Shoes Sales

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

It’s hard to believe Black Friday is already upon us, but here it is, and retailers are all vying to get your shoe business this holiday season.  Of course, you’ll need to know where all those shoe sales are, so I’ve started this list of all the Black Friday shoe sales I’ve seen.  This will be the master list that I add new sales to and remove expired sales from, which means you’ll have the most up-to-the-moment information on where you can get your shoe discount this holiday weekend (and beyond).  I’ll post this in the slideshow feature at the top of my homepage if you need to refer back to it.  Now, on to the sales:

6pm: Gabriella Rocha shoes for $6.95

Adidas: 25% off orders and free shipping on $49 11/30 only.

Aeropostale: $5 off $25 with coupon code 5GIFT until 11/30.

ALDO: 50-70% off shoes in the clearance section and free shipping on all orders until 11/30.

Alloy: 20% off with coupon code AFF20A until 12/3.

Amazon: $25 off $80 on select shoes sold by Amazon 11/30 only.

American Eagle: Free shipping no minimum at checkout 11/30 only.

Arden B: 30% off sitewide 11/30 only.  Free shipping on $15, no code required, until 12/18.  20% off with coupon code ABBDAY0509 until 12/31.

Bebe: $10 off $10 with coupon code SURPRISE and free shipping no minimum 11/30 only.  15% off $100 with coupon code 15OFF100 until 12/24.

Betsey Johnson: 40% off with coupon code CYBERFEST until 11/30.

Bloomingdales: $50 off $250 on 11/30

Chinese Laundry: 25% off with coupon code CYBER2009 until 11/30 and 60% off any 2nd pair of boots.

Couture Candy: 20% off with coupon code SHOP20 until 12/1.

Delias: 20% off with coupon code 4YOU20 until 12/3.

Dr. Martens: 35% off regularly-priced items with coupon code DMFF3509 and free shipping until 12/18.

DSW: 25% off with coupon code SAVE25 on 11/30.

Eddie Bauer: 25% off and free shipping with coupon code CYBMON25 (excludes clearance) 11/30 only.

Endless: $30 off $100 on 11/30.

Famous Footwear: 20% off with coupon code CYBER09 on 11/30 only and buy one pair of shoes, get 50% off 2nd pair until 1/2/10

FlyJane: Coupon code THANKS takes $5 off $25 until 12/31.

GbyGuess: $25 off $75 with coupon code CYBER25 and free shipping on $100 or more until 11/30.  Extra 50% off clearance shoes at checkout until 11/30. 25% off regularly-priced items and 60% off sale items at checkout until 11/30.  Shipping is free on $100 or more with coupon code GUESSFREE until 11/30.

JCPenney: Free shipping on $25 with coupon code 25MERRY until 11/30.

J.crew: Extra 20% off sale items and free shipping on $150 or more with coupon code EXTRA20 until 11/29.

J.Jill: 25% off and free shipping on $150 with code CYBER9 until 12/1.

Kate Spade: Extra 25% off sale items at checkout and free shipping 11/30 only.

Kohls: 15% off any order and free shipping on $75 or more with coupon code CYBER15 and 20% off $100 and free shipping with coupon code CYBER20 on 11/30.

Lord & Taylor: 15% off regular and sale items with coupon code THANKS until 11/30.

Macy’s: Cyber Monday Sale with Web Busters, extra 25% off clearance, hundreds of sale shoes and free shipping on $75 with coupon code CYBER until 11/30.

Newport News: 25% off with coupon code 579 until 11/30.

Nike Store: Extra 25% off clearance shoes with coupon code VICTORY until 12/1.  You can also apply coupon code GIFT for free shipping.

Old Navy: Shipping is free on $50 or more until 12/15. $25 off $100 with coupon code 9CYBER 11/30 only.

Payless: Buy 1, get 50% off second pair BOGO sale until 12/1/09.

Piperlime: 20% off and free shipping with coupon code MONDAY until 11/30.  Also applies to Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta orders.

Ralph Lauren: 25% off with coupon code HOL2009 until 12/7.

Reebok 40% off with coupon code CYBER40 11/30 only.

Shoemall: 20% off and free shipping with coupon code SHOEMALL until 11/30. 20% off and free shipping with coupon code CYBER on 11/30.  20% off with coupon code ENJOY09 until 12/31.

Shoesteal: 60-90% off sale and extra 20% off with coupon code STEAL (all sales final) on 11/30.  Free $25 gift card with orders $100 or more through 12/27.

Skechers: $20 off $100 with coupon code THANKS20 until 11/30.

Smartbargains: 30% off boots and 30% off BCBG brand items.

Steve Madden: 35% off $59.95 and free shipping with coupon code CYBER35 on 11/30.  30% off and free shipping with coupon code MADDEN30 until 12/7 or 25% off and free shipping with coupon code MADDEN25 until 12/7.

Timberland: $20 off $100 and free shipping with coupon code CYBERMON until 12/1.

Urban Outfitters: 20% off $100 with coupon code GIFTED until 12/15.  Free shipping on $75 with coupon code FREEBIRD until 11/30 or 10% off with coupon code MERRYHAPPY until 12/15.

Victoria’s Secret: 20% off with coupon code VSSAVE20 until 12/2 (excludes Ugg & Frye).

Wet Seal: 20% off siteweide and free shipping on $15 on 11/30. Get 20% off 1 item with code WS4420 until 12/24.

It’s worth noting that every coupon code or discount has exclusions, so the item you want to purchase may or may not be eligible.  Also, sales or coupons can end early or be discontinued at any time, so be sure to verify your discount before completing checkout.  This list will be maintained until the end of the day on Cyber Monday, which is 11/30/09.  Happy shoe shopping!

Reality Show Shoe-cap: Shoes from Erin on The City & The Rachel Zoe Project

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Today, I thought we’d talk about some shoes seen recently on reality TV.  This past week marked the end of The Rachel Zoe Project (tear) and we saw two shoes worn by Rachel and Taylor in the finale (including the pair Rachel dubbed her tranny shoes).  But first, we have more shoes from The City season 2.  We’ve covered the footwear choices of Whitney Port, but now we must talk about Erin.  Erin, who is new to the show, is the Director of PR at Elle (the youngest one ever) and she seems to be quite the power player, ready to whip new accessories editor Olivia into submission and show her who’s boss.  Although Whitney never quite put Olivia in her place during the first season, Erin certainly intends to – especially in these shoes:


When Erin debuts on the show, the first thing we notice is her feet – in these amazing Christian Louboutin Very Prive studded peep toe heels (seen on Polyvore).  Yes, nothing says “She Who Must Be Obeyed” like a heel with little spikes all over it.  I don’t see this pair available for sale anywhere, but the similar Christian Louboutin Pigalle stud pump is at luisaviaroma for $1,097.70 (limited sizes) or at net-a-porter for $995.  For lower-priced alternatives, try these:


Dolce Vita Trinity, a shoe definitely on my love list right now, for $210 at Saks Fifth Avenue.  Get 25% off using coupon code FRIENDS2 until 10/18/09, making them $157.50.  Also available at Bloomingdales for $210. 



Lovely People Aziza stud platform peep toe pump for $69.99 at Smartbargains.  It looks like you get an extra 10% off and free shipping at checkout too.



Rock & Republic Nika for $279 at Zappos.





If you’re digging the pair Erin wears in the MTV promo pic above, it’s the Report Signature Masonic, found at Amazon for $134.95 or $188.99 depending on the size selected.  Also available at Endless for $137.47 in very limited sizes, at Bluefly for $149.99 or at for $224.09.  Update: You can also get this same style at QVC for $125.



Looking to spend less on this look?  Try the ALDO Smeal for $89.98 with free shipping at Amazon.



Or, substitute chains for studs with this drool-worthy Jeffrey Campbell Posh-2 chain platform for $164.95 at Solestruck.



On to The Rachel Zoe Project: In the season finale, Rachel rocks this two-tone Louis Vuitton platform wedge in gold and black from the fall 2008 RTW collection (seen on  She also wore an all-black version earlier in the season.  I love these on her and, although Bebe made this France platform wedge clearly inspired by this shoe, they are now sold out and I couldn’t find anything else that closely resembles this unique pair.  However, an extra-tall and funky platform should fit the bill, capturing a similar look without imitating the exact style.  Try these:


Jeffrey Campbell Tryst for $109.95 with free shipping at Solestruck.



Cool, Casual by Slow and Steady Wins the Race at Urban Outfitters for $88.  Coupon code BIGMOUTH takes an additional 10% off until 10/26/09.




Deena and Ozzy Mary Jane Wedge for $49.99 at Urban Outfitters.  Use coupon code listed above for 10% off.




BCBGirls Ris Wedge for $60.47 with free shipping from Endless.




Marley Crisscross Wedge for $99.95 at Free People.




Update: Here’s another pair called the Sam Edelman Zoe for $350 at Urban Outfitters.  Was it inspired by Rachel herself (hence the name)?  Maybe so!




Finally, there’s Taylor.  On the finale, Taylor proves the squeaky wheel gets the grease a promotion from styling associate to head of product development.  She also wears some suede boots during a trip to QVC headquarters with Rach that looked a lot like this Christian Louboutin ankle boot.  Here are some more affordable suede boots to check out:


Nine West Zenon for $119 at Nine West.  Apply coupon code NWFRND6 to get 30% off until 10/18/09.



Nine West Ignatious for $109 at Macy’s.  Get free shipping on $99 or more using coupon code FAVEFIND at checkout until 10/22/09.




Lumiani Regine for $145 with free shipping at Zappos.




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