6.27.2014

Summer style and the 3 S's.

I have to admit that I am an autumn girl at heart.

I love traipsing around in leather boots, scarves, a colorful knit beanie, sipping on hot cocoa and curling up in a coffee shop. Now, don't get my wrong, I love the summer too - mostly warm summer nights that allow me to keep my shorts and tank on at 9pm, and feel the warm summer breeze on my sun-kissed, sunblocked skin! But to be honest, I'm always stuck on what to wear in the summer. In beautiful SoCal, we get this phenom called "June gloom" and it is enough to drive a fashionista bonkers. It's cardigan weather up until the clouds burn off, around 11am or 12pm, and I'm left needing an entire outfit change! So basically, layers are my BFF.

This summer, you can find me in 3 key things:
1) stripes
2) short shorts
3) flat sandals

I majorly love these summertime outfit ideas from Piperlime - fun combos of stripes + lace, nude strappy heels and flat leather sandals, too.

The Steve Madden 'Stecy' sandals are a MUST this summer--paired with short shorts or a breezy skirt, these will be a staple!

And single-strap sandals with a touch of metallic - I'm crushing on these by Vince, on sale price to boot!

Gap also has so fabulous and easy breezy summer apparel. I recently got my hands on their burnout step-hem tanks and tropical floral shorts, and they're my absolute favorite in my sea of clothes! Check out the full outfit, here.

So next time you find yourself stuck in a rut, wondering what the heck to wear on these hot summer days, think the 3 S's...stripes, shorts, sandals. Voila! Happy Summer.

xoxo,
holly in heels

6.20.2014

Which SHOE are YOU?

Shoes can make or break an outfit, so it's crucial to invest in a pair that suits your personality! Created by Farfetch, this adorable quiz (below) tells you whether you're the cool minimalist type (think streamlined flats by J.W. Anderson) or if you should be channelling your inner Rih-Rih with a pair of metallic heels.

I'm Celine Mules = adore! So what's the verdict? Take the quiz and lemme know!

xoxo,
holly in heels

5.08.2014

I want this dress.

As I enter my mid-thirties, the summers of wedding after wedding seem to be simmering down. It's really a darned shame too - not only do I LOVE weddings...the decor, dresses, cocktails and dancing 'til my feet hurt...but I love to go SHOPPING for a solid wedding guest dress. With a few weddings on the calendar this summer (YOW!), it's high time I break out my shopping shoes, and find a good guest dress.

#1 on my list? This Long Sleeve Crepe Shift Dress by Wayf. With an entire collection of perfectly patterned and cut dresses at Nordstrom (also my go-to for wedding wear, please note!), this classic floral pattern tops the list.

I'm also adoring this great polka dot pick by Wayf - great shape and style, and perfect with a bright heel or sandal. 
And option number 3, is this perfectly pink little number, also from Wayf. At $59, this beauty can easily be dressed up with a chunky statement necklace, and a killer pair of black leather pumps. I'll take them ALL!
Bottom line: I want this dress. And now, so do you :)

xoxo,
holly in heels

5.05.2014

a little Q&A.

Helloooo, shoe gals (and guys!)!

I want to start out by saying...PHEW! This spring has really taken off for me, in the best way possible! Not only is my baby girl grow-grow-growing out of her newborn shoes fast (see her via Instagram) but my writing has taken a MAY-JOR upswing, and I'm loving it. My most recent dream come true has come in the form of being one of the new contributing writers to The Orange County Register! Check out my first published article here - and you'll see me in many more print papers that come dashing to your Orange County, CA doorstep. Yipee!! Locale Magazine LA has also dropped this month, featuring my writing and modeling (haha, still funny to me, but true!). The digital issue of this new, cool mag is all over the City of Angels as well as online (my spread page 96!).

So that's been my life these past few months, and why blog posts have been scarce. All #GOODSTUFF! So, to catch you up on a few of my shoe + style thoughts so far this season, thought I'd sprinkle in a little Q&A today. Here goes:

How would you describe your style this summer?
Easy. I think this is the summer of simplicity - loose fitting white graphic tees, tattered denim shorts, nude leather sandals, a solid pair of designer shades, hats when necessary.
What's the inspiration behind your summer closet?
California! Palm trees, cool breeze, throw on and go! I love the effortlessness of California style - how things don't need to be perfect or match much - sorta the way life is sometimes.
Favorite shoe of the season:
The gladiator is baaaack! Rawr! Ok, that's not really what a gladiator sounds like, but that's sorta how I feel when a see a good shoe - like this one from Sam Edelman, found at Nordies. With a pair of shorts or a simple dress, this one fits the bill.
Why heels?
Why not? Ok, really, heels are my fave because they're versatile, aaaaand they make anyone's legs look 100% better! Promise!
Ice cream sandwiches or popsicles:
BOTH! Yum.




Happy spring-almost-summer...and much more #goodstuff to come!
xoxo,
holly in heels

4.01.2014

Shopping local: a new neighborhood spot!

As much as I scour the web for great deals and trends at major department stores like Nordstrom, Gap, Target, Forever 21, I really do also love to shop small. Supporting local business is such a great thing to do - to step into a boutique filled with hand-picked items, and usually the shop owner at the front counter - there's really nothing like it. Most of these local biz owners have a really cool story, too. They started in a regular desk job, hated it, then discovered their true passion and went for it! I can hear different versions of that same inspiring story, and love hearing it every time.

This week, one of my favorite Orange County shop owners, Sarah and Mike Dowdell, are opening up a new store called Scouts Honor. Located in Irvine at Woodbury Town Center, these OC-based owners of Love and Whiskey (also in Irvine), are now focusing on refined goods for men, women, kids and the home. Here are a few sneak peeks!




I love love love that Scouts Honor will cary the owner's hand-selected clothing lines, including Almond Surf, OurCaste, and Roark - all based in OC. For us ladies, I have my eye on Scouts Honor's line of high-end denim from Mother, and handcrafted jewels from Costa Mesa-based Lili Claspe. And, of course, being a new mama myself, I'm saving my pennies for the kids section which includes pieces from Milk & Honey and Little Highbury.

One FABULOUS new thing the boutique will also offer are classes - from Pinterest-inspired crafts to closet styling and organization - this is the place to be!

Scouts Honor's official grand opening is THIS THURSDAY, April 3, 6-9pm, and of course yours truly will be there with bells on! Come Thursday and check out this little modern neighborhood shop - address is 6226 Irvine Blvd, Irvine, CA 92620 (Woodbury Town Center).

LIKE Scouts Honor on Facebook, and you can also follow their adorable outfit finds on Insta, @scoutshonorshop.

Happy (local) shopping!
xoxo,
holly in heels

3.18.2014

Woven, natural, and caged.

This Thursday is SPRING! Can you even believe it? Ok ok, if you're currently reading this from the East Coast (book a flight to Southern California), I'm sure it's a little harder to believe, but it's true! And not only does the change in season mean longer days and warmer nights are ahead - it means NEW SHOES! Of course. And the #1 trend for sandals this season, think: woven, natural, and caged. Here are a few picks I currently can't resist...

The Sam Edelman 'Beck' sandal - inspired by the classic gladiator, with a dash of hippie-chic sophistication. I adore the smooth leather straps, making this caged-up sandal something you'll want to stay in all summer long!



A Nordstrom exclusive (I love those, you see!), DV by Dolce Vita 'Villa' sandal has got to be the sandal of the summer. There's something child-like about this design, something simple and easy about how you can wear it. In 5 amazing colors, to go with 5 different breezy outfits...you might want them all (and at $59 each, that's probably quite do-able!).


For the true bargain-hunter, turn to Target - don't you always? You may have to sacrifice a little on the quality side of things, but the on-trend look is there. Sam & Libby has a great selection at your neighborhood Target stop, and I particularly have my eyes on the Sam & Libby 'Ainsley' sandals. Priced under $30, you simply can't go wrong.
xoxo,
holly in heels

3.11.2014

A little quirk + whimsy for your accessories!

There are tons of accessories that are currently filling my cups, bowls and dishes that line the vanity table in the corner of my bedroom (just ask the guy who sleeps next to me!). In addition to my mild obsession with shoes, I do have a semi-amazing obsession with accessories, too. With a big collection of oversized colorful earrings, metallic watches - big and small, shiny bangles and bib necklaces, there's a lot of real estate in my closet filled with these pretty things!

But my latest accessory find was dreamed up by an Austin, Texas designer, Amanda Dimova. Dimova started her style around 2006, making bold statement pieces from leather and crystals, even acrylic and wood baubles. From a one-woman operation, her brand, Vinca, is now sold worldwide - from Amsterdam to Korea - loved by customers who appreciate the brand's sheer cuteness + quirkiness! Yep, you'll notice unicorns, french sayings, and even sriracha bottles in this collection - bound and ready to grab your stylish attention.

All of the Vinca wooden and acrylic pieces are made from original drawings by designer Amanda Dimova herself, and then cut and assembled by her team in a "micro-manufacturing" type style. With most of the raw materials sourced right here from the good ol' U.S. of A., there's an unmatched quality that I notice myself in the cute wooden-diamond studs that I've been sportin'.


Check out the full line of Vinca jewelry online now, also available at your nearest Kitson, Nordstrom and fab.com and browse a few of my personal quirky faves of this season:


Enjoy the addition to your own accessory collection with Vinca jewels, and make sure to LIKE Vinca on Facebook for all of the latest whimsy goods!

xoxo,
holly in heels

2.25.2014

Sex and the City for your feet: SJP COLLECTION TO LAUNCH EXCLUSIVELY WITH NORDSTROM!

Get your wallets ready, and your credit cards primed - the SJP Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker is a new collection of shoes, launching exclusively at Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com on February 28! Eek! With an exclusive reflection of Miss Parker's personal style, this Italian-crafted line of shoes grabs styles that you'll want to get your hands on ASAP this season.

Take a look at the rich colors of the line - coral, mint, teal and pink, to classic colors including purple, red and navy - those which Sarah Jessica has often said are "the new neutral." I love love love that there is a story behind each name of a pair of SJP shoes. You'll of course find the “Carrie”, and even the “Maud”, named after legendary designer Maud Frizon. And if you're worried about heel heights, fret no further - the collection of twenty-five shoes fits the shoe prefs of every lady, at every age. The price point is something to adore, too, ranging from $195 to just under $500 - but well-worth the high quality Italian leathers and materials that you'll be boasting on your toes.

The stylish Sarah Jessica Parker herself, President SJP USA LLC explains,
"I've taken inspiration from things in my life such as the grosgrain ribbons I tied in my hair as a girl, to the flower accents from the Sex and the City wardrobe, to references to classic styles from the late 70's and early 80's. I'm a firm believer in quality and timelessness and have created this collection with the hopes that women will love wearing it for years to come."
Handbag lovers and the outerwear obsessed will also be pleased to know that this gorgeous, Nordstrom-exclusive line also includes handbags and the SJP “Manhattan” trench coat. Yes yes, I am also in love.

For more on the lovely SJP Collection by Sarah Jessica Parker, click here.

xoxo,
holly in heels