black pumps

Secrets to a Classic Wardrobe: Black Pumps

I’m starting a new segment on my blog called “Secrets to a Classic Wardrobe”, where I will discuss staple, classic wardrobe pieces that you will have for years.  One major wardrobe classic are black pumps.  I got my first high-end pair of simple black pumps in 2007 and I still have them.  I’m wearing them here:

 

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I’m wearing my classic Manolo Blahnik pumps that I’ve had since 2007.

 

How do you keep your high-end items looking great for years?  Check out my How to Recondition a Leather Handbag for tips, these tips can be used for anything leather from shoes, belts and handbags.  Here are my tips for finding the right black pumps:

          • Know your budget and stick to it.

             If your budget is $150, find the best shoe you can for that price.  I would suggest going to online stores like The Outnet and Saks Off 5th.  There you can find higher end pieces at a reduced price.  Here are some options at $150 and under:

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Rent the Runway Review

Rent the Runway Review

Today I am going to be doing a review of the clothing and accessory rental service Rent the Runway.  Please note that this is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to give an honest review.  I’ve used this service, the unlimited service specifically, for over a year now.  This really ties into my  Buy Less, Buy Better philosophy because basically you’re not buying anything.  It’s the sharing economy, but for clothing…..now wait, if sharing clothes freaks you out, everything is always very clean before it gets to you and you’re not sharing personal items like underwear or bathing suits, which would be very gross.  

Here are some pros and cons of using Rent the Runway that I’ve experienced during the past year.

Pros

  • You Get 3 Different Items at a Time– the 3 items can be anything from jewelry, handbags, dressed, to jackets and coats.  I use it mostly for dresses and outfits for specific events. it’s been great for me because I go to a lot of events here in LA.  I was becoming so unhappy with what I had in my closet and I could never find what I wanted in the stores exactly when I needed it.  Rent the Runway has been great for this reason.
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How to Choose a Classic Wedge Shoe

I love a good wedge…..shoe that is, but the salad isn’t bad either. I always have several wedges in my shoe wardrobe because they are beautiful AND practical. What else would you wear to an outdoor event, especially if it’s on grass such as a wedding or graduation?  

I think that wedges are classics, they don’t go out of style.  Even if you don’t see them in every fashion magazine one season, they will come roaring back the next.  According to Wikipedia:

“Wedge boots, wedgies, or lifties are shoes and boots with a sole in the form of a wedge, such that one piece of material, normally rubber, serves as both the sole and the heel. This design dates back to ancient Greece…..Wedgies for women were popularized by Salvatore Ferragamo, who introduced the design to the Italian market in the late 1930s.”

There are also health benefits to wearing a wedge shoe….who knew!?!? According to Leaf.tv:

“Women wear heels to make the legs look longer, to make the body look thinner and to improve posture. Wedge heels offer more support than stilettos or high heels. Balance is easier on a wedge, reducing the number of falls that accompany high heels.

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Recondition a Leather Handbag

How to Recondition a Leather Handbag

This week in my first installment of Buy Less, Buy Better segment of my blog, I am going to show you how to Recondition a Leather Handbag, I’m going to be using a Chanel handbag that I’ve had for over 10 years. I decided to use my favorite bag so that you don’t have to worry whether my technique will hurt your favorite handbag.   When you purchase an expensive handbag, you want to have it looking fabulous for years to come.  If you take care of your handbags and re-condition them, they will look great for years.

 

Here is my steps step-by-step guide on how to recondition a leather handbag or you can check out the video below (all links to my favorite products are listed below the video):

  1. Clean any dirt or dust of the bag, I like this Leather Shampoo from Leather Spa.
  2. Apply leather conditioner (I like the one from Leather Spa) to the bag with a soft cloth or a paper towel, as I used in the video. Be sure to get every nook and cranny including the inside (if it’s leather that is). 
  3. Let it dry for a few minutes then use a soft horse hair brush and/or clean soft cloth to buff the handbag and add shine.
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How to Buy Less

How to Buy Less, Buy Better!

I’m starting a new segment of my blog and Youtube Channel, “Buy Less, Buy Better“.  Please note that this is not another “Style for Less” blog.  I’ve always gravitated towards a more classic style, which honestly makes it easier to buy less.  I like to keep things classic, which can be a bit boring to some, but I like the ease of it and that you always look put together.  It’s taken me a while to hone my style.  I tried many fashion fads in my teens and 20’s but unfortunately my body is not made for many trends.  At this point of my life I feel like I’ve found my sweet-spot as far as my style goes.  I have a more athletic, hourglass figure; I have curvier thighs, a butt and boobs.  I always feel best when I show off my curves rather than hide them.  If I wear pants, I like skinny jeans.  If I wear a shirt or dress, I like ones that shows my waist, etc. Most trendy clothes, IMHO are designed for skinny little things without many curves. If you know your body, trying to force yourself in to the latest trend can be a disaster…and then you toss out the cheap, trendy clothes and move on the the next trend.… Read Full Post