Daily Covet: Birkenstock Gizeh

I know it’s so not original to be back into Birkenstocks these days. Style blog after style blog is telling you how to reinvent your Birkenstocks because why not wear these comfortable and newly styled sandals with literally everything?

I had several pairs of Birkenstocks, both obtained in the late 80’s when they made their post-hippy re-emergence. I held onto them long after I ever considered wearing them. And finally took them to the Goodwill long after the leather had hardened and the soles had broken down.

I was certain that this was a bandwagon I was not going to jump back on. But then the old-school “Arizona” and the more flip-flop-like “Gizeh” started showing up everywhere. And in the best colors and textures.

To say I have a mini obsession with this Metallic Copper pair with the Soft footbed is a understatement. I mean, how tan could my feet look in these adorable sandals after all? And more importantly, what color polish should I get at my next pedicure? “Mirrored” is hard to accessorize!

On a more serious note however, since the U.S. loser-in-chief  doesn’t see it necessary to look after our environment, it’s nice to know that companies like Birkenstock have been using more environmentally friendly materials and pioneering ways to reduce energy consumption since the 80’s. What better reason to wear Birkenstocks is there?

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What a girl wants

Is it too early to think about Christmas Wish Lists? Judging by the fact that all the department stores have been decked out since the day after Halloween, I’d say wish (or perhaps shop) away!

Clearly, this list is for the mostly casual girl that likes a little sparkle and a nice, red lip from time to time. Hmmm, I wonder who I was channeling when I put this together.

Take a look at some of these can’t fail items, if you need inspiration for your own list  (I’m sorry, I do not comprehend this concept) or if you are shopping for some special chick(s) this year. (Shop them on my Polyvore page.)

Anything I’m missing? What’s at the top of your list? Let me know in the comments below!

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Marc Cain Pumps

I stopped into, She.la, a high-end boutique that a friend of mine works for here in the Midwest. She has impressed her love of a line called Marc Cain upon me over the last year, and we had a chance to peruse the fall lookbook this afternoon.

There were the most amazing pair of kilty loafers in bright turquoise blue. If you’ve read this blog ever in your life, you’ll know that I absolutely adore all things turquoise – so much so that almost every room in my house is turning a shade of that color. (More on my ever-changing blue rooms to come later.)

So for a brief moment, I wished for fall and these beautiful loafers (more moments for the shoes than for fall) that would be a great high-low addition to kick cropped jeans or the perfect pairing for pencil skirts. And how gorgeous as a pop against black capris and a black turtleneck? They also come in a pale pink and an oxblood color too.

Sadly, I could only find the photo for my daily covet in an online look book as they aren’t out yet. But you get the idea, right?

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photo credit Marc-Cain.com

 

Daily Covet: Blue Suede Boots

We are enjoying an extended summer here in the Midwest, which seems extra strange since my kids have been in school for almost four weeks already!

But the fall catalogs are rolling in, and I have spent much time poring over the beautiful pages of fashion’s “what is to come.” One of my favorites – and not only for the clothing – is the Anthropologie catalog. This time the images included models on the streets (and the rooftops!) of Paris. What could be better?

Well, I’ll tell you. Amazing blue, suede boots!! (I know, I can’t but help to sing it too.)

These blue over-the-knee boots from Lien.Do Toro are just the right amount of sexy, which can be toned down by wearing them with a printed, flowy midi dress and turned way up by pairing them with a daring mini and second-skin turtleneck.

Regardless of what I’d pair them with, I just love dark blue shoes to boot!

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Daily Covet: Flatform Flashback

I forget what I was searching this morning, but I ran across these basic, but wonderful flatform slides that are almost exactly like ones I had almost 15 years ago. And summer is calling my name. (Not sure why because we are getting snow 3x this week in middle America!)

Anywho…I wore those sandals by Nine West for years and had them repaired several times. The cross-foot band was made made from the softest leather; it was like sliding my bare foot into butter.

Sadly, my soft little sandals met their death when my cobbler said there was nothing more that he could do. I searched high and low for replacements, but never found any. It seems by the time I was ready to replace them, they weren’t the sandal of the moment anymore…. until now!

Not only did I find these amazing Stuart Weitzman sandals that are virtually an exact replica, I found other similar slides and sandals that have a bit of a lift without the crippling arches that so many absolutely gorge sandals tend to have.

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Here is another pair from Robert Clergerie that I absolutely adore. They might actually be my favorite of the bunch with that extra braided band. You’ll notice these ain’t getting any cheaper….

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I lied. These flatform sandals are quite a bit less and have a cute ankle strap so it’s easier to keep them on. The ankle strap makes them look a little bit dressier too, so they are ideal for pairing with summer dresses.

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Should you like to go the espadrille route, this little peep toe model is perfect. They definitely scream summer, but the suede is super sophisticated – like for summers in the Hamptons.

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Leave your wicker tote at home and choose these gorgeous sandals instead. The flatform makes them comfortable and the black and natural raffia construction make them cool. The name Clergerie? That makes them expensive.

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Still feel like you’ll be falling off your flatforms? Try these black/gray sandals from Jil Sander. The demi flatform means you’ll be a lot closer to the ground in case your ankle are afraid of heights.

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And last but certainly not least, these little numbers from Pour La Victoire are ideal if you really can’t decide between black and brown. They satisfy both cravings along with the need to show off cute ankles with the ankle straps.

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Daily Covet: Ann Taylor Katarina Sandals

Not sure who Katarina is, but I love her sandals.

But seriously, these Ann Taylor sandals scream “SUMMER!” and I’m so ready for warmer weather – especially with a foot of snow on the Midwestern ground.

I love the pale gold color that would look great against summer-tanned feet. There’s a small heel for comfort mostly, and some metal detailing up top too… really a perfect spring break or summer sandal!

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5 Pairs of Super Hot Wedges

I’m sure I speak for many of us girlios when I say, we love ourselves some wedges.

And these wedges were made for walkin’.

From booties to sexy over-the-knee styles, these five pairs of wedges will take you uptown, downtown – virtually anywhere this season.

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Lucky Brand Yorque, Sole Society $139

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Charles David Renex, Bluefly $237

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French Blu W Wedge Boot, Target $80

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Jimmy Choo, TheOutnet $493

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Jil Sander, TheOutnet $358