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Target Giveaway

To celebrate the beginning of 2013 and to give you a little something to look forward to as you’re staring at your daunting list of New Years Resolutions – I’d like to send one lucky reader a $50 gift card to Target.

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I recently made a trip to this retail giant – Which recently opened its first San Francisco location – And was thrilled to pick up the gold Marc Jacobs pouch from the Neiman Marcus for Target collaboration.

On sale! ūüôā

After my little happy dance subsided I decided that I needed to spread the love and give someone else the chance to rock their Target happy dance as well.

Entering this little contest¬†will be very quick and very easy –¬†I promise ‚Äď There are TWO different ways to enter so pick either of the simple options below and you could have some fun at Target in just a few days!

  1. Leave a comment below telling me what you’d do with a $50 gift card for Target
  2. Leave a comment on Facebook telling me what you’d do with a $50 gift card for Target

Anything at all, and I will randomly pick a winner next Friday, January 18th!

* Please note that the gift card was purchased by me and this giveaway wasn’t sponsored by Target


MCLV Style: New Years Eve

Deciding what to wear for New Year’s Eve can be tough – Weighing the venue and the weather and the guest list and the dress code… You usually can’t go wrong with a chic Little Black Dress or a fun, on-trend cocktail frock, but this year I was determined to spice things up a little bit so separates seemed like the way to go!

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Petal Skirt w/ Sequined Trim – Zara, Leopard Print Moto JacketExpress, Lace Cat Ears HeadbandAsos, Spike Embellished Heels – The Limited, Gold Pouch – Marc Jacobs via Neiman Marcus for Target collaboration & Gold Cuffs – Forever 21}

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{You can view this outfit on Lookbook.nu and Pose}

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{Check out outtakes from this shoot here ‚Äď Just log into Facebook to view}

I’ve had this Lace Cat Ears Headband¬†from ASOS handing from a mirror on my closet vanity for weeks – Just begging for the perfect look to break it out. When I saw this eye-catching sequins + tulle look over at My Precious Confessions I knew that New Years Eve was going to be my chance to make my Cat Ear dreams come true!

How was your New Years Eve? Have you made a list of New Years Resolutions for 2013?


MCLV Style File: Flower Power

Welcome to another Style File post –¬†Our last outfit breakdown was a killer patterned black & white dress that Poppy Delevingne wore to Berlin Fashion Week and this time we’re going to check out a bright, fun outfit that’s a great way to transition to colder weather now that Fall 2012 is upon us.

{Lovely Pepa}

Throwing a floral blazer over a skirt & top combo is a great idea, it takes this from a basic Summer look to an eye-catching, colder-weather appropriate outfit that can easily be adapted to suit your style and the pieces that you have available in your closet.

The extras for this look are especially great – The long, layered necklaces, chunky bracelets, and oversized gold mens watch are lovely but that handbag is what really stole my heart.

{Indulgence to Savvy Shopper ‚Äď Left to Right: Lc Lauren Conrad Floral Blazer¬†– $50 (sale) @ Kohl’s, ASOS Premium Floral Print Blazer – $55 @ Asos.com &¬†Tall Co-ord Floral Blazer – $130 @ TopShop}

The key to this look is the floral blazer, finding one that suits your coloring and shape may take some time, but it’ll be worth it since this is such a great piece for Fall.

{Indulgence to Savvy Shopper ‚Äď Left to Right: Rachel Roy Quilted Wrap Skirt –¬†$175 @ Zappos.com, Vince¬†Camuto V-Neck Wrap Dress¬†– $100 @ Shop The Shoe Box & BCBGMAXAZRIA¬†Silk Ruffle Flounce Draped Skirt – $60 @ 6pm}

You could try a sweet blue wrap skirt for this look or you could opt for a cobalt dress and achieve a similar silhouette. It’s the bright colors and eye-catching accessories that make this look work so you don’t need to stress about copying it piece-for-piece.

{Indulgence to Savvy Shopper ‚Äď Marmen Cross Necklace – $250 @ Urban Outfitters, House of Harlow Diamond Cross Necklace – $60 @ Designs By Stephene & Multi Row Cross Necklace – $20 @ Asos.com}

Whether you’re a fan of delicate necklaces or chunky, gold jewelry or silver, wearing a single chain¬†or¬†layering multiple pieces – There’s something fun in this style¬†to suit your personal taste!

{Indulgence to Savvy Shopper ‚Äď Vince Camuto Gold Boyfriend Watch – $175 @ Dillard’s, Gold and White Links Boyfriend Watch – $55 @ Asos.com & Merona Silver Tone Extra Large Boyfriend Watch – $20 @ Target}

A boyfriend watch is a funky alternative to a cuff or bangle, it adds a masculine touch without taking your look straight to made-for-the-boys territory. Gold or silver, embellished or plain, there are tons of options out there.

Curious how I would interpret this look using pieces that I have in my wardrobe? Tuesday’s MCLV Style: Factory Girl post was actually inspired by this look from Lovely Pepa!

{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks:¬†Floral Blazer –¬†Pim + Larkin¬†from Piperlime, Pleated Black Mini ‚Äď Zara (one of my favorite pieces¬†in my wardrobe, true story), Ankle Booties ‚Äď Rebecca Minkoff¬†from Shopbop.com,¬†Floral Top¬†– Anthropologie, and Jewelry ‚Äď All from Sasha Maks Vintage}¬†

As you can see, you can mix this look up, change colors, and adjust the jewelry to create something fresh and unique, a look that is all yours!

You can also check out past MCLV Style File looks below:


Fall On A Budget

At the beginning of October I shared my Fall 2012 Must Haves, which included eye-catching patterns & prints, faux leather, fun pants, tweed pieces, asymmetrical details, and the color de jour for Fall РOxblood.

It’s easy to see pictures from the Fall 2012 collections and put together a mental list of all the things you want, and then give up in frustration¬†because you can’t afford straight-from-the-runway pieces. But I’m here to tell you that we can very easily update your wardrobe for Fall without having to dip into your 401k. I promise!

I like to get¬†one or two great new¬†investment pieces each season – something like¬†an updated but¬†classic Little Black Dress, a chic new handbag, or a timeless trench – but I’ll also collect a handful of fun, on-trend pieces from less expensive stores that quickly update my looks for the season. There are great stores like Zara, ASOS, H&M, and TopShop were you can find trendy, well-made pieces each season for a steal. Read on for some of my personal suggestions & recommendations as well as a collection of great articles that’ll steer you in the right direction for all of your Fall 2012 needs.

I have to confess that some of my favorite places to shop are the Spanish retailers that¬†I was first introduced to when I lived in Italy at the age of 21 –¬†H&M, Mango, and Zara.¬†The clothing is stylish and well-made, but doesn’t cost a fortune and the collections are updated frequently so there’s always something new in stores and online.
{Lace Trousers – $90 @ Zara, Blouse – $60 @ H&M & Contrast Panelled Dress – $30 @ Mango}
  • Where Do Editors Really Shop¬†from Refinery 29 is just the sort of article that I love to read – Knowing where the most fashionable and stylish women in the fashion world shop is like being handed the keys to the kingdom! And wouldn’t you know it, along with the high-end designers that you’d expect them to mention, they also list great inexpensive shopping destinations like E-bay, Target, Zara, Amazon, Madewell, J.Crew, TopShop, JewelMint, ShoeMint, and even The Salvation Army. Great news, isn’t it?

Another lucky break for us fashion obsessed is that more and more high-end designers have been coming out with reasonably priced collections for retailer giants like Payless, Target, and Macys.

{Long-sleeve Shirt Dress in Red Geometric Print Р$40 @ Kirna Zabete for Target, Long-Sleeve Satin Blazer Р$60 (on sale) @ Nicole Richie for Impulse & Racquel Side Zip Bootine Р$50 @ Christian Siriano for Payless}

  • Lucky Magazine’s 100 Cheap Fall Finds is a trove of fun Fall pieces from printed pants and embellished collars to chic dresses and leather trimmed jackets. In addition to featuring clothing from Luckymag.com, they included other¬†retail websites like¬†Romwe.com, Pixiemarket.com, Urban1972.com, Levis.com, and Ulta.com.
  • Two of the trends that I’m¬†most excited for this Fall are printed pants and leather-trimmed pieces and luckily for all of us the fun website¬†The Cheap Chica’s Guide¬†to Style featured¬†fabulous recommendations for both trends – ¬†Geometry Class & Just The Sleeves Please. So no matter what type of fashion you’re in the mood for this site has what you’re looking for!

The less expensive secondary lines created by designers and sold at department stores like Bloomingdale’s, Macys, Nordstrom, and Kolh’s are great pieces to keep an eye out for.

{Left to Right: Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Jac’ Denim Leggings – $140 @ Nordstrom, MICHAEL Michael Kors Sleeveless Cowl Neck Banded Bottom Dress – $45 (on sale) @ Bloomingdale’s, and LC Lauren Conrad Embellished Ruffle Tee – $40 @ Kohl’s}

  • Not quite sure how to approach stores like Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, or Ross? Refinery 29 took it upon themselves to teach us how in their piece Discount Shopping – How To Shop At Marshalls where they had three different editors put together 6 cute looks under $50. Wow!
  • Waiting for stores to have announce a big sale is a great way to find the pieces you’re craving without paying full-price. Not sure just how to make this tactic work for you? Check out Sales Rack Skinny: The Subtle Statement‚Äôs Sale Shop Tactics¬†for tips that’ll help you find just what you’re looking for in stores or even online.

Are you still in the mood for more tips, recommendations, and suggestions for updating your wardrobe, Fall dressing, and online shopping? Stay tuned for an upcoming interview with Style For Hire and a series of informative posts all about online shopping.


MCLV Style: Pleats & Peplums

Happy – it’s almost the end of the week –¬†Thursday!¬†To celebrate I’d like to¬†share some of my recent looks so that I can show how¬†hard I’m working to meet my June fashion¬†goals.

I have to confess, one of my favorite parts about having a stand-up desk at work is that I can wear pleated skirts to the office without having to worry about the pleats getting squished by sitting on them all day!

It’s the little things in life. ūüôā

SkirtVince Camuto from Bloomingdale’s, Wide-strap tank – Zara, Cardigan – H&M, Mary Jane’s – Merona¬†from Target, Rings – JewelMint, Vintage & Juicy Couture, and Watch – Vintage

You can HYPE this look on Lookbook.nu or shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder or by clicking the hyperlinks in the outfit breakdown above.

When I saw this skirt I knew that¬†it was going to be mine, I loved both the stripes and the pleats.¬†It’s also¬†a fun length, almost like a cheerleader skirt (which I’ve never worn.,I swear).¬†This whole look was inspired by the brightly colored, stripe-filled¬†Jason Wu for Target Collection. And my love of stripes, of course.

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I also recently made my¬†first peplum¬†attempt of the season. I’ve seen so many cute variations of this trend lately –¬†from simple peplum¬†tops to fun & wild¬†peplum dresses –¬†and I wanted to give it a try as well.

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Liz from Late Afternoon has a fabulous and one-of-a-kind style, she frequently appears in my Looks of the Week posts, and I took her peplum outfit above as the inspiration for the look that I put together below.

Floral Dress РVintage from Belle Cose, Peplum top РZara, Patent (faux) Leather Oxford Booties РWild Diva, Necklace РExpress, Rings РJewelMint, Vintage & Juicy Couture, and Bracelets РJewelMint & Forever 21

In these photos is doesn’t appear that¬†my body type is ideal for the peplum¬†trend, but I decided that it was just the silhouette of the dress I’d chosen to wear under the peplum¬†top. Besides, as far as I’m concerned the highlight of this look is the jewelry anyway. The finger-length floral ring is a recent acquisition from JewelMint¬†and I’m madly madly in love.

Peplum Attempt Take II

Peplum Top РZara, Pencil Skirt РZara, Black & White Jacket РZara, Round Toe Pumps РVery Volatile, Tweed Handbag РKate Spade, Necklace РAsos, and Rings & Bracelets РJewelMint, Vintage, Forever 21 & BCBG

You can HYPE these looks on Lookbook.nu or shop similar pieces on ASOS Style Finder or by clicking the hyperlinks in the outfit breakdown above.

“I’m a Zara girl, in a Zara world…” I was definitely singing Barbie Girl in my head all morning. ūüôā¬†The pencil skirt did a much better job of complementing the volume¬†of the peplum¬†top than the floral dress that I chose the first day. I’m glad that I gave this another try¬†and didn’t give up after the first attempt was a disappointment!

What do you guys think? Are you willing to try interesting new trends each season? Or do you prefer to stick to your tried-and-true personal style?

A¬†special thank you to my friend Liz for her help with these pictures, I’m an awful subject because I’m so uncomfortable in front of the camera, and I appreciate her never-ending patience with me!


Links You’ll Love

Health/Fitness:

Are you a fan of quinoa? Here are some¬†great recipes to try out if¬†you’d like some new & creative way to enjoy this protein-rich pseudo-cereal:

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18 Tips for Improving Food Disciplinefrom The Primal Parent, Jillian Michaels shares her favorite snacks with Fitness Magazine, what vitamins do you really need to take vs what nutrients you should be getting in your food from health.com and an exclusive interview with Jesse Brune from FitCeleb.

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Would you like to learn more about some of the supplements out there? Gena at Choosing Raw can educate you on the benefits of Chlorella and Martin Berkhan has the low down on Fish Oil supplements.

Personally I like celebrity trainer David Kirsch’s no-nonsense approach to staying healthy, he doesn’t mince words –¬†to lose weight and get in shape there’s nothing you can do other than eat healthy and workout. No short cuts. Here’s his Lazy Girl’s Guide to Getting Fit.

Fashion:

Banana Republic Announces Second Mad Men Collection

Do you love the retro fashion of Mad Men? Did you adore Banana Republic’s Mad Men inspired capsule collection? You’re in luck because Banana Republic has announced that their second collection with hit stores and online in March!

Still shopping for the perfect dress for your Valentine’s Day date? The Budget Fashionista has narrowed down their five favorite dresses from Piperlime under $50¬†and WhoWhatWear has all the best heart-printed clothes and accessories for you here.

Now that Jason Wu has virtually sold out at Target the only thing that we can do is start getting excited that Marni for H&M will hit on March 8th.

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Are you expecting and not sure how to stay stylish and cope with your changing body? Alessandra Ambrosio walked the runway at Sao Paulo while 5 months pregnant, proving that pregnancy doesn’t have to mean¬†shapeless dresses¬†and sweats! FabSugar posted great pictures of Kristin Cavallari¬†in¬†flowy¬†button-down top with stretchy pants. Don’t want to wear sky-high heels through your pregnancy like Rachel Zoe & Victoria Beckham did, but want to keep it fashionable? Try riding boots a la The DayBook.


Links You’ll Love

Health/Fitness:

Mixing up your workout routine is part of maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle, so why not add some weight bench ab exercises to your workouts? Crunches, hip raises, twists, leg lifts and extensions. Or 20 Minute Intervals with walking and core exercises from Prevention.com.

5 Reasons Your Workout Isn’t Working¬†from the Huffington¬†Post – Advice on keeping things mixed up and how to not lose your motivation if you¬†plateau. ¬†

How to work your triceps – Tone Your Arms in 3 Moves from Tracy Anderson for Fitness Magazine.

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5 Minute Workouts, 10 Minute Workouts & 15 Minute Workouts РNo excuses kids. No matter how little time you have, you have time for a workout!

Fashion:

Mixing and matching high-low fashion is a trick many celebrities and fashion-insiders swear by – Olivia Palermo, Zoe Saldana and Kate Bosworth to name a few. And with stores like J Crew, Zara¬†and¬†French Connection creating well made, on trend clothes for a fraction of what designer duds cost, who can blame them for taking advantage? There are also an increasing number of amazing designer collaborations like Karl Lagerfeld¬†for Macy’s impulse, Versace for H&F and Missoni for Target, where you can swoop up high-end designer created pieces for every day prices.

Kate Moss - Leopard Print coat

Looking for some fun new ways to wear traditional winter pieces? Faux fur has long been a winter staple, not only does it evoke old-school glamour, it keeps you toasty warm. Olivia Palermo‘s cropped jacket paired with a skirt and blouse is modern and¬†chic while Kate Moss‘s longer jacket works equally well with Capri pants and a dress with tights.¬† On the other end of the spectrum is plaid, a low-key winter look that can be really versatile and laid back. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley makes plaid a little rock n’ roll with booties & a blazer and Alexa Chung¬†channels the 60’s fashion with a plaid babydoll dress.

The Sartorialist Unconventional Gift Guide….. #4 Pecari Gloves from Maison Fabre

Boys, it’s time to step up. Fashionable doesn’t have to mean gay. When in doubt, turn to The Sartorialist¬†– He’ll answer your questions & alleviate your fears.¬†And in related news, Isaac Mizrahi¬†AND Vera Wang may be¬†launching menswear lines.

FabSugar’s Top 50 Reader Looks of 2011¬†– This is great for finding new ways to mix and match what you already have in your wardrobe in new and exciting ways.

 
 

In the market for some new glasses? Take some inspiration from the stars over at The Daily Beast.

Have a good Sunday!

 


Real Girls Need Real Closets

I don’t know about you, but I adore closets. Adore. I’ve been keeping scrapbooks filled with magazine clippings for years {Fashion Inspiration} –¬†Clothing, home decor, art, handbags, accessories & jewelry, hairstyles, fabulous photography, hotels & vacation destinations… And closets. So many beautiful closets. I may be alone in this, but I genuinely get the chills when I look at a well-organized closet.

And on that note, today I want to discuss closet basics with you. The building blocks – if you will – to a creating your very own, chill-inducing closet.

I’ve read countless¬†books, blog posts, newspaper pieces,¬†and magazine articles on what the essentials of a woman’s wardrobe should be. And while I adore Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Rachel Zoe’s Style A to Zoe and the like, their recommendations can seem like they’re geared towards a fantasy¬†jet-setting lifestyle or an heiresses’ allowance.

Neither of which I have.

Below is the real girl’s guide to picking out the¬†key elements to incorporate into your wardrobe, including¬†suggestions for where to look for these items, hopefully everyone can find something that appeals to both¬†their personal¬†style and their pocketbook!

Button-down:

A white button down is quite versatile and a great piece to have in your closet. It can be worn tucked into slacks or a pencil skirt for work, or you can wear it with a pair of shorts or slim pants on weekends. This is an especially key piece given all of the menswear inspired collections the last few seasons.

{I love the pristine formality of this tuxedo-style button down, it makes me feel like Fred Astaire when I wear it!}

The key to the right button down is a combination of fabric and cut. You want to make sure that the fabric isn’t too thin or overly see-through – unless that’s your goal, you little minx –¬†and that the buttons don’t gap when it’s done up. I would suggest trying a few on¬†in stores to ensure the fit. Great places to find a good, basic button down? In the past I’ve had success finding good versions at Gap, Banana Republic, and Zara {the version above is Zara}.

Trench Coat:

No matter how frumpy I’m feeling all I need to do is throw on a trench and I feel like Audrey Hepburn.¬† Tan, black and navy are all good choices for your closet, or red if you’re feeling daring.

The trench above is one of my favorites, I especially¬†adore the polka-dotted¬†lining. I got it at H&M in London YEARS ago and am still wearing it to death. Trench coats can really run the gamut¬†price wise. You can find a decent one for under $150 at Nordstrom or online at bluefly.com, while¬†the Ferrari of trench coats, Burberry, will cost you closer to $1,500. I recommend keeping an eye out for sales at department stores like Bloomingdale, Neiman Marcus, Saks, and even Macys, since they’ll have a larger selection and you can find exactly what you’re looking for (double-breasted, wool, knit, flared, cropped,¬†ankle-length¬†etc).

Jeans:

If you’ve been following¬†MCLV for a¬†while you’ve¬†probably picked up on the fact that I’m not much of a jeans girl by now. That being said, I do believe that everyone should have, at the very¬†least, a pair or two of nice jeans in their repertoire.

Just in case.

My current favorites are these cropped black Juicy denim pants¬†– They’re cute with pumps or flats, can be dressed up or down with ease, and fit like a dream. Jeans are another article of clothing that I believe must be tried on rather than ordered online. Fit, length, snugness… All these aspects are crucial to finding the right pair. Stores like Bloomingdale’s¬†and Nordstrom are great because they have large denim departments so you can try on various pairs and have your very own Goldilocks moment. Too big. Too tight. Juuust right!

Pearls:

A pearl necklace¬†is a must and instantly adds a touch of Breakfast At Tiffany’s to any ensemble. Don’t panic though, there’s plenty of costume jewelry on the market that will perfectly suit your needs and wont break the bank. Macy’s, Ann Taylor¬†and¬†J.Crew have great classic versions and¬†Lord & Taylor, Kenneth Jay Lane¬†and Max & Cleo have some funkier versions if you’re looking for something with a modern edge. And don’t worry if a single strand, a la grandma, isn’t your style. Try multiple twisted strands, versions with metal and stones intertwined with the pearls or even a drop pendant.

{Kenneth Jay Lane for Bergdorf Goodman}

LBD:

Originated by Coco Chanel in the 1920’s, the Little Black Dress became an overnight sensation and an instant classic.¬†Whatever your personal style, there’s a LBD¬†with your name on it out there. Strapless, long-sleeved, knee-length, mid-thigh, lace insets, sheer panels, cutouts,¬†interesting fabrics and textures… So many choices, only 7¬†nights in a week! I love a little lace for nighttime, so I was thrilled when I found the Jill Stuart dress above, which fulfilled all of my current loves: flattering cut, eye-catching details and a design that is just a little bit naughty. The nude panels and lace make a relatively conservative cut younger and more fun. Paired with booties and a fitted blazer, parfait for a night out on the town! You can find a LBD at most stores, but my recommendation would be to keep an eye on websites like shopbop.com, theoutnet.com, bluefly.com and Zappos Couture for steals on designer frocks.

Blazer:

A well-made, fitted blazer in black or navy is crucial to a girl’s wardrobe.¬†Paired with slacks or a skirt, or worn over a dress¬†for work, over¬†jeans or a cocktail dress during your off-hours. I love the juxtaposition of silhouettes when a cropped blazer tops off a short, flirty frock. As with trenches, a blazer come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Boyfriend length, shrunken, ruffled, embellished, linen, knit, tuxedo-inspired. The options are unlimited.

If you get a quality piece and stick with a more classic cut, a blazer can truly last. The one above was purchased during my first mom-sponsored work shopping trip before I started the interview circuit my senior year of college and in the last six weeks I’ve worn it¬†with black slacks and a sweater to work, and over cropped, slim black pants and a tunic on a weekend.¬†This one is from Banana Republic, I would also check out Zara, Anne Taylor and J.Crew for other classic versions.

Handbag:

I should probably preface this section by confessing that I have a slight purse problem. Don’t worry though. I’m looking for a 12 step program.

Every girl needs a good, basic handbag. Something that will go with virtually any outfit, during any season. It’s fun to switch up your bag as seasons and trends come and go, but having a well-made bag that you can always count on is a must.

The first picture is the love of my life,¬†found on super-sale at Barney’s¬†New York. There are many shapes and sizes out there, so heading into a store to see how a new design looks on your arm is a good idea (you wouldn’t take your arm candy out for a night on the town without seeing how he looks in the mirror, would you?) I recommend keeping an eye on the handbag sales at Bloomingdale, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue for great deals.

Clutch:

The perfect way to accessorize¬†your LBD¬†is a clutch. There are many choices out there, crystal and stone embellished satin, jeweled, envelope, metal box clutches,¬†classic black snake-skin… There’s something for everyone! The black beaded clutch above was handed down to me from my grandmother and I love the old-fashioned glamour it evokes.

And luckily for all the purse-lovers out there, clutches aren’t just for nighttime anymore. Day clutches have been making appearances over the last few seasons, especially in lighter colors and fun patterns. And as much as I love my giant carryalls, it’ll probably be good for my posture, shoulders and¬†neck if I stop carrying around half of my apartment with me each day. The Asos¬†Portfolio Clutch pictured above is currently en route to my apartment and I plan to love the lining out of it all Spring!

Black pumps:

The right shoe can change your life! {At this point my mother is reading this and shaking her head sadly, wondering where she went wrong with me}

But really. It can.

There was a time when I did not believe this and *gasp* wore cheap shoes. But I have seen the light! It is worth the time, effort and money to find shoes that genuinely fit your feet and are well made. Always try on shoes before buying them to make sure. My favorite brands for work heels are Franco Sarto, Cole Haan, BCBG, BCBGirl, Max Studio, Fendi and Calvin Klein.

My number one tip for picking the right shoe?¬†Know your limits! Have you ever seen a woman shuffle-strutting down the street with tiny, delicate steps? Her heels are too high. Don’t be that woman! Stay in your comfort zone so that you can walk easily and naturally.

Boots:

I think that a woman should have a few different types of boots in her closet. Booties to wear with pants or a cocktail dress, knee-high black boots for dresses and skirts, a neutral colored boot that can be worn during non-boot seasons and, if necessary for your region, rainboots.

{As a semi-aquatic resident of the lake formerly known as San Francisco, rain boots are a must. I tested my new Hunters out a few weekends ago in Sonoma, splashing and wading through puddles and generally making a nuisance of myself. And I’m happy to report that they are, in fact, waterproof.}

{The booties below are my current favorites, I always feel a little rock n’ roll when I throw them on}

{This is a Spring look that I put together with the help of Shopstyle to show lighter colored boots worn in a non-Wintery way}

Flats

From Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe to Michelle Obama and Carla Buni-Sarkozy, everyone loves a good pair of flats. My personal favorites are Ruby & Bloom, J.Crew, H&M,¬†and, yes, Jessica Simpson. For me, breaking in flats results in drastically more blisters and uncomfortable moments than heels, so the key for me is to find flats that are soft. Below are my not initially soft, but finally broken in sparkly Dorothy flats from the Vera Wang for Kohl’s collection.

And with these tips, I leave you. Go forth and conquer your closets!

Veni, vidi, vici!

{Photographs are mine unless otherwise cited – Click on the images from other sites and you will be taken to the original source}