Friday, December 9, 2011

Prada Bow Flats

Shoes: Prada Bow Flats (similar here)

At only 5' 2" tall, I am no stranger to high heels. I'm usually stomping around in a pair of heels all day, everyday. But sometimes I have that moment where my feet literally stop me in my tracks and start yelling, "WE NEED A BREAK."  When that happens, you can find me propped against the nearest solid structure rummaging through my bag for my emergency flats. For me, emergency flats should be two things:

1. they should stand out and be just as interesting and faboulous as a five-inch pair of heels, and
2. they should be flexible enough to be folded and placed in my everyday bag.

These Prada bow flats are the perfect emergency flats. Not only are they extremely comfortable, they are also a combination of all of my favorite footwear elements wrapped up in one perfect shoe. Suede, patent leather and a gigantic bow - I definitely couldn't resist. I picked up this pair on sale at Nordstrom's last week and can't find the exact pair online, but I did find some similar flats that'll keep your feet stylish and happy.

Steve Madden 'Karisma' Flats (here) $79.95

Tory Burch 'Eddie' Flats (here) $250

Aldo 'Dostie' Flats (here) $50

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Do Thrift

Sweater: Ann Taylor (Similar Here), Skirt: Thrifted, Tights: Target (Here), Shoes: Steve Madden (Here), Clutch: Cole Haan;

Chunky heels are soooo much more comfortable than their thinner counterparts. I'm definitely not ready to give up all my stilettos but this is a great departure.

Hey sophisticates! My life has been so crazy this past week, but I'm back and  promise to never leave for this long again! I reallly missed you guys. :)

So, leather skirts are a huge trend right now and I, for one, love the look. When done correctly, leather adds a bit of edge to any outfit. Though I love the look of leather skirts, I hate the price. A good leather skirt can easily set you back $100, not to mention those $1000 options available from premier designers. If you love the look of a leather skirt, but really like paying your bills as well, thrifting is the way to go.

Thrift stores are teeming with leather skirts. Though some of these skirts look dated, most of them are in pretty traditional silhouettes and in really great condition. Also, thrift stores usually have their leather items seperated, so no need to dig through mountains of clothes to find them. The leather skirt in the picture above set me back a wopping $3, plus the cost of dry-cleaning. So, if you love leather, but don't want to plunk down too much money, check out your local thrift store. You may be pleasently surprised by what you find.