Monday, August 25, 2014

Five Footwear Trends for 2015

Earlier this month I spent some time browsing the seemingly endless selection of footwear vendors at FNPlatform in Las Vegas. As a self-professed shoe addict, it's one of the elements of the trade show season that I most enjoy. What better way to spend a day scouting emerging trends, photographing my favorite shoes, and meeting with brand reps. After visiting a few booths and reviewing hundreds of photos, five strong trends for 2015 have emerged. Let's take a closer look at my favorites. 

1. Petal to the metal. 
High shine metallics made a showing on sandals, boots, and delicate heels. I spotted crackled textures, sleek shine, and even hologram effects. Clockwise, from top left: Michael Antonio, Diba True, Schutz, and Elly Clay.

metallic shoe trend for 2015

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2. Python prints. 
Snake-inspired textures slithered onto a wide variety of women's footwear from high heels to espadrilles, and for 2015, they come in an array of unexpected colors. Clockwise from top left: Diba True, Michael Antonio, Michael Antonio, and Miucha.

snake print shoe trend for 2015

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3. Modern mules. 

That '90s staple, the mule, continues into 2015 with new colors and textures. Block heels update the silhouette, while cutout effects and buckles add further interest. Clockwise from top left: Carrano, Cristófoli, Michael Antonio, and Cristófoli. 

mules footwear trend for 2015

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4. Cut it out. 
Almost every booth I visited seemed to feature laser cuts and cutout effects on open-toed styles. Combined with buckles, lace-up styling, or zips, they make for shoes that are bound to be the focus of an outfit. Clockwise from top left: Stéphanie Classic, Diba True, Miucha, and Carrano. 

laser cut shoe trend for 2015

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5. Electric slides. 
Who says comfort sandals can't be cute? The footbed sandal trend ignited by Phoebe Philo and many others gets an update for 2015 with new prints and embellishments. Clockwise from top left: Schutz, Cristófoli, Carrano, and Cristófoli.  

Footbed Sandals trend 2015

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

See the Altuzarra for Target Lookbook

If you've been waiting with bated breath to see first glimpses of the Altuzarra for Target lookbook, then today's your day. About a month in advance of the September 14, 2014 debut, images of the 50-piece collection have just been released by Harper's Bazaar in conjunction with a preview party hosted by a radiant Garance Doré in New York. 

How to describe the collection? It's a twist of boho with a healthy dose of sex appeal. True to Altuzarra's sleek signature style, the textures appear rich, with embroidered details and digital printing. Much more sophisticated than previous Target collaborations, this one's sure to appeal to chic ladies and boardroom babes looking to amp up their wardrobes with thigh-slit pencil skirts, low-cut gowns, pretty python prints, tailored blazers, and killer high-heeled footwear. Good news for your wallet and for international buyers: prices range from $18 to $90, and items will also be available on net-a-porter

Altuzarra for Target lookbook

Have a look at my other blog The Key To Chic to see how ten looks from the Altuzarra for Target lookbook compare to recent Altuzarra runway looks. The similarities will amaze you!

Follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute #AltuzarraforTarget updates and expert shopping tips on how to score all the pieces you want with no hassle.  

P.S. I've been shopping Target's collaborations for many years, and I'll be sharing all my tips and tricks to help you score your favorites! Happy shopping!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In Ireland

Serene rose gardens, decaying castles, prehistoric stone forts, steep cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, and charming seaside villages all contribute to the beauty of Ireland. I spend some time there earlier in the month, and I left the country inspired by the lush landscapes, beautiful gardens, and the affable nature of the locals. Please enjoy these images that represent some of my favorite summer 2014 travel memories, and see more photos of Ireland on The Key To Chic

Tralee Rose Garden Ireland
Kilfenora Ireland
The Malton Killarney-Ireland
TraleeRose Garden Ireland
Inishmoor Island Ireland
Dingle Peninsula Ireland

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Back to School

July is almost over, can you believe it? For students, that means the back-to-school season is nearly here. Although I'm no longer a student, I can still feel the anticipation and excitement in the air. The end of summer conjures up fond memories of shopping and styling new looks for the school year. It's all about looking effortlessly chic, being confident, and having fun with new twists on fall fashion. Plus, who doesn't love to see the new fall arrivals that hit the racks this time of year? 

This fall, I've teamed up with Sears to showcase my take on their Back To School, Back To You theme by styling a back-to-school look featuring my favorite trend - fall florals. One glance into my closet will reveal that blooming bouquets rule; they've always appealed to my sartorial senses. 

For fall, I'm especially drawn to darker, moodier florals. Not sure how to style flower printed pieces for fall? If you're brave, mix florals with plaids for an updated take on grunge, or opt for an understated vibe by anchoring florals with solid separates such as moto jackets, cozy cardigans, dark denim, cute boots, and sleek blazers. 

Using fall florals as my back-to-school theme, I styled a relaxed head-to-toe look with some top picks from the Here + Now department at Sears.  The hard part was narrowing down my favorite floral pieces because fortunately, there was an abundance of choice in my Sears store. After trying on a few looks in the fitting room, I went with my instinct and based my look around this floral print jumpsuit

Sears Style floral jumpsuit with Bongo cardigan and Seventeen western ankle boots, #SearsStyleFind
Sears Style floral jumpsuit with Bongo cardigan
Sears Style floral jumpsuit with Bongo cardigan and Seventeen western ankle boots
Sears Style floral jumpsuit with Bongo cardigan
Rag & Bone Harrow inspired western boots by Seventeen at Sears
Sears Style floral jumpsuit with Bongo cardigan and Seventeen western ankle boots

Outfit c/o Sears: Metaphor sunglasses, JWK floral jumpsuit, Bongo cocoon cardigan, Metaphor studded cross body bag (similar version), initial bracelet, and Seventeen microsuede Western ankle boots

As soon as I spotted the floral print jumpsuit, I knew it had to be mine. The relaxed fit, pockets, and lace trim instantly drew me in. I envisioned wearing it for summer with strappy sandals, a sheer kimono jacket, and stacked bangles.  For my fall back-to-school inspired look, I'm wearing it with a cocoon cardigan, studded crossbody bag, and Western ankle boots. The comfort factor of the jumpsuit rivals that of pajamas, making it an obvious choice for casual days. If I were a student, it would be a top pick for my first day back at school.

For more back-to-school fall floral inspiration, have a peek at my Pinterest and Instagram photos. 
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Friday, June 27, 2014

4 Summer Beauty Hacks

Let's talk summer beauty! When this time of year rolls around, higher temperatures call for an updated beauty routine to deal with the elements. When it comes to makeup and skin care, I always opt for lighter makeup application, staying hydrated, and fast hair removal. I'll be sharing four of my summer beauty hacks and trusted rituals to help me stay cool through the warm and sunny days of summer. 

favorite summer beauty products: Veet hair remover cream gel, Avene thermal water, Yes to Grapefruit CC cream

First up is my favorite way to cool off after a workout or during an especially hot day. I simply stash a bottle of thermal water spray in the refrigerator and spritz my face to cool off. It's refreshing, good for your skin, and most of all, it feels amazing! Quick tip: it also helps to set makeup and soothe irritated skin.

While thermal water spray keeps my skin hydrated, drinking plenty of water is also key to avoiding dehydration and having beautiful, glowing skin. I like to slice cucumber, lemon, or strawberries and toss it into my cold water to sip throughout the day. The subtle infusion of fruit flavor encourages me to drink more water, and it is really refreshing when temperatures rise. Bonus points for sipping it from a fun floral Thermos.

The minimal route is the way to go when it's so hot that products can melt off of your skin. Less is more is my motto for summer makeup! A product that does double or even triple duty always gets my vote. I adore my CC cream because it's 95% natural, has SPF, moisturizes, brightens skin, and provides a sheer layer of skin-perfecting color. It gives my skin a natural glow and is great for days when I'm pressed for time and don't want to wear concealer or foundation. 

Hair Removal
With warmer weather comes the opportunity to show more skin by wearing cute rompers, skirts, dresses, and shorts. While this is something I look forward to, hair removal, on the other hand, is something I don't look forward to, since it can be time-consuming and painful. For me, having smooth and soft skin is key to feeling confident in summer's skin-baring styles. I recently tried Veet® Fast Acting cream gel hair remover and found it to be both fast and easy. Just apply it, wait five minutes, use the spatula to remove it, and rinse. It's that simple. No harsh smell, no pain, and smooth skin for days! While waxing and shaving can cause irritation, this cream gel is easier on my skin. I won't miss my razor at all. 

Read about more beauty products I can't live without and see more inspiration on my Pinterest Bold Beauty board!

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There's nothing like the feeling of freedom that summer brings. 
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Compensation was provided by Reckitt Benckiser via MODE Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Reckitt Benckiser.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What To Wear on the 4th of July

With the official start of summer just days away, I'm anticipating long, sunny days and fun outdoor activities. This time of year is one of my favorites. Just knowing that the sun sets well past 8pm makes me happy.

As June comes to a close, it's also time to start thinking about the 4th of July.  Whether you're hitting the highway for an Independence Day road trip, getting together with friends for a parade or barbecue, or watching fireworks with loved ones, I've compiled some outfit ideas to help you celebrate in stars and stripes and pay tribute to Old Glory.

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