Thursday, October 31, 2013

Transition from Fall to Winter

Happy Halloween! I can't believe tomorrow is November 1st already.. I've decided that I need to add more variety to my wardrobe with items that can be worn in the fall and the winter since November is such a transitional month. The key to doing that is getting things you can layer with. Anthropologie is one of the best stores for things like this (they're just the best in general) and I'm obsessed. Yesterday I bought three things that are the perfect additions to my fall/winter wardrobe and I'm going to share them with you!

Waffled Cowlneck in orange $98
This sweater is so soft and comfy, I just had to get it. It's such a fall color, yet it's dark enough to still wear in the winter, and it would be perfect for Thanksgiving tucked into a skirt. I'm so excited to wear this when it gets a little chillier next week (aka not 70 degrees- what is going on with this NYC weather?)

Equinox Cardigan in neutral $128
I loved the pattern on the back. I have so many cardigans, but you can never have too many! This would look gorgeous as is or belted. The color is perfect, too, since you can wear it any season with any colors underneath. When it's a little warmer a pretty tank or tee would suffice, but when the temperature starts to drop a long sleeve shirt or thin sweater could easily be worn underneath.
The jeweled peter pan collar on this shirt made me love it. It's almost a sweatshirt-y material, so it's so comfortable, yet you can wear it in a business casual environment or out to dinner. You can pair it with a moto jacket and let the collar show and it looks fab

I can't wait to wear all of my new purchases! This dress might just be the next addition to my wardrobe as a possible Thanksgiving outfit. It looks like a sweater and a skirt, but they're both connected. 
Somerset Dress $168
 Enjoy the rest of Halloween!



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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hocus Pocus Fun Facts


I think my all time favorite Halloween movies is Hocus Pocus. It's a classic and every year my brother would make my mom rent it and we'd watch it fifteen times. Not even kidding.

Here's some fun trivia about the movie originally posted on hypable and buzzfeed.
1. Hocus Pocus was released on July 16, 1993 and only made around $40 million at the box office that month on a $28 million dollar budget.

2. Leonardo DiCaprio was originally supposed to portray Max Dennison, but he turned down the opportunity to star in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Smart choice or no?

3. In the trailer there are scenes that are never actually in any version of the movie.

4. Kenny Ortega always directs and choreographs, but this is the only movie that he doesn't; Ortega just directs Hocus Pocus.

5. The last of the Salem witch trials was held in May of 1963, yet the Sanderson sisters were supposed to be hanged on Halloween of 1963.

6. Thackery Binx, the car, was portrayed in human form by Sean Murray; Murray, however, did not do the voice of the cat.

7. Halloween 1993 was on a Sunday, yet they show Max attending school on that date. Guess you don't want to go to school in Salem, MA..

8. When Dani is crying after the death of Binx the cat, if you look you can see he's lying on his sister Emily's grave.

9. When the Sanderson sisters are running a muck in Salem and show up at the house where the husband is dressed as Satan, the actor and actress that play that couple are brother and sister in real life.

10. Hocus Pocus was originally supposed to be a Disney Channel Original Movie.

11. Sarah Jessica Parker sang "Come Little Children" live for the movie. When she's flying over Salem singing this she's actually flying over the coast of Marblehead.

12. If you talk to Bette Midler (I wish) she will tell you that playing Winifred Sanderson is her favorite role she has played.

13. In the beginning of the movie Max gives Allison his number, but if you look in the next scene when she looks at the note it's not the same one he gave her.

14. Dani says "Besides, it's a full moon outside. The weirdos are out." There hasn't been a full moon on Halloween since 1974.

15. The spell to the left of the Life Potion is the same one that appears next to the spell of Excruciating Punishments.

16. When getting on the bus Winnie asks "Tell me, friend, what is this contraption?" and the driver responds with "I call it.. a bus." When she's flying along side Allison and Max while they're driving she asks to see his permit. How would she know about a permit but not know what a bus is?


Hopefully you'll catch Hocus Pocus at least once this season! 
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Combatting Candy Overload

Halloween is quickly approaching. Stores have already put out their Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff. Crazy, but I'm not complaining! Chasing Delicious did a post today about the history of candy, the history of Halloween, and the history of Halloween and candy. It's pretty interesting since it's not something most people think about. Most people just take Halloween for what it is: candy and creepy decorations. There's also a cool poster that you can purchase that illustrates the history of candy.

On top of the candy that kids bring home, most people have extra candy left over from their bowl for trick-or-treaters. Plus all of the candy goes on sale on after Halloween to clear the shelves for the last of the Christmas merchandise that needs to go out. Here are some yummy looking recipes that can help you combat having a million fun-size candy bars!

Candy Bar Surprise Cookies by Lulu the Baker

Reese's Pieces Chocolate PB Blondies by Chocolate Moosey

PB Snickers Cookies by Brown Eyed Baker

Candy Corn Parfait by Baked Bree

Snickers and Pretzel Milkshake by Ambrosia Baking

Reese's PB Rice Crispy Treats by Je Suis Alimentageuse
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Weekend Brunch Spot

I'm happy to say I found a new favorite brunch spot in Chelsea. I was on a hunt to find somewhere to go that wasn't super well-known (like Sarabeth's which is so yummy but you wait for hours to get in), but still has great food obviously. I narrowed it down to three places in the Meatpacking District and Chelsea and Tipsy Parson won in the end. Located not far from the High Line at 156 Ninth Ave. (between 20th and 21st), it's so easy to get to by train- just take the C or E to 23rd and walk for about 5 minutes and you're there!
Straight from the website
When I got there around 11:30 it was very crowded, but I was still seated at a table right away. The decor is so adorable, quant, very cozy and country-esque; there are painted books on the walls, decorative plates hanging, and wooden floors to give it this feel. I attempted to get a shot of the back seating area, but it was difficult given that it was so crowded. As far as noise level goes it's very loud. It is a small space though, so that's kind of a given.
I was seated in the back corner. The front section has a different decor as well as a bar area.
The menu has both sweet and savory brunch items. I went for savory and so did my boyfriend, Matt. I read reviews that raved about the Pig in a Poke, which is grits, andouille sausage, and poached eggs in a bowl with a side salad and toast. My boyfriend had that and loved it. He said the sausage had a bit of a spice to it, but not too much (he's not into very spicy food and he liked it).
He also ordered the Biscuit Bomb because people raved about that, too. It's a buttermilk-chive biscuit with sausage inside and cheddar drizzled over it. Matt ate the whole Pig in a Poke and then ate the biscuit, so the cheese wasn't all melty by the time he got to it, which could be why he said it was good, but nothing too exciting. After seeing the pecan sticky bun he said he wished he got that instead. Next time!
Finally we can get to what I had. I got The Farmstand: two poached eggs over brussels sprouts, peas, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and arugula all tossed in pesto with toasted almonds on top. It came with toast on the side and breadcrumbs on top, but I ordered it without both. I saw the pictures of it online and didn't really see what purpose the breadcrumbs served so I decided I didn't want them. Any who, this dish was so good. Like amazing. I didn't want it to end. I highly recommend it. I wish I lived in the area so I could get it all the time. The eggs were cooked perfectly, there wasn't too much pesto yet the flavor was amazing. I don't even know what else to say. It was truly one of the best breakfast items I've had.
Tipsy Parson is open for lunch and dinner during the week and then serves brunch on Saturday and Sundays. The lunch, and midday menus consist of items such as salads, burgers, sandwiches, snacks (deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes, hush puppies, etc.); dinner has snacks, starters, salads, and entrees that include catfish, duck breast, smoked chicken, black-eyed pea "meat loaf", and so on. All of the dishes are interesting, but not weird. You should definitely check out the menus! Oh and at breakfast the table next to us was loving the corn spoonbread that came with the BBQ pulled pork dish. The guy that got it (yeah I'm a little nosy) said it was like "a cornbread soufflé).

Hopefully I've convinced you to try this place out. It's totally worth it, even if you have to wait! 



 
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wardrobe Crisis Averted

The popular online site renttherunway.com has opened up a second showroom in NYC! For those of you who have never heard about Rent the Runway, it's simply genius. If you don't feel like spending hundreds, even thousands, on something to wear to an event you can just rent it! There are tons of dresses and accessories that you can look through online and then rent for either 4 days or 8 days and it arrives by 8 pm on the day you are scheduled to have it delivered.

Henri Bendel Showroom. Photo c/o mashable.com
Returning the garments and accessories is super easy, too. You get a prepaid envelope and just slip the items in and send them back. There's no dry cleaning necessary! Also, you can purchase intimates, shapewear, fashion tape, makeup and other beauty essentials, etc. It's no wonder the two women who started this company, Jenn and Jenny, went to Harvard because this website is heaven sent when you're in a bind.

So many people are freaking out about Halloween costumes considering it is in one week. How scary is it that it's almost November? Anyway, RTR even has an occasions section with Halloween costumes! Do you have a million holiday parties to go to and you don't want to wear the same dress twice (I'm guilty of this), but don't feel like spending hundreds of dollars on every dress? Just rent it! There's a fall lookbook and a holiday catalog up right now to give you plenty of options.

If you go to one of the two showrooms (one is in SoHo and the newest is located in Henri Bendel on 5th Ave) you can try everything on before you decide to rent it. As far as rental prices go it is 10% retail price to rent for 4 days and 15% to rent for 8.

It gets better... they have an app, too! If you go here you can just enter your phone number and the download link will be sent to your phone. If you're out and about shopping and you see a dress you love but can't quite afford at retail price, you can use the "Dress Match" portion of the app to take a picture of the dress, fabric, or pattern and the app will find you something similar to rent. If you have a bunch of events coming up you can create lists on the app and create a list of dresses that you like or get recommendations depending on your style and the event.

Even if you don't have anywhere to go RTR is worth checking out and it's good to keep in mind! Warning: going on the site is going to make you wish you had somewhere to go. Everything is to die for.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Christmas Soiree Planning Begins... Now!

So I'm way too excited about the Pretty Little Liars Halloween episode tonight to even function. I've been waiting for this since the midseason finale, which feels like ages ago. Unfortunately I had work today because I couldn't watch the entire marathon ABC Family aired (but I love my job, so it makes up for it). I hope this episode lives up to my high expectations!

So my mom shot me an email yesterday asking me to start making up a Christmas list (lucky for her I started that in August!) and that made me super excited because I know I'm not the only crazy person thinking about Christmas. I think everyone should get a head start on Christmas stuff because we all know how quickly it approaches, and it is only 2 months and 3 days away. I can't contain my excitement about this. Between Christmas and Pretty Little Liars I'm just one eager person.

I'm planning on throwing a holiday soiree this year, so I've started to look at different invitation options. I don't think I want to order them, so I'm really just looking around for inspiration. However, I came across Paperless Post's holiday invitation section and if it came down to it I would definitely get my invites from them because they have super adorable ones. The online ones are cute, but I'm old fashioned and I get excited when I receive things in the mail so I will be sending mine through snail mail.

I've chosen a few invitations to share with you that inspired me and, like I said, are possible options to order if I decide not to make my own. These invitations alone are reason enough to throw a holiday party!

I'll continue to post the different steps in planning my holiday soiree to keep you guys updated and give you some recipe, decoration, organization, etc. ideas. Happy planning!

Making Spirits Bright

Santa on Rooftop

Santa's Slippers - Camel

The Blizzard of 2013

Vintage Snowflakes - Crimson

Vintage Snowflakes - Silver

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Mediterranean Farro Salad with Herb-Shallot Vinaigrette? Yes, please!

I found a recipe from Spoon Fork and Bacon posted here a while back for a Mediterranean farro salad with an herb-shallot vinaigrette and was immediately drawn to it. Mediterranean food is one of my all time favorite cuisines. It's just so fresh and yummy. I was finally able to make it this weekend and I made some changes, so I'll post my version here. It was so good. I had family over for dinner and people were weary to try it and then couldn't get over how much they loved it. However, because I was a bit preoccupied with serving my guests I forgot to take a picture (gasp). I'm still mad at myself. I'll just post the picture from the original post even though I didn't quite use the same ingredients (the olives were left out, I altered measurements, etc.).

Mediterranean Farro Salad with Herb-Shallot Vinaigrette and Feta

Ingredients
Farro Salad
1 1/2 cups of faro (rinsed)
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 red onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
8 oz package of sliced shiitake mushrooms
4 sun dried tomatoes sliced thinly 
feta cheese (I left it on the side and let everyone put on the amount they desired)

Herb-shallot Vinaigrette
5 Tbsp shallots, minced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp dried Italian parsley
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp marjoram
2 tsp chives, thinly sliced
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 

Directions
Cook farro according to package directions. 

While the farro is cooking, heat extra-virgin olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. 

Once the oil is hot, add the onions and cook for about 4 minutes. Then add garlic and mushrooms and sauté for 5 more minutes, or until mushroom appear cooked and slightly brown. Set aside in a bowl.

Whisk together shallots, garlic, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, parsley, oregano, marjoram, chives, and olive oil until completely combined.

Once farro is completely cooked, fluff it with a fork, add in sautéed mixture. Whisk the vinaigrette once more to make sure it is combined and then add it to the farro veggie mixture and mix until combined. 

Serve in a large bowl with feta on the side!

Notes:
This serves 10 as a side dish.
If you make this ahead of time you can leave it at room temperature and it's just as good! It can really be eaten warm, room temp, or cold and it doesn't make a difference.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Holiday Shopping: It's Never Too Early to Start

RueLaLa's "A Gazillion Gifts" boutique is making me so excited for Christmas! Ahh! It's my favorite holiday, hands down. And my favorite time of year. How can you beat Christmastime in NYC? You can't.

RueLaLa, for those of you not familiar with it, is a site that always has boutiques with clothing for men and women, accessories, travel deals, home decor, makeup, stuff for kids, etc. And the brands are always well known, from Free People to Louis Vuitton to Cuisinart. If you aren't signed up I don't know what you're waiting for. It can't hurt! Well, it can hurt your wallet, but whatever.

The gift boutique that will be available for the next 73 days (usually the boutiques are only 2 days and the stuff can and often sells out because you can't beat it) currently has adorable pillows that I must share with you! I basically love them all, but I'll try to control myself.
One Bella Casa "Large Ball Ornament" Decorative Pillow $39.90 originally $80

One Bella Casa "Baby It's Cold Outside" Decorative Pillow $39.99 originally $80

"One Bella Casa "Peace Mix & Match" Decorative Pillow $39.90 originally $70
One Bella Casa "Believe" Decorative Pillow $39.90 originally $70
One Bella Casa "Merry Christmas Whimsical Tree" Decorative Pillow $39.90 originally $80
Liora Manné "Deck The Halls" Decorative Pil $34.90-$39.90 (depending on the size) originally $60-$70
Liora Manné "Ginger Gent" Decorative Pillow $34.90-$39.90 (depending on the size) originally $60-$70
Liora Manné "Script" Decorative Pillow $39.90-$44.90 (depending on the size) originally $70-$85
Liora Manné "Floral" Decorative Pillow $34.90-$39.90 (depending on the size) originally $60-$70
Lava "Ornament" Decorative Pillow $29.90 originally $60

Head on over to RueLaLa and sign up if you aren't already so you can get a head start on holiday shopping, from gifts to decor! It's never too early.

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#BeFair for Fair Trade Month

Research papers are consuming my life this semester. I'm working on a three huge research projects (the shortest paper is ten pages *gasp*) and all I do is sit and read articles. It's been taking away from my blogging time, but school does come first. I apologize for neglecting you guys a little, but I'll try to do multiple posts a day when I have time to make up for the days that lack!

Instead of this post being about how busy my life is, let's discuss an important topic: Fair Trade. I went to a lecture yesterday about the basics of it, and since October is Fair Trade Month I thought it would be appropriate to spread the word! My school, Manhattan College, is a certified Fair Trade school so I hear about it all the time, but a lot of people don't know anything about it; since Fair Trade is a newer practice I think it's important that everyone should know at least a little about it and become more conscious.

Fair Trade USA has tons of information on their website in case you're really interested in the subject, but I'll highlight some sections here just to give a background. The mission posted by Fair Trade USA is to enable "sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth."

What exactly is Fair Trade and what is its purpose, you ask? 
Products that are considered to be "Fair Trade" and have the logo for Fair Trade USA on them originate from farmers and workers who are fairly compensated for producing these products, instead of being paid unfair, low wages and/or having to deal with horrible working conditions. Farmers in developing countries are assisted in creating sustainable businesses that have positive influences on their communities. It allows consumers to reduce poverty through purchases made during ordinary shopping trips. More than 1.2 million farming families in 70 developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are currently benefitting from Fair Trade, which is a huge number considering these families lives have been significantly impacted, not just in a minor way.

What products will you be able to find that are Fair Trade?
Items that are globally certified by the Fair Trade network are coffee, tea and herbs, cocoa, fresh fruit and veggies, sugar, beans and grains, flowers, nuts, oils and butters, honey and spices, wine and apparel, ingredients in ready-to-drink beverages, body care products, and spirits. There are over 50,000 retail locations that sell Fair Trade certified products in the US.

Is Fair Trade organic, too?
Many people associate Fair Trade as being organic, which is not the case. Fair Trade promotes organic farming through offering higher prices for organic products, but it is not a requirement to be organic. However, nearly half of all Fair Trade Certified imported products were organic as well. The environmental standards that are necessary to meet Fair Trade criteria are as follows:
1. protecting water resources and natural vegetation areas
2. promoting agricultural diversification, erosion control, and no slash and burn
3. restricting the use of pesticides and fertilizers
4. banning use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
5. requiring proper management of waste, water and energy

So will you be paying a lot more for Fair Trade products?
Another common misconception is that Fair Trade items are more expensive (probably because so many people think that all Fair Trade products are organic, which tends to be a little more pricey than non-organic). Fair Trade chocolate and coffee (these two products are probably the most commonly seen items to be "Fair Trade") are a little more expensive sometimes, but they're not ridiculous and they just match the prices of better quality chocolate and coffee (the real stuff), as opposed to buying a Hershey's bar (which isn't even really chocolate, it's all processed stuff so how can you really compare?). An item such as Fair Trade bananas are noticeably pricier than a non-certified one because "small cooperatives lack the extensive shipping and logistical capabilities of vertically-integrated, multi-national fruit companies and incur higher costs to transport their products to market," according the Fair Trade USA's website.

Some Fair Trade brands to look for in your supermarkets:
Ben & Jerry's
Canaan Fair Trade, LLC
Divine Chocolate (my school sells this and it's really good)
EcoTeas
Green Mountain Coffee
Honest Tea

Starbucks also has a Fair Trade certified dark roast called the Cafe Estima Blend. The awareness for producing Fair Trade products is becoming more popular, but it still isn't as well-understood as it should be. Everyone should be aware, and more companies should definitely take a step in the right direction and at least produce some Fair Trade products. 

I'll get off my soapbox now! Hopefully you guys learned a little and will think about purchasing Fair Trade as much as possible! 
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Polishing Off the Month of October

Can you believe it's the middle of October already? I'm done with midterms! Yay! Definitely a reason to celebrate. Also, happy anniversary to I Love Lucy (my favorite show ever)! It aired for the first time on this day in 1952. Another reason to celebrate!


Why not have a third celebratory reason? As mentioned before, I am a serious nail polish lover. I buy it basically on a weekly basis and I'm very partial to OPI and Essie; I love OPI's brush, but I feel that Essie lasts longer. Regardless of that, I use both. I just purchased Shearling Darling, so that's the third reason to celebrate, just in case you were wondering.

I can't say that these are my favorite fall colors because I kind of go by month and holiday, not so much by season. October to me calls for darker colors because of the Halloween and creepy aspect of it; November is more browns because of Thanksgiving! These aren't my set guidelines, but in my head it all makes sense. When I see a color I just know that it's perfect for that specific point in the year. I guess you could say that my favorite fall colors are darker colors and browns, but it's really broken down by month. At the end of September, when it's just becoming fall, I like to stick to colors that are still brighter, but are toned down, such as a dusty rose instead of Barbie pink (Angora Cardi by Essie is the perfect example of what I'm talking about).

So as far as October goes, the following colors are what I'm obsessing over.
Shearling Darling by Essie (it's the Winter 2013 collection) I'm wearing this now and it's gorgeous.

I got this picture here.
This was my first color of October because the name was too appropriate.
Bobbing for Baubles is a good color for when you aren't feeling a color that's too dark, but it's still dark enough that it definitely is not a spring/summer color by any means.

I got this image here.

I Knead Sourdough by OPI is one of the only colors from the San Fran collection that I like.
A classic fall and winter color by Essie that I use every year. I love the name "Wicked" and how could you not use it around halloween?



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Monday, October 14, 2013

A Pumpkin Filled Day

Happy Columbus Day! Sorry for the lack of posts; it's that wonderful time of year again - midterms. What a dreaded thing, but I'm almost done with them!

Any who, one of my good friends at school, Taylor, (you should check out her blog because I'm so obsessed with it) bought Trader Joe's Pumpkin Body Butter and I was super jealous. Of course I was at TJ's about 2 hours before she posted an Instagram picture of it and I totally must have passed by it; Sunday grocery shopping on the UWS can do that to you because of the massive amounts of people that just wander around the store. I went back a couple of days later and finally made my much needed purchase. I'm in love with it. It smells amazing and it's so moisturizing. The consistency is very thick, but that's expected with body butter. My skin feels amazing even hours after applying and you can still smell it, too! Don't worry though, you don't smell like a walking pumpkin cupcake. It's definitely something that people will compliment you on. You can make them as jealous as I was when I saw that Taylor got it.

I also made pumpkin cookies today! Yay! They smelled so good in the oven and the texture is amazing. Crunchier outside and soft on the inside!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients
1 stick butter (unsalted, room temperature)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
6 Tbsp pumpkin puree
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 6 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Cream together butter and brown sugar until creamy. I used my kitchen aid, but a bowl with a hand mixer would suffice.

Add in the pumpkin puree and vanilla extract and continue to mix until combined.

Add the spices, baking soda, baking powder, and flour and mix, but put the mixer on a slow setting or you will have flour everywhere.

I used this Vollrath baller/scoop with a 5/8 oz. capacity and a bowl diameter of 1 1/2" to scoop the cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 19 minutes, let cool on a wire rack, and enjoy!

Notes:
I used a 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree for this recipe and didn't even use a quarter of a can, so you'll have pumpkin left over to make other fun recipes!
The cookies don't spread so it can be difficult to tell if they're cooked inside. Once the bottoms were golden-brown (more toward brown than golden, but don't burn them!) I took them out.
This recipe makes 3 dozen cookies.



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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Bye Bye Ballet Flats; Hello Smoking Slippers



A fall trend that is seriously catching on is smoking slippers and I love it (how many times do you read the September issue of magazines and they have the "Top 10 Hottest Fall Trends" and all you can think is "who is actually going to wear that?"). I've seen people all over NYC wearing them and they look so professional, yet comfortable. Now I'm sure not every pair is comfortable, but they're a shoe that offers that option if you search around, unlike pointy-toe stilettos. You can find these shoes all over now in every price range. DSW has a bunch and so does Nordstrom, so there you have it.

You can pair these shoes with jeans to be casual, a dress, cropped trousers, anything really. Okay, not anything but there's so much you can do with them. The fabrics and designs vary so widely that you can find a pair of smoking slippers to suit your every need. Some are made from calf hair while others are suede. There are tons of patterns to be found, so look around before you make a final purchase because there are so many options! Or you can just buy them all. That's always an option.

Shoes often are just an accessory that you wear because they go well with your outfit (sometimes they can even make the outfit), but these can make a statement about you and reveal a lot about your personality: you love old-school styles, you went to prep school, you're daring and aren't afraid to make a statement if you choose funkier ones, etc.

Many are wondering if these shoes will take the place of ballet flats. Personally, I think that ballet flats are timeless and they are never an item that you decide to store for a season because they don't seem "in." However, smoking slippers can be worn with many of the same outfits you'd pair with ballet flats so I do think that ballet flats will definitely be worn less. I picked some of my favs and put the links to them below; the prices vary drastically, so some of them are wishful thinking. A girl can dream!
I adore Olivia Palermo so she needed her own picture
Happy shopping! I hope you love this trend as much as I do. It's one that won't just be a fall/winter 2013 thing for me; smoking slippers will be a staple in my wardrobe from here on out.

Avalon by Sam Edelman


Heart Print Calf Hair by Burberry $495


Sabrina Tassel Suede-Trim Flannel Loafer by Cole Haan $198
Rolling Spikes Leather Smoking Slippers by Christian Louboutin $1295

Aster by Sam Edelman


Pennington Slip-On by Sperry Topsider $74.95

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