Spring heels for the girl that hates heels

1. Kate Spade Leslie Pump

2. Salvatore Ferragamo

3. Brooks Brothers Platform

4. Diane von Furstenberg

5. Enzo Angiolini

I don’t know if it has been obvious thus far on this blog, but I am not a fan of heels. I feel like a complete fake as a female but I would rather wear a great pair of flats or sandals over heels any day. The discomfort felt, the difficulty in walking and the squishing of the toes have just never been appealing to me. But as wedding season approaches and the time of wearing garden dresses with leng-lengthening nude heels creeps towards us, I have been trying to take advantage of Christmas sales to pick up a pair of comfortable nude heels.

For me, comfortable means either a platform and maximum 3″ heel height, or a kitten/mid heel (i’m a wimp). Chunky heels obviously are easier to walk in but often make feet look heavy as well, though these Kate Spade ones look adorable. The options above are a few that i’ve found in the last month or so that fit my criteria and are moderately comfortable. Now the only decision is how much to spend on a clothing item I detest! (I know, I know i’m a disgrace as a woman)

For the holidays: orange, not red

J.Crew cardigan + shirt + necklace, Banana republic jeans, Kelsi Dagger boots

For the holiday season I have found myself gravitating more towards oranges than reds. The color compliments my skin tone and transitions better into other seasons. Red hues have always felt too holiday to me whereas I have worn these orange pieces all year long: cardigan over summer for a night out, necklace for work last July & blouse last spring.

I have also found myself going for the same color palette when I don’t know what to wear. When in doubt, layer shades of the same color for a cool ombre affect.

To be honest, if orange lipstick wouldn’t make me look like i’d eaten too many carrots, i’d be wearing that too.

Review: The perfect holiday dress for pearshapes, from Asos

Asos dress, Gap belt (similar), H&M necklace (similar holiday option), Urban Outfitters clutch (similar), SPANX tights, Cole Haan pumps

I have never felt prettier, or more comfortable than in this dress. It goes against most rules I have always had for my body type, but feels so right when on. It has a puffy A-line shape, pleating, and came with tulle attached inside to give it extra puff on the hip area. Normally I go with sleek, body hugging styles, but there is something about a looser bottom that allows breathability and mobility. After a few minor alterations and adding some simple accessories, this is my official Holiday dress for this year!

Originally the dress looked like it did above (minus the bow belt). It came with 3 layers of tulle crudely sewn on each hip area making the dress dramatically puffy. When I tried it on my boyfriend immediately said I looked like a cupcake (and not in a good way). I chose to take out the tulle and absolutely love the shape now. There is still a subtle poof to give it that skater dress shape, but not so much to exaggerate my hips.

I added simple accessories like this waist synching bow belt from gap and large bauble from H&M to draw emphasis upward and to my smallest point. Clean black tights and pumps elongate my legs for an even sleeker look. Though, i’m thinking of purchasing a pair of polka dot tights to add some more fun to this already feminine, exciting outfit.

This weekend my boyfriend and I will be traveling to Reno, NV and San Francisco, CA to see some of his family for the holidays. On the agenda is the annual Nevada “Santa Crawl” which we participate in every year. I can’t wait to sport this perfectly girly and festive frock for the occasion.

Thank you for reading!

One dress, two seasons

Dress: Madewell (this season’s)

Left// LOFT sweater (similar), vintage necklace, J.Crew boots, SPANX tights Right// J.Crew flats

I am all about purchasing items that have staying power through multiple seasons. This Madewell dress was one of the few garments I have purchased at full retail price and was definitely hesitant about it at the time. However, it has proved to be one of my most comfortable clothing pieces, and I have found countless ways to style it from Spring to Fall and Winter.

I particularly love that it is collared which allows for some fun pattern mixing, and that the material is thin enough to be layered with just a light sweater. The black and white polka dot lends itself to pairings with almost any color; from vibrant blues to neutrals like silver and gold.

In other news, i’m really getting into blow drying out my hair to give it this swooping, voluminous effect. I have been trying out countless haircare products and am thinking about doing a post about it soon. Stay tuned!

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