Made Ya Look Friday!

3 09 2010

TGIF! Hopefully today is a pay-day for you!

Earlier this week I mentioned that I bought my first pair of TOMS shoes. I am totally in love with them and keep trying to find excuses to wear them haha. But, TOMS also makes today’s feature for Made Ya Look Friday.

What do you think of these sparkly TOMS? Are they a LOOK or a Make Ya Look? I’m honestly torn on what I think, so I’m anxious to know how you guys feel about them. They retail for $54. The result will be posted tomorrow morning. Happy voting!

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BooTuesday: Slouchy, Not Sloppy

3 09 2010

Hi there!

Hooray for September–boot season is officially upon us! There’s nothing better than shopping for that perfect new pair and breaking out your favorites from last year. But, don’t get too excited just yet. Depending on where you live, it may be too warm out to start wearing boots. I firmly believe that just because the temperature is warm enough for flip flops doesn’t mean they are acceptable. However, that also doesn’t mean you should toss on your Uggs when it’s 70 degree. So then what do I wear?

Simple, you wear slouchy, light fashionable boots. Keep it casual, classy and cool! You can absolutely rock a great pair of “transitional” boots this time of year with skirts, shorts and dresses. Slouchy doesn’t have to mean sloppy! Slouchy boots are perfect this time of year because they have a more loose and airy fit. Also, they are usually shorter and more fun than your typical fall/winter boots.

Here are the don’t with slouchy boots. DON’T wear slouchy boots with an uber-professional outfit. Slouchy boots aren’t really work appropriate, but they can be if you work in a very casual atmosphere. Typical corporate cults won’t really favor slouchy boots though. DON’T wear sloppy boots that are just old, worn in and scrappy. Slouchy is a style, sloppy is not. Finally, DON’T wear boots that aren’t meant to be slouchy but are slouchy on you because they don’t fit correctly! So many people have this problem. If a boot isn’t meant to be slouchy, you will know. When you try it on, if you can’t pull it up high enough for it to fit correctly, you shouldn’t buy it! You will be uncomfortable and the boot will not look it’s best.

Here are some great slouchy boots for your enjoyment and don’t forget to keep up with SASI on Twitter! 🙂

Matisse "Amigo" 199.95

Steve Madden "Candence" 99.95





Weekend Replay: Summer Soiree and TOMS

30 08 2010

Hi there!

Sorry that I fell out of the blogosphere last week, I was busy busy. The good news? I have shoes to report on! 🙂

Friday night I had the pleasure of attending the Junior League of Chicago’s annual Summer Soiree at the Chicago History Museum. Although the theme was “A Night on the Green” the attire was summer cocktail and that only meant one thing to me–a pair of fabulous shoes to accompany my dress. I wore a frilly and fantastic black strapless dress from White House Black Market and paired it with Betsey Johnson’s “Whitney” open-toe pump. I’m an idiot and forgot to take pictures of the outfit, but trust me, the shoes looked great! More importantly, they felt pretty good, respectively. It’s hard to really say any pair of high pumps are comfortable, but these were some of the more comfortable ones I have worn in a while. The platform made the heel feel less high and the open side kept my feet from feeling too restricted. I was fortunate enough to find these lovelies at Akira Shoes and they retail for $150. In my opinion, they are worth it in style and comfort.

In addition to getting to wear those great Betsey’s I also tracked down and bought my first pair of TOMS shoes! I talked about TOMS once before, and although I love everything that TOMS stands for, I haven’t always loved their shoes. The style is simple and the canvas material is casual. I have definitely seen some people who look great in Tom’s and, as always, there are some people who don’t look quite as good. So, I was kind of neutral about myself in Tom’s. That was until I tried them on while killing a few minutes at Nordstroms. The last thing I expected was for these shoes to be as comfortable as they are, seriously awesome. And, the canvas felt great and the shape of the shoe really came to life once I put it on. I was immediately sold, but Nordstrom’s was only sold out. Since I didn’t want to pay for shipping OR have to battle with those stupid UPS stickers on my front door, I was on a shoe-hunt for a pair of Red canvas Tom’s in size 7. Tom’s shoes stretch about a half size so it’s better to buy them a half-size down from your usual shoes. Finally, after days of looking around, I picked up my Tom’s in the Nordstroms at Old Orchard mall. I am happy to know that my $44 purchase not only made me happy, but funded a pair of shoes for a child in Africa. I encourage all of you to at least try on a pair of Tom’s the next time you’re shopping because I think you will be just as excited as I was.

Check in tomorrow for BooTuesday and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter!





BooTuesday: Sandal Boots

24 08 2010

While I was initially very skeptical of the sandal boot combo, the trend has infused shops and closets everywhere and has grown on me tremendously. What’s a better fusion for the end of summer/start of fall than these guys? Almost nothing. Sandal boots, my affectionate name for them, are trendy and come in a few different styles. From flats to wedges and even chunky heels, anyone can find a little summer booty. 😉

The best way to wear these is with ease and flare. The looser fit of the actual boot part makes these shoes casual but adaptable. They look great on bare legs and over skinny jeans and leggings. There aren’t a ton of options on how to wear these because you definitely want to show them off, so that’s really the only limitation. Summer booties are perfect for fall because they aren’t as flip-floppy as regular sandals and the boot makes them more weather appropriate. Summer boots are a refreshing fusion of fall and summer right now. You are ready for fall, but aren’t ready for actual boots and heavy shoes, I totally understand. Try on a pair of these the next time you’re out shopping and I have a feeling you might fall in love.

Here are the dont’s: DON’T wear these with longer flowing skirts or dresses, it totally throws off the balance. Try pairing it with mini’s instead. DON’T worry about your cankles–these sandals are the perfect disguise. DON’T think these shoes are too trendy for you, I’m positive there is a pair out there with your name on it!

Enjoy the pics and don’t forget to follow SASI on Twitter and Facebook!

Steve Madden "Tipper"

Naughty Monkey "Brilliant"

Blowfish "Fontana"





Made Ya Look!

20 08 2010

TGIF!

In honor of BooTuesday’s return this week, today’s shoe is the Tory Burch Lysa Chain Ankle Boot. This bootie is the perfect combo of the top fall trends featured on Monday. The chains and zipper give it lots of edge and the sleek black leather and high heel make this boot appealing to all different styles. The Lysa retails for $450.00 and has a 4 inch heel. So, you tell me–is the Lysa a LOOK or a Make Ya Look?

Tory Burch "Lysa"

Tory Burch "Lysa"

The result? This shoe is 100% a LOOK! 🙂





Thrifty Thursday: 15% off Shoes.com

19 08 2010

Happy Thursday!

Today’s thrifty deal is 15% off at Shoes.com! Shoes.com is a great place to buy a new pair of running shoes or your winter Uggs. They offer a wide variety of brands and search options so finding the perfect shoe just got easier! Also, they offer FREE shipping and easy returns! Click here for a list of all the brands featured on Shoes.com. For 15% off just enter the code 15OFF when you checkout.

Enjoy!





Fall Flavor

16 08 2010

With the humidity on it’s way out of town, there’s only one thing to look forward to, fall shoes! This fall, there are 3 huge trends falling upon us. Here’s the lowdown on the trends and then check back over the next few weeks to find the best shoes for each trend.

1. Industrial–this trend is all about being rough and “urban,” I put “urban” in quotes because it’s more of an idea than an actual style, but, it brings the image to mind nonetheless. With this trend you will find distressed boots, lots of zippers, studs, matte blacks and dark leathers, and plenty of edge. Although this trend isn’t the best professional style, it has potential. All these industrial type shoes will look great with jeans, dresses and leggings (if you so choose), so there is plenty to go around. Are you industrial? You are if you like to rough up your style a bit and put your own spin on outfits. This trend is easy to work with and creates countless possibilities.

2. Uber-Prep–this fall try and simplify. The essence of the uber-prep is the simple, classic and easy style of basics. Not to be confused with boring, the uber-prep is tres chic and full of glam. The uber-prep has a closet full of flats, wedges and pumps loaded with patent leather, beads and bows. This trend is perfect for any occasion–the office, dinner parties, dog parks and shopping on Michigan Ave. Are you the uber-prep? You are if you love light, upbeat colors, cool style and easy fashion. The essence of the uber-prep is in their ease, so don’t overdo this simple and classic spin on style.

3. Wedges–I’m not even going to try and hide my excitement for this trend. I love wedges! Wedges have been on the rise for a while now, but this season is sure to be the biggest and best for wedges. Try out all the different kind of wedge boots that are out this fall, there are literally hundreds to choose from. The wedge is a classic style that accentuates anything. Even more, the wedge can be industrial or prep and therefore, you can find a wedge perfect for any occasion. Will you wear wedges? You will if heels exhaust your feet and but you still want the sophistication of a lift. Wedges are a great addition to any shoe collection and will last you for seasons to come.

Tell SASI what shoe styles you’ll be rocking this fall and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter. Happy Monday!