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Shoe closet love.

I will be the first to stand up and admit that I have a fabulous husband. Not only is he smart, funny, creative and patient, but he's pretty darned hot too! I still consider us newlyweds (and probably will for quite some time), because we're always doing thoroughly silly stuff for one another--keepin' things fresh, fun and surprising, ya know? Here's one of my fave pics of us, taken a few years ago during our engagement photoshoot. Good times. That being said, I was still simply breath-taken when I came home from a way-too-long day of work and found that my sweet beau had used his furlough day (yes, it's not just a vicious rumor that we have those all over the place in the state of CA) to transform our hall coat closet into none other than a shoe closet . You heard me right... shoe closet = every girl's dream, ya? We don't really use our hall coat closet anyway, living in such a warm southern California city, so I was thrilled to actually put this space t

I. Want. Ankle boots.

Somebody help maaaay, I have a desperate craving for ankle boots right about now. You heard me...not chocolate ice cream, not a big juicy steak, not even a giant coffee (which is surprising for a Friday, I know) but I'm cravin' ankle boots . Ha, do I have a problem? Maybe. Well, I really don't know what it is--the weather in so cal is WAY too hot for me to even have the gumption to strap on anything other than sandals, but ankle boots have been catching my eye all stinkin' over the place, and I can't help but jump on the computer and scout out the scene. Ya can't go wrong with Frye boots, let's face it! Especially these rough & rowdy 'Billy Shortie' boots by Frye. Faded to perfection and stitched up to a tee, these all-leather loves are definitely worth every penny. Am I right or am I right? Or how about these fine, fine Sam Edelman 'Portia' boots in a sandy saddle shade--I love that these puppies are pull-on style, which means no fus

Heels gone wild!

Ever get a little tempted to let your wild side show? I'm talking fashion-wise, ladies (not spring break wise, simma' down)--like pair some fabulous bubblegum pink heels with an everyday jeans & tee outfit, OR throw on a black leather mini instead of your usual pencil skirt! Please tell me I'm not alone on this one! In fact just the other day I wore a black & white striped tee with some boyfriend jeans, and threw on my leopard peeptoe flats--and I thought "hey, who knew stripes & animal print would work ?". Well, fancy that--one of the up & comin' fall trends this season is the leopard pump . It's baaaaack! And wilder than ever. Take this animal-inspired 'Otto' Pump by Rocket Dog , for instance. It ain't easy finding just the right pattern & shade of leopard brown, tan & black, but Rocket Dog has DONE IT. A smaller & satin-y animal print makes these the perfect standard pumps to toss on & spice up an outfit in

English inspired.

Fall is quickly approaching, people! Can you even believe it?! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was posting on the latest in summer sandals and espadrilles! This time of year indeed means most of us are wrapping up our summer vacations, getting ready for school to start, and making lots of those back-to-school shopping trips. Look on the bright side, though--just means you get to trade in your summery wedges for chic boots! This season, fall is inspired by 'English prep'--think skinny cargos, layered looks with fitted jackets & blazers on top, and sleek riding boots. Plus, neutrals and earthy-tones are all the rage! For example, we got these preppy & pretty Seychelles 'Bismuth' Booties --coated in distressed suede that gives them that boost of vintage-oxford. The 3 1/2" stacked heel is the perfect little lift you need to get you through the day in style. Great price, great fall bootie! And if you're longing for a little more leather up your l

When the heels come off!

Occasionally I'll get fan emails from you lovely readers--and I uhhh-dore you for it! It's so much fun to give shoe advice, shopping advice, what's in season advice, etc. etc.! It reminds me that the internet & blogging community casts such a wide net and catches fashionistas from all over--and we really have so many common questions and style thoughts. Well, recently this note from a faithful follower landed it's little face in my inbox, and I just loved it: Holly in Heels, What are the fashionable fall colors for our toenails when the heels come off at the end of the day? --A devoted fan :) Good question, missy! SO...I did a little research and found that Fall 2010 nail colors are simply gorgeous this season! The 'in' colors for heel-wearin' toesies are pretty purples, marvelous metallics, matte neutrals like grey and beige, as well as shimmering rich golds, and even candy-apple reds & gem tones! One of my personal fave polish label

Aren't you stoked?!

Well friends, I, along with the ladies at KM2 shoes are beyond overwhelmed by the great response we've gotten from doing this giveaway for FREE HIGH HEELS! I mean who would be crazy enough not to enter for this fabulous prize though, right? As I've thrown on my own 'Kristin' heels from KM2 over the past few weeks, I can't help but think of how stinkin' happy I am to own such unique and funky heels! I know the winner of this giveaway will surely feel the same. Soooo...drum roll please... Jaci is the lucky duck WINNER who's gonna be sportin' KM2's very soon! Aren't you stoked?! And as for the rest of ya's, don't fret. I've got another ridiculously fun giveaway up my sleeve for next month. Stay tuned! And in the meantime, you can continue to show your love to the ladies of KM2 by spreadin' the word about their gorgeous heel creations. Hey, even think about treatin' yourself to some--you deserve it, right?! Besides, know

Straps & buckles

No matter how hard I tried this past weekend, I just couldn't help but stay up late on Friday AND Saturday night! I don't know what's gotten into me, frankly--maybe still jet-lagged from my Hawaiian vacation last week...or maybe I just need to cut back on the coffee. Ha! Well, all of this up-til-2 a.m. business had me of course playing on my laptop, scouring the virtual halls of Zappos, Piperlime, Amazon and Nordies for the best boots for fall. There are sooo many, ladies, watch out! Here are two (out of the many) fall-favorite booties I gazed upon, fell in love with, and couldn't help but blog about for my lovely readers to feast on... I'll be the first to admit that I naturally gravitate toward brown boots. It's just my thang. I always pick brown over black when it comes to boots and handbags! Ya think it's 'cause I'm a brunette and the neutrals just look better on me? Not sure...but regardless, I do adore Jessica Simpson's 'Meri' bo

Back on the mainland

This little wahine is back on the mainland after my week-long trip to Hawaii! What a fantastically fun trip--full of mai tais, mahi mahi, snorkeling, ocean waves...and of course a little Hawaiian shopping! Found a good handful of boutiques and shops (thanks to some sweet recs from my islander friend from the elisharon blog !) and I managed to purchase a few fab items. While I catch my breath and try to escape the island time I'm still a-runnin' on, make sure you gals enter my HIGH HEEL GIVEAWAY that's only gonna last a few more days! It's simple to enter--and you will luuuu-huvvv me forever if you win these KM2 shoes . They're scrumptious. Aloooha, and hope you all have had a super duper week! xoxo, holly in heels

Anthropologie through the eyes of a man...

Many of you know I've had a slight Anthropologie obsession lately--all of their vintage-y looks have been catching my eye and stealing my heart straightaway! Well, to tie you over while I'm still on my Hawaiian vacation, I decided to let my comedian bro-in-law do another little shoe review --Anthropologie style (you remember his last review , don't ya?)! I have to admit that I gave him a shoe to review that wasn't your mainstream, everyday shoe...but I really do like this Scarlet & Crimson Wedge from Anthro. Here's a little glimpse into the mind of one man when it comes to shoes...enjoy & aloha! xoxo, holly in heels These shoes are from a store called Anthropologie. No man likes Anthropologie. We don't like it, because it isn’t a word! It is just some random, expensive-sounding group of letters. I am ok with Nordstrom , 'cause that sounds like a persons name. I am fine with any thrift store, because thrift is a word. And I am even fine wit

Mai Tais & High Heels

Packing for a vacation is hard. It just is! As a woman, you never quite know what you're going to feel like wearing once you get to your destination, what the weather will really be like, what sort of fancy-pants dinners you'll be heading out on--or if you're just going to spend the entire week on the sand living in your bathing suit. Welllll, all of this to say that I'm off to Maui this week for the wedding of one of my best friends, and the shoe-packing has been quite a challenge! That's right, my hub & I have turned this Hawaiian event into our big summer vacation and will be trading in our week of work & daily grind for a few mai tais and a nice tan. I had to share with you the 4 pairs of shoes (gasp!) that I plan on packin' away with me--it's super casual-land in Maui, so I tried to keep that in mind. Whatcha think?! I dig with a passion my Reef 'Ugandal' sandals--great t-strap and tan leather that makes my legs look simply sun-kisse

One hot heel giveaway!

Well's your lucky stinkin' summer because I have yet another giveaway! This time we're givin' away HIGH HEELS! Yep, it's maybe my most favorite-est thing in the whole wide world, and KM2 shoes is making our high-heel dreams come true. I have to say these heels are fab-yoo-lus (especially since I recently welcomed KM2's gorgeous 'Kristin' heels into my own high heel collection!) . They are true to size, extremely comfy, and have that unique design that's truly eye-catching! You can purchase KM2 shoes online or in stores near you . I love the story of this company too -- three sisters founded KM2, Megan, Katelyn and Mattison Gelber, after growing up with two very fashion-forward parents. Their mid-western roots and life experiences in New York & Los Angeles have caused these ladies to develop a unique style, rooted in nostalgia, with an edgy flare! I asked them a few questions about to help us all get to know them better and loved