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A more feminine take on the combat boot. This flirty one by Betsey Johnson.
A more feminine take on the combat boot. This flirty one by Betsey Johnson.
Clare Bowen as Scarlett O'Connor in Nashville
Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor in Nashville

I was standing in line at Starbucks, contemplating over an iced espresso vs a frappuccino, when I see an American girl ordering a caramel frappuccino. Her easy style – turquoise nail polish with a dark wooden ring with small, emerald stones. A pair of lace up boots in brown leather, paired with a short, structured, floral dress inspired me to try a different style in the Fall, perfect for my upcoming trip to Nashville – channeling my inner Scarlett O’Connor.

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The shoe dilemma

The perfect summer shoe
The perfect summer shoe
Kicking up my summer heels in the streets of Queens, New York.
Kicking up my summer heels in the streets of Queens, New York.

It’s summer and you have been waiting to wear all of those gorgeous sandals sitting in your closet all winter, planning outfits and dreaming of a nice tan to go with those summer dresses. Then summer comes. Your legs are pale and you live somewhere in Europe, Sweden perhaps. And you realize that the streets are not made for walking in stilettos. Cobblestones, pretty and picturesque and make up the larger parts of the city making it absolutely impossible to walk on. You are guaranteed to get stuck in between the stones, and if not break your heels, scratch them – which makes them less than fresh and great looking. I have lost many shoes thanks to those beautiful cobblestones. Another thing that happens in the summer is swelling and gasp – sweat.

 

I usually get a pair of flip-flops, flats or sneakers to keep in my bag when I need to change into something more comfortable. What happens is that I end up with the high heels in my bag and the flats comfortably on my feet. The reason for that is mostly because I love walking, running, riding my bike for hours and hours. The weather is comfortable, there is so much to see and I don’t like being stuck inside a bus or tram, I love walking and exploring. The best compromise is a chunkier heel or a kitten heel. The kitten heel will still get stuck in the cobblestones but the heel is comfortable enough to walk fast in and not worry too much about getting stuck.

 

Do yourself a favor this summer. Wear the flats. Or if you can find a pair like the ones in the picture above from Aldo – get them, treat them well and wear them until they fall apart. Save the stilettos for the evenings and suffer through it, it’s worth it.

Pretty in print

I always wear scarves, even in the summer. It’s one of my signatures, a perfect touch of elegance. The fabric changes with the season and the occasion but I play around with it a lot. I got this scarf (printed silk) as a gift and I instantly fell in love with the print, the colors, the fabric – it’s gorgeous. You can find it at Club Monaco.

Club Monaco Silk Scarf
Club Monaco Silk Scarf

Making a statement

I have recently found myself looking for bold statement necklaces and accessories. This is very new for someone like me, who can’t stand wearing anything chunky or heavy for more than an hour. My style in accessorizing is very simple – small, diamond studs or pearl earrings and a ring on my right, middle finger, that I’ve had for 10 years now (it’s a special ring). On occasion, I’ll throw on a pair of chandelier earrings or a cocktail ring, maybe a chunky bracelet or two, a watch – that’s it. When I do, it usually comes off after a while, because I can’t stand the feeling of something heavy. I’m just not used to it. But then again, I’m always about reinventing myself and trying new things! Below are a few of things that inspired me.

Statement necklace
Statement necklace
Statement necklace
Statement necklace
Pearl Statement Necklace
Pearl Statement Necklace

Seeing red

All I think of and see right now are the Valentino Rockstud pumps. What’s a girl to do to get her hands on these dreamy, yummie, beautiful, sexy….pumps?

Two ladies I find wear them well – Blair Eadie, Atlantic-Pacific  and Olivia Palermo for this story at Editorialist Magazine. Are you seeing red yet?

Olivia Palermo with Valentino Rockstud pumps
Olivia Palermo with Valentino Rockstud pumps 

Atlantic-Pacific Blair Eadie in red
Atlantic-Pacific Blair Eadie in red