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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Designing Your Perfect Shoe

We've all been stuck in this situation. You’re standing in a department store, trying to find the perfect shoes to go with the perfect dress for your upcoming event. Every pair of shoes you try on has one tiny thing wrong with them. Either you wish they came in a different color, the heel was a little shorter, or the toe was rounded instead of pointed. This exact situation is what inspired sisters Ilissa and Dorian Howard to start making and selling custom shoes on their website Milk and Honey.

Founded in January 2011, Milk and Honey allows women to choose the style, colors, details and height of their shoes, perfect for special events. Ilissa and Dorian created the website with no experience in fashion, coming from the film and toy industries. Now, whether you’re looking for pumps, sandals, flats, oxfords, or boots, you can find them in leather, pony hair, satin, even vegan leather! And these are just a few of their many options. Many women have taken advantage of the site for planning their wedding, creating the perfect shoe for themselves and their bridesmaids. The site also features celebrity designers such as Ginnifer Goodwin, Rachel Ray, and Malin Ackerman who use the profits from their shoe sales to benefit the charity of their choice.

Custom shoes are truly on the rise, as other websites such as Shoes of Prey or even sneaker companies Nike,Vans, and Converse have all given us the option to design our personal shoes with the colors of our choice. The best part is that all of these websites also let you return the shoes if you're not 100% satisfied Still not sold? The websites feature their own inspiration galleries where you can look at some of the creations other women have made. Here are some of my favorites!

These shoes designed by Rachel Ray  pair well with jeans or an LBD.

Customize your perfect nude heel, guaranteed to make your legs look longer than ever.

These flats are so cute, with crocodile embossed leather and velvet bows to play up the different textures.

This pink sole is definitely a conversation starter!

These zebra print shoes are sure to draw attention at your wedding!

Pink Satin flats are perfect for those looking to stay comfortable while dancing all night.

Need something blue? Choose from any shade you'd like!

Cute, colorful floral flats are great for every day.

Add red leather to the inside of the shoe and bow details to the back of your shoes for extra flair.

Looking for a chic way to wear metallics? Try customizing your own oxfords with gold and silver!

These black and white mod heels are super in this spring!

It's easy to try color-blocking this season with your own custom shoes. These blue, grey, and taupe colors are very trendy!

Another great example of color-blocking, here with a solid colored wedge.

Create your perfect sandal for the spring weather with strappy gladiators or minimalistic flats.

Your new favorite work shoes are awaiting when you add a kitten heel to your favorite colors and textures.

Stay comfy in these trendy animal-print sneakers.

Create your perfect gym shoe in bright neon colors.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sweating in Style

Winter is finally coming to an end. The sun is coming out, the birds are singing and the flowers are blooming! Everyone is excited for the beautiful weather, but with the temperatures rising we know that it’s time to shed our bulky layers in exchange for tank tops, dresses, and shorts. If you’re dreading the inevitable trips to the gym, just take this as an opportunity to show off your style!

Recently, designers such as Alexander Wang and Stella McCartney have been coming out with their own lines of workout wear and equipment to keep us sweating in style. New clothes always help when you need a little extra motivation to get to the gym!

Adidas by Stella McCartney is a great place to start when looking for cute workout wear. With her different yoga, running, and essentials lines, you can plan exactly what you need for your personal workout!

My husband is always after me to do my arm exercises so I can stop complaining how heavy the baby is getting. I swear I would use them if they were CHANEL!

Philippe Stark has exercise accessories which would be at home in the chicest of homes.

Downtown cool? Try Alexander Wang for the gym.

Scuba diving this spring break? Try this racy Michael Kors swimsuit!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

How Well Dressed is Your iPhone?

Move over shoes, phones and tablets seem to be the world's greatest new accessory. Everywhere we go, we are sure to have our tech gadgets accessible to us at all times. What a perfect opportunity to show off how stylish (and clever) you are! Luckily, designers are constantly coming out with new lines of cases for our tablets, laptops, and phones.

I'm here to help you sort through some of the many options out there (and maybe provide a last minute Valentine's Day gift idea!). What I can't help you with is what to do with that expensive case when you switch from the iPhone 4S to the 5...Guess it is a good excuse to buy something new!

What kind of cases do I own for my iPhone and iPad you ask? Shiny metallic purple for my iPhone 5 but just plain black for my iPad. Why? The New Yorker in me can't help but think it wouldn't be very street smart to walk around with a glitter advertisement that I'm carrying around an iPad. Once I admit to myself that I don't take the subway much anymore, I'll buy the Kate Spade glitter case below.

Here are some of the cutest cases for your iPhones, Blackberrys, iPads, E-readers, and laptops:

Kate Spade carries her girly chic style over to her tech cases with fun colors and prints, and my favorite, glitter!

The eyes wink when you move this case!!!

I had to talk myself down from buying this in the store. It may yet come home with me!

For more functional tech cases, look to Michael Kors. Combining phones and wallets, these cases are perfect for any event where you only want to carry the essentials, such as an all-day shopping trip. I'll be purchasing one as soon as I can decide which color I want! Also, do you think studs would be too much?

So many cute prints!! It's nearly impossible to choose from the selection of Tory Burch cases with different styles, colors, prints, and textures.

Cute iPad case with a handle on top? This case screams "I'm a fashion blogger!"

I love this black and white leaf print on Diane Von Furstenberg's tech cases! Very on-trend for this spring!

For a Downtown vibe that is effortlessly cool, these Rebecca Minkoff cases will get the job done.

For something more work appropriate, Coach has nice leather phone and tablet cases in an assortment of colors. For many of their products, they offer complimentary monogramming as well. What a great gift!

For more formal events where you don't want to be weighed down, consider one of these Marc by Marc Jacobs phone "boxes," cut to the shape of an iPhone with extra room for your cards and your lipstick! Sooo chic!

Marc by Marc Jacobs makes fun and quirky phone cases as well!

Gucci also makes leather phone holders and silicone phone and tablet cases. Oh no, I might have to get the lilac one that matches my logo!

Kristen Dunst must have one of these adorable Miu Miu phone sleeves!

Jimmy Choo makes iPhone sleeves as well. Basic black croc and more glitter!!

Loving the studs trend? No one does it better than Valentino. Well, and Jimmy Choo...

This Alexander Wang iPad book is so luxurious!

Happy Valentines Day! Hope we gave you some good gift ideas!