11.29.2010

Shoppin' Cyber!

So, we officially made it. Yep, we made it through yet another stuff-your-face Thanksgiving and probably some funny family incidents, too. I know that I made it through traveling during the so-called 'busiest travel season of the year'--scratch & stress-free, thankyouverymuch! Aaaand, last but most certainly not least, we made it through Black Friday! Quite the accomplishment if you dared to brave that nutty mall parking lot and the extra-ridiculous long lines at Starbucks, in between purchases. Well, now that the Black Friday madness is over, fret not--you can shop from the comfort of your own laptop today, this Cyber Monday 2010! And in honor of that, Miss H-in-H here has decided to give you a few eensy-teensy tips on the shoe sales going on today to snatch up and enjoy, over leftover pumpkin pie & stuffing...

Nordstrom.com has the ever-loved free shipping offer right now and tooons of gorgeous shoes at an astounding 50% off! Pretty sure this DV by Dolce Vita 'Spank' bootie can be found at the top of my pretty little wishlist (echhh-hem, husband: are you listening?).

I know it might be incredibly basic & classic-girlish of me, but I just love Gap.com. Sure, there may not be a huge shoe selection, but you can find winter basics & timeless apparel for $10, $20 and $30 right now on their Cyber Monday deals! PLUS, score a 20% off deal online when entering promo code: GAPTHANKS at checkout. Happy Cyber Monday to YOU! Oh, and if you are in the mood for flats this season, check out Gap's 'cap toe ballet flats' at a price Santa can't even beat!

6pm.com has to be a favorite of mine, and any shoe-lover for that matter. Seems like whenever I open my web browser, there's a new deal on their site! Makes for bad shopping habits, but fabulous savings (story of my life). Well, right now, 6pm.com has up to 70% off most of their shoes, including Steve Madden and Sam Edelman. Umm, can you say STEAL?! Yeah, I think I heard ya. Grab a great suede pump or a holiday shoe for a seasonably good price.

Per usual, Piperlime.com nearly takes the cake with their gorgeous-girl selection of sale shoes. For example, feast your Turkey-filled eyes on these Marc by Marc Jacobs boots that are marked down by more than $100! One-hundred % suede has me one-hundred % droooooling.

Lastly, you can find buckets of sweet deals all in one stop at cybermonday.com--especially when browsing the shoe section of the site. Your Cyber Monday fingers will be typin' happy when they come across all of the coupons & special offers to be found! So enjoy this holiday season, and your guilt-free time to shop shop shop while sales are hot hot hot.

xoxo,
holly in heels

11.24.2010

Turkey Day treat.

With all my heart, I. love. Thanksgiving. Food, family, tradition, travel...let me count the ways that I delight in this end-of-November day:

1. heading to my small-ville hometown
2. bundling up in soft sweaters and bunchy scarves
3. getting dinner cooked for me, instead of cooking my own!
4. gravy, baby.
5. seeing old friends that are home for the holidays.
6. black friday madness.
7. a few guilt-free days off.
8. movies on tv, post-Thanksgiving dinner.
9. pretending I like football, just so I can have a spot on the couch.
10. official boot season!

Ecchh-hem...did someone say boots?! Yep, must be 'cause I've got these Tinley Road 'Kaelyn' boots on my mind. I know, I know, I just had to throw shoes in here somehow, right? Well, these fall-ready, ultra-high boots caught my eye on Piperlime.com and I felt like you'd be thankful if I shared. I think I'm most shocked by their under $80 price, and over-the-top style. Wouldn't you agree?


So what are your T-giving favorites? I'm thankful for you!

xoxo,
holly in heels

11.22.2010

So many jewels, and only one winner!

Welp, it's about that time...giveaway winner announcement time! There are so many pretty pretty jewels at mimi&lu--and I ADORE that I was able to pair up with them and show all of my readers what they've got. But alas, there can only be one winner...and...drum-roll please...Ryan Seacrest style...the winner is: Cat! Congrats, sista! Expect a congratulatory email in your inbox soon, with instructions on how you'll get your prize in the mail, just in time for the holidays!


And to the rest of ya's: don't fret, you can still snag your mimi&lu swag online, anytime! Just check out their collection and click that cute little 'add to bag' button, before their inventory runs out! Great gifts for anyone, at any time. And for the latest mimi&lu specials and updates, follow them on Facebook.

Thanks again for all the luuuv and a happy Monday to ya!

xoxo,
holly in heels

11.16.2010

City girl

Sometimes I wish I lived in the city. Not the kinda city that makes it one because it has mounds of traffic and plastic surgery (because that's the sorta place I live NOW, actually)...but rather, a place where you can get away with wearing just about anything at any time of day, and where ladies dress in formal attire when attending a show or even a steak dinner. Fashion forward sorta atmosphere, ya know?! There are very few occasions in my southern-cali-life where I can get away with satin heels or Badgley Mischka. But today, I'm livin' the dream and being tempted to purchase some city girl shoes!

MIU MIU has a sweet little sale spinning around right now, and a few of their gorgeous creations caught my eye! One being this pump from their YOOX Collection for Fall-Winter. The suede, geometric design is simply statement-making, and the scalloped backing is like no other pump! If only I was a size 10 (if you are, snag this only size left!)!

Elizabeth and James can do no wrong in my eyes. Nope, I'm not talking about two sweet cousins of mine, I'm talkin' about the co-designed brand belonging to former Full House-ers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen! These peep-toe E & J 'Lilly' boots fit well into their signature collection of feminine + masculine threads. 100% stretch satin, and laced up the back of that 4" heel...oh mama, you're gonna turn Uncle Jesse heads!

Ummm, pretty sure I saved my best for last: Badgley Mischka has done it again, and takes the cake with their 'Olaf' ankle boot. The mesh lace & leather upper combined with a true satin ribbon to finish, makes this peep-toe creation your winter go-to shoe! Perfect for my holiday parties & New Years celebrations...don'tcha think?!

Do YOU wish you were a city girl too?

xoxo,
holly in heels
P.S. Only a few more days to ENTER MY GIVEAWAY! Get on it, sista!

11.10.2010

Just in time for the holidays to roll around once again (and for those fun, fun holiday parties to begin!), here come a few fabulous shoozies to flaunt with your sparkle-plenty party dress. From Christmas to New Years, you know you'll be gettin' those invites for fun family get-togethers or even friend-filled dinner parties. It's the most wonderful time of the year (right?)! Well, in case you haven't purchased this season's collection of party dresses and evening-wear, you can do what I do (best) and start with the shoes! Yep, literally building from the toes up, you'll have the perfect outfit, no doubt about it.

Well, I think I've skillfully narrowed it down to these gorgeous Adrienne Vittadini 'Adam' heels, in beautiful black, as one of my top picks. Although it might look basic at first glance, the color & texture of the shoe is soooo luxurious and perfect. A true almond-toe ankle boot, with an inner side zip closure and all-suede covering--I guarantee you won't regret this under-$130 purchase!

Or stick with Rachel Zoe's pick (and mine!) and splurge on these fabulous Pour La Victoire 'Asas' bad-A boots. Cinched up the middle and a towering 4"-heel, you're sure to turn heads and toughen up your outfit with this black beauty!

Sorta the love child of my first two picks, the 'Victoria' bootie by B. Makowsky is a must-have. With a cuff detail, and put-together lace-up front, this is the honest to goodness mix of preppy & chic all at once!

So before you head out on those blistery cold days ahead, pick up some sassy black kicks to be your perfect party date!

xoxo,
holly in heels
P.S. DON'T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY! So easy, and the jeweled-up prize is so pretty!

11.05.2010

Be jeweled.

Most of the time, I'll tell ya straight to your pretty lil' face that there's nothing better than buying shoes. Obviously this would be my advice, given that I have a shoe blog and all, right? But coming in a close 2nd on my love-to-shop-for shortlist is accessories! Yep, it's the lovely jewels that I could continue to buy, buy, buy (and not in the NSync sorta way). So to share my love for the sparkly things in life, Holly in Heels is pairin' up with nationally recognized jewelry-creator, mimi & lu, in this super-chic giveaway! Get to know mimi & lu a bit, and then ENTER TO WIN some of their best in dainty gems...


1) Tell us about mimi & lu and how you got started:
mimi & lu's original name was 'Moushart'. In 2004, I was living in Boston working a summer position in the wardrobe department of Cirque Du Soliel and making jewelry has a hobby. Some of the cirque performers noticed my jewelry and purchased a few of my pieces right off of me. This was the spark that would eventually lead to the launch of my business in 2006! It took some time to really develop my style and who I am as a designer, so in 2009 I renamed, re-branded and relaunched as mimi & lu--which are the first 2 initials of my name, my husband's name, and the name of our 135-lb Great Dane! Michelle, Michael & Lucca = Mimi & Lu.


2) What or who inspires you?
I get this question a lot, and I wish I had a magical, wonderful answer but the truth is it's simply the materials themselves. I might start with a shape or a stone or a new material and I just start playing around with the pieces. From there, it really becomes about the process. There's a lot of trial and error, twisting and untwisting before a design comes together that just clicks.


3) Give us a few tips on how we can accessorize better each & every day:
Don't over-accessorize. If you have hoops, a necklace and a chunky ring on, each piece is going to get lost in a sea of accessories instead of shining as a distinct and special piece. Also, mix metals! It creates depth and keeps it interesting. Try to avoid matchy-matchy pieces: if you're earrings are teardrops with blue stones, don't get the necklace that's the same teardrop with blue stones. Think of having pieces that talk to each other verses match. So pair those blue stone teardrop earrings with a dainty chain necklace that somehow incorporates the blue stones. These are just a few suggestions, but at the end of the day you have to do whatever makes sense and feels comfortable for you!





TO WIN mimi & lu's signature Jane Earrings (in silver OR gold!):
1. Be a 'follower' of Holly in Heels blog.
2. Comment on this post with your fave mimi & lu item, and leave your email address so I can tell you if you've won!





For additional entries, increasing your chances to win:
1. Follow the mimi & lu blog {1 entry}
2. “Like” Holly in Heels on Facebook {1 entry}
3. “Like” mimi & lu on Facebook {1 entry}
4. Follow Holly in Heels on Twitter {1 entry}
5. Follow mimi & lu on Twitter {1 entry}
6. Join the mimi & lu mailing list {2 entries}
7. Tweet about this giveaway mentioning @hollyinheels {2 entries}
8. Blog about this giveaway {3 entries}

The wonderful winner will be announced November 22nd! Good luck.
Must be 18 or older to enter, and ONLY available to U.S. residents.

xoxo,
holly in heels

11.01.2010

Fall feet

It almost frightens me to say it, but with it being November 1st and all...I think it's officially fall. It only sorta scares me because I'm remembering that as soon as Halloween passes, it's time for retail stores everywhere to whip out the red & green and for old people to start making remarks about my name being "appropriate for the holidays" (yep, happens waaaay too much). But indeed, summer is but a memory and the holiday season is HERE! So I figured these shoe-scoutin' fingers would type up a post with some of my fave fall shoe selections. Rich, warm colors and fabrics that'll have you running for opaque tights and chunky knit scarves...

Yesterday I popped a few homemade, nutmeg-filled pumpkin pies in the oven and I sniffed in the autumn ambiance that finally filled my household. YUM! Allllmost as yum & yellow as these UO Suede Pumps. These perfect pumps by BDG have a chic & chunk 3 1/2" heel, and come in all kindsa fabulous colors for every season. Just a tip: the sizing on these suckers runs large, so order a size down for a good fit.

Although rather funktified, I'll admit, I couldn't help but feature these Jeffrey Campbell Suede Platform Wedge Heel beauties. 4 1/2-inch heel + 1-inch platform = pure standout style. And the quarterstrap detail with the dainty-doo side buckle truly took the cake for me! So fall-ish, and so adorable (also order a half size up).

Or take a gander at these vintage-inspired oxfords with a modern twist: the Cooperative Suede Oxford Heel is quite charming, eh?! Corded laces tie up a wingtip-detailed oxford heel that is unmatchably preppy and unmistakeably stylish.


So happy happy November, fellow shoe-lova's--enjoy the season of yummy food, family fun, love & light, and of course, new pumps & heels. Oooo, and did I mention it's a $10 flat rate shipping at Urban right now? Yep, so hurry hurry, add to bag-it!

xoxo,
holly in heels