Monday, April 30, 2012

lifeSTYLE: Dots SS12 Party

Champagne, cupcakes and shopping: What could be better?! Well, maybe if I told you I scored this summer's hottest trends at insanely affordable prices you probably wouldn't believe me, but I have photographic evidence that it's all true and available at your local Dots! From simple staples to punchy prints and must have neons you'll find it at Dots and most pieces are under $20 - and can be mixed with your treasured designer pieces for an inventive hi-lo look. Score big savings on trendy pieces, stock up on basic camis and tees or find a classic LBD to mix with high end accessories.

Check out my lifeSTYLE from the Chicago Blogger Network x Dots SS12 Party:

One of the perks of attending this CBN x Dots party was a generous $50 gift certificate to spend on an outfit I styled that night. I scoured the racks and ultimately fell in love with this neon meets tribal look. I love that the neon swing top, bandeau and printed body con skirt work perfectly together but can also be worn as separates. Try out the sheer neon top and bandeau with some casual cutoffs and the printed skirt with a vintage crop band tee and denim jacket for a more casual spin.

1) Neon Sheer Swing Top, $12.80, available at Dots
2) Silver Statement Necklace, $9.80, available at Dots
3) Neon Bandeau, $5.50, available at Dots
4) Large Silver Cuff, $6.80, available at Dots
5) Tribal Print Body Con Skirt, $10.80, available at Dots

I plan to style my new Dots SS12 outfit with a night out with a second pop of color in these red Lo Res heels by United Nude. I can also go for a more casual but still signature feel with these Kelsi Dagger spiked gladiator sandals.

Save on a sweet summer dress, get striped right in a colorful maxi, play with bright colored bottoms or finish off a simple spring outfit with on trend wedges, floppy hats and fedoras. Check out your local Dots (locations here) for what's new now at budget friendly prices.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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So Shoe Me ~ 4/30/2012

Today's So Shoe Me is the Voleta Rope-Tie Suede Sandals by Diane von Furstenberg, $375 $150, available at The Outnet. Tying together a high end heel and on trend ethnic details the Voleta sandal by DVF is a must have at over half off. A rich mix of golden browns and sleek black adds a chic elegance to this strappy statement making sandal. Tribal overtones can be seen in the geometric shapes, neutral colorway and rope upper adding an on trend ethnic vibe that still remains luxe and undeniably DVF. With a 5" heel and 1" platform you'll hit the peak of fashion with no problems. Pair these strappy summer sandals with a utilitarian army green romper with accents of opaque citrine jewelry for a casual meets luxe safari look.

So Shoe Me a pair of sky-high sandals that will rope me in to an on trend tribal style this summer.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

So Shoe Me ~ 4/29/2012

Today's So Shoe Me is the Red Derby Mesh Flats by McQ Alexander McQueen, $410, available at SSENSE. Sporty perforated leather in a red hot hue make for the perfect statement making flat. Designer touches like the petite metal cap toe finish this red-dy to wear style and add the perfect punch to everyday separates. The monochromatic design creates a high end modern feel to these menswear oxford flats. The perfect shoe for the office or running around on the weekend the Red Derby Mesh Flats will add a versatile and super stylish fit to your spring wardrobe. Pair these silver capped toe flats with a cream vintage shirt dress and a floral printed blazer for a fresh spring look perfect for the office or weekend.

So Shoe Me a pair of hot hued oxfords with a mini metal cap toe for the perfect mix of sporty, chic and modern elements in this versatile menswear style.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

So Shoe Me ~ 4/28/2012

Today's So Shoe Me is the Tilton Platform by Jeffrey Campbell, $160, available at Need Supply. The sweetest little summer sandal with a chunky mod shape and delicate floral lace with luxe leather trim. Feminine florals are kept light and fun with a super chunky heel and platform that are perfect for all day comfort. Tobacco hued leather adds a luxe touch and will pair well with neon brights and pretty pastels. The ankle straps add extra security and style to this fun flower child design. If you're looking to elevate the 70s carefree retro designs with a modern Jeffrey Campbell touch these are definitely your must-have summer sandals. Pair these lace overlay heels with a yellow a-line halter dress and a medium wash denim jacket for a flattering and feminine springtime style.

So Shoe Me a pair of flirty floral sandals with a chunky retro heel and platform for the perfect mix of style and comfort.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Friday, April 27, 2012

So Shoe Me ~ 4/27/2012

Today's So Shoe Me is the Monika by Dolce Vita, $130, available at Solestruck. Your sole is a disco ball. In these mirrored wedges by Dolce Vita you can dance the night away with a retro groove. The perfect combo of neutral nude and shining silver these wedges can be taken from the dance floor to daytime without missing a beat. The 3.75" heel and 2.5" platform give a chunky on trend shape with comfort and versatility that is short enough for daytime, but tall enough for a night out. Wear these shining stunners during the day with a hot pink jersey maxi dress with a thigh high slit.

So Shoe Me a pair of disco-soled shoes for the perfect dancing buddy - day or night.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

So Shoe Me ~ 4/26/2012

Today's So Shoe Me is the Denver Studded Boot by Bed | Stu, $298, available at Free People. A deconstructed leather combat boot is given an artisanal update with woven Mexican blanket fabric accents and carefully placed hand studding.  A mix of bright boho colors and patterns, edgy silver studs and a utilitarian boot create a signature style with complete versatility - wear with cutoffs and dresses in warmer weather and skinny denim in the fall/winter. An eye-catching style full of bold color with a completely studded fold-over front it's the perfect mix of utilitarian edge and hippie brights. A punchy pick for festivals this summer with the textural woven details and classic lace-up shape these boots will give an instant cool to any outfit. Pair these boots with a tight neon mini tank dress and a sheer kimono jacket in a bold geometric or mini floral print for a modern mix of femme meets boy.

So Shoe Me a pair of hand detailed combat boots with a bold and bright textile accent and edgy studs that create an exceptionally versatile boot for festivals and beyond.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I DIY FOR: Super Studded Shorts

If studding things is wrong, I don't wanna be right. And luckily studded cutoffs are the next big trend perfect for creating a sick signature style for music fests, an edgy night out, sunny shopping Saturdays and beyond. With a bowl full of studs, time, patience and a steady hand these super studded shorts can make their way to your closet. So bring a silver statement to your summer style with these impressive embellished cutoffs that are truly to DIY for.

And if you would rather buy than DIY, please contact me at to inquire about placing a custom order.

*Listed on Shop Copious and Etsy*

To prepare the perfect slightly distressed cutoffs, check out Step 1 in "I DIY FOR: Glow-In-The-Dark Aztec Cutoffs."

 Turn ordinary denim shorts into an extraordinary cutoffs with heavy metal embellishments.

What You Will Need:

1 - High Waisted Denim Cutoffs
300 - Tall English 77 Cone Studs*
1- Ruler
1- Metal Flat Edged Tool For Closing Studs

*Depending on the size and shape of your cutoffs you may need more that 300 studs. I used 282 to cover a W US Size 6. I would recommend anyone over a W US size 8 purchase additional studs to completely cover your cutoffs.

I purchased my studs online via They had the greatest variety and best prices I could find and shipping was convenient and fast. I high recommend buying your spikes through them. The stud I specifically used can be found here.

1) How To Apply Studs

~ Punch the stud through the denim. This can be easily done by hand with little to medium force due to the pierced edges on each stud.

~ With a heavy-duty flat metal tool (I used a wood carving tool, but you can also use something similar) push the metal tips 90 degrees on each side until they feel secure.

~ This process will be continued for applying all studs.

2) Stud Your Pattern

~ Create an even allover studded pattern by creating horizontal rows of spikes. You can go by eye or use a ruler. Keep in mind that with a pattern this stud heavy that it is more important to organically place the studs in the most pleasing spot to create the best possible style.

~ Continue to stud until you have completed the entire front. 

3) Admire Your Work

~ After all your hard work studding these sick studded cutoffs you won't want to take them off!

~ Perfect for pairing with a crop bra top and kimono for a music fest or with a halfway tucked in white tee for a weekend out these studded gems with make a hard-edged statement with a signature fit.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

So Shoe Me ~ 4/25/2012

Today's So Shoe Me is the 1-800 by TBA, $165, available at Solestruck. Throw anything spiked or studded in front of me and I'm bound to freak out and fall in love, but these wedged trainers by TBA have taken my obsession to a new undiscovered disorder. With smooth black leather, supple suede and oversized gold spikes these hi tops have high style that will add the perfect signature edge to denim in the day or body hugging all black separates at night. The 3.75" wedge adds just enough height without taking away comfort or wearability which makes me hope that the TBA 1-800 includes a 24 hr. hot line for hopelessly obsessed fans (yes, you can be a shoe super fan). The textural black on black colorway keeps this trainer versatile and will add a modern edge to chic leather leggings or cool cutoffs this spring. Pair these hi top wedges with luxe leather leggings, a vintage band tee and distressed light wash denim jacket for a comfortable and casual night out with an edgy twist.

So Shoe Me a pair of spiked hi top trainers with a comfortable wedge that will give my style an unbeatable edge.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

So Shoe Me ~ 4/24/2012

Today's So Shoe Me is the Reena Sandal by Tory Burch, $275, available at Nordstrom. Taking the tribal print trend to a naturally luxe level these navy blue and white woven sandals are a flat out must this spring and summer. A pop of pattern in a neutral colorway adds versatility and flare, perfect for pairing with colorblocked neons or a simply striped dress. The Reena is all about the details with the geometric tribal pattern woven on two front straps as well as the sole of the sandal. Adding comfort and a modern design the toe strap is just right for highlighting a bright pedicure. Add texture and a signature tribal touch to your summer wardrobe with the must have Reena by Tory Burch. Pair these sandals with sherbet orange hued denim shorts and a sleeveless front tied button down (try this budget friendly style from Old Navy) for an outfit perfect for a long summer's day out.

So Shoe Me a pair of neutral navy sandals with a high end woven tribal pattern that will add a signature style to my chic and casual summer options.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Monday, April 23, 2012

So Shoe Me ~ 4/23/2012

Today's So Shoe Me is the Glitter and Crystal Embellished Suede Sandals by Miu Miu, $990, available at Net-a-Porter. A true blue shoe with shining clear crystals and glitzy silver sparkles fit for a modern-day Cinderella make these Miu Miu sandals a dream come true. Turquoise suede with a striking black trim create an updated t-strap upper that contrasts well with the dainty jewel encrusted heel. Adding a bright springtime freshness with eye-catching crystals these dazzling sandals can be worn for an chic night out or as a trend setting daytime option with cuffed boyfriend jeans. To create a modern mix of colors with a elegant finish pair these heels with a neon green cocktail dress for a bold nighttime look.

So Shoe Me a pair of statement making sandals with a sparkling crystal heel and signature turquoise suede for a a modern glam heel that can go from a dream day to a fairytale night.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

So Shoe Me ~ 4/22/2012

Today's So Shoe Me is the Paris Wedge by Matiko, $225, available at Creative cutouts add an inventive edge to these versatile neutral wedges. A simple tie front gives a nod to the on-trend oxford while still remaining crisp and modern. The architectural cutout in this 4.5" wedge create a cool "invisible" detail but still give you complete stability and comfort perfect for all-day wear. The perfect wedge for adding a signature detail to classic summer staples you'll fall in love with the neutral tones, sky-high height and total comfort of this cutout style. Pair these wedged wonders with a tropical leaf print shirt or wrap style dress for a simple style that's all about the details.

So Shoe Me a pair of architectural cutout wedges for a pair of oxford-esque heels that add a modern signature touch to any style this spring.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

So Shoe Me ~ 4/21/2012

Today's So Shoe Me is the Basket Lace-Up Pump by Hinge, $120, available at Nordstrom. Distressed leather and a classic basket weave leave a decidedly vintage feel to these springtime lace-up heels. The on trend oxford style adds a menswear finish with a touch of femininity in the basket weave upper and 4" block heel. The perfect shoe for a pairing with a white cotton dress on a sunny day out or with cuffed jeans and a bright blazer for a dressed up denim look. The open-toe front is perfect for showing off a colorful pedicure and keeps the style perfect for spring and summer. With signature details like the open basket weave and the lace-up front you'll have no problem falling in love with these must-have oxfords. Pair these heels with a crisp a-line white cotton dress and a bright pink knit cardigan for a chic daytime date look.

So Shoe Me a pair of lace-up oxfords with a signature basket weave perfect for a cool spring evening or sunny summer day with a hint of menswear and feminine touches for a truly versatile heel.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Friday, April 20, 2012


Giving a new meaning to "high" fashion contemporary brands are lighting up our signature style with nature-inspired prints with budget friendly prices that will have us rolling in the green. What better way to celebrate 4/20 than by taking in a natural high with these fun and kitschy prints from these must have indie labels, CASE CLOTHED.

1) MARYJANE Rose Bra Top by Dimepiece Designs, $60, available at Dimepiece Designs
2) MARYJANE Rose Cardigan by Dimepiece Designs, $84, available at Dimepiece Designs
3) MARYJANE Rose Pencil Skirt by Dimepiece Designs, $68, available at Dimepiece Designs
4) Weed Be Good Together Tee by UNIF, $69, available at Urban Outfitters 
5) Tropical Leaf Bomber Jacket by Topshop, $84, available at Topshop
6) Lita Flame Shoe by Jeffrey Campbell, $198, available at Karmaloop
7) The Happiest Place on Earth Sweatshirt by Dimepiece Designs, $90, available at Karmaloop

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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So Shoe Me ~ 4/20/2012

Today's So Shoe Me is the Palais Layered Metallic Wedges, $170, by and available at Topshop. Celebrate 4/20 with a natural high by purchasing these mint green metallic wedges from Topshop. The shiny silver layered wedge will light up your style and the affordable price tag will help you save a little green. The criss-cross upper and silver-studded ankle straps add comfort and stability to this 5.5" wedge. Perfect for taking your style to new heights this wedge can be worn casually or dressed up. Pair these minty fresh sandals with some printed silk pajama-style pants, a solid bandeau top and relaxed neon citrine blazer for a boho spring look that can go from day to night.

So Shoe Me a pair of metallic and pastel sandals that will give me the ultimate style high with a budget friendly price tag to boot.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

So Shoe Me ~ 4/19/2012

Today's So Shoe Me is the Warrior by Underground, $290, available at Solestruck. Sometimes life just calls for a bad ass boot and you'll always be prepared for those moments with the black leather Warrior by Underground. The metal cast at the front adds a signature industrial edge while the classic black leather adds a dirty edge that will only add a more distinctive style with wear and tear over time. Multiple buckle closures add a classic moto style and the calf length shaft gives the versatility to wear the Warrior all year round. The perfect no worries festival boot you can wear these in any weather conditions and then hose them clean. And they also come in men's sizes for the raddest his and hers footwear around. Pair these edgy industrial boots with some vintage distressed cutoffs, a fringed crop concert tee and a vintage chiffon floral print duster for a statement making festival look.

So Shoe Me a pair of rad, bad, iron-clad black leather moto boots that will bring a signature edge to my summertime style.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

So Shoe Me ~ 4/18/2012

Today's So Shoe Me is the Bardot Colorblock Flat Sandals by Rebecca Minkoff, $275, available at Shopbop. Pretty in pastels with a hint of metallic to boot these colorblocked sandals with modern geometric cutouts is poised to become your new summer staple. The peachy pink leather upper acts as an unexpected neutral that can be paired with all your favorite separates. Yellow leather at the back adds a bright pop while the gold metallic strap is a sleek and luxe detail. The asymmetrical cutouts in geometric shapes adds a modern spin to the classic gladiator sandal making these the perfect high-end addition to your summer shoe collection. Pair these fashion forward flats with a medium-wash denim shirt dress for a chic and casual daytime outfit.

So Shoe Me a pair of pretty in pink sandals in a fresh modern shape that will add a comfortable luxe finish to all my summer separates.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

So Shoe Me ~ 4/17/2012

Today's So Shoe Me is the Zeus Over the Knee Boots by Cobra Society, $1195, available at Shopbop. With the weather continually becoming colder and gloomier there's only one bright side to this situation: I can totally pull off these signature Cobra Society OTK boots! While my cutoffs and short sleeves are being replaced with skinny jeans and chunky knits the bright mustard suede and artisanal Moroccan wool tapestry adds a bit of fun to these dark overcast days. This boho style comes complete with the perfect corset laced back and will add a luxe indie touch to your festival style, hi-lo day dresses or a simple pair of skinny jeans and a tee. A statement making splurge these Cobra Society boots can become your signature style and due to the handcrafted design they will only get better with age making them a lifetime fashion investment. Pair these super signature boots with a hi-lo hem white cotton t-shirt dress for a way to pull off an OTK style in warmer temps.

So Shoe Me a pair of tribal tapestry accented boots in a neutral yet bright colorway that will add an unexpected touch to my spring wardrobe.

xoxo ~ Lisa + 312style

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