My hands down favorite thing to shop for is shoes. I must buy a pair a week these days. I'm obsessed. Very seriously obsessed. I would buy more if I could but I'm running out of room to store them all. Of course, I couldn't afford all these fabulous shoes if I was paying full price. I almost never pay full price for a pair of shoes, or any fashion item for that matter. Behold these insanely cute, leg-lengthening platforms from Nine West. I first spotted these babies when they were released last spring. Absolutely loved them and fantasized for a while about buying them. But then I got caught up in the flow of life...I spent my whole summer abroad in the UK, where I shopped for tons of summer sale discounted goodness that couldn't be found in the US. And yes I came home with three new pairs of shoes, among many other fantastic finds. I've shopped a decent bit since my return from across the pond, but these shoes didn't re-appear on my radar until Friday night. I was out at the Westside Pavillion mall, actually getting a pedicure...LA's weather is still in the triple digits so I'm still in open-toes. As I passed by Nine West following my pedi, I spotted multiple shelves of clearance shoes, so I had to pop in. Wasn't expecting to find these in my size, and in fact, the sales girl told me they were out. But then moments later she returned with a fresh pair - the only pair in my size - and they were still brand new plastic wrapped and all inside the box. It was serendipity! They were in perfect condition, a perfect fit, and super comfortable. The best part...when I first saw these shoes they were selling for $99. Last Friday I scooped them up for $19. Seriously. Even I couldn't believe it. Just in case anyone's interested, they're out of stock on Nine West's website, but you can still find them here for around $50.
Spring/Summer 2012 wash awash with brights, and aside from the fact that I'm not quite ready to give that up, this fall is more color friendly then some seasons past. Hence, I was thrilled to stumble upon this ultra-luxe find at H&M today. The pieces will easily pair with your fall time staples to create a colorful, statement making look. The leather-like clutch is extra rich with gold toned hardware and a fabulous fringe tassel. Not to mention the combination of neutral plus bright is one of my all-time faves. This piece works well for fall because the material denotes warmth and the cognac color deepens the overall hue. At $17.95 it's a steal! Now the earrings are a major statement, but chandelier earrings are super in. This pair is totally glam and fits right in with fall's sparkly, embellished trend. Rock this duo with dark wash skinny jeans, suede pointy toe pumps, and a chic faux-fur coat for a look that's lady luxe.
Luisa Lucia is a Los Angeles based wardrobe stylist and lifelong fashion fanatic.