Archive | November, 2014

Friday Favorites: Burgundy Pump Face-Off

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Ever wonder what a stylist does with her free time? Road test the latest trends in an effort to bring you the very best of the best, of course.  Some might call it a shopping obsession; I prefer to consider it “professional development.”

In this spirit, this week’s “Friday Favorites” is dedicated to my latest market research. Take this season’s must-have color then add the of-the-moment shoe shape, and a match is made in heaven in the form of the Burgundy d’Orsay Pump.  Pairing beautifully with all of winter’s favorite neutrals (black, grey, navy, ivory, and camel), the burgundy pump is the red heel’s sophisticated cousin.  So deep and rich, I finally could no longer resist (because we all know I have a go-to red pump, as seen here and here). And in suede and/or pony hair, the texture and color combo are destined to make this shoe your new favorite as well.

1) Banana Republic: This is the shoe that started it all. I waited (and waited) for a sale coupon, until finally I was rewarded with 40% off! Awesome price aside, this shoe is a beauty (as seen here).  Surprisingly comfortable for a high heel; the cut of the shoe is gorgeous.  More ruby than a true burgundy, I was concerned that the color was too similar to my red pair.  However, this shoe was definitely my runner-up.

2) Halogen: The price on this bad-boy cannot be beat (currently on sale!). And the pony hair is absolutely to die for.  With a lower heel and a more subtle d’Orsay shape, this shoe can take you from conference room to happy hour.  Unfortunately, for those with a narrow foot (such as myself), the toe box was a bit wide.

3) French Connection: I thought this one was going to be a keeper for sure, given the addition of the studs (which I am a total sucker for). However, the heel height makes these not as comfortable; in fact, their lack of comfort was the reason these were returned.  Awesome aesthetic, but comfort cannot be compromised.

4) Vince: This shoe was by far the highest in quality (and price – although on sale!), the craftsmanship is reflected in the beautiful shape.  A lower heel, these had comfort potential; however, the true two piece shape of the d’Orsay led to slippage on my heel (with blistering potential).  Therefore, back they went!

5) Sam Edelman: A fan favorite, I have outfitted several clients in these pumps.  The rich suede is the deepest color, and the leather detailing in the back make these a unique twist on a classic shoe.  A sizeable heel at 4″, these are surprisingly comfortable.  A great shoe at a great value.

6) Trouve: I initially stumbled upon these beauties when helping a friend shop for booties.  At the time, I was demonstrating fiscal responsibility (a momentary lapse).  As I began my hunt, I was reminded of them.  In particular, I love the combo of pony hair and suede.  They are surprisingly comfortable, probably due to their unique heel shape, which has a vintage vibe.  So different than my other red model, I feel justified in keeping these.  Next up, pairing them with my favorite blush-colored cashmere sweater!

Left: Trouve | Center: Vince | Right: Banana Republic

I hope you have enjoyed my reviews and find your own perfect “burgundy pump” – whatever that may actually be.  At minimum, you can’t deny my dedication to my craft!

Happy Friday and thanks for reading! ~Jenn

Outfits: Dressy Sweats

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Dressy sweats…an oxymoron?  I can’t get enough (apparently, I’ve dedicated numerous posts to comfort chic, loungewear, and casual attire). But really, no…honestly, I wore this ensemble out to a fabulous dinner at a nice restaurant, followed by a pit stop at the molten chocolate cake bar (yes, such a thing exists here in Seattle: Hot Cakes). I had not a care in the world – no tight jeans or restrictive skirt, just total comfort.  And, the trouser sweat (and I didn’t make up that name either) is so easy to dress up!  Simply add a polished shoe and a structured jacket to offset the casual nature of the pant.  As always, be sure to tuck your blouse or wear a more fitted top in order to define your waist and contrast your looser bottom half.

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Get a load of these shoes! Burgundy, pony hair…and suede, a match made in heaven! I road tested no less than 5 pairs of burgundy d’Orsay pumps to find the perfect ones – I consider it “market research.”

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Sweats: J.Crew | Top: Elizabeth & James (last year) | Jacket: Topshop | Clutch: Clare V. | Pumps: Trouve | Fur Snood: Queen Anne DispatchP1100023Please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you! And, as always, thank you for reading. ~Jenn

 

#InstaSTYLE

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Are you on Instagram? You know…the extremely addicting, photo-based social media app available on your handheld? If you aren’t following me for daily outfit details, style inspiration, and silly antics…what are you waiting for?? Below I’ve provided a brief recap of what I’ve been sharing on Instagram of late (shopping details included).  Follow along @lovin_styling for more of the fun!

{Outfit Details Above} Coat: Madewell (similar) | Sequin Top: Rachel Zoe (similar) | Jeans: Gap | Oxfords: J.Crew | Handbag: See by Chloe

Leopard Love

Oxfords: J. Crew (sale!) | Clutch: Clare V.

The Uniform

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Sweater: DVF | Boots: Stuart Weitzman | Handbag: See by Chloe

Mad for Plaid (and Fur)

{Look 1} Shirt: Aritzia | Jacket: Zara | Tee: Aritzia | Jeans: J Brand

{Look 2} Jacket: Topshop | Jeans: Zara | Fur Snood: Queen Anne Dispatch

Shoe Confessions

{Look 1} Booties: Tory Burch (similar) | Jeans: SOLD

{Look 2} Left: Vince | Right: Banana Republic

And, some scenic views along the way…thanks for reading! ~Jenn

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Friday Favorites: In The Navy

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Move over black, here comes a color more flattering on the complexion yet just as versatile, and even as slimming…enter navy blue. Seen on everything from evening wear (demonstrated above on the beautiful Sandra Bullock) to leather jackets and handbags, this rich hue is making a huge splash this winter. My favorite color, navy is more becoming against the skin; less harsh than black or gray, it can illuminate your complexion rather than washing it out. And, just like any other neutral color (read: black, grey, taupe, etc), navy can be paired with most any color…even black.  Such a chic combination, “fashion rules” be damned!

Hat: Madewell
Jacket: Vince
Pumps: Banana Republic
Skirt: Diane von Furstenberg
Handbag: Kooba

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Thanks and happy Friday! ~Jenn

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