OMG. Anthropologie.

OMG. Why is Anthropologie always so stinkin' cute?! Every time I take my stylish little steps into that store, I walk out feeling soooo inspired by the outfits I see, the shoes on the shelves, and even the warm, home-y smells of carefully lit candles. And since I'm on a boot kick this month (cold weather will do that to a gal), I of course had to check out the boots at Anthro.

They currently have a delicious selection of boots - leather, suede, and short, tall - but the one that stuck out to me amidst the sea of style were these 'Botanical Booties' by Sheridan MIA. Anthropologie boots are outstanding - I have never been bummed when I've purchased a pair myself. And these, I am certain, are no different. These botanical beaut's have some great texture in their design - almost like a real piece of artwork on your toesies. Adorned with a side zip, rubber sole, and a nice stacked 2" heel, the leather knots and detail are a perfect match for a simple jeans + sweater look.


LOVE, right?! So what makes you go 'OMG'?

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Black Friday hangover with Sole Society

So I neeeeever do this, but for some reason yesterday I totally caught the Black Friday fever! I set my alarm for 5:30am, and opened my peepers to the sound of silence in my house...and it inspired me to jump outta bed, jump into my sneakers and throw up a ponytail for a little early shopping trip! It was quite a success, I must say, and I knocked nearly all of my Christmas shopping out of the way! Now, I can enjoy most of December without thinking about what I'll get so-and-so.

But now that my tired Black Friday, early-riser hangover has kicked in, I figured I'd blog a little today and tell you about some pre-Christmas treats I recently snagged for myself. Why the heck not?! If you are a shoe, handbag or accessories maven like me, I'm sure you know of Sole Society. Mainly known for their fashionable kicks, and recently launched line by the adorable Julianne Hough, Sole Society flaunts all sorts of great stuff, for a price that's juuuuust right. My recent wears are the 'IDELLE' round toe bootie, and the 'NATALYA' hinge mini bag in green. Too cute to pass up!

 These picks are perfect for a fall day like today, when I'm out slinging credit cards and shopping bags, these comfy ankle boots take me anywhere, and the mini cross-body bag holds only what I absolutely need (not much!). (1) My adorable round toe bootie with stacked heel is made of genuine leather, with a sweet crossed strap detail and side zip. The 'umber' color goes with everything I own, for real! And (2) the flap top, kelly green mini bag in genuine leather has a super-simple snap closure, with a shiny gold hinge and stud hardware detail for that extra oomph of shine. I adore the dual carry option - either hold this handbag beauty with it's small top handle, or sling it across your shoulder with the removable leather and chain shoulder strap.

These pretty little items were my Black Friday hangover CURE - check out the rest of the goods on Sole Society, and treat yourself this holiday season to shoes, handbags and accessories at surprisingly affordable prices! Plus, their 8 DAYS OF DEALS is going on now, SAVE $50 when you shop! Check it...

Happy Saturday, dolls!
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Glam giveaway from Shop It To Me!

Although December hasn't quite hit yet, the buzz of holiday glitz and glam has arrived! You know you have caught the fever when you are already thinking of that killer holiday outfit, or swanky pair of shoes for New Years. Don't lie! Well, Shop It To Me is only sweetening the deal this season with 3 little words: Valentino, Gucci, Coach. Now you're listening, right?!

This shopaholic's dream of a site is giving one of these lust-worthy designer prizes away to one lucky Shop It To Me member. And being a Shop It To Me member myself, I'm here to spread the good news! The rules are simple:

To enter, invite friends to join Shop It To Me. You’ll get one entry for each friend who signs up!  
Here's a link to the official giveaway page, y'all - get to it! And the next big decision you may be making is if Valentino, Gucci or Coach will be your hot date to that holiday party this season! Holluh!

Contest ends at 11:59 PST on Friday, November 22, 2013.

US residents only, must be 18+ years old to enter.
See the official rules here!

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Diamonds are a girl's best friend.

As we enter November and the holiday shopping season begins (yipee!), it's time to make a list and check it twice for gift-giving! I absolutely love to give gifts, personally - it's fun to browse and see what's out there in the stores, local boutiques, and of course online. From bargain to luxury, seems there's something for everyone on the shopping list!

And guys, listen up: if you want to do right this shopping season, remember the key phrase "diamonds are a girl's best friend" - it's true! Ok ok ok, shoes...yes...it's a given, but what goes better with a stellar pair of black patent leather stilettos, than a pair of to-die-for hoop earrings, or a an gorgeous diamond bracelet?! I think you're catchin' my drift here...

This season, I'm diggin' the bling on Anjolee.com - where diamond tennis bracelets, earrings, necklaces and wedding rings are fine jewelry store's specialty! Since 1977, this San Diego-based fined jewelry manufacturer has been creating some amazing designs - all manufactured originally, and known for their A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Now, I don't usually post about high-priced items like these gorgeous jewels, so you know I'm talkin' serious beauty when I show you what I've found! If you’re looking for classic jewelry that will make for that special Christmas, New Year's or just a romantic kind of gift – this is it. There is honestly nothing more elegant and sophisticated than a diamond - you can choose from TONS of different setting types, diamond shapes, qualities and metals to find what fits you best!

So, for all things gift guide (and to make it easy for you to shop!), check out my Top 10 list of jewels and gems from Anjolee - which would brighten to the new year of any chic chick in town...

1. Surrounded by Diamonds Designer Stud Earrings
2. Legendary Round Gemstone Stud Earrings
3. Inverted Teardrop Diamond Necklace
4. Quad Block Gemstone Studs
5. Circle Designer Diamond Stud Earrings
6. Five Row Anniversary Band 
7. Shiny Circle Bracelet
8. Square Shaped Princess Pendant
9. Vintage Princess Cut Engagement Ring (bling!)
10. Vintage Quad Square Diamond Bracelet

Happy shopping, ladies (and gents - she's worth the splurge)!
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Batty for boots.

One of the (few) tragic things about living in California is that you don't get much cold weather. Especially here in Southern California, I often find myself gleefully grabbing for my cozy scarf and stylish boots as soon as the temperature hits 70 degrees! But that doesn't prevent me from going batty for boots. Oh no no, you see, I looooove boots, especially suede boots, that hit the ankle at that perfect spot.

At my last trip to Nordies, I was tempted by these BP. 'Trolley' Ankle Boots in Navy (also pictured below in Burgundy Suede). At an awesome price of $99, these may just be the only boots you need for the entire season. The block heel measuring at 3" is just right, and the brass side zipper is that adorable added accent of style.

Enjoy this amazing fall weather, my friends, and get out to enjoy the fall breeze in some stylish boots!
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GIVEAWAY TIME: Serene Sky Jewelry

You faithful readers of mine may remember my blog post last week, about a new online boutique that I'm currently crushing on, Serene Sky Boutique. This online lovely has tons of cute accessories, at just the right price! Art deco jewelry is their specialty - and I'm adoring every piece of it. I ordered a few of their gorgeous jewels for myself, paired with some fall faves from my own closet (please note adorable box, upon arrival!):

Want some of your own? Head to shopserenesky.com and enter promo code HOLLY15 for 15% off your order!

In addition to that amaaaazing promo code (yay for discounts!), I'm happy to announce a GIVEAWAY from Serene Sky Boutique! Oh yes, you heard right, these pretty vintage brass, handmade Arrow Triangle Earrings can be yours all yours when you enter now!
TO WIN you simply must:
1. Comment on this post telling me your favorite Serene Sky Boutique item.
2. Leave your email address.

For additional entries, increasing your chances to win:
1. “Like” Holly in Heels on Facebook {1 entry}
2. “Like” Serene Sky Boutique on Facebook {1 entry}
3. Follow @HollyinHeels on Twitter {1 entry}
4. Follow @ShopSereneSky on Twitter {1 entry}
5. Tweet about this giveaway mentioning @hollyinheels {2 entries}
6. Blog about this giveaway & send me the link via comment {3 entries}

The wonderful winner will be announced October 21! Good luck.
Must be 18 or older to enter, and ONLY available to U.S. residents.


Best boots for fall.

Today, the weather in So Cal is changin'. Ah yes, we went from sunny days of 80+ degrees to an overcast, cloudy day in the 70's! And I have to say, I'm loving it. Not only do I feel uber cozy in my little abode, but I also am sensing it's boot weather! And who doesn't love that?!

Forever 21 is currently boasting some pretty amazing boots - adorned with buckles, straps, and suede...

These might just be some of the best boots for fall. So enjoy that cooler weather, wherever the heck you are, and sport your fall style proudly!

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Serene Sky Boutique: a new OC favorite!

In my writing, I'm always coming across amazing boutiques owned by amazing people. I just love it. My newest find is actually an online boutique, that is locally-owned, called Serene Sky Boutique! This online fashion boutique embraces California lifestyle to a 'T' - with handpicked jewelry that will knock your socks off. Serene Sky Boutique was founded by two best friends, Donna and Frances, who are just pretty adorable. Donna always had a passion for fashion since her Madonna-lovin' days of the 80's, and Frances has loved fashion (denim especially!) for as long as she can remember, too.

Head to shopserenesky.com and you'll find dozens of adorable necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings that are perfy-perf for everyday fashion, as well as those special dates, weddings and cocktail hours that every fashionista finds herself at. Adore! Check out a few of my personal faves...

Lovin' this Coral Pyramid Cuff - $14 of coral, on-trend goodness. Yes please!

Their Art Deco Geometric Necklace is the perfect match to any jeans + tee day, or even a little black dress!

Lovin' this Nouveau Red Ring, that also comes in cobalt blue. Sooo art deco.

And the perfect stud for your spring or summer wardrobe, these Nautical Boat Studs are too, too cute:

So for the cutest in jewels at just the right price, check out this BFF-founded shopserenesky.com, LIKE them on Facebook, FOLLOW them on Twitter, and ADORE them on Instagram (tag #shopserenesky to get re-posted too! Ooo!). 

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Target, you're cute.

I love Target. Who doesn't, really?! I recently have started following "Target Does it Again" on Instagram, and that girl does an amaaaazing job of taking shameless selfies of the cutest Target items on their racks, and enticing shopaholics like myself. Basically, she has me hot on Target's tracks - I'm loving their clothes and shoes more and more each day!

And since fall is here, the wind in the OC is blowin' like it does, and I'm shopping for cute sweaters and cords instead of sandals and tanks - I have had my eyes peeled for good fall kicks. Check out these Women's Xhilaration 'Sinead' T-Strap Open Toe wedges, in an awesome maroon color. I dig the gold toe accent, and the open toe t-strap is perfect for Southern California weather (like I'm enjoying now!).
An awesome 5-inch wedge with a 1.5-inch platform gives any shorty some extra height on a pretty fall day, and at $29 who can argue they'd find a better deal?! Love these, love Target.

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My red moccasins.

Pumpkin spice lattes, cinnamon candles, pumpkins at the grocery store, Halloween cards stocked at Target...oh yes yes, all of these signs are pointing to FALL! And did I even mention the SHOES? Oh yes, tall leather boots galore, adorable oxfords for days, and moccasins in every shade. I will say, it makes me happy just wandering through the mall and seeing all of the pretty displays of warm colors, and cozy coats, too.

These LAMO moccasins, the 'Sabrina Moc II' are red and ready to come out of my closet now that the summer sun is hiding its face. How adorable are they?! A great shoe for year-round wearing, these suede babies are lined with microfiber, stitched adorably around the toe, and a durable rubber sole at the bottom. Perfect for long walks to the coffeeshop in the park to play with the pretty amber leaves. Ahhhhh!

I just adore the red shade of these shoes...not too bright, but just the right pop of color. Perfectly paired with a basic denim or a simple black dress. And sooo super comfy. LAMO footwear has dozens upon dozens of shoes for both men and women that are worth a look-see! Boots, booties, slippers and moccasins - all super cute and at just the right price.

So, happy fall, y'all! Can't wait to explore the fall fashion with each of ya!

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Back in time for Fashion Week!

Soooo, excuse my absence for the entire stinking month of August, but I swear I have a good excuse. She goes by the name of Hazel! That's right, this fashion blogger became a mama of the world's cutest future fasthionista, on August 2. She doesn't quite fit into any of the kicks in her 40+ pair shoe collection yet (gasp!), but soon...very soon.

But I'm back at it right in time for my favorite time of the year (that, and Thanksgiving, ok?): Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week! It's that fall fashion season, and the only time I wish I lived in NYC. Spring 2014 styles hit the runways, and the stars come out to play dress-up. As I've combed the @mbfashionweek Instagram, I've seen vibrant spring colors of poppy and turquoise, cool cremes and neutrals, stripes and neons, and of course some really amazing shoes. Check out some of the beeeeautiful images thus far!:

Click here to watch the runway shows of New York Fashion Week LIVE - right from the comfort of your own laptop! Love this. And feel free to comment below and tell me what your favorite looks of the new season are!

Good to be back with y'all. Hazel says hi.

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Summer of sandals.

It's no secret that I miss heels. Sure, sure, being pregnant has plenty of perks (getting waited on hand-n-foot, traffic stopping belly, excuse to eat a lotta ice cream), but a few drawbacks too...especially when you've got a case of the swells. Hellooooo, summertime baby! So when I temporarily gave up heels a few months ago, I swallowed my pride and invested in a few pairs of sandals from both Target and Nordstrom.

Out of all of the sandals I've slipped these mama-to-be feet into this summer, I have to say that the most versatile and stylish pair of sandals is the Mossimo 'Lena' Metal Toe Flip Flop from Target, in black. A great padded sole, double straps around the foot, and a chic gold finish at the toe, and the $17 price is just right. I dig!

And if I had a few more months of this baby-carrying thang, I think I might be tempted to purchase the turquoise, pink and metallic gold colors, too! Look how gorge!

So whether it's for pregnancy comfort, or just plain flip-flop love for this summer of sandals, these Target flips are worth every penny (and then some!).

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Purchase with purpose: iSanctuary

Earlier this week, I covered a new fashion find of mine, a jewelry designer with a sustainable cause. It's all the rage right now (TOMS shoes, Krochet Kids, the list goes on...), and low and behold, I found a NEW fave to add to the list: iSanctuary. iSanctuary employs young women rescued from human trafficking, in both India and the United States, through the production and sale of this amazing jewelry--a powerful healing experience for these human trafficking survivors. How amazing would it be to recover from such a tragedy in the form of creating something beautiful + new? I'm all for this cause...and I have a feeling you are too.  
Read more about International Sanctuary here.

And man oh man does this company have some gorgeous and original designs! Check out their most recent Spring/Summer line, and beautiful Artisan line, too. I recently snagged the classic 'Ring of Gold' bracelet from iSanctuary, and I have to say I absolutely adore it. The gold is so bright and fresh, but I love how matte it is in color. Perfect for these summer days, stacking with other bracelets too!

So now it's your turn: hop on over to iSanctuary's website and pick out your own beautiful jewels, and support one amazing survivor of human trafficking. You can also get involved now in supporting iSanctuary by hosting an Awareness Event, hosting a trunk show, volunteering with them, and more.

Follow @iSanctuary on Twitter, Follow their stylish and inspiring boards on Pinterest, and become a fan of iSanctuary on Facebook

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For the modern gentleman.

Well folks, one of my fave men's shoe designers, Bull + Tassel, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for their awesome fashion project, and I just had to share with all of you fashion-conscious fans. There are some great rewards to offer for all who participate and pledge!: 

+ Current & future shoe designs for a discounted rate.
+ Future products such as nylon wristbands, swim trunks and driving gloves.
+ Shoes for the ladies!
+ A chance to design and name your own shoe, donate the proceeds to a charity and of course own the bragging rights to it.
So check out the project, SHARE on Facebook and Twitter, and please consider supporting not only the making of shoes but the crafting of an entire fashion line. Head over to Kickstarter today!
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Be adorned: Color by Amber

I love jewelry. I have always kept the drawers in the mirrored make-up vanity in my bedroom fully stocked (most of the time overflowing!) with bracelets, bangles, bib necklaces, rings, baubles...the list goes on. I figure when I'm in a 'jeans and tee' kinda mood, I can always spice up an outfit on the fly with cute shoes and sweet jewels. But when jewelry has a cause behind it, I get even more stoked (and feel less guilt, honestly!). You too, right?!

Well let me introduce you to Color by Amber--the makers of some beautiful jewelry made from sustainable materials, which supporting artisan communities worldwide! By wearing any of the Color by Amber pieces, you're wearing 40% pure recycled eco-resin jewels, helping to renew and nurture our fragile planet that sustains us all! Read more about the cause, as well as partnerships with Nepal and Senegal online here. Very cool.

There are tons of collections that Color by Amber has for sale online now, but here are a few of my picks--the colorful links collection and the gorgeously textured grass collection:

Don't you just LOVE? 
Check out Color by Amber on Facebook, on Twitter, and follow their pretty Pinterest board, too. Oh, and of course support their cause and snag some jewels online now!

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Zara strappy sandal style

Zara is one of those beloved but often overlooked stores/brands that I keep circling back to these days. The store's sassy Euro style knocks it out of the park every time for me - stylish wedges, on-trend sandals, heels, and more. And when Zara has a sale...oh man, oh man, you know where to find me! So I thought I'd shed a little light on the sale subject this week and share with you a few of my fave Zara strappy sandals - now ON CLEARANCE online and in-store:

The 'Combination Heel' from Zara is beautifully, and stylishly color-blocked, with a hearty buckle and squared off toe to finish. These wedge sandals would go seamlessly with a breezy tank and some boyfriend denim - or even a summer dress in just the right shade. At $29, who could go wrong?!

I totally love these 'Studded Strappy Sandals' - their neutral color goes with literally anything in your summer (or spring!) closet, and the 4" heel is just the right height! Your go-to heel with that summer little black dress or the July/August wedding where you want to impress. Great price, great heel! Thank you, Zara.

Check out the full selection of Zara sandals here - and snag those styles before this hot, hot summer is over!

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GUEST POST: Brown is the New Black

A little guest post love + a male fashion perspective from my new blogger friend, Scott Wicken of sigtweedandcorduroy.com! Enjoy:

While it certainly is never prudent to go against a Sicilian when death is on the line, it is imperative to listen to an Italian when it comes to things style-related.  To wit, some excellent advice from designer Domenicio Vacca on the merits of the brown shoe:
"Many Americans have this idea that if you put on a dress shoe, it has to be black. But Italians—and I myself, especially—very rarely wear black shoes, except for very formal occasions like weddings and funerals. I’m almost always in brown shoes, because they just work with everything.  The beauty of brown shoes is that all the different shades let you communicate something about your personality—you tell the world you have a sense of play and character just by putting something on your feet."
I, too, am a firm believer that black shoes should only be reserved for tuxedos, funerals, and the occasional formal charcoal suit.  I have always tried to champion the cause of brown shoes in both formal and informal dressing.  Infinitely more versatile and interesting, brown not only gives you options in terms of shades of color, it also gives you the chance to develop the shoe’s character.  If well maintained, the patina that develops over the course of years only adds depth and personality; it becomes a distinct and visual representation of your ownership. 

Given we live and work in a world where dress codes are increasingly murky, it makes perfect sense for the well-dressed gentleman to invest in a supremely versatile shoe, and there is no finer, more versatile shoe than a perfect brown wingtip.  This wardrobe workhorse can pair with everything from your navy power suit to your favorite pair of jeans and a V-neck sweater.  Chinos and a navy blazer?  You bet. Dressed up or dressed down, a brown wingtip always works; it’s the Swiss Army knife of your shoe rotation.  Lighter shades of brown like cognac, while inherently more casual, become a great way to add a bolder, more European touch to an otherwise classic navy or gray suit or.  “But wait, I should even wear brown shoes with my gray suits?” you’re no doubt wondering, “...but don’t the rules say black shoes with gray suits?”  Not any more, good sir, not anymore.  Brown shoes with anything and everything.

Shopping-wise, a great brown shoe can be found at nearly any price point.  Here are a few of my favorites, all are tremendously versatile and work with a variety of wardrobe items.

The Gold Standard:
Allen Edmonds McCallister

Additional Essentials:
The Bass Weejun Penny Loafer

So gents, invest in your brown shoes, pair with confidence, and bring your sartorial game up a new level...do as the Italians do.

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Every girl's must-have makeup!

Every girl loves shoes. That is pretty much a given, right? Ok, maybe I’m a tad bit biased, but aside from shoes, the other things that each and every girly girl loves is makeup! From the time we are wee ones, us gals somehow manage to dig in our mom’s make up cases and smear on that lipstick, and rose up our cheeks with some blush. And from then on, we are always on the hunt for the perfect cosmetics – the right tint or hue, the blush with the most natural look, just the right red for our lips, and the mascara that makes our lashes look most luscious.

During my hunt for the perfect make up, my priorities have changed a bit, and over time it’s become increasingly important for me to have natural, healthy make up. I’ve had my fair share of breakouts and blotchiness due to bad, cheap make up – but those days are over now that I’ve discovered tarte cosmetics! tarte is a leader in high-performance naturals, all cruelty-free products, with pure and healthy ingredients. How do they do it, you ask? Their ingredients include nothing but fruit and plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other naturally derived ingredients. No dangerous parabens for your gorgeous skin, no mineral oil, or other synthetic fragrances that us health-conscious gals try and stay away from. Love it! So I thought I’d share with y’all a few of my favorite tarte cosmetics products – add it to your summer wish list, ladies! Trust me.

The ‘Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush’ is not only a “Best of Beauty” Allure magazine award winner, but also the best long-wearing blush out there. Infused with true Amazonia clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River, this blush is perfect for all skin types, giving a dash of color and shimmer, while balancing and hydrating skin as you wear it all day long. If you have dry, flaky skin (which you may this summer!) this is the perfect mask for your case!
I love a perfect go-to color. And my tarte ‘LipSurgence™ matte lip tint’ is that color. Another bestseller, this formula moisturizes naturally, glides on smoothly, and has a scented hint of mint to finish. Packed with color as well as vitamin C & E, pepperming and jojoba oil, you won’t want to put anything else on those smackers of yours! The ‘lucky’ color is perfect for summer, and I dig the ‘envy’ color for the fall/winter months. Lasts forever, too! Adore.
If you’re looking for a lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara, the tarte ‘lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara’ is literally the answer to your prayers. Considered the “push-up bra for your lashes” this mascara will give you that BOOST that your eyes have been looking for! As usual, tarte brings a clinically proven formula that is safe, and effective in increasing lash volume. Va-va-voom! Throw on some of this for summer, and you’re beach-ready!
So this summer, as you throw on those cute sandals and perfectly, styled outfit, make sure you’re primping yourself with some of these hotlist items from tarte – you will thank me for it!

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