Holiday Party Dressing With Curves

The holiday season is upon us, which calls for flattering party dresses and cute shoes to match.  If you wear a dress size 12 or larger, this task can be daunting.  I’ve found the chicest UK-based online store that makes plus-size dress shopping a cinch and lots of fun!  Marisota has a great selection of dresses for ladies with curves. You can even shop the dresses by “Figure Fixers” to find just the style for you.

What is just as fabulous is their selection of fashionable footwear! Here are a few of my favorite dresses from Marisota, along with some fabulous heels that guarantee you will make a grand entrance at any event.

Best Dress For “Fixing” Arms

Changes By Together Print Dress – The elegant butterfly sleeves help cover any arm flab, while the pretty floral print and deep v-neck draw attention to sexy décolletage and a minimized middle (thanks to the empire waistline and black skirt).

Wear this dress with solid black peep-toe pumps, such as the Ravel Kalista platform pump.

Best Dress For “Fixing” Tummy

Maxi Dress with Pleats – Side pleating at the waist draws the eye to the hip and creates a slim midsection, while the pleating on the right shoulder balances the look and adds interest.

Wear this simple yet elegant red dress with strappy gold or silver-tone metallic heels, such as the Moda in Pelle Raven Ladies Sandals.

Best Dress For “Fixing” Bums

Joanna Hope Angel Sleeve Lace Dress – Got a little more booty than you care to flaunt?  Try wearing a lace dress with a free-flowing skirt with shaping leggings or tights.  When you walk all eyes will be on your great calves and dazzling shoes!

Depending on the hemline length, you can either wear heeled ankle boots for a more edgy look or some closed-toe pumps like the Ravel Halo platform courts to give your bum an extra lift that only high heels can.

My Favorite Evening Gown

Changes by Together Beaded Dress – This figure-skimming strappy dress is dripping with beadwork and sequins, something you can only get away with at this time of year.  The flattering lines and classic sweetheart neckline make it the perfect choice for a glam New Year’s Eve champagne party.

Go all out and pair this dress with equally stunning shoes with metallic accent, such as the Moda in Pelle Jenson Cap toe pumps.

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Christmas Party Shoes

Christmas is just around the corner and many of us are beginning to think about updating our wardrobes to make them Christmas party ready. If you are unsure if your Little Black number is festive enough, throwing on some great heels is a great way to make your look ready for the party season. A good pair of heels can transform an outfit, doing all the talking without the need for heavy accessorising. The women’s party shoes shown above are great to wear with any party dress, they are all in neutral tones so will go with your whole party wardrobe. The detailing on all the shoes provide a bit of sparkle and glamour to your look. A great tip is to choose a heel with a platform this will give you that desired height but will me much more comfortable making all that dancing much easier!

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Holiday Dressing With An Edge

When it comes to dressing for the holidays, you can either go bold or go home.  This year, I don’t know about you but I’m feeling particularly brave, ready to try new styles and break free of the normal attire.  Forget the tried-and-true formal dresses and black pumps.  Give me peplum!  Give me spikes!  Give me statement necklaces!  After all, it helps to have a conversation piece to get things going at those dinner parties, does it not?

Why Peplum?

Peplum dresses are not only perfectly on-trend; they are flattering on any figure.  The fold of fabric cleverly conceals any extra pudge one might put on eating all those delicious snicker doodles and meringues.  Take for example this Julien Macdonald black peplum dress, with its faceted gem detailing in black, red and grey across the front of the neck.  No need for a necklace here!  Mesh side panelling at the waist shows some office holiday party-appropriate skin while the rest of the dress retains a classy, retro vibe.  I’m digging it!

Holiday Shoes With An Edge

Another of my current obsessions is spiked shoes and boots, and these dazzling courts are the perfect complement to a flirty hourglass-enhancing dress.  The Carvela Kurt Geiger Genny is a mid heel shoe featuring peep toe, cigarette heel and sequin and stud embellishment.  I adore the small spikes and how they lend just a touch of edge to an otherwise classic shoe shape.

How will you push your style envelope this holiday season?  What pieces are you looking forward to flaunting at holiday parties?

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3 Tips For Choosing Your Holiday Shoes

Christmas is just 5 days away, and with the upcoming holiday dinners and events it can be a little overwhelming to choose what to wear.  But if you start with your shoes and work your way up, it becomes a breeze – just decide on the mood you’re going for, and go for it!  Here are 3 elements to look for when choosing your Christmas and New Year’s shoes.

1. Red Velvet Is So Delicious

No material conveys Christmas quite like velvet, and when you deck your feet with red velvet pumps, you’ll be the queen of the evening.  Case in point: Giuseppe Zanotti’s Velvet Platform Slingback.  Just add a little black dress and as many jewels as your heart desires!

2. All That Glitters Is Gold

Well, not literally.  Regardless of the color you don, you can’t fail when you step out in sparkling shoes.  And don’t think you have to go high or go home – glittery flats are a comfortable and playful choice.  I like the Converse Winter Glitz sneakers ($59.95) paired with a festive sweater, mini skirt and tights or leggings.

3. Bows and Frills For Feminine Thrills

This is the one time of year (besides maybe your birthday) when it’s generally encouraged to wear ornamented shoes.  Choose a sexy strappy sandal with a sweet bow or a platform pump with ruffle detail for a touch of feminine charm.  Consider Paris Hilton Selene Bow Sandals ($89)and a body-con dress for a sultry New Year’s Eve cocktail look.

Which shoes are you considering for your holiday festivities?

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Shine This Holiday Season In Dazzling Shoes

Nine West Timepiece Pumps, $89 at

These are the shoes I ended up bringing to Kansas with me for the holidays.  I would have brought more options, but I had for myself the goal of packing light, and I succeeded – fitting everything in one suitcase (under 50lbs) and my laptop bag!  These Nine West pumps are perfect, with the beaded decoration on the heels and the supple suede upper, and of course black goes with everything.  Not to mention they make my legs look AHH-MAZING and my feet don’t hurt after a few hours in them.

Of course, one pair of heels just won’t quite cut it for me…I did make a shoe purchase at TJ Maxx the other day ($69!!!) that will make me look and feel like royalty during the New Year’s Eve festivities.

Sam Edelman Queenie pewter booties, $159.20 at

What shoes are you wearing during your holiday parties?  Post a comment below and let me know, and you can always upload them to and show them off there, too!  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

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Packing For Holiday Travel

When I woke up this morning, I had to take a second and remind myself that Christmas is a mere two weeks away.  While I’m fully in the Christmas spirit, I have much to prepare before the festivities ensue, including planning my party outfits, what to pack for my visit home, and what shoes to start the New Year off on the right foot.  One week from tomorrow I’m flying home for a few weeks to visit family and friends I haven’t seen in months.  I’m so looking forward to it, but I hadn’t even begun to think about what I’ll need to bring and wear until now.  So, here is my list of things I’m planning on taking with me to Kansas this holiday season.  What do you think are essentials for holiday travel?  Anything I should add?

I’m making sure to bring a pair of combination rain/snow boots to deal with all the messy winter weather.  My new Cougar boots are perfect for the job!  Thanks to the fabric shaft they should fold away nicely in my suitcase. (Cougar ‘Ringo Star’, $180 at

As far as party shoes go, I’m only planning on bringing a pair of beaded black suede Nine West pumps and a pair of festive, sparkling red Jessica Bennett d’orsays.

I’m in love with my new black Kate Spade bag.  She’s all I need for any ladylike holiday look.  Don’t you agree?

Portlano eggplant purple cashmere gloves will keep my hands warm, even while I text!  (Thanks Saks, what a great gift idea!)

Bootights are a must-have for any boot lovers – they give you the comfort of socks and the warmth and style quotient of tights!  I’m bringing two different pairs – one mid-calf and one ankle-sock style.

Two party dresses are coming with me. I’m not going to bring a whole lot in the way of clothes because 1. I have many clothes still at my mom’s house and 2. I plan on receiving and buying new clothing during my visit. I need to conserve suitcase space! :)  But the berry-hued asymmetrical Betsey Johnson dress and gold Laundry by Shelli Segal mini are just too perfect for winter parties!  I have the perfect faux fur throw in mind to go with…

Something light to read while on the plane – A Year in High Heels by Camilla Morton ($11.53 at and my cute shoe-shaped bookmark.

And of course, a sturdy suitcase is a must, and I rely on my purple Samsonite luggage.  Are you traveling this holiday season?  What will you bring with you?

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Holiday Gift Guide: Top Gifts For Shoe Lovers

Gifts for the shoe lovers in your life! Whether you’re trying to finish your wishlist, or finish up your Christmas shopping, the following gift ideas are sure to please anyone who enjoys fashion and shoes.

1. Barbie by Christian Louboutin

The perfect pair! The master of fabulous footwear, Christian Louboutin has joined forces with Barbie to create a glamorous line of limited edition dolls.  Cat-burglar Barbie looks ultra-fashion forward in a sleek hooded black cat-suit and has the choice of four of Louboutin’s statement red-soled heels to wear. The first in a series of three, she comes complete with a chic collectible calendar which follows the duo’s fashion-filled travels.  $150 at

2. Shoes!!!

It is always a great idea to give the gift of shoe shopping!  When all else fails, a gift card from a great shoe website like: Gift Certificates
Zappos Gift Cards make great gifts this holiday season!
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Get a gift certificate at!
Payless ShoeSource©

3. Slippers

While this might seem like an generic choice, slippers are a great gift, especially for shoe lovers dealing with chilly temperatures. With hundreds of styles to choose from — from cozy shearling to felt slides — anyone can appreciate a good pair!  Shown above: Daniel Green Dormie Cheetah Micro-Suede, Minnetonka Pile Lined Hardsole, Dearfoams DF959 Black Slipper

4. Footzyrolls

Featured in Oprah‘s 2009 Holiday Gift Guide, this is THE essential shoe accessory for women on the go.  Footzyrolls are innovative, rollable flat shoes that make a perfect stocking stuffer or office present.  Available in many colors and styles (including a very special product for brides), purse-friendly Footzyrolls allow you to take a break from your killer heels without giving up good looks.  Footzyrolls are made with a durable, skid resistant, waterproof sole with a PU upper surface and a reinforced heel with extra padding for additional comfort.  Footzyrolls retail for $25.00 online at and in select USA stores.  Simply roll the shoes from the bottom up; you can keep them rolled up with elastic band or fold them flat to fit in your purse.

5. Bootights

The first tight made exclusively for wearing with boots!  Bootights are cute, quality tights with a built-in cozy foot bed, to provide extra comfort and warmth.  They retail for $30 and you can pick up a pair or two as nice stocking stuffers at or select Dillards stores.

6. Stiruppz

Stiruppz keep your jeans in their place!  Stiruppz are detachable pant stirrups that are designed to keep your jeans in place so you can keep moving!  They are easy to clip on, won’t damage clothing, and are so comfy that you won’t even notice they’re there.  Buy a set for yourself at for $19.00.  Stiruppz have also been featured on Daily Candy, SWAG, Oligoville and Washington Business Journal.

7.Diva Diamondz

Diva Diamondz keep your shoes smelling as nice as they look.  Diva Diamondz contain a powerful volcanic mineral that draws odor and moisture out of shoes. The mineral is also antimicrobial, which means that is fights bacteria and fungus. Simply place a pouch inside each shoe at the end of the day. Overnight the smell and moisture is absorbed into the pouch.  Diva Diamondz purses contain 2 pouches, one for each shoe.  When the diamond starts to smell like your feet, place it in the sun to recharge. You will have to recharge your Diva Diamondz once or twice a year.  Have a man in the family with stinky shoes?  Get him a pair of the Gentlemen Gems or Sportz Gemz.  Diva Diamondz retail for $18.00 at Diva

8. Mark Schwartz Custom Shoe Painting

This is the ultimate gift for any serious shoe lover – send Mark Schwartz a picture of your loved one’s favorite pair of shoes, and he’ll bring them to life on canvas as an original work of art.  You can purchase custom paintings starting at $175.  Check out how Mark Schwartz Brought My Naughty Monkeys to Life! Prices start at $175. Email Mark Schwartz to purchase a painting and ask any questions.


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Happy Fourth of July My Smittenites!

Fourth of July

These breathtaking GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI – CORK PLATFORM ANKLE STRAP PUMPS are perfect for celebrating Independence Day!  If I had these, I’d wear them even if I was just at the pool in a bathing suit.  They shine so bright they don’t need clothes accompanying them.  And can I just say that the boots in the ad below are so hot…I think I’m going to have to save up for a pair this fall!  (pssst – did you know thigh high boots are going to be all-the-rage this fall/winter season?!)


If you have time to shop, and if you need a break from the summer heat, go ahead and shop these sizzlin’ sales!!!

20% Off + Free Shipping 7/1-7/6 From Steve Madden

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Party-Worthy Patriotic Pumps

Tomorrow is the beginning of the Fourth of July weekend!  Do you already have your party-worthy patriotic pumps?  I have a pair picked out (My Gianni Bini striped pumps), but I wish I had the Christian Louboutins below!  The following shoes are all great investments not only for the holiday weekend, but year-round!  Which is your favorite?

, $1088 – My FAVORITE!!!  This shoe has it all, from Louboutin’s signature red sole to a white platform and heel, and a blue upper featured tan stitching.

GUESS Women’S Carrielu Pump, $98.95 – Classic silhouette, denim look and beautiful embroidered design on the heel give this shoe the perfect touch of urban edge to add some bite to your chic wardrobe.

Leah Heel – Navy
, $99.99 – Red, cork and blue come together to form this platform sandal and make it a great choice this Independence Day!

Carlos By Carlos Santana Women’s Pamper Pump, $59.67 – Show off your American pride with this blue tie-dyed shoe!

Seychelles Women’s Half Slip Wedge Peep Toe
, $57.90 – Pinup never looked so good!  Wear these with jeans for a cute and casual patriotic look.

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