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The High-Fashion Pump You Should Be Wearing Now

One of my clients showed up to a shopping appointment in a shoe that rocked my world. After 20 years as a personal stylist, it usually takes a Valentino dress to do that. She was wearing what fashion people would call a “V-Neck Pump.” Started by Céline (the uber avant-garde fashion line) in 2016, the V-Neck Pump is now available from other brands at a range of price points and heel heights. In fact, Céline now makes them in a cool, low cone-shaped heel that even I could probably wear. (The client’s V-Neck Pump was actually from Diane Von Furstenburg, …

Fashion Accessories

Kate Spade’s New Venture: Frances Valentine

And…she’s back! As WWD put it, Kate and Andy Spade are aware of the power of a name. Their namesake brand, Kate Spade New York, was bought by the former Liz Claiborne Inc. for $125 million in 2006. One year later, they both walked away from company. Now, almost 10 years later, they are so committed to their new venture, Frances Valentine, that Kate has officially changed her name to Kate Valentine. For real. Frances Valentine will be focused on shoes for spring 2016, with prices hovering around $400. In addition, the line will offer fun metallic leather handbags that will sell from $225 …

Fashion Accessories

Trend to Try: Socks with Heels

You know we are usually pretty practical here at Real Life Style. That’s why we call it Real Life Style 🙂 But once in a while there is a weirdish trend, like socks worn with heels, that we think is just so cool that we have to let you in on it. Don’t knock it ’til you try it! Socks CAN work with heels, despite what you’ve been told. I dare you to find one combination from the pictures below and give it a go. Just think, at least your feet will be warm in this crazy weather! Want to make it …

Work Wardrobe

A Quest: The Perfect Navy Pump

Last year, it was the search for good chocolate boots. Unfortunately,  that quest has still not ended. Good chocolate pieces are still difficult to find, especially in suiting! However, this year my efforts have switched to a similarly frustrating color: Navy. I love to encourage my clients to switch up their conservative black suit with a navy suit. However, once you purchase a pair of navy pants, your next purchase is inevitably going to be a navy shoe. Shouldn’t be too difficult, right? WRONG! Navy pumps are not as common as they should be! When you combine an already limited selection with …

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The Perfect Outfit

What is The Perfect Outfit you ask? It is flattering, appropriate for multiple occasions and makes you feel LIKE A MILLION BUCKS. A few weeks ago a long-time client showed up to lunch in the above outfit and it rocked my world. Why? She had created it herself using tools she learned from yours truly. Keep reading for the details… Elizabeth and James Heather Crepe Blazer, $259.87 Where did she find this awesome blazer, with a waist-creating shape and a color made for the camera? On this blog of course! It arrived in her inbox just as panic about a …