Winter style in sunny California.

Ok ok ok, I will be the FIRST to admit what a wimp I am when it comes to winter. My fuzzy wool fedora seriously goes off to the people who live in the Midwest or the East Coast where freezing temperatures are well below what we experience here in sunny California! 

So when the 40's and 50's roll around in the forecast, I sadly push my tees and tanks to the back of the wardrobe until May, and start to stock up on cozy pullovers and wool scarves. It's kinda fun for a change, really! 

The key to mastering winter style in California is to keep it fresh. It's super easy to get stuck in a rut of solids and stripes - but if you keep your winter style new and fresh, it's bound to perk you up like a good latte in January. Geometric patterns are a strong accent to any top, polka dots keep style spunky and young, and mixing colors and stripes is key to keeping it interesting. And don't you forget the power of a colorful, patterned scarf! 


So, freshen up that winter closet with a few fun pieces to toss on with your favorite denim, a good sparkly skirt, or that bib necklace from F21 you've been dying to show off. Embrace that California winter, you wimp! It'll only last a few more months anyway. 

holly in heels



A little dream, a new beginning!

Good morning, shoppers! I hope you all have had a fabu Thanksgiving, and a little time away with family and friends. I don't know about y'all, but I've taken FULL advantage of some excellent Black Friday deals (mostly from the comfort of my cushy couch, hot cocoa in-hand), and even Small Biz Saturday! It's been fun to check some things off of the Christmas list, and see what's out there, too!

Well, lemme get to the good stuff here...as some of you know, for a long time now I've had this blog, gushed about shoes, wailed over shoe sales, found you all bargains and on-trend beauty finds, and even had a man's perspective on women's shoes (one of my faves!). I love writing, and I am HAPPY that I'll continue to do so via this fashion blog and a few print magazines - but I DO have a confession: I have always wanted a boutique.

Oh yes, it's true. To be my own buyer, sell on-trend threads and accessories, shop the seasons and chat with customers, this = my dream come true. And in this amazing season of my life, I decided, what the heck, let's just do it. But, in true Holly in Heels fashion, I have decided to put my own spin on it!

Today, December 1, 2014, marks the day of the Holly in Heels Instagram Shop! This Pop-Up Shop that you'll find by shopping my @hollyinheels Instagram is an easy-peasy, lovely way to find adorable clothes, accessories, and even shoes (someday!) for the everyday girl. I am STOKED to launch it today, and know that you'll love it right along with me!

Here is a cute lil' graphic to tell you how the magic works:

It's honestly that easy - I post the pics, describe the item and fit, and you email me with your order! Oh, and did I mention there is FREE SHIPPING?! Yes, yes. You're welcome!

So here goes a little dream, and a new beginning! What more could I want for Christmas?! Ok, there are a few items...but you know what I mean ;)

Love to you all, and I hope your little dreams are a reality this season, too!

holly in heels


Your boyfriend's boots.

Soooo, I recently ran into the brand Rockport, who I have to admit I had heard of years ago, but hadn't really come across it in a while. There's been a ton of buzz surrounding their #PoweredByHeels #Sweeps as of late, where Instagrammers are posting their favorites from Rockport's Total Motion line, check it out here for a peek!

Browsing and clicking through the Total Motion line, I found that shoe-lovers can pick up insane comfort and flexibility in a shoe as you walk, trot, bend, and move in these beauties. And best of all, like all Rockport kicks, Total Motion shoes are crafted with care with the finest leather and suede out there.

Check out the dozens of superb styles, including women's ballet flats, women's wedge shoes, lace-up wedge shoes, women's dress pumps, and more more more! I, personally, sprang for something a bit unlikely, the Total Motion Boot came in this awesome boyfriend style that I have been looking to pair with some skinnies and an overcoat for the winter months, and I had to snag 'em...

These gorgeous leather lovelies are oh-so soft, with a lightweight, glove-like fit to them. No need to break in these guys, they're ready to wear in wind and rain! Rockport's super-amazing boots here are made with this magical stuff called ADIPRENE® by adidas, helping provide comfort from 7 AM to 7 PM, too! These black leather boots can go to the office or out to dinner, and be both stylish and comfortable no matter where the seasons take you!

Plus, I am a big fan of J.Crew style - simple, chic, and classic - and this boot is sure to get me outta my normal girly girl style, into something more boyfriend style for a change. I'm thinking these will be perfection with an outfit of something like THIS:

Will you wear your boyfriend's boots this season?

holly in heels


Moving on.

Well folks, I've done it. As of last week my family of 3 and I picked up and moved to a whole new city, a whole new part of California. Aside from going from apartment to apartment, post-college, I haven't really done a big move. See, the house we said goodbye to was the home of A LOT of things: where my husband proposed to me, where we came home as Mr. & Mrs., where we had endless parties and family dinners (including an epic 30th birthday, where the living room was cleared out to make room for a live band!), and where we brought our newborn babe home. Not to mention, it was also the home of my shoe closet! Sigh! It's a big change, and today has honestly got me feeling a bit homesick, so I decided to think about that AMAZING things that my new city has to offer...

One of those things is boot weather! For the first time in a long time, I'll be able to dwell in my yummy leather boots for longer than a week! Hoooooray! This fall, there are so many adorable short boots and riding boots out there - I'm trying to contain myself from shopping overload!

Nordies, of course, is well-stocked with a few favorite women's boot trends: including moto boots, over-the-knee boots, and short stacked heel boots. OMG, adorbs.

First off, can we just talk about how adorably daring the moto boot + skirt combo is?! I am in love. Tossed on with some ultra-sheer black tights...I am soooo ready for the fall! 

Confession: usually I don't go for black boots. I dunno, I feel like I'm always bordering on trashy or harsh when I end up with a black boot, but this season, I'm throwing caution to the wind (I mean I'm in a new city for crying out loud, who cares?!). With the right style, and a few more pennies, black leather boots are work-work-workin' it this fall and winter season.

My favorite: Michael Kors studded moto boot - so NYC, so in my closet!

Well shoe lovers, thanks for listening to my Tuesday woes...and also for helping me look forward to a little cool weather boot-wearing!

holly in heels


Trend alert! Silver boots for fall.

One of my favorite memories I have with my man is the time we went country line dancing. Now now, I know I may seem more like a city gal to you, but deep down underneath this mall-strollin', money-spendin' machine is a simple girl. I remember we grabbed a few cold ones, did some two-steppin' amidst the crowded dance floor on the Central Coast of California, and got our boots a little dusty. It was quite magical!

Well, in this season where leaves are changing and new chapters are beginning, I've decided that I need to drag that man o' mine back out on the dance floor and do some country line dancing once again (plus, a cold beer sounds pretty delish!). I, of course, cannot even think about doing this without getting some brand new boots - and the trend alert for this season is silver boots!

Silver cowboy boots are taking a front seat right now - they're gorgeously metallic, and perfectly paired with dark denim or even skinny black jeans (also on-trend this fall!).

Just think: a little fitted boyfriend plaid shirt, some favorite black skinnies and these gorgeous silver boots - ahhhh! Love. I am all set to take the dance floor (or the stage!) for a little night out of good, ol' fashioned fun.

So, ladies, get your hands and your feet into this silver boots trend this fall - and I'll see you two-steppin' on that dance floor!

holly in heels


Guest Blogger: from summer to fall!

Labor Day weekend has passed us right up, the "back to school" commercials are circling the airwaves, and the sun is going to bed a little earlier every night - so you know that means summer is drawing to a close.

Personally, I'm ok with it - and guest fashion blogger, Lauren Farnoosh, agrees with me, too! Miss Lauren is author of the sassy style blog 'Styled By Noosh' at styledbynoosh.com, and here gives a few key fashion tips on layering up those fall fashions. Enjoy!
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Transitioning from summer to fall can be an uncomfortable time. One minute it's cool and breezy, then suddenly scorching hot! Layering with lightweight clothing is an easy fix.

I personally love wearing a jacket with some shorts or a skirt.

This is the time of year when you can be really creative with your wardrobe and mix and match your summer and winter clothing together for fun and eclectic looks. 

for more fab fashion tips head over to 'Styled By Noosh' at styledbynoosh.com


This summer.

Ok sweet blogosphere friends--welcome to the final few days of summer. I simply cannot believe it. As much as I'm an "autumn" spirit at heart, I have loved this last June, July, and August which have been filled with so many memorable adventures, highs, lows, loves, heartbreaks, and of course...lots and lots of summer shoes!

As you'll be able to tell from the amount of blogging I have not done, it's been a very good summer! I'd say one of the BIGGEST highlights of the hot, hot, heat this summertime was my adventure to Las Vegas! Exactly 1 week before my little baby Hazel's 1st birthday, I hopped a plane and met my beloved cousin in Sin City. Not only was it one of the most relaxing vacations I've had, but it was the most money I've ever spent in one weekend - ha! I'm still mayyy-jorly loving my husband for not disowning me after he saw the receipts (more on that story later!).

During my fab Vegas adventure, I had a few go-to shoes that I lived in, that I thought you may heart too:

1) Ivanka Trump 'Delfino' Sandal from Nordstrom paired here with one of my fave pieces, my TOPSHOP Tailored Strapless Jumpsuit (selfie on our way out for the night!)...


2) The Bounce Wedge Sandal by BC was another great staple for the weekend AND for every summer wedding so far! In this selfie #2, I paired the nude metallic wedges with the Nordstrom Wayf Crepe Shift Dress, in light coral...

I hope you all have had a fabulous last few months--although I'm mourning the great summer weather, I'm also thinkin' BRING ON THE FALL BOOTS! Enjoy the last weeks of summatime. It's good to be back to blogging with you!

holly in heels


Summer style and the 3 S's.

I have to admit that I am an autumn girl at heart.

I love traipsing around in leather boots, scarves, a colorful knit beanie, sipping on hot cocoa and curling up in a coffee shop. Now, don't get my wrong, I love the summer too - mostly warm summer nights that allow me to keep my shorts and tank on at 9pm, and feel the warm summer breeze on my sun-kissed, sunblocked skin! But to be honest, I'm always stuck on what to wear in the summer. In beautiful SoCal, we get this phenom called "June gloom" and it is enough to drive a fashionista bonkers. It's cardigan weather up until the clouds burn off, around 11am or 12pm, and I'm left needing an entire outfit change! So basically, layers are my BFF.

This summer, you can find me in 3 key things:
1) stripes
2) short shorts
3) flat sandals

I majorly love these summertime outfit ideas from Piperlime - fun combos of stripes + lace, nude strappy heels and flat leather sandals, too.

The Steve Madden 'Stecy' sandals are a MUST this summer--paired with short shorts or a breezy skirt, these will be a staple!

And single-strap sandals with a touch of metallic - I'm crushing on these by Vince, on sale price to boot!

Gap also has so fabulous and easy breezy summer apparel. I recently got my hands on their burnout step-hem tanks and tropical floral shorts, and they're my absolute favorite in my sea of clothes! Check out the full outfit, here.

So next time you find yourself stuck in a rut, wondering what the heck to wear on these hot summer days, think the 3 S's...stripes, shorts, sandals. Voila! Happy Summer.

holly in heels