I Heart Heels

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sofia Vergara's (Sparkly!) SAG Award Shoes

When choosing heels, sometimes I ask myself...what would Sofia Vergara wear?

To the SAG Awards? She wore these sparkly pretties by Brian Atwood. I mean, hol-y mama. This girl must have some high-heel wearing practice because these aren't for the faint of heart (haven't you seen her prancing through the airport wearing heels this size though? She's a natural, y'all.) These are the crystal Alesha peeptoes and she wore them with a stunning red gown (obvi). 

The other day I caught up with Sofia on Twitter (I mean, yes?! Crazy? Right?!) And she I had this to say about heels, which pretty much sums up how she can walk in these Brian Atwood beauties. Wink. 

[Photo Courtesy BPCM]

Saturday, January 24, 2015

How to Wear Thigh-High Boots

Thigh-high boots are one of the sexiest trends of the past couple years, but we've also noticed that many women are a bit intimidated about owning a pair. It's one thing to fawn over them in catalogs, but another to slide a pair of these long, showy boots onto your own legs—and figure out what to wear them with. 

But thigh-high boots are a surprisingly accessible option as long as you know how to get a pair that's going to fit well and you understand some basics of how to work them into your wardrobe. Ready? Here's your complete guide to wearing thigh-high boots:

1. Get a good fit all the way down – Understanding how to choose the fit of thigh-high boots goes a long way towards getting a pair you're going to look and feel great in. Thigh-high boots actually stop just above the knee—often about two inches. That technically reaches your thigh, but doesn't ride high up; if a boot goes much higher than this, look for a shorter pair. And the fit is even more important. Most thigh-highs are pull-on, not zip-up, and designed to cling to the shape of the leg. That means you have very little wiggle room in there, but you should never go too tight. Make sure you feel like you can flex your knee, and that your calves aren't crushed, once you pull the boot on. 

2. Know whether this pair is meant to be smooth or wrinkled – These aren't technical terms, but thigh-high boots break into roughly two categories: those that follow the leg's curves more or less smoothly, as if they are perfectly fitted, and those that crumple or wrinkle a bit, as if they're a touch on the baggy side. Both can be sexy, but in different ways. The wrinkly kind will work equally well with skinny jeans or skirts, while the smooth kind is going to be mostly skirt- or dress-only.

3. Making skinny jeans work – Skinny jeans can absolutely be worn with thigh-high boots, but it's going to take the right jeans as well as the right boots. Remember, your jeans have to lie underneath your boots all the way down to the ankle without causing bulging. That means that the closer the fit of the jeans the better; it also means that your boots need to have enough room inside to accommodate the jeans (hence our preference for the baggy kind of boot for this). An alternative is to wear leggings and cut-off shorts with your thigh-highs – much easier to put together mechanically and a very appealing look.

4. Thigh-highs always work with skirts – Almost any length skirt will pair with thigh-highs, making them more versatile than some other boots. Obviously, longer skirts will partly cover your boots, but that can mean good coverage in winter. Even a mini works well—the boot reduces just how revealing the mini is by keeping much of the leg covered.

How do you feel about wearing thigh-high boots? What's your favorite style?

Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post because I love thigh-high boots. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Whiny Wednesday: Floral & Dots

Oh my goodness gracious! Look at this floral preciousness. I'm in such love! Isn't baby L getting so big? I can hardly believe she turns one next month. She's quickly reaching tons of milestones (she's babbling like crazy), and I have a little feeling she's going to be walking very soon because she's obsessed with standing and lately she's been letting go with her hands a bit. EEK!

So just within the last week I decided I'd start seeing if she can wear 12-month clothing...ya know, just to see. And now tears are streaming because 12 months fits her, and now I'll have to get rid of all of her baby clothes. She'll soon be a walking toddler...oh, it's all too much! Little Me makes some really cute outfits at such affordable prices, I'm going completely gaga over this outfit they sent us. I mean, it screams baby L all over it. She's such a floral and dot fan. 

The sweet little dots on the pants and undershirt are so, so adorable (just keep in mind that while the pants fit her true to size, the undershirt fit her slightly smaller, so you might want to size up one size if you want to get more wear out of it! But it could be she just has a good belly going. :) ) I love this set because she can wear it with or without a jacket, and I've lately found with the weather it's always nice to have a jacket handy, even if you might not need it. I also love that it all coordinates and you don't have to spend your time staring into the closet trying to figure out what looks cute together. Ya know? I have to do that enough for myself.

Get this (cute!) outfit at Lord & Taylor now on sale for just $40!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Motivation Monday: I love lucy

I know it's a holiday, but I couldn't help but be motivated this Monday. Why? It's been 65 degrees down south allllll weekend, and the sunshine is truly my friend. After having an incredibly rough and bleak December, it's been so nice to have a little bit of sun to shine down on us and play with the kids outside. little C. has been going nuts (in a good way) over riding his Jeep around and just running all around the yard, and baby L hardly knows what to think. After all, she's grown leaps and bounds since we were last playing outside! And being outside means I can be more active, which is amazing. I definitely love cozying up to the fire in the cold, but being outside and doing things is so good for the soul...and the body. 

These days I don't consider running miles my cardio, I'm just too busy. But chasing after the kids is plenty of cardio for now and I love wearing my activewear on the weekends to do this. One of my all-time fav brands is lucy because it's not only cute stuff, it's also very durable and made for it does best. I love this Get Going Jacket ($98)...I usually do all my warm-ups in it because it's so lightweight, and I love the thumbholes! And the Hatha Leggings ($89) are a must-have...in fact, all of the Lucy pants I own are some of my favs. They're just amazing at staying put and really, truly comfortable. It's great for cardio and running around (and cute enough you can wear it around for errands even if you didn't work out that day...blush...guilty.). But it's also incredible for Pilates (yoga, etc.), which I just started back last week. I've been practicing Pilates since 2008, the year before I started having kids. Back then, I worked full-time, so only went to one night class a week. Now that I stay at home, I'm able to have my mom watch baby L for an hour while I get my Pilates on several times a week. Sooooo thankful for that. 

I stopped going to Pilates for just four months (and not to mention had tons of stress with both of my parents) and my lower back just went nuts on me. So, last month I started going back to the chiropractor (I had stopped that as well), and had some x-rays run. I mean, my back was so bad I couldn't even sit down. I had to roll a yoga ball up to the dinner table, y'all. Ouch. Turns out, nothing major was wrong, I just have uneven hips for now and am slightly out of alignment. That means? I need to strengthen my core. After hearing the news, I started back at the gym the next week, and every morning I do back stretches and plank while I play with baby L on the floor.

What's crazy? THE next day after I went back to Pilates, my back felt 75-percent better. I'm not saying it doesn't still hurt some, but I will say that I'm convinced that with the help of both the chiropractor and Pilates (and my own stretching), I've nursed my lower back...back to health. I'm thrilled. Back problems can really start to get you down, ya know? And it was becoming really hard to take care of the kids!

So this Motivation Monday I'm completely motivated to make the rest of any lower back pain go away by strengthening my core each week to get my abs strong again, and hey, I might be ready for our beach trip in no time! (whew...swimsuit try-on is getting so close...talk about motivation...)

*products were sent for the purpose of this review

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Chanel is for Lovers

Happy Friday, friends! 

I've always been a fan of blue, but when it comes to blue Chanel, I melt. Can't. Take. It. I mean, just pick me up off the floor. So I created this mood board to show you just how I'd style the coveted blue Chanel - from hair and makeup to heels. Squeal! 

I'm always obsessing over distressed denim and anything with cute and witty banter on the shirt lately, so hello. It balances perfectly with the ladylike classic bag and too-cute-for-words animal-print heels. Am I right? Tough meets femme, yeah. 

And in a world where I'm not too scared to rock color on my lips and tousle my hair in a bob, I'd do that, too. Wink. 

I've also got this new site, Union & Fifth, on my mind lately. It's a nonprofit online designer consignment store. How cool is that? Nonprofit. Online. Designer. Consignment. Yeah, all those things in one...sweet. 

I'll go ahead and tell you that man, they have a nice selection of Manolos. The best part? When you buy Manolos on the cheap, it also raises money for nonprofits. Don't you adore that? 

Union & Fifth was born in 2012 and today is more popular than ever, selling everything from shoes to, well, Chanel!

For more details on how you can get involved, visit unionandfifth.com and like Union & Fifth on Facebook. Oh, and wish me luck because I could win a trip to fashion week!

Air kisses xoxo

Kate Bosworth Gets the Tousled Bob

John Frieda International Creative Consultant Harry Josh sent out a little tease at first posting a shot of a mystery actress' fresh cut from the back. GASP. 

Later, Kate Bosworth revealed her new look for her upcoming role in 90 Minutes in Heaven on Instagram. Harry had styled the fresh bob and given it that tousled look we ALL want these days. 

I met stylist Harry Josh backstage at Marchesa at my first fashion week. I had no idea I was meeting a hair superstar. I mean, shut up. 

For this look, he was inspired by a modern Great Gatsby, and here's the (easy!) step-by-step! (Gonna have to get me some of this spray...loooove a great sea spray!) 

1. Harry sprayed John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray on towel dried hair.

2. He dried the hair with a diffuser and his fingers.

3. He used his Harry Josh Pro Tools Ceramic Styling Iron to add definition and direct the wave while smoothing out the top.

How to Look Chic in Glasses

Omg. Omg. Omg. Me with glasses? Seriously. This is the kind of thing my mom loves to hate. She'll say why would you wear glasses when you don't need to? And I'll reply my standard, I do it for fashion. :)

I came across Firmoo and they wanted to send me a pair, so I immediately picked out the biggest, darkest-rimmed pair I could find. It's funny because about five years ago I was also into the fake glasses thing, but they actually had a very mild prescription and I almost ran into things (you think I'm kidding). So I was thankful to know I could order non-prescription on Firmoo and totally still get my chic on. Without breaking my neck. 

baby L looooves it when wear these glasses (I must admit I put them on her for kicks and giggles). I'll take them off and hand them to her, and she'll hand them back to me to put on. Cutest thing. Ever. 

I mostly love wearing these with edgier things right now like my staple moto jacket, but I think they'll look pretty sweet with some plaid from the closet, too. I'm just steering away from wearing them with a too-casual wardrobe because then I come off as literally looking like I rolled out of bed. It's alllll about balance. We tread carefully with fake glasses, folks. This is not for amateurs. 

However, if you really do wear glasses, Firmoo has a lovely selection and I'm sure you'll love it to pieces. Happy shopping! Xoxo

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