Southern Chic Style
- 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.

- Miu Miu Opening Party -

Fashionistas decked in Miu Miu came together tonight for a cocktail party for the opening of the Miu Miu boutique in the Houston Galleria. With a percentage of the evening’s sales benefitting The Houston Ballet Barre, the crowd along with hosts like Kristy Bradshaw and Elizabeth Petersen donned Miu Miu from head-to-toe while sipping champagne and wine, enjoying delicious bites, mingling, and shopping the gorgeous shoes, purses, clothes, and accessories. Miu Miu brought in the runway collection for purchase by those in attendance which included pieces of which only one or two were made. The look in the first photo with me along with the last photo are both from the runway collection brought in just for this event.

If you didn’t recognize her already, the second photo is of the DJ providing the great music mix for the evening - Solange Knowles (little sister of Beyonce Knowles - for those who aren’t familiar). That was a lovely surprise! Solange rocked one of the cute printed Miu Miu frocks and a fabulous pump from their Resort Collection. MJ was prevalent on the rotation of the night blasted by some great Bose speakers throughout the store.

The ever-so-helpful and stylish Prada and Miu Miu (Prada’s little sister) staff were on hand to discuss the looks and find whatever we’d like to try on and/or leave with. Glitter and sequins from shoes and purses and girly silhouettes were on display along with a pair of boots that have flown off the shelf ever since Taylor Swift wore them. This store is one of my favorites in the Galleria for atmosphere, staff, wares, and all around experience - flirty yet classy style and products made of luxury materials. It’s simply fun.

Shop the collection at http://www.miumiu.com/en/US/

Pictured first above, my Miu Miu attire included a white crepe de chine Miu Miu bow blouse with a slim-fit satin Miu Miu black trouser, Prada cutout peep-toe heel, and YSL clutch.

- Manolo meets J. Crew -

Revealed at Fashion Week in New York, the feet of the models for the J. Crew Fall 2012 collection were clad in Manolo Blahnik. After comments that the cobbler didn’t want to do any “sort of mass-markets collaborations”, J. Crew’s Jenna Lyons fulfilled her desire to work with a high-end brand - either Manolo or Louboutin. Manolo Blahnik designed a line of J. Crew’s Bebe heels that were seen on the runway with anything from gold glitter to tweed to a simple nude or pale pink.

BUT, don’t get your credit cards out just yet… two sources anticipate the shoes designed by the luxury brand will still be priced around the same as your typical Manolo Blahnik’s. Basically, look for Manolos sold at J. Crew. The Bebe heel already retails around $500, so the designer’s line will most likely start on the higher end. Even at a higher price point, this collaboration will bring out another side of Manolo Blahnik possibly appealing more to the preppier shopper that was already a J. Crew devotee.

Whatever the price point, you can’t go wrong with the sleek, go anywhere pump in so many great colors, patterns, and materials! Too bad we have to wait until Fall to find out the details and snag a pair. By the way, I couldn’t get enough of the fabulous printed skinny ankle pants from J. Crew for Fall 2012! See some pictured above.

Also on the list of collaborations for fall is Anna Sui and Coach turning out a limited edition version of the classic duffle. Anna Sui told WWD that her interpretation of the classic duffle for fall “adds a boho feeling with Whipstitching, big tassels and appliquéd Art Nouveau dragonflies” (Elle).

More fun from Fall 2012 at Fashion Week to come.

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LAGNIAPPE (a little something extra)

- Women’s, Men’s and Kid’s shoe clearance at Nordstrom.com

- Roberta Chiarella colorful earrings featured in Lucky Magazine at 50% off!

Neutral Trend: Cork

Cork - it isn’t just for the bottom of your feet anymore! Christian Louboutin’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection is hitting stores, and at least 4 of the styles boast cork all over. Pictured above (top) from left to right are a peep toe wedge, peep toe slingback pump (one of the top selling styles), a wedge sandal, and a sweet ballet flat… all with the red sole you expect from Mr. Louboutin. The showstopper in cork is the Spiked Cork Pump also pictured above (bottom)… find it on NeimanMarcus.com, and make them yours for $1495 usd. Christian Louboutin isn’t the only one proudly parading designer cork. Add to the list: Manolo Blahnik, Cole Haan, and Stuart Weitzman, to name a few. Pair your favorite cork style with just about any color under the rainbow - dressed up or down - for the perfect looks for Spring and Summer!

**Going on this week at Neiman Marcus Houston - Christian Louboutin Trunk Show. See the Christian Louboutin styles pictured above and many, many more for Spring and Summer! Ask for Gary. He’s the best!