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Stylish Finds: Chelsea Boots For Women

Chesea Boots For Women

 

If you are planning to add anything to your closet this fall, may I suggest the Chelsea boot. Also formerly known as dealer boots, riding boot, jodhpur boots or paddock boots, the Chelsea is a  tight-fitting, ankle-high boot that originated in the Victorian era and were first used for horse riding. The style was popular during the mod 60’s and has become one of the biggest trends this Fall.
Don’t be fooled by the other boots that are trying to pass themselves off as the Chelsea. Chelsea’s are: ankle length; have rounded toes, low heels; the vamp of the quarters meet near the ankle where they are joined together by a strip of vulcanized rubber or elastic; the strip of elastic extends to just below the ankle but not all the way down to the sole (just above the welt); the vamp and quarters are not sewn one on top of the other and are instead sewn together in one plain below the ankle.  Source: The Chelsea Boots Guide — Gentleman’s Gazette  By the way, these look really suave on guys!

First row: Suede Chelsea Boots  from H&M $99 | Chelsea boots from Top Shop $90 Second row:  Anatomy Chelsea boots from Asos $81 | Tan Suede Chelsea Boots $96 from Newlook.com Third row: Forecast boot $65 from Nastygal.com | Chelsea boots from Heels.com $55 Fourth row: Flat Chelsea Boot from Zara.com | Marco slouchy chelsea boots from Topshop $80

 

UPDATED—> Sandal Boots, the Wickedest Shoes, Ever!

Tis’ the season for sandal boots and there are a lot of contenders this summer.

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Photograph: Salvatore Fergammo  | Altuzarra embellished leather cage sandals $1357 (Net-a-porter.com) | Alexander Wang  | Tom Ford strappy buckeled sandal boot $2472 (Neiman Marcus)

However, hands down, the Tom Ford sandal boots are the wickedest shoes that I have ever seen. If I had $3,000 plus of disposable income, I would have purchased these heavenly creations too. Read more

Shop Fall 2012 Hottest Trend, Burgundy/Oxblood Red

There is always what the style elite say and what is actual, but this burgundy/oxblood/bordeaux red trend for Fall is official y’all.  The color dominated the fancy windows of the high-end retailers in Manhattan and the trend was confirmed the minute I stepped into the H&M at the corner of 5th Avenue and 42nd Street and saw the sea of blood.  I actually think it’s a wonderful color for this season and one that works with all skintones.  Here are a few of my favorite picks for my fellow queens of cheap.

This gorgeous 100% imitation leather burgundy jacket would look great with jeans over a dress or with a skirt and boots.  A similar high-end version from balenciaga sold for $2,595.00  The H&M version is only $49. Available in size 2-14

Repeat after me, FABULOUS! This ankle-length stretch cotton tapered leg pants , also from H&M is perfect for work or for an evening out if paired with a voluminous fancy top. The best part about the pants is the price. Similar ones sell for over $300. This one will set you back $17. Available in size 2-14

 

I know from experience that these H&M imitation leather pants run extremely small and I tried on a size 12 in lieu of my size 10 on Saturday. It didn’t fit! There wasn’t a size 14 available in the store so I can’t tell you to try to get these 2 sizes larger than what you actually wear. It’s saving grace is probably the stretch fabric which looks just as great live as it does here in this photo. Similar looks sell for over $1100. Again, for my queens of cheap and chic, this one is only $34. This is also available in black and white in my Lyst.  Available size 2 -14.

This plaited shopper bag is $159 and is available at Zara.  Yes, its $59 over my normal recommendations but it’s a handbag, and if you are like me, you are going to carry the bag daily until you eventually get bored with it. Even if you only carried it for 30-days, the cost breaks down to $5.30 per day.  The more my style evolves the more I am realizing that there ARE three things that we should invest a little more in and that is underwear, shoes and handbags.  It’s a beautiful bag that can take you from fall to winter and is a great way to show that you are not “so last year.”

JOIN THE DISCUSSION !

I want to know what your feelings are on this year’s “it” color. Do you agree that the one item you should invest in if you want to be “in on the trend”: is the handbag? I am looking forward in hearing from you.

XoXo, Natasha

 

Trend Alert: Cap-Toe Heels

Solange Knowles wearing Stuart Weitzman (Image via Necole Bitchie)

I am soooooo  in  love with this cap-toe heel.   The trendy shoe is showing up on the feet of the fashion world’s it girls which include Solange (this girl has become quite the fashionista since she opted for natural hair); Rihanna (listen, ya’ll just need to adopt the old Jamaican proverb of see and blind when it comes to her. She’s an adult now and she has to live with whatever choices she makes.); Beyonce (I didn’t expect anything less from her.); and Kim Kardashian (I don’t know why people are always hating on this girl. She was a stylist and entrepreneur before the reality show people! )  I posted two pictures of her, because I wanted to show you that this shoe works with any casual look or the red carpet.

Solange Knowles wearing Stuart Weitzman (Image via NecoleBitchie)

Kim Kardashian wearing Christian Louboutin (Image via Zimbio)

Kim Kardashian wearing Christian Louboutin (Image via Zimbio)

Beyonce wearing Christian Louboutin (Image via Zimbio)

Rihanna wearing Christian Louboutin (Image via Zimbio)

Christian Louboutin's (Image via flordemariafashion)

<<<THE CHOICE IS YOURS>>>

As you can imagine, these shoes cost a pretty penny.  For the deep pocket folks, the Christian Louboutin transparent pumps, like the one pictured above sells for $795 on sites like Net-A-Porter.  The studded cap-toe Christian Louboutin’s sell for $1,495 on sites like Barneys New York. The Stuart Weitzman is available for $365 on Zappos.

Other cap-toe styles to consider includes: Yves St. Laurent Ingenue High Heel Ankle Strap in pale green suede & brass ($1,095); Manolo Blahnik Campari ($735)  Gianmarco Lorenzi ($449); Giuseppe Zanotti ($284); Vince Camuto Signature Prue Pump ($225); Zara’s Court Shoe w/Metal Toe Cap ($129).  For my budget fashionista’s, I have to admit that the budget option that is available on Asos and Zara is not as sexy as its cousins above, but at $81, the Asos Sidney Point Court Shoes With Metal Cap (pictured below) is the most budget friendly option.

XoXo, Natasha

Print, Meet Shoe!

image via Refinery29 on instagram.com

It’s my Monday shoe post!  [Serious side note: Yeah, I know its been a few weeks, but my earlier post should explain what’s been up with my blogging.]

Thanks to the blogging phenoms over at Refinery29 for bringing this brand to my attention today.  This Ecote split wedge, (sold exclusively at urbanoutfitters.com, it seems) showed up today on my instagram timeline and it was love at first sight.  It’s an ethnic print on a shoe with heels that looks so soothing for aging ankles (and sturdier ones).  I think this would go great with a circle skirt, or straight leg pants.    The best part about it, they are only $39.99. It would sinful for me to add any thing else to my shoe collection, but I am really thinking about it…

XoXo,Natasha

The Choice Is Yours: Louboutin Lady Daf Platform Mary Jane Pumps

Christian Louboutin   lady daf watersnake  purple  perlato viola  platforms  sky high  womens shoes

Behold, the Christian Louboutin Lady Daf Platform Mary Jane Pumps.  Blogger and style icon, Karla Deras was the first person that I saw with a pair of these (here) super tall, and seriously intimidating looking pumps.  The minute I saw them I knew that shoes had reached a dangerous new height and just like an old catholic woman, I grabbed my rosaries and prayed that Karla would be able to traverse sidewalks, stairs and slick floors safely. I also feared that like the Jeffrey Campbell Lita’s, that bloggers everywhere would follow and that an epidemic of broken ankles would plague the blogosphere.

Lady Daf, by Christian Louboutin

Lady Daf Image via www.FashionBombDaily.com

 

Lady Daf Image via www.blog4cl.com

Almost a year has passed and these wicked awesomeness has shown up on the feet of many celebrities but only on the feet of few in the blogging community. The style had also evolved during the last year. Dafs are now available in mary janes or as pumps (as shown below) and in a variety of colors and prints.

Lady Daf Image via www.purseblog.com

However, it wasn’t the height or fear of broken ankles that kept these shoes from off of the feets of bloggers, it was the price. Yes, my friends, the Christian Louboutin Lady Daf Platform Mary Jane Pumps retails for $1,595 (one thousand five hundred and ninety-five dollars).  That’s just the price for the nude.  I found a black python pair that retails for $2,595.00 ( here).  However, I guess the design patent for these have expired because it’s raining Daf knock-offs everywhere.

Here are a few:

Steve Madden (unknown) Image via http://www.dulcecandy.com/

Edith (available on Solemint) aka Viktoree by Steve Madden $130.

Bordello available on www.endless.com $139.95

 

H by Halston Hilary available on BakerShoes.com $110

Sergio Zelcer available on www.endless.com

Rosalind available on www.bakersshoes.com $110

I guess we’ll be seeing more of these on blogger pages and on reggae dancehall stargirl’s feet.

“Don’t go broke trying to look rich. Act your wage”–from my twitter stream
XoXo, Natasha

JustFab Shoe Haul and Review

JF Woodra

As promised, here is a look at my shoe haul from JustFab.  Before I go any further, I have to disclose that these shoes were purchased with my own funds.  They were not gifted to me from JustFab nor do I have any branding relationship with them.  However, by pure coincidence, after publishing my list of online shoe clubs last Monday, I received a call and offer from JustFab to move my membership up to VIP status.  It’s just purely by coincidence and for those of you who are wondering why I am making this disclosure, the blogging organizations that I am affiliated with requires it and I have to by law. Blogging is regulated to protect you, the consumers so that we don’t make any false claims or give a give review for a product because we got it for free.  The following is my honest review.

There, now that, that is out of the way…. I used up all of my JustFab credits for this haul.  In all I spent $80 out of pocket  (there was that 2 for sale last month) and I accumulated loyalty membership points that I used towards my fifth pair.  Translation, bought 4, one was free..SCORE!!!.

The Dani

On the JustFab site, these shoes had more of pink undertone. In real life they look purplish.   They dont’ look bad still, but as for the fit, as we say in Jamaica, puppa jeezaz, dem yah sinting yah wi gimmie lack jaw.  The toe next to my little one, actually asked me if I forgot that he went a little long.  They do not at all feel like a size 8.5.  These were either labeled with the wrong size or somebody over at JustFab got pissed off with all of my shoe orders and decided to throw a monkey wrench in my plan by sending me these ill fitting shoes.  They are tight and uncomfortable (the kind of uncomfortable you expect from cheap shoes).  I doubt that rum or anything else can stretch these bad boys. I think this one is gonna go in my send to Jamaica pile.

The Shayla

I thought I was buying bright yellow shoes, but ok, the mustard can work. It also comes in purple. Remember I mentioned shoes that I could see way over the top of my refrigerator in, well this is one of them. It fits true to size and even with the height, they are pretty easy to walk in. They look great with skinny, tapered leg pants and dresses and skirts. I’m gonna save this one for special events (the kind where dancing is not on the program) and/or date night.

The Harlow

I’m honestly not overly excited about these, now that I have them. They were available in both black and this champagne/tan color.  It feels true to size, but because it doesn’t have a platform this is not a good shoe for hikes of any distance (not even from your driveway to the back door).  Although, these honestly achieve more with looks than purpose, I think I might put them in my wear to work pile.

The Woodra

I absolutely love these shoes. I wore them out to lunch on Presidents day and received a number of compliments. They remind me of the Giuseppe Zannotti color block sling back pumps that I featured here. They are true to size and because they have a platform they are relatively easy to walk in.  I wouldn’t recommend that you drive in these or for that matter, any platform high heel shoes. There was something going on with the heel and my floor mats and the gas pedal and…brakes. I would never wear these to work. These are strictly for date nights and special events.

The Jefferson

LOVE THEM, but I wish that they had these available in another color. I really didn’t need another pair of black shoes in my closet but I chose these because the glitter pumps reminded me of the blue Miu Miu’s that Claire Sulmers featured on her site, The Fashion Bomb Daily. If they had this in blue or red, I would be singing the praises of JustFab from every mountain top. This was part of their WhoWhatWear collection.  They feel true to size and they are super comfy for heels of that height.  Although they have that glitter which lights up everything, I am gonna wear the hell out of these shoes (work, play, while cooking in my kitchen, just lounging around watching television), etc. I hope that the WhoWhatWear team will be collaborating with JustFab again soon because, in my opinion, these are absolutely STUNNING!

XoXo, Natasha

Ossie took these photos

 

 

Online Shoe Clubs

I have an obsession with shoes which started in my teens.  Collecting shoes can be an expensive and time consuming hobby.  Thank God that there are a number of online clubs that are popping up all over the internet to “support” and in my case, help to curb the shoe collection of women like myself, who are obsessed with shoes.

“In a cyber twist to the traditional monthly sales clubs, shoe membership websites have become a hit among fashion-forward women, who say they bring together the convenience and affordability of shopping online with the personalized experience offered in a boutique.” –LA Times

(I encourage you to read this entire article. It goes into the problems that these online clubs are creating for traditional brick and mortar retail stores.)

Several months ago I gave in to the temptation of one of the shoe club advertisements that beckoned to me from the far right corner of my computer screen.  I figure I would get in, take the 50% discount on one pair of shoes and get out.  However, several months later I have purchased 3 pairs of boots, one wedge, two platforms, one bootie and recently during a “two for” deal, two more pointy toe beauties which are on their way.  (I’ll share my shoe haul with you in a future post).  It’s helped with my obsession because I limit my purchase to one pair per month.  For that reason, joining one of these shoe clubs might be worth it.

1. EshoeClub

$29.95 per month for two pairs, with free shipping.  I am not really familiar with this club and I didn’t sign up or login to take a look at their selections.  The $29.95 per month for two pairs of shoes is both tempting and problematic.  Tempting because that means its more shoes for me.  Problematic because its more shoes to find storage for.

2. JustFab

$39.95 for one pair, with free shipping.  I have been a member of JustFab (Kimora Lee Simmons is the president and creative director) since last summer.  I like the convenience of not having to poor over thousands of styles before finally finding something that makes me drool.  However, they tend to stock shoes that are very tall.  I mean seriously tall. I can see way over the top of my refrigerator, tall.  I have an inner ear problem which makes balance an issue for me from time to time, so really tall shoes scare me.  I don’t particular like their leatherette products either.  They photograph well, but in person some of them look cheap.  When I make my selection, I tend to pick something that has texture or suede like material and so far, I’ve been happy with my selections (really tall shoes and all).

By the way, I am surprised by the number of people who are filing complaints asserting that JustFab is a scam.  They do tell you that they charge $39.95 per month. It also says that you have the option to opt out by the 5th of every month.  To find out more on how Justfab works, read here.

3.  ShoeDazzle

$39.95 per month, free shipping.  This is the company co-owned by Kim Kardashian. I went through their style questionnaire and I am absolutely in love with the shoes which they say match my style personality.  I might be jumping ship from JustFab for this site.

4. ShoePrivee

$39.95 (not sure if this is monthly or a pay as you go plan or if there is an extra charge for shipping).  I am honestly not too familiar with this site. I came across it when I was doing my research for this post. I signed up (there is no fashion questionnaire)  and I saw some of the same shoes that are featured on Lulus and GoJane sites.  The shoes are trendy and young.  They also  have different shoe collections: Privee, where all shoes are $39.95; Luxe with shoes ranging from $49.95 to $59.95 and Barganistas with shoes discounted 20, 40 or 50% off of the $39.95 prices.

5. Sole Society

$49.95– pay as you go, free shipping in the contiguous United States. Sole Society is a spinoff from HauteLook which is owned by Nordstroms.  There is a fashion questionnaire like the other sites and according to my style bio:

“When it comes to style, you’re policy is no-holds-barred unstoppable glamour. You’re not afraid to add a little drama to every look, from oversized designer sunglasses to the handbag of-the-moment. Your look is polished wherever you go and you live for anything luxe, from lingerie to the perfect red lipstick. You’re in-the-know when it comes to the latest fashion trends and bring a runway aesthetic to every ensemble.”

Ummmm, ok..glad that they couldn’t see my workwear last Friday and that they can’t tell that I really wear granny panties, but yeah everything else sounds right. I really like their selections that were pulled for me based on my above style bio.  They have a lace up oxford cut-out heel with tassle trim called the Talitha that is a must have for my collection.  I think this is the right club for women who love quality shoes but don’t want to pay full price.

6.   ShoeMint

$79.98, per month, free shipping.  This site is owned by BeachMint, the same company that owns StyleMint, BeautyMint and JewelMint.  Like the other sites, ShoeMint requires you to complete a style questionnaire.  Once this is completed, actress and fashion icon Rachel Bilson and celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez picks shoes that are based on the answers from my style questionnaire (well, that’s what it says…) and I select the best one.  What I like about this site is that all shoes are made by Steve Madden, that they give you tips on how to style them and that all of the shoes are up to 80% off of retail prices.  I am not sure about the 80%, but I know the Edith (sold out) aka Steve Madden Viktoree (looks very similar to Christian Louboutin’s Lady Daf Platform Mary Jane pumps $995) retails for $130 on other sites.


Remember, looking stylish and expensive can really be inexpensive.

XoXo, Natasha

Ossie took my photo!

 

 

 

 

The Choice Is Yours: Purple Crocodile

I am a little surprised at just how expensive crocodile accessories are.  Last year I came across this  New Without Tags (NWOT) faux purple-croc pouch on eBay.  I could tell that the sellers were desperate to get rid of it and to help them out, I submitted a “best offer” for a whopping $10. My offer was accepted almost  immediately.  I think if the seller had any idea how much real purple-crocs were going for they would have challenged my $10 offer or at least list it on eBay for a higher price.  Real crocodile leather sells for over $10,000.  Faux crocodile leather, like my purple beauty below sells for $100 or more.

You don’t believe me, let’s take a look at purple croc-print bags that are available for sale online.

 This Balenciaga violet crocodile skin “Work” bag, available on farfetch.com will set you back $13,836.94.

This Manhattan Satchel is available at Tiffany.com and will set you back $12,500


This Hermes Birkini – Purple Crocodile Silver Buckle bag (It’s cowhide leather) sells for $379 here.

JJ Winters Blake Lively Croco Envelope purple clutch $149.50 here.

Although I failed to find a similar looks that were under $100, the $149 investment is still great in comparison to the prices above.  I’ve included the photo below from my original June 2011 post so that you can see my entire look with my purple pouch.

Remember, looking stylish and expensive can really be inexpensive.

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XoXo, Natasha

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