Stand Tall In Sensational Spring Heels

A new season means new shoes.

Right? Doesn’t every girl think like that? And this week’s gorgeous gem—a pair of stunning high-heeled sandals just right for spring and summer parties—is just the kind of shoe a lady needs to kick off the start of a new season and warmer weather.

This week, I was absolutely thrilled to find such a fabulous wardrobe addition at my local Goodwill thrift shop. Though sassy and statement-making, these sandals actually aren’t going to go out of style anytime soon. The light cork heel makes this footwear that’s totally appropriate for the hot summer months as well as spring, and also keeps them from feeling too over-the-top fancy to wear to everyday affairs. The small platform adds height without adding discomfort, and the cool metal detailing gives them a slightly edgy feel.

black studded heelsGo bold this season with fantastic footwear that’s ladylike, polished, and just a little daring—all at the same time.

Strut with confidence.  

We’re not quite to summer yet, but the unexpectedly chilly days and rain shower of spring don’t have to stop you from creating a striking (and still seasonally appropriate) look. In the summer, these sweet shoes would add a bit of glam and funky fun to a floral sundress or other overly feminine piece from your closet. But right now, you can never go wrong with a pair of stretchy, figure-hugging black pants and a light, breezy, silky blouse in just about any color. It’s appropriate for just about any occasion and still warm enough, with a light jacket, to protect you from that sudden spring chill. It’s simple, easy to wear, and looks good on just about every body type—and with one pair of totally fabulous shoes, you’ll suddenly look polished and put together, just like that.

flowy white top black bottomsClassic pieces are the perfect style partners for a pair of lovely high-heeled, strappy sandals with a bit of a trendy edge.

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Deep, Dark, and Dangerously Stylish

Spring usually means a flip to fresher, brighter colors.

And really, I’m all for that. But the impending arrival of a new, warmer season doesn’t mean you have to ditch your favorite cold-weather colors altogether. Especially in this period of transition between the harsh end of winter and the real start of milder days ahead, the perfect pieces can sometimes come in classic, wintry colors, but in fresh styles and silhouettes.

That’s why this week’s Goodwill gem is such a lovely find! These darling little wedges are made in a classic material – soft, supple leather – and in neutral hues of tan and black. Mixing the two tones together in one beautifully crafted shoe, however, looks incredibly modern, and will give a chic and sophisticated lift to any spring ensemble.

IMG_4267Understated and incredibly elegant, these neutral wedges in rich cognac and black leather will beautifully complement all of your new spring looks.

Think about spring!

We’re not quite there yet, but you can still start cleaning our your closet now and make room for gorgeous new seasonal pieces. These wedge sandals would be absolutely stunning with just about any spring or summer outfit you could think to put together – cropped pants and loose, airy blouse, or paired with a bright floral sundress and classic cardigan. You really can’t go wrong with a find like this one! But if you’re looking to stretch the wardrobe you already have and get more mileage out of your favorite pieces, then you could easily pop these shoes on with a simple and flattering dark sheath dress like this one – always appropriate for the office or for more fun events like drinks and dinners afterward, a sophisticated sheath like this one (also a thrift store purchase!) never goes out of style, and would look totally timeless and chic when paired with these elegant wedges.

IMG_4829A classy and refined accessory find – like this week’s gem – is such a steal because you can wear it with any number of outfits for years to come!

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Wow ‘Em with Fresh Citrus Hues

This winter seems never-ending right now. 

It’s the end of February and we’re all longing for spring, but the snow and freezing temps just keep on coming. But that’s why I was so thrilled to spot this week’s find at my local Goodwill thrift shop! These brilliant green open-toed wedges are exactly what every girl should have in her closet come spring, and even if it’s still a little too chilly to wear them right this second, it’s never too early start dreaming about our new favorite spring outfits, right?

And with a cork bottom, just enough heel, and a textured, lime-colored upper, these shoes are perfect for carrying you through spring and all the way through the end of summer. These darling shoes are polished enough to wear to work, but fun enough to wear out wherever else you please, and the vibrant citrus color is sure to add a spark of freshness and energy to all of your warm weather looks.

lime green cork heelsIn a practical, classic style but with a fresh pop of eye-catching color, these wedges will become your new favorite go-to shoe come spring.

Start the transition.

As soon as the shoe is off the ground, I’m all for packing away those big winter boots and bringing out all of those lighter and less constrictive shoes that have been hiding away for months. While these lovely lime-green heels would look adorable with a pretty, voluminous floral skirt or classic shirtdress once the temps start to rise, they’re also great for those in-between months – when winter hasn’t fully left us, but spring is clearly in the air. For those tricky months in between the seasons, try pairing these bright and happy shoes with warmer basics, like a neutral sweater with a less-than-full sleeve and a classic pair of navy trousers (really, the combo of deep, traditional navy and these zesty green is a fantastic one). Neither of the other pieces are as bold and bright as the wedges, but the neutral hues contrast with them beautifully, so they truly stand out and wake up an otherwise basic ensemble.

neutral shirt navy bottomsLiven up old wardrobe pieces and classic neutrals with one vividly colored and seriously perfect-for-spring shoe, like these lime-green wedges sure to give any outfit a major lift.

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Sizzle in a Sweet and Sassy Print

It’s cold and slushy and snowy and gross outside.

And it looks like that horrid winter weather won’t, unfortunately, let up anytime soon. But despite the dreary state of the weather today and for days to come, you can still heat up your favorite looks with the right accessories.

This week’s Goodwill gem is the perfect find to fight off the mid-winter blues. These fabulous printed heels will certainly make a fashionable statement, no matter what you choose to wear them with. The bold abstract print looks almost like some sort of faux animal fur from far away, thanks in large part to its ever-stylish neutral palette – brown, black, and beige are all worked into this pretty print, and they’re all tones that could easily work with a wide variety of different outfits and clothing styles. Anchored by a sexy platform heel, these glamorous shoes would make a killer addition to any girl’s wardrobe.

printed heelsLet your sassy and totally in-charge side show when you wear these chic and feisty high heels.

Class it WAY up.

You really could wear these heels with just about anything – they’d add a bit of pizzazz and personality to something as simple as a pair of jeans and white tee or cozy, oversized knit sweater – and I do totally recommend wearing them with such contrasting and comfortably casual pieces. But for those occasions when you really need to take your style up a notch, why not go all the way and pair these pretty, brilliantly bold pumps with the ever-stylish and classic little black dress? There’s no time of year or occasion when this traditional yet sexy little staple is not the perfect choice. Always on point, you can never go wrong when you’re wearing a perfectly fitted and flattering black cocktail dress, and these seriously fantastic shoes will add a bit of glamorous and trendy edge to an otherwise simple ensemble.

little black dressThere’s never anything wrong with going back to figure-flattering and classic pieces. Beautiful wardrobe staples – like a little black dress – can feel instantly fresh and modernized with a snazzy new accessory, like these fabulously printed high heeled shoes.

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Black, Gold and Brilliant

With the holidays in full swing, it’s time to get fancy.

And there’s no more classic or classier a combination for your holiday party wardrobe than basic, but all-around-flattering black with a bit of metallic sparkle.

That’s why these shoes – spotted recently at my local Goodwill shop – are so spot on for this season. Made mostly of soft black suede, these pretty heels have almost a retro feel to them, with the rounded toe and thicker, almost triangular heel. But at the back end, right atop that classic heel, is a touch of modernity that makes these shoes perfect for partying in this year. A zigzag of snakeskin leather – cut into shape that closely resembles a lightening bolt – and outlined with just a little bit of shimmering, golden thread, gives these otherwise traditional heels a seriously glamorous update that’s just right for the holidays (or any other time you want to add a bit of oomph to your step).

IMG_4094In a classic (and comfortable) shape and a deep black suede, these shoes might seem a little conventional from the front, but they’re all party in the back!

Repeat the combo on top.

Black and gold is, obviously, a color combination that goes with essentially everything, so you could easily pair these pretty shoes with a fancy cocktail dress in just about any color – red, green, white, black, of course, or even a rich purple or bright, vibrant blue hue would all look absolutely stunning. But since popping on a knee-length dress is every girl’s go-to for parties requiring fancy attire, I’ve decided to take a different route. Here, I’ve chosen a lovely pair of pants that are just perfect for partying! These trousers, also in a luxurious gold tone, are made of a thin, silky fabric, so they’re easy to move in (should your holiday parties require some real time on the dance floor), but are also flattering and comfy. The thin cut means they look trim and tailored, but in a pair of pants like these, you won’t feel restricted or uncomfortable in the slightest. They are, of course, also ankle-length, so they’re short enough to completely show off my gorgeous new Goodwill find, without obscuring the amazing detail on the heel. On top, I’ve added a simple black tank – putting black on top means the outfit echoes the color combination found in the shoes, and also keeps the top half of the ensemble from fighting all the dazzling, glitzy gorgeousness on the bottom. You could easily pop on a black cardigan, blazer, or shawl over the tank top to ensure you stay warm and cozy throughout your evenings out, but wearing layers will allow you to loose those warmer pieces, when you end up at a crazy crowded cocktail party or decide to start dancing like a diva.

002Sophisticated and stunning in an understated way, this black-and-gold look is a chic way to make a statement at all of your holiday parties this season.

 

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Saturday Night’s All Right for Sparkle

It’s officially the holiday season. It might not quite be Thanksgiving yet, but the holiday is approaching fast – and anyway, once Halloween is past and we see all the Christmas decorations come out in stores, it’s basically time to get the partying started.

This week, I was lucky enough to come across an absolutely fabulous pair of party-perfect shoes at my local Goodwill shop. They’re a pair that could easily carry me through this holiday season looking gorgeous and glamorous (and all on the cheap, of course). Full of sparkle and done in a stunningly classic shape, these glittering heels are the ideal way to add a bit of holiday glam to any and every dress in your closet – no matter how many times you’ve worn them before.

sparkling glitter heelsGive old party frocks new life by swapping out your usual shoes for a pair of spectacularly sparkling heels this season.

Let your shoes do the talking. These gorgeous, glittering heels are in a lovely deep gray/silver tone, so they will be easy to wear with just about any color – whether you favor cooler hues like blues and greens, warner tones like rich, ruby-reds, or beautiful, can’t-go-wrong neutrals like navys, whites, and blacks, these shoes will ensure you step out looking lovely and completely put together. Here, I’ve decided to put them on with a classic LBD (little black dress) – because really, when your shoes are this fabulous, there’s really no reason to put tons of effort into the rest of the ensemble. With a well-fitted black dress, you’ll always look chic and elegant, and you can let the dazzling heels grab everyone’s attention, instead of finding that all that glitter fights against some other pattern or accessory in your look.

IMG_4805Sometimes a simple look can make the most awe-inspiring statement. With gorgeous, glittering heels, there’s no need to put on a whole lot else. A classic, always-on-point black dress in a figure-flattering cut is the best way to show off your shoes – and your sophisticated side – this holiday season.

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Beautiful in Shades of Blue

When most of us think of fall colors, we think of rusty hues. Rich reds, browns, vibrant oranges and yellows. But if you’re a fan of cooler tones (as I am), there are easy ways to work those fresher shades, like blues, purples, grays and greens, into your autumn wardrobe.

One super simple way, of course, is with a darling pair of shoes. This fabulous footwear – spotted this week at my local Goodwill shop in Queens – is just right for this time of year. A mix of deep blue and black, this faux-snakeskin footwear has a polished closed toe with just enough point, a comfortable, stretchy elastic strap over the front to keep them in place, and just enough heel to add a really professional, ladylike sparkle to all of your favorite everyday outfits.

sapphire heelsThese pretty heels in a sophisticated sapphire color are bright enough to make a statement, but still soft enough to work with your professional wear.

Keep it cool. You could, of course, always throw these sweet shoes on with a pair of black pants or a classic black cocktail dress and be instantly set for any work scenario or classy networking situation. But here, I’ve decided to pop them on with a slightly more relaxed, but still pretty and professional, look for the office. I’ve chosen an overall neutral, cool palette to work with, so that the ensemble complements my awesome new shoes without clashing with them. A perfectly fitted dress in a soft, grayish-blue chambray fabric is more casual than a cocktail dress, but still looks totally put together. (And it was also, as it happens, purchased at my fave Goodwill thrift shop!) Underneath, a simple white long-sleeved tee makes this all-around adorable dress appropriate for November’s cooler temps – and with a pair of black or gray tights and my fantastic new footwear, I’ve got a polished, but still fun and slightly quirky, work outfit in no time!

grayish-blue chambray dressDressing for everyday activities, like heading into the office, can sometimes feel like a bit of a bore. But as long as you mix up your go-to work wear with a few fun, original, standout pieces now and then – like this fanciful pair of colorful footwear – you’ll be able to make even the oldest outfits feel new again in a flash.

 

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Run Away and Join the Circus!

That is every kid’s fantasy, right? And while, as a grown adult, with adult responsibilities, you can’t just run off to the circus (or anywhere else) whenever you please, you can at least entertain the fun feeling you used to get as a child when you were totally free to do what you pleased!

This week’s lovely gem from Goodwill is a fabulously fancy-free find. These fantastic platform heels are made to catch eyes – in a vivid yellow-and-white striped pattern, they’re certainly not for the faint of heart. The brilliant, circus-inspired stripe will bring a bit of quirkiness and sunshine into your wardrobe in an instant, and the chunky stacked wooden heel gives these marvelously mod shoes a bit of a retro feel. For the fashionably adventurous, these bold heels are just the thing to make you feel fun and footloose at any time of the day or the year, no matter where you’re going.

yellow and white striped platform pumps with wooden heelStrut your stuff while letting your inner child completely loose, in these unusually flirty and flamboyant stripey shoes.

Hang onto that fun feeling. Unfortunately, we can’t all do what we like all the time. But even if you have to spend some of your time doing things you have to do, rather than things you want to do, you can still feel free in your choice of clothing, especially on your days off. For a relaxed and casual, but still cute and complementary ensemble, pair these fantastically bright and crazy cool heels with some equally bright bottoms, like these stretchy, comfy skinny jeans in a vibrant blue hue, and a favorite printed tee in a loose, laid-back fit.

stretchy blue jeans and worn comfy shirtA pair of fantastically fun heels is a great way to quickly and easily jazz up your casual basics, like a bright pair of colored denim and a flowing, well-loved tee-shirt.

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High Steppin’, High Fashion

Back-to-school time is here. It’s hard to believe, but that means that autumn is really right around the corner. To ready yourself for a fashionable switch to the fall season, start thinking about the few fantastic, go-with-everything fall pieces you’ll need to add new life to last year’s wardrobe pieces.

This week’s find – a totally fabulous pair of strappy leather sandals with a stunning cutout detail on the sides and saucy zipper from the toe to the top of the shoe – are just the kind of striking shoes you’ll need to perfect your favorite fall looks. Leather, while a bit heavy for the hot and sticky summer months, are perfect for when the weather starts to transition.

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Step into a stylish new season with a pair of sassy, sexy black leather heels with fantastic details, like this pair’s cool cutouts and seriously flirty zipper up the front.

It’s time to transition. Sadly, summer won’t last forever, but that doesn’t mean that you have to pack up your flowing blouses and pretty sundresses just yet. At this time of the year, when the weather will continue to flip between hot and cool for weeks, a pair of high heels in a perfect-for-fall material with still-summery details, like cutouts, is just right for this tricky time of year. And for a perfect balance between warm and cool, put these haute heels in a classic and cool black on with a breezy, flowing dress in a much warmer hue, like this brilliant coral sundress with a satiny finish. To make sure it’s appropriate for any suddenly chilly temps or early fall breezes, top it with a simple, neutral cardigan that doesn’t take away from the brightly colored ensemble or the fabulously fun footwear.

bright coral dres with neutral cardigan

To take your favorite summer pieces seamlessly into fall, add an extra layer on top of a lighter summer outfit and finish off the look with a pair of funky leather high heels, like the ones spotted this week at my local Goodwill thrift store.

 

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Perfect Peek-a-Boo Heels

Hang onto summer with a super seasonal, feminine pair of shoes. It’s August somehow already, which means there’s only a few short, precious weeks left in the summer, and only a few weeks left to enjoy your favorite pieces in your warm-weather wardrobe.

This week’s Goodwill find is an adorable pair of blue-and-white striped shoes that are all-out girly, and perfect for the end of the summer season. The bright blue and white color palette looks nautical, but the high heel, strappy styling, and oh-so-pretty bow over the toe makes these shoes look super feminine. The platform gives these shoes some serious height, but keeps them comfortable enough to walk around in, whether you’re wearing them for work or play.

blue and white striped heelsThese flirty, feminine heels in a bright blue-and-white striped pattern are perfect for the end of the warm-weather season, and darling enough to dress up nearly any summer ensemble.

Pretty up your transitional wardrobe. For the end of the summer, and even through the beginning of fall, we all want to hang onto those warm-weather looks as long as possible. Luckily, you can wear a pretty, nautically inspired pair of high heels like this one through the hottest months of the year and on into the chillier fall season. Wear them now with a gorgeous, vibrantly colored dress, like the brilliant blue one pictured here. In a light, airy fabric and loose-fitting cut, it’s an ideal outfit for the hot, humid end of summer. But as August moves into September, the days start to get shorter, and the temps begin to grow cooler, you can still easily pair a perfectly ladylike and polished pair of heels like this one with a classic, all-around-flattering piece like a pair of tailored cigarette pants and a timeless white tee-shirt.

royal blue frockWhile we all want to hang onto the end of summer as long as possible, you can take a little piece of summer with you well into the fall and the cooler season with a pair of darling, brightly colored heels like this one, spotted this week at my local Goodwill thrift shop.

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