Scrumptiously Summer

I don't know about you, but I'm royally lovin' me some scrumptious summertime style at the moment. Not gonna lie, I'm usually a fall/winter season-lover, longing for the leaves to change color and the fun holidays to start and the time to buy cute leather boots and bundle up in a chunky scarf. But this summer's style is sure getting to me--all of the preppy, sweet looks out there right now have me basking in the rays of fashion! So due to my happy-go-lucky summer soiree, I wanted to share a few of my latest cravings:

First off, how can you resist these brand spankin' new Louboutin 'Praia' peep-toe espadrilles that are quickly flying off the shelves in-store & online! One larger-than-life ropey peep-toe maryjane espadrille will have you instantly throwing on your fave pair of linen shorts or skinny white jeans. And fear not, this wedge heel really only compares to a 4" heel. You can hang.
Well, if your bank account's anything like mine, you'll crave and drool over the Loubies, but you'll be able to purchase with confidence these Dolce Vita 'Spencer' sandals. A fabulously versatile summer heel with cute criss-cross straps and studs at the sole, they can be matched with just about anything in a gal's wardrobe to-date. Watch out!

If your feetsies are dying to take a break from heels for a quick minute, throw on these preppy boat shoes--Sperry Topsider 'Authentic Originals' in patent gray are pretty much the cutest flats I've seen in quite a while! Comfy beyond belief, they'll add shine to your step when you're walkin' down that boardwalk!

TOMS 'Aira' Women's Cordones are quite possibly my 2nd favorite summer flats this season. They have that retro-girl look that's still timeless & classic. Plus, doesn't hurt that we all know TOMS shoes are the essence of slipper-wear comfort and celebrate a fantastic cause too (see their 'One for One' movement statement if you haven't heard!).
Ok ok, one last item on my summer faves list at the moment: Banana Republic's Pinstripe Shirt Jacket (sale price alert, ladies!). This slouchy summer throw-on is something of a staple throughout spring and summer. Drape this over a simple tank or tee and throw on any of your cute cute shoes and you're ret-set to go to just about any event on your July-August calendar!
Soak up those rays, ladies, and soak in the styles that are oh-so scrumptiously summer!

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P.S. Don't forget to enter into the latest giveaway now!


You really like me!

Just wanted to thank everyone for getting me to over 100 followers over the weekend! I got to celebrate with a nice little bottle of fancy shmansy shampers (aka champagne) & my husband to help me finish it! You guys are shoe-lovin' rockstars, seriously.

Now go on and enter my latest giveaway and get yourself entered to win a treat, m'k? Hope you had a fabuloso weekend.

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Another giveaway: Hem Gems style

What can I say, Holly in Heels just likes givin' away free swag! In case you missed out on my last giveaway, don't fret, here's one that's just as sweet! I'm handin' out one handy-dandy little item called Hem Gems. Hem Gems are a chic yet practical must-have accessory that quickly & easily allow ladies to temporarily adjust the length of their jeans. That's right, for the first time ever, it's super easy to wear a single pair of jeans with flats ORRRRR with heels! In an instant, you can hem your jeans with this reusable accessory that matches existing jean hardware (and still show the original hem). How stinkin' cute, right?!

Well, when the adorable Hem Gems gals sent me my sweet studs in the mail last week, they arrived in the cutest little packaging--a brilliant blue box with a pack of 8 of these lil' gems in each one. I couldn't be happier with the presentation! And now YOU can get the same little lovely prize in your mailbox when you just enter this giveaway!

To enter, you must:
1. Be a 'follower' of Holly in Heels blog (hit 'follow' at top right of page)
2. Comment on this post

Additional entries, increasing your chances to win:
1. Visit the Hem Gems website {1 entry}
2. “Like” Holly in Heels on Facebook. {2 entries}
3. “Like” Hem Gems on Facebook. {1 entry}
4. Follow Holly in Heels on Twitter. {2 entries}
5. Follow Hem Gems on Twitter. {1 entry}
6. Tweet about this giveaway mentioning @hollyinheels {2 entries}
7. Blog about this giveaway {3 entries}

The winner will be selected Monday, July 12th at 8am PST. You've got plenty of time, so get to it girlies!

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Falling for fur?

I have to say that when I got the press release from the folks over at Stuart Weitzman this week, my jaw dropped at the sight of their fall 2010 collection of fur boots. Now, I'm honestly not one to dig fur--it sorta makes me think of all of the fur-collared coats and hand muffs my grandma used to own back in the 40's that now occupy my mother's hall storage closet. It's almost like an old fashioned thing in my mind because of that. Funny, huh? Well Stu Weitz's fall line of fabulous furs is anything but old fashioned--it's pure, 100% modern luxurious! I'm totally stuck on this first sienna brown pair with the cute studded buckles that hug your fit in tight. I know it's a bit too warm outside to be thinking about bundling up again (no no, please enjoy those tank tops and wedge sandals while you can!), but what do YOU think of the fall fur boot trend?
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P.S. Check out my article for the Examiner, covering this sneak peek at fall boots!


One man's perspective

So have you ever wondered what guys think about shoes? I mean, we ladies spend so so much time on shoe shopping and picking out just the right heel with our dresses or jeans--which heels make our legs look long & lean, and which heels add a splash of color to a simple outfit, etc. etc. But what does the everyday man think of when it comes to shoes? Does he even notice? Does he really get why we spend a good amount of our hard-earned dough on shoes (and not video games or gadgets or flat screen TVs)?

Well, my dear brother-in-law, Jeff, who's not only a stand-up comedian, but a motivational speaker and one of the creators of the hilarious WaterCoolerJokes.com website, offered to review these killer 4-inch platform GUESS 'Hondo' heels I've been eyeing, and I thought, hey what the heck! So guys: enjoy this refreshing male take on shoes...and gals: listen up to one funny shoe reality check!

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This shoe is made by Guess. It looks nice. It isn’t too crazy like other shoes I see women wear. This has just one buckle rather than 20. And unlike some women’s shoes, it has classic colors, not “purple frog skin” or something equally from the future. Also, the heel is just a couple inches and so doesn’t affect the wearer’s height too much. When you see women on a regular basis and then one day she wears big heels it messes with your world for a split second. As a guy your mind doesn’t go right to “oh she is wearing different shoes,” you think “SOMETHING IS WRONG, and I MUST PROTECT MYSELF FROM THIS BIGGER PERSON.” These shoes wouldn’t do that.

I think women could wear these shoe most places without soft grass, mud or sand. If they were to wear them in those “soft ground situations”, I think the heel would sink into the ground or the person wearing them would have to walk on their toes. If they walked on their toes for too long then they would ask the guy they were with to always take a break or sit down. That gets annoying. That combined with always needing to pee would mean the day in these shoes would consist of:

20 percent = normal social activities
80 percent = going to the bathroom, looking for a bathroom, or taking a break while in search for a bathroom.

And 90 bucks isn’t bad for good shoes. I paid 100 bucks for some really good hiking boots, and they work great even when ground is soft. And they are water-resistant. In my opinion, save up 10 more bucks, go to REI and get the boots.

Good shoes though Holly.

...for more funny banter, do make sure you check out WaterCoolerJokes.com


...and the winner is

After two weeks of getting all kindsa sweet comments and entries from my Rollasole giveaway, we have a lucky winner! Miss Kelly DiCicco, congratulations on your new pair of handy dandy portable flats that'll take your stiletto-wearin' feet from tuckered-out to terrific after a long day! Thanks again to Rollasole for the shout-out on your blog and we'll be lookin' for your vending machines in nightspots very soon!

If you didn't win this time, don't fret m'dears...I'm happy to tell ya that there will be yet another giveaway come Friday! Don't get too too distracted with your shoe shopping that you forget to keep an eye out, alrighty?

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P.S. Ok ok ok, couldn't leave without sharin' some eye candy with you: my newest heel purchase, Rachel Roy's 'Olla' platforms! They are amazingly comfortable and walk-able, despite their stature. They're on sale now at Rachel Roy's awesome website, don't let this one pass you by!


Friday Finds

Nothin' better than a good Friday shopping find--especially when you can order it right online to be sent straight to your doorstep, right? Well, if you're anything like me, you've got one-hundred-and-one summery fun events and parties and weddings and...whew! Before I know it, my wallet will be empty and my closet will be full of cute cute party garb! Yep, every girl needs to bring some style to these summer events, head to toe (hence the 'Wedding Belles' post I cranked out earlier this week), and I've come across a couple'a crazy sale gems to help out with all of your party-wear purchases this season.

For instance, check this super comfy & flattering BCBGGeneration U-neck dress that gathers nicely around the neckline and boasts beaded straps at the top to give off that 'islander' vibe. Just under $40 ladies (free shipping too)! The pink (shown) and black colors are equally sweet, so at this price you might wanna snag both!
I've gotta feelin' that Betsey Johnson's 'Joshua' heels would match up just right with this dress too---at an insanely lovely price right now on Miss Johnson's site! Enter code: PINK at checkout and get an additional 25% off already reduced merch! I know, totally unbelievable that you'd get Betsey kicks at this price, but hey, happy stinkin' Friday!
Time to celebrate.

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P.S. it's countdown time 'til my SHOE GIVEAWAY--make sure you've entered! Enter here and I wish you good luck, m'dear!


I wanna be a billionaire, so frickin' baaad...

...buy all of the things I never had! Like: Christian Louboutin's 'Miss Chief' happy heels with sweet bows & polka dots.

Orrr Jimmy Choo 'Quantum' heels that are colorful and textured to perfection!

I'd also take Mr. Choo's 'Quartz' heels that are edgy, daring and beautiful all at once.
Hey, or even the newest addition to the Jimmy Choo collection this season: Jimmy Choo 'Marble' mesh heels with their dark & mysterious meshy character.
Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo, I heart youuuu! Oh and Travie McCoy, singer of the infamous 'Billionaire' song, a solid thanks for givin' us a fun summer song to memorize lyrics to.

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P.S. don't forget to enter my shoe giveaway! ...only a few days left!


Wedding Belles

I get a ton of 'Holly in Heels, I need your advice!' emails--and it's really quite flattering! Keep 'em coming! I'll be the first to admit that I love shopping, and when I'm shopping for someone else (which doesn't require me to spend money for once!) I'm even more elated to offer my shoe-expertise! Most of the inquiries I receive are damsels in distress over none other than wedding shoes. Whether it's a mother-of-the-bride or a pretty little bridesmaid, or even just a regular ol' guest, everyone needs a bit of shoe guidance sometimes (lots of other things to think about when you're in a wedding after all!). With wedding season glaring upon us, it's time to toss out those old satiny b-maid habits and usher in some style to that wedded wardrobe. I had THEE hardest time narrowing it down to just a few lovely wedding shoe-picks, but I think you'll be quite happy with the selection--hey, it just might score ya a post-ceremony romance, who knows!
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I was 100% delighted when I came across these simple but elegant Kenneth Cole Reaction 'Know Way' sandals! One fine t-strap leading up to layered straps around the ankle puts a fun spin on a classic bridesmaid shoe (at an easy $69 cost too!).
These BCBGMAXAZRIA 'Mirna' heels might cost ya more than the wedding gift you were planning on getting the bride & groom...but hey, you'll wear them more than once guaranteed (not like that bridesmaid dress guarantee every bride gives..."you'll wear this again, right?!"). Metallic & braided, these heels will give a special kick to any wedding outfit!

Similar in style the BP. Platinum 'Jet' Pump and the Enzo Angiolini 'Merryann' Pump are sparkled to perfection! Both are a great height for a long wedding night of dancing, toasting and celebrating (the Enzo's get great reviews too!). They're both so so close to these sparkly pumps I also reviewed a few months back, l-o-v-e.
Ooo, and check out these Jessica Bennett 'Marek' Sandals: strappy, retro-esque 3-inch heels that come in a handful of fantastic colors that are wedding-ready (I dig the Bronze).
And if it's comfort you're after, you'll arrive at the right place when you click on these shnazzy Naturalizer 'Princeton' T-strap Sandals that are perfect for afternoon or evening wedding gatherings. A low-key 2 1/4" heel is just your size when the partying gets tough (and the tough get partying!).
Ok ok ok, last one, I promise (unless you want me to keep going, 'cause I will!). Just in case you wanna mix it up with the wedding shoes, and be a bit more daring than normal wedding-wear protocol, make a purchase on these MAXSTUDIO 'Samosa' Sandals! Hurry, they're 50% off right now at Nordstrom.com and are ready to be tied around your gorgeous little ankles and paired up with something fancy!
Wow, gorgeous girl, you are ready to be one spicy little wedding belle!

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All the Single Ladies!

Sometimes, I wanna be Beyonce. There, I said it. Anyone else have that craving? It's pretty silly, coming from a short little half Mexican girl like myself (and I'm pretty sure no one would describe me as 'leggy', as most would describe the beautiful Mrs. Jay-Z), but I just had to say it out loud. The girl always looks so Sasha Fierce and free! Well, I got to thinking...if Miss Beyonce had a regular desk job and salary like mine, what would she be yanking off the Nordstrom shoe shelves to wear on 'girls night out' or to meet her man for happy hour? We already know the girl has a major shoe addiction, but I've decided to take a real stab at it...

Lay your pretty little eyes on this pyramid-studded Steve Madden 'Hailley' Sandal! Soft, cagey leather wraps up this 4 1/2" heel, making it your dancing companion for the rest of the summer! Ohhh, lordy look out!
And has anyone noticed this amazing sale at Nordstrom on Steve Madden shoes? Included in this bargain blowout are the
Steve Madden 'Lorane' Pumps that come at the mucho fair price of 45 bucks! Shiny patent leather reflects your height-lovin' style, and the suede is a great, soft accent that adds some posh to the heel. 3 1/4" of pure sass at a killer price.

If it's the metallic trend that you're after, check out these chained-up Steven by Steve Madden 'Veleri' Sandals! Twisty braided textures and suede material makes this sandal one you won't soon forget. These are perfect cocktail party shoes for almost any season.

Oh, and pretty sure any of these sexy kicks would go perfectly with the cute, edgy tops that my new fave House of PlumRed has on sale right now (nothing over $40!). Talk about fashionista steals!

So crank up the Single Ladies or Halo or any other Beyonce track you can think of, and put your Beyonce-shoes on (hey, did I just make up a new term here?)! It's the weekend for cryin' out loud, you deserve some dancin' shoes!

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Gold n' Blush

Check out these soft summer finds I dashed across while browsing ShopItToMe.com today...nothin' like a little gold n' blush to get me dreaming about the pretty little shabby-chic items of this breezy summer season!

For starters, take these ultra comfy 'Sylvia' metallic leather pumps from J.Crew! This just-a-little-lighter-than-your-skin shaded heel creates a beautiful leg-lengthening look with minimal effort on your part (just a click of the button away really!). Pair metallic leather pumps like these up with almost anything in your ever-growing closet and you're ready for summer! Heck, you need something dashing to sport to all of those summer weddings you've somehow been conned into attending, ya?

And just to add to the muy romantica theme, check out these J.Crew gems: Cabochan chandelier earrings. These dainty chandeliers will go nicely with your 'Sylvia' pumps as well as a plain ol' white tee & trouser jeans...very versatile!

So amidst the bright summer colors that you're tempted to throw on this season, don't forget about the softer side of June thru August and leave a little room for the pretty pretty gold n' blush!

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P.S. Check out some sweet giveaways: right here on Holly in Heels & one fab one on ShopItToMe.com! 'Cause who doesn't dig free stuff?!


Shoe Giveaway!

Recently a friend popped by my house after a long day of work to have a little night of reality tv & wine with me. She had been wearing the cutest high heels all day long, and when she arrived to my home, pulled 'backup shoes' out of her big pretty Louis Vuitton bag. I did a quick double-take at my fashionista friend and saw her magical portable ballet flat thangs called Rollasoles! Turns out they're HUGE in the UK right now (actually in vending machines outside of nightclubs, wow!) and being featured in many fashion magazines and news feeds across the U.S. as we speak. These shiny shoes conveniently come rolled up in a sweet little bag that's 100% ready for you to whip out at the end of the eve, place your heels in that Rollasole bag, and put the rolled-up flats on your tired feet! Voila!

You guessed it ladies, these adorable flats are the answer to your stiletto-wearin' prayers--perfect for post-dancing cab rides home, tossing on after work, the end of a long day at the mall, and the list goes on and on...
photos from www.rollasole.com/usa

Since I'm so jazzed about these hot little items (and I know you high heel-lovers will be too!), I wanted to do a GIVEAWAY! Who doesn't love FREE STUFF?! Here's the lowdown on how to get your hands on these uhhhh-mazing shoozies:

Rule #1: You must be a Holly in Heels follower (click 'follow' at the top of page if you're not one already)
Rule #2: Comment on this post & tell me your fave Holly in Heels post of all time, your shoe size, and email address (to contact you if you win & find out what color you want your Rollasoles in!)
Rule #3
: Tell your friends!! You can re-post via the 'share this' button at the bottom of the post to share via Twitter, Facebook and more!

The winner will be picked at random on Monday, June 21st. Good luck! Hey, I'm just glad to encourage the heel-wearin' by giving you some comfy shoes to rest your feetsies in every now and again, ya? Holluh.

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Island Fever!

Last weekend our fam took a breathtaking trip to Catalina Island via one quick boatride over the cold, blue water. It was amazing--truly like a whole other world over there! What the heck is it about landing on an island that makes us relax so much and feel so far away from it all!? Not sure why that Gilligan's Island crew wanted to escape so badly--I know I could take a good long time on an island with some of my favorite people, just sippin' drinks and soaking up the sun! Well, all of this island-water-vaca talk had me coming back to the mainland, wishing for nautical-themed summer gear. Check out these pretty preppy picks and lemme know if you're ridin' the same wave as I am...

For starters, I'm diggin' these gorgeous gold & woven Charles by Charles David 'Braid' wedges! A great 5" platform wedge with sweet double studded details all over, and ooooo that brown hue goes with literally anything in your summer wardrobe.
Well, ya can't run from the islander law too fast in these super high Wanted 'Outlaw' wedges (but that's ok, 'cause you'll be right on-trend!). What a cute, nude peep-toe sandal with dainty ruching and jute cord detail to boot!
And let me just tell ya that either of these seafaring shoe selections would go 100% perfect with this fun Eighty Six Stripe Chain Tank that I managed to run across on Piperlime.com. Such a great boat day tank, with a preppy chain detail around the seams. Yum! And if you wanna take just one day off of wearin' heels this summer (I don't know why you would, but just in case!), check out these uhhh-may-zing Sperry Topsider boat shoes. So boat-chic & preppy in the grey patent!

Well, hope your little shipwrecked heart pitter-pattered just as much as mine did at the sight of these beauties! Land 'ho!

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Truly Tribal

It's plain to see that I've gotta secret love for the 'tribal style' that's out there right now. So many fun shapes and colors that catch the eye of any fashion-gazing friend! I love it. There is honestly nothing easier you can throw on with a basic, simple outfit than a patterned, textured tribal-inspired piece. For example...

Check out these Loeffler Randall 'Idris' Navajo Puzzle Sandals featuring colorblock panels at the patent T-strap & crisscross straps. The brassy buckled ankle strap locks in a 1" wooden wedge heel and leather sole. I love the husband/wife duo designer label Loeffler Randall and how it's their mission to 'create the perfect shoe for the chic, modern girl, focusing on clean design and stunning materials'. In fact, Loeffler Randall is so stinkin' awesome, in 2007 the label won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. You wanna shoe from a designer like that, right?! I do! Check please!
And take a look at the ASOS Tribal Style Long Metal Pendant that I'm currently obsessing over (um, notice that friendly price-point of $20.29?)! The embossed metal & tribal style on this longline necklace is simply striking and a perfect statement piece for any outfit--casual or a tad bit more dressy.

And not to build your whole entire outfit for you or anything (umm, promise) but wouldn't either/both of these cute items above go absolutely perfect with this killer casz 'Middle sleeve dress' from the sweet online boutique House of PlumRed?! At a fine under $20 price, HOPR shows off this belted jumper-like dress in a rich coffee color that's the perfect background to any accessory/shoe your little heart desires! Check out the rest of House of PlumRed's pretty collection here!

Truly tribal--I heart it.
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