How to accesssorize like a Rockstar (A Rocksbox Review)

I will admit when I first started dressing professionally, I kept my accessories VERY minimal. Diamond earrings, a waterfall diamond necklace and my wedding ring. On a rare day I added a watch (if I wouldn’t be near my phone). That’s it. #keepitsimple

Fast forward to today and I’m not afraid to experiment more. A lot more. I had a little help though … 18 months ago I joined Rocksbox and my accessorizing game has never been the same. #blingiton

Rocksbox is a jewelry membership service that exists to make your life easier and more stylish. Who doesn’t need more style in their life?  For $21/month, treat yourself to trying 3 pieces of jewelry at a time with free shipping both ways!  The $21 is also a credit that can be applied to any items you purchase from that month.  (You can also purchases packages of 3 months, 6 months or 12 months which lowers the per month cost to somewhere between $12.42 and $16.33).

How Rocksbox Works

1. Sign up for for an account. #obvious

2. Answer a few questions about your likes, dislikes and preferences.  Do you want delicate or statement pieces? Silver or gold? Earrings, rings, bracelets or necklaces? Color and style preferences? Designer preferences?  Etc.

3. Add pieces to your Wish List. These are the pieces you would like to be sent.  Rocksbox recommends that you add at least 15 pieces to your Wish List. Your stylist will do their best to choose at least one piece from your Wish List to include in your set. Rocksbox sets are curated for you based on your Style Profile and your Wish List. You can also prioritize your top 10. Here is a snapshot of my current top 10 picks.


4.  Wait for your first box to arrive then enjoy all the pieces for a day, a week or a month – you decide.  (I’ve kept some boxes only a few days and I’ve kept others more than month.  In 18 months I’ve received 24 boxes total.)  When you are done place your box in the packaging it arrived in, apply the provided return label and REPEAT.

5.  If you fall in love with an item you can apply your monthly $21 to purchase it.  If you purchase the whole box they apply an additional discount.  I’ve purchased 11 pieces in my 24 months (8 were from boxes and 3 were from sample sales).  Here is a look at a few items I have purchased.  #jennybirdrocks

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Customer Service

Feedback is key to making this work.  You provide feedback on each individual piece as well as as overall comments or requests.  Over-inform your stylist  – explain what you liked and didn’t and WHY.  Ask for specific pieces for specific occasions.  (You can now upload pictures for your stylist).  Explain the outfits you will be wearing, the occasion or the trip you are planning.  #writeadiatribe

People always ask about breaking or losing pieces.  Their customer service is fabulous.  I have had two pieces arrived damaged.  They applied credit to my account for the next month.  I purchased a piece that later broke – they replaced it!  I returned a statement earring without a back because the earring fell off while I was wearing it – I was lucky I found the earring.  No problem!  #customerserviceisking

My Rockbox Favorites

Here is a sample of some of my favorite Rocksbox pieces.

All opinions are my own and this is not a sponsored post but if you register through my link or use my referral code to sign up – aimeebff58 – I will receive credit and you will receive your first month free.  Go ahead – give them a try.

 

 

 

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MM.LaFleur Review

Curious about MM.LaFleur? I was too. I mean they send you a bento box!  Who doesn’t love bento boxes … and filled with fashionable goodies? Um, yes please.  I was fortunate to have a store open in D.C. at the same time my curiosity peaked. So I promptly booked an appointment!

My Appointment

When you book your appointment you answer a series of questions about style preferences, lifestyle and sizing. You also have the option to provide other additional information. It was this additional information field that gave them their first opportunity to shine at customer service. I filled out this field by stating that if my soon to be stylist really wanted to understand my style she should check out my Instagram feed and I provided the link. My stylist did her research. #impressed

On the day of my appointment (which I had to reschedule once and easily did so online), I arrived and was promptly greeted, provided a glass of prosecco and escorted to my staging area. My stylist had selected about 10 items to start with and they were hanging in the area ready to begin.

When my stylist arrived she breezed through formalities, complimented my shoes and confessed to checking out my Instagram feed. Um, you had me with prosecco  – but these are all good too. She queried why I was there and then made recommendations on which pieces to start with.

I tried on all the items she pre-selected as well as items she brought out based on my feedback.  There may have been a few pieces inserted just for fun as well.  I was very impressed by the quality and the consistency in sizing and fit. I also appreciated my stylist’s honest feedback on fit or style. She was very customer service focused.  She wasn’t pushy or sales-ee.  While attending to my needs, she brought me tissues for my crazy runny nose, offered to refill my prosecco, helped zip zippers and genuinely focused on me.

When it was all said and done, I selected 7 items to have shipped home.

My Winning Picks

These are the items I ultimately selected.  I also tried on dresses that were lovely and fit perfectly but I have dresses.  I was on the hunt for core separates I could easily mix and match.

Deneuve 3.0 in Cream – The versatility of this gorgeous top is its best feature. It works with a suit jacket or it can also stand alone. This is precisely the type of piece I was looking for! The styling is gorgeous and it is impossible for the neckline to “slip”!  #willnotgapeever

Bee Shirt in Galaxy Blue and Sutton Skirt in Double Stripe (Navy/Ivory) – I loved both of these pieces.  I loved the skirt so much, I ordered the matching striped top (Crawford Top) for summer. Both of these pieces will get heavy use and my grey suit jacket pairs beautifully with both top and bottom. #theyhadmewithstripes

Oshima Pant in Black – These pants!  WOW!  I didn’t know I needed these until I put them on. Forgiving and comfortable. Simply amazing.  These are the very definition of wardrobe staple.  And how cool is it that the stylist who helped me do my returns and place my shirt order is the namesake for these pants – Oshima!    #caniwearthemeveryday

Louisa Top in Black – This is what I went there to find. A classic black shell that can stand alone without the suit jacket but also works with it.  And no dry cleaning required. #perfection

My Returns


Noho Skirt (Boucle in Black/White) – This skirt came home but I ultimately returned it. I couldn’t make it work with any of my suit jackets. It looked lovely with the tops I brought home but nothing else in my closet (and I really tried because it is so travel friendly). They make a “jardigan” that could have solved the jacket problem but I felt like I was between sizes.

Rowling Top (yep, named for the famous Author) in Checker Goldenrod/Blue – This was shipped home but ultimately didn’t stay either. I couldn’t make it work with enough of my wardrobe. Maybe a solid color would have been a better choice?

Why MM.LaFleur?

Why would a self-proposed fashionista need a stylist from a brand that claims they have “better things to do” than shop?   After all, I do a lot of shopping!  In truth, I’m like the anti-mmlafleur customer. BUT (you knew there had to be one) … as I’ve been decluttering my closet (see how it started here), I’ve realized my wardrobe was lacking a core. I have lots of suits and I have lots of cool items to pair with suits (and lots of dresses) but my base of stand alone separates and capsule pieces was nil.

I’ve have tried.  Oh how I have tried!  I have gotten rid of so many off-white shells and wrap tops it is almost embarrassing.  Whether they were purchased in a pinch and didn’t really fit, didn’t stand up to my dry cleaners harsh love or gapped so much my male coworkers ALL came to the meeting … whatever the reason.  I always seemed to be on the hunt for these key pieces and I was tired of imitation substitutes.    My desire to finally find wardrobe staples that fit, traveled easily AND mixed and matched with everything already in my closet was what led me to MM.LaFleur.  (Bonus if it didn’t also contribute to my already sky-high dry cleaning bills.)

My travel requires me to cram 5 days worth of work attire in a tiny suitcase and my ability to do this easily and with a minimal number of items was challenged due to my lack of versatile core pieces.  You can apply this same concept even if you don’t travel.  Being able to get more out of the clothes in your closet should be everyone’s goal! (See 5 days of Hugo as an example of what I am striving to achieve!)  By building a base of pieces I can turn to again and again, I can make my wardrobe go further.

My MM.LaFleur Style

I spent four days testing out all the pieces I decided to keep and here are the looks I came up with.  These are pieces you will see me wearing again and again!

I can recommend MM.LaFleur with little hesitation.  They’ve been fabulous to work with both in store and online.  If you’ve been curiours – you should give them a try.  The first Bento is completely free  – you pay only for what you decide to keep.

The opinions posted here are solely my own and I was not compensated in any manner for this review. 

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A Peak in My Nordstrom Shopping Cart

I’m sure this will come as no surprise to you but my Nordstrom shopping cart is always full. And by full I mean it currently has 77 items sitting in it.  I thought it might be kind of fun to share with you some of the items I’ve had my eye on.  Most of them could be categorized into the following groups …

I am going to buy this.

These items normally don’t last long in the cart.  With free shipping and free returns, if I find something I think I need or want – I buy it.  Occasionally (read rarely) these items may sit in my cart for a few days if I am waiting for a triple points event or sale to start. Heads up – there is a sale going on currently.  Look for my roundup of the best items on Friday.  And triple points are coming in early May – you can bet me (and my cart) will be ready.

I was originally just going to purchase the yellow skirt but the styling was so fun in the catalog, the top got added into the cart too.  The skirt was styled with a grey top but I was more drawn to the orange one (both colors ended up in the cart).  These may be at my house before this post in published.  #alwaysneedchoices

This is really cool – where am I going to wear it?

Items in this category often stay in my cart until I either fall out of love, it goes out of stock or I figure out an occasion where I need such an item.  When I do find an occasion that allows for the purchase of one of these items it is always BIG love.  These are my princess pieces.

You can see I’m loving the lace and see through color blocking look right now.  I so cannot wear either a navy, lacey v-neck (even if it is 40% off) or a black and gold lace overlay dress to the office, soccer games or anything else I do on a daily basis.  #sendweddinginvitations

Staples that I prefer to buy on sale.

Natori bras often find their way into my cart in this category (this is the only bra I wear).  So lovely, but why pay $68 for the love when I know eventually (even if it takes until the anniversary sale) they will go on sale.  Beauty items often make there way into the cart in this category as well.  I love my Kiehl’s products – I love them even more when I buy them on sale.  #onsale

Wants that I prefer to buy on sale.

This category includes things like the second color of an item I already purchased and fell in love with but hardly need two of.  It also includes runner ups – the other pair of peep toe booties that were my second choice and were oh, so good – but not good enough to stay the first time because the other pair was so much better.

I have a similar jacket in blush but I have been looking for one that I can leave at the office for emergencies (unexpected meetings or  coffee debacles like my one last week where I was lucky the dry cleaning was in my car).  This jacket comes in 6 lovely colors (I have 3 colors in my cart).

Do I really need two peep toe booties?  When the second pair is subtly metallic – absolutely.  I mean how cool would those be with the gold lace overlay dress above? #gonnaneedabiggercloset

Ridiculously overpriced loves that I will only buy on sale.

These usually fall in the designer category.  These are items I love but just can’t justify the hefty price tag.  If it goes on sale, however, all bets are off.

These gingham pants have been in my cart since I did the spring roundup – I am still holding out for a red gingham pencil skirt though.  This lovely sweater has been in my cart since early January.  Adorable.  #morethanmycarpayment

Sold out items.

 

 

These are items I wasn’t quick enough to buy after I added them to the cart.  Doh!  But, if it is something I really love – I will leave it in the cart, sold out, to see if it gets restocked (which frequently happens).

These are two Nordstrom staples that come and go frequently (Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps and Paige Denim).  I was waiting for both of these items to go on sale when they sold out (they fall into the staples category normally).  I am convinced they will be restocked.  #gottabefaster

Speaking of Paige, have you seen these new swoon worthy jeans?  The front seam detail is perfection.  Currently sitting in my Amazon cart, however.  ( Available from Amazon, Zappos, Bloomingdales and the Paige site).  #paigeobsessed #yesIhavefullcartsatlotsofstores

Hmmm.  Maybe?  Let me ponder this a bit.

These are typically items that I have seen someone else wear but not sure if it fits my body type or my lifestyle.  I will leave it in the cart to simmer for a bit and see which category it ultimately lands in.  These Topshop pants are adorable with their frayed details.  They would be really cool with a white T-shirt and I just can’t get away with that at work – even on casual Friday.  The Pleione Blouse is equally adorable with all the ruffles and pleats.  My hang up is the potential inability to put a jacket over the top … I should probably just order it and try.  #corporategirlproblems

What is sitting in your shopping cart?  Share in the comments!

 

 

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4 Days in South Beach (Warm Weather Dresses)

I just had the fortunate opportunity to spend four lovely days in Miami.  The sunshine and warmth was so welcome after the slow start to spring currently occurring in Virginia.  I was there for work though, so I needed warm weather, work appropriate attire.  Of course, I took my favorite item … dresses.  They not only pack easily but they are also easy to transition and accessorize for day to night.  I opted for corals and oranges to embrace the warmth of the south.   Pair the dress with a heel, grab a sweater or jacket for cooler office spaces and you are done.  Below were two of my looks from South Beach.

My Warm Weather Dress Style

I paired this dress with black heels because of the black leather detail but absent that lovely feature I would have opted for nude heels.  Add a statement necklace and your done!

Betsey Johnson Dress | Trina Turk Dress | Ted Baker Neevo Heels | Hinge Cora Heel

South Beach Miami

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If you have never been to South Beach Miami you should add this place to your must visit.  The beaches were endless, the city parks gorgeous and the dining was divine.  For restaurants check out Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis (high end Greek), CVI.CHE 105 (the appetizer trio was enough food for dinner and AMAZING) or Lilikoi Organic Living (greek inspired – their juices and quinoa waffles were a perfect post run indulgence).  If you want more local flavor, try Puerto Sagua or I did a walking food tour of Little Havana booked through Miami Culinary Tours that was fabulous and filling!  Also, don’t forget to indulge in a few mojitos while you are there!

Warm Weather Dresses

Below are my top picks for warm weather dresses that could be worn for both work and play.  Most of them have some killer detail that makes the dress … a tie sleeve, ruffles, or waist defining pleats.

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Independent Fashion Bloggers Featured Roundup

This week was a big week.  I did the Spring shoe roundup which included more than 50 shoes over the last five days.  If you missed it find them here:  Cage, COLOR, BLOCK, Peep Toe and Blue.

Yes, I’ve embraced my shoe addiction and I am sharing it with you!

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Independent Fashion Bloggers Featured Roundup

My first post (The Cage Look) was selected by Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) for their weekly roundup.   IFB is a huge community (over 15000 fashion bloggers) and media platform which features articles, group forums, and weekly community link roundups.  Every week, they host a roundup called Links a la Mode where they select the best fashion blog posts for the week.

Here is the link to the original selection post and below are all the posts selected this week.  A few of my favorites were the Mom Jean Confessions: Let’s Get Real and A Guide to Power Suiting.  The Trends: Spring Summer 2018 reinforced many of the trends I have already shared with you and included styling ideas.  There were also lots of posts helping readers decide what to buy during the recent Shopbop Sale that goes through the weekend (probably because Shopbop is a sponsor).

Roundup Links

Here are all the roundup picks from IFB for Links à la Mode, April 13th:

SPONSOR: Shopbop Tibi, Free People Shoes, alice + olivia Clothing, Brandon Maxwell, Monse, Trademark, Aviators, Pendant Necklaces, One Pieces, Men’s MSGM

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Spring Shoes Blues (Blue-Hued and Denim)

Every day this week I have featured a new office-appropriate Spring Shoe Trend.  I’ve covered the Cage Look, COLOR, Block Sandals, Peep Toes … and today I’m talking Blues.  Denim is a big trend in sandals but you can also find blue suede and other cool textures in hues of blue.  #iamnowhummingELVIS #bluesuedeshoes

If you haven’t seen any of the other posts this week … let me spell out my strict criteria for picks … they must be items I either already own or would buy.  Because I know not everyone wears sky high heels, I included a mix of heel-height options.  The winners also needed to be highly versatile.  I wanted shoes that could be worn with suits and other office attire as well as to weddings and brunches.  #tallorders

My Blue Shoes

These are the greatest sandals ever (and currently on sale for less than $60.) I have worn these with dresses, skirts, cropped pants/denim and shorts!  Probably not suit worthy but they CAN go to the office.  They are super comfortable and easy to put on and remove with back zippers.


If you want suit worthy – go for these beauties – with our without the bees.   But let’s be real…the bees are just plain fun!  #buzzworthy


Moving in the other direction … these are more casual.  I have only ever worn these to work on a Friday or maybe at a warm weather conference.  Espadrille is not typically an office material unless your office is more low key.  But hey, you have to wear shoes on the weekend too!

My Top Blue Shoes Picks

I tried to focus on office looks but it is Friday so we may be in a more Casual Friday zone for some of these.  I did also include a link to sandals similar to my espadrilles.

Note:  All the shoes in the featured image above are from Zappos.  Message or email me if you are looking for a specific pair from that pic and I can send you a direct link. 

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The strappy flats would look adorable with anything cropped so you can show them off. Currently 10% off and also available in two other colors.

Probably the only mule you will ever see me say I like. I find them to be a mostly impractical style but these are adorable!

Everything about these are perfect. An edgy buckle, a block heel, strap appeal. Also comes in black or nude suede.

Daintier and lighter hued these are very suit worthy. They also have a lower wedge heel. Available in 8 different colors.

Flowers, check. D’Orsay, check. Navy, check. Um … YES, Please. These are so fun and I would totally wear them with a suit among along with a million other items.

A twist on the classic loafer with perforations and suede like texture. Adorable.

Similar to my Hinge sandals with a lower block heel. I like the braided accent of the front strap.

It doesn’t get any more suit worthy than Choo. Of course that comes with a high price. Check out the Sam Edelman Hazel for a lower priced equivalent.

A little cage, a little block heel … this shoe has it all (including being 40% off). It also comes in two other colors.

I love the frayed strap and block heel – comes in 10 other colors and patterns.

These are the sandals I am wearing – mostly sold out in the Navy but still readily available in three other colors.

The closest I could find to my Sperry ones pictured above. I actually have these in red and they are very comfortable.

Just cool. These are the Sam Edelman Hazel with a little bling added.  The base shoe is wildly popular and comes in tons of colors.

Happy Shoe Shopping!


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Spring Shoes … The Peep Toe

Every day this week I am featuring a new office-appropriate Spring Shoe Trend.  I’ve already talked about the Cage Look, COLOR and the Block Sandal.  Today I’m talking Peep Toe Sandals. #pleasegetamanicure

If this is your first shoe roundup then you should know I have strict criteria for my picks … they must be items I either already own or would buy.  Because I know not everyone wears sky-high heels, I try to include a mix of heel height options.  The winners also need to be highly versatile.  I want shoes that could be worn with suits and other office attire as well as to weddings and brunches.

My Peep Toe Sandals

This shoe can pose challenges to find a pair that’s comfortable.  The buckle at the top can sometimes be in an uncomfortable location.  For example, I loved this black pair … but I couldn’t even walk around the store without the buckle annoying me … no way they were going home with me despite their loveliness.  #comfortfirst

You may have seen this post where I was trying to decide which peep toe to purchase … they really can be all-season when paired with opaque tights (and confidence).  #tightsandsandals  But is IS Spring so please leave the tights off until Fall.

They also don’t have to be solid.  There are some lovely picks that include perforations and other details that make them almost lace-like.  This pair is not only gorgeous but comfortable.  They were perfect for the sunshine and outdoor beer garden I found myself in the other day. #beershoes?

My Top Peep Toe Sandal Picks

While I sometimes feel these are more casual – there are plenty of suit-worthy options.  At my conference today a woman had on a sheath dress, suit jacket and shoes similar to the black pair I tried above – she looked fabulous and none too casual.  The key is in the material  – refined leather is a must!

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Is this nude – is this metallic? I love the indecision. Also comes in three other colors.

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Four color choices but I am drawn to the metallic ones.  I also love the side zipper.

 

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These are the ones I have. Very comfortable. 4 color choices  – but I would opt for Beige or Navy.

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Closest to my black option above but without the problematic buckle to rub on the ankle. BONUS!  Comes in black, tan, red or grey. Of all the choices, this is the most suit-worthy (in black of course).

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A Peep Toe with some back. A lovely divergence. Comes in nude or black.

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Um, YES! The band, the zipper, the side slit. These are amazing. Also comes in a brown.

Happy Shoe Shopping!

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Spring Shoes – The BLOCK Sandal

Every day this week I am featuring a new office appropriate Spring Shoe Trend.  I’ve already talked about the Cage Look and COLOR and today I’m talking BLOCK Sandals.  If you only buy one new shoe for spring it should be one with a block heel.  You can combine the block heel with one of the other trends (cage, color, metallic or blues) for an opportunity to trend double-dip. #yesthatsathing

I have focused on the two strap block heels because (1) you can find them everywhere right now and (2) they go with everything.  I had a similar pair years (and I mean years ago #everythingoldisnewagain) that I wore with everything.  Those had a dainty heel though.  The block heel makes them WAY more wearable – no more sinking into grass or getting caught in urban grates.  #heelwoes

If this is your first shoe roundup then you should know I have strict criteria for my picks … they must be items I either already own or would buy.  Because I know not everyone wears sky high heels, I  try to include a mix of heel height options.  This is a little more challenging when you are talking about a block heel but I included several lower heel options. The winners also need to be highly versatile.  I want shoes that could be worn with suits and other office attire as well as to weddings and brunches.  #myshoesmultitask

BLOCK Sandals Sampling

Hands down the best purchase you could make would be a nude version of this sandal (you can find them anywhere and at any price point).  These shoes can be worn with a suit, dresses, crop pants, shorts … you get the idea.  And because they are nude they mostly disappear leaving your outfit center stage.

Black is also a good option but will be noticed.  As I was walking into get coffee this morning, a woman was leaving wearing a sheath dress with a black pair of these and she looked stunning.  The wedge on my shoe blurs the block heel line but makes them much more wearable when lots of walking or standing is involved.

Feeling Bold?  Then go for a statement shoe in a bright color or metallic hue.  My yellow shoe below also comes in Blue, Floral Orange, Silver, Pink and 4 other options.  (And now that warm weather has arrived you can ditch the dark tights!)

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My Top BLOCK Sandal Picks

I focused on the two strap versions of the block heel but you will find that all the spring trends can come with this style of heel.  I included picks with the Cage Look shoes and you will see more later this week with my picks for the other trends.

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These are my yellow shoes pictured above.  Two metallics, two blacks, two nudes and a few bright colors – these shoes are lovely in any option (10 choices) and they also have a lower heel version for those adverse to the 4″ heel.

This is such a trendy silhouette right now and this is a very wearable height. It is also comes in a 4″ heel. This comes in 8 colors.

 

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This is the closest shoe to mine. It comes in four neutrals and is the perfect heel height. (Says the girl who loves high heels.) #sorrynotsorry

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9 Color Options including 3 metallic, black, nude and two lovely blues (one with attached flowers). The reviews are stellar and the heel is a little lower.

Snake Print is very suit worthy. I love the additional detail on the strap as well.

I love the linen and metallic blend of this lower heel shoe. It also comes in two other neutrals.

Tory Burch, Navy, Block Heel. Yes, yes and yes. Need I say more? It does come in white or tan if I didn’t have you with navy.

A little more casual but I like the edgy details and I know many will like the lower heel. Available in 6 colors.

These shoes are perfection and closest to my wedge version above. Also available in two different blacks and a tan.

These shoes are highly suit worthy and the details are fabulous. The extra strap, the black and white combination, the texture on the white. All perfection. Four other color combinations if black and white isn’t your thing.

Happy Shoe Shopping!

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Spring Shoes with COLOR

Every day this week I am featuring a new Spring Shoe Trend appropriate for the office (sorry – I love a good flip flop but you won’t find those in these posts…) #noflipflopshere #sorrynotsorry

Yesterday was the Cage Look and today is COLOR!  There is no shortage of bright colors for spring.  The most popular are pink or yellow but you can find tons of other options. #yellowshoesareastyleYES

I have strict criteria for my picks … they must be items I either already own or would buy.  Because I know not everyone wears sky high heels, I  tried to include a mix of heel height options.  The winners also needed to be highly versatile.  I wanted shoes that could be worn with suits and other office attire as well as to weddings and brunches.

Shoes with COLOR

There are a few brands that are my go to for colorful shoes.  Boden, Sam Edelman or Sole Society are all good brands I have in my closet and offer colorful options season after season. My recommendation if you want color is to start there.

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My Top Color Picks

I focused on yellow and pink (with a smattering of blue and orange options thrown in) but many of these shoes come in a multitude of colors and I tried to note this in my comments.

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This shoe has more than 500 reviews with an overall rating greater than 4 stars. The silhouette is very much on trend and it comes in 14 colors! (And it is less than $60)

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Blue or Pink in a standard D’Orsay silhouette but updated with cool perforations. Currently on sale for less than $60.

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I have these shoes and I love them (see above picture). Size down though!

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These shoes have been in my cart for a few weeks. I keep waiting for them to go on sale again!! I have this same shoe in other colors (it comes in 22 different colors, textures and patterns) and it is so comfortable.

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These are my yellow shoes pictured above. These are lovely shoes in any color (10 choices) and they also have a lower heel version for those adverse to the 4″ heel.

This is such a trendy silhouette right now and this is a very wearable height. It is also comes in a 4″ heel. This comes in 8 colors including 3 different pinks and a yellow.

A gorgeous flat with laser-cut perforations that comes in 5 colors (including this pear shade and a lovely coral shade).

Another lower block heel in a cheerful sunflower shade. Also comes in a blush and black.

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I love a good d’orsay pump. My orange Boden shoes are no longer available but this is a very swoon worthy substitute. This also comes in yellow and rose gold.

I love texture and the bright tone of this yellow. This is the shoe I am wearing in the above pictures. It comes in 9 different colors including 2 pinks, navy, red, metallic and a lovely snakeskin pattern.

I love when shoes have a little edge like with these polished dome studs.

A wonderful cage shoe with a hint of edge. Comes in 4 colors including a bright turquoise.

Perfect!  Also comes in four other colors.

If you are going to wear a flat – it should be this unique. This shoe also comes in yellow, blush and black.

Happy Shoe Shopping!

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Spring Shoes (The Cage Look)

I few weeks ago I did a Spring roundup to celebrate the arrival of spring.  Every day I featured a different Spring collection with several pieces to choose from as well as suggestions for ways to style everything.  Those roundups can be found here:  Spring Dresses, Spring Stripes, Pencil Skirts, Spring Florals and Ankle Pants. It was always my intent to follow that week with a week of Spring Shoes but then illness and travel slowed me down!  #life

It’s finally done though.  This week will be a full week of Spring Shoes!  I can’t wait to share with you all my swoon worthy finds!  I’ve had to do some serious narrowing though.   With that in mind I had to levy some pretty strict criteria; they had to be items I either already own or would buy.  Because I know not everyone wears sky high heels, I  tried to include a mix of heel height options.  The winners also needed to be highly versatile.  I wanted shoes that could be worn with suits and other office attire as well as to weddings and brunches.  The categories are a little looser than the Spring Roundup but I will showcase shoes in these general categories:  Cage Sandals, Block Heels, COLOR, Denim and Blue Shoes and Peep Toe Sandals.  Like last time, I will probably have and addendum … or two.  #imighthaveashoeaddiction

The Cage Look

Cage shoes wrap your entire foot and have either laces, buckles or zippers as a feature.  I highly recommend the laces or zippers over the buckles as multiple buckles can be a nuisance.  Some shoes combine the features with a zipper at the back for easier entry and exit.  Cage sandals can be worn with suits but look for dressier materials and accents to compliment the more formal office environment.

My Top Cage Picks

I focused on nude and black but Cage Sandals come in a multitude of colors.  You will see some more options with some of the other trends later this week.

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This comes in four colors. The block heel is on trend also!

Available in 5 colors. The lower heel makes them very wearable.

 

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Available in blush and black these shoes have a greater than 4 star review with 160+ reviewers. These are probably the closest match to mine.

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Comes in two neutrals, burgundy or black.

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Available in beige and black.

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Black, Beige or Grey. A flat version for those adverse to heels.

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These come in a Neutral, Metallic or Black. The zipper in the back makes them easy to take on and off. The lower wedge heels provides comfort and support.

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Yes, these are the real Valentino ones and yes they are outrageously expensive. Look for lots of designers to replicate these though. I have a pair from DSW and it would be hard for the average person to discern it is not the real thing!  I would absolutely wear these with a suit.  These are statement shoes.

Comes in black or beige – adorable in either color!

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These come in 3 different color combinations but the Red and Yellow really pop with the black and white. I would wear this one with a suit!

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With a lower wedge heel this is a very practical shoe. The details make it appropriate for a suit. It also comes in two metallic colors.

Happy Shoe Shopping!

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