Oscar style!

I love Oscar time. There's just something about the Academy Awards that gets me all starstruck and excited! This year, my fashion-ready star-gazing happened from the comfort of my squishy suede couch in the heart of my comfy living room. My dates to this at-home Oscar party were Ben & Jerry (yep, a pint of Chunky Monkey always does the trick!) and some delish Mexican food. Obviously, I was thankful I didn't have to squeeze myself into a sparkly dress, but it was sure fun to watch 'em! Here are a few of my Holly in Heels faves...

Hailee Steinfeld no doubt gets some props for showin' off her kicks! It's rare that a red carpet star wears a dress that doesn't hit the floor, and I'm proud that this lil' 14 year old was showing off her satiny peep toe heels! Great dress, Hailee in heels!

Ever since her Dawson's Creek days, I've been adoring Michelle Williams and her very pixie-girl style. Her angelic look lit up the red carpet last night, and her dramatic makeup sealed the deal. You can see her metallic platforms shining through this gorgeous gown.

Scarlett Johansen simply can't do wrong in my book. She's curvy and stunning, and has that rebel girl look to her. I love that she went a bit off path here with this high neck plumb lace gown. Looks stunning with her smokey eye makeup and tousled locks. The question is: what shoes could she be wearing??

Melissa Leo, nominated for best supporting actress for "The Fighter," arrived to the Academy Awards in a gorgeous high-neck lace dress, with t-strap metallic sandal heels. What a great springtime look, Ms. Leo!

And finally, Australia-born star Nicole Kidman may not have my favorite dress of the night (surprisingly, because it was Dior couture), but I'm givin' mad props to her for her red shoe choice. What a striking dash of color on such a special award-winning night!

Happy post-Oscar day!

holly in heels


Friday "it" list time!

Welcome Friday! Here's to another weekend, the last one in February to be exact... spring is inching nearer! Check out all the amazing blogs on this week's list - there is great inspiration here!

  • undeniable style compiles her wishlist for a 'pretty in pink' living room. I'm in love... she has such a great eye for style! (find undeniable style on twitter!)

  • second street east diy's a simple and stylish monogramed throw pillow. I love the sophisticated personal touch this adds to any room! (find second street east on twitter!)

  • a delightful design features kitchens with cabinets that reach the ceiling... this is a great look that is easily recreated for a custom look. These are some gorgeous kitchens! (find a delightful design on twitter!)

  • a spot of whimsy gathers lots of lovely hair inspiration... my personal favorite are the soft and feminine braids. So pretty! (find a spot of whimsy on twitter!)

  • holly in heels is chasing away winter blues with gorgeous wedges for spring. Ohh and ahh! I can't wait to buy some new spring shoes! (find holly in heels on twitter!)

  • good clean fun shows us how to make a delicious Nutella Mousse, need I say more? Wow! This would be a fun dessert to make for a girls night in or small dinner party! (find good clean fun on twitter!)

  • elle sees dishes on her must have items for spring... including a really great trench coat, which just so happens to also be one of my must have items for spring, as well! (find elle sees on twitter!)

  • yams designs rounds up oodles of gallery wall inspiration. I love a good gallery wall in any home, if you do too check out this great post! (find yams designs on twitter!)

  • thought and musing completely rocks this pencil skirt. I adore this outfit and am still jealous that this gal from 'down under' is basking in summer right now!

  • rosy + tart brings us this deliciously simple looking bacon and cheese frittata. I love the single serving sizes - very handy for a breakfast on the go! (find rosy + tart on twitter!)

  • shen dove style brilliantly mixes polka dots and stripes. I just ADORE this look! What fun pattern play! (find shen dove style on twitter!)

  • rose a la mode gives us her spring clothing picks... and I am absolutely in love with this floral dress. It would be the perfect item to dress up or down! (find rose a la mode on twitter!)

  • jewelscapes rocks this amazing boho-chic outfit including wide leg jeans and some fabulous jewelry. I am loving this look!

  • mama loves papa is sporting super fun layers as she rounds out two-thirds of the 30/30 Challenge. I love this simple outfit formula! (find mama loves papa on twitter!)

  • good life for less has the new TOMS Shoes styles for spring - there are so many fun new styles. It's hard to choose a favorite! (find good life for less on twitter!)

  • good tots offers up an adorable pair of baby moccasins for a giveaway. Make sure to check these out if you have a little one in your life!

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Cut it out

Feelin' those end-of-winter blues? It's time to cut it out with that, and cheer up--'cause I'm showin' off spring/summer cutout sandals from good ol' Piperlime.com! Great neutral wedge sandals & heels with that spin of texture that you're cravin'. Check 'em...

First up, these outstanding Messeca 'Colbee' wedges. A healthy 5-inch heel, and 100% leather make this beauty complete! Zip these suckers up the side, and leave the back cutout detail to do all of the talking. This is the ideal get-you-noticed spring wedge.

Up next, adore these Rosegold 'Cira' wedges with their 4 1/4" wedge heel and 1" platform for some extra-added height! Leather lining, synthetic outsole and 100% leather upper material, these = quality heels. I dig the brass buckle closure at the side, too. Great wedges to pair with skinny jeans, springtime white pencil skirt, even some stylish Bermuda shorts that you've been dying to break out!
Although they may not be in the budget, these Cynthia Vincent 'Jaden' sandals are sure worth a look (or two!). Another 4 1/4" wedge, with 3/4" platform gives these leather lovelies juuuuust the right amount of height without being too towering. I love the woven gold straps over the top of the sandal, that gives that leg-lengthening effect on any gal. And with Cynthia Vincent, you can never go wrong!
So pack up those winter blues and bring on spring!

holly in heels


this is "it"


Happy Friday! I love Fridays because it means two things... one, it's time for the weekend and two, it's time for the IT list!  Check out these fun posts from around blogland!

  • holly in heels scouts out a super fun pair of striped platforms for spring.  Be sure to check out these and other striped heels that holly found! (get more of holly in heels on twitter!)

  • undeniable style pays homage to boys that wear ties... what a cute post, and I completely agree! (get more of undeniable style on twitter!)

  • yams designs features fall fashion from the runway with peeks of Tory Burch's fall line - swoon! I love the colors and textures here. See how yams designs paired the fashion with interiors! (get more of yams designs on twitter!)

  • a spot of whimsy features an awe-inspiring look at ballet through art. If you are remotely inspired by ballet, you just have to see this... or if you aren't, you just may find yourself smitten with ballet after seeing this post! (get more of a spot of whimsy on twitter!)

  • second street east found these super cute iphone covers that can be personalized as well. Too fun! I might have to snag one of these for myself! (get more of second street east on twitter!)

  • good clean fun is tantalizing me with these sour cream cookies. Oh my! I just love a yummy cookie... I'll for sure have to bake these! (get more of good clean fun on twitter!)

  • mama loves papa looks pretty as always with a very simple t-shirt + jeans + scarf combo.  One of my favorite outfit formulas! (get more of mama loves papa on twitter!)

  • elle sees has a gorgeous winter white outfit pulled together featuring this gorgeous white sweater. I love white for winter... make sure you get this look before the season is gone! (get more of elle sees on twitter!)

  • thought and musing calls this outfit '90's inspired' - I call it brilliant.  Black jeans and a chambray top is definitely a winning pair!

  • rose a la mode spills on how to make her favorite caffeinated drink: a honey latte! Wow! I can't wait to try this... and she looks as lovely as ever in chambray (it's almost a theme for today!). (get more of rose a la mode on twitter!)

  • a delightful design would rather have this lovely mirror as a gift on Valentine's than flowers - and I don't blame here.  What a gorgeous piece! (get more of a delightful design on twitter!)

  • sweetie pie style shows off her top picks from DVF's Fall Runway show.  I am in awe of the gorgeous greens (yes, multiple greens!).  (get more of sweetie pie style on twitter!)

  • jewelscapes is a genius with layering... I love this simple t-shirt layered over a gingham top. It works so well and looks fabulous, yet casual on her.

  • shen dove style is totally rocking a 70's chic vibe with her flared jeans and leopard print scarf.  What a fun look! I so love flares for spring! (get more of shen dove style on twitter!)

  • rosy + tart has an unbelievably simple pineapple sherbet recipe for us this week, actually her whole blog is chock full of amazing and simple recipes this week! Yum! (get more of rosy + tart on twitter!)

  • good tots pulls together super chic pieces from TopShop's maternity line - who knew maternity could be THIS cute!?!

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Thursday d'Orsay

d'Orsay: do you know what it means? Nope, not the museum, but the d'Orsay pump is what's on my mind today. The d'Orsay definition is "a woman's shoe in which the vamp of the shoe is cut away very close to the toe box, and the sides are cut away, revealing the arch of the foot." Ya learn somethin' new every day, eh?

Well, I'm thinkin' that's most definitely inspired by the fact that I've found these Giambattista Valli Flower-Detail Ankle-Wrap d'Orsay. Long and lean and full of elegant detail. Suede with two-tone appliques on a peep-toe pump, and finished off with a sweet & delicate buckle. Perfection!
Do you d'Orsay?

holly in heels


Stripe it up!

Hello, post-Valentine's day friends! How'd you survive all of that lovey-love madness on Monday? Me and my hubs went old skool and did a fancy steak dinner, flowers, chocolates, the whole nine. I must say I enjoyed it quite a lot! And now that we're nearing the end of February, I'm squeeeekin' by winter and givin' you a sneak peek at what spring shoes have to hold. Sound scrumptious? I'll tell ya what's scrumptious: spring stripes. You thought the nautical bug had bitten last year...well, take a look at this season.

Let your jaw drop (as mine did) at the sight of these Brian Atwood patent-trim platform slingbacks. All of the right colors in all of the right spots--you get that classic navy & white stripe with a splash of bright coral patent leather. A thick and sturdy heel and platform to top it all off--could these be any more springtime perf?

And while you're at it, feast your eyes on these Prada Striped Canvas Mary Janes. Green and navy stripes give an understated spin to the classic Mary Jane. And heck, it's PRADA, so can't go wrong there!

Similar to the Prada Mary Jane is the brown & black Prada Striped Canvas Lace-Up. A nearly 5-inch covered canvas heel gives height AND style to any girl who steps foot in these suckers.

So stripe it up, ladies! You're worth it.

holly in heels


Be mine.

It's Valentine's Day! Did you know? I'm sure you do by now! If you haven't started munchin' on candy convo hearts yet, or chowin' down on chocolate, you're probably just waitin' til lunchtime, right? I know I've already dug into the goodies that my lovey-dove got me, yummers!

Allllmost as delicious as a box o' chocolates or a special steakhouse dinner (which the hubs and I are headed to tonight, I might add!), is a good pair of gorgeous red heels. Jimmy Choo has somehow charmed me this February 14th, and I had no choice but share it with you readers. My shoe-struck mouth is watering for these 'Quiet' peep-toe heels. Just the right amount of height + shine. Yow.

Or spice things up with the 'Renata' heel and get yourself noticed this V-day night! Jimmy Choo does it right with a 3" heel and a scrumptious patent red.

Don't ya just LOVE this time of year?

holly in heels


Someone got lucky!

After what was a waaay too fast weekend, I have some good news. It's time to announce the WINNER of the high heel giveaway (drum-roll please)! I'm happy to tell ya that after a careful tally, Bonnie (California girl, turned midwesterner!) is the winner of some brand spankin' new kicks from Jen + Kim for Coloriffics! Miss Bonnie: I'll be emailing you with details on what new shoes you get to pick out, yay!

THANK YOU to all who entered this fab-yoo-lus giveaway--it was my biggest, most popular one yet! And if you weren't a winner this time, fret not: I have another super-duper giveaway comin' up very soon, so keep those eyes peeled & those feet ready for more free shoes! Promise, promise. Of course you can always purchase your very own Jen + Kim for Coloriffics shoes, thanks to their bargain-of-a' sticker price. Not to mention, follow these gals on Twitter and Facebook for the latest sales & updates!

Happy Monday, shoe-fans.

holly in heels


the IT list.


Welcome to February... we are one month closer to spring, which is a very happy thought for me! Grab a cup of tea and settle in to this amazing link around up from the web this week... there is so much amazing inspiration for a winter day!

  • yams designs has snow white on the brain and it's hard not to with all this white stuff on the ground... in honor of snow white, check out the fun red, yellow and blue inspiration board she pulled together. I love this! (get more of yams design on twitter!)

  • holly in heels is already picking out her spring wardrobe... surprise, surprise, it involves some lovely shoes! Heels to be exact... check out her picks! (get more of holly in heels on twitter!)

  • undeniable style pulls together three gorgeous casino night inspired outfits... the dresses and the accessories are just fabulous! (and psst... all the dresses are under $100!) (get more of undeniable style on twitter!)

  • a delightful design gives us her favorite finds at overstock.com - I always seem to forget about the amazing deals they have, so I was thankful for the reminder. I am in love with that watch! (get more of a delightful design on twitter!)

  • a spot of whimsy is inspired by both DVF's new line of home goods and her Spring 2011 RTW line... see how the two also seemed to be inspired by one another as well! There is lots of eye candy here... (get more of a spot of whimsy on twitter!)

  • mama loves papa is taking the 30/30 Challenge (wearing only 30 pieces of clothing for 30 days) and she is off to a great start. I love her simple layers. (get more of mama loves papa on twitter!)

  • good clean fun has me drooling with these fish tacos smothered in guacamole and finished with a little bit of crunchy slaw. Oh my! I bet this tastes like summer! (get more of good clean fun on twitter!)

  • sweetie pie style rounds up her top ten nude colored shoes for spring... I love each and every one. But in my mind I have a clear winner. Check out her picks for spring, you'll want a pair too! (get more sweetie pie style on twitter!)

  • rose a la mode is looking as chic as ever on the beach again this week (le sigh)... check out her fashionable updates from Florida again this week! Florida never looked so good... (get more rose a la mode on twitter!)

  • merci blah blah has California on her mind... and of course, looks amazing with that state of mind. A certain glow, perhaps? Any how, the girl can 'do' fuzzy boots, I love this look!

  • elle sees has a fun and flirty February round up for you! My personal favorite is this bold red coral... and you are bound to find something you like as well! (get more of elle sees on twitter!)

  • rosy + tart has a mouth watering recipe for cinnamon roasted almonds... what a perfect winter snack! I am definitely going to try and make these, they look amazing! (get more of rosy + tart on twitter!)

  • second street east is pulling together what will be an amazing new guest bedroom (I'm sure!) completely inspired by this gorgeous tray. I can't wait to see the outcome. She is also using my favorite IKEA bed ever in the room! (get more of second street east on twitter!)

  • one hundred inspirations pulls together this sparkly blake lively look for less... you have to check this out!

  • good tots! begins a new series this week called "maternity monday" - loaded with fun styles and outfit inspiration for your baby bump! Check it out and tell your pregnant friends!

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Put some spring in your step!

It's sort of a winter-ish, windy day outside my window, but nonetheless, I'm excited for SPRING! No doubt we'll be seeing a whole lotta coral colors, lace textures, and neutral-toned shoes. Here are a few lil' items that are makin' me stoked on spring.

The Hive & Honey Embroidered Sundress IS spring itself--radiant coral color and the embroidered detail are DELISH.

Tinley Road makes this great, dainty and sorta hippie-inspired 'Sarahh' sandal. An easy-to-manage 3-inch heel and the multiple-strap ankle details are makin' this kick so so special!
Elizabeth and James has done it again--check out the amazing olive color of this strappy thang: the 'Tari' sandal. A bit on the pricey side, but style just might be worth it!

Dear Mia Shoes: don't make me do it...you are tempting meeee! The Mia Limited Edition 'Seville' wedge sandal is the perfect spring-in-your-step shoe. Ready for a day at the mall, walkin' on that breezy boardwalk, or even headin' out for a night on the town--the khaki color of this fine shoe is all ready for you to pair with any outfit this season!

You stoked for spring like I am yet?

holly in heels
DON'T FORGET to enter my high heel giveaway, ladies (or gentlemen, if you feel like scorin' some maaaayyyjor points!)! It just might be your lucky day.