IT’S ALL IN THE BLOCK HEEL

The shoe gods have spoken and block heel booties are this Fall and Winter season’s “It Shoe”! Now, when you get the notion to go out and look for a pair, adopt this mantra, “The blockier the better”!

This is going to be a particularly easy trend for most people to adapt to (if you haven’t already) simply because block heels are a hell of a lot easier to walk in than stilettos, especially if you have to navigate over an icy parking lot. The only drawback for me with block heels is that they usually tend to be inelegant. I love my sleek, pointy toe stiletto boots! This season however, designers have completely broken that mold and come up with several options that will fit anyone’s style. This year the block heel can be elegant, and whatever else you want it to be!

HOW TO STYLE BLOCK HEEL BOOTIES

Tory Burch Sydney Ankle Boots $425Prada Sunglasses $380Michael Kors Silvertone Hoop Earrings $65YSL  Monogram Quilted Fringe Suede Shoulder Bag $1,900SEE BY CHlOÉ Flowing Blouse $280BooHoo Boutique Harriet Leather Biker Jacket $123Plein SudLlether Leggings $995

Tory Burch went with some very simplistic details with the hardware on these boots, which I love. The flowy top is what gives this look its feminine flair. Add sleek accessories and you are good to go. This is edgy street style at its chicest! Cuir avec cuir et plus de cuir!

HOW TO STYLE BLOCK HEEL BOOTIES (GOLD)

Topshop Maria Chealsea Block Heel Boot $150/ Chloé Small Drew Bag $1930/ 14K White Gold Black CZ Earrings $30/ Nikoleta Long Sleeve Mesh and Bandage Dress

You will very soon find out that in addition to block heels, gold EVERYTHING is what’s in! Nothing goes better with gold than black. If you are going to wear such a bold boot, accent with gold stud or chain details on your outfits or handbags, but keep your jewelry minimal. In this case, your boots are your jewelry.HOW TO STYLE BLOCK HEEL BOOTIES (EMBELLISHED)

Saint Laurent Crystal Heel Booties $995/ Witchery Cable Poncho $61/ Max& Co by MaxMara Wool Blend and Silk Dress $95/ Stella McCartney Falabella Clutch $650/ Pre-owned Tiffany and Co Elsa Peretti Small Open Heart Necklace $100/ Charlotte Russe Basic 40 Denier Tights $5.99/ Roberto Cavalli Jeweled Aviator Sunglasses $315

I am seeing quite a few embellished heels, and these ones from YSL are my absolute favorite so far. The silver tones on the heels pair lovely with navy, grays, and whites. I love the cable knit poncho with the boots, and you can also dress them down with just jeans and a gray sweater.HOW TO STYLE BLOCK HEEL BOOTIES (EMBELLISHED)

Valentino Astro Couture Ankle Boots $2,145/ Woolford Opaque Tights $55/ Edun Draped Wool Wrap Dress $590/ Valentino Rockstud Lock small metallic shoulder bag $1,645/ Linda Farrow Square Monochromatic Sunglasses $570/ Portolano Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves $40

Black is my favorite thing to wear for so many reasons, but one of them is that you can effortlessly accent with the boldest pops of color. I love how the Valentimo Rockstud bags seem to match all of the new embellished Valentino boots. With all of these details, you don’t even need any jewelry.

HOW TO STYLE BLOCK HEEL BOOTIES

Alexander Wang Kenze Boot $725/ Le Vian Genuine Brown Quartz and Citrine Ring $2,100/ Burberry Bag $1,155/ J Brand Midrise Skinny Jean $190/ Nina Ricci Cotton Turtleneck Sweater $545/ Victoria Beckham Supra Round Sunglasses $495/ Camel Sleeveless Coat $69

These booties from Alexander Wang look incredibly comfortable. If I was a tourist in London, this is exactly what I would want to be wearing! Burgundy is another “IT” color for the Fall and Winter, and it is becoming the new neutral to have in your closet. It really pairs with so much. You can always be sure it will go with a Burberry bag!

HOW TO STYLE BLOCK HEEL BOOTIES

Jeffrey Campbell Gershon Block Heel Bootie $165/ Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Melton State Coat $380/ Shaping Skinny Jeans $50/ Equipment Cecile Cashmere Dots V-Neck Jumper $145/ Balenciage Metallic Edge Nickel City Bag $2,220/ Tom Ford Anastasia Sunglasses $149/ R.J. Graziano Goldtone Mesh Bib Necklace $45

The nice thing about block heels as I mentioned before, is that they give you more sturdy traction when you are walking. These have a platform in the front which will make them even more wearable. If you love high heels then these will be a great option for you. I think that the boots pair particularly well with an animal print. Do not shy away from animal prints! You can absolutely make them look sophisticated and chic.

HOW TO STYLE BLOCK HEEL BOOTIES

Tory Burch Blossom Block Heel Bootie $450/ Diane Von Furstenberg Libby Coat $350/ Fogal Corvina Pantyhose $59/ Maison Margiela 4 Short Dress $750/ Maria Dorai Raj Silver Cuff Bracelet $305/ Burberry Black Round Sunglasses $245/ Jon Hardy Dot Silver Ball Station Bib Necklace $995

Tory Burch is definitely on a flared block heel kick! If you read one of my last articles about her new Gigi Pumps, then you know what I mean. The flared block heel is very mod, and I expect other designers will veer that way for the upcoming seasons. One of my favorite combos in terms of color is black, white, and bright blue. It makes for the perfect foundation to color block.

So, do you think you could walk a mile in my block heels?

TODAY’S OBSESSION: THE NEW TORY BURCH GIGI PUMPS

If you saw the top shelf of my closet, there would be no question as to whether or not I love Tory Burch shoes! I practically live in my various Reva flats until it gets really cold.

For me, flats are one step up on the casual scale from sandals or flip-flops. On most days however, I do like to be between casual and dressy; so I rely on low or kitten heels to keep my look polished, yet stay comfortable enough in case I have to run around all day. That is why I adore Tory Burch’s new Gigi pumps. 

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These are just stunning shoes!

Screenshot_20160802-222652[1]Firstly, they have a flared block heel, which gives them a really modern look. None of us want to admit it to ourselves, but stilettos are not ideal to walk around in comfortably for more than 5 hours max.. I am willing to wager I could walk around in these puppies all day! They want to be walked in!

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I am loving the “T” logo that was designed for this shoe. It goes perfectly with that mod look.

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If you look right under the shoe on the front of the heel, you will see another tiny Tory Burch logo.

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The toe is rounded so that will make these even more comfortable. If I am right in assuming that these feel like you are wearing a pair of Revas but with a slight heel, I will needing more than one pair!

Tory Burch Gigi Pumps in Black $275
Tory Burch Gigi Pumps in Black $275 

Classic black is always the best idea!

Tory Burch Gigi Pump in Tory Beige $275
Tory Burch Gigi Pump in Tory Beige $275 

I love the Tory Beige color. It is a perfect fleshy toned nude.

Tory Burch Gigi Pump in Oceano $275
Tory Burch Gigi Pump in Oceano $275 

I do not actually own a pair of teal shoes, but these would look gorgeous with gray or black.

Tory Burch Gigi Pump in Redstone $275
Tory Burch Gigi Pump in Redstone $275 

he more I stare at this gorgeous red, the more I think it perfectly matches my new nail color. It’s fate!

Tory Burch Gigi Pump in Port $275
Tory Burch Gigi Pump in Port $275 

Another gorgeous option for your grays! Yes I wear a ton of gray.

Tory Burch Suede Gigi Pump in French Gray $275
Tory Burch Suede Gigi Pump in French Gray $275 

These suede versions are just in time for Fall!

Tory Burch Suede Gigi Pump in Green Olive $275
Tory Burch Suede Gigi Pump in Green Olive $275 

I love that the gold “T” logo compliments every single color of pump in this collection. I would love to see some more colors with a silver logo next year for Spring.

Tory Burch Suede Gigi Pump in Royal Navy $275
Tory Burch Suede Gigi Pump in Royal Navy $275 

I am very much into dark shades of blue with black and black/white prints.

Which one or ones would you get first?

THE VELVET GOLDMINE

I cannot think of a more sumptuous cold weather fabric than velvet. It can however, be somewhat of a challenge to wear. Velvet clothing certainly has a tendency to exude a dated look, but this year designers are doing it well and proper with  jackets, tailored dresses and pants, and elegant accessories. This season, velvet has never been so chic!

Rachel Pally Velvet Nori Skirt and Laila Top $81.60-$120.60
Rachel Pally Velvet Nori Skirt and Laila Top $81.60-$120.60

We might as well start out with this gorgeous plum top and skirt from Rachel Pally. I love that most velvet pieces I am seeing are jewel tones and rich colours.

GIgi Burris Hyacinth Velvet Headband $385
GIgi Burris Hyacinth Velvet Headband $385

Headbands are starting to become popular again. I am not sure what you would wear this with, but it is certainly unique.

Badgley Mischka Velvet Ruched Gown $556
Badgley Mischka Velvet Ruched Gown $556

Imagine wearing this to a formal Christmas party. This is one of the most gorgeous dresses I have ever seen. I love understated elegance!

Gianvito Rossi Velvet High-Heel Pump $950
Gianvito Rossi Velvet High-Heel Pump $950

Black velvet shoes are usually the standard, but this year there are so many different shades from neutrals to jewel tones, to metallic shades.

Nanette Lepore Long Sleeve Velvet Paisley Dress $358.40
Nanette Lepore Long Sleeve Velvet Paisley Dress $358.40

This is such a gorgeous myriad of colours!

Tory Burch Hallandale Flat $295
Tory Burch Hallandale Flat $295

Classic black velvet flats.

Altuzarra Paneled Velvet Devore Peplum Dress $2,306
Altuzarra
Paneled Velvet Devore Peplum Dress $2,306

I actually thought this was two separate pieces at first, but it is a lovely tailored dress. Just enough ruffle detail.

Eileen Fisher Washable Velvet Wrap Scarf $198
Eileen Fisher Washable Velvet Wrap Scarf $198

Very good quality velvet most of the time requires dry cleaning, but Eileen Fisher has come up with this washable velvet fabrics; which makes it so much easier to wear the pieces throughout the season.

Eileen Fisher Stretch Velvet Ankle Leggings $138
Eileen Fisher Stretch Velvet Ankle Leggings $138

Velvet leggings are everywhere! I am loving these by Eileen Fisher the most, however. Her pieces last forever.

TOM FORD TF Velvet Ankle Bootie $819
Tom Ford TF Velvet Ankle Bootie $819

Always add Tom Ford into the mix! These booties are gorgeous and simple.

Burberry London Peak Lapel Velvet Evening Jacket $1,595
Burberry London Peak Lapel Velvet Evening Jacket $1,595

It takes a certain type of man to pull off a velvet jacket. I say Tom Ford and Sherlock Holmes are some of the very few men who can, but why not be bold?

Free People Dreams Lace Trim Tunic Dress $168

This is so feminine, simple, and elegant!

For Love & Lemons Heather Minidress $216

This sheer piece can easily be worn during all seasons in my opinion, it is just too beautiful to only wear during Winter.

Free People Slouchy Velvet Blazer $168
Free People Slouchy Velvet Blazer $168

Keeping up with the slouchy jackets of this past season, this velvet jacket is a versatile piece.

Marc By Marc Jacobs Semona Velvet Biker Bomber Jacket $263

If you are a bomber jacket kind of gal, this is one of the better tailored ones I have seen.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Domo Biker Velvet Backpack $498
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Domo Biker Velvet Backpack $498

Three of this years trends come together, zippered detailing, velvet, backpack!

Charlotte Olympia Velvet Bouquet Clutch Bag $580
Charlotte Olympia Velvet Bouquet Clutch Bag $580

This would be an evening bag that you could use year round. I love Charlotte Olympia!

Jonquil Moonlight Velvet Long Wrap Robe $140
Jonquil Moonlight Velvet Long Wrap Robe $140

I love cozy robes! This is going on my Christmas list! So sumptuous.

Kate Spade Scarlett Slippers $78
Kate Spade Scarlett Slippers $78

If you are going to get a velvet robe, you might as well get slippers too!

Manolo Blahnik Gorina Velvet Polka-Dot Pump $825
Manolo Blahnik Gorina Velvet Polka-Dot Pump $825

These pumps would look lovely with any of this seasons black velvet dresses. Carrie Bradshaw approved!

If reading all of this has not convinces you to love velvet, I do not know what will! Have you picked up any velvet additions to your wardrobe?

IT BAG ALERT, THE SADDLE BAG

The saddle bags of the past were originally designed for military dispatch riders. They have that unmistakable crescent shape, which is actually quite feminine in my opinion. Along with today’s messenger bags, the newest saddle bags are a perfect example of a designer mixing form, function, tradition, and ingenuity

The cross-body bag has reigned supreme for the past few years, but they might need to move over a spot or two to make room for their lovely sisters!

Chloe Drew Small Shoulder Bag $1,950
Chloe Drew Small Shoulder Bag $1,950

The Chloe Drew bag has surpassed all other saddle bag designs in my mind. There are two different sizes, and neither are too small. This small version is quite literally the perfect size for a small bag. There are so many different variations and colours. Chloe nailed it!

Chloe Drew Small Shoulder Bag $1,850
Chloe Drew Small Shoulder Bag $1,850

The Drew in a lovely wine shade for Fall/Winter.

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Chloe Drew Nano Floral Leather Saddle Bag $1,950 

Metal embellishments make this Drew a statement piece that is trendy, yet will stay a classic.

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Chloe Drew Small Python Shoulder Bag $3,990 

Multi coloured python print is right on league with the past seasons lingering boho prints.

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Chloe Marcie Mini Saddle Bag $750 

A little more minimalist than the Drew, this grey Marcie is a great everyday neutral.

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Salvatore Ferragamo Rosette Small Saddle Crossbody Bag $1,290 

Overlapping pieces of leather on the flap give this one a modern and classy look.

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Michael Kors Bedford Leather Crossbody $106 

This is such a great deal right now, I believe this colour is from the Spring collection.

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Loeffler Randall Saddle Bag $395 

Classic black with the trendy new black hardware.

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Henry Beguelin Molly Small Croc Stamped Messenger Bag $1,250 

Vintage croc.

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Rebecca Minkoff Astor Laser Cut Leather Saddle Bag $295 

I have been seeing a ton of laser cuts in bags lately. Tory Burch did some lovely ones this past Spring and Summer. The laser cutting does tend to have a warmer weather vibe to it, but this bag proves the trend can go either way.

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Tom Ford Jennifer Medium Leather Saddle Bag $1,990 

Tom Ford, need more words be spoken?

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Tory Burch Embroidered Medium Saddle Bag $795 

There is certainly still a western vibe to some of the latest Fall and Winter collections. Tons of suede, fringe, and crops of riding boots. This Tory bag would go nicely with suede.

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Tory Burch Frances Leather Saddle Bag $450 

This is a slightly pebbled leather, and I love Tory’s pebbled leathers. They are soft and well made. The tassel gives this one just enough flair!

Have you jumped in the saddle bag yet?

 

THE MESSENGER BAG GETS A SLEEK UPDATE

Messenger bags continue to prove that they are so much more chic than the utilitarian, purely functional accessories they used to be. The messenger was not something I particularly thought of as elegant, until the Proenza Schouler PS1. That was the game changer, and since the PS1 I have remained conscious of any new updated messenger styles.

Leave it to Tory Burch to design exactly what I have been looking for!

Tory Burch 797 Satchel $525
Tory Burch 797 Satchel $525

The 797! It is part messenger bag, part briefcase, part satchel, and mostly gorgeous!

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Have I ever said how much I love Tory Burch’s discreet logos?

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The 797 is quite structured for having a pebbled leather exterior. It is just large enough to carry essentials and more, yet it is small enough to give it that compact messenger feel when the shoulder strap is utilized.

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It really is quite roomy. I do not see why a tablet wouldn’t fit in here. Of course there are other pockets inside for additional organization.

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The satchel is certainly my pick, but for those who want something a bit smaller, Tory has thought of that too. The mini and the tiny are also available.

I am in love!