April 18, 2017

The Best Transition Shoes for Spring

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The summer before I went to college, I worked as a lifeguard and saved all my money, which was intended to be my spending money for the year. Within the first month of school, I had spent almost every penny of it on shoes. Every penny. By October I had to get a job or there was no way I could afford late night pizza or Saturday morning biscuits and gravy or late afternoon ice cream sundaes (I may have been eating and shopping my emotions a bit).

Did I regret it? Some mornings, I’m sure, as I dragged myself out of bed to work the breakfast shift at the local Ramada Inn (a place that definitively did not appreciate my sartorial choices), but those shoes also brought me a frighteningly amount of joy and made me feel myself in a time and place where feeling like Kara was in short supply.

Am I advocating spending your savings on a new shoe wardrobe? Um, NO. Personally, I want to send my kids to college and don’t want to have to work the breakfast shift again to do it. But, do I think that a new pair of shoes can put a bounce back in your step and make you feel like yourself again? I do.

So, I’ve put together five of my favorite current styles that are great transition shoes for Spring, but can also be worn for a long time to come. Like you can probably pack these in your daughter’s bag for college and save her the trouble of shopping her feelings out…

gold ballet flats from Topshop - FabulistasBALLET FLAT
Until kids, I was not much of a flats gal (short legs will do that to you). Post-kids, I am so that lady who marvels at ladies in heels and thinks about how bad my back hurts and how much I like solid ground. OMG, I am such a mom.

Which brings me to the ballet flat. These suckers are cute. Maybe not as cute as those heels you’ve been eyeing, but infinitely more wearable and they match everything and look absolutely adorable with jeans and skirts and my favorite, the ever-flattering straight legged pant. I have a version with the flat toe, which is timeless (I hope), but I’m also obsessed with these pointy versions have been cropping up everywhere.

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SNEAKERS
I’ve never thought of myself as much of a sneaker gal, but there are so many cute versions out there! Um, gold anyone? And let’s get real. You’re probably wearing sneakers everyday anyway so why not make it a cute pair?


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HIGH-HEELED MULE FOR FANCY!
Almost every blogger and Instagrammer has a pair of these heeled mules and I kept hemming and hawing on whether I should invest in a pair. On one hand, I don’t wear heels very often any more (see: children), but, on the other hand, they are really, really cool.

Obviously, I went for it and am so glad I did because they truly up the game of any outfit. I wear them with my jumpsuits, jeans, bright pink pants, culottes, pretty much any time I get a little bit dressed up, I throw them on and am instantly chic. There’s no wondering which shoes I should wear – it’s these and I’m always glad I did.

(I got these last season at Topshop and I have looked and looked for the same white heeled pair for you, but can’t find one! The ones below are pretty cool though and will get the job done…)

white Topshop slides with square heel - FabulistasLOW-HEELED MULE FOR EVERYDAY!
You know how sometimes the Shopping Gods align and you see something that feels too edgy for your current style, but you have a feeling if you embrace it you will wear it every day? These shoes were that for me. Several years ago I texted my younger (cooler) sister to see if she thought I was crazy and she said I was, but the shoes were not (ba-dum-bum) and so I made a very wise shopping decision. These mules go with everything in my Spring, Summer and Fall wardrobes and because they have that low heel I can wear them running around with the kids.

(I’m dying for the pink pair below because they would also go with everything, don’t you think?!)


H63A7276BRIGHTLY COLORED SHOES
I tend to stick to fairly neutral shoes (yes, gold is a neutral) because I wear a lot of color, but I love a pair of brightly colored kicks. It’s such an easy way to jazz up your outfit without a big commitment (Studio DIY has a whole adorable post on her favorite bright shoes). I haven’t worn these as much as I had planned (I thought they’d be an every day thing) but I think that’s because I bought them before Winter and it’s been a little chilly; now that it’s Spring I’m planning on throwing them on with dresses and jumpsuits.

Photos by my gal Milou and Olin.
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March 20, 2017

Mom-Friendly Trend Alert: Statement Earrings!

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Oh, you guys, I am having a fashion moment, which is AMAZING and TOTALLY TERRIBLE. It’s ridiculously fun because everywhere I go, there are florals, and bright colors, and bold accessories, all which are my idea of fashion heaven. But, it’s terrible because everywhere I go I see florals, and bright colors, and bold accessories, and my heart knows there’s only one place they’ll be truly happy – my closet. #dangerdangerdanger

In an effort to spread the burden of fabulousness a bit, you all need to help me out and buy up everything on the Internet that I may like. No, seriously. There can’t be a ruffled sleeve shirt (I bought this) or floral maxi dress (yes, I also bought this) or over-the-top necklace (I’m asking for this for my birthday) in sight. I MUST BE STOPPED!

To get you started I’ve put together a board of what I consider a gateway trend – statement earrings. It’s an easy way to try out the trend of bolder fashion without investing a lot of money, plus they’re easy to figure out how to wear (not like this gold skirt, which is rock star but tricky). Just throw a pair on with a simple top and a pair of jeans and you’ve got yourself a comment-worthy outfit.

Now, go! Buy! Buy! I can feel my fingers getting itchy as you read this because those fringe earrings below are sooooo cute….

statement earrings with drops and fringe for Summer - Fabulistas

Left row: Art Deco triangle earrings // gold and pink tassel, polymer earrings // 80s triangle earrings // pink and royal blue tassel earrings // red ombre Crispin drop earrings

Right row: Shrinky Dink shape earrings // black and gold beaded drop earrings // multi-color pom pom earrings // fringe and beaded statement earrings // multi-hoop earrings

Also, the place where I bought my giant black pom poms isn’t selling them anymore but this gal will do versions in just about any color.

January 13, 2017

World’s Easiest DIY: Disco Ball Straws

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You know, it’s hardly fair. We get all of these parties during November and December – chances to dress up and pretend we’re regular people again who spend their weekends in places other than the indent in our couch – and then, come January, it’s ripped away from us. We’re back to living vicariously through Pablo Escobar’s Narcos’ parties, which, now that I mention it, seems like a really bad idea because there’s no way I can pull off short dresses like that anymore and there’s a pretty good chance I’ll end up dead.

What I’m saying is I need a little more party in my life. As long as it doesn’t take much work. And preferably doesn’t require me leaving the couch. Because November and December were actually exhausting and now I just need to rest and have people bring me things and treat me like a delicate flower who binged on Christmas cookies for a week too long and needs time to recover because I think I have a dinner scheduled sometime in February. The life of a Party Girl is hard, people.

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Which brings me to these Disco Ball Straws, which also happen to be a World’s Easiest DIY (aka one you can do from your couch). How adorable are they? You could use them for an actual real party, like a baby shower or kid’s birthday party and people would be super impressed, I’m sure.

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You could also use them to brighten up your everyday like I did with my Bando Love Potion tumbler, which makes drinking water miles more appealing.

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Who am I kidding? We know what we’re really going to use it for.

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I’M SOLD! HOW DO I MAKE IT? 

It’s so easy, you guys, it’s insane.

1. Buy a strand of disco balls and a pack of straws. You’re going to get more disco balls than you need, but, being the party animal you are, you should have no problem finding uses for them.

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2. Cut off all the surrounding string.

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3. Shove a screwdriver through the disco ball, top to bottom. Two things I learned: Turn the screwdriver a few times to make sure the hole is big enough and then blow through the hole to get rid of excess styrofoam.

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4. Push your straw through the hole made by your screwdriver. There’s a chance you might still get styrofoam in the straw, but I found a random chopstick is the perfect size to get it out.

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Tah-dah! Now, snuggle up on the couch and get ready to party.

Photos by the loveliest Milou and Olin.

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