Heatin' Up the Grill!

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and it's time to take a few extra days off work, and heat up the grill for some good ol' fashioned fun and family time. And what in the world will you wear to such a casual 3-day weekend occasion? You can't bear to wear your flip-flops one more time this weekend since you've already hit the beach on most days...so instead you turn to these picture perfect Tory Burch 'Grommet' Wedge Sandals. Party-ready wedges bring the comfy & stylish to any and all summa'time shindigs. Goes perfectly with this Tory Burch 'Perer' skirt or the bargain'-ready Banana Republic gathered skirt (navy is gravy!).

Do have a dashing time at that backyard BBQ, with your new studded sidekicks (the Tory Burch's, that is). Happy weekend!

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Shoes and the City

It's like sweet music to my ears--Sex and the City 2 the movie came out yesterday and I couldn't help but go to bed and wake up thinking about all of the beautiful clothes, shoes and accessories that I had seen in that movie. Sarah Jessica Parker and the rest of her sexy crew are all so darned awesome with their daring New York styles--it was eye candy to the max. Sure, the movie was like a 2-hour commercial for Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates (no spoiler alerts here really, I swear!), but I just had no choice but to show off a few SATC2 fashions today just to get it outta my system.
Carrie's signature Christian Louboutin Pigalle Crystal Encrusted Stiletto Pumps (found here in black patent) were a scene-1 'wow'. Paired up with this simple and classic white spring dress, these golden pumps sparkle with every step! I've also found an everyday girl price on some knock-offs of these in the ASOS Sara Pointed Glitter Shoe, so you can get the look without sweatin' the price (you're welcome very much).
One of the more casual outfits in the movie (notice the funny green sweatband writstlet, ha!) was among my favorites. The skinny ankle jean-look is always at the top of the list for me, but these killer Brian Atwood 'Loca' Studded Pumps had me thinking of hittin' up the mall, post-movie (too bad it was 10pm before we got outta that theatre!). Yep, check out that gorgeous 5 1/2" platformed light lavender suede pump, that's denim or dress-ready. Woowee! Ohh, and check out your next best thing to these Atwoods (at just over $100!).
When little Miss Bradshaw (or Mrs. Preston now, I should say!) hopped in her Benzie with John James "Mr. Big" Preston, she was stylishly adorned in accessories, head to toe, and this fabulous Halston Heritage silk-chiffon dress. Sista is one stylish flapper-girl here, and her retro T-strap, wing-tip pumps just accentuate the outfit.
And well, I just had to show this outfit that no doubt you've all seen in the movie reviews and ads in the past few weeks. Yep, it's an outfit that she wears at a significant movie-moment, and also just happens to be Ms. Parker's fave outfit in the entire movie, according to a recent interview--vintage tee + poofy prom skirt, how sweet! I feel like I could never pull it off, but love to see her in this type of outfit so I can live vicariously. Of course I dig the strappy pink heels that finish off this outfit and give it an even girlier boost.
So on your Memorial Day weekend, plan a little 'girls night out' and get inspired by some Sex and the City 2 fashion! The fashionista, Carrie-wannabe inside of ya will be glad you did.

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I Dare You.

Once in a while, it's good to be a little daring. You know it, just admit it! Whether it's walking up to that new cutie in the office at the water-cooler, or ordering a crazy type of sushi instead of your usual boring (but tasty!) California Roll, or wearing that outfit you swore you could never pull off but now have the guts to flaunt...being a bit intrepid every now and again feels good. Builds character I'd say, you know? Well, I've got a few shoes that might challenge your bravery today, and I just dare you to give 'em a try.

The amazing Diane von Furstenberg's 'Luna' High Heel Strappy Sandals are soaring to new heights at 5-inches with a 1-inch covered platform! Wowza. A true 'force of fashion this season', these Grecian-inspired lovelies are all leather with a comfy & convenient elasticized slingback. The 'Luna'-loos come in a delightful bright gold......and also a classic black leather. Either can easily be paired up with your gorgeous red-carpet ready evening dress or that cute jean jumper you've been dying to bust out for the warmer months ahead.
Boutique 9 is a shoe brand that's quickly rising to the top of my favorites list right now. Check out these Boutique 9 'Ramiro' Platform Pumps (another all-leather comfy heel). Standing on a stacked wooden 5" heel you're going to see the world in a whole new stylish way! And check out that sexy zipper that runs curvy across your foot, adding just the right amount of understated detail to one greatly unique pump.
I told you so--here's another Boutique 9 heel that's drivin' me wild! The Boutique 9 'Val' ankle boot measures at 4 1/2" of heel, and 1" of platform, making this a daring (but stylishly attainable!) little bootie. I don't know about you, but these scream Rihanna to me (on one of her not-too-too-crazy days, that is)! They've got that hard attitude to them, but are offset with femininity by the chunky side bow.
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Ok, and just to add a splish splash of color to this daredevil'd post, I've uncovered the Calvin Klein 'Remini' Peeptoe Sandals from their hiding place on Macys.com (also found at Zappos, 6pm, Bloomingdale's, and Dillard's in different colors/styles/prices). Triple multi-colored straps, sweet little back zipper, and elegantly covered platform make these over 5-incher sandals a simply gorgeous choice to throw on with the most basic of outfits that need a little kick or color.
So do yourself a favor and walk up to that hunky co-worker and strike up a convo, or order that menu item you've never had, or hey...even purchase a striking shoe that you never thought you'd buy! I dare you.

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P.S. This week, one of my new fave online boutiques, House of PlumRed, will be running a contest for all their Facebook fans! YOU MUST ENTER! All you have to do is become their fan on Facebook then leave a comment letting them know, and you'll instantly be in the running to win a $50 HOPR gift card! *Contest ends 11:59pm PST on 5/30/10. The winner will be chose at random on 6/1/10 and contacted via FB.


Shoes for Every Girl: blush feature

Like most bloggers (and most gals in general these days), I have a few daily web reads. These are the doses of sweet fashionista nectar that keep me writing and searching the fashion world for more cute goods (it never ends!).

Well, when one of my fave daily reads, Blush.com's fabulous blog, asked me to write for them, I did exactly what the title of this site insinuates: blush! Here it is...Heels for Every Girl by yours truly.

Blush is simply the best, featuring the latest and greatest in skin care, hair care, makeup, even health and fitness. I've even managed to sign myself up for their pretty little e-newsletter too, getting tons of tips on the best of the best for lookin' good in every way. Check 'em out, and enjoy the read!

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Pretty in Pink

It's Friday. Time to celebrate! For some reason today I'm just blaring my music in the car, singing along, glad that the weekend is heeere. To compliment my happy-go-lucky 'tude today, I've decided to show off some heels that'll have you pretty in pink. Kate Spade is tempting me with vibrant colors & sweet little details, and I'm dying to share:

photos compliments of katespade.com

First of all, how on earth could I resist these richly pink Kate Spade 'muse' heels?! Killin' me here. This sophisticated satin + suede combo is a perfect low heel that's ideal for those long evenings out, when you somehow managed to wind up dancing your little shoe-loving heart out, and coming home waaaay past your bedtime!

Ok, so Kate's 'Grecian' strappy heels are not exactly on-the-money pink, but they're in the pink & pretty category, so I say they qualify. Gorgeous lavender, python-embossed leather twists all around your foot and the simple straight heel gives you a few extra inches of leg-lengthening look.
Oh goodness, and how about Ms. Spade's 'Grand' slingback heel? These flowery statement shoes are crafted from the best Italian suede out there, and give you a decent 4-inch boost. I'm super impressed by the reviews of how darned comfy these 'Grand' heels are--snag 'em ladies. Pink peep-toes that are classic and comfy to the core don't come around too often! And the only problem you'll have is deciding which of your spring & summer parties are worthy of an appearance of these!

Crank up that music gals, rock out, and finish your sassy weekending outfits off with some pretty in pink heels.

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Ciao Bella!

I think it's this great pre-summer weather that we're having right now that has me dreeeaming all about vacations! Or maybe it's the fact that last summer we went to gorgeous Cancun, Mexico and a few months later, spent some weeks in Rome...and I'm missin' my spoiled lifestyle. Ha! Either way, when I saw these Ciao Bella 'Rai' Wedge Sandals online today, it grew my Roman-holiday-daydreams that much bigger (for a mere $65!).
The rich, neutral 'Caramel' color makes this heel a perfect addition to your closet, pairing easily with poolside outfits, breezy summer dresses, as well as denim shorts (sooo in this summer!).

Check out that super feminine & curvy heel and pretty pretty woven detail that wraps all around--you just cannot go wrong!

Maybe I'm a little slow on the uptake, but I really am impressed with the Ciao Bella brand on Piperlime! Anyone else know about these sweet shoes? Some super cute flats too! Merely fuss-free & fashionable footwear, offering a stunning variety of sandals, flats and boots for every modern woman who demands quality and of course style.

So go ahead, dream away of summertime getaways and fashionable fun! Ciao bellas!

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Special Feature: Comfy & Stylish!

Coming from a heel girl, you're not going to believe that I want to do a special feature on flats, I know. But I was thinkin' about it, and it really is hard to survive long work days & nights in heels--no matter how much cushioning you put in those tall things! I always struggle to find the right all-day flat that isn't dull & boring, but has a little somethin' to it, to keep my outfit fresh and stylish.

Well, one of my mucho creative photographer friends, Kate Noelle, came across this same dilemma recently, and I thought I'd share her story. It's pretty plain to see on Kate Noelle's photography blog that she adores love & beauty and has no trouble capturing it in a special way through her lens. But with long wedding-shooting days for Kate, there also comes the need for comfy shoes (behind every successful woman there's a pair of good shoes, right?). And I figured every on-the-go gal could use a little comfy shoe suggestion, without forgetting about style & flair!

So here it is--just what the doctor ordered: Dr. Scholl's 'Habit' super sweet shiny flats. A simple, classic flat can truly go a long, long way in dressing up an all-day outfit. The oversized buckle detail at the toe of this metallic flat adds a special sumpin' and it's at just the right price-point for some comfy thangs that you'll no doubt get a ton of use from!Hurry now, they're on sale at DSW (in stores & online), and according to Miss Kate, you don't wanna pass these up.

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With a Bow On Top!

There's something special about opening up my email and finding my weekly 'sale alerts' from Shop It To Me! It sorta makes the day go by faster if I periodically get to look at pretty things that belong in my closet (that are actually affordable too!). Well, this weekend there were a few special items that popped up and grabbed my attention. Usually cutesy-cutesy isn't my style, but I couldn't resist these sweet items, with a bow on top!

Urban Outfitters allllways has jewelry & accessories that I want--how do they do it?! Playful & interesting pieces that are just so simple, but really make a statement. And that's right, this UO Pearl Bow necklace fits the bill perfectly. A darling addition to any sweet & stylish outfit (a mere $13 bux too!).

And ohhhh Miss Betsey J, you make me blush bright red with these patent, polka-dotted pumps! Betsey Johnson's 'Molly' platform sandals are the perfect daytime heels for quick trips to the mall, those yummy mimosa-sippin' parties that await you this summer, or even spicing up the fashion quota in your workplace. Thank you, shoes.com, for this happy sale price too!

...so try on something cutesy-sweet & bow'd up today! I dare ya.

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P.S. Check out my newest guest blog feature on Kindred Sole.com - a UK based shoe retailer, started up by two young gals who are passionate about the shoe industry, and most importantly listening to what women want!


Patterned Perfection!

One thing that I'm admiring in several designers this season is their fresh use of pattern--geometric lines and shapes and textures--when creating a new shoe. Have ya noticed? I think that's what pulls my artsy eye toward Tory Burch and Marc Jacobs! Now, I say this acknowledging fully that I'm just not in the mood for funky-busy-color patterns every day of my funky-busy-color life...but today I'm in the mood for patterned perfection, and I just had to pass it on!

Lay your eyes on these babies, m'dears! This tied-up Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Gommone' platform may not say "all-day wear" to you, but it sure shows off one striking pattern to me! Spotted on a few Hollywood stars already this season, these Italian-made platforms are bursting at the seams with style (also check out this version of the M by MJ 'Gommone' platform...orrrr even the hot orange version).

I also just couldn't keep my eyes off of this mesmerizing, patterned Lucky Brand 'Koko' wedge. This tribal-inspired platform wedge is a versatile, neutral kick that will have heads turning your way! I adore the side/top buckle too--way'ta kick it up a notch, Lucky Brand!
If funkalicious patterns just aren't your thang, but you still dig bright color and a true standout shoe, I'll share with you that Marc Jacob's '605645' clog is another fave of mine this season (and ready for you to buy with FREE 2-day shipping on Endless right now! Woo!). A narrow lace-up down the middle & double studs on each side make this clog-like-lovely a shoe-in.

Here's my shout-out to my gorgeously long-legged readers: Marc's flower-adorned, low heel 'Posillipo' sandal! Yessss, finally a low heel on the HinH blog--you cannot believe it, I know! Well, at under $300 (a deal for Jacobs' shoes) this freshly flowered shoe can be yours to add to your spring/summer sandal collection. A dash of color + hints of metallic make this a great all-day & any-occasion find.

So whether these peppy patterns and stunning colors are merely eye-candy to you, orrr you're just now hitting the 'add to cart' button--you have to admit these kicks are pretty darned fun! Enjoy, shoe-sistas!

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P.S. Check out my guest post on the stylish Shop It To Me blog! Leave some comment love, if you feel so inclined.


Guest Post: work your closet.

Recently, I came across a fabulous fellow fashionista, Jamie Miller, author of the blog 'work your closet'. Jamie is a Cali native whose catchy tag-line is "if it's in your closet, it's in your budget". I love it! Inspired by fashion pages she comes across in her own advertising career, Jamie manages to find existing items in her closet and put together some adorably fresh outfits! When I saw the work your closet blog, I immediately thought--guest blogger! So here come some shoe-tips from the work your closet expert herself.
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Work your closet. Work your shoes. Same thing! Sure you have a variety of shoes (what female doesn’t?) but it’s about how you can wear them differently. Holly so graciously asked me to do a shoe post, I of course was happy to oblige.

Pumps are one of my favorites. Nine West’s are so comfortable and the pointy toe elongates the leg. Get one in nude and one in black. They will become staples!
Strappy heels are fun – they let you show off bright toe nail polish and cool socks. Either way they make a fashion statement. On a budget, try Target!
Oxfords are so versatile. They have become one of my favorite pairs of shoes. Wear them with destroyed denim or a frilly dress. Once you break them in, they are like slippers. Try any Topshop style.

Ankle boots are so chic right now. The give any outfit some edge! I love mine from Macy's. I recently wore them with tights and cut off shorts--felt somewhat like a rock star!
Flats are also an awesome go-to. I prefer all my flats to either be a punch of color or have some sort detail. It’s a quick and easy way to pull an outfit together. My favorite red pair is from Payless.

Trend to try – clogs! They are back with vengeance. Bakers has great styles right now.

Now put on a cute dress with a pair of oxfords, or your strappy shoes with socks, or even embrace the clog movement; you’ll be glad you did.

You can read more of Jamie's posts on her own chic fashion blog: work your closet
P.S. Also, VOTE FOR JAMIE here in this Model Call contest (she's the 6th one down)


Shoes & a Scarf

Nope, it's not the latest Disney movie inspired by fashionable, inanimate objects that magically come alive and end up saving the world--it's my two great favorites right now: shoes and a scarf! Sure, it's easy to doll up most normal-gal outfits with some standout earrings or a cute textured belt, or even a gorgeous vintage-inspired ring. But right now, my easy fashion trick to get me out the door and proud of my outfit for the day is a good pair o' summer wedges + a breezy scarf. How could ya go wrong with those items!?

I've specifically got my eagle eyes on these Hive and Honey 'Santana' wedges for summer style. This cute wedge espadrille has got preppy girl on it from top to bottom, and can swiftly go from being your next vacation destination shoe to your summery-day bbq kicks.

And don't forget the scarf! The tiny, vintagey flowers that adorn this Spun by Subtle Luxury 'Ditsy Floral' scarf make this your fave accessory of the summer in an instant. This pink & white lovely makes me think of those antique floral dishes that my grandma used to display, in her impeccable-taste sorta way, on her doily-set table. I love it!So don't forget these two adorable items on your next shopping trip: shoes & a scarf. They just might turn into your new favorites too!

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Shiny Things

Guess what. It's Friday! I have to say this has been a day I've been looking forward to alllll week! How 'bout you?! From where I sit this morning, the sun is shining brightly and there really isn't a cloud in the sky. As I watched the local news this morning and saw the weatherman giving today's report, I actually thought to myself, "I wonder if he's bored with his job" haha, true story! It's just a picture-perfect forecast for every day in May, it seems!

To honor the happy Spring mood that I seem to be in (thank you Friday), I wanted to show you a few shiny, sparkly, pretty shoozies. Pretty fun, right? Most of these sweet shoes I've found via ShopItToMe - one website that I've probably mentioned before, that constantly feeds me top deals on designer clothes, accessories, shoes, and more (not to mention, I'm a ShopItToMe featured 'Trendsetter' thankyouverymuch!). Well, let's get right down to it peopulll:

I continue to swoon over Betsey Johnson heels and this 'Marilee' Wedge does not help! Metallic silver & gold leather does a dance across your foot, while YOU do a dance buying these at such an amazing price! And free shipping too, shoes.com?! You're killin' me! I'm diggin' the tiny, understated cutout wedge look too--whatcha think?
Face it, a girl can't have too many black patent leather heels. That's what I've always said! It's a classic look that'll go with literally anything in your closet. That's why I'm one proud gal when I show you these perfectly patent 'Mayonna' Guess by Marciano pumps! When you find a patent leather sandal for the warmer months, snag it gurl. This pretty little peep-toe is held together by polished metal studs, and the polished natural wood footbed has 'chic' written all over it (not literally though, don't worry). Yep, you DID read that right, these are a real steal at $44! Doitdoitdoit.
Ok ok, here I go...guilty indulgence for the day is this Jimmy Choo 'Finlay' flat. I know I'm Holly in Heels, right, not Holly in Flats but who says ya can't break the rules every now and again, right? And I'll have you know that this 'Finlay' flat is said to be the perfect 24:7 flat and that in itself pretty much deserves our full attention! This fabulous flat comes in a few different colors and versions, but I'm diggin' the glittery champagne shade at this moment. These are your perfect vacation shoes, ladies--spicing up any outfit, day or night.
photo: JimmyChoo.com

So, go on...add some shine to your weekend, ladies! Pretty sure you deserve it.

holly in heels


Cinco de Rojo!

It's Cinco de Mayo today, yay! For the people of Mexico, this day commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. For the people of America, this day commemorates margarita-sipping and Corona-guzzling. Either way, I'm having chips & salsa.

But to celebrate the way a real shoe-lova' does, I wanted to find a few heels with spice and kick! Well, that's basically a stinkin' piece o' cake (or flan, yum!) when you've got MyShoes.com on your side. That's right, MyShoes.com is my husband's worst nightmare, but my dream come true! If you've gotta specific shoe in mind (color, brand, heel height, price, style, etc.), just select whatever your little heart desires and MyShoes scours the net in search of the very best deals on that shoe, giving you price comparisons and even promo coupon codes!! Ahhhh, BOOKMARK THIS PAGE ladies. MyShoes helped me find these lovely red thangs...and sooo much more:

Carlos by Carlos Santana warms things up in the room on this Cinco de Mayo with their 'Romantica' heels. MyShoes found them for me in no time at a great $70 price (after their coupon code!), and I just know I'll love these on my feet, with their fabulous cut-out & jeweled details. When I'm done wearing these with my fave black pencil skirt, I'm cuffing my jeans and pairing them with a more casual outfit too...just FYI.
The MyShoes search also snagged these gorgeous creatures: Pour La Victoire 'Laela' red pumps. These satiny bowed-up classics are bound to take you on a red-hot journey all day long (in a comfy 3-inch heel I might add!). These are great "special event" shoes too--perfectly paired with that little black dress you've been dying to dust off and sport!

Also, I just had to show off these sexy dancin' shoes, the Betsey Johnson 'Tatiana' Pumps, found on Amazon.com. This is one hot 4-inch heel, studded to perfection. Spicin' it up are the standout cheetah insoles and metallic gold heel. Great price for some Betsey shoes too!

I think I hear happy hour a'callin! And new shoes, here you come.

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All Strapped In.

Are you ready for a ride?! Well, with the help of a few of my fave shoe designers, you'll be all strapped in for a fun fun summer of style. That's right, it's an absolute must to be decked out in strappy sandals this summer 2010. You pick the color, I'll give you the direct inspiration. Here we goooo!

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If you know me even just a little bit, you'll know that I'm such a sucker for Jessica Simpson heels, wedges, sandals--you name it! There's something preppy & chic about those JS kicks. They squeeze their way into my heart so fast, and pair up nicely with most anything in my closet. For example, this Jessica Simpson 'Amithist' Wedge. Need I say more? A great tall, tan wedge that'll have you dancin' thru May, June and July! Killer price, too.
If it's variety you're after, I've got just the shoe for you! Keep 'em guessing with these fantastic Charles David 'Tamale' Platform Wedges! Woo, hot tamale! These leather lovelies have you strapped in across the toe and boast an eye-catching mosaic-inspired design at the top. Brass studs mark the Charles David details, and a sweet back buckle to finish it off. These are super high and promise to give you a big boost of 'wow'!
Piperlime's got me drooolin' over these 89-dolla babies: Nine West 'Ponti' Wedges. They're sorta reminding me of gladiators, but I think they lean a little more dressy than your typical gladiator sandal/heel. They're some sassy wedges, let's face it! And they're a good go-to wedge for those hot-date-filled summer evenings. Nine West hasn't made a shoe that isn't totally comfy on my foot too, so I'm thinkin' you should catch these while you can, ladies...before I beat you to it!

Ooo, and last up here's your Pre-Fall strappy heel bonus!: I just got word that Jimmy Choo's new 'Aston' pumps are out for all to see (which you can also pre-order now!). So daring and feminine. They're a pretty penny, sure sure, but a beautiful, fresh look for the upcoming months. And it never hurts to look, right?

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