Pump, pump, pump it up!

Sooooo, the fall preview for Neiman Marcus just hit the web waves, and it has none other than PUMPS written all over it! Yep, as far as I can tell the Fall 2011 trends are pointing to rich reds & purples, leopard love, round-toe and peep-toe too. From Jimmy Choo, to Tory Burch--my faves are splashed all over the NM page of fall finds. Here's a chic peek at what's the come. What's YOUR fave?

The Brian Atwood leopard print platform pump is topping my list of lovelies today--tall and chic and insanely gorgeous with any fall outfit! I just love the history on shoe designer guru Brian Atwood--a Chicago native, this style guru studied art and architecture until he wound up in the presence of Gianna Versace, becoming the first American designer Versace hired. And the rest is history (and good shoes), folks! Love his "old Hollywood meets modern European" designs.

I just dig the flared + funky heel on Miu Miu's suede peep toe heel, don't you? Sold in a decadent wine color or a sexy black suede, your legs will look long, long, long...watch out Heidi Klum! The nearly 5-inch heel helps a bit with that (wink!).

Did someone say candy? I thought I heard it! Well, London-based designer Charlotte Olympia Dellal sure did--this striped suede platform pump of Charlotte's reminds me of my old favorite Candyland game, or even a sweet pinwheel lollipop--all 5 1/2 inches of this heel is pure, unadulterated platform. Looks like a heel for one of the Kardashians, doesn't it?! So sweet!

And probably more on my 'affordable' side of the fall trends list is Rachel Zoe's suede platform pump. Not only is Ms. Zoe one of my favorite fashion divas, but she has impeccable style that would never do ya wrong! This almond toe, crocodile-embossed leather stands tall and towering (for us shorties), perfectly fit to pair with black skinny jeans or that posh pencil skirt. Wow, and check out the back of this baby!

Happy day to you--and get yourself ready to pump, pump, pump it up come fall season!

holly in heels


80's dream winner!

So not only is it the start of a brand new week here in sunny southern CA, but it's time to announce the winner of my OC Fair giveaway! Yep yep, the lucky winner will be whisked away into an 80's grammy-winning dream of seeing pop star Pat Benatar in a prime-o spot at the Orange County Fair's Pacific Amphitheater! And I'm happy to announce that Sarah Dowdell--owner of one of the cutest new boutiques in OC, Deer Lovely in Costa Mesa--is our winner! If you'd like to check out any of the concerts happening over the next few weeks at the OC Fair, just visit their website and soak in the summer fun!

Hey, and Pat Benatar obviously had some wicked taste in heels back in the day, judging by this pic--I can't wait to hear from Sarah what Ms. B will be sportin' at her August concert! Two words: We belong.

Thanks to all who entered--more free summer giveaways comin' up reeeeeeal soon! Stay tuned.

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Choo Summer.

Now even though my wallet (and my husband) would screeeeam if I bought a pair of Jimmy Choo's, I'm still waiting for the day that I hit the lottery and get to buy as many designer kicks as I possibly can! One can always dream, eh? Well, I'm in the mood for dreamin' big after feasting my eyes on Jimmy Choo's summer picks for pre-Fall '11. Check out my top picks--boasting studs, buckles, wedge heels and wooden--and try not to rush out the door to your nearest Choo shop...

Oh Jimmy...you sure know the way to my heart!

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P.S. if you're an OC local and you haven't entered my giveaway for FREE CONCERT TICKETS to see 80's star Pat Benatar & OC Fair admission, then get to it! Click here to get one step closer to the hottest night of your summer!


One FAIR giveaway!

It's summertime, no doubt. The temps are risin', the bbq's are firin' up, and the short-shorts are coming out in full swing! Oh yes yes, and don't forget about the summer shoes that hittin' the sidewalks right now--sizzling sandals, gorgeous wedges, towering platforms...the list goes on & on. But amidst all of the summer fun + fashion, I must confess to you readers what one of my favorite summertime events is--right up there with sale shoppin' and water-sliding, it's THE FAIR! You heard me right, this small town blooded girl just loooooves to throw on her summer sandals, soak up the sun, munch on fried food & cotton candy, and scope out the ferris wheel and outdoor concerts (bikini diet currently on hold!).

You may ask, what sorta kicks does one sport to a day at the fair?--well, personally I'd say it's fair game (no pun intended, promise), to style yourself with some comfy, summery wedges like these chic & stylish 'Jungle' espadrilles from Jessica Simpson...OR if your feet aren't as heel-friendly, you may throw on a shiny pair of gladiator-inspired sandals like these Miss Me 'Leon 2's.
And in honor of the fair season, and all of this summa'time talk, I've decided to treat one lucky reader to 4 FREE TICKETS to see 80's star & grammy-winner Pat Benatar at the Orange County Fair on August 3rd (front & center seats)!!! So. Much. Fun. Oh yes, you remember Ms. Benatar from her uber-amazing power ballads like "We Belong" "Love is a Battlefield" and "Heartbreaker"! You knoooow you wanna grab your best girls & rock out with your spicy dancin' shoes on! Tickets include a full day's admission to the fair, so you can do a lil' pre-concert noshing on famously fried fair food, hop on a few rides, and head to the amphitheater just in time to sing along with 80's diva, Pat Benatar.

, you must:
  • FOLLOW the Holly in Heels blog (click FOLLOW at top right of the page).
  • COMMENT on this post telling me what your favorite summer shoe style is!
  • LEAVE YOUR EMAIL or TWITTER HANDLE so I can tell you if you've won.
For additional entries, increasing your chances to win:
1. LIKE Holly in Heels on Facebook {1 entry}
2. LIKE OC Fair on Facebook {1 entry}
3. FOLLOW @hollyinheels on Twitter {1 entry}
4. FOLLOW @OCFair on Twitter {1 entry}
5. VISIT the OC Fair's fun website {1 entry}
6. TWEET about this giveaway mentioning @hollyinheels + @OCFair {2 entries}
7. BLOG about this giveaway & send me the link via comment {4 entries}

The music-lovin' winner will be announced 1 week from today--Mon, July 25th!
*Must be 18 or older to enter, and ONLY available to U.S. residents.

And just in case you wanna catch the full line-up of concerts at the OC Fair this summer, here ya go:

SUMMER 2011 concert schedule
“Weird Al” ALPOCOLYPSE: Saturday, July 9
Bob Dylan: Friday, July 15
Neon Trees: Saturday, July 16
The Pink Floyd Experience: Sunday, July 17
Chris Isaak: Wednesday, July 20
Steve Miller Band: Thursday, July 21
Big Time Rush: Friday, July 22
The Fab Four / Jumping Jack Flash: Saturday, July 23
Selena Gomez and the Scene: Sunday, July 24
Paul Rodgers: Wednesday, July 27
Chicago: Thursday, July 28
Blake Shelton: Friday, July 29
Tiger Army / The Blasters: Saturday, July 30
Melissa Etheridge: Sunday, July 31
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: Wednesday, August 3
Weezer: Thursday, August 4
Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger of The Doors w/ vocalist Dave Brock: Friday, August 5
Bill Cosby: Saturday, August 6
Huey Lewis and the News: Sunday, August 7
Montgomery Gentry: Wednesday, August 10
Kansas / Blue Oyster Cult: Thursday, August 11
Three Dog Night and America: Friday, August 12
Steel Pulse / The Wailers: Saturday, August 13
B.B. King: Sunday, August 14
for tickets to any of these fun, fun events, click here.

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Color is key.

One of my top 10 fashion rules that I tend to think of everyday is that COLOR IS KEY. Even if you're feeling like it's a grey day or that a formal all-black dress is in order--a pop of color goes a looooong way. It draws the eye to the cute colorful bracelets dangling from your wrist, the thin lil' bright belt that you wrapped around your waist, or of course the brilliant shoes you decide to toss on your feet.

Well, do check out these oh-so vivid platforms from none other than Jessica Simpson--the JS 'Elso' sandals. With a nearly 5-inch heel behind ya, a cute & classic t-strap, and even a dash of slick patent leather, it might be the best $89 you've spent!

Show off that colorful style this summer! And geeeeeet noticed.

holly in heels


Guest post time!

You heard me right...it's been far too long since I've featured a super-duper guest blogger on this chic lil' blog of mine, so when I was introduced to Luello.com and their amazingly stylish contributors, I was more than happy to have them write a guest post on this puppy! Style genius Alessia has given us some faboo tips on how to style one of summer's greatest hits: floral wedges. Read on, loves!
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One of the trickier summer trends to style is floral patterns. Trying too hard to match the pattern with the rest of your outfit could result in you looking like a garden (yikes!). Here’s a how-to guide on tackling this flirty trend for the summer months!

Floral is a very whimsical and fun pattern, so play off it with the other items of your outfit! Don’t be afraid to incorporate other minor floral patterns with your other pieces, but never match the pattern exactly. Use the colors of the flowers on these gorgeous (+ cheap!) Forever 21 wedges as the inspiration for the rest of your outfit. Choose cute and summery colored denim cutoffs paired with a rose-colored floral sweater. Matching the shoes with this floral shirt is okay because these flowers are much more subtle.

For daytime, opt for a cute complementary backpack, like this one (above) in a varying floral pattern. Take this look from day to night by switching the backpack for a cute shoulder bag. Lastly, offset the femininity of this look by choosing a pair of boyfriend-inspired aviators to give your outfit some edge. Happy floral summer, ladies!

This post was brought to you by Alessia at Luello.com
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Winner, winner!

Happy 4th of July, my blogolicious friends! I hope you've had a fab-yoo-lus 4th, filled with lotsa yummy BBQ, time with friends & fam, and of course...lots of HOT red, white and blue shoes! It's nearing the end of the day, and time to announce the lucky-ducky winner of my FIRST giveaway of the summer (that's right, more to come!).

Soooooo...I'm happy to tell ya'll that Ashley, author of the adorable blog Pursuit of Shoes, is the winner of the Stella & Dot jewels! Congrats, girl! Make sure you all check out Ashley's amazing blog and give her a happy 4th round of applause!
And for all you bummed out ladies, don't fret, I bring you good news: 1) you can snag your own Stella & Dot jewels right here - love this stuff! 2) wait just a few more weeks for another fun, summer giveaway right on this very blog.

Love you all, thanks for the props.

holly in heels