Booties for Spring

I have long resisted the lure of warm-weather boots, but like many fashion-forward trends, this one has captured me. I recently purchased these Aquatalia booties on sale (40% off) at Nordstrom, and now I want to wear them all the time.
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For starters, they’re insanely comfortable. Made in Italy, Aquatalia maintains a focus on style while never losing sight of functionality and craftsmanship. Although the price point is on the high side, I’ve never regretted purchasing a pair.

My pattern has always been to team booties with skinny jeans or tights and skirts. I hesitated wearing them with skirts and bare legs, since most of my short boots are black and I thought the end result had a leg-shortening effect. And then I started thinking about color. Lucy Lui has long been sporting the boots-and-bare-legs look, and it totally works on her 5’3″ frame. Why? Because her choices are usually a variation of tan or grey—light colors that minimize the contrast between skin and leather to make legs look longer.

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I’m sold. It’s a different look for me, and I like the change. It’s always fun to shake up your style sensibilities a bit, which is what fashion is all about.

Trends come and go. We hold on to favorites for a long time, and we experiment, however briefly, with something new and different. It keeps things fresh, and I’m all for that.

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Met Gala 2016

The theme of last night’s Met Gala was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” so it’s no surprise that metallics ruled. Dresses ranged from over-the-top bizarre (which has come to be expected) to are-you-sure-you-read-your-invitation-because-that’s-just-ummm-a-dress to utterly foolish to you-are-trying-waaaaay-too-hard.

The highlight of the evening was Claire Danes, whose baby blue Zac Posen gown featured fiber optics that made it glow in the dark. The dress was gorgeous. She was gorgeous. She perfectly reflected the theme, and while a glow-in-the-dark dress most definitely qualifies as over the top, it totally worked…in a good way.

 

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Since nothing else dazzled me and lots of things merely confused me, here’s a visual recap of the event. No wearers’ names. No designers. Just photos. You decide.

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Strawberry Shoes Forever

My friend Michele, who is married to a Brazilian man, introduced me to Melissa shoes. She recently returned from a vacation there, and she came back with the most amazing footwear for herself and her daughter. Made in Brazil, they’re fashioned from MELFLEX PVC that’s durable, flexible, hypoallergenic, recyclable, and…wait for it…fruit-scented.

Intrigued by the concept, I decided to try to find them online. Nordstrom, as always, came through.

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This is the ‘Ultragirl Sweet’ Hidden Wedge Peep-Toe Skimmer, available in black tortoise and sand. It’s one of the most comfortable flats I’ve ever worn, and the hidden wedge gives me that extra bit of height that I’m always craving. I managed to find them on sale, but even though they’ve gone back to full price, they’re still very reasonable for a non-leather shoe.

If there’s a little girl in your life, you might want to look into Mini Melissas—also available at Nordstrom. One pair is more adorable than the next!