Blogger Spotlight: AllieWears

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Check out one of our favorite bloggers, AllieWears. Read on to see how Allie goes from casual daytime to nighttime with some of the trendiest sandals of the summer!

 

 

Allie’s styles the Dolce Vita Amina Sandal with classic black skinny jeans and a trendy long maxi tank. She pulls the look together with a cool pair of sunglasses and a tote bag. This outfit is perfect for a lunch date or a stroll with friends thanks to the comfortable block heel.

 

Cute and comfortable, the Lucky Brand Honeyy Toe Loop Sandals are the perfect casual shoe for any summer look; take a style cue from Allie and pair them with an easy summer dress. As she points out in her post, these sandals go with everything!

 

Even Allie agrees that everyone needs a staple black sandal for the summertime. Allie opted for the Dolce Vita Lyndon Cage Sandal paired with a casual LBD (little black dress). Use these to dress up your summer look or swap these in to take your look from day to night.

For more stylish looks from Allie, check out her blog and her Instagram account.

Blogger Spotlight: Merrick White of Merrick’s Art

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In celebration of #bootmonth, we’ve partnered with the amazing Merrick White of @merricksart to help us style some of this season’s best boots. Merrick will share her complete looks and tips this weekend on our Instagram so be sure to check them out.

We hope you’ll be as inspired and excited by her genuine, effortless style and classic pairings as we are.

Here’s a sneak preview:

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Shop Merrick’s Sperry Duck Boots here.

Featured look: Charles by Charles David Reed 

How to Style Cowboy Boots

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Every season, new shoe trends hit the market. Trends come and go, but there’s something oh so chic about classic shoe styles. Pairing such footwear with the latest fashion trends give your wardrobe style that can’t be achieved by being a walking trend. Cowboy boots is one of my favorite classic footwear styles for its American Cowboy heritage as well as its incredible versatility.

A classic cowboy boot has a heel and pointed toes to help feet stay in stirrups more securely, stitching on the outside to reduce chafing, and a taller shaft to protect the shins. These practical details have made cowboy boots the style icon they are today, and add that unique style to any wardrobe. Below are some fashionable ways to style cowboy boots for fall.

A cowboy boot looks great with ‘70s inspired fashion; the contrast keeps it from looking too dated or costume-like, but the silhouette beautifully complements midi skirts, silk bow blouses, and boho-inspired fashions. Take cowboy boots from the ranch to the workplace by pairing with a chiffon pleated midi skirt and cashmere sweater. The Ariat Magnolia in caramel leather pairs beautifully with autumnal colors like teal, navy, berry, mustard, pumpkin and even Pantone’s Color of the Year, Marsala. Don’t be afraid to mix shades in the same color story for a version of monoblocking and a rich effect. Add the Latico Ryan Bag 7979 in cognac leather to finish the look.

Ariat Magnolia Cowboy Boot for fall for the workplace

 

Once broken in to custom fit your feet, a cowboy boot will become one of the most comfortable shoes you own, making them perfect for travel and sightseeing. This look would be perfect for a day touring historic monuments and art museums, be it Portland or Paris.  The Durango RD4112 11 has a worn-in look from the get-go but will only get better with time (and a few splashes from puddles). For a day about town, pair with skinny jeans, a sweater layered over a knit for fluctuating temps, and a hat to add style, keep you warm, and protect you from the elements. This Kangol Modelaine Beret is shower-proof, keeping your style even if the skies are gray and rainy. Choose a crossbody bag like The SAK Deena Flap Crossbody to keep your valuables close and your arms free for a latte, umbrella, or map.  Such a bag is also a chic way to add a pop of color to your ensemble.
Durango RD4112 11 styled for fall sightseeing and tourism

 

Cowboy boots look fantastic with loose shift dresses; choose a style right at or above the knee to balance the heft of the boot. For this look I paired the Durango RD594 10 with a shift dress and denim jacket, great for a night out with the girls or the weekend. The contrast of denim and leather with a silk dress and statement necklace is always chic. With a 14.5” shaft width and 10” height, this is a fantastic style for petite women, athletic calves, or just to elongate the leg and have space to tuck in jeans or pair with thick socks.
Style Durango RD594 10 with a dress for fall

 

A cowboy boot looks amazing with an outfit that has a bit of a rock & roll vibe. I love the slouchy shaft of the Durango Boot RD540 11 which gives a relaxed rocker vibe. Pair with distressed skinny jeans, but to keep it from looking too Hair Band, pair with a Breton tee and boyfriend blazer.  The metallic finish and tough chain strap of the Latico Harlow Crossbody 7816 and a bold silver statement necklace make for the perfect details to complete this ensemble for Date Night or a Bachelorette party.

Durango RD540 11 cowboy boot styled for fall for a night on the town

 

Are you a fan of cowboy boots?  Would you consider adding a pair of cowboy boots for your fall wardrobe?

Back to School 2015: Top Shoe Picks

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Back-to-School time is almost here! This year I have 4 sons heading off to school and my daughter is heading to preschool. That’s right, 5 kids in the Back-to-School shopping craze! In all honesty, I LOVE shopping for the kids during this time of year because I really take stock in what they need and what will get some really great fashion use for the school months ahead. I’m all about finding trendy, chic; yet classic items that are going to work for my children. I’m a total lover of all things fashion, so for me – I love to make sure my children are on fashion-point for Back-to-School.

One thing I always get my children before school kicks off is NEW SHOES!

I remember buying new shoes with my  mother when I was heading Back-to-School, it’s one of my fondest memories. My mom would always “just know” what was fashion-perfect for me and my sister – and she was always right!  She knew what would work best with different looks and styles, and also what we would get the most use out of during the school year. I have absolutely turned into my mother for Back-to-School shoe shopping!

So what are my top picks this year for Back-to-School 2015? I’m excited to share my top picks for boys AND girls!

Let’s start with the girls! Ladies, first – right?

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UGG Classic Short Sparkles

Never be afraid to add some sparkle and glitter into your look! I am obsessed with these gorgeous UGG Classic Sparkles! You could wear these with any kind of style – jeans, skirts, dresses, capris, even shorts! I love how UGG takes their classic boot and amps it up a notch with some pizzazz!! They come in different color options, too – pink, purple and silver! Have some fun and SHINE BRIGHT!

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Core Low

Good old fashioned Converse Chucks! You will never go out of style with a pair of Chucks. Never. I love how classic they are, but mostly how they just exude a coolness factor. There’s not many shoes out there that you can wear at ANY age and rock them like true superstars, these are THAT kind of shoe!  Fabulous to have and to wear as true showstoppers, always!

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Every girl needs a boot. And every boot needs a girl. I am ALL OVER Cowboy Boots this season. They are the most fabulous type of boot because they just work with ANY style. Jeans? They work. Skirts? They work. Dresses? They work. They are truly a staple boot for the Back-to-School season and I LOVE that! If you’re looking for a fabulous boot to get your girl, look no further!

And now for the BOYS! Since I have 4 of them, I’m pretty up on what they need and what will work best for them!

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Crocs Duet Sport Clog

Crocs are always a big hit, regardless of your age and I love them. Crocs are perfect for any kind of weather and they are essential when it comes to a comfortable and well-fit shoe. Crocs can be worn with everything boys have in their wardrobes, so you truly can’t go wrong with adding a new pair each season into their shoe-closet! I am obsessed with the classic styles because they are – truly – perfectly classic.

Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original

Every guy needs a Sperry Top-Sider, it’s just a fashion truth and necessity. Top-Siders are great for Back-to-School because it’s a dressy shoe that isn’t over the top, but it’s also not over the top casual. This is the kind of shoe that you keep in your closet and you REALLY use with your sons. A true boy-staple. Find one that fits his style and his taste and never part with it again!

Keen Newport H2 Sandal

Want a shoe that is a great cross between athletic and dressy-casual – you get KEEN. What I love about a KEEN style is that you’re getting a fabulous fit for your son, but it’s also the kind of cool shoe that can be worn with just about anything, too. You can pull off this style with jeans, shorts and khakis. Not to mention, they’re so comfortable – your son will thank you!

Back-to-School shoe shopping is FUN! Take the time to find some styles that will work well for your child(ren), but that also can truly be worn over and over and over (and over) again! After all – their feet are the foundation to everything – show them off!

This Week We’re Inspired By

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1. The Fashionably Broke
Shopping on a budget can be difficult, and sometimes, it can feel like you can’t achieve a look without buying high-end items. Sisters Natalie and Eriko Pinto have been able to prove otherwise. You’ll want to shop with these gals when you scroll through their great street style with looks showing off how to rock a pair of classic Lacoste sneakers to working in statement pieces.

2. Apartment Therapy
This is the perfect blog for the décor obsessed and even those of us who are simply looking to spruce up our own living spaces. Fresh and affordable changes can make all the difference and with doable DIY ideas, fun recipes, and the latest in the world of home keeping, you’ll want to be sure to get your daily dose of Apartment Therapy!

3. Song of Style
Song of Style’s Aimee is a great source of style inspiration — and she makes it looks so effortless. With a focus on taking everyday items and styling them to your own personal look, this blog encourages individuality in fashion, interior design and beauty trends.

4. How Does She
Inspired to support and embrace womanhood, this site sets out to offer helpful tips and to share ideas. From recipes and organizational hacks to how-to videos like this week’s “How to Properly Dry Your Shoes in the Dryer,” there is simply lots of really useful info to dive into here.

5. The Art of Manliness
Geared toward fashionable fellas who love a good look as much as they love sports, this blog offers manly tips and skills, the latest trends in men’s fashion, finance tips and career advice too, along with a section dedicated to relationships and family. Guys, look no further for your daily dose of nearly anything you might need to know.

This Week: We’re Inspired By

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1. A Beautiful Mess
Elsie and Emma consistently inspire us to tap into our creativity. We especially love their “Sister Style” and they have been showing off some great fall looks!

2. Allie Wears
Amongst a sea of neutrals, Allie has mastered the pop of color. And she can pull off a hat flawlessly – a trend that can be a bit daunting and tricky to do well.

3. Style Wire
Our fellow Bostonian, Elissa, reminds us it’s possible to look stylish all year round – even during a New England winter! Her thoughtfully crafted ensembles are always classy and streamlined, yet also weather-appropriate.

4. The Boston Fashionista 
Kristen manages to transition from classic chic to trendy bohemian with ease, which is one of our favorite things about keeping up with this local fashionista. Plus, this gal knows how to accessorize; from statement pieces to sunglasses, she is always on point.

5. Mon Petit Chou Chou 
We can always go for a little French inspiration, which is how Noelani first caught our eye! She always manages to make comfy look chic – which is every stylite’s goal in life, right?