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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DV by Dolce Vita at Target Spring 2016 Shoe Review

You may recall the small collaboration that footwear brand Dolce Vita did with Target in the summer of 2010. They offered a well edited selection of studded oxfords, ballet flats, and ankle boots under $35. Full disclosure: I still regret not buying their buckled ankle boot. #ShoeAddict

Fast forward to February 2016 and Target has teamed up with Dolce Vita again, this time for a new collection of sandals and espadrilles under the DV by Dolce Vita line. While sandals dominate the selection, there's a notable cutaway ankle boot called the Nya that's similar to Dolce Vita's 'Noa' boot. See the similarities? 

Here are some of my favorite spring 2016 styles. 
dv dolce vita Target shoes and bags spring 2016

Here's a look at what my Target store had to offer.

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Thong sandals and espadrilles are displayed in a variety of colors, all under $30. 

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DV dolce vita shoes target

Now for the sizing. The Skye espadrilles come in two colors and run slightly small. If you have wide feet, I'd go half a size up for these. I found them to be slightly narrow in the toe box. They have nicely cushioned insoles and are a little stiff. 

DV dolce vita Skye espadrille at Target

DV dolce vita Skye espadrille at Target

The Ottie espadrilles come in three prints and have cushioned insoles. The black print below is similar to Dolce Vita's 'Javier' sandal. The Ottie style runs true to size and felt the most comfortable of all the styles I tried on. They're perfect for casual summer days when paired with denim, shorts, and day dresses.

DV dolce vita Ottie espadrilles black

I love the colors below when paired with dark denim. There's a matching wristlet for under $20. 

DV dolce vita Ottie Espadrilles navy

The Kaden thong sandals run big and have a nice back zip. They look much like the Dolce Vita 'Marnie' sandal. They were way too big in length and my foot slid around, so I'd go a full size down on these. I found them to be slightly less comfortable than the other sandals in the collection.

DV dolce vita Kaden Thong Sandals

The Kaya thong sandals are true to size. They also come in black or tan. They're similar to Dolce Vita's 'Dixin' sandal, they felt comfortable, and have cute braiding detail on the straps.

DV dolce vita Kaya Thong Sandals

The Kensley thong sandals run slightly big. I'd go a half size down on these. They come in three other colors. Note the metallic detail on the toe area, which gives them a dressy look. These felt similar to the Kaya pictured above in terms of comfort. 

DV dolce vita Kensley Thong Sandals

There's also a selection of DV handbags under $45, including this fringe bucket bag and this chain strap crossbody bag that I have my eye on. I'm looking forward to seeing more of their shoes (especially ankle boots) and bags as we get closer to the spring/summer season. 

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Look for Less - Stuart Weitzman Nudist Sandals

Since their debut in 2013, Stuart Weitzman's 'The Nudist' sandals have graced the feet of celebrities such as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Reese Witherspoon, Olivia Munn, and Diane Kruger. They've been spotted on countless red carpets throughout the years, and given their many admirers, they've reached beyond trend status and into classic territory. The minimal two strap strap style allows the wearer's outfit to steal the spotlight, so it's no surprise that their sleek, timeless design makes them footwear favorites season after season. They go with almost anything. Plus, the skinny ankle straps help to elongate the legs and show off the pedicure, making them the ideal heels to wear for weddings, proms, parties, and memorable nights out.

Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals celebrity red carpet style

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While a pair of Nudist sandals will set you back about $398 (see all the color options), there are plenty of look alikes for less than $110. Below are my top picks for all budgets.

Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals look for less, Stuart Weitzman nudist heels look alikes

1. Go Jane 'Single Strap Life' sandals, $22.80 
2. BP 'Luminate' sandals, $59.95 (many colors available)
3. Qupid sandals at Charlotte Russe, $32.99
4. Sam Edelman 'Eleanor' sandals, $109.95 (other colors available)
5. Stuart Weitzman 'Nudist' sandals, $398 (many colors available)
6. Jessica Simpson 'Vaile' sandals, $88.95 (other colors available)
7. Sole Society 'Talia' sandals, $59.95 (in silver, black, or nude). Also available here in silver or black.
8. Go Jane 'Ready to Single' sandals, $22.70 (also in black)
9. Steve Madden 'Stecy' sandals, $79.95 (many colors and prints available here)

There's also this style on sale for under $26 in black, blush, or pewter, and this chic style for $40 with international shipping. Shop this vegan microsuede style under $70 that I adore. It also comes in a festive silver color. Prefer a thicker heel? There's this black vegan suede style with a block heel for $68 that I'm eyeing.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Rocks the Dots Review

LC Lauren Conrad and Disney have teamed up again at Kohl's, this time for a collection called Minnie Rocks the Dots. Sounds cute, right? Who doesn't love Mickey and Minnie? After seeing a few pieces online, my curiosity got the best of me. I paid a visit to my local Kohl's on a quiet weekday morning to style some looks for this fitting room review.

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Here's a closer look at the details, which are exactly what you'd expect to see from a collaboration between Disney and Lauren Conrad: hearts, Minnie Mouse-inspired micro prints, flouncy bows, and Peter Pan collars. The color palette consists mostly of red, navy, and ivory, making it easy to mix and match the entire collection.

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In The Fitting Room

For reference, I'm petite and weigh 102 lbs. I'm wearing size 2 in the dresses and XS in the tops. Side note: since I always get questions about my shoes, my heels are from eBay, and you can shop a similar style under $40 or this high-heeled style by Sole Society for under $70.

The polka dot dress runs true to size and has a tailored waist with no stretch. If you're curvy, I advise sizing up on this piece. The center back zipper is much better quality than previous LC collections, and the skirt portion is lined. There is a ruffled placket in the front and the knee length makes it perfect for the office or for a party. This one is well made and looks more expensive than it is.

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The collared top runs ever so slightly narrow in the hip area compared to other tops in the collection, and the button closures on the cuffs can be tricky. It's comfortable, medium weight rayon, and I think it would pair well tucked into A-line or pencil skirts.

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The collared tunic is lightweight (and slightly sheer) with an oversized, stretchy fit and jersey construction. The hem is longer in the back, and the collar is a cute double layer scalloped style.

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The printed tank top has an easy fit, runs true to size, and is lightweight. It's polyester, prone to static cling, and the one on the left is the most sheer. I envision this tucked into skirts and layered under a blazer for a more polished look.

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The graphic tees are oversized and lightweight, with a longer hemline in the back than the front. The one on the left is the most sheer, and the texture is a multi-flecked/nubby rayon/poly blend (almost like linen but less prone to wrinkles). My favorite is the striped version on the right. 

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Here are the two of the tees tucked in.

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For more style from Kohl's, see my spring 2016 LC Lauren Conrad fitting room review on The Key To Chic.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

The Look for Less - Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Pumps from Sex and the City

Sex and the City may be long over, but its fashion influence still lives on. Take, for example the iconic Manolo Blahnik 'Hangisi' pumps from Carrie Bradshaw's proposal with Mr Big. With their bold blue finish, ultra feminine jeweled embellishments, and sleek stiletto shape, they are the ultimate in fancy footwear. While Carrie Bradshaw wore many memorable styles during the beloved HBO series, her Manolo 'Hangisi' wedding pumps are right up there with her tutu, nameplate necklace, and flower corsage on the list of trend-setting pieces that have reached icon status.

Sex and the City fashion, Carrie Bradshaw Style

While the real deal Manolo Blahnik 'Hangisi' heels (see all the pretty color options and even these gorgeous flat versions) have a price point of $965, there are plenty of styles to get the look for less. Sarah Jessica Parker, who has her own line of footwear and accessories, is offering a similar style in her collection which comes in black or blue satin and sells for $545. On a tighter budget? Below are six of my top picks under $150. 

Manolo Blahnik Hangisi jeweled wedding pumps look for less as seen on Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and The City
1. Sole Society suede pumps, $79.95 (also in black or taupe)
2. Elegantpark evening pumps, $42.95 and up (many colors available)
3. Littleboutique pumps, $46.59 (also in black)
4. Manolo Blahnik 'Hangisi' pumps in 7 colors, $965 (many more colors available at Saks or Bergdorf Goodman, blue available at Neiman Marcus, and Barneys has three neutrals)
5. Dune London pumps, $124.95 (also in gold)
6. EKS Kricoa pumps, $59.99 (also in black)
7. Jessica Buurman pumps, $129 (other colors available)