Coconuts Britain Riding Boots Review and #DSWShoeHookup Giveaway

Friday, December 06, 2013

Disclosure: DSW provided me a pair of boots to review. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of DSW.

Boots. Stilettos. Wedges. Sandals. If a pair of shoes have a "wow factor" about them and the shoes fit, I'll wear them! The Coconuts Britain Riding Boots (Available in Black, Cognac, or Brown) fits that bill perfectly. These boots are perfect in every way - true to size, sophisticated, versatile, comfortable, and undeniably chic. I love the ankle straps and buckle accents, which adds to its sophistication.

The versatility enables these boots to sync harmoniously with a myriad of outfits, whether it's a dress, skirt, leggings, or skinny jeans! They're fashion-worthy as they're functional to get you through the cold, blistering weather! The Coconuts Britain Riding Boots are normally valued at $259, but you can buy your own pair at DSW for just $149.95. Also, be sure to sign up for their Rewards Program - it doesn't cost anything. You will receive Free Shipping and special offers, accumulate rewards for each purchase, and much more with their Rewards Program!

Dress: Anatomie Budah Mesh Dress, $225 / Handbag: Antoinette Lee Designs “Anna” Tote, $528 / Belt, Thrifted / Boots: Coconuts Britain Riding Boots, $149.95

Dress: Muse Peter Pan Collar Flounce Dress, $156 / Boots: Coconuts Britain Riding Boots, $149.95

Prize(s): 5 winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to buy a pair of shoes at DSW and a copy of the New York Time's best-selling book, Do You Speak Shoe Lover?

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In addition to the giveaway at Fashion Fling, you'll have more chances to win the same prizes at the blogs listed below. Each date indicates when their giveaways become available for you to enter.

December 8th: Jimmy Choos and Tennis Shoes, Oh So Glam, and corals + cognacs
December 9th: Kimmy Erin, Crystalin Marie, and Sandy a La Mode
December 10th My Own Blog Review, Around Lucia, and Trend Hungry
December 11th: Stiletto Beats, Vintageortacky, and girl avant garde
December 12th: Behind the Seams, Fancy Things, and Dearest Lou
December 13th: The Fashion Poet, Let It Be Beautiful, and Mae Badiyan
December 14th: Good, Bad, and Fab, Kel and Kate, and The Frugalista
December 15th: The Fashionably Broke, Little Miss Fearless, and Modly Chic
December 16th The Fashionista Next Door, Studs and Sapphires, and Britt and Whit
December 17th Living In Color Print, Love Fashion Live Life, and A Mom in Red High Heels
December 18th Fashionable Hostess, District Sparkle, and Crowley Party

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Do You Speak Shoe Lover: Style and Stories from Inside DSW #DSWShoeHookup

Disclosure: This book was provided to the reviewer. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of DSW.

My love affair with shoes began at an early age. Shoes exude and provoke confidence, allure, style, and femininity. Marilyn Monroe said it best: "Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world." I also like what Christian Louboutin had to say about shoes: "There is an element of seduction in shoes that doesn't exist for men. A woman can be sexy, charming, witty or shy with her shoes."

Linda Meadow, author of City Baby L.A. and founder of Guru Mommy, also help pen the ultimate book for shoe lovers! Do You Speak Shoe Lover: Style and Stories from Inside DSW includes shoe advice, including for the working girl, picking the perfect date night shoes, or style on the budget, such as signing up for DSW's free rewards program - every time you shop at their store, you reap benefits!

Although this book entails 225 pages, it is jam-packed enough with enough information to satiate all shoe lovers, whether they're male or female. One of my favorite parts of the book is the "Fashion of the Decades" section, which covers the shoe trends between 1930s - 1980s. This book also features stories from DSW employees and customers, which adds a nice personal touch to the book.

Do You Speak Shoe Lover?

The Woman in Red

Monday, September 02, 2013

Are you looking to add a little flair to your outfit this season? Look great for every occasion and sizzle with a pop of red! This statement making color is always on-trend.

Pinpoint of View Top, $49.99

OiOi Faux Lizard Diaper Bag Carry All, Was $160.00 Now $128

Fashion Forward Thinking Heels, $84.99

Buenas Noches Belt, $26.99

Saw You Standing Stare Dress, $157.99

Cambridge Satchel Upwardly Mobile Satchel, $164.99

Right Here Heels, $59.99

Fashionable Finesse Top, $79.99

Frankly Scarlet Dress, $72.99

Frankly Essential Elegance Skirt, $69.99

Cure High-Heel Hangover for Good with IOMA Paris

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Introducing the all new superstar skincare product to cure sore, tired legs from their high heel hangover in time for Fashion Week! Sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue, the IOMA Paris’ Soothing Gel for Legs refreshes and relieves even the heaviest feeling legs – instantly!

For legs that are as light as a feather after rocking the season’s hottest heels, this gel texture is easy to apply and provides a refreshing, long-lasting effect.

The Soothing Gel for Legs features PHYTONINE and MENTHOL for proven results. This unique blend of biotechnology and botanical active ingredients promises to:

· Boost microcirculation

· Strengthen vein walls

· Provide instant, long-lasting coolness

What I Wore Wednesday

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Disclosure: I received the Proskins SLIM Full Length Leggings since I'm participating in the 28 Day Challenge, which will be chronicled on another blog of mine, To the Motherhood. All of the other stuff was bought on my own dime.

9th & Elm Giveaway

Thursday, July 18, 2013

9th & Elm is where you can shop for handmade, independent, and cool items. 9th & Elm was founded by Clay and Elly Bethune in the spring of 2013 with a mission to bring it's members fabulous fashion from the best handmade and independent designers. They realize it is extremely difficult to sort through and discover handmade fashion geared towards the "fashionista". 9th & Elm offers exclusive deals from the best handmade and independent designers! Search no longer. Shop here for exclusive deals handpicked by their buyers, which is delivered to their flash sale site daily.

Connect with 9th & Elm: Pinterest | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Prize(s): One winner will receive a $75 gift card from 9th & Elm.

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The contest will conclude on July 31st, 2013.

Accessory Trend: The Bling Ring

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The popularity of the recent film “The Bling Ring” made many fashionistas rush to their jewelry boxes to make sure they have enough bling rings of their own! Chunky, bedazzled rings are a real statement piece that completes the outfit. A versatile accessory, “bling rings” dress up an evening night-out-on-the-town ensemble, as well as add splash of fun to your otherwise reserved business casual wardrobe.

Wisteria Ring, $50 | Riverside Ring, $50

Stephen DweckOval Turquoise Cocktail Ring, $345 | Pebble Stretch Ring, $50

House of Harlow 1960 Medium Sunburst Cocktail Ring Was $145.00 Now $108.75 | Roberto Coin Stingray Cocktail Ring $310

Femme Metale Silver Imperial Crown Cocktail Ring, $270 | Victorian Era Antique Sardonyx Cameo Cocktail Ring Solid 14K Gold, $829

Lotsa Lace with Maggy London

Monday, July 08, 2013

This season, it's all about the lace. It's a trend that will truly never go out of style. Going in to Fall, this feminine fabric is still going strong, popping up on everything from colorful dresses to lingerie inspired separates.

The Maggy London Elbow-Sleeve Belted Lace features an elbow sleeve and tea length style that is demure enough to wear to the office, but sexy enough with sheer detailing and a strapless peek-a-boo lining for a night out or special occasion. The belted waist enhances the silhouette of this sheath dress. Tie it all together with strappy heels and fabulous baubles.

The It List: Nieves Lavi

Monday, June 17, 2013

Now that summer is in full swing, check out Nieves Lavi’s latest summer styles available online for the very first time on Hit the beach and then a luncheon with these fabulous pieces. It’s not too late to get that perfect look for your summer vacation.

Nieves Lavi is a New York-based fashion design company co-founded in 2003 by Sharon Lavi and Sam Nieves Velez. Together, the two draw upon their cultural backgrounds (hailing from Israel and Puerto Rico, respectively) to create a ready- to-wear collection that showcase their mutual love of bold prints and their talent for creating timeless, silhouettes. Nieves Lavi’s genius draping and flattering silhouettes have become versatile wardrobe essentials. The Nieves Lavi philosophy of design is to create a collection that is uncompromising in artistic design and quality while remaining modern and wearable, fuss-free and fashionable. Because of this very principle, Nieves Lavi has developed a wide fan base among international trendsetters, from New York editors to L.A. celebrities including Eva Mendes, Kourtney Kardashian, Christina Milian, Kelly Ripa, Sara Jessica Parker and Rachael Ray, among others. Nieves Lavi is distributed through department stores, special boutiques and e- commerce. The brand is available in 150 doors in the United States and globally in countries like Japan, Australia, France, England, Turkey and Dubai.

Nieves Lavi Women's Collection Women's Hudson Print Dress, $265 - $334

Available in Peony Pink or Navy White

Nieves Lavi Women's Collection Women's Tier Dress, $299 - $300
Available in Taxi Yellow or Navy White

Nieves Lavi Women's Collection Maxi Jersey Dress, $207

Nieves Lavi Women's Collection Bell Sleeve Dress, $312 - $380
Available in Sunshine, Manapy, or Navy

Introducin​g Malibu Barbie By Trina Turk

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Trina Turk and Barbie partnered to celebrate their love of California! The collection offers something for everyone: the Malibu Barbie by Trina Turk doll with accessories and matching life-size Trina Turk apparel, swimwear, accessories, beach towels, and limited edition surfboards!

Malibu Barbie by Trina Turk, $50

Malibu Sigg Water Bottle, $60

Malibu Barbie Floral Cuff, $95

Star Blues Top, $198; Available in Blue Jewel or Barbie Pink
Corbin Short, $158

Malibu Gold Sweetheart Bandeau, $88
Hipster, $64

Malibu Gold Tunic, $140

Malibu Gold Stand Up Paddle Board, $1,755

The It List - Diamond Spider Brooch

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A brooch can instantly transform a look, and this Diamond Spider Brooch ($29.90 at Humble Chic New York) is a striking option. With classic pearl and diamond details, this piece is anything but macabre and will look turn heads with everything from scarves to evening gowns.

Lemon Zest Color Trend: Pantone's "It" Color

Monday, June 03, 2013

Citrus colors and this particular shade of yellow is appropriate for any occasion, whether it is to add a pop of color to an office wardrobe, stand out at a party or put extra burst of sunshine into casual beachwear. Any article of clothing looks great in Lemon Zest, from dresses, to shorts, blouses to blazers, making it truly the “It” color this summer.