Sunday, July 31, 2011

So Shoe Me ~ 7/31/2011

Today's So Shoe Me is the AGGIE suede ankle boots, $78, by and available at Asos. A casual design that brings modern and classic style to an everyday blue jeans and t-shirt look. Reminiscent of Rachel Comey's popular footwear designs but at a lower price point - making these boots perfect for everyday wear. The flattering tan color is perfect for pairing with rich jewel tones or sophisticated neutrals. The blonde wood stacked heel allows this fall boot to feel fresh and not at all heavy. A budgeted boot that will remain a go-to style for seasons to come it's the perfect time to make this fall-ready purchase. Pair this suede ankle boot with a cotton floral print maxi skirt and oversized knit sweater for the perfect boho chic outfit for fall.

So Shoe Me a pair of on trend ankle boots in the perfect shade of tan that can look elegant with slacks or perfectly casual with my favorite jeans.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

So Shoe Me ~ 7/30/2011

Today's So Shoe Me is the Sarina Blue Suede Pump by Steve Madden, $100 $85, available at Zappos. With blue suede shoes an emerging trend for fall why not get ahead of the style curve and purchase these modern heels at a sale price. A well designed pump mixing durability, comfort, style and affordability the Steve Madden Sarina is the perfect shoe to mix with on trend rich jewel tones or take center stage against classic neutrals. A modern heel that can transition from the office to a night out these already budgeted beauties will have an amazingly low cost-per-wear. The chunky heel and rounded square toe not only had comfort but also a chic nod to 70s style. In a bold saturated suede these pumps will go well with contrasting jewel tone tights and layered separates for a colorblocked style that's perfect for fall. To style these for the end of summer pair them with a light and airy multi-colored striped dress for a fresh design that will keep these suede pumps from looking too heavy.

So Shoe Me a pair of blue suede shoes that can be worn now and throughout next season since its chunky heel and saturated jewel tone is a top trend for fall.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Making Them Jealous.

And by them I am referring to the shoes I feature everyday getting a bit envious of the extra time I spend writing about up and coming brands and the brightest styles they have to offer in my monthly "So Shoe Me" column for Jealous Magazine. This month it was all about Beau Coops and if you want to read previous reports just check out my Jealous Magazine Staff Profile.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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So Shoe Me ~ 7/29/2011

Today's So Shoe Me is the Kingston Tan Contrast Brogues, $120, by and available at Topshop. Brogues, flats, oxfords, whatever. These perfect caramelized menswear flats are the perfect addition to your growing fall wardrobe. Reminiscent of Jil Sander's neon bright soles from this summer the fresh green accent is the perfect pop of color when paired with sophisticated neutrals. A classic wingtip oxford is updates with modern color making this shoe the best of both worlds. With menswear still a constant trend in women's fashion the quality, price and design of the Kingston make them a great investment for fall. Style this shoe with an a-line suede skirt in a light camel, a tucked in striped button down and a classic denim jacket for a casual weekend look.

So Shoe Me a pair of classic meets modern brogues that allow me to enjoy the menswear trend with an unexpected pop of color.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style


Thursday, July 28, 2011

WEARabouts: Denim Shirt

Wherever your WEARabouts a casual denim shirt can get you through just about any situation. On trend but still a classic this easy to wear basic allows for comfort while still looking put together. Whether going out for a bite to eat, running around on a busy Saturday or looking to tone down your favorite sequin skirt for daytime the everyday denim shirt is WEAR it's at.

1) Look Hue's Coming to Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

A neon hued skirt with an easy pleated fit will inject life into the casual mid-tone wash of this everyday button down. Add a printed clutch and sky high wooden sandals for a signature look that works perfectly for a lunch out with the girls or an early dinner date.

1) Fitted Denim Shirt by Topshop, $60, available at Topshop
2) Arrowhead Earrings by Luv AJ, $90, available at Stanton James
3) Wooden Sandals by Giuseppe Zanoti, $750 $450, available at Luisaviaroma
4) Fabric Envelope Clutch by BCBGMAXAZRIA, $68, available at Zappos
5) Broomstick Crinkled Skirt by Adam, $300, available at Net-a-Porter

2) Weekend Warrior

Adding Southwestern details and a pair of this season's hottest leather pants makes for a winning weekend combo.

1) Fitted Denim Shirt by Topshop, $60, available at Topshop
2) Danielle Earrings by Kendra Scott, $60, available at Max & Chloe
3) Brass Spike Ring by Giuseppe Zanoti, $167, available at Zappos
4) Blade Slippers by Surface to Air, $270, available at SSENSE
5) Stretch Leather Pants by Rag & Bone, $990, available at Intermix

3) SEQUIN-tial Order

Sequins are no longer just for nighttime. Add a bit of glam to your everyday routine with a sparkling mini and sophisticated tonal accessories.

1) Fitted Denim Shirt by Topshop, $60, available at Topshop
2) Spike 14K White Gold Earrings by Anita Ko, $350, available at Net-a-Porter
3) Centinela Glasses by Elizabeth and James, $180, available at Shopbop
4) Rose Gold-Plated Watch by Michael by Michael Kors, $250, available at Net-a-Porter
5) Linnet Pump by Report Signature, $225, available at Heels
6) Wrap Sequin Mini Skirt by Haute Hippie, $395, available at Singer22

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

So Shoe Me ~ 7/28/2011

Today's So Shoe Me is the Trash by Ash, $355, available at Solestruck. A long overdue restock on a favorite from last year updated with tons of tonal black studs to make for a super tough boot that makes a versatile and stylish statement. The basic black boot with edgy moto details and distressed leather makes for perfect festival footwear or wearing throughout the inclement fall and winter weather. The bottom of the sole is equipped with a traction gripping design which makes it perfect for wearing in rain, slush or shine. The basic black leather upper is a neutral you'll need any season and will be a great vintage piece as you continue to wear these boots year after year. Style these studded boots with a pair of tucked in white skinny jeans, an olive green lightweight tee, layered silver necklaces and a wine or plum colored suede moto jacket.

So Shoe Me a pair of statement making studded boots that give off an edgy downtown vibe and can be paired with just about anything.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

So Shoe Me ~ 7/27/2011

Today's So Shoe Me is the Wedge Shoe Boot by Finsk, $775, available at Farfetch. Another signature geometric design from Finsk that delivers luxury, hand craftsmanship and modern style to the woman that dares to walk to her own beat. An inventive cutout heel with minimalist appeal adds a simple and clean architectural element while keeping the high impact designs that Finsk is known for. An overall neutral palette gets a lift with pastel lilac accents. Another fresh design element is the white paint on the back of the wooden heel which adds a modern finish to this one of a kind bootie. While this shoe has a bold "heel-less" design the substantial wooden wedge makes it perfectly stable and allows for hours of comfortable wear. The perfect shoe to make last year's separates shine this wedge boot from Finsk is the perfect splurge for all four seasons. Style this architectural shoe with black leather skinnies and a distressed graphic tank or tee for the perfect concert look.

So Shoe Me a pair of architectural booties that bring old school hand craftsmanship into a modern masterpiece.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

So Shoe Me ~ 7/26/2011

Today's So Shoe Me is the Leander by Andre Assous, $162 $81, available at Lori's Shoes. Even though pre-fall styles are giving me cold weather envy I need to realize that Chicago only has a couple months left of summer and I need to take advantage. Speaking of taking advantage these suede, wood and jute beauties from Andre Assous inject the freshness of nature into a comfortable wedge all at a 50% reduction in price. That's another great thing about summer - right when we're in the middle of it all the shoes we've been lusting over go on sale and we might as well get some good use out of that time consuming pedicure. The bright green suede with a floral design at the front adds a modern and fresh feel to this everyday wooden wedge. Finished off with a jute footbed for another element of texture this sandal is perfect for dressing up casual basics and simple dresses. Pair these sandals with a pair of engineer-striped safari shorts and a lightweight and oversized blouse for an updated casual look to enjoy the final weeks of summer.

So Shoe Me a pair of wedges that will last this summer to the next and help me save a few dollars so that I can spend a little more this fall.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Fake It Till You Make It?

I'll often find myself daydreaming of wrapping myself in the latest Givenchy jackets, working the downtown city separates by Alexander Wang and tiptoeing around in red soled skyscraper heels but reality soon hits me as I notice the lack of funds or plastic to help me achieve these retail dreams. While I may not be able to afford the latest high fashion styles I sometimes indulge in a cardinal fashion industry no-no: buying knock-offs. I'm not talking about the carbon copy fake Christian Louboutin website copy but buying indie/contemporary brands that take inspiration from high end style and make them at a price the masses can afford.

One example is my recent purchase of the UNIF clothing Hellraisers. Taking style notes from last fall's Christian Louboutin Rollerball slip on but adding a bit more edge with larger spikes the two styles are similar but definitely appeal to two separate markets. The more refined Louboutin went for around $1000, but the Unif Hellraisers are on presale right now for $164 making them an affordable choice for those of us who drooled over the statement making Rollerball last year.

*UPDATE* The Hellraisers are now up for presale at Karmaloop!

The metallic block heel in all its minimalist glory came back this summer due in part to several styles of Chloe sandals. This chic heel is ideal for running errands in jeans and a tee or freshening up a bright maxi dress. While many brands tried to accomplish the same effortless modern style that the expensive Chloe sandal has, Dolce Vita is the only one that reached the mark. Adding silver tone buckles and a silver block heel there are enough differences to make it an acceptable replacement to the Chloe style and it's going to save you big bucks since it's on sale for $129!

Somewhere over the rainbow...yes it's true that Salvatore Ferragamo created this beautifully modern sandal for Judy Garland in the 30s but with retro styles being revisited within all fashion outlets it was just a matter of time before someone revamped this iconic style. Jeffrey Campbell can sometime be known for outright copying but the Groovie is one time I will let it slide. Using a toned down gold metallic upper and a more primary hued rainbow heel this is one design I'm glad to see reused. Even if it is a Ferragamo fake it brought awareness to the brand and several bloggers, fashionistas and Jeffrey Campbell fans discovered where this fantastic design came from and that type of attention is priceless.

Even though I shouldn't be saying it I truly believe that fake can be better than the real thing. And as long as the copies you are purchasing come from legit companies with ethical manufacturing processes I say go fake it till you make it! And not to worry high fashion brands, as soon as my salary reaches my taste level I'll be running over to cash in on my long awaited fashion binge.

Let me know what you think: Is it okay to fake it till you make it or should taking inspiration from high end designs be off limits?

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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So Shoe Me ~ 7/25/2011

Today's So Shoe Me is style 616917 by Marc by Marc Jacobs, $375, available at Zappos. Even though we're in the middle of summer it's never too early to start buying fall boots and this sophisticated pair by Marc by Marc Jacobs brings all the warm feelings of autumn into a rich and sophisticated ankle boot. The spicy rust colored suede is reminiscent of fallen leaves and also brings a sense of warmth. The rich gold tone chain adds a luxe detail to this chic high heeled boot. Perfect for wearing with all of fall's on trend colors you can play up the orange in this rusty hue by pairing it with bold cobalt or blend into warm shades of mustard and olive green. Style this ankle boot with a pair of olive green tights a pleated plaid skirt and a luxe cashmere sweater for a sophisticated look that's perfect for fall.

So Shoe Me a pair of rich rust colored ankle boots with a luxe gold chain detail that adds a signature statement when walking amongst the masses.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312 style

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

So Shoe Me ~ 7/24/2011

Today's So Shoe Me is the Bowler Espadrille by Ego and Greed, $112, available at Karmaloop. Vintage florals are being seen in high end resort wear , editorials and now - affordable fashion. This on trend espadrille from the budget conscious brand, Ego and Greed, allows you to wear a fun floral print constructed with quality materials for a little over $100. The bright turquoise vintage floral print upper is the perfect bright for summer. It will add another element to seasonal basics while still remaining comfortable due to the wedge espadrille heel and platform. Style this shoe with a pair of relaxed cut offs, a lightweight cotton tee and a signature fedora for casual summer style that still looks put together.

So Shoe Me a pair of floral espadrilles that bring a signature vintage vibe to my casual separates this summer.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

Saturday, July 23, 2011

So Shoe Me ~ 7/23/2011

Today's So Shoe Me is the Blade Slippers by Surface to Air, $385 $270, available at SSENSE. Slip into style with these leather menswear inspired loafers with a multicolored aztec jacquard embroidery. An eclectic print to standout amongst solids and meld with other patterns this woven flat is the perfect statement for weekend wandering. Rich warm tones with a punch of fresh green and modern blue make up the neutral color palette of this on trend aztec pattern embroidery making it easy to wear with almost any other color. A high end look with quality materials this slip on is a great transitional piece for summer into fall and you need at least one menswear flat this coming season (if you know what's best for you). Style these with a pair of bright red skinny jeans and a neutral colored burnout tee with a subtle tribal print to add an eclectic touch to this casual look.

So Shoe Me a pair of aztec patterned loafers that bring a classic menswear shape with on trend details.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Friday, July 22, 2011

So Shoe Me ~ 7/22/2011

Today's So Shoe Me is the Erika Flat Sandal by Pour La Victoire, $217 $123, available at Endless. 2/3 sweet and 1/3 danger this flirty sandal is embellished with a few cone studs for a distinctive edge. A gladiator style sandal in a sophisticated shade of camel leather shows its sweet side with a row of dainty bows. Adding a bit of contrast is the edgy gold tone spikes making this the perfect shoe to mix with almost any summer style. On trend but with classic details such as the small bows and camel colored leather this shoe isn't going out of style. You'll be able to pair this shoe next summer with colors, prints and neutrals. Style now with a pair of cream lace shorts and a distressed graphic tee to continue the mix of edgy and feminine.

So Shoe Me a pair of luxe leather sandals that bring the perfect mix of sweet and sexy in a truly comfortable flat.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

get an early ticket to hell.

It's time to raise a little hell. The UNIF Hellraiser is reminiscent to the popular Louboutin Rollerball from last fall, but with larger spikes, harder edge and a lower price these menswear inspired flats are sure to sell out quick. Preorder your pair now from Solestruck. See you in Hell! ;)

*UPDATE* The Hellraisers are now available for presale at Karmaloop.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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CASE CLOTHED: workin' (kn)it!

Let's get down to the (knit)ty gritty. Whether we like it or not the hot summer nights will quickly turn into a cool autumn breeze and the best way to transition your wardrobe is through breathable knits. Throwing on a knit brings comfort and warmth, but can also be perfect for summer depending on the weight and style. With so many options this season there is no reason not to be a knit wit! Check out some of my top picks for transitioning into fall and you'll be workin' (kn)it, CASE CLOTHED.

1) Leather Sleeve Blouse by Elizabeth and James, $285, available at Intermix
2) Abstract Patchwork Nolita Sweater by Joie, $268, available at Revolve Clothing
3) Striped Knit Shorts by See by Chloe, $225, available at Shopbop
4) Sahara Star Sweater by Free People, $88, available at Shopbop
5) Hollow Sweater by Style Stalker, $119, available at Singer 22
6) Sequin Saturn Jumper by Markus Lupfer, $361, available at Matches
7) Side Split Maxi Skirt by Asos, $43, available at Asos
8) Tribal Sweater by Beyond Vintage, $250 $100, available at Singer22

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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So Shoe Me ~ 7/21/2011

Today's So Shoe Me is the Alvin Smoking Slipper Flats by Sam Edelman, available at Shopbop. Timeless leopard print in a luxe calf hair adds an air of sophistication and femininity to these classic menswear loafers. A flat built on comfort the padded footbed and leather sole make these loafers comfortable for all day wear and with its luxe look it won't look out of place at the office, out to dinner or for sharing a few drinks with friends. With no detail forgotten the sleek leather piping finishes off this shoe and one could easily believe you paid two times the budget worthy $150 price tag. Pair these printed beauties with a pair of colorful pants and a modern relaxed button down blouse for a simple look that still wows.

So Shoe Me a pair of classic leopard print loafers that bring the luxe without emptying my wallet.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

So Shoe Me ~ 7/20/2011

Today's So Shoe Me is the Rumble Boot by Jeffrey Campbell, $159, available at Pixie Market. Fall in love with autumn's hottest new color. A sophisticated evergreen suede ankle boot with sleek vintage vibes makes this the perfect colored boot for fall. The pure saturated color paired with a honey-hued wood heel brings more of the vintage charm and versatility for wearing casually or dressed-up. The four inch wooden heel adds height and stability so that you can wear these on trend boots all day if you please. Proving it's easy being green you can style these boots with a neutral pleated skirt and a cobalt blue or mustard yellow long-sleeve blouse for a bold primary palette.

So Shoe Me a pair of suede ankle boots that bring a classic shape and an on trend color to my collection this fall.

*P.S. Check out the Rumble in a classic taupe suede at Shopbop for the perfect neutral ankle boot.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

So Shoe Me ~ 7/19/2011

Today's So Shoe Me is the Kruella by Zigi Shoes, $300, available at Karmaloop. Disclaimer: No puppies were harmed in the creation of this racy lace-up shoe. But you may feel more confident, sexy and dangerous with every step. Step into the wild side with a luxe pony hair leopard upper and statement making six inch heel (don't worry the two inch platform makes the heel height wearable). The leather ruffle outlining adds another level of signature style to this daring heel. With sophisticated neutral shades and a timeless leopard print these shoes go from wild to tame when paired with sleek modern separates. Pair this ferocious heel with a classic shift dress in red for a bold look that brings a retro flare to your next cocktail party.

So Shoe Me a pair of leopard print heels that bring a bold signature element to classic dresses and separates.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style


Monday, July 18, 2011

(Nail)ed it: simply MARBLEous

Another amazing DIY manicure that's simply MARBLEous! Over the weekend I spotted this mind blowing technique on Refinery 29 where they've put together an easy step by step video tutorial. But as a fair warning get ready for a time consuming process that may take a bit of practice, but once you've got the technique down you'll have crazy good results that will make make you forget the time you've spent taping, swirling, dipping and drying!

Here's everything you need to get some MARBLEous nails of your own:

1) 3-4 Contrasting nail polishes and a clear top coat
2) Styrofoam cup or bowl filled with lukewarm water (I prefer the bowl for more room to dip my nails.)
3) Scotch tape
4) Toothpicks
5) Time
6) Patience


1) Paint your nails (as you normally would) with one of your chosen polishes and wait until this undercoat dries completely.

2) Use the Scotch tape to create a barrier around your skin and nail. This allows you to dip your nail into the swirled polish getting it all over your fingers. I've also heard of using Vaseline but I have only tried the tape technique.

3) Place drops of nail polish into your bowl of water alternating colors each time. The colors will flow out at first and then begin to become more concentrated. You will want to do at least 3 drops of each color.

4) Now it's time to swirl. I found that toothpicks work the best and that you need to work from the center out in order for it to work. If you go from the outer layers or try to swirl too far out the nail polish will just attach itself to the toothpick and become a globby mess. This step took a bit of trial and error but once I figured out to start from the center it became another simple step.

5) Place your taped up nail into the most attractive part of your swirled polish and soak under water for a few seconds.

6) Take your nail out of the water and remove the tape.

7) Repeat steps 2-6 for all nails.

8) After your marbleized nails dry apply a clear top coat for durability.

If you are crazy enough to try these nails leave me a comment and send pics to my twitter account, @312style.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

So Shoe Me ~ 7/18/2011

Today's So Shoe Me is the Carlossl, $99, by and available at Nine West. An easy way to transition from summer into fall is by using familiar colors and textures in a summer appropriate shape. Olive suede and a contrasting navy elastic band create an unexpected sophisticated colorway which lends itself to rich fall style. The peep toe front and leather ankle strap show a hint of skin while adding  sleek and sexy details. A luxe look for fall at under $100 makes the Carlossl on my most-wanted list for the upcoming season. You can pair these heels with a great pair of printed, textural or colored tights to make them wearable with pencil skirts and shift dresses as the temperature begins to drop. Pair these rich color blocked peep-toes with a wide 70s style high waist trouser, crisp button down and printed silk scarf for a vintage look that keeps your style sophisticated and office appropriate.

So Shoe Me a pair of  heels that are part bootie, part peep toe and perfect for transitioning from summer into fall with a sophisticated on trend olive and navy colorway.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

So Shoe Me ~ 7/17/2011

Today's So Shoe Me is the JARVIS Purple Suede Block Heel Shoe, $100, by and available at Topshop. The hottest new trend on the block this short but sleek metallic heel is reminiscent of the popular Chloe block heel styles but in a pop of purple suede which is ready for fall. Strut a literal purp walk with these bold colored  heels that have a tonal cap toe detail which adds a style element without losing its modern design. The mirror finish metallic heel may be low on height but its high on style and can add a modern finish with a bit of retro design to your wardrobe. With quality materials, thoughtful design and a price tag of $100 the JARVIS is a must have for fresh fall style. Pair these metallic block heels with a utilitarian tapered and cuffed leg jumpsuit in a breathable chiffon silk and neutral color that will let this heel become the statement.

So Shoe Me a pair of perfectly purple shoes with a sleek metallic block heel that makes for a modern and on trend purchase.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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