This time of year, as my shopping season slows down (I can’t believe it’s already time for pre-fall in the stores!), I find myself helping many of my clients get ready for vacation. I just love this aspect of my job. I pour over my clients’ itineraries and plan the ideal outfits for their adventures. Not only is it fun for me, but I know it really reduces my clients’ stress levels, allowing them to enjoy the time before they depart as well as when they finally arrive at their destination.
One particular client is planning a month-long sojourn to a couple countries in Europe, ending with some time in the Bahamas. I’ve pretty much got her wardrobe set, but I’m still working on the shoes. Since she won’t be traveling with most of her good jewelry (wise woman), I thought it’d be fun to add a little bling by way of her sandals — she does like the sparkle!! Also, she requires flats for her trip due to a recent medical issue. I figured that if she brings one in black and one in a neutral or metallic, she’ll be pretty much covered for what she has planned. (this is in addition to her “walking” shoes and a pair of sneakers)
Granted, this is a high-end client, so she prefers luxury brands. Also, I know her personal style is quite sophisticated, so I tried to find styles that weren’t too over-the-stop with regard to the bling. I thought it would be fun to share the options I’m presenting her. Just like seeing runway looks in a fashion magazine, you can use these styles as inspiration to find something that may suit your own style and budget. Or, perhaps you may want to invest in one of these options yourself. As I tell my clients, I’d rather have them buy one thing they l.o.v.e at a higher price point, than three less expensive iterations that won’t make them as happy. Quality over quantity, in my book.
How can it be that we’re only days away from the Academy Awards?! The gowns, the jewels….oh my! Just before the Golden Globes, I wrote about how your evening bag definitely counts as part of the bling for your attire. (Click here if you missed that article.) I’ve waited until the Oscar’s are upon us to comment about the other, yet equally important, non-jewelry item that definitely contributes to your bejeweled look. Yes, I’m talking about your shoes. (Totally get it if you just got a little shiver of delight.)
Neutrals are often the best choice to enhance a look and elongate the leg, and if you’re just starting to build your evening shoe wardrobe, then I would suggest a neutral metallic and a dark neutral (black, navy, or charcoal, depending on your wardrobe). These will surely mix and match with your festive frocks. And don’t forget to think about cost-per-wear. If you’re a total socialite, out and about a few times per month, then it’s worth it to invest in a quality pair of shoes, even though they may seem expensive at the time. You’ll end up spending less than if you bought multiple pairs of less expensive options.
Here are 13 sparklers at a range of price points (some cost more than my rent, while others are equivalent to a dinner out), to tickle your foot fancy. And if you want more info about any of these, just click the link in blue.