Bright White

Today's a happy day for me...let me count the ways:
- My hubs is coming home from a business trip today. Holluh!
- The Holiday 2010 issue of Locale Magazine came out and I'm stoked to see my article in pretty print once again!
- I'm actually using my new fave find: Tablet. to scout out a sweet boutique hotel for our holiday vacation for 2!
- I have a new job that I love.
- Fell asleep watching Glee on Hulu last night (John Stamos is still dreamy to me).
- Forecast predicts rain this weekend.
- Trick or treat time is days away!

And to finish off this smiley post, I figured I'd toss up a few pics of me in my bright whites. Do tell: what's got you bright & happy today?

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Wicked pumps.

One spooky, scary day is creeping up on us once again--and come this Sunday, October 31st I'll be answering the door for candy-hungry little ones all dressed up like ghouls and goblins! That's right, it's Halloween (boo!), and just in time for the dress-up day, I'm showin' you some wicked black pumps. Not only do these dark gems have style written all over 'em, but they'll have you steppin' into fall and even the winter season right on-trend.

The Steve Madden 'Sofieee' is a soft suede, pointed-toe pump with a modest (but super classic!) 1-inch heel. Your perfect all-season, go-to shoe that pairs well with any work-ready or casual time outfit.

Hive and Honey puts a sweet spin on a basic, black suede pump with their 'Lorna 2' shoe. 4-inches of stacked heel goodness, this kick has the studded details that every gal is lookin' for--and the $69 price ain't bad either!

So I don't know about you, but my eyes are seriously glued to these stitched-up 'Kraz' pumps by Enzo Angiolini! A curvy heel that holds up one sassy black patent leather pump, making this a pointy-toe classic.

There's somethin' about the zipper detail on shoes lately that just steals my little fashionista-heart! That's why I'm so glad that Guess has jumped on the zipped-up wagon and given us their 'Fedran' pump. Check out this lovely zipper that wraps alllll the way around the heel, and finishes off with a girly-girl bow at the standout square finished toe. Adore!

Quite possibly the best part'a this wicked pre-Hallows Eve post is that purchasing any of these shoes (or any shoe at Piperlime.com today) gets you a $25 gift certificate for future purchases! Yep, you heard right: for one day only Piperlime is celebrating their birthday by giving you a $25 gift certificate for all orders placed on their bday (10/26), plus 1 in every 100 customers will get $100 gift certificate towards their next purchase! Pretty stinkin' great, right?! Quick!--order before 11:59pm ET to get this great birthday deal!

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heels + sockies

How happy are you that it's Friday?! Happy enough to sport something new, fashion-wise? Well, I'll be the first to admit that I do a reasonable amount of pushing the limits with my style--try to juggle the classic with the trendy all at once and whenever I can. But this new trend is something I have not yet grabbed onto: heels + socks. I will tell ya that Urban Outfitters (one of my all-time fave local go-to stores, and often a staple on my lunch break!) has shown off a few heels + socks ideas that you might just digg. What'cha think, Friday-lady?

Vintage-inspired and multi-colored Betsey Johnson Lovely L'oeil crew sock shows off eclectic style that pairs well with these basic black & white kicks:
Throwback to the 80's, when Phil Collins was big, and Kanye was poor, and dress yourself up in these Fancy Rib Knit legwarmers. Found in sweet yellow, bold black or go-with-anything grey.

Elegant & budget-friendly Lace Ankle Socks pair perfectly with colorful pumps and buckled-up details:

Sweetness at its best: Pointelle Ankle Socks with ruffles adorn any simple outfit with an extra flare of fashion.

So: heels + sockies...do you dare?

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Do you Choo?

I have to admit that it's only once in a GREAT great while that I'll splurge on shoes. And I frankly have no qualms about that, because the fewer splurges I act upon, the fewer shoes I can get! Well, lately, in my dream world (which is about as shoe-filled as you can imagine!) I've been visioning myself in a pair o' Jimmy Choos. Pretty fun, right? So I ask that you amuse me for a few minutes on this Monday and check out these new releases from sweet Jimmy-Jim-Jim...

Named the perfect statement boot, Jimmy Choo has come out with a line of printed Pony ankle boots, that measure just over 4-inches in heel height and bounce off the charts with style. The signature 'Alanis' boot is a luscious leopard print (right on-trend!) and although it would take up practically my whole paycheck to pay for these, I've decided a gal can still dream! A curvaceous back zipper fastens these on up the back, and the softly pointed toe is a fantastic finish. Have you started singing lyrics of Alanis Morissette songs in your head yet...'cause I have (it's like rayyyyn, on your weddin' day!). Come on--I could see miss jagged little pill sportin' these Choo's around town, couldn't you?!

A little more simple (and a tad less pricey!), Jimmy's 'Action' boots are straight outta your man's favorite Bourne movie: think sassy evil spy. Also with a modestly pointed toe, these are the perfect zip-up boots to throw on with any fall/winter pencil skirt & sheer black tights, or even paired up with skinny trousers. Woooowee!

Both of these boots are from the CHOO 24:7 Collection--a handpicked variety of boots with an array of colors, materials and heel heights. So from the classic buckled biker boot, to the urban-chic kicks, to even the platform-heeled favorites, this collection has it all covered for ya!

Photos courtesy of jimmychoo.com

So do tell: do you Choo? Or do you save your pennies for more approachable brands like Steve Madden, Sam Edelman, Dolce Vita, and Jessica Simpson??

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Point those toes!

Did you ever take dance lessons as a kid? I sure did--my sweet mama had me in every single stinkin' lesson out there, and I soaked up every second of it! One of the many things I learned out after hours of tap, jazz and ballet (besides to never look down and always stand up straight, of course!), was to point those toes! Well, throw that rule out the dancin' doll window, when all you gotsta do is purchase some of these pointy-toed heels to make those legs look long as a sweet summer day! And with deals like these, you won't wanna pass this read up!

Bandolino's 'Berry' pumps
are quite possibly the ideal work-ready heel. They have quite the cute kitten heel (meeyow!) and come in 10--that's right 10!--different colors. Since animal prints have prowled back onto the scene this fall season, Bandolino's giraffe print totally caught my eye.

I simply could not do the injustice of passing up one adorable pointy-toe treat by Kate Spade! Ms. Spade's 'Licorice' pump comes in two tasty colors--pink & pistachio, 100% suede. Only one problem: who can decide between the two colors...so I vote ya get both!...after all, they are on sale!

Guess what...it's FREE SHIPPING on shoes at Nordstrom.com right now (with promo code: SHOES)! I know, right? So I decided that with my last pennies before my paycheck comes on Friday I just had to invest in these highly-rated 'Jacks' pumps by Enzo Anglioni (shhh, don't tell the hubby!). Enzo seriously makes some wonderfully comfy shoes, and with the classic 2"-heel design of this pump, who can go wrong?!

Happy online shoe-shoppin' ladies! And remember to point those toes!

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Copy job?

So, not only am I a strong lover of heels, but I'm a huge advocate for TOMS shoes--they are adorable, uber comfy and of course the cause behind them is fabulous--check out more info on their One for One movement here. All of this to say that I'm finding myself criiiiiinging at the thought of this newfound moccasin-like shoe from Sketchers! Check more details out here. It's a total rip-off of what TOMS does so well...and there's no shame in their shoe name, calling them 'BOBS'. Ha!

So shoe-lovers, do tell me what you think about this new shoe! And if you think flats just ain't the thang for you, just you wait til you get your little toes into some TOMS. They're pretty stinkin' awesome.

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A little WIN for your Friday!

It's Friday! WHO'S HAPPY?!!! I am, I am! It's actually been a spectacular week at work--and I've had plenty of good, relaxing evenings at home...so I ain't complainin', but a few days of sleeping in and lounging around sounds pretty darned good to me, not gunna lie.

I'm also super-duperliciously delighted to be announcing the winner of the Susan & Veronica Apron giveaway (winner selected using random.org)! And the lucky lady is (eh-chem...drum roll please): whitneyanddaniel! I'll be emailing ya with details on how we'll send your prize, but congrats, girly!

I seriously loved this giveaway--it combined two of my most favorite things: food + fashion. Heck, and if you're not the winner this time, I still would strongly encourage you to show your support for Susan & Veronica and the Young Survival Coalition, by purchasing one of their absolutely adorable Pink Ribbon Aprons (they'll even throw in FREE SHIPPING for ya!). Proceeds of these sales go to YSC, which is an international organization dedicated to working & caring for women age 40 & under, who've been diagnosed with breast cancer. Whew, what an issue and what a great cause! You might also know that October is breast cancer awareness month (some pretty fun campaigns goin' around right now to raise that awareness!), making it the perfect time to step up and buy one of these bad-boy aprons!

Thanks to all who entered this giveaway: you rule. Happy fab-Friday!

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Here I am!

Soooo, I've been getting a few comments here & there about my 'unseen identity' on this blog, it's so funny! I swear I haven't been hiding--the honest to goodness truth is that I have yet to invest my hard-earned blogger dollars into a good camera, and I'm crossing my little quick-typin' fingers that Santa will stash one in my stocking come Christmastime. Until then, I will tell you that I recently had a photoshoot with my fabulous friend Annie of TripleCord Photography, and she snapped a few headshots as well as shoe-shots of me...and oh yes, even some Holly in Heels outfit shots! Do ya like my backyard firepit?! :)

Denim jacket: American Eagle
Top: Lush Bow Camisole, Nordstrom
Jeans: Gap boyfriend jeans (my faves!)
Shoes: Old Navy yellow peep toe heels (got them a bit ago, they were my wedding shoozies!)

Couple'a more shots of my happy yellow peeps...

So that's that! I thought I'd give you a sneak peek at just a few...and of course there will be more Holly in Heels outfit-shots to come! Meantime, thanks again Annie-friend for snappin' these lovelies. Which reminds me (don't ask me how), have you entered my stellar giveaway yet? Feelin' lucky?! I THINK YOU ARE!

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...A little birdie told me

Soooo, there are a few online spots I visit regularly--of course the ones that sell assortments of cute cute heels, where I can dream and browse the most in-style kicks on the planet. Other than that, I must say that I enjoy scopin' out the scene of the many online boutiques that are out there. One of them that I've been mucho adoring lately is blonde birdie--this super-stylish gal has got tons o' goods in her saucy online store! I figured since I've been browsing this place so much, I'd show off some of my favorite items for ya on this fine Monday. A girl can't live on heels alone, can she?

Women's accessories, handbags, jewelry and scarves line the online shelves at blonde birdie boutique. Ahhh, the assortment is quite something! My latest obsessions right now consist of the 'Walk the Line' white ring, as well as the 'Chiffon Sisters' earrings. Check these gorgeous goods out:

I also am diggin' this Milly woven clutch in richly-colored turquoise. It's one lovely clutch that's ready to take out for a day of simple shopping or a night out on the town. Perfectly portable and wonderfully woven!

Feast your fashionista eyes on blonde birdie's Wisteria Blooms scarf in royal purple, and also the Golden Buds scarf. Both are perfect for that added splash of color to any jeans & tee outfit.

I decided to ask the owner of blonde birdie a few questions...just to pick her stylish brain on how she got started, and where she drew her inspiration from, etc. etc. Thought you'd be interested to know...

Tell us about blonde birdie and how you got started:

I worked for an independent boutique for many years and was fortunate enough to have a boss who was eager to share her knowledge of buying and design with her staff. Unfortunately she wasn’t so eager to pursue new ways of expanding her business such as internet sales. Then one day it dawned on me that I didn’t have to wait for someone else to decide to build a website--I could start my own, and blonde birdie was born. I don’t quite remember how blonde birdie was named, but I’ve always loved birds (in design, not in real life) and I’m a true blondie (even when my hair is not), so it just seems to fit perfectly.

What or who inspires your online boutique's style?
It sounds cliché, but I find inspiration all around me. I’m constantly taking random snapshots with my camera of things that don’t makes sense to other people or ripping pages from magazines to take home and put on my inspiration board. I love eclectic French décor--my style was once described as French flea market, which may not sound complimentary to some, but I thought it was perfect! I try to make sure we have a mix of vintage-inspired items as well as some that would satisfy more contemporary shoppers.

Give us one tip about personal or at-home style:
Don’t be afraid to mix and match. If everything in your home coordinates too perfectly it looks too planned. If you love something made of iron, buy it. If you love something made of wood, buy it. This mix of textures and materials helps to give your home a real lived-in look, which although may not be perfect will always be welcoming.

This online shop also carries items for the home, great gift ideas, and even super cute kids stuff--there's even a sweet sale page! So before you hit the mall and fight that angry & busy parking lot, check out blonde birdie and see what's up. Happy Monday, friends!

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