Shoes


Ballet Flats for summer 2017

valentino rockstuds ballet flats

pictured: Valentino Rockstud ballet flats in black (designer dupe under $100 here)

Ballet flats are back! This classic shoe style is gearing up for some time in the spotlight this summer as designers give traditional ballet flats edgy touches.

The modern ballet flat, which is what is hot for summer, offers small touches such as studs, criss-cross straps, and laces; which veer slightly from the straps and laces found on real ballet shoes worn by ballerinas.

ballet flats summer 2017 shoe trends

from top left: silver ballet flats (under $100!) / black lace up ballet flats / black premier designer ballet flats / pink ballet flats (available in several colors!)

Ballet flats are so much fun to wear this summer. They offer a feminine vibe which is understated and comfortable. The sleek, no-nonsense designs offers a chic look, and lightweight feel, for tired summer feet. These are the softest shoe style out there!

I love wearing ballet flats after a day in heels, or if I just want to be comfortable. They look great with maxi skirts, midi skirts, and paired with shorts and a cute top. Ballet flats are also a great alternative to sandals on hot days when we forget to touch up our pedicure. haha, love that!

Another way I like to wear my ballet flats is with straight jeans, a tee, and a statement handbag. They are the ultimate chic yet understated shoe. Love!

Are you are fan of ballet flats? Do you plan to wear this emerging trend?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


Designer sales to kick off summer 2017

The designer sales are here! This means we can all find fabulous items from Chloe, Valentino, Gucci, Manolo Blahnik, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, Aquazzura, and more on major sale! Yay!

I’m in shock! My favorite leopard print pumps are on major sale! These pumps are classic, pointy tote high heels which are made from suede and offer a classic leopard print. They are super comfortable, and I have actually had to run in them! No joke! My middle child used to like to run away from us, and I had to chase her down so she would not run into the street while wearing these heels a couple of years ago. Thankfully she has outgrown the dangerous running habit; seriously, it was stressful!

If you are looking for a fabulous pair of pumps, these are perfect! They are comfortable, classic, and since leopard print is hot for summer 2017, and fall 2017, they are on trend! Love that!

In addition to my beloved heels being on major sale, there are a few Chloe Drew’s on sale! I have one in off-white and I love it. If you have been eyeing the Chloe Drew, now is the time to snap one up!

I also found a couple of Balenciaga City Tote’s on sale! Eeeek! They NEVER go on sale. I bought a City Tote back in 2009 and I still love it. These are great casual handbags which are also extremely classic. If you have been on the fence about getting one, this is a great opportunity to grab one at a great price!

There are so many amazing deals right now so I rounded them up and placed my favorites in the collage below.

from top left: one shoulder top (so hot and on trend right now!!) / Balenciaga City Tote (amazing deal!!) / My beloved Manolo Blahnik leopard print pumps on major sale! / Aquazzura “Wild Thing” low heeled sandals (fabulous price!) / wide-leg jeans (this style is major right now! Such a great deal!) / Chloe Drew (great deal!!)

There are so many fabulous designer items on sale around the web right now. I sorted through them all and found the best deals on classic and on-trend items I think you would love. I know I love them!! Without further adieu, here are my picks from the designer sales!

Best spring/summer designer shoes on sale:

Best spring/summer designer handbags on sale:

Best spring/summer designer clothing on sale:

What are you planning to snap up from the designer sales? I’m eyeing the Aquazzura shoes, and the mini Chloe Drew.

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


Espadrilles for summer 2017

cute spring outfit ideas

*outfit post here

Espadrilles for summer 2017 are a classic, yet hot trend for warm vacation months. Although espadrilles are a summer season staple, this year they seem to be exploding more then usual. Designers have given us traditional wedges, and classic slip-ons, but they have also put out espadrilles for summer which are slides, platforms, and sneakers. Those three styles are quite trendy!

Personally, I like classic slip-on espadrilles, or wedges, for the summer months. Wedge espadrilles are great because they are comfortable, and breathable in hot weather, yet offer the height we need for dressy occasions; or when we want to emulate a high-heel look.

Slip-on espadrilles are fabulous due to their comfortable, effortless nature. Flat, slip-ons are my go-to for daily activities.

apiece apart dresses

*outfit post here

Espadrilles for summer 2017 are important in fashion this season because they seem to work well with our current fashion trends. Gingham, ruffles, peek-a-boo shoulders, and flowing silhouettes are hot trends in fashion for the summer season. Shoes which offer too much structure just don’t work well with these styles. Espadrilles have a carefree vibe and look to them, so they compliment all of the playful styles we have to choose from this summer.

If you don’t own a pair of espadrilles yet, this is the season to invest in a flat pair, and a pair of wedges! My ivory pair is several years old, and my black pair is from last summer. Although they are both from previous seasons, the styles are still for sale at stores, and they are still relevant and fashionable. These are classic espadrille wedge styles which make great investment pieces for several summer seasons to come!

The pale pink pair I own is new this year. They are so comfortable, I know I will wear them for the next few summers too.

Which espadrille style do you love this season?

Shop slip-on espadrilles around the web:

Shop wedge espadrilles around the web:

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

*gingham outfit post here

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