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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Belle

Belle’s Picks for Piperlime’s Spring Fling Sale

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Piperlime, one of the best spots on the Web for online shopping, is having its yearly Spring Fling.  This, along with the Shopbop F&F sale is one of the highlights of my shopping calendar.  The reason why is that Piperlime offers a wide selection of items and brands in ever price point, from designer styles to cheap thrills.  Here are a few of my handpicked choices (my credit card is very glad that I don’t currently have a mailing address).

Bags.  So many lovely purses to choose from this time.  On the high-end, I found this Minkoff satchel in black with black-and-white snakeskin print accents–great for any season.  I also love this Minkoff Perry satchel with a peaked corner detail.  In the under-$100 range, this Melie Bianco satchel with a braided handle is great, as is this bone-colored satchel from Tinley Road.

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Shoes. Snakeskin with hints of coral?  These LAMB ‘Felix’ pumps need to be in my closet.  The structured heel on these French Connection sandals is killing it.  We talked a few weeks ago about mixing animal prints into warm-weather attire, and these Dolce Vita pumps do it perfectly.  If you’re not feeling the leopard, they also come in a beige/rose gold mix.

Jewelry.  This open-cuff style ring from Gorjana is simple and chic.  Love long pendants?  This one from Sequin has just the right amount of sparkle and a cool diamond shape.  I also like this shorter necklace from Sabine in gunmetal and gold links.

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Clothing.  For summer, I really gravitate toward stripe dresses like this Amour Vert dress for $132.  Prefer sleeveless?  This BB Dakota dress definitely fits the bill.  I also like this white BB Dakota dress that you could dress down with brown sandals or dress up with coral pumps.  And do not miss this jersey, maxi dress from Colette.

Need work attire?  Try this Michael Kors striped sheath with long sleeves.  I love this $59 Tinley Road blouse, it would look great under a suit or cardigan.  This Natty Front top from BCBG in blush pink really caught my attention.  And this soft grey Pim + Larkin cardigan is perfect for chilly nights at the shore or the chilly, AC-driven cold in your office.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by Belle

10th Commandment: April 23

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_8046557BP Moveover Flat ($49)

I have sung the praises of the BP Moveover flat before, but since some of you might be in the market for flats, I thought I would share them again.  In addition to the “nude” they also come in red, cobalt, and black.  You can also find them in a deep cognac brown.

The reason I endorse the pointed toe flat is two-fold: They look better under pants than round-toe flats because they lengthen the leg, and because they offer a more professional looking structure than most round-toe shoes.  I wear them with jeans, pencil skirts, sheath dresses and trousers.

If you prefer metallics, the Nine West Speakup flat (my second favorite shoe) comes in gold and pewter.  These two-tone Chinese Laundry flats are very cool.  And these Sole Society Lynnette flats offer a springy slingback in black or tan.

Also, I’ve owned a few pair of Via Spiga shoes over the years, so these patent flats are definitely worth a look at 50-percent-off.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Belle

State of the Blog: Move Update

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I should have titled this post, “How long are things going to be weird around here?”

As you know, last week, I put all of my belongings on a truck and boarded a flight West.  Instead of heading straight to my final destination, I stopped in MT to play babysitter to one very needy, but very sweet, Golden Retriever and pick up the car that I bought.  (Oh yeah, I’m driving again.  Be afraid.)  Then, when the movers call on a to-be-determined day, I will drive a full day to meet my belongings before turning around and driving a full day to another city in Montana for a religious retreat next weekend.

Awesome, right?

So expect things to be weird around here until the second week of May.  There will be posts.  How many, I cannot guarantee, but there will be posts.  And I’ll get to the reader emails filling up my box at some point this week, I promise.

Please bear with me as I uproot my entire life and move it across the country while caring for a dog, tending to my spiritual responsibilities and helping my brother prepare his house for sale.  Oh yeah, I’m doing that too.  My plate is officially full.

I hope all of you overachieving women are doing well and that you had a blessed Easter, a good Passover or just a great weekend.  I will back in full force sometime in May.  I can’t wait for things to get back to normal.

xoxo, Belle

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Belle

Ask Belle: Office Appropriate Sandals

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Dear Belle,

With summer on the horizon, I’m searching for a pair of sandals that I can wear to the office.  I work for the government, and my department has a professional dress code, but I’d like to find sandals that I can wear on casual days.  A lot of my coworkers just wear flip flops and I don’t think it looks very professional so I hope you have another suggestion.  Thanks for your blog, good luck with your move.  

Kaye

First off, unless you work in a very casual office, flip-flops are not acceptable work attire.  In my opinion, there are so many stylish sandals that have a “dressier” feel that wearing the same shoes you wear to the beach or pool deck just isn’t necessary.  Here are a few shoes that would be better for casual Fridays or recess days than flip-flops:

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Seychelles Strappy Flats ($80) // Braid Away Flat Sandal ($45)

Closed-toe Sandals are a great option for the office.  They cover the front part of the foot and have more substance than many sandals.  Seychelles also makes a cognac-colored sandal with a Huarache like weave for $72.  And if you want something inexpensive, Charlotte Russe makes a gladiator-style sandal with a closed front for $25.  I also like these favorite delicatessen sandals for $25.

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Klub Nico Garcia Sandal ($137) // Splendid Atlanta Sandal ($98)

Peep-toe sandals with closed heels are another good option.  They have a more conservative look and when worn under pants, you can barely tell they’re not flats.  This pair from ModCloth has a cut-out floral design for a bit of whimsy.  And these Edelman Brina flats with a pointed-toe are on my favorites list for the season.

If you want a lighter shoe, but your office is so professional that you can’t swing a sandal of any kind, a slingback is a good option.  These closed-toe, suede numbers from Sole Society are really cute, as are these basic Corso Como slingbacks.  And even though I don’t usually go for bows, these Nine West peep-toe slings are pretty.

Lastly, if you’re going to wear open-toe or open-heel shoes to work this summer, you need to keep your feet in shape.  You don’t need to paint your toes if you don’t want to, but they need to be cleaned, trimmed, and filed.  The biggest thing women seem to forget when wearing shoes that show skin is keeping the callouses and dry skin off their heels.  Buy a Ped Egg and your feet can look sandal ready in a jiffy.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Belle

10th Commandment: April 22

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These coral heels would look wonderful with navy, grey or white separates.  You could also wear them with mint, blush or cobalt.  These particular heels have a mid-height heel and a padded insole for comfort.  If you like coral, I also found these adorable suede, ankle strap sandals from Dorothy Perkins.

In addition to coral, I like red heels for every season.  They breathe boldness into any outfit.  These Isola Suri Pumps come in a beautiful garnet, while these Nine West Drusilla heels are lipstick red.

Also for spring, try pumps in a medium purple hue, like these Rockport Hecia kitten heels.  Cobalt heels make a statement, as do these mint pumps from Ivanka Trump.  And if you want something really on trend, try a bright hue like citron.

Do you wear colored pumps?  If so, which shades are your favorite?

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