Without a doubt, fall is my favorite time of year. I’ve always preferred boots and sweaters to flip-flops and T-shirts, probably because it’s so much easier to make a statement or get playful with clothing when the focus isn’t on trying to stay cool. (And I mean that in a temperature sort of way, not in a hip sort of way.) Now that June and July are behind us, I feel I have carte blanche to turn my attention to fall fashions, and there’s no better place to start than at the Nordstrom anniversary sale.
Nordstrom’s fall sale has always been a great source for amazing prices on boots, and this year is no exception. A perfect example is the Paul Green “Jules” block-heel bootie, on sale now for $266.90. (On August 8, it jumps to $399.00.)
Although the reviews say the boots fits true to size, I found it more comfortable to go up a 1/2 size. If you’re tempted to buy, keep in mind that it has no zipper, so slipping it on and off can pose a bit of a challenge to a high arch.
Since the Lulu Frost necklace I posted last week is one of a kind, I thought I should share some of the items that are actually available. There’s an obvious Art Deco influence in a lot of the pieces. For more—plus items on sale—visit the website.
A few years ago, I discovered this necklace during a random online search. Designed by Lisa Salzer under the brand Lulu Frost, it’s a one-of-a-kind piece made from a diversity of antique jewelry: brooches, earrings, chains, etc. It’s one of those pieces that draws attention every time I wear it, and it’s definitely a show-stopper when worn with all black.
The Lulu Frost collections boast followers such as Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, and Taylor Swift. To see more, visit the Lulu Frost website.
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.
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.
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.
I couldn’t move on from the blog on Melissa shoes without showing you a few of the Mini Melissas, modeled by the utterly adorable Stella.
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.
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!