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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Here She Is: Miss America, Savvy Shields

Savvy Shields, Miss America does the traditional toe dip in a floral dress
I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was when Miss Arkansas won Miss America (if you were following my tweets @iheartheels, you will know...I was squealing so hard!). As most of you know, I'm from Arkansas and went the University of Arkansas, which is where Savvy Shields, the new Miss America is an art major. Since my mom took me to the Miss Arkansas pageant every year when I was little, I felt like I was winning this pageant, too. Amazingly exciting. 

This week when I was able to catch up with Savvy Shields herself (and don't you love her name?), I was starstruck. And what an honor to be able to feature her and the designer who dresses her, Joseph Ribkoff

I Heart Heels: Were you raised in pageants?
Savvy Shields: I was Miss Arkansas' Outstanding Teen when I was 13 years old, and that's when the dream of becoming Miss Arkansas was planted. I saw the impact and influence of one voice and I desired to be that voice for others some day. 

I Heart Heels: How did Joseph RIbkoff's relationship with the Miss America program begin?
Joseph Ribkoff: One of our stores in Florida got a visit from Miss Florida at the time, looking to be outfitted for her appearances. They contacted us asking if we were interested in sponsoring, which sparked the idea, "why not sponsor the whole pageant?" The Joseph Ribkoff team approached the organization and with that began our relationship. We're now presenting our ninth Miss America dressed in Joseph Ribkoff.

IHH: What are you studying in college?
Savvy Shields: I'm an art major at the University of Arkansas, and now because of the unbelievable scholarship from the Miss America Organization, partially funded by Joseph Ribkoff, I can graduate college debt free.

IHH: What exactly do you dress Miss America for both during and after the win?
Joseph Ribkoff: We outfit Miss America for all of her appearances throughout her reign. 
Savvy Shields wears a fitted Joseph Ribkoff dress on Good Morning America
IHH: What type of outfit do you feel best in - are you a jeans and tee or LBD and heels girl?
Savvy Shields: Regardless of what I'm wearing, I always try to be authentically Savvy. I'm so thankful because this year I'll be wearing Joseph Ribkoff, who so graciously provided my wardrobe for the year. Their travel-friendly, wrinkle-free styles are great for my busy travel schedule. I have the perfect ready-to-wear styles right in my suitcase!

IHH: How do you go about choosing the perfect outfit? Does she have any input?
Joseph Ribkoff: As her initial outfits are chosen before the winner is announced, the Joseph Ribkoff team choose a variety of styles that appeal to various body types and personalities. Once the newly crowned Miss America visits our headquarters, which is about a month after her win, we choose the styles based on what types of styles she is comfortable in, looks good in, colors/patterns she is attracted to and specific requests she may have.

"Regardless of what I'm wearing, I always try to be authentically Savvy." -- Savvy Shields, Miss America 2016

IHH: It seems many of your silhouettes are fitted - is this a secret to flattering dressing and what are some tips?
Joseph Ribkoff: We're known for fit, however the style itself isn't necessarily fitted. Along with fit, we use color, graphics and bold patterns as a way to flatter a woman's silhouette. 

IHH: Can you tell us the details on what Savvy's worn most recently?
Joseph Ribkoff: Most recently, Savvy has been wearing styles from the holiday 2016 collection. We're sold in numerous stores around the United States. Visit JosephRibkoff.com.

IHH: Do you have a skincare routine?
Savvy Shields: I have to wash my face every morning and every night. It's my routine to start the day off fresh!

IHH: What's the first thing you did after you won?
Savvy Shields: I hugged as many humans as I could. I'm a collection of every human I've met, and I wouldn't be the girl I am today without the countless amount of people who've invested their time in my life. [So] the very first thing I had to do after I won was say thank you!
Savvy Shields, Miss America, wears a fitted metallic Joseph Ribkoff dress in NY
IHH: What's one thing you want to accomplish this year?
Savvy Shields: Hopefully I'll be able to inspire. In my life, when I think of the women I look up to, I consider them role models because they live by example. During my reign, I hope that I'll be able to live my life in an authentic way and share my incredible adventures, but also how I'm dealing with hard times so I'll be relatable to all. 

IHH: Were you able to watch the Razorbacks play TCU the night before the pageant? 
SS: Oh, I wish! But, I was cheering my Razorbacks on in spirit. 

[Photos courtesy of Joseph Ribkoff]

Monday, September 19, 2016

How I Wore My Heels: The Draped Jacket

layering pieces for fall
This is an exciting week! Why? It's the first day of fall and it's my birthday week...squeal! (Um, and I have a day off of work to just hang out with my kids. Can't beat that!) 

I don't know about where you live, but this week doesn't feel like fall around here at all. In fact, the weather is still in the 90s. So, it's making fashion very hard to deal with (eye roll). But, what I am loving is layering and wearing jackets with my dresses to sort of deal with this wonky weather and shoe summer away faster (see what I did there?).

This draped jacket from Tobi is a total layering dream because you can literally wear it with everything from flowy dresses to black skinny pants. (And it's amazing for our office that rests at a constant, frigid, oh, 50 degrees, it seems...)

I've had this polka-dot dress forever (from a past Target collar , but I still keep it on constant rotation. Don't you love it when you find pieces that stay chic forever? 

And I was just telling someone the other day about how I just feel better on the days I wear my glitter heels - and it's true! It's important to find pieces to wear that you truly love and feel good in - otherwise you're not dressing for yourself. And isn't fashion all about feeling good about yourself? 

Here's to a great week of loving what we're wearing and embracing the return of fall...err, soon!
great layering pieces for fall transition dressing

great layering pieces for fall fashion
[Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post provided by Tobi. All opinions are my own. Living in these pieces!] 

I'm also crazy in love with brown booties for fall - I've pulled a list of all of my favorites here! Which one is yours?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Paris Hilton On Her 20th Fragrance, Gold Rush

celebrity Paris Hilton shares about 20th fragrance Gold Rush
Of course I couldn't contain myself when I realized instead of folding laundry for the evening, I would be chatting with Paris Hilton. I mean, NBD. (She did call me sweetheart before she hung up. Squeal.) At just 35 (umm, that may or may not be my age), she's taken the fragrance industry by storm. Her newest release of Gold Rush, available on HSN.com for $60, is her 20th one. (and the men's version is coming next month!)

The heiress now labels herself as an expert, and rightly she should. When I spoke to her on the phone, she shared with me how she's loved fragrances all her life. "I just love perfume - ever since I was a little girl," she told me (in her new, sexy and sultry voice, might I add). She mentioned playing around in her mother's boudoir and spraying all of her different perfumes. "I now have 20 - and it's a dream come true," she tells me. "I love fragrance because it puts me in a good mood."

Gold Rush is "sexy, seductive and more mature now that I've evolved and grown up," she explains. "I'm very proud of the results." Think Old Hollywood glamour with notes of lemon, bergamot and nectarine mixed with velvet orchid, violet and rose petals all on a base of vanilla, praline and cashmere wood. Doesn't that sound enticing, girls?
celebrity Paris Hilton shares about 20th fragrance Gold Rush
And the bottle, of course, is just as gorgeous as it sounds. "I love gold," Paris says. "It's so elegant and a strong color. I have it all over my house...I wear it. Anything gold, I love. [Gold Rush] has the perfect name and packaging." 

When I asked her which celebrity she would love to send it to, she responded with her "icon" Madonna - and Marilyn Monroe, if she were living. 

So how does Paris Hilton spray her perfume? "About five sprays," she says. "One on each side of my neck, my breasts, and then I spray it into the air and walk through it." There you have it, folks. I'll never do it any other way again.

P.S. Remember that time I ran into Paris Hilton at New York Fashion Week? Yep. She really is nice.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Whiny Wednesdays: The Sweetest Knot Dress

knot dress review from the Matilda Jane fall collection

With every season brings change. New milestones (she can hop on one foot and ride a tricycle! separately, of course)...cooler weather...and a new fall wardrobe. Chock full of Matilda Jane lovelies like this one, natch. It's the Loveliest Garden Knot Dress ($62) from the fall Once Upon a Time collection...swoon.

Last fall was full of change for us when she started daycare for the first time, little C. started kindergarten and I settled into being a full-time working mom. I'd like my coffee with less change this fall, please, as we settle into more of a routine lifestyle. Whatever that is. Working with two kids is hard work no matter how you swing it, but it's truly an honor and blessing I get to raise these two sweet peas. Kitty-Kat shoes and all.

Church is part of our Sunday routine, and it brings joy to my heart the kids love it. And it's also fun watching them get all dressed up. 

Pretty, twirly dresses just make little L. happy - and I don't blame her. She comes by it honestly. 

woven knot dress from Matilda Jane fall collection

Matilda Jane knot dress from the Once Upon a Time Collection

[Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. Matilda Jane sent pieces to us for the purpose of testing and review. All opinions are my own. We're obsessed.]

Sunday, September 11, 2016

New York Fashion Week: Adam Lippes Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

black and white coat from adam lippes spring collection

Fashion Week in New York is definitely going strong. I've already cried real tears for not being able to make it this season, but rest assured, I'll be back. One of the first designers whose show I ever saw (at Bryant Park, no less) was Adam Lippes. It was Valentine's Day and the show was the sweetest thing ever. So I'm slightly nostalgic when I post a bit of his spring/summer 2017 collection here. 

Within the first year of me starting this blog, Adam wrote me a personal note encouraging me to always follow my dreams and to keep up the good work. That said so much about him as a person, in addition to his designs being amazingly brilliant. To this day, I'll back anything he does wholeheartedly.

His label has evolved immensely since that show in 2009 in Bryant Park (it was acquired in 2010 and then he bought it back in 2012), and since the very beginning of his brand in 2004. He has come a long way since his basic white tees he became known for early on, and I relish in his elegant designs both then and now. (I even adored his Target collab)

This year his collection presentation was at his home in New York again (Adam wants everyone invited to be able to feel and interact with the designs, which is perfect thinking. I hate having to watch models prance behind poles in warehouses, honestly.) 

My favorite looks are these black and white pieces. They're classy, yet elegant and edgy. They celebrate the fashion lover, yet have the cleanest lines and most refined silhouettes. If I'm going to add new pieces to my closet, these are quite perfect.

Kudos to Adam Lippes for continuing great work in fashion. I'm never, ever disappointed. Keep up the great work, friend.

P.S. The top dalmatian look was inspired by Adam's dogs, favorites in his life. Isn't that the cutest?
adam lippes spring summer new york fashion week

adam lippes new york fashion week spring 2017 collection

Friday, September 9, 2016

Stuart Weitzman Grandioise Booties

Stuart Weitzman Fall Booties
It's that time of year, ya'll. Fall is literally in less than two weeks away and I can feel the fall fashion in the air. Squeal!! I mean, it is New York Fashion Week, after all. (transport me now)

The first thing that comes to mind is new footwear, and I've got my eyes on so many chic booties this year, it's crazy. Everywhere I turn there is another style I love, but when these pretties from Stuart Weitzman landed in my inbox, I couldn't stop staring.

Camel. suede. booties. No wonder Anne Hathaway has been spotted in them recently! The Grandiose camel booties are everything a shoe lover could dream of. And at $525, it doesn't seem that ridculous. Right?! Ok, wishful thinking. I mean, if I gave up Starbucks for a few months, these could be mine. (scary thought though, right?)

The block heel is everywhere this season, and I don't blame it for wanting to show out. It's incredible. And you can walk in it - joy! These have a glorious pointed toe and the angular silhouette is so chic and different than just your average bootie.

It's time to scoop these beauties up and pair them with a flirty floral dress. I'm so ready.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Cargo Cosmetics Land Down Under Eye Palette

Review of the Land Down Under summer eye shadow palette
I'm so thrilled about a new eye palette - always. A limited edition? Even better. When it comes to beauty products, a great eye palette like this new release from Cargo Cosmetics is a must

Why? It lasts forever and there are endless options (and no, I probably won't be daring enough for the turquoise matte "manly" shade - you figured, right?). This limited-edition palette is simply gorgeous - it's called the Land Down Under eye palette and it includes 12 long lasting, shades. Can I let you in on a secret? These are labeled as "summer", but I really find most of them will look amazing into the fall, so there's no need to toss it or not consider it for now. (I mean, I'm not one of those who only wears certain hues for certain seasons. As a working mom on the go, I use whatever colors in whatever palettes I can find on my counter!)

Bonus points, too, for the dual-ended brush and black eye liner that comes with it. At $34, that's a pretty great price for all of those goodies. Don't you think? 

You should apply shadow to the lid, crease, brown bone and outer corner. And if you're more daring than I am, you can mix and layer colors. I tend to generally use a light shade to cover my whole lid, and a pop of color on my lid. Take a leap with your colors (I'm listening to my own advice here!) because you never know which color you might really fall in love with. Like an Australian holiday, eh?

You can find this palette and Cargo Cosmetics at CargoCosmetics.com or Ulta.com

Oh and psst...I'm wearing this palette in my outfit post from Tuesday. Scroll down the page...
Exterior of the Land Down Under eye palette

Review of the Land Down Under palette

[Disclaimer: I was not provided compensation for this post. I was sent this palette as a sample for testing and for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. In love with it.]