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Summer of sandals.

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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 plai…

Purchase with purpose: iSanctuary

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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 f…

For the modern gentleman.

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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! xoxo, holly in heels

Be adorned: Color by Amber

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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 …

Zara strappy sandal style

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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 lit…

GUEST POST: Brown is the New Black

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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 …