Fall Style Inspiration: Socks and Boots

socks with ankle boots

Stop hiding your socks, and let them become a part of your outfit. This trend lets you express your personality while still being extremely practical. You can choose a pair of thick wool over-the-knee socks and let them peek out above your riding boots, or go for a dressier look with knee-high trouser socks and heeled ankle boots. Either way, you’re going to stay warm and look super cute.

I have only one pair of over-the-knee socks…needless to say, I know what I’m asking Santa for this year.

It’s time to layer up! How will you wear your socks this season?

More: Warming Trends: 8 Street Style Inspired Ways to Wear Socks With Boots

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Hit a Style Home Run with Sporty-Chic Shoes

sporty-chic shoes with tulle skirt

I’ve always been more of a girly-girl when it comes to my style. But lately I’ve been curious to try the sporty-chic trend. Women who wear hi-tops with harem pants or converse sneakers with a tulle skirt look so confident and cool. I wish that I could be like the cool kids…

In my latest article on TOOVIA, I explore this trend, and show 10 winning ways to wear sporty-chic shoes this fall. Check it out! Which of the looks would you give a try?

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Fall Essential: Arley Stretch Boot

MICHAEL Michael Kors Arley Stretch Boot

If there’s one style of boot you need for fall, it’s the tall riding boot. Versatile, comfortable, and timelessly chic, these equestrian-style boots can easily be dressed up or down. If you’re looking for riding boots worth investing in this season, look no further than MICHAEL Michael Kors Arley Stretch Boots.

The Arley has an elastic panel at back of the shaft for a comfortable fit, and a pretty decorative buckled strap at the ankle. Choose between black and dark chocolate – both colors will go with everything in your closet.

When it comes to styling riding boots like the Arley, the possibilities are endless. I like to slip them over jeans for casual outings, or wear them with a skirt or dress and leggings to work or for a night out.

3 Ways to Wear the MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Arley’ Stretch Boot

3 Ways to Wear MICHAEL Michael Kors Arley Stretch Boot

Dressy Casual: Umlife trench coat Haider Ackermann leggings / Burberry scarf / Gucci leather gloves / Michael Kors satchel

Everyday Chic: MARNI cardigan / Orla Kiely skirt / Sophie Hulme crossbody / La Fiorentina scarf

Weekend Warrior: AG Adriano Goldschmied jeans / Michael Kors bucket bag / Stella McCartney cat eye glasses / Anthony Vaccarello sweater / blanket wrap

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Let The Black Friday Madness Begin!

Ever since I was a small child, I’ve been in training. Not for some sport, and not for some elite career. But rather for Black Friday shopping.

Black Friday Madness (image: teensleuth.com)

Each year my mom and her best friend would give me a grade, based on my attitude, and my ability to spot great deals and effectively plan our route.  By age 16, I had progressed to a solid B+, and by age 20, I finally earned the coveted A+.

The McKellar residence prepares for Black Friday like a runner would prepare for a marathon. The night before, we eat a well-balanced meal and go to bed early. We check the route we’ve planned and note the bathroom stops. We pack breakfast and lunch so we can get out the door fast. We load the car up with a cooler full of Diet Coke and waters and a blanket in case we end up waiting in a long line outside.

I make a point of planning a Black Friday shopping adventure with my mom every year I’m home for Thanksgiving. It’s not only the best time to find great deals on shoes and apparel; it’s a favorite pastime of mine. Nowadays I prefer to do most of my holiday shopping online, to avoid the lines and find the best deals fast. But there’s something about the in-store frenzy. It’s a rush.

Needless to say, I’ve got the scoop on Black Friday. Look over my list of 2014 Black Friday Shoe Deals. Bookmark it and check back regularly, as I’ll update it whenever new ads are leaked. Some of the deals have already started!

2014 Black Friday shoe deals

 

What memories or rituals do you have around Black Friday? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

Looking for some great deals now? Talk Shoes has done a lovely job of rounding up the best shoe deals this weekend.

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It’s Just a Little (Orange) Crush

Did you know that orange is a symbol of strength, optimism, and happiness? Well lucky for us, the energizing color is lifting up many of fall’s must-have looks.

Anna wears a bright orange wool coat
Anna dello Russo (image: www.fashioninspo.com)

This past week I delved deep into the history of orange in fashion, as well as rounded up my favorite orange accessories for fall. Take a look at my latest work on TOOVIA and let me know what you think! I’m also dying to see how other fabulous folks are styling citrus pieces. I’m considering investing in a tangerine handbag, though I wish I could justify buying one of the traffic-stopping coats I’m seeing pop up everywhere.

Olivia Palermo accessorizes with orange
Olivia Palermo (Image: www.dailymail.co.uk)

What do you think? Are you crushing on orange?

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