Great Deals at Old Navy

Every girl needs some basic but stylish flip flops. Don’t get me wrong, I love my heels and wear them every day. But, there are the occasional moments where you’ll be walking a lot or you just need to run out of the house, and high heels just aren’t the best idea. For those cases, here are some fantastic deals from Old Navy. They’re super cute too!!

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Women’s Beaded Keyhole Sandals, $8.00

These come in yellow, white, brown, blue, pink, and black.

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Women’s Beaded Thong Sandals, $9.00

These come in gold/silver, cool combo, warm combo, and multi.

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Women’s Embellished Thong Sandals, $15.00

These come in blue, silver, and gold.

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Women’s Jewel-Stone T-Strap Sandals, $19.50

These come in silver, bronze, and black.

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Women’s Jeweled T-Strap Sandals, $15.00

These come in warm combo and cool combo.

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Women’s Braided Sandals, $4.99

These come in bright coral, cyclamen, and black.

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Women’s Embellished Suede Sandals, $7.99

These come in yellow, green, pink, brown, and black.

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Women’s Faux-Patent Thong Sandals, $15.00

These come in silver.

And for some wedges…

I’m not a big fan of espadrilles, but these are actually pretty cute:

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Women’s Knotted Espadrille Wedges, $13.00

These come in pink, black, and yellow.

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Women’s Braided Wedges, $11.99

These come in blue.

Do you have a favorite/least favorite?

Let me know!

Collection Highlights from the Costume Institute

I decided to browse through The Costume Institute’s website and found some really awesome pieces in their permanent collection. Unfortunately I only found 2 pictures of shoes, but I also found a gorgeous dress that I just had to post. You should definitely check out the website, they have some really great pieces.

CI06.1344

Shoes, 1690–1700
French
silk, leather; Length: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1906 (06.1344a, b)

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Sandals, 1938
Salvatore Ferragamo (Italian, founded 1929), Design House; Salvatore Ferragamo (Italian, 1898 – 1960), Designer
Italian
leather, cork; Overall: 5 1/2 x 9in. (14 x 22.9cm)
Gift of Salvatore Ferragamo, 1973 (1973.282.2)

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Maria-Luisa (dite Coré), Ensemble, spring/summer 1998
House of Dior (French, founded 1947), Design House; John Galliano (British, born Gibraltar, 1960), Designer
French
(a, e, f) silk; (b, d) synthetic; (c) wool; (g, h) metal, glass; Length (b; greatest): 50 in. (127 cm) Height (c): 13 3/8 in. (34 cm) Length (d): 14 in. (35.6 cm) Heel to Toe (e,f): 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm) Length (g,h): 2 in. (5.1 cm)
Gift of Christian Dior Couture Paris, 1999 (1999.494a–h)

This is Why I Love ModCloth.com!

I always find the most unique and unusual shoes at ModCloth.com, and I love them!!! And they have a $5 flat rate for shipping! Here’s some of my faves:

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Banana Split Heels, $39.99

This peep toe has some great detailing and one hell of a pop of color.

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It’s A Mod World Oxfords, $39.99

What a jazzy spin on the classic Oxford! Sexy and cute, all wrapped in one.

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Wall Street Heels, $39.99

This shoe is so full of personality, how could you not want it!?!?

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Heavy Metal Sandals in Black Sunday, $27.99

A nice bit of hardware on the ever-popular Gladiator sandal.

And last but most certainly not least…

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Unicorn Princess Heels, $119.99 (SOLD OUT)

These are definitely above my price range, but aren’t they AWESOME!? Yes, a little weird, and a bit quirky, but I would wear the hell out of these!!!

Love these picks? Hate them? Let me know!!

What do you think?

Project Runway Season 7 Casting

Are you an aspiring fashion designer? Do you think you have what it takes for Project Runway? If so, be sure to go to mylifetime.com and apply!

Check out the link below:

I can’t even wait for Season 6 to come out this summer!! I was pretty disappointed with the talent on Season 5, and don’t even get me started on how annoying Kenley was….Of course in the end, Leanne won, and she was my favorite, so all was good again 🙂

What are you most looking forward to for the next season of Project Runway?

What would you like to see from this one?

A History of Thigh High Boots

I found this great little slideshow on a history of thigh high boots on The Cut: New York Magazine’s Fashion Blog, and I just had to share it. It’s really great!

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The Three Musketeers in 1905 with the folded down thigh high boot

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Pierre Cardin’s designs in 1968

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Julia Roberts as a prostitute in Pretty Woman, 1990

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Madonna on tour in 2004

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Anne Hathaway in her full length Chanel boots in The Devil Wears Prada, 2006

–Can I just interject by saying how much I love this movie!?!! I have watched The Devil Wears Prada a countless amount of times and it really never gets old. I guess I can relate to it a bit too, the whole transformation into the world of fashion, wanting to work for a magazine bit…sigh…and this movie really made me love Anne Hathaway too. Shes really a fantastic actress…anyway, back to the list!

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Rihanna in a series of thigh high boots, the last of the bunch making her look like an umpire, 2007-2009

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Prada, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Gucci all showed thigh high boots on the runway for fall 2009

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Lady Gaga in her monstrosity of an outfit in 2009…good thing her tunes are catchy…

Do you like the thigh high boot trend? Which are your favorite? I really love Anne Hathaway’s full length Chanel boots. What about you?

VIA SPIGA AMAZING FIND!!!

Last week at T.J. Maxx I came across the GREATEST pair of Via Spiga’s but I didn’t buy them. I thought about them all week, and today on my lunch break I went back, and they still had them. They were clearanced for $30 down from $200 which is an amazing deal for the brand, but I was trying to be good! That was until I tried them on and a couple cute little old ladies asked me for fashion advice and continued to tell me that I definitely needed to buy those shoes. That’s all I needed to hear, and SOLD.

Soooo….tonight as I’m doing my weekend online browsing, what do I find?

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The EXACT SAME shoe on Zappos.com

And guess what they’re selling it for??

$145.25!!! Right now!!!!

You can check it out here:

http://www.zappos.com/product/7416567/color/150469

Although, I would highly recommend you take a trip to T.J. Maxx instead!!!

Starting a Local Boutique…

So I realize it has been quite awhile since I have posted on here, it seems I’ve been busier lately than I even realized! But now I am back and I will try to update it no less than once a week…

Anyway…onto the juicy stuff!

I am thinking about starting a small boutique in my area. It’s main concentration would be accessories: shoes, jewelry, handbags, etc., but would also have clothing. Being the frugal shopper that I am, I would never want an overly pretentious, high priced shop. I want to share affordable fashion! That being said, I think it would also dual as a consignment shop. Living in the Hampton Roads area, I would probably locate it in Virginia Beach or Williamsburg where there are more crowds and more of a fashion scene.

I’m still in the beginning stages and this is something I would do in a few years, maybe after all my student loans are paid off. So in this time, I want to do as much research as I can. This is all so new to me!! During my search I found this handy article from eHow.com on How to Start a Boutique:

  1. Step 1

    Decide what type of boutique you want to open. Do you want to specialize in accessories, cruise or vacation wear, sportswear, elegant clothing or consignment?

  2. Step 2

    Get a resale number from the Franchise Tax Board. This will get you into trade shows and allow you to purchase their goods.

  3. Step 3

    Contact the city or county department that handles business licenses and get an application. Ask what other requirements there are for opening a business in the area.

  4. Step 4

    Find suppliers. Go to trade shows and join organizations to get lists of suppliers for the products you want to carry.

  5. Step 5

    Select a location. You will need a storefront that has good street visibility and easy access.

  6. Step 6

    Design the store to be inviting. Select special items to put in windows to entice customers to come inside.

  7. Step 7

    Advertise. Hold mini-fashion shows to create publicity for your store and attract customers.

  8. Step 8

    Try something new. Order items that you think the public might like, even if you don’t like them personally.

  9. Step 9

    Listen to what your customers are asking for and try to fill their needs.

I now want to ask what you guys think about this advice, and what tips could you give to someone starting out on this venture??

Any help would be greatly appreciated and I’ll be sure to post it!!

Thanks!