Splurge or Save… on Bowed Ballet Flats?

‘Tis the season for texture & glamour! There’s one trend covering that & it’s bowed ballet flats in black with a gold metallic detail. This style has caught my eye on all price points, starting with luxury fashion brands, trickling down to affordable retail department stores. Whether you’re shopping for velvet, suede, or patent leather, the mixture with a luxe gold accent is sure to complete any on-the-go look, or chic professional ensemble. Try mixing these styles with a skinny jeans & cardigan outfit when jet setting for a comfortable day of travel, a sheath dress & statement necklace for a family dinner, or a blouse & pencil skirt for a job interview.

Bow Ballet flats - Salvatore Ferragamo @Saks Fifth Avenue $475.00, Kate Spade New York @FootNotesOnline $198.00, MICHAEL Michael Kors @Neiman Marcus $125.00, ALDO @DSW $39.95, & Forever 21 $22.90.

The above flats range in price, but investing in high style doesn’t have to be limited to a working girl’s budget. Shop: Salvatore Ferragamo Varina flats ($475.00) @Saks Fifth Avenue, Kate Spade New York Tock flats ($198.00) @FootNotesOnline, MICHAEL Michael Kors Kiera flats ($125.00) @Neiman Marcus, ALDO Lovecia flats ($39.95) @DSW, & faux leather flats ($22.90) @Forever 21.

For more fashionable posts, be sure to check out Gwyneth Paltrow’s Marilyn Monroe-inspired ad campaign for Max Factor, Jennifer Lopez’s wide leg pants trend, & holiday-ready accessories ideas for the season! Happy Styling!

Basics For A Bargain: Pointy Animal Print Flats, Tom Ford Vs. Old Navy!

I am all over the new September issues of my favorite fashion magazines, loving all of the style inspiration inside the pages, especially when I’m seeking Basics for a Bargain. So, Lucky magazine is among my go-to publications to expand my wardrobe, as well as shoe & accessories collections. I’m always a big fan of animal prints, which make a great neutral as accessories with some bold solid pieces like a sheath dress & pumps, a belted jumpsuit, or crisp separates with sandals. Now that I’m looking ahead to the fall, I’m pretty excited about wearing flats when I’m headed out & about to my jobs & class. In the pages of Lucky, I found these gorgeous panther print hair calf padlock ballerina flats ($1,190.00) in cognac by the one & only, Tom Ford.

Leopard flats. Tom Ford & Old Navy.

I was immediately reminded of my recent coupon-toting excursion to Old Navy, where I found these animal print d’orsay flats ($16.00). However, the pair that I ended up bringing home was actually reduced to under $8 in stores. I tried these pointy toe flats on & was very excited at the possibilities of how I can wear them: with a little black dress, a cardigan-blouse-pencil skirt combo, & when I’m trying to transition some of my summer favorites into fall like a maxi dress & denim jacket.

For more fashionable animal print flats on the market right now, check out other picks from Steve Madden, Christian Siriano for Payless, Lucky brand @DSW, & Nine West. Where do you like to shop for new fall footwear? What designer do you turn to for style inspiration? To check out more fall-friendly posts, take a look at Jamie Chung’s fashion blog, budget-friendly skirts from Target & H&M, & Olivia Wilde’s September Glamour shoot! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Embrace Embellished Flats by Brash from Payless!

I’ve been a very busy blogger on a super duper tight budget, not treating myself to anything style-related.  My wardrobe was literally keeping me up one night, crying & sobbing through the closet doors b/c I won’t let it make any new friends! Okay, that’s enough of that metaphor, but as a reward to myself for doing so well this semester (one night class at the community college), I took my 20% off coupon from Payless & went to check out what was going on.  I’m on the hunt for some cute, feminine purple flip flops, but came across these Brash Gemini flats ($29.99) in champagne.  Normally, I wouldn’t spend that much on flats, but since this was the only purchase I’d made in quite some time, I knew that I was making a much-needed investment since my current commute for work requires flats.

I took the plunge & continued to bring my own lunch to work for yet another week, but at least these flats will last me longer than any over-priced takeout.  While I did have a minute of buyer’s remorse after I left the store, I quickly got over it b/c I knew that I deserved to feel good about all of my recent hard work, thus represented in a pair of embellished rock-star flats like these! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: I’m Pumped For These Nine West Flats!

I’m not a fan of brown, but I do like the neutral shades of tan, nude, & beige to help bring out the simple elegance in a daytime look of dark denim jeans & a ruffled blouse with a cardigan.  For when I want to give my feet a break, or am just looking for a new way to put an outfit together, I like to look to my textured flats & here’s a perfect example if you’re looking to revamp your shoe collection for 2012.

The Nine West ‘Cacey’ flat ($39.50) in sahara suede shows off both suede & patent leather with a classic ballerina bow at the toe.  The flats also come in other styles & colors, including black & white polka dot, python, leopard, & black suede, but these are sold at the best price.

Because the color is so neutral, these can be worn all year long, especially with tweed trousers for work, a printed shirt dress in the spring, & romper & cropped cardigan in the summer.

For more great sales & quickie deals on must-haves, check out other Quickie Darling Deal & Steal posts, including a lace dress from Topshop, rust satin heels from Lulu’s, & my new favorite boots from Payless! Happy Styling!