It’s a bootie call

fall booties 2014
1. Michael by Michael Kors  Bryn Bootie 
2. Saint Laurent Gored Booties
3. Zimmerman Chelsea Booties
4. Seychelles Haywire Booties
5. Steve Madden Zipster
6. Studio Pollini Cap Toe Booties
7. Seychelles Madhouse Booties
8. Tibi Piper Booties
9. BCBGeneration Jezebelle Pointy Toe Cutout Booties
10. Jeffrey Campbell Muskrat Cutout Booties
11. Chloe Beckie Ankle Bootie
12. Rachel Zoe Sanderson Booties
 
It makes me so happy that Fall is arriving.  I can’t believe it is that time of year again to be shopping for new booties! When shopping for new boots, I like to pick one pair I am in love with (sometimes it’s an investment) to add to my collection from the past few years.  It is SO much better to invest in one pair you are absolutely in love with than to pick two or three that are cheaper that you kind of love.  I promise you, you will wear the pair you LOVE the most.  If the pair you love happens to be a great price, even better! My favorites really vary.  I have a pair of tall Chanel riding boots that I cannot live without. I also have a pair of green suede ankle booties that were on sale for $50 that I love just as much.  More expensive isn’t always better, just love them and they will love you. xo
 
IF you have a favorite pair you can’t live without, I’d love to hear about them! In the meantime, embrace this bootie call, because it doesn’t come with a walk of shame! 
 
 

 

 

$500 Neiman Marcus Giveaway

Happy Monday! Today I am thrilled to be collaborating with Kiss Me Darling and many other amazing bloggers to bring you a $500 Neiman Marcus Giveaway! One lucky reader will win a $500 Neiman Marcus Gift Card to splurge on some amazing clothing, jewelry, and accessories. I don’t know about you, but I could spend hours on their site picking out  shoes, tops, bags, you name it! To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open until midnight on Wednesday, October 1st and remember, the more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win! For fashion lovers around the globe, this giveaway is open internationally. Oh and be sure to visit and say a big hello to all the fabulous people involved. Good luck!
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Steven Tyler Under $150

_MG_5834_MG_5816_MG_5849_MG_5817  _MG_5814_MG_5859_MG_5779 _MG_5805Lucy Love Penny Lane Flare pants
Victoria’s Secret Scoopneck Tank in Gray 
Mossimo Light Wash Denim Vest 
Prada Baroque Oversized Round Sunglasses in Black 
Krysia Renau Jewelry 
 
About a month and a half ago I was lucky enough to check off an item on my bucket list and go see Aerosmith and Slash in Las Vegas.  To be honest, I really went to see Slash. It may sound crazy, but I have a MAJOR thing for him.  There are just some crushes you can’t explain!  Anyway, when he didn’t even show up to his own private after party (at the venue), I became semi disenchanted and went back into the area to check out Aerosmith….two songs in and my objective completely changed.  Now I was fully engaged in Steven Tyler and the fellas.  Concerts are funny in the sense that we all seem to have this desire to be seen or heard by the performer.  For some reason we think they can see us regardless of the seat.  The ladies in my row got more than eye contact. Steven may have looked at all of us and grabbed his N*TS real hard a time or two…Lol! It made for a good story and somehow made me forget all about Slash standing up his most loyal fans (tears). 
 
The reason I shared this experience is because during the concert I realized that Steven looks better in flared stretchy pants at 66 than any woman I know! Regardless of that fact that I will never look as good as he does in them, he inspired me to get a pair straight away!!  I love getting schooled by an old rock god! It makes fashion all the more fun.
 
That story takes us now to this photoshoot in Santa Barbara with Willie Kessel.  I was actually surprised how flattering flared stretchy pants could be…especially with a top the covers the tush.  I love these Lucy Love Penny Lane flare pants and I love the price even more. Whether you’re looking for lounge or yoga pants or to pair them with an outfit, these are a great and comfortable pair. They such a fun rock n’ roll vibe. This outfit (pants, tee and vest) combined is under $150! 

Designers I love – Stella McCartney

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Lips by Nars in Schiap
Lux by Rachel Zoe Centric Bead Drop Earrings
Variety of Stella McCartney Pieces Below
Tom Ford Black Pumps
 
A designer who creates her pieces around her moral compass is someone worth investing in.  Although her morals don’t fall right in line with mine (I wear leather and am 99% fur free and she uses neither). This doesn’t mean I don’t respect designers who incorporate fur and leather in their collections, it’s just interesting to see someone not “sell out” in terms of what they believe.  Besides that, she is a Mama of four and designs a fantastic children’s line.  She isn’t too cool for school and I love her for it!
 
Stella’s Colloections are often laced with feminine menswear, beautiful soft lines, fringe, wool, silk and occasional quirky details.  Because her pieces aren’t leather, I tend to stay away from her shoes (I normally don’t bend for faux leather).  Having said that, I love her Falabella hand bags.  Whatever fabric she is using on them, they hold up really well and look beautiful.  I especially look forward to January and June (the two Js) because her collection pieces go on sale.  The pieces are discounted anywhere from 30-60%.  For a high end designer her prices are somewhat reasonable (comparatively speaking) and then when you add the discount, magic happens! I just love a bargain!
 
I shot this these Timotea trousers and top with Leonard Katsel during NYFW.  I believe I ran from one runway show to shoot a few pieces and then ran right back to another show right after.  I look very calm here, but that day was a whirlwind….I am still tired from that week! I will be sharing a lot more looks from NYFW over the next couple of weeks. 
 
Thanks for visiting and have a lovely week.  XO
 
 

The Sweet Tea Maxi

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Rayban Green Mirrored Aviators
Prima Donna Joie Black Metal Strap Sandals 
Lulu Frost Drift Crystal Feather Earrings (similar style)
 
I can’t believe summer is coming to an end.  Depending on where you live, it may have officially ended.  I am really excited about this For Love and Lemons Sweet Tea maxi dress because it’s a great seasonal transition piece.  It’s light and somewhat breezy, but the color and black lace makes it work in the summer, fall and winter (as long as it’s somewhat warm).  If you’re planning a resort getaway this fall/winter it would be a great piece to take with you if you’re tired of all of the summer brights and patterns.  
 
These pictures were taken by Willie Kessel.  If you’re ever in the LA/Santa Barbara area and want beautiful, thoughtful and unique photos, I recommend him.  Besides, he is really down to earth and kind.  Shooting with that kind of energy is always a good thing.  
 
Willie and I had planned to shoot this dress by the pool.  As we went out to shoot, we realized all the kids had jumped in (my boys and their cousins).  Instead of trying to fight it, we decided to surrender to the moment and shoot with them in the pool.  As chaotic as parenthood can be at times, I couldn’t be more grateful for my babies and the lessons they teach me everyday (like letting go when you want the “perfect” pool shot). They bring so much richness to my life.    
 
I am crushing on almost anything For Love and Lemons 
 
Have a beautiful day. XO