03/29/14

Similar to Zara Shoes

So if you’re like everyone else who loves to shop at Zara the favorite high-street fashion chain for shoes. And sometimes you wait until a shoe goes on sale or it just becomes so popular that it sells out quickly. But the only way to find it is to search on Ebay for it, but quickly realize that the price is outrageous, because the seller is aware of how high in demand the shoe is. Its also crazy how sellers have tried to sell the shoes previously worn for what they paid retail for, I guess we can call it supply and demand. Well that has happened to me a couple of times & I just cannot see myself spending double what the actual shoe was worth, because I slacked off. Well I have been searching for similar shoes for a while now & to my surprise I was able to find very similar look-a-likes that are less expensive.

Zara Cap Toe Pumps. Similar ones by Shoe Republic LA Available @ Lulu*s here: http://www.lulus.com

Zara Cap Toe Pumps & Similar Pumps

Zara Cap Toe Pumps & Shoe Republic LA

Zara Suede Blue Multi Color Sandals. Similar ones by Shoe Dazzle “Kaela” available here:

http://www.shoedazzle.com/products/KAELA-202-000055-0500?psrc=shop_shoes_sandals 

Zara Suede Blue Multi Color Sandals & Shoe Dazzle

Zara Suede Blue Multi Color Sandals & Shoe Dazzle

Zara Jelly Shoes. Similar ones by Forever 21 “Night moves T-Strap” available here:

http://www.forever21.com/Mobile/Product/Category.aspx?br=mobile&category=shoes_high-heels

Zara Jelly Shoes & Forever 21

Zara Jelly Shoes & Forever 21

Zara Leather Lace Up Booties. Similar ones by Go Jane “Corset It Off Lace Up Cut Out Heels” available here:

http://www.gojane.com/95345.html

Zara Leather Lace Up Booties & Go Jane

Zara Leather Lace Up Booties & Go Jane

Zara Combination Heels. Similar ones by Forever 21 “Metal Heel Sandals” available here:

http://www.forever21.com/Mobile/Product/Category.aspx?br=mobile&category=shoes_high-heels

Zara Combination Heels & Forever 21

Zara Combination Heels & Forever 21

Zara Lace Up Booties. Similar ones by Go Jane  “Squared Cut Out Strappy Booties” available here:

http://www.gojane.com/93407-shoes-squared-cut-out-strappy-booties.html

Zara Lace UpBooties & Go Jane

Zara Lace Up Booties & Go Jane

Zara Coral Ankle Strap Sandal. Similar ones by Shoe Republic LA “Vito” available here:

 http://www.lulus.com/products/shoe-republic-la-vito-red-color-block-peep-toe-heels/125226.html

Zara Coral Ankle Strap Sandal & Shoe Republic LA

Zara Coral Ankle Strap Sandal & Shoe Republic LA

Zara Sudded Sandals. Similar ones by Bamboo “Senza”  by UrbanOG available here:

http://www.urbanog.com/Bamboo-Senza-03-Tribal-Strappy-Open-Toe-Heel_100_42361.html

Zara StuddedHeels & Bamboo

Zara Studded Sandals & Bamboo

Zara Red Suede High Heel Sandals. Similar ones by Shoe Dazzle “Ellise” available here:

 http://www.shoedazzle.com/products/ELLISE-202-000054-0400?psrc=shop_shoes_sandals

Zara Suede andals & Shoe Dazzle

Zara Suede Sandals & Shoe Dazzle

Zara Suede Ankle Booties. Similar ones by Jessica Simpson “Casino” at Nordstrom available here:

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/jessica-simpson-casino-bootie/3545049

Zara Suede Ankle Booties & Jessica SImpson

Zara Suede Ankle Booties & Jessica SImpson

 

 

 

03/26/14

Kardashian Kids clothing

So for anyone who really does “Keep up with the Kardashians” you are aware that they are launching a new baby collection. Which will be sold @ Babies R Us starting March 15. They have recently flooded our Instagram feed with pictures of the clothes featuring some cute babies. The “Kardashian Kids” collection, which consists of leopard prints, polka dots & butterflies, will only be available for girls up to 24 months. So anyone who has boys or girls that wear over 24 months I guess you’re out of luck. We all know how much this family loves fashion and with Kim & Kourtney having girls, its no wonder they decided to make a girl collection. Which is a smart move on their part, they already have a women’s clothing line at Sears, makeup line and their Dash stores. I’ve seen pictures of the collection & its pretty cute I just wonder if it’s something that their kids would wear? We all know that when they first launched their “Kardashian Kollection” for Sears the whole family was photographed in the clothes, which made it more popular. And probably the reasons the kollection sold out, it was one of the main reasons I purchased many of the items. I just cannot see Kim putting these clothes on baby North; especially since every picture we have seen of her, she’s wearing neutral.http://www.toysrus.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=33589946&sr=1&origkw=kardashian

Kardashian Kids @ Babies R Us

Kardashian Kids @ Babies R Us

Kardashian Kids @ Babies R Us

Kardashian Kids @ Babies R Us

Kardashian Kids @ Babies R Us

Kardashian Kids @ Babies R Us

Kardashian Kids @ Babies R Us

Kardashian Kids @ Babies R Us

Kardashian Kids @ Babies R Us

Kardashian Kids @ Babies R Us

Kardashian Kids @ Babies R Us

Kardashian Kids @ Babies R Us

Kardashian Kids @ Babies R Us

Kardashian Kids @ Babies R Us

03/23/14

SJP Shoe Line

So it seemed like I was waiting forever to see the shoe collaboration between Sara Jessica Parker & her business partner George Malkemus (CEO of Manolo Blahnik collection). But the time has finally come they are now available at the department store & online as off February 28 2014. The shoe collection is said to be available exclusively at Nordstrom. The shoes, which are made in Italy, start at $195 and go to $485. A shoe collection that to me is a little pricey not my average purchase. I went to see the shoes at Nordstrom & they are very nice, but for me it’s not worth spending $195 for some flip-flops, which are the least expensive ones in the collection. Her Signature detail is that each shoe has a grosgrain ribbon along the back. Sarah Jessica Parker is best known for playing Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City where we know how much she loved her shoes. So its no surprise that one of her shoes in the collection is named the “Carrie” that is a T-strap, which comes in black, purple, nude and green. Here are some of the shoes in the collection, which I just loved:

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SJP Shoe Collection for Nordstrom

SJP Shoe Collection for Nordstrom

Sarah-Jessica-Parker-Shoe-Collection-Nordstrom

Sarah-Jessica-Parker-Shoe-Collection-Nordstrom

 

Sarah-Jessica-Parker-Shoe-Collection-Nordstrom

Sarah-Jessica-Parker-Shoe-Collection-Nordstrom

The “Carrie” in Nude

SJP Shoes "Carrie" Tstrap Pump

SJP Shoes “Carrie” Tstrap Pump

 

The “Alison” Bootie in Luggage

SJP Shoe "Alison" Boot

SJP Shoe “Alison” Boot

 

The “Bobbie” in Mint

SJP Shoe "Bobbie" Sandal in Mint

SJP Shoe “Bobbie” Sandal in Mint

The “Ina” in Green

SJP Shoe Collection Ina

SJP Shoe  “Ina”

 

 

03/19/14

Starved Rock State Park

If you live in Illinois then you must have heard of Starved Rock State Park mentioned once or twice.  Everyone talks about how beautiful it is & how it’s a must place to visit. Many of my friends have been there numerous times & try to get there at least once a year. So I decided it was time for me to go visit this state park & see the beauty for myself. Well when I got there the first thing I did was get a map, to see what the park had to offer, & what I wanted to do. I realized this is not something you can do in one day, it is 13 miles of hiking trails so that required multiple visits or staying in one of their cabins or nearby hotels to continue exploring a second day. It is on many lists of “places to visit” if you’re in Chicago. A little history of the park: “This beautiful park attracted over 2 million visitors last year to explore its scenic trails and canyons, and enjoy the panoramic views from tall bluffs”. Since it was my first time there I decided that I was not well informed or prepared to stay the night & continue the next day. It had been raining the previous days we went so many trails where closed due to flooding. My advices do not go there after a heavy rain.  There are so many things to do there like in January to early February they have Eagle watching which has become very popular. “Here in Illinois, the eagles start to arrive in December.  “Each year, thousands of eagles migrate to the area. They come for the fish found in the cold waters of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers”. – See more at:  http://www.starvedrockstatepark.org/activity/eagle-watching/ They have Trolley Tours, Horseback riding, canoeing & kayaking. So if you’re planning a visit make sure to arrive early, stop by the visitor’s center for a map & start exploring. They also have a picnic area with tables so you can bring you’re own grill (grills are not provided). I have been there 3 times and I have not been able to explore the entire 13 miles. I have included this park in my list of “places to visit yearly”.

Starved Rock State Park Illinois

Starved Rock State Park Illinois

Starved Rock State Park Illinois

Starved Rock State Park Illinois

Starved Rock State Park Illinois

Starved Rock State Park Illinois

Starved Rock State Park Illinois

Starved Rock State Park Illinois

Starved Rock State Park Illinois

Starved Rock State Park Illinois

Starved Rock State Park Illinois

Starved Rock State Park Illinois

 Picnic area closed due to flooding

Starved Rock State Park Illinois

Starved Rock State Park Illinois

 

 

03/18/14

How to wear Ankle Booties

So now that we are all ready for Spring and have our ankle booties all set, how exactly does one wear them. A lot of us don’t exactly know how to wear ankle booties even though it is a very popular trend. The great thing about ankle booties is they go well with any outfit: jeans, shorts & summer dresses. Booties can easily go from casual to dressy with so many out there that are suede & leather with or without embellishments. It all depends on how you feel comfortable wearing them, but its always good to experiment, you never know what you like until you try it. Many celebrities have been seen rocking this popular trend and here are a few examples of my favorite outfits in ankle booties.

Emma Stone

Emma Sone in Ankle Booties

Emma Sone in Ankle Booties

 

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba in Ankle Booties

Jessica Alba in Ankle Booties

 

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough in Ankle Booties

Julianne Hough in Ankle Booties

Miranda Kerr

Miranda Kerr in Ankle Booties

Miranda Kerr in Ankle Booties

Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes in Ankle Booties

Katie Holmes in Ankle Booties

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon in Ankle Booties

Reese Witherspoon in Ankle Booties

Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson in Ankle Booties

Rachel Bilson in Ankle Booties