Southern Chic Style

- Best Boots for Fall from the Runway -

What girl doesn’t get excited about boot weather every year? Well, the runways in February were full of great fall shoe trends including boots, boots, and more boots. The skinny heels are fewer and far between with heels going flat or chunky. And, Fall is here!

From over-the-knee to ankle boots, you’re bound to find a style or two you need in your Fall/Winter wardrobe. Don’t shy away from the over-the-knee options for fear of looking like a street walker. It’s all about the other clothing pieces you add. Stay conservative on top and you’ll find over-the-knee boots to be a favorite. We also saw Military style combat lace up boots and ankle boots all in flat heights on the runway. Enjoy the flatter trend and give your feet a break this Fall. It’s ok to wear these boots with dresses, skirts, and your typical skinny jeans and leggings. There’s a “punk” feel to the shoes you’ll see in stores and online, and I’ll have different ways to style the trends throughout the season for you on Southern Chic Style.

SHOP Over-the-knee, Combat, and Ankle boots for Fall:

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- SJP Tour Brings Star to Houston -
It’s true! Sarah Jessica Parker is coming to Nordstrom at the Houston Galleria Aug. 21st from 4-5 pm! The Sex and the City star is touring with her shoe and handbag line and we have the pleasure of making the list. (It’s ok to squeal with joy)
Sarah Jessica Parker will be signing customer’s purchases from her Fall 2014 SJP Collection as time permits - so plan now if you want to be there!  “Available exclusively at select Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com/SJP, the SJP Collection is an assortment of ladylike and polished shoes crafted by artisans in Italy, reflecting Parker’s personal looks and feminine style. Shoes range in price from $350 for a pump to $695 for a knee-high boot. The line also features city-chic handbags that range in price from $220 for a crossbody style to $495 for a tote.”

- SJP Tour Brings Star to Houston -

It’s true! Sarah Jessica Parker is coming to Nordstrom at the Houston Galleria Aug. 21st from 4-5 pm! The Sex and the City star is touring with her shoe and handbag line and we have the pleasure of making the list. (It’s ok to squeal with joy)

Sarah Jessica Parker will be signing customer’s purchases from her Fall 2014 SJP Collection as time permits - so plan now if you want to be there!

“Available exclusively at select Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com/SJP, the SJP Collection is an assortment of ladylike and polished shoes crafted by artisans in Italy, reflecting Parker’s personal looks and feminine style. Shoes range in price from $350 for a pump to $695 for a knee-high boot. The line also features city-chic handbags that range in price from $220 for a crossbody style to $495 for a tote.”

- Nanette Lepore: A Return to Pretty -

If you’ve shopped the contemporary department at Neiman Marcus or keep up with the mainstays in American fashion, you’ve most likely run across the beautiful boho styles of American designer Nanette Lepore. She visited Houston earlier this year at Neiman Marcus with a Dress for Dinner event, and I was able to sit down with the woman who began her business from a $5000 loan.

Nanette grew up in Ohio always wanting to sew. At 12, she convinced her Mom to let take a sewing class and made a lot of her own clothes. Nanette remembers buying Betsy Johnson patterns to make wide pants and jackets that her sister would then take once she completed it. With 2 brothers and 1 sister (now mostly dancers) growing up to a painter and Professor of Fine Arts father, the creative process came naturally in their family.

With a $5000 loan from Dad, the Fashion Institute of Technology educated designer opened a store-front between a gas station and a soup kitchen in NYC. The designer explained that she started studying Fashion Merchandising, but a professor saw her potential and told Nanette she really should be at FIT. Thanks to the support of her father and a great professor, we now have the gypsy-influenced collections at our fingertips Nanette Lepore turns out season after season.

When I asked Nanette where the boho influences come from, she told me of a short time they lived in California. Her father was in love with the west and moved their family to California for a little while when she was young. In the process, her father convinced the rest of their family to move to the west coast as well, but when he took a Professor job in Ohio, Nanette and her family moved back east. Summers were still spent on the West coast with family, so Nanette had the best of both worlds. The Painted Desert was a must-stop for she and her family on their many drives out west.

Having dressed the likes of Isabella Rosalini, Uma Thurman, and Sarah Jessica Parker (who wore a Nanette Lepore dress on Sex & the City that was featured in Elle in 2012), Nanette Lepore is a well-known constant in the world of American made designs and is a big proponent for the New York Garment District. 90% of the Nanette Lepore’s collection is made in New York City. This talented lady is also married to a Professor of Art (set-up by her Dad) with a beautiful daughter named Violet. Creativity abounds in the designers family… husband, father, and siblings! 

What was the inspiration behind Nanette Lepore Spring/Summer 2014?  Nanette described the collection as edgy romance. Like the torn floral she wore during our interview, the collection is a sort of “return to pretty” with a more structured/different edge. The designer also added shoes, handbags, and swim wear to her robust collection which you can see on the models on the runway and scattered throughout the Nanette Lepore selection at Neiman Marcus.

I truly enjoyed my time with Nanette learning of her hard work and perseverance to the incredible designer she is today! The beautiful collection speaks for itself, but the amazing lady behind Nanette Lepore brought another level of appreciation for the pretty pieces we see on the runway.

- Holiday Must Have -
Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas is only 29 days away! If you’re like me,  you’ve started on your wishlist. One item every style seeker needs to have in their closet is a fab neutral shoe! When TOOTSIES asked what items from their store made my list, this nude Valentino Rockstud bootie was a no brainer. The peep toe bootie looks chic with your jewel tone and sparkly holiday looks and is still appropriate in the spring as you transition to pastels and bright colors. If you’re going to invest in a great shoe you can wear all year long, put this beauty on your wishlist!

- Holiday Must Have -

Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas is only 29 days away! If you’re like me,  you’ve started on your wishlist. One item every style seeker needs to have in their closet is a fab neutral shoe! When TOOTSIES asked what items from their store made my list, this nude Valentino Rockstud bootie was a no brainer. The peep toe bootie looks chic with your jewel tone and sparkly holiday looks and is still appropriate in the spring as you transition to pastels and bright colors. If you’re going to invest in a great shoe you can wear all year long, put this beauty on your wishlist!

Starts tomorrow at TOOTSIES Houston! Don’t miss the deals on brands you love.

Starts tomorrow at TOOTSIES Houston! Don’t miss the deals on brands you love.

Come Fall 2013, the pointed toe is back & beautiful as ever!
So, enjoy the summer sandals & rounded toes because the lady-like pointed toe pump is back for fall and better than ever! While the point never completely left us (with a softer pointed pump taking the lead for a couple of seasons), the severe pointed toe pump has been a mainstay in fashion from Brigitte Bardot to Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie in ‘Sex and the City.’ The Christian Louboutin Flueve slingback pumps pictured above at Neiman Marcus have an edgy asymmetric top in season spanning grey & black. And, as Mr. Louboutin loves the “toe cleavage”, the red pump has an exciting round cutout over the toes with a butterfly-like touch on top. The red sole shoes aren’t the only ones bringing back the beautiful leg lengthening pointed toe.
Shop classic pointed toe pumps to get a jump start on fall:

Come Fall 2013, the pointed toe is back & beautiful as ever!

So, enjoy the summer sandals & rounded toes because the lady-like pointed toe pump is back for fall and better than ever! While the point never completely left us (with a softer pointed pump taking the lead for a couple of seasons), the severe pointed toe pump has been a mainstay in fashion from Brigitte Bardot to Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie in ‘Sex and the City.’ The Christian Louboutin Flueve slingback pumps pictured above at Neiman Marcus have an edgy asymmetric top in season spanning grey & black. And, as Mr. Louboutin loves the “toe cleavage”, the red pump has an exciting round cutout over the toes with a butterfly-like touch on top. The red sole shoes aren’t the only ones bringing back the beautiful leg lengthening pointed toe.

Shop classic pointed toe pumps to get a jump start on fall:

- Charlotte Olympia to Make Personal Appearance -
Southern Chic Style readers, my favorite shoe guy at Neiman Marcus Houston (Gary Seever) gave me the go-ahead to invite you all to a personal appearance by fab shoe designer Charlotte Olympia!
                Meet Charlotte Olympia Dellal
                      Monday, April 15th
              Neiman Marcus - Houston Galleria
Be sure to RSVP to Gary at: gary_seever@neimanmarcusstores.com
Don’t miss it!!

- Charlotte Olympia to Make Personal Appearance -

Southern Chic Style readers, my favorite shoe guy at Neiman Marcus Houston (Gary Seever) gave me the go-ahead to invite you all to a personal appearance by fab shoe designer Charlotte Olympia!

                Meet Charlotte Olympia Dellal

                      Monday, April 15th

              Neiman Marcus - Houston Galleria

Be sure to RSVP to Gary at: gary_seever@neimanmarcusstores.com

Don’t miss it!!

- A little SPRING in your STEP! -
Looking to liven up an otherwise basic outfit? Spring’s shoes are here with pretty pastels, bright colors, and lovely florals to instantly add a touch of spring to any ensemble! A simple black dress from Fall? A tan sheath for work? Your favorite black skinnies and a white blouse? Add a colorful spring hue or pretty print shoe and you’re on trend! You don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe to look the part.
SHOP THE SHOES (top to bottom, left to right):



 
MORE SPRING SHOES:


Scroll through these for additional styles!

- A little SPRING in your STEP! -

Looking to liven up an otherwise basic outfit? Spring’s shoes are here with pretty pastels, bright colors, and lovely florals to instantly add a touch of spring to any ensemble! A simple black dress from Fall? A tan sheath for work? Your favorite black skinnies and a white blouse? Add a colorful spring hue or pretty print shoe and you’re on trend! You don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe to look the part.

SHOP THE SHOES (top to bottom, left to right):

 
MORE SPRING SHOES:
Scroll through these for additional styles!
Slightly obsessed with the Jimmy Choo heels the model wore to the TOOTSIES presentation this morning!   (at Tootsies)

Slightly obsessed with the Jimmy Choo heels the model wore to the TOOTSIES presentation this morning! (at Tootsies)

In the spirit of bridal with the Monique Lhuillier bridal trunk show at Casa de Novia tonight, check out these Valentino beauties!! They’d be a great bridal pump as well as something you could wear as a fabulous shoe after! 

I found these at Net-a-porter.com: http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/314749

In the spirit of bridal with the Monique Lhuillier bridal trunk show at Casa de Novia tonight, check out these Valentino beauties!! They’d be a great bridal pump as well as something you could wear as a fabulous shoe after!

I found these at Net-a-porter.com: http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/314749

- The Modern-Day Glass Slipper: Louboutin Style -

Unveiled yesterday (July 4th) in Paris, in honor of Walt Disney’s release of The Diamond Edition of “Cinderella” on blu-ray this fall, Cinderella’s glass slipper - a vision from famed shoe designer Christian Louboutin. The white lace and Swarovski Crystal whimsical pair was showcased alongside stills and sketches from the original making of “Cinderella” the animated film. 

WWD quotes Louboutin as saying of the creation, “Cinderella is not only an iconic character when it comes to beauty, grace, and fairy tale love, but also shoes. Her character and her story dictated the design to me, it was all there in the pages and the words of this tale.” 

Read more about the inspiration and the 6 minute film of Louboutin himself as a romantic, pensive cobbler and the making of the shoe in WWD’s article: http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoops/louboutin-unveils-cinderella-shoe-6046640?gnewsid=9d0233c19e43f314a0d8e87e9c1f21ec

If you’re lucky, you can play a modern-day Cinderella with your own limited-edition pair of the Louboutins. But, expect the Louboutin limited edition price along with it :)

- The Modern-Day Glass Slipper: Louboutin Style -

Unveiled yesterday (July 4th) in Paris, in honor of Walt Disney’s release of The Diamond Edition of “Cinderella” on blu-ray this fall, Cinderella’s glass slipper - a vision from famed shoe designer Christian Louboutin. The white lace and Swarovski Crystal whimsical pair was showcased alongside stills and sketches from the original making of “Cinderella” the animated film.

WWD quotes Louboutin as saying of the creation, “Cinderella is not only an iconic character when it comes to beauty, grace, and fairy tale love, but also shoes. Her character and her story dictated the design to me, it was all there in the pages and the words of this tale.”

Read more about the inspiration and the 6 minute film of Louboutin himself as a romantic, pensive cobbler and the making of the shoe in WWD’s article: http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoops/louboutin-unveils-cinderella-shoe-6046640?gnewsid=9d0233c19e43f314a0d8e87e9c1f21ec

If you’re lucky, you can play a modern-day Cinderella with your own limited-edition pair of the Louboutins. But, expect the Louboutin limited edition price along with it :)

- Designer Collections, Handbags, & Shoes on Sale! What girl doesn’t love the sound of that? -

I love a good sale and can vouch for the awesome pieces you can find at this one (started on June 5th)! One of my friends found a great pair of Tory Burch flats - white and raffia-ish (perfect for summer). I do my best to share quality sales with you all when I come across them, and this is one is a must. I saw the expanded (since I last posted a Tootsies sale) merchandise on sale which included a few Valentino bags, a beautiful Givenchy black and tan handbag, and shoes galore! If you’ve been eyeing one of those, it may just be on sale. So, here’s the details:

To kick-off summer, Tootsies (widely recognized as one of the finest and most elegant specialty stores in the country) located at 2601 Westheimer at Kirby in Houston is offering up to 40 percent off merchandise from designers such as Alice and Olivia, BCBG, Diane Von Furstenburg, Ella Moss, Haute Hippie, Kate Spade, Kelly Wearstler, Laundry, Meghan, Milly, Nicole Miller, Rachel Zoe, Robert Rodriguez, Theory and Trina Turk.

I know the best stuff will go fast, so run by when you can :) All 2012 merchandise, you’ll still be current and on trend.

- Designer Collections, Handbags, & Shoes on Sale! What girl doesn’t love the sound of that? -

I love a good sale and can vouch for the awesome pieces you can find at this one (started on June 5th)! One of my friends found a great pair of Tory Burch flats - white and raffia-ish (perfect for summer). I do my best to share quality sales with you all when I come across them, and this is one is a must. I saw the expanded (since I last posted a Tootsies sale) merchandise on sale which included a few Valentino bags, a beautiful Givenchy black and tan handbag, and shoes galore! If you’ve been eyeing one of those, it may just be on sale. So, here’s the details:

To kick-off summer, Tootsies (widely recognized as one of the finest and most elegant specialty stores in the country) located at 2601 Westheimer at Kirby in Houston is offering up to 40 percent off merchandise from designers such as Alice and Olivia, BCBG, Diane Von Furstenburg, Ella Moss, Haute Hippie, Kate Spade, Kelly Wearstler, Laundry, Meghan, Milly, Nicole Miller, Rachel Zoe, Robert Rodriguez, Theory and Trina Turk.

I know the best stuff will go fast, so run by when you can :) All 2012 merchandise, you’ll still be current and on trend.

- Last Day for Extra 25% off Sale at Tootsies! -
Don’t miss the chance to get an extra 25% off contemporary, jewelry, and shoe sale items at Tootsies today and browse the selection of designer and handbag sale items while you’re there, too! Spotted an awesome Chloe colorblocking top with a collar and the Valentino studded flats (not in my :( size) while I was there yesterday. I ended up with two pairs of shoes (a fab deal on a pair of Jimmy Choos!) and two clothing items. I just couldn’t pass up the savings! So, if you’re up for some shopping this weekend, swing by Tootsies today and see what you can find.

- Last Day for Extra 25% off Sale at Tootsies! -

Don’t miss the chance to get an extra 25% off contemporary, jewelry, and shoe sale items at Tootsies today and browse the selection of designer and handbag sale items while you’re there, too! Spotted an awesome Chloe colorblocking top with a collar and the Valentino studded flats (not in my :( size) while I was there yesterday. I ended up with two pairs of shoes (a fab deal on a pair of Jimmy Choos!) and two clothing items. I just couldn’t pass up the savings! So, if you’re up for some shopping this weekend, swing by Tootsies today and see what you can find.

According to Women’s Wear Daily, Christian Louboutin is creating his own interpretation of Cinderella’s glass slipper to be revealed in the summer in honor of Walt Disney’s rerelease of Cinderella on Blue-Ray and DVD. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with! I’m sure it will be appropriately “magical”! Now, will we be able to get our hands on these upcoming beauties? We’ll have to wait and see. Read WWD’s article on the link above.

Love fashion, but live for comfort?

Meet Reef’s Bella Costas Line! The laid back, beachy flip flop maker is partnering wth artisans in developing countries as part of their “We Heart Collection” of the Bella Costas line. The hand woven in San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala fabric of the Reef Tropic (ballet flat above) helps compose the new line of beach chic ballet flats, boat shoes, and slip-ons that are a great addition to your spring wardrobe.

"Each shoe features a quilted foam footbed with anatomical arch support while the exterior features vibrant textiles, espadrilles and special details. The upper fabric of the shoes is a soft, cotton canvas that varies in exotic and nautical prints as well as bright and neutral solids."

Whether you choose the colorful multi stripe or the simple black, you can step out in style with the comfort you know from Reef. See the styles available now ranging from $50-54 here and get a pair of your own.