Must-have shoes for Italy in the fall

Whether you’re the form over function type or vice versa, I’ve noticed a really awesome trend among Italians (and Europeans, really) lately. You’re going to see a few stilettos on cobblestones (eek!) but most people–especially¬†the most chic–are opting for lower-heeled or flat shoes and boots. I’m not sure if it’s an extension of NORMCORE or if people are just tired of twisting their ankles but I’ll just say it’s a win for both comfort and style. I’m calling four major styles as your best bets when packing shoes for Italy, especially in fall and winter.¬† Continue reading

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014 (AKA: the most wonderful time of the year)

So I’m conflicted. I live in arguably the most beautiful country in Europe but I’m pretty jealous of everyone who can shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Since times immemorial, I have religiously made a pilgrimage to my nearest Nordstrom store (sometimes a state or two away–not kidding one bit) to catch the start of pre-sale or sale. This year, international travel to physically step into a store just isn’t in the cards. Thankfully the pre-sale started online yesterday for Nordstrom card holders. As you may or may not know, we use a credit card and pay it off each month (debt is a no-no in our house) so as per my usual, I restrained myself more than I would’ve liked. Still, there is a level ton of cool stuff I could totally glut myself on. Because everyone likes a voyeuristic view of what others have bought or what they’d like to buy (right?), here are my top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014 picks.

What I bought (plus I had Nordstrom Notes on top of the sale!):
nordstrom anniversary sale 2014Longchamp Le Pilage Expandable Bag, sale price $127
The Bilbery purple that I bought appears to be sold out now. Navy and Slate are really pretty.

Barefoot Dreams Bamboo Chic Drape-Front Cardigan, sale price $60
Although it is sold as a robe, this cardigan is good to go as clothing. The reviews are phenomenal. I plan to wear it with leggings this winter since it’s long enough to cover my tush.

What I probably will order:
nike and zellaNike Free TR Connect 2 Training Shoe, sale price $73
So I’m a sucker for animal print, plus in-your-face sneakers are so in right now. The 10.5 is sold out already, so I may have to try the 10 and 11.

Zella Live In Leggings, sale price $34
Another item with glowing reviews. Zella is known for being opaque, comfortable, and durable. I need to see what the hype is all about.

Splurge-worthy styles:
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Rag & Bone Newbury Bootie, sale price $360
I mean, really. I love Rag & Bone. I love booties (wow, that sounds funny). This are gorgeous. If I had my great pre-kids job, these would go in my cart without a second thought.

Rag & Bone Zip Detail Skinny Jeans, sale price $160
I won’t need skinny jeans until 2026 but these are pretty divine. The dark wash and the zippers are a fresh take on last season’s moto skinnies.

Kate Spade Lottie Pumps, sale price $220
Animal print again. Notice a pattern with me? Just wait until the leather picks start.

collage twoHalogen Zip-Detail Leather Mini Skirt, sale price $150
This is actually a great price for a leather mini. I’m thinking pulverized, slobbery animal crackers would look lovely on it…not.

Halogen Leather and Knit Mixed Media Top, sale price $98
Great price, great top. If this sticks around long enough to go on clearance, I may snatch it up later. It requires professional leather cleaning, which won’t happen around my house.

3.1 Philip Lim Pashli, sale price $599
I’ve wanted a Pashli for about a year. The medium is probably a better size for me, but the large looks so roomy and perfect for carrying the girls’ stuff around.

Have you shopped the pre-sale yet? What did you get? Stop by my Case of Consumption Facebook page and let’s chat.

Current Cravings: Cork Footbed Sandals

So let’s just get this out of the way. Ugly shoes. I’m craving ugly shoes. Now let’s move on, shall we? Mmmkay. Last fall while caring for a new baby and chasing after Zoey (’nuff said), I did catch bits and pieces of fashion week. I sat there shaking my head at the Birkenstocks that went down the runway not because I was thinking “ohhellno” but because I knew I was going to cave on them when spring rolled around. (I know my strange ‘want’ proclivities, if nothing else.) True to my prognostication, I’m officially craving cork footbed sandals.

Now before you bounce right off the page (you’re still here, right?), I have some rules. To keep the look edgy and not crunchy, they absolutely have to be black, white, or metallic, and since I don’t do white shoes personally, they have to be black or silver. The easy and inexpensive route has to be the Birkenstock Gizeh sandals. They really are classics that can be worn outside of the ugly shoes cork footbed sandals trend. That being said, just look at those Rebecca Minkoff Tristen sandals.

What do you think? Are they like Cabbage Patch Kids (so ugly they’re cute)? Or are you laying off this trend?

cork footbed sandalsLeft to right:
Rebecca Minkoff Tristen, $225 at rebeccaminkoff.com
Birkenstock Gizeh, $90 at nordstrom.com
Coach Sunny Sandal, $148 at coach.com