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An ideeli Style Challenge: Desigual's Bold Wedges

It's no surprise to the WORLD, or at least to people who see me on a daily basis, that I love a little color. But when the kind folks at ideeli - one of my FAVORITE online shopping destinations - challenged me with styling these bold and boisterous Desigual wedges, even I took pause.

These babies bring new meaning to the word COLOR, all caps required obvs - they include a bold mix of blue, green, violet and more. Truth be told, I almost took the easy way out and - after all, a bold shoe is the perfect foil to a neutral look. But then, I decided to go for the gold, treat navy as a neutral and make things pop with HUDSON's Nico Mid-Rise Super Skinny Jean in Lavender. If THIS MUCH color isn't isn't for you, take heed, you can absolutely embrace a bright, patterned shoe in a more subtle way. Here are just a few ideas on how to wear Desigual's Celia wedge:

  • To add pop to a casual LBD (little black dress, that is!) for a weekend brunch or a stroll on the High Line
  • To lend contrast and interest to a slim cropped white jean and navy boatneck tee
  • For an unexpected surprise at the foot of a polished black or charcoal short suit
  • With a sweet summer sundress - try pattern with pattern or a simple white eyelet

How would you wear the Celia wedge? Tell me more in the comments, and shop Desigual shoes at ideeli tomorrow!

Weathering Winter: Dominion Sheepskin Boots

Peeps often find it surprising that I'm an unapologetic and shameless lover of all things UGG and, for that matter, all things sheepskin or shearling. But, I argue with those peeps, when temperatures drop, there's simply NOTHING like slipping on a sheepskin boot for UNBEATABLE warmth and comfort. In fact, if I could get a few quality moments with the design team at UGG, Emu or any other manufacturer of note, I'd ask demand to know why they've yet to make a knee-high SLIPPER.  I mean, can you imagine? What could possibly be better than toasty warm sheepskin for lounging at home?

But I digress. Until a boot manufacturer comes through on that request, I've got these adorably TOASTY Dominion Godiva boots to tide me over. Crafted of genuine twin-faced sheepskin and made in New Zealand, the Godiva boot is super soft,  deliciously comfortable and undeniably luxe.  But it's not just function that drives me to sing their praises - no, I also love the ribbon lace up front, which is actually adjustable, making this boot wearable on gals with calves of all sizes, but also (MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY) makes them CUTER than your average bear, boot, etc.

Snag Dominion's Godiva boot in gray or tan, now on sale for just $199 here, and check out my other suggestions for weathering winter's pesky hostility here, here, or here!

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Weathering Winter: Timberland's Stratham Heights Ankle Boot

As you may have deduced by now, I'm not much of a mid-heel girl. Give me something sky high or give me a flat; I simply cannot be bothered with anything in between. But, admittedly, impending winter weather has me acknowledging the appeal of a...more manageable heel. After all, it's difficult (though not impossible) to rock 4" in icy New York City terrains.

Enter Timberland's Stratham Heights Ankle Boot. This ruggedly-chic, almost Rachel Comey-esque bootie boasts beautifully-textured leather, a softly-padded sole, and - lo and behold - a comfortable 2" heel that offers just the right amount of lift when paired with a textured tight and skirt, or a colored skinny jean, as seen above. And though my idea of "reasonably-priced" is admittedly skewed by years of working in the industry, a leather bootie of this quality for under $150? SOLD. SIGN A SISTER UP.

Weathering Winter: Cougar Boots

Weathering the winter in cold weather climes like New York can be a tricky proposition - particularly when you remain as DETERMINED as I am to do so in style. Last year's heinous atrocity of a season included more snow than I remember seeing since my childhood many moons ago, and I relied solely on an easy pair of suede wedge booties from Nine West to weather the proverbial - and ACTUAL -storms.

Needless to say, while the booties served me well, suede probably wasn't the WISEST choice for winter footwear. This season, things will be a little different as I'll be rocking the sleek Marla by Cougar Boots. Built for PERFORMANCE, the Marla is guaranteed (that's not a typo, peeps) waterproof, and promised to remain comfy and cozy as temperatures dip far below zero. But for shallow types like me, you'll be equally as pleased to know that the Marla's sleek, hiking-boot style silhouette, 2+ inch heel and cozy "polar plus" (it looks like shearling!) lining will keep you looking chic even in cold, miserable weather.

The Marla retails for $180. Snag a pair of your own, or explore other Cougar styles over at www.cougarboots.com.

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OOTD: Pretty in Pink

I'm not PRONE to spontaneous aneurysms, per se, but when they occur, it's IMPACTFUL. My most recent aneurysm was Jenna Lyons-induced and occurred in the J.Crew store located on Prince and Mercer (in case you were wondering). Resulting from said aneurysm was a J. Crew purchase of just under $300, and seen above, from (essentially) head to toe .

The STAR of this ensemble in my eyes (the eyes that matter most to me, to be clear) is clearly the Café Capri, a cropped wool trouser that leans STRIKING thanks to the insane-in-the-membrane color, dubbed Bright Dahlia. It's the perfect medley of fuschia and purple, and pairs most perfectly with navy, nudes, and whites, as seen above.

Surprisingly, the relaxed insouciance of the trouser silhouette lends itself as easily to being dressed DOWN as it does being dressed UP. If you're raising a brow at me via the INTERNET (yes, I see you through there), just TRUST ME when I say that paired with a glittering oxford and a simple navy tee, these pants look nothing short of magical.

Head to toe, here's what I wore:

Photo snapped by the very child-friendly Sarah Conley of Style It Online.

Guest Man Correspondent: The Straight Leg Reviews The New Frye Flagship Store

Though I'll RARELY to NEVER admit it (bookmark this post, bitches), sometimes it helps to have a male point of view. And that's where writer Matt Brand - sartorial master (this man wears seersucker without a TRACE of irony, y'all), dating and relationships "expert" (oh, hey, check out his dating network/The Onion-esque news site The Impersonals) and voice of clever menswear blog, The Straight Leg, comes in.

On a recent rainy night, I dispatched Matt to cover the opening of the new Frye flagship in SoHo, and let's just say reviews are mixed.  Is the big, shiny Frye store worthy of a CLOONEY or is the store leaning a little...TOM CRUISE? What the hell is a Clooney and what does it mean to lean Tom Cruise? I understand your confusion, friend.  Click here to read more, for complete and utter illumination, etc.

Watch This: Dr. Martens First & Forever

Do you remember the first time? That's the question iconic Brit footwear brand Dr. Martens is posing to fans this fall with their new (and utterly gorgeous) campaign starring the appropriately English models Agyness Deyn and Ash Stymest.

Dr. Martens tapped revered British photog Gavin Watson to capture the brand's 'spirit of rebellion' (thankfully, this marketing speak actually feels legitimate as it references Docs) and inate Britishness. Check out my fave image of Aggy and Ash, and be sure to view the lovely film below.

Share your FIRST - first love, first fight, first show, first embarrassment, or yes, first pair of Docs - with the brand by following them on Twitter and tagging your tweet with #firstandforever.

Peep This: Jerome Rousseau A/W '11 Campaign with Siobhan Fahey

I first met shoe designer Jerome C. Rousseau a few years ago, and I was charmed by his youthful exuberance and playful yet undeniably luxurious designs (is there a finer combination? Seems unlikely.) My love of Jerome has, thankfully, been reinforced by the amazing Autumn/Winter campaign images that just crossed my inbox, featuring pint-sized pop powerhouse Siobhan Fahey - founding member of the iconic '80s Brit girl group Bananarama and later, the band Shakespeares Sister (STAYYYY).

Time has treated Siobahn well, and she's still adorable and sexy. The series of playfully eccentric images, live now on site, was shot by Patrick Fraser and inspired, in large part, by legendary 1970s performer and choreographer Lola Falana.

Do these snaps inspire you to add any Jerome Rousseau shoes to your fall shopping list? While I might need to be BURIED in them to justify CPW, I'm admittedly tempted by the knee-high leopard wedge boots...meow!


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